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  • J-Lo causes controversy with World Cup theme

    AudioMelody
    audiomelody
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    Jennifer Lopez took to the stage with rapper Pitbull to perform at the World Cup opening ceremony last week. The official World Cup theme has divided opinion thanks to its controversy over lyrics, artists and general poor taste. J-Lo teamed up with rapper Pitbull to create We Are One (Ole Ola), featuring further vocals sung in Portuguese from singer Claudia Lette. The song sees Pitbull inviting listeners to put their flags up to the sky, while the Aint It Funny singer Jennifer Lopez warns us that a million eyes will be watching the famed tournament. Despite the team spirit, the song has…
  • Stereophile's Products of 2014

    Stereophile.com
    John Atkinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    The December issue is here and it features our annual "Products of the Year" (cutely referred to as "PotY" in-house). 67 products made it through to the final round of voting from the magazine's editors and reviewers—read Art Dudley's comments to find out who the winners are.Fri, 11/21/2014
  • Deepak Chopra, MD and DTS, Inc. Revolutionize Meditation with Multidimensional Sound App

    AUDIO SOUND - Yahoo News Search Results
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    CALABASAS, Calif., Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, today announced a new iOS app from Deepak Chopra ...
  • Sound planning could spark sound business

    AUDIO SOUND - Bing News
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Sound engineers worked magic to make it sound close to the movie car (which had the advantage of post-production audio engineering). Apple has a core, so to speak, of audio people who perfect its audio logos. Audio branding creates powerful anchors.
  • A Jazz Thanksgiving in New York City

    Stereophile.com
    John Atkinson
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Maria Schneider, photographed by Jimmy & Dena Katz It’s Thanksgiving time, and New York jazz fans know what that means. No, not the Macy’s parade down Broadway or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The really big shows for our crowd—annual traditions for a while now—are the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz Standard and Jason Moran’s Bandwagon Trio at the Village Vanguard.Sat, 11/22/2014
 
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  • Sound planning could spark sound business

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Sound engineers worked magic to make it sound close to the movie car (which had the advantage of post-production audio engineering). Apple has a core, so to speak, of audio people who perfect its audio logos. Audio branding creates powerful anchors.
  • Timberlake becomes co-owner of audio tech company

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. AfterMaster, a subsidiary of Studio One Media Inc., announced Wednesday that ...
  • Geolocative audio tour links past with present in Vietnam’s capital city

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    A free interactive, geolocative audio tour is being organized in Hanoi, offering participants opportunities to explore the capital city’s rich culture by listening to its hallmark sounds echoing from a century ago as they stroll in its old quarter.
  • Bayan Audio SoundBook GO review: a little Bluetooth speaker of note

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    The GO is smaller, and generally speaking one doesn’t expect equal or better sound from smaller speakers. Its lower price also sets a lower expectation threshold for quality. But all that said, we found the Bayan Audio SoundBook GO to be an incredibly ...
  • No sound from speakers

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    Only problem is, there's no sound, and the drivers for them do not seem to exist on the net. Although, this motherboard comes with Realtek HD Audio, could that be a problem? Also, the speakers connect with a green 3.5mm jack. This was simple enough on my ...
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    Stereophile.com

  • A Jazz Thanksgiving in New York City

    John Atkinson
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Maria Schneider, photographed by Jimmy & Dena Katz It’s Thanksgiving time, and New York jazz fans know what that means. No, not the Macy’s parade down Broadway or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The really big shows for our crowd—annual traditions for a while now—are the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz Standard and Jason Moran’s Bandwagon Trio at the Village Vanguard.Sat, 11/22/2014
  • Hear The Wind

    Robert Baird
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
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  • Stereophile's Products of 2014

    John Atkinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    The December issue is here and it features our annual "Products of the Year" (cutely referred to as "PotY" in-house). 67 products made it through to the final round of voting from the magazine's editors and reviewers—read Art Dudley's comments to find out who the winners are.Fri, 11/21/2014
  • Harry Pearson, 1937–2014, a Personal Appreciation

    John Atkinson
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Harry Pearson (left) with Stereophile founder J. Gordon Holt (right) at a 1988 party in Sea Cliff, NY. Photo: Chris Yuin I was shocked when I learned that my dear friend Harry Pearson had passed away, on November 4 . . .Thu, 11/20/2014
  • An Afternoon With Audio Research and McIntosh in Maryland, Next Saturday

    John Atkinson
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Bethesda, MD retailer JS Audio (4919 St. Elmo Avenue) is having an open house Saturday November 22, 12pm–4pm to debut the new Audio Research Galileo Series amplifier and preamplifier with the Wilson Audio Alexandria XLF loudspeakers!Wed, 11/19/2014
 
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    Computer Audiophile

  • Young Dac Yosemite probme

    Uzinusa
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    Morning. After M2Tech released their Mavericks and Yosemite Driver I upgraded and upgraded the MacMini to Yosemite. However, no sound through Dac, either Directly from iTines or through PureMusic (latest version). Any advise welcomed. Andy
  • Can some one with technical background explain this to me please?

    iamimdoc
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    My initial issue was trying to play SACD iso files. My CAPS 1 atom processor would bog down when trying to get Jriver to convert on the fly. I got buffering issues, hiccoughs, delays, etc. Not workable. I bought an IFI NANO DAC. My _assumption_ was that the device would do some of the heavy lifting and make the music playable. This does work, ie no buffering, delays, etc. Great. There were some initial install issues responded to by the manufacturers and the reseller Music Direct (both very helpful). One is as follows: "Quick point of clarification here; the computer is entirely…
  • Server vs. NAS device questions...

    mjm6
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    It's funny that Chris just posted the Cortes computer, because I was thinking about eliminating my Synology NAS and consolidating all of my file backup requirements into a server of some kind. However, I think that his solution seems a bit spendy for what I need, so I'll probably look at another option for a homebuilt server. Anyway, I wanted to raise the issue and see if there are any real landmines that I need to be aware of with ditching my NAS for a small server. I stream to a Sonos from the NAS, and also to a CAPSv2, so those needs will remain. Overall, I think that Chris may have raiser…
  • How to best integrate new amp into setup

    ljbrandt
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Budget audio enthusiast here looking for some advice. I hope this is the right forum. My current setup: PC-USB--->Stoner UD120 dac--->Indeed TA2020 T-amp--->MB Quart Vera speakers Everything sounds very nice in this setup at reasonable levels, but I found myself longing for more power to improve dynamics and quality at more "spirited" listening levels. I tried a few smaller sized class A/B amps, such as the parasound Zamp, but I just wasn't happy with the sound compared with the Indeed T-amp; plus, I concluded, that I would probably need more than 45w/ch to be happy with my…
  • Qobuz not streaming on Aries?

    keeper
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Any one having issues today? My Aries will read from Qobuz, add the the queue but won't play. Sometimes on the right it displays the number of tracks but has zero on the left. So far, rebooted Aries, rebooted iPad including ending the app and restarting. Local files and radio is fine, signed out and back in to Qobuz and it shows me logged in. Qobuz runs fine on my iPhone. I'm out of ideas..... Cheers Phil
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    Meyer Sound Stories

  • Tackling Audio in a Big Tent: Meyer Sound LYON Immerses VIPs at University of Oregon Fundraiser

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The University of Oregon recently kicked off its $2 billion fundraising campaign with an AV spectacular under a massive tent, widely known to be a difficult setting to achieve quality sound. With the power and clarity of a Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system, the audio team overcame the event's technical complexities and offered a sonic experience that was both clear and immersive.
  • Warner Bros. De Lane Lea Turns to Meyer Sound for Dolby Atmos Upgrade

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Warner Bros. De Lane Lea, one of the world's premier sound post-production facilities, has added 24 additional Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers to its primary mixing stage as part of a recent upgrade to Dolby Atmos. The newly outfitted Stage 1 is central London's largest stage and also its first to offer this format. It has been booked for the mixing of major feature films since re-opening.
  • From Hockey Games to Nobel Conference, Meyer Sound IntelligentDC Gives Gustavus Adolphus College Arena a Sonic Advantage

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    With its new Meyer Sound system featuring IntelligentDC technology, Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota is fully equipped to provide exceptional audio coverage for every function in its 1,500-capacity Lund Arena. These events range from hockey games to national programs such as the Nobel Conference, the first ongoing educational conference in the United States to have the official authorization of the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Pioneering American Sound Artist Bill Fontana Chooses Meyer Sound for Immersive Exhibit Sonic Mappings at Rome MAXXI Museum (with Video and Sample Track)

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    American sound artist Bill Fontana has partnered with Meyer Sound in the creation of—Sonic Mappings—a permanent sound art installation for Rome's MAXXI Museum. Fontana's musical landscape pays tribute to Rome's Acqua Vergine, the ancient waterway that is at the heart and soul of Roman civilization. Sonic Mappings is the centerpiece of Open Museum Open City, the museum's latest exhibition dedicated to sound, which MAXXI Artistic Director Hou Hanru describes as "the most radical and experimental aspect of contemporary art."
  • Georgia's Free Chapel Expands to New Gwinnett Campus with Meyer Sound MINA

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Free Chapel in Georgia has opened a new satellite campus in Gwinnett with a Meyer Sound MINA line array loudspeaker system in its 900-capacity auditorium. The facility is the ministry's second venue to deploy Meyer Sound, following success with a CQ-2 and MSL-4 loudspeaker system on its main campus in Gainesville.
 
