This review reminds me about how understated forum’s are nowadays. And how Toppings are pretty cool audio devices that offer a lot of features and functionality for a reasonable price.

But this article isn't about an audio device. It's about a community where you can hang out without any hassle, a place where you can chat and learn about HiFi and everything music-related. It's an old-school forum where you can mingle with people of all levels of knowledge, status, and financial abilities without getting sucked into arguments. The community's rules are simple – no snake oil, no provocation allowed, and trolls get kicked out. No one cares how much your setup costs or how fancy it is, and you don't need to share photos of your gear to impress.

What makes this community so special is that it feels like going back in time when forums were all the rage. It's a place where people swap ideas and information instead of just interacting through algorithms. You can come and go as you please without being demoted because you haven't interacted enough with “THE ALGORITHM.” You're not subjected to recommendation engines that are biased towards pushing certain products, services or views.

The community's founder, Amirm, is an electrical engineer who reviews devices with complicated equipment and charts. While not everyone may dig the charts, many people can get a ton of info from them. His review always ends with a “conclusion” chapter that summarizes the whole review, telling you in layman's terms what the charts were saying all along.

In addition to the community's founder, you can find people from all over the world, with different backgrounds and experiences, sharing their thoughts and ideas about music and HiFi. The community isn't just for audiophiles or people with a technical background. It's a welcoming place for anyone who's passionate about HiFi and music in general.

And it is super active, with new threads and posts popping up every day. There's always something interesting to read or participate in. It isn't just a place to consume information but a place to engage with people.

Give it a try: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/.

Best thing about it? You don’t need to login to read the articles…


#audio #nicetoknow

-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023


Dpreview delves into the differences between a 2.8 and 4.0 aperture in more detail.

The problem with the F2.8 zoom is that it’s more than some people need or can afford. That's where the F4 zooms come in, promising similar features and quality in a smaller, lighter and above all more affordable package. For many, getting a sharp, perhaps weather sealed lens at about 50% of the price is an attractive option.

The price difference between the two can be significant. If you're in the market for a new lens and are unsure which one to buy, this article is for you.

Source: https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9986660675/the-f4-compromis

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-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023


In a nutshell:

You have a perpetual license? The joke is on you.

You purchase a subscription? You lose your perpetual license. The joke is still on you.

Filmora did the same thing. They thought that customers would roll over and die. This guy decided to fight back.

From Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

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-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023


I spent way too much time on the internet searching for the perfect leather bag to transport my everyday carry (EDC) fountain pen pouch, Midori notebook, Filofax project book, reMarkable 2 digital notepad, pouch with various cables and chargers, 20,000mAh power bank, 13-inch laptop, tablet, phone, and audiophile listening gear pocket consisting of a mini DAC, some ridiculously expensive earbuds, various short audio cables and adapters, and other items I want to keep with me..

I want the bag to be stylish, spacious on the inside but small on the outside, gain character with use, not too expensive, and sturdy enough to survive a motorcycle trip on the backseat of my ZZR-1400 at 260 km/h on the German Autobahn. I don't know why the latter is so important to me since I live in Belgium, but there you have it.

I discovered that there is a lot of overpriced… bags out there, even from high-end brands. Apparently, fashion brands don't believe in the combination of style and spaciousness.

This led me to the Urban Bozz website in Breda, Netherlands, where I found myself eyeing a Peaky Blinders suit and a bag, for some reason. That's the problem with the internet; it's a rabbit hole that takes you to unexpected places. But that's also why I love it; it allows me to travel and discover new things without leaving my family behind. With a 5-year-old, traveling and adventure is on hold for now.

I highly recommend checking out Urban Bozz's products. I'm planning to visit their store in Breda with my eldest son for a men's day out and hopefully find the perfect bag.

And, it'll be fun to revisit the city after so many years. I grew up in neighboring Tilburg, bought my first car in Breda (a black 1978 Alfetta GTV 2.0L), and even had my first date there. I think.

#nicetoknow #lifestyle

-z, photographer © 2020 – 2023