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  • How to record excellent quality audio direct to your mobile device

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Mobile computing has utterly changed the way in which we interact with computers, allowing us to complete tasks, communicate with one another and relax, wherever we are, whenever we’d like. Powerful mobile processors and inventive applications have given us amazing things; the ability to play HD-quality videos on public transport via Netflix’s app, the capacity to enjoy casino games ten thousand miles away from Vegas via Royal Vegas Casino, or even to make sense of the starry sky with Star Tracker. Up until now though, a huge thing has been missing from mobile devices; the ability…
  • Watch this video if you think Sound Communicators have no sense of humour

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    The engine of a car playing basketball? A karate kid punching 8-bits samples? Is a dog or an owl? The heavy metal violinist? Watch Find the Perfect Sound video teaser and have fun with it.
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    Jon Iverson
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    As an audio scribe, the fiercest demons I wrestle are beliefs—yours and mine; those of my friends, my editors, my fellow reviewers; and those of the engineers and promoters of the products I write about. Sometimes the force of these rabidly held and (mostly) conflicting beliefs paralyzes me with self-doubt: What do I know? What makes me qualified to listen and judge? Thu, 07/02/2015
  • I Just Can’t Get Enough (of sounds): the minimalist ideas behind the new version of SoundSnap

    Gianpaolo D'Amico
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Interview the Product Manager of SoundSnap about the new version of the website
  • Guest Post: How to make web video sound great with Adobe and Dolby Digital Plus

    Adobe Audition
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    The following is a guest post from our friends at the Dolby Institute.  With Audition CC and the recent release of Premiere Pro CC 2015 and Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015, you have the ability to export rich stereo and surround audio mixes for your projects in Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. How to make web video sound great By Glenn Kiser, Director, Dolby Institute Making high-quality video and getting it out for the world to see has never been easier. In the past, it took an army of technicians and artists to tell a story that could reach millions though cinema or broadcast. Now one…
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    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News

  • Colorfront Transkoder Certified for Dolby Atmos

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Using Dolby Atmos object-based audio, sound experts have the creative freedom to place sound anywhere in the movie theatre ? not just where there happen to be speakers ? to deliver an immersive listening experience. Sound mixers can tag each sound "object ...
  • Sound-tweaking earbud pioneer lands $17 million in Series B

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    Videos on the funding site show how Here users can customize sound using the app, whether that's refining ... are Nike FuelBan veteran Kennard Neilsen and Google-owned Nest Labs' audio expert Gints Klimanis. The latest funding round leaders were The ...
  • Capital Sound Deploys Martin Audio MLA Again For BST Hyde Park

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    For the third consecutive year, Capital Sound’s MLA PA system from Martin Audio was on duty at the 10-day Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park—to meet both the on- and offsite requirements of promoters AEG Live and sound consultants ...
  • Audio Wearable Startup Doppler Labs Raises $17 Million

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    All the sound processing happens in the earbuds itself ... The startup wants to move onto more advanced audio augmentation and into areas like real-time translation. “We’re putting a computer in your ear to optimize hearing,” said Kraft.
  • Martin Audio announces availability of CDD Loudspeaker Management System and EASE Data

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    The DX0.5 utilises high-end 24-bit AKM AD/DA converters with 120dB dynamic range for class-leading sound quality. With 24 memory locations ... In addition, Martin Audio has also announced the availability of EASE data for the six CDD models, which can ...
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  • Creek Evolution 100A integrated amplifier

    Jon Iverson
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    As an audio scribe, the fiercest demons I wrestle are beliefs—yours and mine; those of my friends, my editors, my fellow reviewers; and those of the engineers and promoters of the products I write about. Sometimes the force of these rabidly held and (mostly) conflicting beliefs paralyzes me with self-doubt: What do I know? What makes me qualified to listen and judge? Thu, 07/02/2015
  • Music in the Round #73

    Jon Iverson
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Most new preamplifier-processors now fall into one of two categories. First are the fully featured models, with ever-growing numbers of channels to support such immersive surround-sound formats as Dolby Atmos, Aureo3D, and DTS-X. An example is Marantz's 13.2-channel AV-8802, which replaces the 11.2-channel AV-8801—a sample of which I've owned for barely a year and use only in 5.2! The second category is that of such high-end models as Classé's Sigma and NAD's M17, which offer only 7.1 or 7.2 channels, and from which nonessential features have been trimmed in favor of…
  • Listening #151

    Jon Iverson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Before hitting the Refresh key on last month's column, which was dedicated to the challenges one encounters when evaluating audio cables and other accessories, I'd like to share with you a true story: a cautionary tale, as it were, about the hazards of writing reviews for a living. Seven or eight years ago, just as spring was returning to upstate New York, I made my annual trek to Montreal for Salon Son et Image: one of my favorite audio shows for a number of reasons, not the least being the fact that I can travel there by train. Tue, 06/30/2015
  • Recording of May 1982: The Sheffield Drum Record

    Jon Iverson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The Sheffield Drum Record Improvisations by Jim Keltner and Ron Tutt (drums) Sheffield LAB-14 (LP) (1981). Reissued as FIM DXD 001 (CD) (2010). Bill Schnee, Doug Sax, prods.; Lincoln Mayorga, exec. prod.; Steve Haselton, Bill Schnee, engs. TT: 13:49. There was a time when drum records were as common as records of steam locomotives and thunderstorms. It has been so long since anyone has tackled any of them that a lot of technology has gone over the dam, but they are precisely the kind of program material which illuminate the state of the audio art like nothing else. Thus, Sheffield's Drum…
  • Moon by Simaudio at 35

    John Atkinson
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    Established in 1980 by Victor Sima as Sima Electronics, Canadian audio company Moon by Simaudio Ltd. celebrates its 35th year in the audio business in 2015—or, as its ads say, "35 years of passion." To mark the event, Simaudio had a party at Executive Stereo, their Toronto dealer (see photo above). It was a fairly low-key event, with a handful of Toronto-area audio journalists—including yours truly—and representatives of Simaudio attending.Mon, 06/29/2015
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    Computer Audiophile

  • why the static

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    I am listening to music on my work laptop using itunes with the music files in apple lossless format. I've plugged in a Fiio e10 Olympus 2 headphone amp and DAC with a pair of Beyerdynamic T70Ps. I am very happy with the sound however I notice that sometimes when I adjust the volume on the Fiio I hear static. I am wondering if someone can explain why this might be happening? Thanks.
  • New Mac Mini is stutterng on playback

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    I've just setup my new Mac Mini which is the latest version running 10.10.4 with the 1.4GHZ i5 CPU and 4GB RAM. I've installed the latest version of JRMC but when I play any FLAC files or open a radio stream the playback stutters like crazy. I moved the Concero back over to my old Mac Mini which is running the same version of JRMC and this plays back OK. I've also tried using variuos USB cables with the new Mini but nothing makes any difference. I've compared settings in JRMC in both Macs and they are the same. Mac Mini > JRMC > USB > Resonessence Concero DAC > Pre Amp Any ideas…
  • Sonore Signature Rendu vs Bel Canto REFStream renderers

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Has anyone compared the Bel Canto REFStream renderer with the Sonore Signature Rendu or the original Rendu? I did a comparison of renderers in January 2014 auditioning the Krell Connect, the Naim ND5 XS and the Cyrus Stream X2. I thought the Krell sounded the best, slightly better than the Naim with the Cyrus some way behind. I bought a Sonore Rendu unheard, purely on the basis of reviews, as I was deterred by the huge box and price of the Krell. The sound quality from the Rendu is excellent but I did not have the opportunity to compare it directly with the Krell Connect. Memory of sound…
  • Why We’ll Never Have an Iconic Record Cover Like ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Again

    The Computer Audiophile
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Interesting Article: "It’s hard to imagine a time when Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon didn’t exist. Its imagery has become so diluted into popular culture that it’s easy to forget its actual value as a rock & roll artifact. Most of all, it stands as a beacon for an era of record cover design that we’ll never come into contact with again. Partly because artists and musicians have moved on to some other way to connect art and music, and partly because no label is going to hand over fifty grand for the artwork of the packaging if they don’t have to. While any designer…
  • Upgrading from a Peachtree Nova 80w (first generation)

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    I've been using a Peachtree Nova integrated amp that I bought when it was introduced in 2009. It's got 80w. I've been considering an upgrade. Looking at the Peachtree offerings, they now offer a 125w integrated and a 220w. Will either of these be noticeably better in sound? Or just louder? If I went for a separate amp/DAC setup -- are there better options in the $1600 range?
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    Meyer Sound Stories

  • Meyer Sound MICA and 1100-LFC Bring a Lavish Sonic Feast to Wallmans Copenhagen Dinnershow

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements have proven to be the perfect combo for the Wallmans Copenhagen International Dinnershow. The new system is a centerpiece of the recent audio upgrade in the acoustically challenging Circus Hall, bringing a whole new sonic experience for the guests.
  • The Grateful Dead Bids "Fare Thee Well" at Levi's Stadium with Meyer Sound LEO