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    Audio Federation

  • EMM Labs MTRX amplifiers – Day 15

    Michael
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    EMM Labs MTRX amplifiers day 15 report. I want to talk a little about our history with amplifiers. Our first real amplifier were Levinson 20.6 100 watt/channel pure class A amplifiers. We got them about four years old, used [from Alvino at the old Sound Hounds. We still see Alvino at RMAF once in awhile. If you want to blame someone, blame him :-)], and they were so much better than the $4K Denon and the Adcom 555 (I think) before that. So much more authority and openness. The Levinsons warmed our living-room during the Winters and heated it to near intolerable levels during the summers for…
  • Body-caressing Sound

    Michael
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Body-caressing Sound – when the richness of the music, and perhaps slight changes in ambient pressure caused by the music, evoke an actual physical experience with the music. This the second part in a 3-part series on Ear-caressing Sound, Body-caressing Sound and Soul-caressing Sound. As expected, after reading the first post, Neli wasn’t too sure I hadn’t gone over to join the loonies and crazies that seem to be reproducing like mad on the Internet these days. But no. Rare as it is, Ear-caressing Sound exists. And so does Body-caressing Sound. In fact, I’ve…
  • EMM Labs MTRX amplifiers – Day 10

    Michael
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    The EMM Labs MTRX amplifiers have been on a solid 10 days. With the heavy snow we have been getting, not sure how much longer the power will stay up; so we’re keeping the Audio Note M9 Phono preamplifier in the system, also on for 10 days [i.e. we are waiting for a ‘power event’ to take the opportunity to change out the M9 for the Emm Labs PRE2 preamp [also on for 10 days, just not in this system] so we can hear a 100% (except cables and speakers) Emm Labs system.]   I have been listening to Radiohead ‘In Rainbows’ every day, comparing and contrasting and…
  • Cartoon of the day

    Michael
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    From Analog Planet Guess it isn’t too late for Halloween humor :-0
  • First real snowy day here in Boulder

    Michael
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    … and it just keeps snowing and snowing… About 10 inches here so far, but really fluffy, like cotton candy. [and Neli is huddled under the covers hoping it will all just go away :-/ ]  
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    CRAS Blog

  • What do the American Music Awards and CRAS Grads have in common?

    Becky@CRAS
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    CRAS Graduates have received credit working with many of the Artists nominated for this years AMA’s. The American Music Awards (AMA) are this weekend!  It’s really great to see the accolades CRAS graduates have achieved with the artists that have been nominated for this years AMA’s. It’s great to see these names on the list!  These grads […] The post What do the American Music Awards and CRAS Grads have in common? appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Grad Spotlight : Ian Shedd

    Jess Repanshek
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Grad Spotlight: Ian Shedd Recently I had a chance to talk with our grad Ian Shedd and congratulate him on his 50th credit as a sound editor. You can check out all of his credits on his personal IMDB page here! While a lot of our grads go out to work at recording studios and […] The post Grad Spotlight : Ian Shedd appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Pro Tools Quick Tip: Time Aligning Tracks!

    Jess Repanshek
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Sound or audio is, by very definition, the changing of atmospheric pressure perceived over time. This also ties into a term known as “phase”. Phase can be described as the time relationship between multiple waveforms, measured by the difference between periods of compression and rarefaction. In our latest Pro Tools Quick Tip, CRAS instructor Phil […] The post Pro Tools Quick Tip: Time Aligning Tracks! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • How To Be Successful In The Audio Industry – Part 6

    Becky@CRAS
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Our final “How To Be Successful In The Audio Industry” Top Ten List is from Greg and Rachel of our very own Internship Department.  Resumes, relocation, interviews, interning, finding jobs and keeping in touch with grads are just a few things that our intern coordinators deal with on the daily. So if anyone is going to have great […] The post How To Be Successful In The Audio Industry – Part 6 appeared first on CRAS Blog.
  • Soldering 101 with Cory P!

    Jess Repanshek
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Cables, cables everywhere! Technology always has at least one cable that needs to be plugged into something somewhere, and the higher quality, more technical the gear gets,  the more cables that come along with it. Whether it’s a guitar cable, power cable, ethernet, BNC or who knows what else, cables are just an accepted part […] The post Soldering 101 with Cory P! appeared first on CRAS Blog.
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    SonicFlare - Hi-Fi reviews, audio events, show coverage, photos and more

  • 2014 LA Auto Show

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Hard to believe it is that time of the year again… The 2014 LA Auto show is upon us and we will be there reporting on the hottest trends in all things high-end audio, nay, automotive. Stay tuned for more!
  • Newsflash: Schiit Loki DSD add-on

    10 Sep 2013 | 9:48 am
    Schiit announces Loki: a $149 DSD DAC add-on piece that is slaved between your existing DAC and source to give you DSD playback. Neat. Full PR below…
  • Video: it's official, Tudor is back in the US (via Hodinkee)

    8 Sep 2013 | 10:35 am
    Welcome Back, Tudor from HODINKEE on Vimeo. Following the previous post and announcement, Tudor is now officially back in the US - watch this cool video the Hodinkee crew put together… Way cool.
  • Video: Hodinkee's review of the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

    8 Sep 2013 | 10:33 am
    REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue from HODINKEE on Vimeo. Hodinkee does their usual and reviews the latest Tudor watch to hit stores, fresh off Basel's watch show. You may have heard, Tudor (Rolex's sister brand) is well on its way to making a major push and come back tot he US market. Personally, I dig the Tudor brand and what it represents: Rolex manufacturing quality and hipper styling yield classy super high quality watches. Stay tuned for much more Tudor action. A+++
  • Video: TAG Heuer & Rush movie

    8 Sep 2013 | 10:24 am
    The marketing around Ron Howard's upcoming movie, Rush, is in full swing… The folks at TAG Heuer have created this cool video clip showcasing the rich F1 history TAG has had over the years until the 2013 season, when Rolex took over F1 time keeping duties. Neat!
 
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    stupidDOPE

  • Watch: Eminem – Guts Over Fear ft. Sia | Video Preview

    Jesse James
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Eminem is back! While we patiently await the arrival of the highly anticipated Shady XV compilation, Eminem has been quite busy. Today he is back, this time around giving us a look at what to expect for his upcoming visuals for the track “Guts Over Fear”. The track finds Eminem linking up with Sia, both […] The post Watch: Eminem – Guts Over Fear ft. Sia | Video Preview appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • A Luxurious Living! The West 21st House by Frits de Vries

    Jesse James
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    As you probably know by now, we here at stupidDOPE love amazing architecture. We can’t get enough of it, so we decided to share it with you, and today we get another pristine example. Today we get our first look at the beautiful and brilliantly constructed, The West 21st House by Frits de Vries. This […] The post A Luxurious Living! The West 21st House by Frits de Vries appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Listen: T-Pain – Coming Home | Stream

    Jesse James
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    Florida’s own, T-Pain is back! Today the wordsmith returns and does so with some smooth new material for our ears to devour. This time around the rapper turnt sanga is back with a smooth new offering called “Coming Home”. Once again Mr. Pain gives us something infectious and showcases his talents rather nicely along the […] The post Listen: T-Pain – Coming Home | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Shine Bright! Nike NSW Tiempo ’94 DLX Low and Mid QS

    Jesse James
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Another day, another new pair of Nikes! This time around Nike is back with another outstanding creation, again giving us something bold, unique and eye-catching to say the least. The new kicks, the Nike NSW Tiempo ’94 DLX Low and Mid QS are surely something to see. The other day we got to see two […] The post Shine Bright! Nike NSW Tiempo ’94 DLX Low and Mid QS appeared first on stupidDOPE.
  • Listen: Eminem & DJ Whoo Kid – Shady Classics (Mixtape) | Stream

    Jesse James
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    The world is patiently awaiting the arrival of Eminem and his new compilation, Shady XV. Today Eminem is back once again, but this time around in a different form. Today the wordsmith and DJ Whoo Kid link up for an impressive new offering to the fans of the world, giving us the Shady Classics Mixtape. […] The post Listen: Eminem & DJ Whoo Kid – Shady Classics (Mixtape) | Stream appeared first on stupidDOPE.
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    Onlinecarstereo.com - Car Audio - Video Blog

  • Car Audio and Video Early Black Friday Deals!

