Jay Z announces $9.99 streaming version of Tidal to rival Spotify

Chris Price Home audio, music Leave a Comment

At an event in New York last, rapper and media mogul Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, announced an updated version of his recently acquired high quality audio service, Tidal. It was also announced that several other artists had become co-owners of the site, including fellow rapper Kanye West as well as Madonna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys…

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McIntosh Transport launches SACD/CD Transport, MCT450

Chris Price Hi-Fi Systems, Home audio Leave a Comment

McIntosh Laboratory has launched the MCT450, a new SACD/CD transport designed to deliver optimum sound quality from CD and SACD music collections (£4,495). It has been engineered to deliver the optimum performance from CD and SACD media when partnered with its digital-input McIntosh stablemates, including select A/V processors, integrated amplifiers and preamplifiers. The MCT450 offers digital balanced (24-bit/192kHz), coaxial (24-bit/96kHz),…

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Onecue brings gesture-commands to your home entertainment system

James O'Malley Home Appliances, Home audio, Home cinema, Internet Of Things Leave a Comment

A new device is promising to remove the clutter from your coffee table - by replacing your remotes and controllers with gesture commands. The onecue (as it annoyingly stylised - why not OneCue?!) is a Kinect-style camera that sits on top of your TV and watches everything you do - then to switch on your…

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Top 10 Gadget Christmas Gifts for Her

Stuart O'Connor Apparel, Cameras, Christmas Gift Guides, Digital Music, Gadgets, Gaming, Headphones / Earphones, Home audio, Mobile phones, music, Nintendo, Samsung, Smartphones, Smartwatches, Tablet, Top tens, Wearables, Wii U Leave a Comment

As Christmas continues to hurtle toward us, it's time to think about what to buy for the lady in your life. Forget the old reliable standby of pyjamas or a handbag - what your wife/girlfriend/daughter/mother/sister/aunty/secret lover really wants (and needs) is the latest gadget to make her day-to-day life that little bit easier…

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Billionaire inventor Ray Dolby, Founder of Dolby Labs, dies aged 80

shinychris Home audio, Home cinema, Projectors, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Very sad to hear about the death of Ray Dolby, Founder of Dolby Labs, and sound pioneer. Ray had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with leukaemia this summer. Born in Portland, Oregon, he grew…

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REVIEW: Orbitsound airSOUND Base

Gerald Lynch Features, Home audio, Home cinema, Reviews, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Orbitsound's march into your living room continues with the SB60 airSOUND Base system, a speaker box designed to accompany your flat screen TV. Neither surround sound system nor sound bar, can this intriguing speaker find its niche among home cinema enthusiasts? Read our full review to find out!

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HANDS-ON REVIEW: Sol Republic Deck Bluetooth speaker

Gerald Lynch Features, Hi-Fi Systems, Home audio, Previews, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Enjoying the rare summer heatwave that Britain is currently luxuriating in, my pals and I have decamped more or less entirely to London's great parks, picnic baskets in hand, summer playlists carefully prepared. However, even the most carefully curated of…

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