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Fifty years after forming their band at a Palo Alto music store, the surviving founders of the Grateful Dead kicked off their end-of-an-era concerts at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, with a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system driving a quadraphonic surround setup.
  • Video: "Big Mick" Hughes on Mixing Metallica, Low End, and LEO Line Array

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Watch this interview with legendary FOH engineer "Big Mick" Hughes, who has mixed more than 1,500 Metallica shows. He talks about everything from his role as a FOH engineer, his love of low end, and his experience with the Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system and the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element.
  • New Meyer Sound LEOPARD to Take Montreux Jazz Stages

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    At the upcoming Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF), LEOPARD linear sound reinforcement systems will be heading a lineup of almost 400 Meyer Sound loudspeakers providing exceptional audio quality throughout MJF venues. 2015 will mark Meyer Sound's 29th year as an official sponsor of the MJF, the world's second largest jazz event. This year's headliners will include Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, and other festival veterans like Santana and Herbie Hancock.
  • LEOPARD Wins Two Best Product Awards at InfoComm

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The Meyer Sound LEOPARD linear sound reinforcement system earned two industry accolades at InfoComm 2015, where it recently made its US debut.
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    Adobe Audition

  • Guest Post: How to make web video sound great with Adobe and Dolby Digital Plus

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    The following is a guest post from our friends at the Dolby Institute.  With Audition CC and the recent release of Premiere Pro CC 2015 and Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015, you have the ability to export rich stereo and surround audio mixes for your projects in Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. How to make web video sound great By Glenn Kiser, Director, Dolby Institute Making high-quality video and getting it out for the world to see has never been easier. In the past, it took an army of technicians and artists to tell a story that could reach millions though cinema or broadcast. Now one…
  • Audition CC 2015 now available!

    15 Jun 2015 | 9:28 pm
    I’m so happy to announce that Audition CC 2015 is now available for download from Adobe Creative Cloud. I spilled the beans on what was new earlier this year, but now’s your chance to start using the new features for yourself.  Video editors have loved the new Dynamic Link Video Streaming when sending sequences from Premiere Pro – native resolution video streaming with no rendering required.  They’ve also shared that the Full-Screen Video Output is a hit, able to use the standard HDMI, DVI, or VGA outputs on their systems to push the video panel to an external…
  • A look at Batch Processing filename templates

    8 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    One of Adobe Audition’s strengths is its ability to perform operations on many files at once, whether transcoding uncompressed WAV files to MP3, ensuring a dozen audio files are of legal broadcast loudness levels, or applying a full recorded favorite consisting of a dozen or more actions.  Audition does this quickly, taking advantage of your multicore or multiple CPU workstations to process multiple files simultaneously, and offers template-based naming and storage so you can organize your files based on their metadata.  We’ve received several comments recently from users who…
  • Adobe Audition CC Sneak Peek

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    I’m compelled to call this a “sneak peak” but fear the subtle, unfunny pun would either be overlooked as autocorrect’s heavy hand, my own ignorance, or missed entirely.  So let’s pretend I never mentioned it, ok?  Ok! Hey!  We’ve got a great set of features and solutions coming up for the next release of Adobe Audition, and if you can’t make it to NAB to visit our demo stations and stage presentations, I hope this virtual trip to Vegas will suffice. Dynamic Link video streaming No more video rendering when sending sequences from Premiere Pro to…
  • Audition CC 2014.2 now available!

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Greetings and happy holidays! The Audition team has released a small update before the new year which addresses bugs discovered after the release of 7.1.  This update is available as part of your Creative Cloud membership and includes fixes for several potential crash scenarios: Fixed: Crash on Windows, and waveform artifacts, at certain High DPI Scaling values when moving playhead Fixed: Crash on Quit on OS X is OS update changed permissions on certain folders Fixed: Potential crash when using Spot Healing brush Fixed: Better inactive device detection Fixed: Recent iTunes/iCloud update on…
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    CRAS Blog

  • CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond Last week’s broadcast was extremely special…“Live at CRAS!” was “broadcast” across the pond to London, England, where our international student Theresa’s family was able to see her participate in class back in Gilbert, Arizona. For 3 weeks our students are fully-immersed in learning many aspects of the […] The post CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • The Re-Amp Clinic

    Jess Repanshek
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    CRAS AES Presents the Re-Amp Clinic Last night, CRAS Tech and Instructor Jeff Harris hosted an AES Re-amp Build event in our Gilbert Live Sound Venue. Jeff gave us a brief history of the Re-amp and how it works: by taking a balanced, line level signal that has already been recorded, the re-amp box converts the […] The post The Re-Amp Clinic appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Top 10 Articles on Understanding Financial Aid

    13 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    How well do you understand Federal Financial Aid? Our Student Financial Services Department has assembled their Top 10 Best Articles on Understanding Financial Aid – check them out! #1  Do You Need Money For College Do You Need Money for College #2  Borrowing For College Borrowing For College #3 Make the College Connection Make the College […] The post Top 10 Articles on Understanding Financial Aid appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • What is audio engineering?

    Jess Repanshek
    8 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What is audio engineering?   What does audio engineering mean? What does an audio engineer do? Do I need to go to audio engineering school for that? Is there a difference between audio engineering, music production, or sound recording? What about producing and beat-making? What are “recording arts”? The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences […] The post What is audio engineering? appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • CRAS and McDSP Plug-ins!

    Jess Repanshek
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    CRAS Loves McDSP Plug-Ins! CRAS has had a long-standing relationship with plug-in manufacturer McDSP. In our newly built Studios F and G, we make good use of the Everything Pack from McDSP. This pack contains all sorts of very useful digital signal processing, including 6020 Ultimate EQ Recently, some students asked me what my favorite plug-in […] The post CRAS and McDSP Plug-ins! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
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    SonicFlare - Hi-Fi reviews, audio events, show coverage, photos and more

  • Are you still into that sound stuff?

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Over at Stereophile, Robert Schryer (newbie to Stereophile?  I confess that I haven’t read anything by him before) speaks of his mom’s quest to identify audiophilia nervosa:"The times they may be a-changin', but I believe they bode well for audiophiles. In terms of playback gear, we're at a historic juncture of quality, price, and options. We can now own several different sources of superior sound reproduction for what it used to cost to install just one in a dedicated listening room. Plus, there's that other thing that makes my heart tingle again: the anticipation of what's coming up…
  • Evolution Acoustics and darTZeel at Newport

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    Though there were really two rooms for Jonathan Tinn to showcase his latest wares (I suppose four rooms if you consider the darTZeel integrated in the SF room and the system setup in the PF hospitality suite), I only managed to spend time in the big room, whilst taking a snapshot pic of the small room.  Go figure.  It appears that after years of fronting shows with their highly regarded Evolution Acoustics Micro One speakers (mini-monitors, which I am writing a review about at PF), Jonathan decided it’s time to upgrade: MMTwo was the name of the game.  Maximum Musicality is indeed what…
  • EINSTEIN, AudioMachina & TechDAS at Newport

    6 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    No stranger to the SF (and PF) band - we have been using EINSTEIN gear as our reference for the last 2+ years - EINSTEIN teamed up with AudioMachina, TechDAS and Bob Graham of Graham Engineering, to deliver the goods.  Delivery charge induced. Tips optional.  Having said that, if this room were a restaurant establishment, tips would have been ringing at the register quite loudly.  Several people I spoke with mentioned this room to have been one of the best sounding at the show.  Easy to see why: EINSTEIN brought out the big guns, running The Preamp ($30k), a pair of bi-amped The Poweramp…
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    4 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    … and working properly.  Sorry for the confusion.  
  • Chad Kassem & Acoustic Sounds, SF room 1119

    4 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    The invitation was emailed to everyone and anyone.  I always new that Chad Kassem (AcousticSounds) spinning his latest TPs (that’s a test pressing for a record prior to getting the green light for production - for those of you in Rio Linda) would command attention.  Cue crowd control.  If the SonicFlare music room had been the size of a gala event, I bet we would have packed the house.  Simply put, Chad is the master of reissues - yes, there are others of course who put concern and thought into each of their reissue projects, alas, I don’t know of anyone who does it to the extreme as…
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  • Listen: Jacquees – Come Thru ft. Rich Homie Quan | Stream

    Jesse James
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The sounds of Jacquees are back! Today the up and coming star is back with a brand new offering called “Come Thru” for our ears to devour. The track finds Jacquees linking up with Rich Homie Quan and again serves up something quite infectious in the process. The track finds the duo going in over […] The post Listen: Jacquees – Come Thru ft. Rich Homie Quan | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Conquer Your Fears! The Skylodge Cliff Capsule

