Our buddies over at Sound+Vision just posted a review of a gadget we've been excited about: the NuForce Cube, an absolutely tiny (2.5 inches!) cube of audio power. They seem to really love it--it's a remarkably capable little speaker, with power similar to the larger (but still tiny) Jawbone Jambox, but it's also a headphone amplifier for phones and mp3 players, plus a USB digital-to-analog converter for running audio from a computer out to an external device. For all that, it performs really well--read the whole review at S+V.
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.
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.
Our friends at Sound and Vision took a trip to this year's Axpona audio expo, where they were treated to demos from gear so pristine and expensive, we're probably not even allowed to look at it. If you're interested to see what a few hundred thousand dollars and an obsession with audio can get you, from motorized theater seats to gorgeous tube amps, check out their gallery.