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Review: Marshall Monitor headphones

If you’ve ever played in a rock band in your teens, or even if you do now, you know the “Marshall” name. It’s a brand that practically screams rock, and while it’s normally known for amplifiers, it is now bringing its amped-up style to headphones.

4:50 pm 31/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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Download dilemma: dealing with high-res audio when you’re living in Australia

If the idea of high resolution sound at home or on the go makes your eyes light up and your ears sing praises, great news: more devices are coming that support this technology. Bad news, though, because if you live in Australia, the pickings are slim.

11:25 am 31/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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4K films head to new Sony UHD TV owners, but only for a limited time

The biggest problem owners of Ultra HD TVs have right now is the lack of content. There is pretty much an absence of 4K media in Australia at the moment, but if you’re thinking of buying a Sony UHD TV, you’ll have one on the rest of us.

1:58 pm 30/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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Dolby Atmos coming to stores this year through Onkyo, content less so

Australia gets most of the big blockbusters, but if you look at how many cinemas we have that support Dolby’s totally immersive audio format, the number is very small. But you mightn’t have to worry about that, as Dolby’s Atmos format comes home.

1:47 pm 29/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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Review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones

Headphones that cut out the noise from the outside world generally require you to be tethered to your phone, but not a new pair of cans from Plantronics, as the company brings its expertise with wireless audio technology to the field of big headphones.

5:41 pm 15/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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LG gets a taste for multi room, puts years of research into it

According to a study, 15 percent of the audio equipment being bought in Australia is made for multi-room audio. It’s then no surprise that we’re seeing LG join the fray, bringing years of research and not just doing it because everyone else is.

3:43 pm 14/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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Astell & Kern, Blue Note team up for high-resolution audio deluxe kit

Like 4K video, high resolution audio is in a bit of a sore place, with few places to find it, and much of the availability locked out thanks to international restrictions, but if you have enough money, you can find a whopper of a pack.

5:32 pm 09/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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LG launches 4K Ultra HD OLED in Australia, one of only ten countries

As far as picture quality goes, there’s very little that competes with the organic light emitting diode. It’s not cheap, but this organic display component provides some of the strongest colours you’re likely to find on any TV, and now, you can find in a 4K TV.

4:18 pm 09/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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Apple announcing something October 17, what will it be?

The invite has gone out, and now we just have to wait, as Apple’s regular end of year showcase is set to happen, but what will it be: a new iPad, a new Mac, or something else that has been long overdue for an update?

9:11 am 09/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark
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Bluesound connects multi-room with high-res audio

Sonos may well have kicked off the HiFi field that is multi-room audio, but it’s not the only company getting its fingers in, with Bluesound joining the fray, bringing experience from Paul Smith Barton speakers and NAD amplifiers and making your listening experience more akin to what an audiophile would love.

11:34 am 08/10/2014 By Leigh D. Stark

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