    Jesse James
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Look, heights aren’t for everyone, but sometimes getting over your fears means embracing them and looking them dead in the face. Well today we get an interesting way to get over your fear of heights, a stay at The Skylodge Cliff Capsule. This unique and rather eye-catching design is sure to provide some stunning views […] The post Conquer Your Fears! The Skylodge Cliff Capsule appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Classic Collabo! The Hancock x Converse 2015 Summer Jack Purcell Rally Collection

    Jesse James
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Over the past few months we have seen a number of outstanding sneaker collaborations. Today the trend continues as we get a look at the stylish and rather stunning new Hancock x Converse 2015 Summer Jack Purcell Rally Collection. This bold new collection plays host to some outstanding color and some sleek new designs to […] The post Classic Collabo! The Hancock x Converse 2015 Summer Jack Purcell Rally Collection appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Up Close & Personal! Croc Portraits by Ricardo Castillo

    Jesse James
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Mother nature is quite the artist. We’ve seen a number of her outstanding works of art, and today we get up and close with some of the most fearsome. Today we get a look at some stunning Croc Portraits by Ricardo Castillo. These impressive images were taking off the coast of Cuba where the photographer […] The post Up Close & Personal! Croc Portraits by Ricardo Castillo appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Legendary Rides! The 1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine

    Jesse James
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Looking to add something classic and rather iconic to your fleet of rides? Well today we get a look at something quite astounding and rather eye-catching to say the least; the 1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine. This beautiful and rather impressive design was the first racing sedan to enter the Le Mans circuit with a fully-enclosed […] The post Legendary Rides! The 1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine appeared first on stupidDOPE.
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  • Car Audio Independence Day Sale Event

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Don't miss out on our Independence Day Sale Event! Avail the huge discounts on car audio receivers and amplifiers as well as component speakers and subwoofers. Our unbeatable prices plus an addition 6% OFF your entire order (use promo code: J4TH15) would make your purchase a no brainer. Stocks fly off the shelves fast so hurry up and finally get that much needed car audio upgrade. Happy 4th and have fun shopping!!
  • Get Your Father The Gifts He Always Wanted.

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    It's Father Day's once again and here at, we would like to help you get the gift your dad always wanted. We started by dropping prices on hundreds of car audio and video products and accessories and on top of that, we are giving away 6% Additional Discount OFF Entire Order! Use Promo Code: DADSDAY15 on checkout. Don't miss out and suprised dad this Father's Day!
  • The Summer's Car Audio and Video Hottest Deals Are Here!

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    Wait no more, because our annual Summer Clearance Event is here! We're unloading hundreds of car audio and video products which includes car amplifiers, car speakers, subwoofers and various car audio accessories and equipment at extremely low prices! Don't miss this once in a year event  to take advantage of these rock bottom prices and finally uprade those stock receivers and speakers. Hurry! Stocks are limited and may sell out anytime. 
  • Marine Electronics To Get The Good Times Rollin

    5 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    If you need audio equipment to install in your boat, look no further because we carry tons of marine electronics from stereo and bluetooth receivers, marine speakers and subwoofers to wakeboard tower speakers, remotes and thousands of marine accessories! These equipment are tested and certified to stand up to the sun, fog and salt. So let the summer fun begin and upgrade to better receivers or speakers and get the good times rollin!
  • In-Car Entertainment For A Smartphone-Driven Life

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Technology has brought smartphone compatible apps to the dash for a great in-car audio and video experience. Start streaming your favorite music right to your car receivers and watch videos from compatible connected devices. We have the lowest prices as always! Check them out!
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  • Ultimaker 2 Review

    Digital Trends
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Ultimaker 2 earns its reputation with impressive detail, the ability to crank out rough objects in a hurry when you need it to, and a robust, easy-to-service design. (9 out of 10) Pros High maximum resolution Excellent build quality Cons Expensive Struggles with certain fine details Along with MakerBot, Ultimaker is arguably one […]
  • Lulzbot Mini Review

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    Lulzbot 3D printers are visually distinctive with their black steel metal frames and show of 3D printed parts. The inner workings are all on display and make the printer look like it’s been taken from some kind of science lab. Actually that’s not too far from the truth as Aleph Objects, the company behind the […]
  • In Depth: Apple Music Review

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    You can count on one finger the number of companies in the world that could launch a new music streaming service and expect to become a major player overnight. That company is Apple and it has duly obliged by launching Apple Music – the long-awaited music app which neatly integrates new-world subscription-based streaming with the […]
  • HP Pro Slate 12 Review

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    If you’re in the market for a large format, professional tablet that looks great, performs well and won’t break the bank, the HP Pro Slate 12 ($529, £349, or AUS$646) is a solid option. Competing against other business tablets, like the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 ($700, £437, AU$800) and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro […]
  • OPPO PM-3 Headphones Review

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The PM-3 is Oppo’s third time around designing a planar-magnetic, closed back headphone after its highly acclaimed PM-1 and PM-2. But the PM-3 stands apart from its higher-end forefathers in a few key ways. The PM-1 and PM-2 are essentially the same design, both high-end luxury open-backed headphones for those willing to pay a premium […]
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    WordPress Tag: Car Audio

  • Get your Car Installed with Latest Audio Systems to Connect with your Smart Phones Anytime Any Where

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Now you need not to tune in to your favorite song every time via your smart phones. Just keep aside your iPhones and iPads on the Dashboard of your car. Because Max Audio has everything you need to make your car a perfect Music room. Get your devices instantly connected to the audio system and receive an amplified sound to your ears.Our installation technicians will expertly upgrade your speakers and amplifiers at the same time as installing your new Car Play source unit to give your system the Sound Quality you have always wanted. You can choose from a collection of installation dash kits…
  • The Best Car Accessories to Add to the Utility of your Vehicle in Most Reasonable Prices Ever

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Buying a brand new car? It is not the one you had in your mind? No issues we can make it a replica of your dream car. With a few smart and stylish add-ons you can get your roller-caster suitable to your desires. But choosing the right add-ons can get confusing. Max Audio enlists the must haves accessories for your car that won’t go beyond your budget as well. Often car dealers sell high priced yet low quality accessories to the customers to make profits. You can get the best quality and customized car accessories at reasonable rates from one of the best online seller, Max Audio. We have…
  • Up to 50 % on Car audio & GPS Devices

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:40 am
  • Review: Griffin iTrip AUX is the 3-in-1 car audio, power, and remote control for Lightning devices

    Jeremy Horwitz
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Given the widespread adoption of Bluetooth wireless for in-car telephone calling and music streaming, it would be easy to write off Lightning connector-equipped car accessories as… decreasingly important. Any recent car with Bluetooth audio probably also has a USB port built in for Apple device charging and audio output, letting many people integrate iPhones, iPods, or iPads with cars using nothing more than a budget Lightning-to-USB cable. But that’s not true for everyone. At CES in January, Griffin showed two new car accessories designed to help Apple users whose cars lack…
  • VW Camper Update

    5 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    Well, it’s been a while since I did a proper blog post but I’ve had a bit of spare time this week, so here goes. Since the van got it’s MOT, I’ve been slowly tinkering. We’ve been using it a tiny bit, going to local VW meets and going on rides locally. I’m hoping that by using it on small local trips, we can iron out any potential problems before we take it on a longer drive. A couple of weeks ago, I jumped in it to drive to college. It started and ran fine but as soon as I went to pull away it coughed, spluttered and stalled. It had no power and after…
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    Sound & Vision

  • Is the Resurgence of Vinyl a Fad?

    Bob Ankosko
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    A couple months back, Ken Pohlmann asked whether the renaissance of vinyl records is “just a hipster fad” or a "long-term business opportunity." And just the other day Noel “Paul” Stookey of the ’60s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary called the resurgence in LPs a fad in an interview with the trade publication CE Pro. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Stookey? Cast your vote and tell us why you feel the way you do. Is the Resurgence of Vinyl a Fad? Choices Yes No Show Promo ImageSV StaffPrimary Category: VOTECategory: VOTE
  • Remembering Film Composer James Horner

    Thomas J. Norton
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    If you asked me if my passion for things audio and video began with music or movies, I'd have a hard time answering. But one of the things that attract me to movies is their music. Movie scores (instrumental, not the string of pop tunes that often passes for a soundtrack) are certainly far down the list of the most popular music genres, but their importance to the success of a film can't be denied. Most film critics mention the score only if it's prominent enough to annoy them. But for me a great score can turn a middling movie into to good one. It can also (though less often) turn a good…
  • Perfect Together: High Dynamic Range Images and Object-Based Surround

    Bob Ankosko
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Dolby Cinema Through Pixar’s Inside Out
  • Add Gesture Control to Your TV

    Bob Ankosko
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    One of the products that caught our eye at the recent CE Week event in New York City was a “universal controller” called Singlecue that enables TVs and other electronics gear to be operated by hand gestures.
  • Why I Love HBO Now (and You Should Too)

