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Micromega M-150 Integrated Amplifier Review
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:52:04 +0000

PRICE $7,499

Reference-grade sonics
Outstanding digital audio performance up to 32-bit/384kHz
Gorgeous fit and finish and industrial design
Basic user interface
Comparatively limited onboard music streaming options
Ethernet connection can be finicky

The Micromega M-150 is a pricey, somewhat limited, but fine-sounding integrated amp with a super-slim form factor and surprising power.

Nominally, French firm Micromega would seem a deeply conflicted organization. Is it micro, or is it mega? We may never know. (For the record, “Micomégas” is an 18th-century, ur-science-fiction novella by that most French of Enlightenment figures, Voltaire.)

Either way, the south-of-Paris firm has an established record of filling niches in the ever-shifting digital-audiophile world, beginning with several notable high-end CD players. Today, like most such manufacturers, Micromega is redefining itself for the post-physical media age: Witness its latest M-One duo of streaming- capable, digital-input integrated amplifiers—streamplifiers, as I like to call them.

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Porsche Design Unveils Special Edition 911 Soundbar
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:29:00 +0000

Porsche Design, the lifestyle brand started in 1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, today announced the Porsche Design 911 Soundbar Black Edition, which “transforms the exhilaration of Porsche’s 911 GT3 racecar into an intense musical experience, delivering crisp mids, powerful bass, and visual-excitement to any space.”

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Klipsch Kicks Off ‘Keepers of the Sound’ Video Series
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:03:34 +0000

Klipsch today kicked off its new “Keepers of the Sound” video series, which spotlights pioneers of all crafts who’ve “stayed true to a vision of preserving their rich heritage, while adapting to today’s tech-driven world.”

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Epson Intros ‘Advanced Pixel-Shifting’ in $2K Projector
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:13:42 +0000

Epson has introduced “advanced” pixel-shifting technology in the Home Cinema 4010 LCD projector it unveiled yesterday.

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RIP: Home Video Pioneer Andre Blay
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:11:41 +0000

When Sony launched the first videocassette recorder in 1975, it was just a matter of time before movies would become available on tape for viewing at home — a foreign concept at the time — but Andre Blay got the ball rolling and started a business that would forever change the way Americans enjoy entertainment at home. Blay passed away August 24 in Bonita Springs, FL at age 81.

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Vizio’s Announces Upscale, Atmos-Enabled Soundbars
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:28:26 +0000

Vizio today announced the availability and pricing of three Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar systems, ranging in price from $500 to $1,000 and featuring upward firing drivers to support 3.1.2-, 5.1.2-, and 5.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos configurations.

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Modulus M1 Makes Movies and Media Marvelous
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 02:50:49 +0000

Two years ago, I stumbled across a display booth with an overly energetic dude eager to convince me that he'd invented something akin to the home-theater version of sliced bread — a DVR for the streaming age. It appears that the Modulus M1 is about ready to ship.

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Google Super Charges Song Identification Tool
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:38:13 +0000

Google has introduced a “faster, more accurate” version of its Sound Search music identification tool and integrated it into the Now Playing feature introduced last year on its Pixel 2 smartphone.

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Roku Owners: Visit Space from Your Living Room
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:03:29 +0000

We were pumped when NASA did the first 4K live stream from the International Space Station a year and a half ago, and now we can hardly contain our enthusiasm with the news that spectacular views of space from NASA are now available on the Roku streaming platform.

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A Smart Speaker Is In Your Future
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:19:33 +0000

Source: Adobe Analytics survey “State of Voice Assistants” (September 2018)

Like it or not, smart speakers are on a roll. A serious roll.

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