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CULLINAN

CHANGE IS GOOD.

by Vaughn Lowery

As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.

As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.

On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.

Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.

Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.

This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.

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Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

New Audi Q8

  • Expressive design with new Singleframe and features from the original Audi quattro
  • Generous, elegant interior, touch operating concept and high-tech navigation
  • All-wheel steering and quattro drive for agile handling and best traction

Ingolstadt/Shenzhen, June 5, 2018 – The Audi Q8 combines the elegance of a four-door luxury coupé with the practical versatility of a large SUV. Richly equipped, comprehensively connected and tough enough for off-road duty, it is a confident companion for business and leisure. The Audi Q8 launches on the European market in the third quarter of 2018.

For more information, footage and pictures visit:

http://www.thenewsmarket.com/GLOBAL/Audi-AG/the-new-face-of-the-q-family–the-audi-q8/s/c0fc18af-3c3b-4d21-8dcc-8eda4972341c

Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones 

V-MODA Offers Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones


Next-generation performance in analog cabled or Bluetooth® modes, plus new colors and CliqFold™ mechanism


 V-MODA (LVCC South Hall, Booth #MP25679), the award-winning maker of the world’s finest high-fidelity audio devices, offers its Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear headphones. Building on the success of V-MODA’s original Crossfade M-100 and Wireless headphones, which have won 29 editors’ choice and best headphones awards, the new model raises the bar in sound quality with Hi-Res Audio certification, larger cushions, new colors, longer battery life and the iconic CliqFold™ design.

“V-MODA’s Crossfade headphones are the epitome of versatility,” says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. “Once people own a truly great set of our headphones, they use them constantly in various use cases. And whether you are critically listening, producing music, DJing, gaming, watching movies or even working out, Crossfade 2 Wireless delivers on every level. How you connect them is irrelevant – you will love what you hear.”

Powered by new dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers using a high-resolution CCAW coil that is made in Japan, Crossfade 2 is certified by Japan Audio Society (JAS) to the Hi-Res Audio standard in wired mode. With an extended frequency range from 5Hz to 40kHz, you can now connect to a lossless music service or 24bit/96kHz playback sources and experience an increased dynamic range.

Crossfade 2 Wireless is built to travel, thanks to the patent-pending CliqFold design that folds down to fit into the deceptively small travel case. With newly added vents (V-PORT™) to ensure that air can circulate within to let the headphones breathe after a live performance or a workout, the case also has room to store charging and audio cables along with other extras like USB drives and earplugs.

The new memory foam features enhanced comfort and size. Hundreds of prototypes with small variances were tested by V-MODA’s CEO for over three months to perfect every fine detail of the cushions, as “the fit is the sound.”

The concealed microphone is optimized for phone calls and voice recognition, which is made easier still with the inclusion of a rugged Kevlar-reinforced SpeakEasy™ cable for wired use.

Crossfade 2 Wireless retains the luxurious combination of steel and metal materials along with improved vegan leather that meets military-standard MIL-STD-810G testing guidelines. The cables are tested and reinforced to bend over 1 million times, up to 100 times the industry standard. 
Style has also been upgraded on Crossfade 2, which brings back the fan-favorite color Matte Black (unavailable on the first version) and introduces two colors: Matte White and Rose Gold.

Crossfade 2 Wireless is compatible with V-MODA’s popular accessory ecosystem, which includes 3D-printed shields; laser-engraved aluminum shields; BoomPro Mic for gamers, calls and broadcasters; XL cushionsCoilPro cable; 1/3-button Speakeasy cables; VAMP DAC/AMP; and the newly released REMIX® headphone amplifier + Bluetooth® speaker.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is 15% bigger than the previous version and provides up to 14+ hours of continuous music, entertainment and calls. But unlike most Bluetooth headphones, you can carry on listening with the same sound even when the battery is dead. Plugging in the supplied cable instantly switches the headphones to pure analog mode, which deactivates all onboard electronics for situations where zero latency is important. Once near a power socket, use the included V-Micro USB cable to fully recharge in around two and a half hours.

Crossfade 2 Wireless is now available in three colors optimized for personalization: Matte Black ($330), Matte White ($330) and Rose Gold featuring Qualcomm aptX ($350) at V-MODA.com/Crossfade-2-Wireless and authorized resellers worldwide.

3D printing and 2D laser customization is also available exclusively at V-MODA.com/Crossfade-2-Wireless.


About V-MODA

Designed in Milano, V-MODA’s verve is to amplify an authentic music lifestyle via timeless products forged by unparalleled quality, fashion-forward design and an unequivocal passion for music and materials. Led by Chief Visionary Officer and professional musician Val Kolton, V-MODA blends analog renaissance age inspiration, Italian design and precise Japanese engineering. V-MODA products have won 40+ editors’ choice awards and have become essential gear for the world’s top professional DJs.

V-MODA joined forces with Roland of Japan on 808 (August 8, 2016), to redefine and develop the next breakthrough in music products and push the boundaries of audio innovation to reach a global audience of music aficionados. V-MODA and Roland do not tune headphones only as the “artists intended” but as both the “instrument engineer and artists intended”.

Visit V-MODA.com, follow us at Facebook.com/VMODA, on Twitter (@VMODA) and on Instagram (@VMODA).