    Bob Ankosko
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Arguably the leading premium channel for movies and original series, HBO adds $23.24 to my monthly cable bill. I get six HBO channels, though they mostly repeat the same shows ad nauseam. Linear redundancy has been a waste of cable bandwidth since the DVR landed, but it’s become even more outmoded in the age of high-def broadband and on-demand viewing. Refusing to pony up for unbreakable packages to get the few programs they’d watch, younger viewers have been cutting the cord on cable TV...
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  • DIY 6EM7 Single-Ended Triode (SET) Amplifier

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    This unique looking hi-fi amplifier was put together by Matt in a vertical wooden chassis that has been styled after early vacuum tube equipment of the 1920s.  The amplifier uses a single 6EM7 tube per channel.   6EM7 Single-Ended Triode (SET) AmplifierThe 6EM7 tube has two dissimilar triodes in one envelope.  One is a high gain, low power unit intended as an amplifier or oscillator, and the other is a higher power unit originally intended to drive the magnetic deflection coils on the back of a CRT.  Together the tube sections are well suited to create a nice…
  • Fostex FE206En Rear-Loaded Horn Speakers

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Once again Mark tries on the Fostex FE206En high sensitivity fullrange driver, but this time in large rear-loaded horn loudspeaker cabinets. The horn speaker cabinet plans are from the FE206En driver datasheet. Fostex FE206En Rear-Loaded Horn Speaker CabinetEach horn speaker cabinet is made up from thirty-six pieces of 21 mm thick pine plywood.  Australian beeswax is used on the outside of the horn cabinet and heavy cedar oil was applied to the mouth of the horn. The sensitivity of the FE206En driver is greater than 96 dB / 1W / 1m, so the rear-loaded horn speakers are very well suited…
  • Gobo LM1875 Amplifier Kit

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The sharp looking amplifier below is the Gobo Stereo Audio Amplifier from which is sold as DIY kit.  We have completed a review of the Gobo LM1875 stereo amplifier kit which is available on the main site.  The Gobo kit is a class-AB chip amplifier kit that uses the LM1875 IC. The LM1875 amplifier kit includes all the required parts and enclosure to build a complete stereo amplifier.  Completed Gobo LM1875 Stereo Amplifier KitThe kit comes with a very detailed step-by-step instructions that make it possible for a first time amp builder with only soldering…
  • Elekit TU-8200 Tube Amplifier Kit (SE 6L6)

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Over the past several years I have been enjoying an Elekit TU-879S Stereo Tube Amplifier Kit paired up along side of Fostex FE206E high sensitivity speaker drivers in Dallas rear-loaded horn enclosures.  I put a number of hours on the Elekit TU-879S, enough to fully consume the stock EH 6L6 tubes and to cycle through a number of power tube sets before deciding on JJ EL34 blue glass tubes.  Throughout this time the Elekit TU-879S amplifier has been reliable and a good performer sonically so it was disappointing to hear that the popular TU-879S tube amp kit had been…
  • 300B Single-Ended-Triode Amplifier

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am
    300B Single-Ended-Triode (SET) Amplifier Project The DIY 300B triode amplifier shown below was completed by Stamou Tasos (Greece).  The 300B triode amplifier was built following the 300B single-ended (SE) tube amplifier schematic by J.C. Morrison.DIY 300B Single-Ended-Triode Hi-Fi AmplifierFor this single-ended (SE) 300B triode amplifier build Stamou has used premium parts, Lundahl audio output transformers and a DIY chassis. The 300B Single-Ended-Triode (SET) amplifier circuit uses a direct coupled 6SN7 driver stage. The output stage is a SE 300B triode and the maximum power output is…
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  • July 6

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today in Beatles History: July 6, 1957 The Quarrymen perform at the Woolton Parish Church Fete. Ivan Vaughan introduces Paul to John. The rest, as they say, is history. what a better way to celebrate than hoisting a pint and listening to the first U.S. Beatles record, Introducing… The Beatles: Mine is a counterfeit copy of unknown lineage, but it is really clean and sounds great! For good measure, let’s also have a listen to Meet The Beatles: Mine is a 1965 repress with the olive green “Beatles” on the cover. You know, it doesn’t sound half bad for a 50 year…
  • July 5

    5 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Band’s eponymous second album from 1969 is a masterpiece: The former Dylan backing band had stepped out on their own the year before, played Woodstock and landed a song in the soundtrack to the box office smash Easy Rider. It’s ironic that this quintet, made up of four Canadians and a dude from Arkansas, pioneered the roots musical style that came to be called “Americana” (once record companies and radio needed a category in order to monetize it). The group’s country-soul sound manages to be original; not mimicking either style. The vibe of this record is…
  • July 4

    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Independence Day. This American holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence declaring that the U.S.A. now regarded themselves as a new nation and no longer part of the British Empire. It is celebrated these days by drunk people blowing up things with Chinese made fireworks. (There are also parades and picnics). So, what music should I listen to today? What record from The Collection would be a good fit for the celebration? Back in my DJ days, a broadcast of Rhapsody In Blue, a little Copeland and some Sousa marches timed to the town’s fireworks display would do…
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  • July 3

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    One chore that is an important part of this endeavor is sorting through all the records in The Collection with an eye toward what stays and what has to go. I’ve moved at least 200 albums to the chopping block, boxed up and ready to trade in. But I’m having trouble letting go. Some of these things I’ve had for more than 30 years and, even though I can’t remember when they last saw the platter of a turntable, there was a reason I bought them, a reason I packed them all over the country (and beyond) and a reason I’ve kept them. Many have a story. Some still have…
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  • Attention Audio Manufacturers And Distributors

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am is celebrating our 20th Anniversary within the August issue of our Review Magazine. You should join our special industry eNewsletter so you can take part within our celebration completely free of charge. Next week we'll be sending out an important notice so your voice can be heard within this very special 20th Anniversary issue of our Review Magazine. Read More
  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    Bowers & Wilkins new P5 headphones ($399.99) features high sound quality and both wired and wireless use for added cord-free convenience. P5 Wireless are Bowers & Wilkins first Bluetooth headphones and offer precision build quality with high fidelity sound of their renowned P5 Series 2 headphones. The same luxurious materials and solid build quality is combined with wireless streaming for added flexibility. Luxurious leather and aluminum materials ensure visual styling, comfort, and durability. Read More
  • July High-End Audio Review Magazine Now Available

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:51 am's July Review Magazine includes our extensive T.H.E. Show Newport coverage where we bestow our Best Sound and other awards to exceptional products! We also have eight high-end audio equipment reviews plus a very informative interview with YG Acoustics' Yoav Geva. See our July Review Magazine at     This month's rounds out or extensive T.H.E. Show Newport 2015 coverage. There were so much incredible new gear at this California event that it is nearly impossible to report upon it all, yet Steven R. Rochlin…
  • RIAA Releases Logo For Retailers To Designate Hi-Res MUSIC

    27 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has unveiled a new logo designed to identify today's highest-quality digital music. RIAA's Hi-Res MUSIC logo will be appearing at retailers to designate that these products meet the official definition for "High Resolution Music", which was agreed upon last year. The press release by the RIAA says, "High Resolution Music is officially defined as “lossless audio capable of reproducing the full spectrum of sound from recordings which have been mastered from better than CD quality (48kHz/20-bit or higher) music sources which represent what…
  • Korg iAudioGate For iOS Handles DSD And 24-bit/192kHz Audio

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Korg has released their iAudioGate ($9.99) app for iOS devices, which allows you to enjoy Hi-Res Audio on your Apple device. Since KORG was among the first to embrace high-resolution DSD audio, which includes USB DACs and player/converter software, they naturally want everyone to enjoy music to the highest degree possible. Korg's iAudioGate software app for iPhone is loaded with the AudioGate player engine and customized to perform as an iPhone app. The company says that their premium-resolution sound player engine performance equal to their full-featured AudioGate software and handles nearly…
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  • Audio News for July 7, 2015

    John Sunier
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Slate Article Defends Audiophiles – An author whose book on General Petraeus was a success has written a fascinating Slate article on being an audiophile and being proud of it – partly in response to the recent dissing (some of it highly deserved) of Pono and its adherents. Another New Vinyl Pressing Plant – Cascade Record Pressing is a new pressing plant open for business and the first in Oregon. It started from a wild idea among three partners originaly raised on vinyl and turned into an economic reality just short of miraculous. Their first idea was a record store, but…
  • Richter: The Enigma: A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon (1998/2014)

    John Sunier
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Richter: The Enigma – A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon (1998/2014) Cast: Sviatoslav Richter Studio: Idealeaudience 3073514 [Distr. by Naxos] Video: 1.33:1 for 4:3 color and B&W Sound: PCM Stereo Subtitles: Russian, French & English  Time: 158 minutes Rating: ***** Film-maker Bruno Monsaineon admits that the attempt to make a documentary about Russian musical giant Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) might have proved insurmountable, since he wished not to create a cinematic record made of still shots, concert performances, and testimonies. He had to convince one of the most elusive,…
  • Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – BACH to BLOCH, Vol. I = Works of BACH, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, CHOPIN, DEBUSSY, KABALEVSKY – Pristine Audio

