By Bryan GardinerPosted 03.15.2012 at 5:15 pm 9 Comments
An audiophile can spend thousands of dollars on one speaker—a multi-driver tower that can produce a broad range of frequencies clearly at high decibel levels. But even the best speaker, or an entire home theater full of them, will typically sound its best in only one spot: the sweet spot. THX has designed a speaker, the Steerable Line Array, that produces up to eight sweet spots. No matter where a person sits, he'll hear near-perfect audio.
Eventually, practically every conceivable pair of disparate technologies gets combined into a single package—cameras and cellphones, game consoles and e-readers, chocolate and peanut butter. The combination of speakers and lightbulbs seems like it would be one of the last ideas we'd see, but, well, the future is now. GiiNii's on-the-nose-named AudioBulb brings these strange bedfellows together for the first time.
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.
By Dan Nosowitz and Michael BerkPosted 11.17.2011 at 4:40 pm 7 Comments
To get a full spectrum of viewpoints on the Jawbone Jambox, a tiny--seriously tiny--portable speaker, we asked two separate writers to scrawl down their thoughts. The first comes from Michael Berk, an writer at audio/videophile publication (and PopSci sister pub) Sound+Vision, who lends his expert viewpoint. The second comes from Dan Nosowitz, a writer here at PopSci, for a view at regular-person usage. Spoiler: they both really like it.
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.
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.
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.
A speaker’s sound comes from the diaphragm, a flat or cone-shaped piece that pushes air. It can be made from almost anything: metal, carbon, fabric, paper, even wood. California-based Greensound Technology, however, has taken a new approach, sending vibrations pulsing through a half-inch pane of tempered glass.
Most of us keep our music on our computers and our computers are increasingly mobile, but there’s a disconnect between the ability to store large amounts of music on a laptop and the portability of said laptop: laptop speakers aren’t worth playing music on. But a clever engineering fix by British company NXT has changed all that, conjuring big sound out of small, portable speakers powered by nothing more than a USB outlet.