There are speakers…and then there are speakers. Speakers that are sexy, powerful, sleek, big even. Speakers that throw caution to the wind and risk pissing off your interior designer. Speakers that are towering works of art. Speakers that laugh at the thought of being hidden in a wall. Speakers that might just kick your ass if you don’t give them the proper respect. We love them paired with their shorter, but mighty henchman, the subwoofer.
Turntables and LPs have made a bit of a comeback in recent years. Although they never lost their luster to audiophiles, hipsters and people looking for a more physical attachment to their music have been flocking to the format that looks good on a shelf. So for those not faint of wallet and who want the ultimate sound, we give you the Spiral Groove SG-1.1.
VIZIO has unveiled their new lineup of soundbars for 2014. Hoping to build on their previous success in the category, they’ve added three new sizes to the catalog; one designed for giant televisions, another for 42″ and up, and a third, to fit underneath smaller, lighter sets in a corner or bedroom. We have our more »
WinAmp, one of the oldest media players out there, was scheduled for termination December 20th, despite widespread protest. According to TechCrunch, a stay of execution has been granted by Belgian radio conglomerate Radionomy. Radionomy has some 6,000 stations in its catalog already, with an emphasis on a do-it-yourself platform that anyone can use to create more »
If you don’t have the option, or don’t want the option, of installing a full-blown stereo system near your TV — an AV receiver, at least two speakers, all of the cabling that goes with them — this device is a very fine compromise.
We’ve all been in a club at some point or another, and as enthusiasts we know just how bad the sound is in these venues. Poor channel isolation, reflections all over the place, and, dear god, the system is half subwoofers and playing the stuff those kids who won’t get off my lawn listen to more »
A new loudspeaker from Audience has made its debut. The ClairAudient 1+1 is a bi-pole, front- and rear-radiating speaker. Audience’s proprietary A3-S full-range drivers, placed both in front and in back, provide, in Audience’s view: extremely flat frequency response from 50Hz to 22kHz (depending on room placement), eliminating the need for a separate woofer, midrange driver, more »
It remains to be seen whether consumers take much interest in Sony’s new line, but Sony isn’t wasting any time in expanding the lineup even before it properly launches. The company announced late last week the addition of two new products to the line: the PHA-2 portable headphone DAC/amplifier (an updated version of its ) and the more »
Stereo systems. Like cable TV and camera film, younger people largely couldn’t care less about them. So says CNN in an article called “The Death of the Home Stereo System.” It may be painful for some longtime home entertainment enthusiasts to accept, but kids and many older people don’t want traditional AV components because, frankly, more »
McIntosh has announced two new products that I didn’t have time to see in person at this year’s CEDIA EXPO, unfortunately. The company’s new MCD550 SACD/CD Player and the MA8000 Integrated Amplifier deliver new features and functionality, while maintaining that inimitable McIntosh style. The tenth-generation MCD550 borrows a couple of technologies from its bigger brother, the MCD1100, including a more »
Anyone who has ever tried to get decent audio out of a laptop know what a hassle that can be, which is why we’ve seen a plethora of new USB DACs pop up in recent years. The new Geek has a somewhat more prestigious pedigree than many of the offerings on the market, though; this more »
When Klipsch debuted its KMC 3 Wireless Music System back in May, the press release hinted at an upscale followup dubbed the Klipsch Stadium, another result of the company’s partnership with Live Nation Entertainment. This week, Klipsch officially took the lids off of the Stadium, a truly audiophile-grade wireless music system with a truly audiophile-grade price. more »