Hi-fi Corner: Pioneer’s SP-SB03 Speaker Base makes your TV worth listening to

first_img The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Setting a new standard for performance in the affordable sound platform genre, Pioneer’s new SP-SB03 Speaker Base was designed by the company’s resident audio guru, Andrew Jones. Like the SB23W sound bar before it, Jones brings his palpable passion for all things audio to the SB03, and the result is something special.Related: The Quarterwave wireless speaker: part awesome science, part gorgeous aestheticsUnlike many sound platforms which are constructed from molded plastic, the SB03 is designed around a wood composite cabinet that’s braced internally to help squelch unwanted resonance, while also propping up heavier flat panel TVs without buckling under the load.Inside, the unit is packed with 6 individually-powered drivers, pulling 28 watts each from 168 watts of total system power. The front face harbors dual 1-inch soft dome tweeters and a pair of 3-inch midrange drivers. Underneath are dual 4-inch down-firing woofers to reproduce the low frequencies. The system’s active-crossover design helps it achieve better continuity and higher dynamic expression than what you’ll hear from a basic fixed crossover system.Around back is an extremely succinct set of inputs, limited to a digital optical input, and an RCA analog input. As expected, the SB03 is also equipped with Bluetooth wireless streaming, which is a welcome feature considering this device handles music as brilliantly as it does movie and TV audio. It should be noted here that we have encountered a few hiccups with Bluetooth streaming during playback, but nothing that was prohibitive.And the Bluetooth quibbles are easily quelled due to the fact that the SB03 is hands down the best sounding sound platform we’ve come across at this price. Vocals and dialog are smooth, yet vividly detailed, upper register instrumentation and effects are brilliantly clear, and bass, while not as powerful as a fully dedicated subwoofer, is richly drawn and potent enough to stir up some cinematic excitement.Bottom line: For $350, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more capable companion than the Pioneer SP-SB03 to help transform your TV audio from pale to potent in one fell swoop.This article originally appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul last_img read more

Throttle Jockey: Ural still makes ’em like they used to

first_imgLast time around on Throttle Jockey, we checked out India’s classic Royal Enfield retro bikes, which are retro because, outside of some recent under-the-skin improvements, they’re still essentially the same bikes that have been in production for the last 60-odd years.That kind of longevity for a motorcycle – heck, for anything – is unusual, and I got a ton of emails saying “love those Royal Enfields, but what about Ural?”Indeed, what about Ural!Ural joins Royal Enfield (and Morgan, on the car side of things) as a legacy maker of retro rigs that we’d love to own – given a big enough pile of cash. So what’s a Ural? As you may have suspected, Ural is a Russian-made motorcycle and essentially a copy of a BMW model from the 1930s. Let’s just say its exact history is… complicated.  The bike has been in production in some guise and under various names over the preceding decades, but most people in the bike biz just call them Urals.Oh, and by the way, they include a sidecar. And don’t tell me you haven’t had fantasies of crossing continents with your wife/partner/kid/dog/cat riding shotgun in a tough-as-nails dozer of a bike while wearing a leather helmet and goggles, because we all have. So here’s your for-real ride.Ural motorcyclesCheck out the Sahara, just one of Ural’s world-conquering models built around their base 40-odd horsepower 750cc air-cooled boxer twin and sidecar system. For a mere $18,000, you essentially get a turn-key machine with selectable 2-wheel drive (that’s a lot for a motorcycle), appropriate sub-Saharan paintwork, lots of headlights, racks, spare tire, shovel, spacious trunk, jerry can and more. Not enough gear? Trust me, they have options.While the Sahara looks like it came out of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (and for all intents and purposes, it sorta did), Ural has of late updated their bikes to the same degree as Royal Enfield: better brakes (that use discs instead of drums, although drums actually remain an option), fuel injection, LED lighting and so on.Pony up another two grand for the upgrade package and you’re pretty much ready to roll from Cape Town to the Kremlin like it was a Sunday drive. I mean, c’mon, you can get a winch for these rigs. Comparatively, a base BMW GS Adventure costs more and there’s no sidecar or winch in sight. So, hey, a bargain.Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycleAny kidding aside, Urals are a special breed. Piloting a sidecar rig is not for the faint of heart. The usual motorcycle dynamics do not apply when riding since the bike doesn’t lean when turned. You can go hard left and out-turn a sports car because yo have the sidecar for added stability. Do the same going right and you’ll end up on your head with a heavy motorcycle-plus-sidecar on top of you.If you do choose to go this route, be sure to take a LOT of time practicing your turns in an empty lot (maybe a grass field, just for the extra cushion if you get too aggressive). This really is a situation where practice and experience can literally save your life.But in the end, if your’e looking for a bike that, really, few others are going to own, it’s hard to go wrong with a stout and steady Ural. Whether it’s the Sahara model or one of the many other variants (camo? Yes, of course), take pride in knowing that come hell, high water, nuclear war, alien invasion, zombie outbreak or meteor strike aftermath, you’ll most likely be able to make it to the coffeeshop safe and sound, along with your dog or some other brave passenger, on your trusty go-anywhere Ural.All photos courtesy of URAL’s USA website, which you should check out to see the craziness people put these things through.Ural motorcycles What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations 1. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 2. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 3. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 4. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 5. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 6. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 7. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 8. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 10. Ural motorcycles 11. Ural motorcycles 12. Ural motorcyclescenter_img The Best Motorcycle Tents for Camping on Two Wheels Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_img -30- HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road The Bog Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic to allow crews to complete the Bog Road Overpass from Thursday, May 14, to Wednesday, May 27. Signs will be in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747last_img

