The ease with which you can enjoy your music collection, along with the sonic capabilities of the Sony HAP-Z1ES are compelling reasons to go for a demo. The stunning playback of high resolution PCM files, in particular the unparalleled DSD playback will make it hard to leave the showroom without one under your arm. You have been warned!
At AUD$1799 the Sony HAP-S1 is not cheap but remember it is a complete ‘system’, just add speakers. Overall, the Sony HAP-S1 is a very enjoyable product to use in combination with an iPad or similar device. Sound quality is excellent, and the 40 watt per channel amplifiers offer up enough power for normal listening. With the exception of my few gripes listed above, I can recommend the Sony HAP-S1 very highly.
Each person will decide for themselves if that is a value proposition or not, and thankfully you can download a 14 day free trial of Roon to help you make that decision and I recommend you do as it is the only way to truly appreciate Roon. But be prepared to pay the price of entry because once you try it, I am pretty sure you will be more than sold on it.
So with the exception of the lack of support for 88.2 and 176.4kHz via USB, there is a lot to like about the Onkyo A-9000R and if you are in the market for a quality stereo integrated amplifier, I suggest you add it to your audition list.
The big question however is did I end up with a high quality movie of my holiday? The answer is absolutely. After leaving out all of the high speed footage from the sun-roof, I ended up with a 30 minute movie which I edited in Final Cut Pro, added some colour effects and music, and i could not be happier.
In summing up the Zeiss 16-35mm, I can only compare it to the lens I have had in the past and that includes a Nikon 16-35mm and the Canon 17-40mm L Series. Without a doubt the Zeiss is superior in every way to both of those excellent lenses, the Nikon came close to the Zeiss in terms of colour and sharpness, but when I consider build quality, sharpness, the rich colours and flawless, fast focusing the Zeiss is simply in a class above the other two. Very highly recommended.
Ok, you all need to know that I love my tablets, ever since the Compaq Concerto (486DX cpu, 4MB ram – Way ahead of its time!). I have been buying and using tablets in my daily life for ages (HP TC1100, Tabletkiosk Sahara Slate, countless iPads etc etc), always favouring the simpler “slate” (no keyboard
If like me however you do music recording/mixing, pre-press graphics, video editing or photographic work, the iMac Retina is an incredible machine that offers very fast performance, and a screen you will simply not want to live without. Highly Recommended. .
These settings to me result in a big, analogue console type of sound which is saying something given that I mix on a DAW (like most people these days) and sum out to a TL Audio Ebony A4 Summing Mixer, prior to hitting the THC. This is the result I was after, it was just a long road to get to this point with the THC, and that is where the second part of this story begins.
What’s the big deal? What is wrong with blades? Well, if you have a double bunk in your kids room for example, a normal ceiling fan with blades could do some serious damage when on the top bunk, and air flow is forced down only. The exhale changes all that!