Meet the Premium Audio Brand Loved by Jay-Z and the French President

“Hear the Unheard” seemed a lofty promise to the twentysomething audiophile who strolled into the Paris flagship of the French audio brand Devialet. He slipped off his Beats headphones and approached the sales consultant with a line of “prove it” questions. Could the company’s ambitious claims of having revolutionized an industry that hasn’t seen a significant innovation in the past 40 years be upheld in practice? The brand’s marquee product, the Gold Phantom, is a $2,990 wireless speaker that claims digitally powered, analog-grade sound. A frequency response of 14Hz to 27kHz (far outside the range of the human ear), 4,500W of power, and a maximum volume level of 108dB (read:… Read More

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What If Women Had The Power?

One of the most succinct definitions of sexual harassment I’ve read over the past few weeks goes like this: For men, it’s anything they might say to a woman that would make them uncomfortable if it were said to them, but in prison. It’s glib, sure. But it gets at the fundamental imbalance of power that characterizes relationships between men and women. To understand what it’s like for a woman to be catcalled, or harassed, or propositioned, it isn’t enough for men to simply put themselves in that woman’s place. They also have to imagine what it’s like to sense the imminent danger in those interactions—to be weaker than their… Read More

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Madison-bred writer turns out fine first novel

The 9/11 attacks linger and this novel is set a year later in central New Jersey with a few dramatic scenes in the Pine Barrens, tracks three lost teens. JJ Strong, who grew up in Madison, has created a rich life for three teens who experience some of the darker sides of life.Osgood Strong “Us Kids Know” By JJ Strong (Razorbill, 400 pp, $17.99) When many police cars speed by, sirens creating a cacophony that could be heralding mass murder, adrenaline courses through me: Is an evacuation happening? Are we running away or hunkering down? Then, like everyone around me, I keep moving. The 9/11 attacks linger. This novel, set… Read More

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Ask Amy: Family member enjoys degrading others

Dear Amy: My family has become somewhat torn over the past few years over what to do about this issue. Last year my adult brother openly declared his affiliation with an extremist political group and has taken to attacking members of my immediate and extended family over social media with degrading, misogynistic, racist and rude comments. Most have either unfriended, blocked or ignored him. He will also bring up his controversial opinions during family gatherings just to (using his words) “antagonize” people. My mother wants to keep lines of communication open so that it doesn’t come to a point where the only opinions he hears are from people on the… Read More

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Strictly Come Dancing fans can’t get over Shirley Ballas’ accidental amputee pun to Jonnie Peacock

Some slightly awkward TV material…. The Strictly ballroom is often a place of slick moves and even slicker personalities. With barely a sequin out of place, it’s not often the hit BBC competition suffers a lil’ awkward moment. However, last night, amongst the mass of killer moves and oiled chests came a pretty darn awkward situation. Just smile and wave, boys. Just smile and wave. As many will know, ballroom hopeful Jonnie Peacock is a Paralympian- having received a leg amputation from below the knee after unfortunately contracting meningitis as a child. After his performance last night, Jonnie and dance partner Oti Mabuse had headed over to the judges desk… Read More

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