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    With our lowest unbeatable prices, everyday is like Black Friday here at OnlineCarStereo.com. But the savings don't stop there... here's an additional 6% OFF your entire order by using coupon code EBF14 at checkout!
  • What's the best car subwoofer?

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    What's the best car subwoofer? Can you recommend a cheap but decent car amp? ...These are just a couple of questions that are regularly asked at various Car AV websites and forums by people wanting to upgrade their car's factory speakers or longing for some deep bass in their car audio setup.  We thought we'd help by compiling a list of some of the most frequently recommended car subwoofers, amps and speakers by the Car AV enthusiasts themselves who have first hand, unbiased xperiences with the products.   Check it out!
  • Just Landed - The latest in car In-Dash Car Audio and Video Receiver

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Pioneer has once again delivered an amazing addition to their fleet of in-dash car audio and video receiver with their Pioneer AVH-X1700S. Packed with tons of features and powered by Pioneer's legendary audio engineering, this head unit would surely be a favorite of car audio enthusiasts.    SPECIFICATIONS:  Satellite Radio Ready: Yes Remote Control: Yes MP3 playback: Yes Maximum Power: 200 Watts HD Radio: Yes DIN: 2 CD-R/CD-RW Compatible: Yes CD Text: Yes Built-in EQ: Yes Aux input: Yes Audio/Video Inputs: 1 Display Size: 6.2 Inch Audio/Video Outputs: 1 RDS - Radio…
  • Car Security & Safety

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Don't wait to be a victim of car theft and vandals and start protecting yourself, family and property. OnlineCarStereo.com is here to help you equip your car with the latest in car alarms, remotes and cameras at ridiculously low prices. You can even save more with this limited time offer of 8% OFF by using coupon code ALARM8 at checkout! Don't miss out on this big savings opportunity.  
  • Car Subwoofers - Don't miss out on the thump.

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Without the pounding deep bass in your car audio setup, you are surely missing out on the thump. Be it Rock, HipHop, Dance or Pop Music, you NEED the bass and we are in no way overstating it.  We have some new arrivals and great selection from Audiopipe than can help you narrow down your choices. Checkout out these fresh off the pallete subs!     
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    eCoustics.com

  • Brother MFC-L2740DW Mono Laser All-In-One Review

    TechRadar
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    Brother has introduced a range of new laser printers for the SOHO market promising "affordable, compact and reliable" printing. The range includes standalone printers and all-in-ones, with RRPs ranging from just £90 to £251 including VAT. The MFC-L2740DW is the flagship of the range, and its low RRP is already being undercut: at the time […]
  • Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) Review

    TechRadar
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Leica and Panasonic have an interesting working relationship. Some Panasonic cameras have Leica lenses that are produced in Panasonic’s factory following Leica quality control measures. And some Panasonic cameras are essentially rebadged as Leica models. The V-Lux (Typ 114), for example is Leica’s version of the popular Panasonic FZ1000 and like the D-Lux (aka Panasonic […]
  • HP Envy 15 x360 Review

    TechRadar
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    The introduction of Windows 8, the emergence of touchscreens and the increasing efficiency of components have helped laptops get thinner and lighter, and they’re also behind the growth of hybrids – machines designed for use as both notebooks and tablets. The HP Envy 15 x360 (model 15-u000na) is one such system. It flips between laptop […]
  • AVADirect Z97 Quiet Gaming Review

    Digital Trends
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you want a gaming PC that’s as stealthy as it is quick, you won’t hear a peep out of AVADirect’s Z97. (8 out of 10) Pros Attractive but subdued enclosure Easy to upgrade Quiet even at load Cons Not the quickest processor Average SSD performance High-end computers have become massively powerful thanks to […]
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

    Digital Trends
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The action’s the same as Smash 3DS, but the Smash Wii U package itself is unexpectedly different in ways both big and small. (9 out of 10) Pros Larger scale fights evolve Smash’s 15-year-old 4-player style. A plethora of different but equally excellent modes compared to Smash 3DS. Cons Transferred data and characters from Nintendo […]
 
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    Sound & Vision

  • Parrot Zik 2.0: So Much Potential, Potentially Wasted

    Lauren Dragan
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    I am not a luddite. I love buttons that make things happen. I love touch screens, I love customization, I love the newest thing. So it would only seem natural that I would love the newest addition to the Parrot family, the Zik 2.0 headphones. They are a tinkerer’s headphone. Touchpad earcups, customizable sound, active noise cancellation, Bluetooth… if there’s a headphone feature available, the Zik 2.0 have it. And yet, despite all of these wonderful features, I can’t recommend them. And it breaks my heart.
  • Atmos vs. Auro: How High Can You Get?

    Bob Ankosko
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    This year’s CEDIA Expo in Denver could have been dubbed “Dolby Atmos Expo,” with no fewer than a dozen active demos at the show including Dolby’s own. It makes sense that CEDIA would be the Atmos coming-out party. As compelling as Atmos can be (check out Dan Kumin’s impressions of our first Atmos system), I’m of the mind that the customer shopping for a soundbar isn’t about to toss that idea in favor of a discrete component system just because he’s heard Atmos. On the other hand, custom integrators building media and theater rooms are in good position to bump what would have…
  • Hands On: Amazon Echo, A Bluetooth Speaker You Can Talk To

    Barb Gonzalez
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    The Amazon Echo is a voice-controlled bluetooth speaker with Siri-like abilities to answer questions, read the news, give a weather forecast and more. Here's a surprising hands-on account with the Echo.
  • Atmos, Here: Sound & Vision's First Foray Into Object-Based Sound

    Jon Iverson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Dolby Atmos, the latest, “object-oriented” surround sound solution magicked up by the San Francisco technologists, has earned enough ink here and elsewhere that many of us are passingly familiar with it already. Briefly, then, object-oriented means that instead of panning discrete effects or overall mixes to left, center, right, or various surround channels, sound designers and producers can now direct sounds through a virtual listening space, letting the computer work out the details. Ultimately, of course, whether at the theater or at home, sounds still emanate from physical…
  • Greg P. Russell Elevates Transformers

    Jon Iverson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Greg P. Russell is the sound rerecording mixer of Transformers: Age of Extinction, and all of the Transformers movies actually, representing three of his 16 Oscar nominations… and counting. Since this was not only his first Dolby Atmos mix but the very first Dolby Atmos Blu-ray ever, he graciously sat down to discuss his work with Sound & Vision.
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    Mix

  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Sees Millennia HV-3R Preamps

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Forty-eight channels of Millennia HV-3R preamps were used to capture the main stage performances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which was held October 3-5, 2014. Diablo Digital, a company based in Antioch, Calif., that provides affordable, turn-key, live-recording systems for tours, installations, festivals, one-off shows and broadcast, provided the live recording systems for the event, choosing Millennia HV-3R preamps as the system's front end.
  • Guitar Center Displays Allen & Heath Qu-32 Mixers

    7 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Guitar Center and Allen & Heath announce the arrival of the Qu-32, the new flagship mixer in Allen & Heaths Qu series. The Qu-32s are now on display in 100 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. and are connected to P.A. speakers, with trained staff on hand to demonstrate the features of these next generation digital mixers.
  • Roland Announces M-5000 Live Mixing Console

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The new Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console is the company's first product based on its O.H.R.C.A platform. O.H.R.C.A stands for “Open”, “High Resolution”, and “Configurable Architecture”. It promises to deliver freely definable audio paths, support multiple audio formats protocols, and offer 96kHz sound quality throughout the system.
  • Meyer Sound Names John McMahon New VP of Solutions, Strategy

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Meyer Sound has appointed John McMahon to the newly created position of Vice President of Solutions and Strategy. Working closely with CEO John Meyer and Executive Vice President Helen Meyer, McMahon will oversee the broad-based strategic planning for new products, product management and multi-product solutions across various vertical markets.
  • 2014 Innovative Products Awards—Vote Now!

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This first annual 2014 Mix and Pro Audio Review Innovative Products Awards honors electronic and mechanical innovation across the full range of Pro Audio products, voted by the readerships of NewBay Media’s Pro Audio titles—Mix, Pro Audio Review and Pro Sound News magazines. Subscribers to Mix and Pro Audio Review magazines may vote for up to 12 products. Winners will be announced featured in print in the December 2014 issues of Mix and Pro Audio Review magazines as well as through our online, mobile and social platforms.
 
