Yesterday, Sonos, the company that invented and popularized the wireless multi-room audio category more than a decade ago, nobly released its patents in an announcement on the company’s blog. The company says that by doing so, other speaker manufacturers can benefit from their investment in research over the years. Sonos hopes this will foster creativity within the home audio category.
In the age of big data, no one is safe…So why not give the following companies your personal information, too? At least you might when something. Kidding aside, the following 10 giveaways from around the web will have you decking out your home theater (or creating an entirely new one, in some cases) in high style.
While you won’t find all of these products in America, and many of them are made to order, there are some unusual, and in some instances, downright awesome, electronics to be found on the WWW. Here are some of the more interesting products we’ve stumbled upon using the Houzz app. Whether you laugh, cry, or get out your wallet, we hope you enjoy these bizarre finds.
Yesterday was the Luxury Technology Show in New York, and there were a lot of high-end, not to mention high-ticket, items on display. Here are some of the coolest products from a few of the manufacturers on display for you to buy or covet, depending on your budget.
I’m from Texas, graduated UT, and have a couple of awesome sisters that still live in Austin. And although I’m an Socal transplant, I’ve lived vicariously through their SXSW experiences for years. I’ve also been a technology writer for nearly 15 years. So I consider it nearly impossible that I have never heard of SXSW Interactive, which launched in 1994, until this year.
There are a lot of audio solutions out there these days that are meant to make getting better sound in your living room easier and without your loved ones calling the design police on you. The sound base is a great solution for those who don’t can’t mount a TV on the wall and don’t have space in front of a TV for a deep speaker or tall speaker (like a sound bar). The sound base sits under the TV and can withstand its weight without a problem.
Want to shop for Sony products at the mall? Chances are, you won’t be able to soon, Sony said this afternoon. About two-thirds of its U.S. stores are going bye-bye as part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month.
We just love Kickstarter and all the crowd-funding sites out there for their ability to level the playing field even a little bit to allow the average Joe or Jill a shot at inventing something. We also love crowdfunding because it breeds innovation. We scoured Kickstarter and were delighted to find these five high-tech projects worth peeping–from sensor-based parenting to making musical instruments out of everyday objects.
Seems like everyone is keen to make your digital music files sound better via a USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) these days. We’re in the process of reviewing Meridian’s Explorer, and Audioquest’s Dragonfly is rumored to make computer music sound amazing. Denon is joining the fray, as well, announcing today its DA-300USB High-Definition USB Digital Audio Converter and Headphone Amplifier ($499)
It’s hard to think that spring is just around the corner, what with the groundhog seeing his shadow earlier this month, not to mention the horrible weather that’s been plaguing the east coast. But it is! And if you’re looking forward to enjoying some outdoor AV on your patio, rooftop, or backyard, now is a good time to start budgeting and getting it all ready in time for fairer weather.
If you are like me, you’ve curated quite a collection of gear over the years. For example, I have a great M&K surround sound system that is several years old, but sounds amazing. I also have a nice Peachtree Audio desktop system that makes all my digital music sound analog, thanks to the DA converters inside.
Back when I was fresh out of college and working for Home Theater magazine, there was a lot of talk about the Woman–or Wife–acceptance factor. (That’s the “WAF” for those in the know.) Those were the days when speakers were still hulking and menacing behemoths that took up some serious real estate in your living room. Most everything was black, had threatening sharp corners, and was super-un-design-friendly.