Inca won’t win any awards for the pedestrian name it has bestowed upon its latest TV concealment system, but the “Vertical Step Back & Rise” mechanism (900806-VSR) is sure to elicit oohs and aahs from unsuspecting bystanders.
AT A GLANCE Plus
Balanced and unbalanced output
Hi-res capable, including DSD
No album art
No fancy DAC chip
The HiFiMan SuperMini combines the sonics of a gentle top end and luscious mids with light weight, long battery life, and enough power to drive slightly less efficient headphones.
HiFiMan was founded in New York by Dr. Fang Bian. The company now operates from China but does not outsource either manufacturing or design. Headphones come from a factory in Dongguan. Music players come from another factory in Kunshan. R&D runs in Shanghai, software is developed in Shenzhen, and headquarters are in Tianjin. Unlike so many storied audio brands that have cut loose from their original motivation, 11-year-old HiFiMan continues to reflect the vision of Dr. Fang.
Vizio has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New Jersey’s Office of The Attorney General that it installed software to collect viewing data on 11 million smart TVs without consumers’ knowledge or consent.
I’ve been fascinated with player pianos ever since I visited the Alamo Saloon in Old Abilene Town years ago as a kid. The reenactment of Wild Bill Hickok’s famous gunfight was a hoot, but watching those cancan girls dance to an upright piano that was playing itself was downright mesmerizing. I recently visited the Yamaha Artist Services facility in New York to experience a modern, super-charged version of that old player piano—the Disklavier Enspire.
Italian speaker maker Sonus faber has announced the Homage Tradition collection featuring revamped versions of the company’s Amati and Guarneri speakers and the new Serafino, a scaled down version of the floorstanding Amati.
OK. First we need to talk about the picture. His name is Graham. Don’t get too creeped out. He’s not a real guy. He’s just a rendering. You’ve probably already seen Graham. His picture has been floating around the web-o-sphere for a while. He is what a guy might look like if he’s evolved to survive car crashes. But I’m pretty sure it’s also what you would look like, after Alexa has her way with you.