Youth jailed 25 years for killing man with a cricket bat

Approximately three weeks after a 12-member high court jury found him guilty of manslaughter, 22-year-old Jonathan Budhan of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) was on Monday slapped with a 25-year jail sentence.The man was accused of killing 40-year-old Deonarine Manbodh in October 2016. The man had reportedly disapproved of a relationship with the then 19-year-old lad and his niece, who was 16.Reports are that Budhan beat Manbodh to death with a cricket bat, after the older man reportedly embarrassed him in front of her peers.The sentence was handed down to Budhan who was very emotional when given the opportunity to speak. The convict, in tears, apologised to the family members of the deceased who were present in court, while at the same time informed the court that regrets his actions and begs for mercy.Budhan’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes in his plea of mitigation told the Judge that his client is remorseful, since according to the probation report, Budhan was described as a peaceful character, a hardworking and quite person.Justice Navindra Singh however, told the young man that; he sees the jury’s verdict as merciful since according to the evidence he was prepared to injure Manbodh, relying on the fact that after the first hit, he continuously fired blows to the now dead man even though he was on the ground.Furthermore, Justice Singh noted that he does not want to be the one to have young people incarcerated, as he considered the probation report and the years the convict spent on remand, thus sentencing him to 25 years imprisonment.Budhan had been initially charged for the capital offence of murder but a 12-member jury in a 10-2 proportion delivered a guilty verdict of manslaughter. The charged faced stated that on October 25, 2016 in the county of Demerara, he killed Manbodh.During the trial, it was revealed that the accused, armed with a bat, dealt Manbodh a lash to the head after he was embarrassed and assaulted by the now dead man.The accused retaliated due to the deceased actions.Reports indicate that on October 20, 2016, Manbodh was beaten to his head with a bat by the accused. Manbodh was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted and died five days later.The accused, who evaded Police apprehension after committing the act, later turned himself in at the Leonora Police Station and was charged for the offence.Editor’s Note: This article previously stated that the convicted man had disapproved of the relationship between the now dead man and his niece. It has been corrected to say that the now dead man had disapproved of the relationship between the now convicted man and his niece. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan, 29, sentenced to life in prison for killing 4-year-oldJuly 18, 2017In “Court”Spurned child molester who admitted to killing nephew gets 26 years jail sentenceMarch 23, 2016In “latest news”Man jailed for killing father-in-lawMarch 21, 2017In “Court” read more

President Opposition Leader to meet today

(File photo) Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger during a previous engagementThe much anticipated meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will take place today (Thursday).In a letter, dated July 3, the Head of State proposed that the two leaders meet at 15:00h today at the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP). The correspondence was sent by Director of MotP Joseph Harmon and addressed to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member Gail Teixeira, both of whom have been acting on behalf of the respective political leaders.INews understands that the Opposition Leader will be attending the meeting.Over the weekend, correspondences between the Government and the Opposition sparked much public debate after it was suggested that the President submits his own list of nominees for the GECOM Chair.“The Government interpreted [the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling] to mean that both the President and Leader of the Opposition will provide nominees on the list of six persons. It is hoped that the Leader of the Opposition could quickly communicate his view on this issue before a date for the meeting with the President is finalised,” Harmon had reasoned in the letter sent last Friday.However, that proposal was immediately rejected by the Opposition. In fact, Teixeira pointed out that Article 161 of the Constitution makes it the Opposition Leader’s job to submit names to the President, not the other way around. She noted too that to do otherwise would be a case of the President usurping the Opposition Leader’s role.“The Leader of the Opposition wishes to remind that the Caribbean Court of Justice, in its recent judgment, in interpreting Article 161 (2) of the Constitution, examined the letter, spirit and intendment of that Article. Therefore, the judgement of the Court must be construed as giving obeisance to the Article, rather than derogating from it,” she responded.“In this regard, it was never a matter of controversy that the list of six names must emanate from the Leader of the Opposition and the appointment of one therefrom is exclusively the remit of the President,” Teixeira also wrote. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPhotos: Meeting between the Opposition Leader and PresidentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news”President, Opposition Leader likely to meet tomorrowJuly 25, 2019In “latest news”Opposition, Govt to meet today to “hammer out” nominees for GECOM ChairmanJuly 8, 2019In “latest news” read more