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Audio Technical

Patina: Sony PCM-D1

Let’s get it out of the way. The Sony PCM-D1 is expensive and discontinued. So why are we writing about it? Allow us to explain in this edition of Patina.

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It's still not safe to go in the water

Jaws Blu-Ray Edition

Real, life-affirming creations of art that come along at the right place at the right time to transform culture as we know it are… well, rare. Jaws is such a masterpiece, and one that has captivated audiences for nearly forty years. The film struck a chord through cutting edge effects, a genius score, and of…

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Drummer (Oh) Boy

Roland TD-30KV Electronic Drums

Would you pay nearly $10,000 for one of the quietest drum kits in the world? Even if your upstairs neighbors won’t pitch in, the Roland TD-30KV could make it worth every penny. Representing the pinnacle of their V-Drum technology, the Roland RD-30KV represents over 10 years of technology pioneering. These are serious, professional instruments capable…

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One amp to rule them all

Line6 POD HD

It seems even the roadie has been made nearly obsolete in the wake of digital technology. The Line6 POD has been a mainstay in studios and professional live rigs for years, but this latest version, the POD HD, may now convince even the stuffiest of tube-amp worshippers into packing away their giant and costly amplifiers…

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Fire in the holes

Primus Firehole

Our collective taste buds have been maturing at a rapid rate, and no longer will charcoal laden processed meats satisfy the hunger achieved after a long day of hiking the wilderness. The Primus Firehole is the essential tool for any outdoor enthusiast who also knows the secret to a great meal is a controllable, consistent…

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Fancy Fixie Fixer

E.H. Works Mopha Bike Tool Roll

The urban cyclists are always in danger of a sudden flat or magically appearing pothole. There are a lot of multifunction bicycle tools to choose from these days, but that doesn’t mean carrying them has become any easier, and when out for a leisurely weekend ride, the last thing you want is to bog yourself…

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Right on time

Braun Digital Alarm Clocks

Braun has been associated with immaculate design for decades, with guru Dieter Rams conjuring up some of their most iconic objects in the 1960’s, based around minimalist lines, uncluttered surfaces and rock solid materials. This legacy still carries on today in the company’s new line of digital alarm clocks. Several different models in varying sizes…

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Whipping your studio cans into shape

Schiit LYR Hybrid Headphone Amplifier

We covered Schiit’s audiophile grade products before, and now rejoice at the release of the extremely powerful LYR Headphone Amplifier. The LYR is a robust, tube-based amplifier with an incredible 6 watts of power, designed to satisfy the gluttonous needs of high impedance studio cans to unlock their full dynamic range. Just in case you…

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Shred all you want, but skip the jam session

Fellowes 79Ci Paper Shredder

Let’s not pretend…shredding paper is not something most of us anxiously anticipate. The only thing that can make such a menial task worse is when the office shredder (circa 1970’s and looking much like a poor-man’s R2D2) can only handle 2 sheets a minute and still jams up. The Fellowes 79Ci Paper Shredder eliminates such…

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Heaven sent

Canon EOS 60Da

Even the most seasoned photographer knows the frustrations of delving into the world of astrophotography. Ultra long exposures, hyper-subtle colorations and bringing out the detail of such distant objects usually results in blurry, indistinguishable images that are more akin to a close-up of your garage floor instead of the majestic night sky. Canon has addressed…

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A Strat is Born

The Fender Stratocaster is the definition of an American classic. The instrument has been produced continuously since it was introduced in 1954 and has since become a mainstay of players across all genres of music for its timeless design and distinctive sound. Legends such as Hendrix, Gilmour, Clapton and Jeff Beck have solidified the Stratocaster…

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Spring into action at 1700 PSI

Craftsman Pressure Washer & Steam Cleaner

The signs of spring are usually cause for celebration — that is until you uncover your patio furniture to reveal an unidentifiable landscape of last year’s 4th of July cookout. Craftsman, whose wares have graced the drawers of your family’s toolbox for generations, offers the perfect solution with their new 1700 PSI / 1.3 GPM…

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10 from 6,000,000

Sonic Editions x Impossible Cool: The Getty Archives

The specialty print house Sonic Editions and Sean Sullivan’s The Impossible Cool are at it again, following up their first print collaboration with a new volley of ten incredible photographs dug up from over six million photographs found in archives of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Just like the last batch, each image in…

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Loud and Studious

Adam ARTist 5 Monitors

Ask any studio engineer worth his ponytail about Adam speakers, and they will tell you their monitors have populated some of the best recording facilities in the world for years. The reason for this is a passion for forward thinking design and revolutionary use of materials, such as carbon fiber diaphragms and ribbon transducers. While…

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Limber timber'er

Sven-Saw Folding Saw

The Sven Folding Saw eliminates the cumbersome builds of traditional cutters, while still retaining the strength to conquer any task. Both 15” and 21” models are available, featuring a USA made frame and a serrated blade formed in Denmark from Swedish steel. Its unique folding design protects the blade when not in use, and collapses…

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There's extravagant, and then there's this

Fuji X-Pro1 Globe-Trotter Case

Nothing quite says “You’ve made it” like buying ~$9,000 worth of cutting edge camera equipment, encapsulated in the finest luggage around. Fujifilm’s new partnership with opulent British luggage maker Globe-Trotter has yielded a handmade case assembled on period Victorian machinery, constructed from their famous Fibreboard, which is actually formed from a dozen layers of bonded…

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Watch your weight wherever

Medisana TargetScale

One of the best things about technology is how it can mediate mundane or annoying activities, such as hopping on the scale to see the damage caused by the last few months of winter. Enter the Medisana TargetScale ($207), which transforms the entire notion of the bathroom scale into a device that any UFO fan…

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Battle-Ready Guitar Cabs

Emperor Custom Guitar Cabinets

The south side of Chicago is infamous for many things, one of them being a long history steeped in industrial manufacturing, meatpacking, and various other bare-knuckle activities. This steel-clad tradition is carried on today by a small group of craftsmen in a Bridgeport warehouse, who since 2006 have been supplying some of the heaviest bands…