David's Take: Hands-On the Sony WH-1000XM3 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones - The Roaring Sound of Silence
Sony has released the third iteration of the WH1000s headphones. Typical of YouTube hyperbole, online posters claimed this version 3 is amazing. I was guarded, but as I become curious, I took the bait and bought myself a pair to see if all the hype was justifiable.
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When Edifier sent me an e-mail with the title "$100 speakers that don't suck," my first thought was: challenge accepted! They're about $130/pr. in Canada with a straight price conversion, so they still fall into the sub-$150 category. What could I expect? A lot, apparently.
I heard the name Roksan when I was growing up in Australia. Some of my friends' parents owned the company's CD player and integrated amps, usually coupled with the Dual turntable, wired with Monster Cables, and set up with Monitor Audio speakers. I never really had the chance to carefully listen to the systems, but I remember wondering why so many people were buying that combination.
I've said in the past that it is impossible for a cable to improve the input signal. But I've also noted a caveat, that this is unless the cable applies some kind of processing. Well, I've found such cable. The Marseille internal chip in this cable, marketed under several brands, including Marseille's own mCable, Philips, and Seiki, is certified by the Technicolor 4K Image Certification program.
So you bought a new TV. Now what? In order for it to perform at its best, and to prolong its life (not to mention that of your eyes), you will need to calibrate the display. However, most consumers understandably don't want to spend $300 on the calibration of a $1,000 TV. As a calibrator, here are some tips on what can be done to optimize a TV's performance.
Most notably a trade show for custom integration and automation technologies, it seems that there's a whole lot more audio video technologies being introduced at this year's CEDIA than has been seen in the last decade. With that said, here's a rundown of some notable announcements in AV from the show.
CEDIA has kicked off today in San Diego, concentrating on AV presentation more than ever. 4K technology is being perfected, and several 8K prototypes are being introduced. The following are five announcements from CEDIA that particularly caught my attention, and would be worth checking out on the show floor, or following up on later.
I don't like driving. I find it to be a chore. So the only way for me to cope with the stress of driving is to have a good audio system. Factory basic audio systems are often not ideal, so I usually upgrade my cars' system using gear from companies like Clarion ProAudio, Alpine, and Pioneer.
Looking for a great subwoofer is actually pretty easy. You want lots of boom? Get front-ported ones. Tight bass? Get one with sealed enclosures, or one with a down-firing port. Sprinkle $1,200 worth of loonies, and it's actually difficult to get a bad one.
Has any subject created more controversy among audiophiles than MQA? Developed by Meridian Audio and announced in late 2014, MQA purports to deliver master-quality audio in files that aren't much larger than CD-resolution. Not just CD-quality, not just high-resolution, but audio that matches, as closely as possible, what the microphones picked up at the recording venue.
On July 31, 2018, WiFi HiFi attended the launch of Sony's Master Series flagship series TVs, the A9F OLED and Z9F LCD TVs in New York City. Both displays are powered by the new X1 Ultimate video processing.