Noth­ing seedy about it

HYM Seed Au­dio’s new au­dio player is all you need to get the party started

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Now that looks retro!

HYM Seed Au­dio’s new au­dio player looks vin­tage, but there’s noth­ing old-school about the tech. The Seed is an all-in-one WiFi and Blue­tooth sys­tem with ca­pac­i­tive touch con­trols and built-in speak­ers. In short, it’s all you need to get the party groov­ing.

Built-in speak­ers?

There are two sit­ting un­der­neath the record deck. Each speaker fea­tures a one-inch silk tweeter and a four-inch Kevlar woofer, pow­ered by a 70-watt am­pli­fier. Vi­bra­tions from the speak­ers won’t ruin sound — the Seed uses a patented Tri-point sus­pen­sion sys­tem to keep vi­bra­tions at bay.

Does it sound good?

The Seed is de­signed to de­liver a warm-sound­ing vinyl ex­pe­ri­ence with top-notch au­dio qual­ity. That starts with an Au­dio Tech­nica AT3600 car­tridge Hi-Fi MM phono car­tridge. While the turntable is tuned to of­fer a flat-fre­quency re­sponse, you can tweak the bass and tre­ble lev­els via the in­cluded re­mote con­trol. Even when it’s at max­i­mum vol­ume, the Seed plays with­out dis­tor­tion.

Nice. Does it also stream mu­sic?

Yep. Choose from Blue­tooth or Wi-Fi stream­ing via the Seed app (iOS, An­droid) or via touch con­trols at the front of the player. The app also fea­tures in­te­grated sup­port for ser­vices in­clud­ing TuneIn, Ti­da­land Spo­tify Con­nect.

I’m so in. When can I buy one?

The Seed is avail­able to pre-or­der now, with ship­ping to be­gin later this month. If you’re short on space for a vinyl setup, the two-speed, belt-drive Seed turntable is a great op­tion. This all-in­one sys­tem fea­tures built-in speak­ers, so while the unit it­self isn’t ex­actly small, it’s still more com­pact than sep­a­rates

The new A3 ar­rives – and it’s right on time.

Tech­ni­cally it’s been more than a year since the A2 so you might say the A3 Pro has landed a bit later than ex­pected.

What has changed from the last time?

Pana­sonic has opted for a metal de­sign com­plete with an­tenna bands adorn­ing the top and bot­tom edges. The pro­ces­sor has been up­graded while the rear snap­per en­joys an in­crease in megapix­els.

How about get­ting into the spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Pow­er­ing the A3 Pro is Me­di­aTek MT6753 pro­ces­sor, 3GB RAM, 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age ex­pand­able up to 128GB via mi­croSD and a 4000mAh bat­tery ca­pac­ity. A 13MP rear cam­era and 8MP front cam­era round up the op­tics.

I re­mem­ber read­ing about ARBO AI.

The AI as­sis­tant is ever ready to help you out with things like lo­ca­tion-based prompts to switch set­tings, learn­ing your app habits and even pro­vid­ing re­minders on calls or mes­sages. Think of it as your very own per­sonal as­sis­tant!

Hope there aren’t any mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the in­ter­face.

The user in­ter­face is stock An­droid with a clean UI de­void of any mod­i­fi­ca­tions bar­ring a few tweaks that won’t af­fect the per­for­mance.

Do I get some choices in colours?

You get three, start­ing from Mocha Gold, Gold and Grey al­though two Gold vari­ants seems a bit re­dun­dant.

Is there also a vanilla A3 model?

Yes, the only dif­fer­ences are the Me­di­aTek MT6737 pro­ces­sor and 16GB in­ter­nal stor­age com­ing at a lower price tag of R11,490. Ev­ery­thing else is the same.

When and where can I find it?

It’s al­ready out now avail­able at all Pana­sonic stores and other off­line re­tail­ers across the coun­try.

To or­der PRICE: `50,000 www.seed.hy­mo­rig­i­nals.com

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