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  1. RickSanchez

    THX's first consumer product: Onyx portable DAC/amp

    Obviously THX has spent many years partnering with audio companies to design and certify devices. But I believe this is the first THX direct to consumer device: the Onyx AAA portable DAC/amp. https://www.thx.com/onyx (US $200) Source: Gizmodo Source: THX
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    VLC 4.0

    I get the impression there aren't a lot of VLC users on ASR. But for those that are fans, some good news about the upcoming 4.0 release of VLC: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/open-source-video-player-vlc-will-get-a-new-ui-this-year-with-4-0-launch/ Some highlights from the article...
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    Death to REQ: true surround sound is here!

    The title is meant to be facetious, but the technology is still pretty fascinating. Not sure you'd be able to pull much bass out of one of these though ... https://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~schg/t-paper/wordpress/2021/01/26/our-scientific-paper-in-advanced-materials/...
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    [closed] Announcement: ASR review statistics

    [This thread is now closed as the Tableau dashboards are no longer in service. Please refer to the Master Review Index to see the latest information regarding ASR data + dashboards.] Hi everyone. I wanted to let folks know about the new ASR Review Stats dashboards. With these dashboards you...
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    [closed] Announcement: headphone review & measurement index

    [This thread is now closed as the Tableau dashboards are no longer in service. Please refer to the Master Review Index to see the latest information regarding ASR data + dashboards.] Hi everyone. I wanted to let folks know about the new Headphones Review Index. It follows the same core...
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    [owners thread] HIFIMAN HE400i headphones (v. 2016)

    Starting a thread -- separate from the measurement thread -- for HIFIMAN HE400i headphone owners. (This is specifically for the 2016 version, not the 2020 version.) Some reference info below ... Specs source: DIY-Audio-Heaven Driver type: orthodynamic Headphone connector: 2.5mm TRS (marked L...
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    Audio Logos [Veritonic 2020 report]

    You can get the full report in PDF format here (too large to attach): https://westwoodone.app.box.com/s/d8l6b3xu4qq2g080ri89wqebdcqki6eu (And if that doesn't work you can try here.) You go, Arby's!
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    [closed] Electronics Review index (v2): updates and feedback

    [This thread is now closed as the Tableau dashboards are no longer in service. Please refer to the Master Review Index to see the latest information regarding ASR data + dashboards.] Hi everyone. I wanted to let folks know about the new version of the Electronics Review Index. Some new...
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    [email protected] on Raspberry Pi (w/ Raspbian): 64-bit config

    I realize running BOINC distributed computing projects on a Raspberry Pi is not particularly exciting for most folks given the ppd values are so low. That said if you have a Pi that has some unused CPU bandwidth you might be interested in donating compute power to [email protected] Normally the work...
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    [email protected] ARM support for Android and Raspberry Pi

    Details on implementation are light, to say the least. But it appears [email protected] (and [email protected]) will now support ARM64 and work on Android phones and Raspberry Pi devices. https://www.engadget.com/foldingathome-rosettaathome-arm64-support-121508788.html...
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    new H.266 video codec

    Article: "New H.266 codec uses half the data to stream 4K video" https://www.engadget.com/h266-vvc-codec-4k-streaming-data-half-133047705.html
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    Mixing 6 Ohm and 8 Ohm speakers with the same receiver?

    I'm planning to hook up a friend's audio equipment in her new office next week. She has zero budget right now so she's just planning to use the stuff she had from her old office. My question is: If it's a mix of 6 Ω and 8 Ω speakers, what setting should I use on the receiver? (It has both a "6...
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    Owners' threads on ASR

    Reading through the "ASR Long-Term Plans" post by @pozz made me think about how the site could improve. One idea I had -- and wanted to get thoughts from members -- is: We should consider doing more to encourage people to open up owners' threads. Admittedly, there could be general ethos...
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    [closed] Speaker Review index (v2): updates and feedback

    [This thread is now closed as the Tableau dashboards are no longer in service. Please refer to the Master Review Index to see the latest information regarding ASR data + dashboards.] Hi everyone. I wanted to let folks know about the new version of the Speaker Review Index. Some new features...
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    AC Infinity cooling fans

    AC Infinity Airplate S5 + Controller 8 impressions Recently completed adding some cooling fans to my A/V cabinet as it’s not particularly well-ventilated. Decided to go with some equipment from AC Infinity. Didn’t know anything about the brand ahead of time, but prices seemed reasonable and...
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    When a single vinyl album costs more than your DAC ...

    Don't get me wrong: I own a turntable + some vinyl, and I enjoy the listening experience via my vintage Harman/Kardon amp. And I'm guessing the engineering, precision, and dedication of the folks at this company are pretty remarkable. But making vinyl albums at this price point -- "at a cost of...
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    Member profile pics

    Some really good member profile pics here on ASR. If you're so inclined feel free to share a high(er)-res version of your photo and a brief explainer. Mine is pretty straightforward: it's Rick ...
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    Bluetooth: LE Audio and Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3)

    Gizmodo has folks at CES right now, and posted this article about upcoming features announced for Bluetooth: https://gizmodo.com/the-biggest-problems-with-bluetooth-audio-are-about-to-1840461602 I don't know that I agree with the title of the article but still some good info. Some quick...
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    Massdrop 789 vs. Monoprice 887 vs. SMSL SP200: THX amp measurement comparison

    Due to the Green Bay Packers having a bye week (i.e., I have a little more free time than usual today) I thought it would be interesting to compare three high-performing and relatively budget THX headphone amplifiers: the Drop (Massdrop) THX AAA 789 vs. the Monoprice Monolith THX AAA 887 vs. the...
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    Harman/Kardon hk670 receiver amplifier (Stereo Review, Apr 1979)

    I was inspired to do some research after reading Amir's review of the Yamaha A1 vintage amplifier. Anyhoo, this thread is offered more as a nod to the website AmericanRadioHistory.com (https://www.americanradiohistory.com/index.htm) which has a fantastic catalog of Stereo Review magazine back...
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