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The Definitive Technology Demand D7 is $749.

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Are you sitting in your ’60s space egg chair in your silver jumpsuit just wishing you had the matching speakers to listen to Kylie Minogue? It’s specific, but Definitive Technology gets your particular aesthetic with its future retro Demand Series standmount speakers.

Definitive Technology has detailed three new „affordable“ speakers: the $499 Demand D5, $749 Demand D7 and $999 Demand D9. All three are two-way designs with a striking offset tweeter and gear-like phase plug. The tweeter is an annealed 1-inch aluminum dome and the company says the 5-degree offset and accompanying Wave Alignment Lens allow for more precise stereo imaging by reducing cabinet diffraction.

The differences between the three? It’s the size of the mineral-polymer mid-bass driver and cabinet sizes, plus the D7 and D9 have passive bass radiators built into the top. The D7 offers a cute-as-a-button 4.5-inch driver, the D7 has a  5.25-inch driver and the D9 the more traditional 6.5-inch size. Want something to plonk them on? Definitive also makes the matching ST1 stand for $399.

We’ve seen some excellent Definitive Technology speakers in the past — especially the excellent — and we think that by offering speakers at a lower price than previously the company is making a positive step. It worked for so why not DefTech?

The range will be available in the US in mid-September with Australian and UK pricing and availability yet to be announced — you can expect prices to start from £499 and AU$1000 respectively.

China signals GM, biotech push in key policy statement

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Dec 19 (Reuters) – China will industrialise biotech breeding as part of a campaign to improve food security, top leaders said in a policy statement late on Friday, signalling Beijing could soon take a further step towards commercialising genetically modified (GM) crops.

According to a statement issued after the annual Central Economic Work Conference held on Dec.

16-18, China needs to make better use of science and technology to achieve a „turnaround“ in its seed industry.

„The key to ensuring food security lies in implementing the strategy of storing grain in the ground and storing grain in technology,“ according to the statement, published by the official Xinhua news agency.

The statement identified the seed industry and the state of China’s arable land as major priorities over the next year.

It said the country needed to prevent the misuse of land and build a „national food security industrial belt“.

Beijing has invested heavily in GM research and development, and it made a breakthrough last year when it decided to issue biosafety certificates for domestic strains of genetically-modified soybean and corn.

However, it has been cautious when it comes to the commercialisation of GM crops.

Though the statement did not refer specifically to GM, analysts said it emphasises the role new technology must play in China’s food security efforts, now a major priority as the country tries to insulate itself from trade disruptions and ensure it makes the most of its scarce farmland.

„The meeting proposed the orderly advance of the industrialisation of biotech breeding,“ said Mao Yifan of Industrial Securities.

„With the combination of the arrival of genetically-modified corn strains at the end of 2019 and the significant increase in corn prices, genetically-modified corn seeds with improved efficiency will be promoted or accelerated in China,“ Mao added.

The Central Economic Work Conference is an annual gathering in which top leaders and policymakers plot the country’s economic course for the following year.

(Reporting by David Stanway and Dominique Patton; Editing by Michael Perry)

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