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I'm the kind of record buyer that always reads album credits, and starting in the early 1990s, with the Pixies' "Surfer Rosa," Nirvana's "In Utero," and PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me" I noticed that all of these great sounding recordings were engineered by Steve Albini. The man is extraordinarily prolific, and to date has worked on 2,000 albums! I reached out to him a few weeks ago to talk about his work.
I've used an iPod Classic as my on-the-go music player for years, while I was waiting for something better. Sure, Astell & Kern has two perfectly fine players, the $699 AK100 and the $1,299 AK120, but FiiO smashed the high-resolution music player price barrier with the X3, which lists for $299, but which sells for $200 on Amazon and most other online retail sites.
This past Wednesday, at the Time Warner Building in New York, Sony Electronics demonstrated a renewed interest in high-resolution audio. The company had a full slate of high-resolution hardware on display, and promised review samples would be coming our way in the near future. The initiative includes a commitment to make high-resolution audio "a more convenient, compelling, and cost-effective listening experience for digital music enthusiasts everywhere. To support this, select Sony products will come preinstalled with high-resolution tracks from Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment."
The flagship high-resolution audio model, the HAP-Z1ES ($1,999) … Read more
BERLIN -- American audio veteran Harman Kardon and its subsidiary JBL showed off a raft of new home audio gear at the IFA show here today.
Harman's new Esquire is both a wireless loudspeaker and a teleconferencing system with built-in mics. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Its tricks don't end there -- with three USB ports, you can charge three devices at the same time. It has its own 10-hour rechargeable battery, too. The Esquire is out next month for 249 ($330, £210).
Also new from HK is the Onyx wireless speaker system, which is … Read more
HP revealed a pair of modestly priced 23-inch HD monitors: a Windows 8-certified touch-screen and a Beats Audio-boasting display. The two new models feature a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, and purported 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
The HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor and HP Envy 23 are competitively priced for their average spec offerings, but the bargain comes at the cost of few ergonomic features and limited connectivity.
HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor The HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor is Windows 8-ready and offers solitary HDMI, DVI-D, and USB ports. It also houses built-in speakers and … Read more
I visited Stereo Buyers' Brooklyn headquarters to get a first-hand look at their gear. Located in Red Hook, the facility was flooded by Hurricane Sandy last summer, and most of the inventory was literally underwater. Stereo Buyers' Adam Wexler did his best to prepare before the storm hit, but his best line in recalling the disaster was, "I bet you didn't know that Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy 5 speakers (that weigh over 100 pounds) can float, but they can. It was crazy and depressing; the financial losses were a bummer." He didn't have flood insurance, but … Read more
Neil Young expects to launch Pono, a music service based on a new high-definition audio format that the rock musician is spearheading, early next year.
Young made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday, adding that the Pono team has been focused on fine-tuning the new format, which he said has "liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality -- as it was in the studio."
Young also offered a little more insight into the process behind his new format.
"Pono starts at the source: artist-approved studio … Read more
If you're the kind of person who can't help but bemoan the dangers of a surveillance state since the NSA revelations this past summer, then Kapture might help bolster your theories.
Meant to be worn on your wrist at all times, the device -- which launched Tuesday on the Kickstarter crowd-funding site with a goal of raising $150,000 -- is perpetually recording the last 60 seconds of audio without the user having to do anything. With a simple tap, that time frame's contents are saved, sent to, and synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth. … Read more