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Bayan Audio Launches New Bluetooth Speaker Line

Wednesday April 23, 2014

bayan audio soundbook X3Yep, I know, there's already 10 zillion trillion billion Bluetooth speakers out there. And now there are a couple more. But these look a lot more original than most of the others I've been pitched lately. And they're also from a company that's already had some success in the U.K., so maybe these guys have a chance of getting some traction. Read More...

New Headphone Reviews: Oppo Digital PM-1 and V-Moda XS

Monday April 21, 2014

VModa_main.jpgI just finished two headphone reviews in the last week that are well worth reading for headphone enthusiasts. And really, even for those just thinking about getting a new set of headphones. That's because these two models are so different yet both well worthy of consideration. Read More...

Meridian Launches New DSP8000 Special Edition Loudspeaker

Thursday April 17, 2014

Bob Stuart MeridianMeridian -- a high-end audio company specializing in advanced digital technology -- officially launched its DSP8000 Special Edition speaker tonight at Access Networks, a systems integration/custom installation firm in Encino, California. (Which you may remember as the suburb of Los Angeles that had a small earthquake a couple of weeks ago.) Meridian cofounder Bob Stuart (pictured here next to the speaker) was on hand to give an in-depth technical backgrounder. Which is a good thing, because there's a lot to talk about. Read More...

Measurements: Hot New Oppo PM-1 and V-Moda XS Headphones

Monday April 14, 2014

Oppo PM-1 on blackI'm currently in the process of reviewing two of the hottest new headphones of 2014 (so far): the $1,099 Oppo Digital PM-1 planar-magnetic, open-back audiophile headphone (seen here) and the $212 V-Moda XS compact on-ear headphone. I'm still working on the subjective part of the reviews, but the measurements are all done so I thought I'd share them with you here. Read More...

Arcam Introduces More Affordable High-End Bluetooth Receiver

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Arcam miniBlinkU.K. high-end audio company Arcam was one of the first to come out with a Bluetooth adapter targeted at audiophiles, the $300 rBlink. Now it's come up with one that's half the price and 10 times as cute: the $149 miniBlink. According to Arcam, the miniBlink "uses the advanced Bluetooth front-end and DAC technology" as the rBlink, including an apt-X Bluetooth receiver and a high-quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with signal re-clocking and dejittering. Read More...

Chesky Records Drops New Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Chesky headphone discAudiophile label Chesky Records, already revered for its previous, groundbreaking headphone disc Dr. Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show, has just announced a new headphone demo disc, Dr. Chesky's Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc. The new disc includes 45 tracks designed specifically for headphone testing, including tests for dynamic range, imaging, etc., plus music tracks from Chesky artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Wycliffe Gordon and Candido Camero. Read More...

Streamz Android-Powered Headphone Launches

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Streamz headphonesLooks like the Streamz headphone is finally getting off the test bench and onto your head. This headphone has a built-in Android computer/operating system. Thus, it can play music stored in the headphone's internal memory; stream Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio and other Internet-based sources through WiFi; and play audio from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone, tablet or computer. Read More...

Velodyne's Headphone Skins Bring Art to Listening

Thursday March 27, 2014

Velodyne Cubist headphoneLast time I talked with Velodyne, I knew the company was in the process of developing some skins for some of its headphones -- i.e., adhesive-backed film with various designs that you can apply to the headphones. I figured that, as most companies do with products like this, they'd create two or three skins and leave it at that. But while visiting the company's website in the process of reviewing one of its subwoofers, I noticed that Velodyne now offers a selection of 16 different skins for its vFree and vLeve headphones. Contrary to what I expected from something like this, a lot of the designs even look tasteful enough for me to wrap around my 52-year-old skull. Read More...

Lepai LP-2020A+ Amp Now Even More Ridiculously Priced

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Lepai LP-2020A+Last year I wrote an in-depth review of the Lepai LP-2020A+, which might be the world's cheapest/least expensive/whatever stereo amplifier. That review is still one of my top traffic-getters. The fact that the LP-2020A+ gives you enough power to drive a typical set of speakers to loud levels and did it for $26 was enough for me to overlook its technical flaws and limitations -- and, obviously, enough for Parts Express to sell a ton (or, probably, several tons) of these little amps. Read More...

What Kind of System Do You Need for High-Res Audio?

Friday March 21, 2014

MF_hero.jpgI'm still getting a lot of e-mail and Facebook messages about my recent piece on Neil Young's new Pono high-resolution audio player and Pono Music download site -- everything from one guy lauding it as "a flower in a field of garbage" to another guy listing "14 reasons why Pono is going nowhere." (Reason #5: "For the over-40 music buying market who could afford this ... wait, there's an over-40 music buying market?") Read More...

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