    John Sunier
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Jascha Spivakovsky, piano – BACH to BLOCH, Vol. I = BACH (arr. Liszt) : Organ Prelude and Fugue in g minor, BWV 542; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”; CHOPIN: Ballade No. 1 in g minor, Op. 23; BRAHMS: Romance in F Major, Op. 118, No. 5; DEBUSSY: Prelude, Bk. I, No. 7, “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest”; Prelude Book I, No. 12 “Minstrels”; KABALEVSKY: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Major, Op. 46 – Jascha Spivakovsky, p. – Pristine Audio PAKM 065, 70:25 [avail. in various formats from] *****: Ukrainian virtuoso pianist…
  • Kenny Carr – Idle Talk [TrackList follows] – Zoozazz

    John Sunier
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Kenny Carr – Idle Talk [TrackList follows] – Zoozazz 888295209168, 61:46 [5/19/15] ***1/2: (Kenny Carr – guitar; Donny McCaslin – saxophone; Kenny Wollesen – drums; Hans Glawischnig – bass) Guitarist Kenny Carr has paid his dues and reaps the rewards on his fifth album as leader, the hour-long Idle Talk. Carr attended Berklee College of Music and when he graduated in 1986, worked for the great Ray Charles for the next decade. Since that time, Carr has continued to hone his craft and create down-to-earth jazz records. Idle Talk is a quartet excursion which showcases Carr’s nine…
  • Cory Weeds – Condition Blue – The Music Of Jackie McLean – Cellar Live

    John Sunier
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Cory Weeds – Condition Blue – The Music Of Jackie McLean [TrackList follows]  – Cellar Live CL111214, 61:23 ****: (Cory Weeds – alto saxophone; Mike LeDonne – Hammond B-3 organ; Peter Bernstein – guitar; Joe Farnsworth – drums) Jackie McLean was a hard-bop alto saxophonist with a fiery tight tone, who recorded extensively in the ‘50s and ‘60s mainly with Blue Note Records. Although his forays with an organ was confined to two albums with Jimmy Smith Open House and Plain Talk, Cory Weeds’ decision to use an organ on this session does not stray…
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  • It's Tuesday, time for Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys "Ida Red", live..

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:49 pm
    As the guy wrote, Bob Wills is is cooler than the other side of the pillow.. Most people here don't give a **** but it's my forum, ha! Sticky this thread! It's Tuesday, time for Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys "Ida Red", live..
  • Fare Thee Well - Show #5 - Chicago, July 5 - Live Thread

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Last thread. Last show of the run. Last ride of the Core Four. What a long, strange trip indeed. I won't be watching live tonight, but will be looking forward to checking in for set list updates and thoughts/feelings on this historic show.
  • New Neil Young album, The Monsanto Years, streaming at NPR

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm Although as many know here, this one was not recorded with Crazy Horse, I'd say if you like Psychedelic Pill, you'll like this one. Truth be told, I only found one song difficult to get through musically, but the rest of it is pretty good as far as late career Neil goes.
  • The lesser-known original version

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I'm sure this has been done before but anyway... A thread for the songs that stiffed on first release, but became hits later when they were covered by other artists. Inspired by the "Better than the original" thread, but here we emphasize that original. Feel free to argue about which version is better
  • Recommend a solo piano or Jazz trio Christmas music album

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:47 pm
    I'm looking for a CD (or CDs) of Christmas music done on solo piano (or perhaps a Jazz trio). Any recommendations? Thanks! (And yes, I know it's July as I write this).
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  • Cartridge choice ??

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    As it is impossible to audition mc cartridges , I am looking for advice . Arm is a modified Rega 250 and phono amp is dynavector p75 , amp is a Lavardin IS SPECIAL . So which is the better option a Dynavector 20X2 low output or a ZYX R 50 Bloom ? I do not like audio technica cartidges , so that rules out the OC9.
  • Recommendations for low cost ADC capable of 24/96 performance.

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    I want to get a low cost Analog to Digital converter for use with my FM tuner so that I can make decent FM broadcast recordings. I looked at the Behringer offerings (U-CONTROL UCA202 for example) but was disappointed to find that the sampling is limited 16 bit at a maximum of 48kHz; I want something like 24 bit at 96kHz minimum and would prefer 32 bit at 192kHz. What's available? Any suggestions?
  • Dab radio/streamer/internet radio recomendations

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Any recommendations for a combined streamer/dab/Internet radio to use at work. Must have speakers built in as do t want separates as its a large craft unit so dusty etc but would be nice to have half decent sound with capability to listen to various sources.
  • Dab radio/streamer/internet radio recomendations

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Any recommendations for a combined streamer/dab/Internet radio to use at work. Must have speakers built in as do t want separates as its a large craft unit so dusty etc but would be nice to have half decent sound with capability to listen to various sources.
  • Totem speakers

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    I would like to get some feedback from Totem´s owners about the quality of this speakers!
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    AVS Forum | Home Theater Discussions And Reviews - 2-Channel Audio

  • 5.1 2 speakspeakers

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    What happens when 5.1 is playing with just 2 speakers will it sound OK or is better just playing it as stereo
  • Home audio Setup

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    Hi, I'd greatly appreciate validation of my proposed home audio buildout. Speakers must be in ceiling and will listen to audio over network: Pandora, FLAC Files on hard drive. Speakers: initially just one pair in living room, but I plan to add a pair to new addition in a couple of years (these could be nicer bookshelves): Definitive-Technology-DI-8R ($660) Source: Sonos Connect ($350) Amp: NAD C275BEE ($1300)....probably too much for just the ceiling, but again, I want flexibility in case I get really nice speakers for future room Selector (For future rooms, so I can turn some off/on, and…
  • New multi-channel receiver for music....

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Currently rocking an Onkyo TX-NR1010 (2012 model) in a 5.2 setup. Primary setup of the system was for movies. This is now transitioning to music (vinyl). Just curious if the Onkyo is doing my 2 channel vinyl the justice it deserves? Im open to the thought of other 5.2/7.2 receivers that would be considered much more musical. For stereo speakers Im using Energy Veritas 2.2 and a dual sub setup. Although the bass on vinyl is so rich I often turn one sub off. So dual sub output is not competely necessary. I would like to use seperate…
  • Cartridge for SL-1800

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Ok, got a Technics SL-1800 that was supposed to come with an AT-AT110E but instead I got this no name (pic included) with no markings except "JAPAN" on the top of it. My budget options at this time, though I may wait since the cart on it was new and works though it's not exciting, are Shure M97XE (fleabay) or local store Grado Prestige Green1, both for about the same price give or take $10 CDN or a Grado Black for $20 less. Attached Thumbnails  
  • DAC/AMP for 2 Channel DIY Speaker setup

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Hey guys I'm looking for some advice on a possible upgrade to my system Right now I have a Harman Kardon AVR 1700 and a pair of Cerwin Vega E-312s and a Acoustec Pl-200 serving as 60% music (streaming fed through computer) and 40% xbox and movies with my projector. Music is my priority, but I love my receiver as it makes connections super easy (not sure how I would hook up xbox and speakers without it). I'm planning on getting the ULUWATU Kit from Madisound to replace the Vegas and am wondering if the integrated DAC/AMP in my reciever is good enough or if it would be worthwhile to spring for…
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  • Re: Vibration absorbers under components
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    On 24 Jun 2015 03:37:14 GMT, John Pluta wrote: >On Monday, June 8, 2015 at 12:32:11 AM UTC-4, Shaun wrote: >> I wanted to know what I could put under my CD players and anything else that >> would be sensitive to vibration. I have seen a few products sell for >> $100.00 C
  • Re: Vibration absorbers under components
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    On 17 Jun 2015 15:24:04 GMT, "Shaun" wrote: >"Gary Eickmeier" wrote in message > >> Shaun wrote: >> > I wanted to know what I could put under my CD players and anything >> > else that would be sensitive to vibration. I have seen a f
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  • Re: Amplifier Question

    John Pluta
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:47 pm
    amps channels are 100 watts each (damping factor 1000 per channel). Both formally self-powered subs' panel amps are shot so I am running them as dumb sealed enclosure speakers. My preamp is acting as the low-pass filter to the subs. I have no idea what the sensitivity rating is of each sub sp
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  • Sony's 1TB PS4 to arrive in the UK this month, bundled with PlayStation TV

    Elyse Betters
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    You'll be able to get your hands on Sony's "1TB Ultimate Player Editon" of the PlayStation 4 in less than two weeks. Sony has confirmed the new console, which primarily features a hefty storage upgrade, will launch in the UK on 15 July for £349.99. Sony...
  • This is a real-life Star Trek Communicator that actually works as a Bluetooth handset

    Elyse Betters
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    A company has taken Star Trek's iconic Communicator (the "last remaining Communicator prop in the universe", in fact), 3D-scanned every curve, line, and texture of the original housing, and recreated the device from die-cast metal. But that's not the...
  • Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

    Chris Hall
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Withings has announced that swim tracking is now available on the Activité and the Activité Pop. Just in time for the summer to start here in the UK, the stylish activity trackers from Withings are, according to the company, the first devices to automatically...
  • Best GoPro: Which GoPro should you choose?

