RIP: Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner
Paul Kantner, founding member and guitarist of the iconic psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, died yesterday of complications stemming from a heart attack. He was 74.
CBS to Live Stream Super Bowl 50…with Ads
When the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers hit the gridiron on February 7 more people—in and out of the living room—will be able to access the big game than ever before, including younger viewers who don’t watch traditional
Astell & Kern AK380 Music Player Review Specs
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Astell & Kern AK380 Music Player Review Page 2
Astell & Kern AK380 Music Player Review
AT A GLANCE
Compatible with DSD and 32-bit PCM
Streams to and from other devices
Extraordinary build quality
Breathtakingly high priced
32-bit capability is irrelevant to non-professionals
Astell & Kern’s AK380 offers copious network audio features and the unique plus of native 32-bit playback—but is it worth the high price to consumers?
Shock lead of the year: Astell & Kern’s AK380 music player retails for $3,499. That’s an awful lot to pay for a pocketful of music. But it seems unjust to start a review of such a product by carping over its price before evaluating its merits. After all, not many people muster moral outrage over the price tags on Porsches, Patek Philippe watches, or 99-point offerings in Wine Spectator. Why should high-end audio units—including the Pono, a comparative bargain at $400— be the only perfectionist products to face puritan scorn? No, as a consumer, I wouldn’t pay $3,499 for a music player. But as a critic, I’m willing to consider cost-noobject items on their own terms.
Fluance Intros Ultra Modern Bluetooth Speaker
Sure to stand out among the sea of wireless speakers, Fluance today introduced a most unusual looking Bluetooth speaker, the Fi70.
Circuit City Comeback?
Circuity City, once the nation’s top electronics retailer until it went belly up in the late 2000’s and closed the last of its stores in 2009
, may be making a comeback, according to TWICE
Stereo Exchange to Host Live Performance/Vinyl Listening Session Tomorrow in NYC
Stereo Exchange, one of New York City’s oldest audio/video and home theater retailers, is hosting a vinyl listening event/record release party and live in-store performance tomorrow, Friday, January 29th, at 7 p.m.
What Is a Home Theater Bypass?
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Q I have a Denon A/V receiver hooked up to a 5.1-channel speaker system. The setup works fine for movies, but every now and then I want to listen to good ol’ stereo recordings ( I have a modest collection of CDs stored as Apple lossless audio files). I am tempted to purchase a high-end integrated amp for just this purpose. Which gets me to my question: Can I hook both my receiver and the integrated amp to my front L/R speakers? —Nick Gruin