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Communications, games hardware, audio, fitness and connected technology drove a 3.0 per cent increase in comparable sales from JB Hi-Fi Australia, while comparable sales rose 12.6 per cent in NZ and 1.5 per cent at The Good Guys.

 

 

 

 

Note that Plantronics has discontinued its entire BackBeat headphones line, so this model should drift out of the market by year's end. It started out at $180 and vivaldiaudio now costs half that -- and sometimes less.

 

 

 

 

"The company continues to see positive sales growth, however in the Christmas quarter and January there has been increased volatility and a bias in customer purchasing towards key promotional periods," JB Hi-Fi said in a statement.

 

 

 

 

Music is also similar to the car industry in the way that older is sometimes better. Many old Ferraris and Aston Martins are coveted by collectors in the same way that 20 to 30-year old audio players are deemed valuable item

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the same way that a car enthusiast might admire a Lamborghini or a film buff might love watching a Blu-Ray DVD on a 1080p screen, music lovers just can't get enough of high-end audio.

 

 

These are the audiophiles, a group of people who just aren't content with the free earphones that come with the purchase of an iPo

 

 

 

 

 

 

For people who love music, a decent system is actually a fantastic investment. Let's say you've seen a system that costs 1,000. Bit on the pricey side, right? After all, it's only a piece of equipment that you can listen to music on. But these high-end audio systems can last well over 20 year

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter how large your speakers are, you cannot enjoy optimum sound without relying on the right digital audio cable. Crystal clear sound output comes only when the sound signal transmitting cable is resistant to outside disturbance

 

 

 

 

The company says revenue for the six months to December 31 rose 4.2 per cent to $3.84 billion, with comparable sales in Australia, New Zealand and at The Good Guys - the white goods business it bought in 2016 - all going up.

 

 

 

 

£189.99, It's somehow difficult to take voice-controlled smart speakers seriously as music players. It might be because you're asking them to play Pink Floyd one second, and then asking them to time your boiled egg.

 

 

 

 

Digital audio cables are very easy to use.

 

 

If you are interested in wireless transmission, you need to have specific software downloaded to ensure the computer or the source can auto-detect the digital signals. But when you use fiber optic digital audio cables like in a home theater set up, you just need to join one end of the cable to the source connector port usually rectangular in shap

 

 

 

 

So in many ways, Q Acoustics' new Concept 300 speaker is quite restrained: the surreal part is that it comes on a metal tripod that looks like an artist's easel, using ‘Tensegrity' technology first seen in the floating ‘Skylon' tower at the Festival of Britain in 1951.

 

 

 

 

Fiber-optic digital audio cables allow users to connect an audio source such as CD players or computers or even an iPod or any other console-based device, with a receiver system and the cable transmits the audio signals in a compressed forma

 

 

 

 

David Carnoy/CNET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, they're expensive, but the AirPods Max deliver richer, more detailed sound than lower-priced competitors from Bose and Sony. They also feature arguably the best noise canceling on the market, along with premium build quality and Apple's virtual surround spatial audio feature for video watching. While they're heavy, they manage to be surprisingly comfortable, though I did have to adjust the mesh canopy headband to sit a little more forward on my head to get a comfortable secure fit when I was out walking with them. They should fit most heads well, but there will be exceptions.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Tew/CNET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduced way back in 1991, the Sony MDR-7506 has long been a favorite headphone of recording engineers and other sound professionals (yes, this is a wired headphone). The origins of its design date even further back, since the MDR-7506 is, in fact, a refresh of the  that rolled out in 1985. Both models were designed for the pro sound market, but remain hugely popular with consumers.

 

 

 

 

Echo Studio is Amazon's latest attempt at a ‘hi-fi' Echo device, and it's certainly a burly piece of kit. It's bigger even than Apple's distinctly porky HomePod - and armed with 330w of power and a 5.25in bass driver.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Tew/CNET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Jabra first announced its Elite 85h ($300, £280) over-ear headphones, it touted how it would be equipped with always-on (hands-free) voice-assistant control using . Alas, that feature didn't make it into the final product -- apparently it affected battery life too much, and battery life is critical -- but the Elite 85h is nevertheless an excellent noise-canceling headphone that makes music and other audio sound good. It's comfortable to wear and also works well as a headset for making calls -- important for users working from home these days.

 

 

 

 

In the Q Acoustics speaker, the idea is that the structure (supported by tension) eliminates vibrations going from the speaker down (and the floor up), so you can get great sound out of a floor-stander, without it being the size of the monolith from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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