Back in the early days of the compact disc, SPARS (Society of Professional Audio Recording Services) identified if a particular production stage was accomplished in the analog or digital domain. A track that was recorded on an analog 24-track machine and edited/ mixed using analog equipment and then mastered for CD release was identified by the letters AAD. A purely digital recording would use the designation DDD.
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They're popping up everywhere. Little shops in strip or shopping malls that promise to save your smartphone from becoming a doorstop after you've dropped it for the umpteenth time, or following an accidental spill.
Anyone who knows me knows my first piece of advice to anyone who buys a new TV is to get it professional calibrated. (I'm sort of biased on that topic!) But that's not what this piece is all about. Here are some practical tips on the first things you should do once you're ready to bring home a brand spanking new display.
Are you ready to fork out more than a couple grand for the hottest tech gadget commanding the attention of media and early adoptors?
Alarming content is being found hidden in videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids, and the company, owned by Google, can't seem to remove it fast enough before more pops up.
Recently, a spate of articles online have suggested that the end of physical Blu-ray disc media is near, largely as a result of the growth in streaming. Much of the fear has been fueled by Samsung's recent announcement that it will no longer sell Blu-ray players in North America; Oppo announced the same in a farewell message on its website just shy of a year ago. But this couldn't be further from the truth.
Focal Naim, a subsidiary of Vervent Audio Group, has acquired both Audio Plus Services and Plurison. Audio Plus Services will now be known as Focal Naim America, while Plurison has become Focal Naim Canada. Both companies will be headed up by Daniel Jacques, who will continue in his position as President.
A couple of years ago, Samsung stole the show at CES with the introduction of "The Frame" TV, a stunning panel that disguises itself as a piece of framed art when it isn't being watched as a television, complete with a bezel that can be matched to the décor of your room. "Game Changer" was how most journalists described the Frame TV
Last year, I wrote about the importance of customer service. But we should also remember that customer service doesn't just apply to the way businesses treat their customers. It's is a two-way street. And customers should also use logical thinking when interacting with a dealer or service technician.
I've been using an iRobot Roomba for years, and can confidently say that it's one of those high-tech devices I simply can't (or certainly wouldn't want to) live without. The concept is simple, yet iRobot has made it even simpler and more convenient with its latest version, the Roomba i7+ , along with its Clean Base and Automatic Dirt Disposal bin.
Sonarworks software claims to calibrate any pair of headphones to sound like a pair of studio headphones by flattening the frequency response to a studio-reference standard. I was sceptical, but I figured I'd stop by to check it out. Boy, was I wrong!