“I want the air to move.”
Audio technology has only improved in the last decade or so. Whether you’re a fan of headphones or earbuds, digital or vinyl, the quality of sound has been taken to fabulous new heights. Since 1961, KEF has been on the forefront of audio innovation.
“The job is is to put you, the listener, in the recording studio or in the concert hall. We put you in Carnegie Hall. So, you’re hearing what the recording engineer hears.”
For 60 years, KEF has developed some of the most innovative audio technology you’re aware of. In the early 1970s, KEF was the first company to adopt computers for the testing and design of loudspeakers. Back when computers were entire rooms.
Throughout the 1970s and 80s, KEF was a pioneer in the development of audio technology.
“KEF’s story is kind of unique to the industry, and it’s also a lot of people don’t realize that KEF is one of the sort of founding companies of the audio Hi-Fi movement”
Some of the techniques and technologies developed and brought to market are:
- Driver Decoupling (Model 105.2) – a technique of reducing cabinet coloration by mounting drivers via controlled lossy coupling
- Coupled-Cavity Bass Loading (Model 104/2) – a technique of pairing two bass drive units and feeding their output via a single port.
- Conjugate Load Matching (Model 104/2) – a crossover optimization technique that presents a constant ohmic load to the amplifier.
- The “KEF Universal Bass Equalizer,” or “KUBE” (Model 107) – a technique to overcome the unavoidable phase lag present at low frequencies.
- Uni-Q (C-Series) – a patented implementation of coincident midrange and tweeter drivers that strives to preserve phase integrity and match dispersion between the drivers resulting in improved stereo imagery.
Now, if you’re an audiophile you probably thought, “oh cool.” If you’re not, all you need to know is that that’s all very cool. It means “good sound.” And if you don’t know what “good sound” is, that means you’re lucky. Because good sound means you don’t notice it. Or, you notice everything. Both are correct.
It can be a little hard to explain. How the hell does one explain how sound works?
“It’s actually a lot simpler than you think. It’s all about magnetism. And so if you think about it like, so I’m speaking into it into a microphone right here, right? There’s a membrane on that microphone. So when I push air the membrane vibrates, and what that does is that’s connected to a magnet, which makes a positive and a negative imprint of the signal, which becomes an electrical signal.
“It’s a magnet connected to a membrane that vibrates. So, it’s the simplest of electrical technologies. It is kind of mind-boggling in the sense that we can just use a magnet inside of another magnet to make an electrical sound.”
Sure, that’s how it works if you look back to Thomas Edison or RCA chains. But what about the digital world we live in today?
“What we simply do with digital now is we take those vibrations and we digitize them, we turn them into computer ones and zeros for storage.
“But the actual making of sound or capturing of sound is that it’s all about magnetism. That’s really all it is.”
Pretty cool, huh?
KEF has been a pioneer and a leader in the audio industry. Along with the other big boys like Bose or Sennheiser, KEF is one such audio company you can rely on for the best quality sound you could ask for.
KEF has just celebrated its 60th anniversary and is still going strong. They’re also not “purists” when it comes to the debate between earbuds and headphones or digital and vinyl. Each has their own role, their own strengths and weaknesses. And KEF provides the best quality sound for whatever your taste may be.
Banksy’s website hacked, fan scammed $336,000 and got money back
The mysterious graffiti artist from England Banksy got his website hacked seven days after his team warned him it might have security issues. A British collector and also fan got scammed with a $336,000-worth digital art. Luckily, the fan got his money back.
On Tuesday, Banksy’s digital art was promoted on his official website. It was an image that displayed one of the NFT collectibles called CryptoPunks.
NFT, also known as non-fungible tokens, represents unique digital items such as art. With NFT, the owners of the digital artwork can be bought and sold by creating an ownership certificate. People who buy NFTs carry certificates that indicate ownership of the original item. However, this certificate doesn’t mean buyers have copyright, which means other netizens can still access or view the digital item. Simply put, an NFT acts like an ownership receipt of a digital item.
Banksy fell prey to hackers Tuesday when his official website was hacked and scammed a fan out of $336,000 (£242,000). Security experts gave the graffiti artist a heads up that the website might be hacked. However, the artist ignored it.
Who is Banksy?
Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist, street artist, film director, and political activist. Although the artist is famous both online and offline, he keeps his identity a secret. He’s dubbed as the anonymous British graffiti artist.
He remains anonymous while creating his artwork and only reveals it when it gains traction on social media. Banksy’s style leans more towards stencils to make it quicker to paint. The great French graffiti artist Blek le Rat also has a significant influence on Banksy’s style.
A British collector thought he bought a world-renowned artist’s first-ever NFT, only to realize that the artwork was fake after buying it. He had been led to a link to an auction with the URL “banksy.co.uk/NFT.” The link showed a collectible entitled “Great Redistribution of the Climate Change Disaster was deleted after the auction. The auction finished early, and the fan bid 90 percent over other fans.
The fan paid close to $336,000 for a fake Banksy digital art. The British collector under the name Pranksy wanted to stay anonymous. Moreover, Pranksy was even more surprised when the hacker returned the entire amount save for the $5,000 transaction fee.