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    Enjoy The Music.com

  • LIVE! Blue Heaven Studios AV Recording During The Blues Masters at the Crossroads Concert

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    EnjoyTheMusic.com and EnjoyTheMusic.TV presents to you live footage during Blue Heaven Studio's annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads concert. You get a very rare glimpse at watching live as the mix engineer works his magic within the recording studio! In addition, we show you the professional master tape recording in action plus see the multi-channel DSD recording process too. Editor and Creative Director of EnjoyTheMusic.com and EnjoyTheMusic.TV, Steven R. Rochlin, mans the camera as we show you live footage from both the audio mixing and video mixing rooms during the 2014 Blues Masters at…
  • Acoustic Sounds Office Tour With Chad Kassem

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    EnjoyTheMusic.com and EnjoyTheMusic.TV presents to you our tour of Acoustic Sounds offices. We join owner Chad Kassem as he takes us through their impressive offices, including their historic turntable room and incredible vinyl vault! Editor and Creative Director of EnjoyTheMusic.com and EnjoyTheMusic.TV, Steven R. Rochlin, mans the camera as we explore Acoustic Sounds main office facility. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... Enjoy the music!
  • Essence Electrostatic DPA-440 Class D Stereo Amplifier

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Essence Electrostatic DPA-440 Class D stereo amplifier produces 220 Wpc at 4 Ohms and provides both unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR inputs. With its rated bandwidth from 20 Hz to 25 kHz, the new Essence DPA-440 has a low signal-to-noise level of -100dB and high dampening factor of greater than 1000. At peak performance, it can produce 40 Amps of driving power. The Essence DPA-440 uses the latest Class D topology to provide a highly efficient amplifier with very low distortion combined with very high stability with virtually any speaker load.
  • Technics Tracks To Sell 192kHz 24-bit Digital Music Downloads

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Technics, the long famous brand for DJs and hi-fi enthusiasts, is going to be offering 24-bit hi-res music online with the aid of 7digital. Whilst only available for the time being within Germany and the UK, Technics new music download store will be selling 24-bit FLAC audio tracks. Reports are saying that tens of thousands of them will be in the 192kHz 24-bit sampling rate range, with a plethora being typical old Red Book CD format of 16-bit 44.1kHz. As time passes, Technics hopes to further expand their music collection. Your purchases will also be stored on the Internet cloud and will be…
  • TIDAL Launches test.tidalhifi.com To Compare MP3 To CD Quality Audio Streaming

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, has just announced the launch of test.tidalhifi.com, a website that allows visitors to compare the difference between compressed and uncompressed music. The test gives users a direct comparison, so that they can confirm that they are achieving the most out of their audio equipment when streaming music.
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  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 cond. by Kurt Masur; Classical Music and Cold War, Blu-ray (1991/2014)

    johnsunier
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 cond. by Kurt Masur; Classical Music and Cold War, Blu-ray (1991/2014)  Cast: Kurt Masur, James Wagner, Gwynne Howell, Doris Soffel, Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger, The Gewandaus Chorus and Orch., Helmut Schmidt, Peter Schreier, others Director: Thomas Zintl Studio: ArtHaus 108122 [10/28/14] (Distr. by Naxos) Video: 4:3 (concert) and 16:9 (documentary) Audio: German PCM 2.0 Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian Length: 71 min. (concert), 52 min. (documentary) Rating: **** This Blu-ray has been released to make the 25th anniversary of the fall of the…
  • Oppo HA-1 Headphone AmplifierSRP: $1199

    johnsunier
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier SRP: $1199         Specs: Dimensions: 10.0 x 4.8 x 12.2” Weight: 13.0 lbs. Recommended Headphone Impedance: 32 ohm – 600 ohm Inputs: Analog (XLR, RCA), Digital (Coaxial, Optical, AES/EBU), USB (A/B), Bluetooth Input Resolution (digital): 16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit (varies depending on input) PCM Input Sampling Rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384kHz (varies depending on input) DSD Sampling Frequencies: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 Rated Power Output: .8W (600 ohm/XLR out), .2W (600 ohm/ ¼”out), 2W (32 ohm/XLR out), .5W (32 ohm/ ¼”…
  • Live At Lincoln Center – The Dukes Of September, (2014)

    johnsunier
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Live At Lincoln Center – The Dukes Of September, (2014) Cast: Donald Fagen – keyboards, vocals; Michael McDonald – keyboards, vocals; Boz Scaggs – guitars, vocals; with Jon Herington  – guitar; Michael Leonhart – trumpet; Walt Weiskopf – tenor saxophone, flute; Jay Collins – baritone sax, flute; Jim Beard – piano; Freddie Washington – bass; Shannon Forrest – drums; Monet Owens & Carolyn Leonhart – background vocals Studio: 429 Records Director: David Horn Video: 16×9 Color  Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-MA 5.1, PCM 2.0 Length: 91 minutes TrackList:…
  • HAMPTON: “Hard Listening” [TrackList follows] = Performed by Mitch Hampton, piano – Navona

    johnsunier
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    HAMPTON: “Hard Listening” [TrackList follows] = Performed by Mitch Hampton, piano – Navona NV5975 Enhanced CD (with digital program notes), 68 min. (Distr. by Naxos) [10/14/14 ] ****: This cleverly-designed disc also contains intriguing piano music by composer/artist Mitch Hampton. The styles of most of its pieces in this collection hearken back to earlier times, such as the Fifties, with traces of Earl Wild at his liveliest, and some go back even farther to George Gershwin. Although not explicitly programmatic, the disc is structured like a program. I found myself imagining a movie…
  • “Rejoice” – Itzhak Perlman & Cantor Helfgot (2014)

    johnsunier
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    “Rejoice” – Itzhak Perlman & Cantor Helfgot (2014) Other performers: Rejoice Chamber Orch., Klezmer Conservatory Band, Russell Ger; Short interviews with Joel Grey, Neil Sedaka & Elie Wiesel TrackList: Yism’Khu (They Shall Rejoice); Rumenische Doyne (Romanian Doina); Shoyfer Shel Moshiakh (Ram’s Horn Of The Messiah); A Dudele (A Song To You); Sheyibone Beys Hamikdosh (May The Holy Temple Be Rebuilt); A Yidishe Mame (A Jewish Mother); Adir Hu/Moyshe Emes (Mighty Is He/Moses Is True); Yism’Khu (closer) Director: Josh Waletzky Studio: WNET/ C Major 718408 [10/28/14]…
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  • Cancelled TV shows you think could still produce fresh episodes

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Hello esteemed forum. I've been on a big Star Trek: The Next Generation kick lately and I thought that they could have still produced episodes that were fresh and interesting. In other words, there was a possibility of more to be explored without getting tired or bored. So I ask you the same question: what TV show do you feel could have continued producing new episodes? It's a different question than what TV show you wish was still on the air. Thanks.
  • Elvis Presley . We forget . What a fantastic singer!!!

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Hello Music Fans I liked Elvis the first time I heard him. However it has to be said through my inferior playback systems of the past that his singing style can sound over echoey & words are illegible. In fact Presleys voice is the ultimate Hi Fi test. I am listening to a CD of Elvis is Back (2009 legacy) . It just sounds the business. I think sometimes we forget how good Elvis was as a singer . Maybe get too bogged down with the drug excess/jumpsuit/overweight stuff. I also feel... Elvis Presley . We forget . What a fantastic singer!!!
  • Nick Drake Reissues (Made to Love Magic, A Treasury, Family Tree) coming Nov 3rd (UK)

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    http://store.universalmusic.com/udiscover/*/Nick-Drake-Vinyl-Comp-Reissues/ Anyone here planning to pre-order these?
  • What if you're really digging some music but find out the lead singer is a d*ck?