    Elyse Betters
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    GoPro has been expanding its line-up of action cameras to fend off an increasingly busy end of the gadget market. With the likes of Sony, Panasonic, TomTom and even mobile phone network EE looking to get in on the action, it's never been a busier time...
  • Canon EOS 750D review: Revered mid-ranger

    Mike Lowe
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Canon is testing the water with its latest DSLR cameras. The EOS 750D, which updates the earlier 700D mid-ranger from 2013, is also joined by the ever-so-slightly higher specification 760D, giving more choice to customers. Or just adding more confusion....
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  • Illumination

    21 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Christian Skjødt is a Danish artist and composer exploring temporal, spatial, as well as physical aspects of sound and aesthetics of noise. His installation works are often site-specific and include self-built electronics. Which is the case as well for his Illumination (2014): A site-specific piece for a 18th-century wine cellar in the Botanical Garden in Riga. Illumination examines the translation of the outer circumstances, harvesting the energy from the sun, and bringing this into the cellar in the form of sound. In the cellar the sounds are spatialised, and the particular acoustics…
  • Dolmen

    25 May 2015 | 5:58 am
      During this year’s Sonic Acts, one of the installations that stuck with me was Mario de Vega’s DOLMEN. It hung in the main hall of the Muziekgebouw and made a whole lot of noise. Consisting of various high frequency receivers, radio scanners and custom electronics based on logarithmic detectors, it is an intervention that explores the boundaries of human perception as well as the social, political and physical impact of telecommunications technnology by making wireless signals in space audible. If you stood below it, making a call, you could hear the normally inaudible…
  • Wall Street Sound Machine

    18 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Steven White is an visual artist from Ontario. White got the idea to convert old argicultural machines into a collection of fanciful kinetic sculptures when he and his wife moved to rural Ontario, and found a lot of obsolete equipment there. Sprockets, gears and valves on many of the pieces are interactive, and when you crank them, the sculptures produce an eerie, mechanical kind of music. Wall Street Sound Machine is an interactive, kinetic sculpture made from an old metal roofing vent, a cast-iron wheel, gears, steel, guitar strings and a large hand-lithographed Wall St. sign. The sounds…
  • Urban Wind

    16 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Herman Kolgen is a multidisciplinary artist, working and living in Montreal. He calls himself an audiokinetic sculptor. His Urban Wind installation is part of his longer running Windfields series. The installations in this series have in common that they relate to the dynamic characteristics of the wind in one way or the other. In Urban Wind, wind sensors are installed in strategic points in the city, be it intersections, bridges, tunnels, parks rooftops, etcetera. The velocity and direction of the wind gets analyzed and transmitted by WiFi to a group of suspended accordions that emit a…
  • Five Sound Questions to Zeno van den Broek

    11 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    The recurring FIBER Festival, which is happening in Amsterdam on the 15th & 16th of May presents the forefront of audiovisual performances, interactive installations, artist and company showcases and cutting-edge electronic music in one unified experience. This year, the theme is “Subterranean; Exploring Networked Tools and Matter”. With this theme, the festival researches new forms of art that offer a peek into the networked, “smart” landscape which has emerged from a worldwide explosion of digital technology. With an exposition, workshops, a symposium, a club…
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  • Fern & Roby Turntable

    Audiophilia Staff
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    We know that damping and resonance control is the name of the game in high end analogue turntable design, but this seems a little like over kill. I can only assume that we achieved similar damping and control results with a much cheaper option. That said, the sight of any new turntable intrigues audiophiles, and this one is a cast iron cracker. But, expensive at US$6500. Fern & Roby says ‘In terms of audio engineering, our design is defined by a high-mass and balanced platter concept using a 70-pound cast iron plinth to reduce resonance and achieve vibration-dampening throughout…
  • An Evening With Eliane Elias

    Anthony Kershaw
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    June 27, 2015. McPherson Playhouse, Victoria BC — Eliane Elias was in town for the Victoria International Jazz Fest and is touring much of the west coast and Europe for the summer. Elias is the Brazilian pianist/singer and a foremost interpreter of that country’s native rhythms, Bossa Nova especially. Elias already has a foot up on the legion of other jazz musicians who base much of their repertoire on the Brazilian rhythms developed by João Gilberto, Luiz Bonfá and, of course, the master, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her native language is Portuguese. And with all the inflections…
  • Classics Online HD•LL

    Anthony Kershaw
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    One of the barriers facing streaming services is catalogue availability. Until now, Tidal HiFi was by far the best streaming option for audiophiles and has its jazz and classical repertoire catalogues quite well ‘curated’ (let’s agree to mothball that flavour of the month term). New kid on the block is Naxos in the guise of ClassicsOnline HD, a streaming and downloading service utilizing the 150 labels that make up the Naxos Records distribution empire. That’s a hell of a classical catalogue. Naxos calls it ‘the first high-definition and lossless classical music…
  • The Flexson VinylPlay Turntable.

    Audiophilia Staff
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    The Sonos Wireless HiFi System has a new best friend. I received an email from Flexson’s PR department suggesting that I review their products. They make accessories for the SONOS Wireless System (Sonos) that I had just reviewed. Timely. The accessories were not really of interest, but what did catch my eye was Flexson’s VinylPlay turntable. USB/Preamp onboard and ready to rock and roll with the wireless Sonos system. The turntable looks awfully familiar. Rega Planar familiar. Lots of knockoffs (homages) these days. And why not? The Rega is still the best value in entry level tables and…
  • Berlin gets out the vote. And, it’s Kirill Petrenko.

    Anthony Kershaw
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Photo: AFP Saturday, it came as quite a surprise during my usual morning routine of checking social media. A German blogger of some note suggested the Berliner Philharmoniker had chosen its next Chief Conductor and the story was being reposted by every classical writer on the internet. The choice was Russian conductor, Kirill Petrenko. It turns out the German was right. They had chosen the Russian. Petrenko has a great reputation with orchestras he directs, primarily the Bavarian State Opera and Bayreuth. Interestingly, he has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker just three times, and mostly…
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  • Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    It takes the growling bass line of “Bitch, I’m Madonna” just 10 seconds to convince me that the MH40 headphones are winners, but not just because of their sound. Aesthetically, they seem influenced by cars like the Jaguar E-type and the Ferrari 250 GTO—unquestionably two of the most beautiful automobiles ever produced. The earpads feel just right, with light-brown leather as soft as a Ferrari’s wrapped around a brushed-aluminum frame, and all the high-stress bits made of stainless steel. No detail is ignored. Even the cable has a vintage vibe; it’s covered in braided silk and not…
  • OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC (PREVIEW)

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    High-performance portable listening is a phenomenon that continues to grow, with new enthusiasts constantly looking for a way to take their tunes on the go, without having to sacrifice audio quality. For our money, there is no better choice than the OPPO HA-2. The HA-2 is particularly attractive and compact, and like all other OPPO products, the level of performance for the price is off the chart. Combining a hybrid class AB amplifier design and a 32-bit Sabre ESS DAC chipset into an ultra-slim package, the HA-2 looks more like something Q would build for James Bond to decimate his enemies…
  • Astell&Kern AK240

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Don’t freak out—the AK240 high-resolution pocket player costs $2,500. Now, before you crucify me for even floating the suggestion that a souped-up iPod costing as much as (if not more than) a monthly mortgage payment is somehow worth it, please let me state my case. By now, you’ve likely heard of Astell&Kern, a subsidiary of the Korean electronics manufacturer iRiver that focuses on personal audio. Its high-res portable players have gotten a lot of attention since the first one launched in late 2012. The company’s product line has subsequently grown to include cables, ear buds, a…
  • The Next Step To Excellence: GamuT’s new RS5 Speakers

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    I’m confessing an honest bias when I mention that I fell in love with GamuT speakers about six years ago and have been using their top of the line S9 as a reference speaker for the last five. With the perfect balance (for me, anyway) of dynamics, extension and coherence combined with a highly musical tonality, they tick all the boxes. But they are massive and need a large room to give their top performance. GamuT’s new RS speakers build on all the strengths of the S series, and while the cabinets look the same from the outside, everything is different from the cabinet construction, to the…
  • Dali’s Flagship – The Epicon 8 Speakers

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    If you happen to peruse any number of reviews concerning speakers in the twenty to thirty thousand dollar price range, which is still a massive amount of money for most people, the review conclusion (some of my own reviews included) goes something like this: “The only thing speaker X gives up to the mega speakers is that last bit of extension, dynamics and low frequency extension.” Not any more. Judging from external appearance, the Dali Epicon 8s are finished as exquisitely as anything you’ll find in the market with another zero on the price tag. The Danes are famous for beautiful…
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  • What do you need to start a recording studio business?

