Jan 11
Wireless speakers have come a long way from the FM radio method of connecting them. While folks still design and attempt to use RF for getting one of the holy grails of consumer speaker installation, the quality of audio produced has always suffered. The attempts though have come a long way. Be it UWB radios, RF, bluetooth, even IR and proprietary..... [ read more ]
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Jan 10
Comparing sound bars to full 5.1 or 7.1 setups is really, really unfair. You can't get the quality from 6 or 8 (I'm counting the sub-woofer as a speaker) speakers that you would get from an array of drivers and tweeters like you have on a sound bar. But CES 2011 showed us that sound bars are getting much, much better. The sound is getting richer and..... [ read more ]
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Jan 10
Sometimes over doing something is a good thing. I've never been one to say more is better in Speaker World and I still say Phil Spectre's Wall of Sound crap took The Beatles Let It Be and took it down a few notches (yes, I prefer Let It Be...Naked, 2003). Like anything, numbers work sometimes and sometimes no. With HiVi's Swan Speaker series, it's all..... [ read more ]
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Jan 10
I've always been interested in sound bars. The "way" to get 5.1 sound in a small space without investing in all the wires, money and did I mention space? that is required of a true 5.1/7.1 system. Manufacturers who market "near 5.1" through their bars bother me. It's just not possible. A wider sound-stage, yes, but no way it's true discrete 5.1. It's..... [ read more ]
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Jan 09
I'll lay it out straight and simple. With a name like ChicBuds, I'm a little shy about checking them out. The leopard fur print, pastel colored ultra-mini-tiny, itty-bitty, mono-speakers scare me. But you know what? I can't stop looking and listening to these babies. They are funky cool with just the right amount of...I can't believe I'm saying..... [ read more ]
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Jun 17
Sound Egg is an interesting little invention. It's an egg, cut out, and filled with acoustic foam, available comfy leather chair, and full 5.1 surround sound in a personal space. It might look weird, but in practice, the seat is extremely comfortable and surprisingly form fitting, even for those who are 6 ft 3 inches tall. I half expected to feel claustrophobic, but once you sit back relax..... [ read more ]
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Mar 01
Induction speakers and headphones are nothing new. They've been around for a while. The concept is pretty simple. For headphones, it's the use of your head or surrounding objects attached to your head, to vibrate the sounds right into your ear bone so you can hear the sounds. For speakers, essentially the same concept, only it's the use of most any..... [ read more ]
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Feb 15
High quality iPod speakers seems like an oxymoron sometimes. It just doesn't make sense. Many people expect cheap tinny sounds, but something truly worthy of sitting on the shelf? Impossible. Some systems come close (Logitech mm50 are my fav), while overpriced systems like Bose SoundDock, just can't justify their high prices when other much lower..... [ read more ]
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