Our good friends over at Sound + Vision just posted a great little explainer on crossovers, "the part of a loudspeaker that people least understand." (They're kind of like filters that send different parts of the input audio to different parts of the speaker.) It's a great way to actually figure out what's going on inside your boom-cubes (the preferred audiophile term for speakers, we assume). Read more over at S+V.
Our friends over at Sound + Vision rounded up six of the best-sounding over-the-ear headphones out there. Put away your packaged Apple "White Plastic Circles of Pain" earbuds--these will fill your earholes with some of the finest-quality audio on the market. The headphones include some of the best offerings from Sony, Grado, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica--definitely worth a look if you're serious about your music.
A 3-D scanner, cellphone LoJack, an ultra high-tech guitar, and much more
By Kaitlin Miller, Steve MorgensternPosted 01.23.2012 at 10:08 am 1 Comment
Every month we search far and wide to bring you a dozen of the best new ideas in gear. These gadgets are the first, the best and the latest. Check out the gallery below to get the first look at what consumer technology has brought us this month.
Roku, makers of, you know, the Roku, introduced a new product this morning, to be called the Streaming Stick. It's a teeny little device that looks mostly like a Roku-branded USB flash drive, but instead of a USB plug, it has a particular kind of HDMI plug. You plug it right into your HDTV's HDMI port, and, theoretically, you have a brand-new connected TV that you can even control with your regular remote.
Researchers at the Ishikawa-Oku lab at the University of Tokyo have gone one-up on augmented reality with a system they call "invoked computing." Basically, that means computers will be embedded everywhere in your daily life, and you'll "invoke" operations, so everyday, non-computerized objects--like a banana--can be given computer-like capabilities. This is all leading up to a real-life bananaphone, obviously.
Has Bose gone too far with a 46-inch TV that costs upwards of $5,000? Or is this instead the best TV possible for the rich and lazy?
By Michael BerkPosted 11.21.2011 at 3:52 pm 4 Comments
Looked at one way, the Bose VideoWave is a 46" CCFL-backlit LCD TV that costs $5,349, a rare bird in a market where such things have become commodity products at a tenth that price. Sure, it's got integrated speakers and does virtual surround decoding, but hey, they make soundbars for that, right? But the VideoWave offers a lot more--and a lot less, which poetically is a lot more. This isn't an all-in-one. It's just the simplest-working, best-sounding out-of-the-box TV you've ever heard.
Our friends at Sound+Vision just posted a review of the Libratone Live, a curious, triangular, compact audio system that plays music from an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Mac, beamed to it via Apple's AirPlay. S+V found that the speaker satisfies even their highly discerning ears, looks great (love the felt/tweed look), and has some pretty advanced tech in there to make you forget you're listening to a tiny little speaker. Check out the full review over at Sound+Vision.
Thanks to the massive success of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, a whole crop of celebrity-branded cans have popped up. But are they any good? Our audio-obsessive friends over at Sound+Vision have lent their finely-tuned ears to the task, reviewing en masse headphones from Bob Marley, Ludacris, Miles Davis, Justin Bieber, and the originals, the Beats by Dr. Dre. How did they stack up? Check out the review to see if they'd be a worthy accompaniment to your soon-to-be new iPhone. [Sound+Vision]
Our audiophile friends over at Sound+Vision put together a roundup of soundbars that should, first and foremost, make you aware that soundbars are now a totally viable and respectable way to pipe audio into your home. They're small, relatively cheap, uncomplicated, and often sort of attractive in a sleek-gadgety kind of way--and one of them, the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30, actually earned S+V's coveted Certified and Recommended Badge, no small feat. If you're thinking about improving your audible life, it's definitely worth a read. Check it out at S+V.
Our friends over at Sound+Vision are out in Indianapolis for this year's CEDIA Expo, gorging themselves on all kinds of audio gear. Looks like this year there's a shift from ultra-high-end stuff like custom in-wall setups to more consumer stuff that regular folks like us might actually be able to, you know, buy. That includes speaker bars, bookshelf speakers, hot new headphones, that kind of thing. Check out their gallery to see what's next in audio.