Items tagged with Audio

Chromecast is great. It lets you stream just about anything to your TV from the Internet, and it does so in a unique, simple, and brilliant way: instead of streaming directly from your smartphone or tablet, your device tells Chromecast to do the streaming. A group led by a pair of ex-Google employees has essentially done the same thing for audio that Chromecast does for video with its simple device called “Beep”. Beep (or is it “a Beep”?) is a metal dial that connects directly to virtually any speakers in your home via 3.5mm AUX, RCA, or optical input and connects wirelessly... Read more...
Rosewill is showing off a number of new products at CES this year including cases, keyboards, portable power banks, headphones, and kitchen appliances. In all, Rosewill is showing off over 50 new products during CES 2014. The new LEGACY Case Series was among the new products we saw. This new line of cases is built with aluminum alloy and steel interiors. Rosewill also showed us their follow-up to their best-selling BLACKHAWK mid-tower case, the BLACKHAWK II ($99.99, targeted for Q2). Other additions to the lineup include the RISE ($119.99, targeted for Q2) and STEALTH ($69.99, targeted for Q2)... Read more...
We know what you're thinking -- the Internet needs another streaming music service like, well, the Internet needs another streaming music service. It's certainly a crowded field -- Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, Google Play All Access Music, Rdio, Slacker, and the list goes on -- but that isn't stopping Beats Music from joining the fray. Beats Music chief Ian Rogers confirmed that the streaming service is indeed real and that it's getting ready to launch next month. Given the brand recognition that already exists, this could end being more popular than people think, especially if celebrities get behind... Read more...
Hello Razer, have we met before? You may ask yourself the same question after spying the peripheral maker's new Kraken Forged Edition headphones. Razer's been known to put out some solid gaming accessories, no doubt about that, but the Kraken Forged Edition aims higher than Razer has perhaps ever aimed. Not only is this a premium (and premium priced) headset, Razer's touting it as the "best headphones" you can buy, point blank. "These are the best headphones on the market for both music and gaming, period," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "We’ve made some... Read more...
When a legend dies, much of the world feels it. But how often is that legend a piece of software? If you were into digital music when the MP3 file format first became popular, chances are good that you crossed paths with Winamp. Chances are even better that you called it home for a number of years. It was as de facto a piece of software as one could get; the Photoshop of music players, if you will. And now, it's soon to be killed off for good. On the official website, attempting to download the player will issue this warning: "Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available... Read more...
You'd think that speaker technology was pretty well disrupted, given that it has been around for about as long as any technology... ever. As it turns out, there's still more to be down. A new kind of headphone taps into the power of carbon nanotubes in order to deliver sounds, with a tiny internal speaker relying not on moving parts, but producing audio "through the thermoacoustic effect." According to a new report, the nanotube speakers could even hit a sweet spot in terms of pricing. Essentially, the new invention bypasses moving parts and instead relies on expansion and contraction of air to... Read more...
Marshall needs no introduction among musicians, but in case you're not familiar, Marshall is a British company that makes high-end amps, speaker cabinets, and other audio equipment. The company's newest product is the Stanmore, a modern wireless loudspeaker with a retro aesthetic that looks like one of Marshall's older amp heads. Stanmore is the compact cousin (or sibling, if you prefer) to Marshall's Hanwell, though the company promises it can deliver big sound. It has a pair of 3/4-inch dome tweeters and a 5.25-inch woofer powered by a Class D amplifier. Marshall rates max power at 80W RMS with... Read more...
In the world of high-profile audio, you can easily count the names that everyone knows: Bose, Shure, Pioneer, Sony, Dolby, and perhaps just a handful of others. Sadly, a pioneer in the world of audio has passed away this week, with Ray Dolby leaving behind his wife and two sons at the age of 80. Ray Dolby fired up Dolby Laboratories in 1965, and according to the official remembrance page, he "built an environment where scientists and engineers push the limits of sight and sound." He is best known for his role in crafting a noise reduction system that has remained popular to this day, and Dolby... Read more...
The headphone world is a lot like the tablet world: there's lots of watered-down, low-cost, low-quality options. And frankly, cutting through the noise is tough for companies. Apple and a small handful of others have done so in the tablet realm, but what about headphones? There's one name that's soaring above all others these days, and that's Beats Electronics. The famed audio brand has just introduced the new Beats Studio. These cans have been redesigned and tweaked in myriad ways. Each pair of Studio headphones is precisely tuned with new custom digital software called the Beats Acoustic Engine... Read more...
It's not easy getting noticed in a market as competitive as headphones, but OrigAudio has managed to draw attention to itself by marching to a beet of a different drummer. That's not a typo folks, nor is the Beets by OrigAudio line of headphones a joke, even though they're sure to elicit a few giggles by your Beats by Dr. Dre wearing friends. Unlike your buddies and all those sports stars you see wearing Beats by Dr. Dre headgear during pre-game ceremonies, you won't spend anywhere near upwards of $200 for a pair of Beets, which are priced at just $25. If that's not enough to make you feel good... Read more...
It's not too often that Harman Kardon ends up on these pages, but the company's newest A/V receivers have a few tricks up their sleeves that'll appeal to more than just audiophiles. The Harman Kardon AVR 2700 and AVR 3700 look like your average receivers, but there's a module within that enables native 4K scaling as well as support for Apple's wireless AirPlay standard. Both the Harman Kardon AVR 2700 and AVR 3700 are powered by the acclaimed Harman Kardon high-current, ultrawide bandwidth amplifier, not to mention eight HDMI inputs (with full 3D support), and Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio... Read more...
BioShock Infinite is a great game. I'm only into the early chapters as of this writing, but I can already tell you that all the great things people have been writing are, as near as I can tell, absolutely true. We're working on a performance comparison and review that'll be up in the not-too-distant future, so look for them. For all its gorgeous graphics and amazing attention to detail, BioShock Infinite has a really odd directional audio problem. I've created a video clip that demonstrates it below: Color me confused on this one. In this case, the problem is worse if I turn left than if I turn... Read more...
Ever heard of Gracenote? Chances are your ears have heard its work, and your eyes have seen its magic, even if you weren't aware. Back in the day, those who popped CDs into CD-ROM drives and ripped 'em to iTunes would need Gracenote's expertise to automatically add metadata to those tracks. The company actually does quite a bit more than that these days, and it's about to put a lot of its future into the bright minds and able hands of developers. The Gracenote Developer program launched today, making the company's music APIs and SDKs available for developers. This opens the world's largest and... Read more...
Audience has just announced their latest smartphone/mobile audio processor, the earSmart eS515. The earSmart eS515 combines the company’s advanced voice processing technology, which is already employed in many popular smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, with a high-performance, low-power audio codec for enhanced voice quality and speech recognition and a better multimedia experience. By combining the sound processor with an audio codec onto a single chip, Audience is also able to cut power consumption and reduce off-chip communication for potentially better... Read more...
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