Radionomy Saves WinAmp from the Block

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 »

HomeTechTell Review: OSD Audio Sound Platform SP2.1 Table-Top Surround Sound System

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.

Despacio : 50,000 Watts of Audiophile Club Sound

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 »

Audience Announces ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

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 »

Sony Expands Hi-Res Music Line

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 »


Is Home Stereo Dead? CNN Thinks So

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 Introduces New MCD550 SACD/CD Player and MA8000 Integrated Amplifier

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 »

Geek USB Audio Awesomifier Gets Funded on Kickstarter

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 »

Klipsch Announces the Stadium Audiophile Wireless Speaker

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 »

Parasound Introduces the Halo P 5 Stereo Preamplifier

Parasound’s Halo P 3 stereo preamplifier has been lauded by reviewers over the years for its beautiful build quality and impressive feature set, not to mention its sound quality. With a reputation like that, Parasound probably could have tweaked its chassis, maybe added a USB input, and had a very successful modern stereo preamp on more »

Measuring the Differences Between Speaker Cables… with SCIENCE!

My friend, mentor, and former editor Brent Butterworth has taken over as the Stereo Guide for, and he hasn’t wasted much time in applying his clear, concise, scientific approach to controversial topics. In his latest piece, Brent broaches the subject of speaker cables, and whether or not one can actually measure the differences between more »


Onkyo Adds Two New Budget-Friendly TV Audio Systems

Looking to maximize your widescreen experience at home with a solid audio system that bumps in all the right ways but won’t cost you an arm, leg, first born, or your 401K plan? Us too. And thankfully, Onkyo, who is no stranger in the premium home theater world, has now got us covered. On Tuesday, more »