He said an anonymous person alerted him on Discord about the auction. He also said that the hacker might have been scared because Pranksy found out who he was and followed him on Twitter. Pranksy also recounts how the media was all over the NFT hack scam and might have pushed the hacker to return the money.
Although he is now $5,000 short, he says he’s still fortunate to get the rest of the amount back. He said he feels sorry for others in a similar situation, with the worst outcome of not getting a refund.
Scam or stunt?
While the fake link is already weird enough, others thought it was also highly bizarre that the scammer returned the money. People even speculated it was all part of a stunt.
However, Prof Paul Gough, an expert on Banksy art and Arts University Bournemouth principal and vice-chancellor, says it couldn’t have been.
For one, Banksy was recently busy with his “Spraycation” stunt, where he filmed 10 of his projects in East Anglia. And secondly, the artwork is a far cry from his stencil-inspired style.
Kim Kardashian Breaks The Internet. Again.
Hey everyone. Kim Kardashian did another thing. And it’s not what you expect.
This year’s 2021 Met Gala theme was “American Independence.” This theme was so open that the outfits, dresses, and costumes were absolutely all over the place. From Frank Ocean’s puppet to Grimes’ Sci-Fi Warrier outfit, to AOC’s “Tax The Rich” gown this year’s Met Gala was one to see.
And who stood out amongst the crowd? Why, Kim Kardashian, of course.
When people expect something from you, the best way to maintain attention is to take that expectation and flip it on its head. Because Kim knows how to “break the internet,” Twitter went HAM on memes.
Here’s a compilation of all the best memes made from Kim Kardashian and her attention-seeking outfit.
If I woke up seeing that I’d have a very wet bed.
Definitely knock before entering.
Some people may be very disappointed when they unlock this character.
Me. So, so me.
Best anti-social social outfit ever.
“dementor” is a little on the nose, no?
You know who had a way more impressive Met Gala appearance than Kim Kardashian? Lil Nas X.
Look at how shiny she is. You go on Lil Nas X, with your gay C-3PO look.
The Ariana Grande Fortnite Concert: A Magical Musical Gaming Experience
Many fans of Fortnite would agree that it’s no longer just a game; it’s an experience. The developer of the popular game, Epic Games is known to release new maps or experiments to keep players on it. Two of which are the mystery cube and a black hole that created a new map. But their latest release is the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert treating millions of fans to the Princess of Pop’s hits as they explore a magical pastel map.
Let’s take a look at how players enjoyed the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert in all of its pastel glory.
Rift Tour: Ariana Grande Fortnite Concert
The concert was live from August 6 to 8. Before players can witness the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert live, they can complete quests and win rewards, such as a Cosmic Cuddles loading screen, kitty emoticon, and spray. Those who played any of the five live games received an umbrella.
In the Rift Tour video, players wait in a lobby or space under an unknown flying object in the sky. There, they run towards a rectangular portal where they float towards an animated Fortnite-version of Ariana Grande, hand holding out, welcoming them on a new experience.
Before they get treated to the Ariana Grande musical journey, they can rack up points by sliding across a track and fighting a giant boss, Storm King. Players can hear music from Travis Scott and Marshmello before they meet the Princess of Pop and enjoy dancing and floating to her tunes.
Gaming and Music Come Together
Fortnite isn’t only famous for battle-royale and team battles. Players can bust out dance moves like The Dab. And anyone online for the live concert danced along to Grande’s catchy tunes.
Grande sings the following hits as players traverse through different courses in the game:
- 7 Rings
- Be Alright
- The Way
Players are treated to different experiences during the musical journey, giving fans an unforgettable audiovisual treat. Ariana Grande starts with a brief Raindrops performance, with players helping each other up. Then, an orb of light appears and lands on a circular stage where she finally emerges to sing 7 Rings. It transitions to a beach where players can dance along to one of her famous hits.
During her Be Alright number, players float inside a bubble while Grande flies through the air thanks to her winged glass shards costume. And for her R.E.M. performance, players ride on flying unicorns while the singer sits on a giant swing.
She then sings her next song, The Way, where players can move up the stairs where they teleport to another flight of stairs until they reach the top. Finally, Positions plays where players can jump and dance along to the beat.
The whole musical journey ends with the singer breaking the glassy exterior of the map with a hammer. Then, the players are sucked back into the portal they entered and to the lobby.
Post-Concert Quests, Rewards, and Items
Although the live concert is no longer available, Fortnite players can download the content for free on Fortnite’s site. As reported by Ginx.tv, there are four quests available to play. One of them is meant for solo players, and the three require a team. The rewards you’ll receive are experience points, and an XOXO emote.
The post-concert rewards include Skye Up High Loading Screen, an umbrella, and a Rift-Tour banner. Only those with a Fortnite Crew subscription are entitled to these awards. Also, die-hard Arianators and Fortnite fans can buy the Ariana Grande skin and play as the pop star.
However, the quests are only available until August 23, 10 AM EST.
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