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    I've really been getting into Mark Kozelek and Red House Painters, I absoutely love the band's albums, they're all great and they're exactly what am after right now. So as you do but probably shouldn't do... I went to do some more research on the band. All I've found is how he treats his fans badly. He's called his fans losers and virgins in the 2000s. It's the 2000s he's really made all these comments. Just a bunch of nasty stuff really. Then I hear an interview with him in 1996 on youtube... What if you're really digging some music but find…
  • The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Appreciation Station

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    Holy moley this album is good! And yet it isn't talked about nearly enough, unfortunately - not that it isn't acclaimed and respected, mind you, but I wish it was simply discussed more, it really is a classic. It really is boggling how many culturally ingrained tracks there are on this album, even as an American. Picture Book is probably a good example of this, but the whole album is really just terrific, and worth checking... The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Appreciation Station
 
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  • Same speaker drivers but very different speakers

    idem
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    Take, for example, KEF B110/T27 combination - many different speakers (LS3/5, JR149, Coda, Cresta, Kan, Spendor, Harbeth, etc) exist but they are very different speakers sound-wise, even price-wise. Why? And why different prices if components are same? Market? Do they sound that different that people prepared to pay extra? Why people prepared to pay loads for vintage Rogers LS3/5a and/or even more for same speaker from for example Chartwell? Just curious...
  • Best DAC/AMP for IEMs

    Pedro83
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    After god knows how much polarising reading and subsequent thought, i've arrived at the conclusion that my portable iphone 5s and IE800 combo is incredible for what it is. This by no means is in any way broken, so i have no intention of fixing it. A Resonessence herus + or Meridian Expolrer2 will be on its way to me soon to get decent sound from my MBA at airports and away on biz. I want a high end DAC/HPA for home use, within reason, any budget for a DAC with a headphone amplifier. Ideally one that suits 16 ohm, all the way to 600 ohm should I decide to buy some large demanding headphones in…
  • BHF audio/video on eBay

    idem
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Did you notice BHF (yes, British Heart Foundation charity shops) sells so many Hi-Fi bits and pieces on eBay?
  • Technics SL-1200......love it!

    pembers
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I sold my Clearaudio tangent a couple of weeks ago now, I wanted to simplify my record player and go for a more plug and play approach. I considered buying a bottom end project/rega....pop on the record and listen, not buggering about with the HiFi side of things but listening to the music. I always liked the Tec SL-12, loved Technics products as a lad, solid, sounded good, 'class AA' (lol) and....well.....just cool! so started researching and searching. My mint 2nd hand SL-12 turned up the other day, I popped on a project phono box and a AT-95E and absolutely love it!!!! Any other SL-12 fans…
  • Speaker stand question

    Titiksu
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    I have some Sonus Faber Concertos on OEM single pillar steel stands. If I thump the top of the cabinets with my fist, I can feel a ringing in the stand. I think its the top or bottom plate flexing. This doesn't feel right to me. Would I be better off welding up some 4 pillar stands similar to my old Tukan 4 pillar stands, but deeper to support the 4 corners of the Concertos? Does anyone have experience of SNs on different types of stands and what sonic differences they make?
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  • Simple Stereo Setup Help

    kate*
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Hello! I wanted to build a very simple stereo setup for my new office... I had some old stuff in my attic, I decided to use an Rotel RA-05SE and a Denon DVD-2930ci, and for speakers Im still debating over BW 686 S1 or Mordaunt Short Aviano 2. I like the the 686 better tho... And hmm for bass an old Velodyne DLS-3500r (set at 80Hz) and using speaker level inputs. My question is very simple and Im pretty sure it has been answered before, but I could not find it in the forums, as I lack the proper "lingo" to find it... Since it is a Stereo Only setup, do I hook the 2930 to the RA-05SE…
  • Floorstanding KEF R500 vs.

    marcel500
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Hey, shortlisted my selection down to: KEF R500 Axiom Audio M100 v4 PSB Imagine T2 Revel Performa3 F206 Which one would you buy if volume and bass is important for you. Mostly listening to electronic music. thanks
  • Usb dac

    dimaf
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Hi, I am looking to buy USB DAC (my laptop output isn't good enough for me). Anybody has experience with "Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp and Integrated Beam Forming Microphone" I don't need the microphone feature, but 65$ for DAC sounds compelling. Any thoughts? Thanks Dima
  • Best Stereo Under $400?

    ihatemath324
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    I would like to put together a stereo, which will be used exclusively for music (I like a lot of bass-heavy genres like electronic and hip-hop). What are the best components I can get for less than $400? With the upcoming holiday sales, I will be able to get a pair of Polk Monitor40's and a PSW505 subwoofer for around $300, which I could pair with a $100 Sherwood amplifier for a total of $400. Are these the best components for the price, or can anyone recommend better parts (maybe the Klipsch Synergy B-20 and Sub-10, which are around the same price on sale)? What if I were to increase my…
  • a question about USB DACs

    colnagoboy
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    I have a question about USB DACs such as Audioengine D1. I'm currently using Intel NUC BOXD54250WYK as a media center and plug it via an HDMI cable to Sony Bravia TV. Basically I use the TV's DAC for audio and send the analog signal via RCA cables from the TV to a stereo amp (Pioneer SX-1250). I was wondering if the sound quality improves by using a USB DAC connected to the media center directly. Is that even possible? An HDMI cable carries both audio and video signals, but if I use a USB DAC, does the media center separate the audio signal and send it via USB while the video signal is sent…
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  • [Admin] Rec.Audio.High-End Newsgroup Guidelines

    RAHE Moderator
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
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  • [Admin] Posting problems mini-FAQ

    RAHE Moderator
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Rec.audio.high-end is a moderated group. As stated in our guidelines, submitted messages that are not acceptable for posting to the group will receive a rejection notice unless it is one of the following: 1. Spam 2. A "for sale" or "wanted to buy" post. 3. Crossposted 4. Uses a spam-proofed or som
  • [Admin] Rec.Audio.High-End Newsgroup Guidelines

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  • Re: Of $90,000 turntables, Stradivarius violins, red wine, and blindfolds

    Peter Wieck
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    On Monday, November 10, 2014 12:13:01 PM UTC-5, Low Hertz wrote: Coming late into this thread by virtue of two recent posts - I would suggest that the horse is thoroughly dead, cannot be revived, and at this point is probably not even good for leather. By way of costs - the po
  • [Admin] Posting problems mini-FAQ

    RAHE Moderator
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Rec.audio.high-end is a moderated group. As stated in our guidelines, submitted messages that are not acceptable for posting to the group will receive a rejection notice unless it is one of the following: 1. Spam 2. A "for sale" or "wanted to buy" post. 3. Crossposted 4. Uses a spam-proofed or som
 
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  • Five Sound Questions to Ronald van der Meijs

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Ronald van der Meijs is a Dutch artist working with physical objects and sound from an architectural perspective. We saw one of his works, If I Should Live in the Past, I Wouldn’t Need a Memory last week. One of his latest works, Parthenocarp, is a big string instrument slowly transforming it’s sound as the connected cucumber plants grow. The growth of the vegetable plays the instrument. As I was very intrigued by most of his works I’ve seen, I’m glad to have him on the Five Sound Question series! Also check out an exhibition with six of his solo works from 2nd of…
  • Frequencies (Light Quanta)

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Nicolas Bernier is a Canadian artist creating sound installations and performances. We’ve covered his work Frequencies (A) last summer. His “Frequencies” series is an ongoing process focusing on basic sound generation systems. For this iteration, Frequencies (Light Quanta), Bernier taking the quantum -the smallest measurable value of energy- as his conceptual basis. The project uses basic quantum physics in a metaphorical way to create 100 sound and light fragments that develop themselves organically, generating “an never expanding but yet disruptive form in time…
  • If I should live in the past, I wouldn't need a memory.

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Ronald van der Meijs is an Amsterdam-based Dutch artist, designing from architectural principles. In his autonomous work, architecture physical objects and sound come together. I saw his work “If I Should Live in the Past, I Wouldn’t Need a Memory” last week at Arti in Amsterdam. Referencing to the unhealthy situation miners in charcoal mines work in, the installation consists of two giant lung-like structures, made out of bags that slowly inflate and deflate, creating a crackly sound. Next to the lungs hangs a birdcage, which refers to the miners who took a canary into the…
  • Traveling Wave

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Current exhibition in the EYE, the futuristic-looking national museum for film in Amsterdam, is on Anthony McCall. This British artist’s most important work consists mostly of large-scale light-projection installations, which he calls “solid light films”. However, looking at his sketches and drawings, all his work seems to be about space and spatiality. No wonder that one of his works is also sound-based. Looking at the sketch above, it seems to be about experience of space, just as his other works. For Traveling Wave (1972/2013), McCall wanted the audience to experience a…
  • 4DSOUND

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Last week, during Amsterdam Dance Event, 4DSOUND presented their system with artists like Vladislav Delay, Max Cooper, an evening with artists from the Raster Noton label, and various talks and workshops.  Looking like something which could’ve been next to the Philips Pavilion at the World’s Fair back in ‘58, the structure alone is already quite amazing, even before any sounds are heard. It is said it was inspired by Tesla, and it shows. (photo by Georg Schroll) The way the audience listened, with such pure focus, is rarely seen these days and got me thinking about what…
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  • Merrill Audio THOR Monoblock Amplifiers