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    Are you tired of your nine to five job and you want a little more excitement in your life? Maybe you are into such things as music and you have always dreamed of starting your own business. Well maybe that is a dream you should combine and you need to consider starting your own recording studio. It is not as expensive as you think and it just might be your ticket to a job will enjoy for a lifetime. Here are some things you need to do in order to start your own recording studio. Establish a need for it in your area The very first thing anyone needs to do before starting any business is to…
  • How to record excellent quality audio direct to your mobile device

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Mobile computing has utterly changed the way in which we interact with computers, allowing us to complete tasks, communicate with one another and relax, wherever we are, whenever we’d like. Powerful mobile processors and inventive applications have given us amazing things; the ability to play HD-quality videos on public transport via Netflix’s app, the capacity to enjoy casino games ten thousand miles away from Vegas via Royal Vegas Casino, or even to make sense of the starry sky with Star Tracker. Up until now though, a huge thing has been missing from mobile devices; the ability…
  • How to mix music

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    Whether you are looking to mix your own music or someone else’s song, there are a few key steps that you should implement and things that you want to keep in mind. Be organized Taking time to organize the elements of the track from the beginning can help to expedite the process and make things easy to find later on. There are a few organization tricks that can help: Color-code and label different instruments Arrange the order of the tracks Create and label special grouping that you may need Set your input levels Complete the process Once you are in the creative mindset and you have…
  • Best apps for fans of EDM

    29 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    As a genre and subculture, electronic music has exploded to reach a wide variety of fans around the globe. The genre itself includes thousands of subgenres and iterations that constantly experiment with novel ways to juxtapose sprawling and sometimes scarce soundscapes over electronically-generated beats and rhythms. The individual success of producers and DJs like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, and SBTRKT has pushed electronic music to new unforeseen heights in popular awareness, selling out major arenas and building up a market now worth billions. Soundcloud Electronic music fans…
  • Get inspired – it’s time to write your first rock song

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    In a classic episode from the radio show and podcast This American Life, reporter Starlee Kine recruited none other than Phil Collins to help her write her first-ever love song. The writer was reeling from a breakup and thinking about all the sad music was listening to. So this time, she figured, why not channel all those emotions into her very own torch song? The experience was cathartic and the episode, called “Break-up”, is one of the most beloved in the show’s history. Songwriting can be one of the best ways to get your feelings out. There’s a reason why we go to so many songs –…
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    Exciting Sounds Blog

  • Happy Holidays From Exciting Sounds! 2014

    Joseph Bremson
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Just in time for your July Christmas ;), I have finally gotten around to posting my annual holiday "mixtape."This one is a little different -- it's continuous mix mp3 as per usual, but this time I've incorporated a few radio wave sounds and carefully edited out any boring silent space between tracks. It is, therefore, a bit more polished and will probably be more fun as a result.Grab it here and prepare for the exotic and the esoteric -- sounds optimized for excitability. :D
  • De Los Rios - Kiss Of Fire (LP, 1957)

    Joseph Bremson
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    (The Exotic Sound of) Waldo de los Rios“Kiss Of Fire”Columbia CL 965, mono, 1957A first-class cover with quite average material (frankly), this album is just another example of churned out industry product that entices visually but fails to live up to the best recorded examples from the same era.With its overall sentimentality and carefully thematic album art, this might seem like the perfect record to lounge by and reminisce on ‘50s love. In terms of its sentimentality, this might actually be one of the best ‘50s album covers. Unfortunately, this stuff is fairly bland - boring (at…
  • Berlin - Pleasure Victim (CD, 1982)

    Joseph Bremson
    28 May 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Berlin"Pleasure Victim"Geffen (CD release, 1982)A classic album from the early ’80s Post-Punk/New Wave explosion, this stands out particularly well because of it’s raunchy subject matter and arousing melodies. In terms of albums that take you away to Eighties-land, in the common nostalgic sense, “Pleasure Victim” by Berlin is at the top of the list.I first heard this record when I was 11 years old or so. That might seem kind of strange to read, but I really have been “crate digging” that long. What struck me about it initially (and, of course, gave it that magical “forbidden”…
  • Song: “It’s Real” by Colette Carr

    Joseph Bremson
    28 May 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Song: “It’s Real” by Colette Carr(written on April 7, 2011)This song has a maturity issue. It was most certainly written to express some of the age-appropriate struggles that many teenagers face while ‘growing up,’ however, I’m in the dark when it comes to what exactly is being expressed.  That aside, it - quite predictably - and, truth be told, quite gratuitously - includes drug references which seem to be alluded to because of their use as a coping mechanism for many a ‘lost soul’ or those struggling with their identity and life events during high school.  However,…
  • Thoughts On Love, Elitism And Music Streaming

    Joseph Bremson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    In a recent article published on the New York Times website - titled “Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift” - author Dan Brooks argues that widespread availability of music on the Internet has made it harder for him to identify kindred spirits and romantic interests. He also contends that a person’s familiarity with more esoteric music is less authentic in an age when the “collective record collection” is only a search query away. In short, I disagree with the author’s rhetoric and feel like he’s missing a few key points about how people interact with music in general (the music…
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    Articles | Sessionville

  • The DIY Guide To Mastering

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Long since considered a dark art, mastering is now something many indie musicians do on their own. The question is, How? And, is it good enough? Continue reading →
  • Dancing To Your Own Music

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    After eight years in space as lead songwriter and guitarist of New Jersey-based instrumental rock collective Ruined Machines, Joe Kenyon returns to Earth and sheds some insight on the creative process behind his newest album, Peace Talks. Continue reading →
  • 7 Things To Be Grateful For On Twitter

    24 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    What makes the Twitterverse tick? And, how can you get more out of it? Start by thinking about what's most important to the people who make it go. Continue reading →
  • Groove Concepts for Keyboards

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Whoever says keyboard can't groove hasn't heard the right people play it. Finding the pocket is a matter of timing, feel, and tons of practice. Continue reading →
  • What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Can Teach You About Writing

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The most valuable lessons an artist learns don't always come from books and class. Sometimes they appear after countless hours of practice. Continue reading →
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    Beats Music Now

  • Beats Music Ends, Apple Music Begins

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Apple Music launched today, essentially shuttering Beats Music. Launched in January of 2014, Beats Music was led by Ian Rogers. With the Apple purchase of Beats in May of 2014, Rogers continued on with Apple seemingly integrating what worked on Beats Music into Apple Music. His blog post (fistfulayen) on the eve of the Apple Music launch describes his journey. This is the end of the Beats Music service and likely the natural completion of this Beats Music Now blog. I’ve chronicled the Beats Music streaming service, and to an extent, the entire music streaming ecosystem. If read from the…
  • Music Streaming Business Snapshot, Pre-Apple Music launch

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Apple Music will launch on June 30. Until then, here is a snapshot of the current music streaming offerings via The Huffington Post: There has been discussion about the percentage Apple will be paying rights holders. ReCode authoritatively reported Apple will pay over 70% of revenue. Peter Kafka goes on to succinctly summarize Apple’s offering: Apple’s pitch to the music industry, essentially, is that its seven-tenths of a dollar will be worth much more than Spotify’s seven-tenths of a dollar in the long run, because its free service isn’t meant to compete with its paid service,…
  • Apple Music Is Announced, Replacing Beats Music

    8 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Apple Music was announced today at Apple’s WWDC. Beats Music will be phased out eventually but not immediately. “One place, one complete thought around music” is the concept. iTunes radio will become a global radio station broadcasting 24/7 with three high profile DJ’s in New York, London and Los Angels called Beats 1. Apple Music will also be conventional on-demand streaming – listen to anything anytime using offline mode. And Apple Music “Connect” feature will give an artist the ability to connect directly with fans via video/photos/etc. all from…
  • Streaming Music Stats

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    via: blog Today’s streaming music stats as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The question many are asking is, will the upcoming Apple streaming service affect the streaming eco-system significantly? Spotify accounts for 86% of the on-demand music-streaming market according to data shared with music publishers. Meanwhile, Apple has about 85% of the download market. But downloading is in decline. At the very least, Apple may bring significant attention to the idea of streaming music as most people still don’t know about it. But will their product be innovative, a…
  • The Rumors About Apple and Beats Music

    27 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    For the last 6 months, many rumors have surfaced about how Apple plans to step into the streaming music arena. Speculation of how Beats Music will be incorporated has been rampant across the web and print media. Ashleigh Allsopp has compiled many of these rumors on Macworld UK. Rumors: Name change to Apple Music, lowering the subscription price, announcing a release in June at WWDC 2015, free trial period for 1 to 3 months, licensing deals between Apple and music labels not being in place, ability for artists to cross promote other artists, Android version release, suggestion by Apple…
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  • Brainwavz BLU-100 Review 2015

