That the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel is just now hitting showrooms now is a bit of a shock. For the better part of the decade, Mazda had promised a diesel engine for a US-market car -- in fact, it was originally destined for the Mazda6. But the Japanese automaker said calibration and certification issues were the original source of delays, and those issues were made even more complicated by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, which not only increased government oversight of diesel fuel, but tarnished public perception of these powertrains. So Mazda faces an uphill battle by launching a diesel-powered CX-5 in the year 2019. Outside of pickup trucks, diesel engines are now pretty scarce. And making things more complicated, Mazda's Skyactiv-D engine is only being offered in the most expensive CX-5 trim. Does that make this more efficient CX-5 a worthy consideration, or is the diesel-powered Mazda basically dead on arrival? Different with diesel Any company deciding to … [Read more...] about 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait?
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Review By Lester Victor Marks Friday, July 05, 2019, 12:16 pm PT (03:16 pm ET) Pioneer's wireless CarPlay aftermarket units are routinely great, and the AVIC-W6400NEX is among the very best if you need a DVD/CD player.The home screen of the Pioneer AVIC-W6400NEXA Little History Pioneer organizes their range like this: There's a main series of device, denoted by AVH, DMH, AVIC or similar, then there's a four digit numeral, which denotes the place in the model lineup. The 1000 series is at the low end of the model lineup, the 4000 series is a flagship disc-less model, 6000 is a flagship DVD-equipped model, and 8000 series is as top-of-the-line as you'll find. The ending suffix, NEX, stands for Networked Entertainment eXperience. Basically, that means that it works with smartphones, iDatalink Maestro, Siri-Eyes Free, Pandora, has a 13-band EQ, built-in Auto EQ, and probably an HDMI input as well. The hundreds place denotes generation: an AVIC-8000NEX was the top-of-the line first … [Read more...] about Review: Pioneer w6400nex offers easy-to-install wireless CarPlay
Headphone jacks are a thing of the past (unless you pay less for your phone, which is odd). USB-C audio is the “future,” but it isn’t a future that’s really ready. There are flaws, like needing dongles, buying new devices, and not being able to use earphones and charge your device at the same time. But even when headphones jacks were around, they didn’t exactly sound great. Putting aside exceptions like some LG G series devices with Quad DACs and the first Galaxy S which housed a Wolfson Micro DAC, most phones sound mediocre and can’t drive high end headphones. Some sound downright bad, even with cheap headphones. If you’ve upgraded your headphones, it’s time to upgrade the power behind them. The $149.99 Creative SXFI AMP pushes some serious power and clear audio through your wired headphones, and promises some fancy software features to emulate a bigger sound stage and more “live” sound. Overview The Creative SXFI AMP is a … [Read more...] about Creative SXFI AMP review: A mix of serious power and gimmicks
Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by the return of a popular deal on the latest 9.7-inch iPad, as the 32GB variant of Apple's mainstream tablet is back down to $250. That's $80 off its normal going rate. Further Reading2018 iPad review: Content creation with compromisesWe've highlighted similar deals a few times in the past and reviewed this model when it launched last year. There's not much more to say about the base-level iPad beyond "it's an iPad," but that doesn't make it any less pleasant for browsing the Web, reading e-books, streaming videos, and doing whatever else you'd do with a basic tablet. If you were thinking of getting one for your Mom for Mother's Day, this could be a good opportunity to take advantage. If you don't need a new tablet, we also have deals on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Instant Pots, the Fitbit Versa, Switch accessories, and much more. Have a look for yourself below. Note: Ars … [Read more...] about Dealmaster: The latest 9.7-inch iPad is only $250 today
As UHD TVs become more popular, consumers increasingly expect high-resolution content to match, whether they’re streaming from Netflix in glorious 4K, or upscaling old films on a state of the art Blu-Ray player. Visual quality clearly matters. But can the same be said for audio?When you take the number of people on the hunt for fantastic televisions, audiophiles on the lookout for Hi-Res Audio seem rare by comparison. However, that could be about to change, with developments in the world of hi-res audio like Sony’s new LDAC technology and music-streaming websites like Tidal, making quality audio more attractive than ever. Here's why, and how, Hi-Res Audio could be the upgrade that makes perfect sense for superior sonics across all your devices, including your phone.What is Hi-Res Audio?Hi-Res Audio (HRA) is lossless audio capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better-than-CD quality music sources, a sound … [Read more...] about Hi-Res Audio: everything you need to know about the lossless music codec