    Martin Appel
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    In a previous post for Audiophilia, I stated that I was anticipating the return of Merrill Audio’s Veritas amps for a full review. In the interim, the smaller and less expensive sibling of the Veritas, the Thors, were shipped to me. I unpacked them, attached the included Stillpoint Ultramini footers and installed them in the system using my Waveform Fidelity power cords and speaker cables and Antipodes Reference interconnects. My Hephaestus Harpocrates SE amps were set aside as the Thors began their burn-in. The Thors were packaged professionally and protected in a suspension system,…
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra debuts on Chandos Records

    Anthony Kershaw
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade Op. 35 Jonathan Crow, violin Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Peter Oundjian Chandos CHSA 5145 (45:20) For home town Torontonians, this Chandos Records release is a fairly momentous occasion. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been recorded before. Mediocre sessions on EMI during the Andrew Davis years and a few better recordings with Ozawa on RCA and Columbia back in the ’60s. Chandos Records has a track record of producing superb sounding recordings, primarily due to the indefatigable Couzens team, Brian producer, and Ralph, engineer. This recording, taken live…
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — November 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Staff
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Mahler – Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” [78:00] Cutting / Turner / Emmerson / Kelly - Piano Melba MR301144 (2014) As off-the-wall as Linn’s recent release (CKD438) of a chamber arrangement of Mahler’s “little” 4th Symphony had seemed, this new disc from Australia’s Melba label absolutely takes the cake! A reduction of the famously huge “Resurrection” Symphony for piano might seem impossible, yet Mahler conceived large parts of it on that instrument, and the practice was far from uncommon at the end of the 19th Century. In a time before recordings, when many would never have…
  • Victoria Symphony conducted by Tania Miller — Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

    Anthony Kershaw
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (1962) Joni Henson, soprano Benjamin Butterfield, tenor Phillip Addis, baritone Victoria Choral Society Vox Humana and Friends St. Michael’s Children’s Choir Victoria Symphony conducted by Tania Miller November 8, 2014. Royal Theatre, Victoria, BC — When I had the privilege of performing Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, his War Requiem at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1981, performances of this gigantic, difficult work were not commonplace. Even with a performance under my belt and the fact that my old friend and conducting teacher,…
  • Harry Pearson (1937 – 2014)

    Anthony Kershaw
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    RIP Harry Pearson (’hp’ to his loyal readers). Harry coined the term ‘high end audio’ and much of the lexicon audio reviewers use today. He founded The Absolute Sound in 1973, a giant of print audio magazines. Simply, Pearson was the finest writer we’ve had in our business. Elegant, fluent, charming writing that always managed to capture the essence of a component’s sound. He will be greatly missed in our community. photo credit
 
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  • Rega RP10 Turntable

    toneaudio
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Our publisher has been a Rega fan since the fateful day in the mid-’80s when we happened by our local dealer (Audio Emporium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to find them opening a shipment of Planar 3 turntables.  As they lifted a bright, fluorescent green table out, the sales guy quipped, “What idiot would buy a turntable in this color?”  Little did he know that’s been publisher Dorgay’s favorite color since age 6.  He solemnly replied, “I’m that idiot!” and we took that little British table back to his listening room and were subsequently blown away, being Technics SL-1200 guys…
  • Primary Control Tonearm

    toneaudio
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    If you are lucky enough to have tried bespoke tailoring in Savile Row, you will know that nothing off the rack really comes close to it. The term “bespoke” originates in Savile Row, a street in Mayfair, Central London, famous for prestigious tailoring for the individual customer.  It is understood to mean that a suit is custom measured, cut and made by hand to provide a perfect fit where it literally hugs one’s body. In the world of high-end analog audio, if there is such a thing as a “bespoke tonearm,” the Primary Control tonearm from the Netherlands fits this description. Primary…
  • VPI Classic Two Turntable

    toneaudio
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    VPI’s Classic One set the standard for analog performance at its price a few years ago when introduced and one is still in service at TONEAudio as a reference component, recently revised by Harry Weisfeld to accommodate an Eminent Technologies tonearm. The Classic Two builds on the success of the Classic One, with the primary difference being the ability to adjust the VTA on the fly while the record is playing, giving the analog enthusiast more control and adjustability than the One does.  Sound quality is very similar, so if you are a more monogamous audiophile who tends to stick with a…
  • MartinLogan Motion 35XT Speakers

    toneaudio
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    MartinLogan continues to expand their phenomenal Motion series of loudspeakers to the new 35XTs you see here, featuring a 6.5” woofer and their incredible folded motion (ribbon) tweeter, all in a solid wood cabinet, available in a variety of colors, including high gloss black. As with every MartinLogan speaker, these are painstakingly crafted and reveal a level of music that is above and beyond their modest price. Voiced to match the floor standing speakers in the Motion line, these can either function as a high performance/minimal form factor pair of rear surround speakers in an all Motion…
  • Alta Audio FRM-2 Speakers

    toneaudio
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    The arrival of the Alta Audio FRM-2 loudspeakers exposed a certain prejudice or bias of mine against ribbon tweeters. But it’s a valid one, as I’d never heard a ribbon tweeter that was properly integrated with the rest of the drivers in the system, nor had I ever experienced a ribbon tweeter with a natural high end.  My audio pals with a penchant for razor-sharp transients swear by them, but I’d always come away from them fatigued.  So I must admit that when I was unpacking these scrumptious speakers, my heart sank just a little bit. And speaking of scrumptious, to someone who spent…
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  • Music festivals showcase the brightest and best

    audiomelody
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    An increasing number of artists making headlines became famous as a result of performing at music festivals. This increase in the popularity of festival artists is due to many being independent. Because independent artists don’t have recourse to the marketing campaigns that artists with large record companies do, they must rely on festivals and other means for publicity. Jordan Kurland is a partner of Noise Pop, co-founder of Treasure Island Music Festival and a board member of the Stern Grove Festival. His experience has given him the tools to manage some of the best artists who…
  • Is U2’s deal with Apple the future of record releases for big-named artists?

    audiomelody
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    It took U2 five years to deliver a follow up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, but due to their deal with Apple Songs of Innocence was downloaded an impressive 26 million times. Measured against album sales of other artists 26 million is phenomenal, with Beyonce’s very popular self-titled 2013 record only managing 3,366,000 sales worldwide. However, it is impossible to compare like-with-like with regards to Songs of Innocence, because no-one knows how many times people would have bought the album if it wasn;t delivered to their iPhone or iPad for free by Apple. In terms of money…
  • 4 USB audio interfaces that won’t break the bank

    audiomelody
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The cost of a home studio has come down a long way with software taking over the vast majority of tasks, but to get the best audio recording and playback quality you can, you will need to spend a little money on a dedicated audio interface. Here are our picks for five of the best USB audio interfaces available for well under £200, so you won’t have to pin your hopes on winning a hand of blackjack at Red Flush casino to be able to be able to buy one. Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 (£180) The Komplete Audio 6 is both and audio/MIDI interface that offers digital I/O, four analogue…
  • 5 Most Important Gigs of All Time

    audiomelody
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    1. The Beatles at Shea stadium, New York, 15 August 1965 Considering the sound was awful, there was no lighting show, no screens and no one could see the band, you may wonder how this gig has made it to the top of the list ­- but it was a world changing concert that paved the way for the large stadium and arena tours that we know today. No music act had ever filled a stadium before or sold so many tickets for a one off performance, so this concert set a precedent for where live music was going. These were the days before the band had the luxury of stage crew, bodyguards, event staff or…
  • J-Lo causes controversy with World Cup theme

    audiomelody
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    Jennifer Lopez took to the stage with rapper Pitbull to perform at the World Cup opening ceremony last week. The official World Cup theme has divided opinion thanks to its controversy over lyrics, artists and general poor taste. J-Lo teamed up with rapper Pitbull to create We Are One (Ole Ola), featuring further vocals sung in Portuguese from singer Claudia Lette. The song sees Pitbull inviting listeners to put their flags up to the sky, while the Aint It Funny singer Jennifer Lopez warns us that a million eyes will be watching the famed tournament. Despite the team spirit, the song has…
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  • Blind Listening Tests

    Amie C
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CQoF1Ouh4Q Ian Colquhoun and Andrew Welker are in the Axiom Blind Listening Test room for the first in a series of videos – maybe four or five – on the topic of blind listening tests and their importance to acoustic research. We’ll also focus particularly on when it is important that a test is done blind as opposed to sighted. Ian: I thought I’d start with just a bit of a history of how I was introduced to double-blind listening tests. It dates back to the early 80s when I first arrived at the National Research Council (NRC). They had a room…
  • Sneak Peek into Axiom’s Current Research and Development