    Hogni Kamban
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    The Brainwavz BLU-100 are a great pair of Bluetooth IEMs. The sound quality is better than expected for most wireless earphones, and sitting at a very affordable price, these are worth the time of anyone looking for a pair to wear while being active.The post Brainwavz BLU-100 Review 2015 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • Fidue A71 Review 2015

    Hogni Kamban
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Fidue A71 is a fun pair of IEMs to listen to. They are quite bass emphasized, making them great for heavy bass listeners. While getting a good fit can be a little time-consuming, they have a fantastic mid-range and offer good value.The post Fidue A71 Review 2015 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • Brainwavz M1 Review 2015

    Hogni Kamban
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    The Brainwavz M1 offers a remarkable value. I really like their sound signature. It is very clear, quite balanced, and super enjoyable. If I was on a tight budget, I'd be perfectly happy to stick with the M1 for the foreseeable future.The post Brainwavz M1 Review 2015 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • Top 5 Headphone Sites of 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    We are now reaching the end of yet another year. It's a strange time, isn't it? You make new plans, new promises, and if you're anything like me - a heap of new year's resolutions. Planning for the year to come is important, but so is...The post Top 5 Headphone Sites of 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • The Most Recommended Headphone Brand of 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    We are trying to find the most recommended headphone brand of 2014 and we need your help! We'd absolutely love it if you could vote for your favorite brand.The post The Most Recommended Headphone Brand of 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
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    The best earbuds

  • 2015’s Top 5 Best Over-The-Ear Headphones Under $100

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you’re an audiophile or simply a music lover, you probably know this type of audio equipment. ‘Over-the-ear’ or full size headphones are just that, (crafted to fit comfortably around the ear) as opposed to in-the-ear ( as is usually the case with ear buds, earphones or earpieces). With most ‘premium’ and designer-labelled headphones having a prohibitive price tag of over $300, you must be wondering whether you can land a quality pair of headphones with less than a $100. And indeed, it is very possible. We took the liberty of scouring the internet and testing…
  • Nine of The Best Earbuds Headphones for Working Out 2015: Wired and Wireless models

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Once walking around a fitness center, I started to notice a lot of workout enthusiasts wearing their earbuds, one of those was a big guy with cables hang around, other with Bluetooth earbuds. While the big guy pushed his dumbbells up, his earbuds fell out, oh, no he might have chosen wrong earbuds for his time in the gym. To lessen the chance earbuds falling out in your intensive workout sections, some workout earbuds are designed with additional parts such as sport hooks, clip, adjustable loops–also called hangers, or neckband. The sport hooks will enclose around your ears while…
  • How To Make Eartips from Earplugs

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Eartips come with your stock earbuds may not be comfortable and fit securely. To improve your music listening experience, you can make your own eartips. What you need 1. Robbins Instruments Disposable Biopsy Punches Assorted – 2,3,3.5,4,5 mm – Box/25 – Sterile 2. Earplugs like Moldex 6800 Pura-Fit Disposable Ear Plugs – Yellow (Box of 200), great if you’ve already had a package. Making the hole by the puncher. Since earplugs are very soft, so it’s quite difficult to get the best results. You only get the best result if the hole is centered both ends.
  • Top 5 Over Ear Headphones under 50

    5 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Since the headphone market has expanded with plenty of new brands and models, now it is tough to pick the right pair matched to your needs. However specifically for under $50, there are some cans that sound really good for the money and top the competition. Here, we rank and rate the best over ear headphones under 50 (type: close-back) you can buy in 2015. Remember, it is not just the sound quality, think of how they look on your head, look good?  You will see a bunch of styles and features, but most importantly they should fit right on your head, note that paddings and headband design…
  • Best Bluetooth SoundBar of 2015

    4 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Bluetooth Soundbars are not just long considered as home theater systems, but can stream audio content wirelessly from your devices. There are many great Bluetooth soundbars in the market, and opinions may be varied on which one is the best of all, but whether they come with a wireless subwoofer or not, it does’t not let you to set up a complicated home theater system with  a separate AV receiver.  In this article, we have found some that are bound to give you optimal performance relative to the price range. Are you ready? Here goes… YAMAHA YAS-203 When it comes to getting a…
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  • UBSOUND launch their first on-ear headphones: the DREAMER series

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    July, 2015. The Italian company UBSOUND launches the new Dreamer on-ear headphones worldwide. As we already said on Headfonics in a previous article, UBSOUND is an Italian consumer electronics company, based in Milan, specialized in audio products like high quality IEMs, headphones, DAPs and amplified DACs. After their great success with a worldwide brand awareness thanks to their 2 series of IEMs launched last year (Fighter and Smarter), the company starts its new challenge in the world of headphones, with a clear upcoming products roadmap which includes DAPs and amplified…
  • The AP100 DAP by Hidizs

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:44 pm
    I have a hard time saying the word Hidizs. I have an even harder time saying it after a few beers so I will just refer to this £230 midrange DAP as the AP100, which actually sounds quite militaristic in my mind than a small lightweight portable audio player but there you have it. Who the heck are Hidizs and why are they releasing a DAP? Hidizs is actually a trading brand of Kaitai Technology based in China and known more for industrial gadgets and POS systems so it’s quite the leap of faith to suddenly go for the portaphile market. I guess everyone has to start somewhere, Nokia made rubber…
  • The Ether by MrSpeakers

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    If you’ve lived under a rock for the past few months, you may not be aware that Dan at MrSpeakers has again been up to no good as of late.   Somewhere out in the desert in California, or perhaps a dark laboratory of a malicious manner, Dan Clark created a new monster of a headphone for us to enjoy.  He’s done it before with the Alpha Dog, a concoction of modern design fused with old school Fostex planar driver, but this time around he has developed a new headphone from the ground up.  A new toy for us to play with and I plan to play with mine for a long time.  This one is mine.  You…
  • The MDR-Z7 by Sony

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
    Late 2014 through mid-2015 was the Age of Sony.  Seemingly, those big wigs over at Sony HQ seem to have tossed great sounding headphones through our windows all too often, startling our dogs and cats into a panic…well, not so much the cats.   I’ve struggled to snag a set of their flagship Z7 headphones, had to fist fight an old lady for my set but I am happy I gave her the ol’ one-two for these interesting headphones. The MDR-Z7 Sony has done a very good job in creating a very musical and fun headphone here, I’ve found myself enjoying this set for extended periods of…
  • The Stage 5 CIEM by Rhines

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    Those of you who have been reading our customs reviews I had previously discussed the Compact Monitors story late last year when reviewing the VE6 XControl and mentioned the famous “Stage Series” brand of customer monitors. Well of course this success story has two sides and the other shining success story from the older Compact Monitors brand is now in the shape of Rhines who hail out of Koln. Rhines is headed up by Felix Reinsch, (from which the company name is derived from), who has been around the scene for what seems like an age now. In fact Felix has been building in-ears…
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    AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones

  • Denon AVR-X7200WA Preview

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    The Denon AVR-X7200WA (MSRP: $2,999) is an updated version of the Denon 7200W. The main difference between the two is HDCP 2.2. The 7200W was not HDCP compliant. Starting in May, buyers who purchased it, could ship the unit back ... Read More The post Denon AVR-X7200WA Preview appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Sony STR-DN860 7.2 Channel Receiver Review

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    THE GOOD: The Sony STR-DN860is an impressive little AV receiver. It kicks out impressive amounts of bass and has excellent clarity and detail. The fact that it also incorporates HDCP 2.2 makes it a total package.   THE BAD: Like the ... Read More The post Sony STR-DN860 7.2 Channel Receiver Review appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Marantz SR5010 7.2 Channel Receiver Preview

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
          The Marantz SR5010 7.2 Channel receiver is their first full-sized receiver to be launched this year and from the looks of it, it’s pretty impressive.   Outwardly, the SR5010 has the typical design cues that have become ... Read More The post Marantz SR5010 7.2 Channel Receiver Preview appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Paradigm’s New Prestige Subs – The 1000SW and 2000SW Offer Precision and Power

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Lets face it, we all like a little bit of bass in our lives. Paradigm obviously didn’t think we had enough so they went ahead and created two room shaking, teeth rattling subwoofers, the 1000SW and the 2000SW.   The ... Read More The post Paradigm’s New Prestige Subs – The 1000SW and 2000SW Offer Precision and Power appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
  • Sony STR-DN1060 REVIEW

    AV Tech Reviews Staff
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:28 am
    THE GOOD: The Sony STR-DN1060 has a boatload of great features including built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and full 4K support with HDCP 2.2 compliance. It also sounds fantastic for home theater.   THE BAD: The biggest problem facing this receiver is it’s lack ... Read More The post Sony STR-DN1060 REVIEW appeared first on AV Tech Reviews - Reviews for AV Receivers - Speakers - Headphones.
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