    Andrew Welker
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQOKI3X2i_Q We have some exciting new additions to the Axiom Electronics lineup. As many of you remember, about two years ago we launched a very successful series of amplifiers that are configurable from 2 to 8 different channels. We’ve had a lot of requests from customers who are moving back to stereo speaker setups (partially I think because when we introduced the LFR1100, many people started to listen to music in stereo again, and really enjoyed that set up) Customizable Face Plates 3U Zone Control Amp With Customized Wooden Faceplate First up on the list of…
  • Axiom’s Newest Speaker: The In-Ceiling M3

    Andrew Welker
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Axiom’s newest product is the M3 in-ceiling speaker.  It’s a dual solution-oriented product: you can use it anywhere in your home where only an in-ceiling speaker is going to work with your decor, or you can prepare yourself for the most exciting development in home theater in years: the imminent release of Dolby Atmos, which requires in-ceiling speakers to add height channels to your surround sound experience.  The M3 in-ceiling is perfect for both applications:  it has high power handling, balanced linear performance, and good bass so a subwoofer is not required.
  • Outdoor Speaker Placement

    Andrew Welker
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Today’s topic is Outdoor Speaker placement.  There are a variety of options available for placing them, and some things you need to keep in mind when you are positioning and mounting them, because outdoor speakers, depending on the environment,  may not work the same way as a pair of speakers in your living room or home theater. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Y73fQfDto Let’s take a screened-in outdoor room as an example.  This is an environment that is as close as you’re going to get to an actual enclosed room.  You’ve got boundaries: you’ve got a rear wall,…
  • Speaker Placement: Unusual Room Layouts and Elevating Speakers

    Andrew Welker
    1 May 2014 | 7:31 am
    Today we’re going to be doing our last video in this series that talks about the basics of loudspeaker placement. We’ll come back to it again if we get some more questions that we didn’t cover. But today we’re going wrap it up by talking about different sized rooms and different layouts, and things that you can try when setting up your speakers. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60ha4v1Sj0 We’ve already covered the basic floorstanding positioning, toe-in, bookshelf speakers – whether they’re mounted on stands or bookshelves – center channels, subwoofers…
 
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    Head Yo

  • Etymotic Research HF5 Headphones Review

    Josh
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Etymotic Research takes pain staking effort in delivering the best noise cancellation ear phones in the market, with meticulous attention to design engineering and performance technology.  The Etymotic Research HF5 Portable In-Ear Earphones fall right into this category of superbly manufactured ear plugs aimed at providing the ultimate music experience. Infact, they are one of ...The post Etymotic Research HF5 Headphones Review appeared first on Head Yo.
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones for Kids

    Josh
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    Most of the people easily find headphones for themselves but when it comes to choosing a pair for their kids, they don’t know about the options available in the market or how to choose them? I’ve been contacted by many parents for the same and as a result, I’ve created a detailed guide on the safest and ...The post Noise Cancelling Headphones for Kids appeared first on Head Yo.
  • PSB M4U 2 Headphones Review

    Josh
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    PSB is synonymous with serious high definition technology in the world of music. Detail and dynamic expressions come together in each of their products to bring the listener a world of deep and intricate music, with each note and tone getting the attention they deserve. Keeping in line with its tradition, PSB brings the PSB ...The post PSB M4U 2 Headphones Review appeared first on Head Yo.
  • Meet the Most Stunning Portable Headphone Amp with DAC

    Josh
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    I consider myself a quintessential music dilettante rather than an audiophile and my music-verse revolves around experiencing new headphones and writing reviews on them. It was my first encounter with any amplifier (it felt like I’ve been living in Stone Age). I met an old friend and told about my website and he showed me ...The post Meet the Most Stunning Portable Headphone Amp with DAC appeared first on Head Yo.
  • Geek Wave: The Most Promising Portable Music Player

    Josh
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Imagine the world without the iPods. You will probably be thinking that I’ve gone nuts. But there will be a far more promising and superior portable sound system on our way. Light Harmonic Labs introduced Geek Wave, a next generation portable music player which promises the highest resolution of the audio available. With the configuration ...The post Geek Wave: The Most Promising Portable Music Player appeared first on Head Yo.
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    Alchemea - Music Production & Sound Engineering Blog

  • Alchemea graduates amongst 2015 MPG awards short lists

    Peter Barter
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    After the initial public vote and subsequent ‘whittling down’ of the potential candidates by full MPG members we’re pleased to say that the short lists for the 2015 Music Producers Guild awards have now been announced. View the full list here on the MPG website.
  • Understanding Mono and Stereo Audio

    Christian Huant
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Following on from our recent blog on human hearing, mono and stereo are two fundamental concepts that are often mentioned matter-of-factly, yet many beginners struggle to grasp the difference. Let’s have a closer look at what it all means. Mono, short for monophonic (Greek meaning
  • From Russia with love: the making of iamthemorning’s Belighted

    Erica Basnicki
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Every album has a story, but only a few are worth telling. Once upon a time… The making of iamthemorning’s second album, Belighted, is a special story. It starts in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina recorded parts of the
  • Alchemea Sessions 08 – Hattie Whitehead – 23

    Peter Barter
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Hattie Whitehead – 23 (Live) – Alchemea Sessions Hattie and her band are back with their second Alchemea sessions track ’23′ – hope you enjoy! if you missed the first one – check it out here Hattie Whitehead – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar Peter Hill
  • Information Dissemination

    Jon Olliffe
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    In the early days of commercially recorded music, studio techniques were passed on to the tape op either explicitly, via conversation, or implicitly by observation. This was necessary so that the tape op could, after some years, progress into the role of engineer. Methods of
 
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    Beats Music Now

  • Apple Leaks Plans For Beats Music

    dangellert
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Will pre-installing the Beats Music App on the next Apple iOS release catapult the streaming service into mass public consciousness? Today Apple leaked that as early as March of 2015, Beats Music will be bundled in their iOS. The Financial Times reported the news came from “people familiar with the situation.” A little leak like this only teases people and begs for more answers like: – What will it cost? Apple is said to be negotiating to lower the subscription price down to $4.99/month from the current price of $9.99. – Will iTunes Radio and Beats Music be integrated…
  • It’s All About The Car… with Music

    dangellert
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Both Beats Music and Spotify mentioned car initiatives (one overtly and one subtly) today. Ian Rogers tweeted pictures from Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America – undoubtedly exploring the progress of getting Beats Music integrated with Mercedes-Benz: Our driver this morning is robotic. #mbcar @ Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc. http://t.co/bUJmMI9Kvz — ian c rogers (@iancr) November 17, 2014 Meanwhile, Spotify announced a new partnership with Uber. When you get a car through the Uber app, you can choose music the car will be playing upon…
  • YouTube Music Key Arrives

    dangellert
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    YouTube’s long awaited music subscription service, YouTube Music Key, is officially in beta (by invitation only). YouTube is the largest free music service in the world, and now people will be able to pay for it — don’t miss the irony here! YouTube Music Key (beta) will offer: – Ad free music – Offline play for music and video – Background listening Consistent with how Google (the owner of YouTube) operates, the details are fuzzy and likely will evolve as Google learns from beta users. The irony here is that YouTube’s biggest demographic, 18 to 34…
  • Taylor Swift vs. Spotify Controversy Rages On

    dangellert
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Taylor Swift is the most popular pop artist today and she has taken all her music off of Spotify, the #1 music streaming service. This news has been spreading exponentially for a week, mostly because Taylor Swift is a famous, popular icon today. She believes Spotify is not good for artists because they do not pay adequately for music. This assertion will be substantiated or debunked depending on who you read and what you choose to believe. I went to the sources — Taylor Swift interviewed by Yahoo about Spotify; and Spotify’s CEO, Daniel Ek’s, blog post about Taylor Swift.
  • Beats Music Updates Apps For Apple iOS and Android

    dangellert
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Exciting update? Not really, but an update nonetheless. Beats Music released App updates for iOs and Android today, version 2.3.1 and 1.2.3 respectively. “Stability and performance improvements” is all the updates say… not splashy but probably necessary.  
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    sirs-e.com

  • DMX Signal Not Working

    Dennis Santos
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    DMX512 is widely used for stage lighting and effects through a digital communication network. It offers a wide usage of controlling your professional, architectural, or home design lighting system. Like all subjects that deal with DMX technology, there really is no fail-safe way to go about locating the problem. This post will explain the strange […] The post DMX Signal Not Working appeared first on .
  • How to Choose the Right Electrician to Install LED Lighting

    Dennis Santos
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    If you’re starting a new construction or remodeling project you’re most likely trying to figure out the best way to contain costs and manage your budget. A major piece of any new construction effort is the lighting application.  Today our homes, office buildings, and entertainment venues include accent lighting, security and entertainment systems, and appliances […] The post How to Choose the Right Electrician to Install LED Lighting appeared first on .
  • Understanding DMX Addressing with Dip Switch Binary Code

    Allyssa Villanueva
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you are at all familiar with DMX Control, you know that it is a wonderful system, which allows you to control various light fixtures. There are multiple factors to ensure DMX signal is distributed properly throughout your setup, but one of the most important is DMX Addressing. Most DMX Controllers are equipped with a […] The post Understanding DMX Addressing with Dip Switch Binary Code appeared first on .
  • Video: How to Address DMX LED Controllers

    Allyssa Villanueva
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    DMX addressing through a Dip Switch module is a crucial part of DMX control, but can be confusing. Watch Martin explain how to address a DMX LED Controller through Dip Switch Binary Code. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Martin: Hey, guys. This is Martin again, from SIRS-E, and today I’m going to talk about DMX addressing and binary […] The post Video: How to Address DMX LED Controllers appeared first on .
  • 3D Lighting Visualization Software

    Dennis Santos
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In this post we will be going over the current application of 3D simulations in light designing environments. There may have been times where you would like to visualize your lighting environment before attempting to realize it. There are many applications that can do this in two dimensional or three dimensional figures. Two dimensional simulations […] The post 3D Lighting Visualization Software appeared first on .
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  • Brainwavz S0 Review 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    At a retail price of just $49.50, the Brainwavz S0 are a great, cost-effective option that delivers above expectation. They have a very smooth and easy going sound signature, are comfortable to wear, and come with a ton of additional ear tips. The post Brainwavz S0 Review 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives Review 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The JVC Xtreme Xplosives earbuds are one of the most affordable headphones on the market. With their good sound quality and solid build, they are a pair that will serve you well. They have a powerful bass, good noise isolation, and are surprisingly comfortable to wear. The post JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives Review 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • Interview with Home Studio Expert John J. Volanski

    Hogni Kamban
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    I’ve got an awesome guest for you today! It’s John J. Volanski, an electrical and audio engineer, home recording enthusiast, and author of the book, Sound Recording Advice. John has been operating his own home recording studio for over 20 years. Needless to say, he knows what he’s talking about. I first met John when […] The post Interview with Home Studio Expert John J. Volanski appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • The 11 Best Headphones for Running 2014

    Hogni Kamban
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    You’re a runner on your daily run. You enjoy listening to your favorite music, but no matter how hard you try, those annoying headphones just keep falling out of your ears. It isn't easy, but this article is designed to help to choose the correct headphones. The post The 11 Best Headphones for Running 2014 appeared first on Picky Ear.
  • New Infographic: 8 of the World’s Most Expensive Headphones

    Hogni Kamban
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    We would love for you to share this infographic! This is an infographic that shows 8 of the most expensive headphones in the world. These are headphones that you can actually purchase. Not just some diamond-stacked-jewellery headphones. The prices range from $1,399, all the way up to $5,495. This list in not meant to be […] The post New Infographic: 8 of the World’s Most Expensive Headphones appeared first on Picky Ear.
 
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    The best earbuds

  • Retractable earbuds-clever items to simplify your life

    Thebestearbuds
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Earbuds are messed up in pocket How do you normally store your wired earbuds after use? wrapping them around your phones or putting them back to the travel pouch. Most people will stuff directly to their pant pocket, and when pulling out the cables get messed and the chance the cable will be detached from inline control is most likely to happen. So what’s the next thing? they have to solve a lot of the knots and tangles or buy the new one. Though many earbuds today designed with flat cable to reduce the tangle, but without keeping by a carrying case, they are still complicated. You…
  • Best noise cancelling earbuds (in ear headphones) of 2014

    Thebestearbuds
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    You probably know the best Bose Quiet Comfort 25 the ANC over the ear headphones with very expensive price roughtly $300, in fact not many people want to carry a heavy stuff on their heads, so earbuds is an alternative for more convenient and portable. What is the best noise cancelling earbuds among plenty of them on the market, we will introduce some of them received positive reviews from users and experts. Finding a decent pair of noise cancelling earbuds is not a tough job. However, it depends on how much money do you want to invest and where do you use them. Understanding…
  • Introduction of earbud manufacturer: Jlab Audio

    Thebestearbuds
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Starting from 2005, Jlab Audio was founded by Josh Rosenfield, a successful business man who fell in love with the combination of music and lifestyle. Jlab grew so fast, together with the growing market of smartphones which lead to the huge demand of personal audio products. As a result, Jlab was listed in 500 fastest growing companies in the US. Josh Rosenfield on LinkedIn  Josh Rosenfield website The major products of Jlab are ergonomic and high-quality headphones including earbud style and over – the – ear style models such as volume limiting headphones for kids –…
  • Best gaming earbuds with mic

    Thebestearbuds
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    How often do you play online game? wearing the over the ear gaming headphones can be hot and heavy on your ears. In addition, the leather padding of ear cups can make ear “unbreathable”. So a good gaming earbuds in this case is more preferable. However, what earbuds were designed specifically for gamers, do you feel they’re immersive enough to bring you to the virtual world or drive you deeper engagement into the game. I round up a few of the best gaming earbuds available. The gaming earbuds come with the inline mic, which enable you to communicate with your teammates…
  • Smart headsets vs earbuds

    Thebestearbuds
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    The headsets with smart features have been being developed by some reputable brands in Audio Industry like Sony, Jawbone, Plantronic and BlueAnt. Some of them are sucessfully delivering innovative features that many users are keen on. Wireless headsets almost use the Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) basically relying on the bluetooth connection to communicate with the paired devices. These smart headsets was evolved to ultilize some feature commonly integrated in smartphones. Since the smart devices become more popular, the smart headsets were spawned to meet the demand “smarter…
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  • The PM-2 Planar Headphone By Oppo

    Kyle
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    Oppo have recently released their second planar headphone titled the PM-2 which looks a lot like the PM-1 only this time the big unique selling point is the fact that you should get all of the benefits of the PM-1 but at a more tempting $699 price tag, especially to a lot of people struggling to hit the $1k mark for the PM-1. There are some physical adjustments to fit into that alluring price tag but subtlety is the watchword here in terms of visuals and in the physical hand the PM-2 looks almost identical. Oppo also used the gestation period of the PM-1 in the market to take back plenty of…
  • The FiiO E12a – The IEM Amp

    marcusd
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    FiiO have been very busy in 2014 revising and modernizing their lineup of amps and DAC’s on top of rolling out their new X1 and X5 DAPs. They have always struck me as keen to listen to feedback from their customer base and have been tapping into various comments specifically from the recent E12DIY user experience. The E12DIY was a special limited run of the standard E12 portable power amp with swappable Opamps and a range of buffers to allow those who like to roll and tweak. Something similar to what Ibasso did before with the PB2 only on a much more budget conscious level. Well out of…
  • The T10i IEM by RHA

    marcusd
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    I have a lot of respect for what RHA has done in the IEM market to date with some excellent competitively priced IEMs such as the MA750(i) and the MA600(i) to a lesser extent. They really raised the bar in terms of what to expect for your dollar/pound and in some ways I would say they are compatible to what FiiO is doing for the budget portable amp and DAP market. The MA750 was also gobbled enthusiastically by a lot of our forum and FB members (that’s a 5000 strong legion from all of SE Asia and beyond right there – big up to the guys and girls!) and my own unit is still getting…
  • The Sony MDR-XB950BT Experience

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    The deviants over at Sony have been up to no good lately. After a string of new headphones released in 2014, Sony has shelled out another for us in the form of a Bluetooth portable called the XB950BT. This one has really shocked me with what they’ve made possible in Bluetooth technology. This one is a keeper, no doubt about it and easily one of the better $200 headphones out there. Build and Accessories The XB950 is very comfortable and light at only 280g. Gotta’ admit, it is so very refreshing to have a headphone that not only sounds this good, but also one that is very…
  • The G4ME ZERO By Sennheiser

    Michael Piskor (24bit)
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Late night gaming binges fueled by Hot Pockets and energy drinks are something I look forward to experiencing as often as possible. I’m a hardcore gamer, been one since the days of the NES and Sega and don’t plan to quit any time soon. We troubled misfits of the digital frontier seek out any weaponry we can to help aide our quest for domination or power, whether that be in-game or out. Great gaming headphones are just one of those weapons I use to beat my enemies into submission with as I relentlessly tea bag their lifeless corpses in game, mouth off filthy obscenities that would…
 
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