When Amazon announced its new Amazon Music HD lossless-quality streaming service, audiophiles took notice. For the first time, a truly major player in the world of streaming music would offer its entire catalogue — approximately 50 million tacks — in CD-quality or better, up to 24-bit/192kHz. Amazon may play third fiddle to Spotify and Apple music right now, but with 30 million users, it already has nearly 10 times as many subscribers as Tidal and Qobuz combined. It seemed like only a matter of time before one of the bigger media companies challenged those smaller audiophile favorites with a high-res streaming tier aimed at the masses.… Read the full article
With a huge and growing portfolio of consumer software, personal computers, and lifestyle products, Microsoft is a company that needs no introduction. Their huge glass-paneled headquarters in Redmond, Washington, which in itself is a remarkable feat of architectural design, constitutes the birthplace of their visions and commitment to achieve something out of the ordinary. With this line of thinking, it is no surprise that the company has garnered multiple awards for a variety of their already well-established product range.
The Surface Studio 2 is the latest in their Surface division of touchscreen-based personal computers.… Read the full article
RSL CG5 & CG25 Speaker Introduction
While RSL Speakers might not be a household name, audio enthusiasts who stay on top of noteworthy brands will certainly know about RSL speakers due to their reputation among hobbyists and the general acclaim they receive from the audio community. RSL has been gathering a reputation as a source of affordable yet high-fidelity loudspeakers that have accrued an online buzz due to a plethora of positive remarks from professional reviewers and customer testimonials alike. Audioholic’s own encounters with RSL products have found them to be a solid brand, so we were excited to see them enter a higher price bracket when we did a preview article on the recent release of their CG5 and CG25 product line.… Read the full article
There are a lot of ways to spend $1,500 in the audio world. For the “cost is no object” crowd, $1,500 wouldn’t be an unreasonable sum to pay for speaker cables. For others, it’s the cost of a nice set of bookshelf speakers. We recently demonstrated how you could put together a 5.1 system HTIB killer for only $750. With just a little more budget, you can take things up a notch, most notably with better bass response, nicer aesthetics and most importantly, upgradeability to immersive surround sound.… Read the full article
In December of 2018, Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible — Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie released a… urging viewers to turn off their TVs’ “video interpolation” or “motion smoothing” feature when watching movies at home. The video was intended as a public service announcement, and was included as an introduction to the latest Mission: Impossible installment’s Blu-ray release. The move was applauded by A/V enthusiasts, who tend to loathe the uncanny feeling that motion smoothing inflicts upon film and TV content.Read the full article
In February of 2019, Control4 acquired Neeo, the Switzerland-based creator of the acclaimed smart home remote. The acquisition was intended to accelerate Control4’s ability to deliver next-generation remotes, touch panels, keypads, and other smart home devices. We were impressed with Neeo’s universal “Thinking Remote” when it first hit the scene in 2016, and have been anxious to see what innovative products the partnership with Control4 might yield. The first such product is the Neeo Remote for Control4 ($600), which its creators describe as “a touchscreen remote that delivers highly-refined control of home entertainment experiences through the powerful Control4 Smart Home OS 3 platform.” Control4 launched its revamped OS 3 operating system in May of 2019, and it was immediately apparent that the software was a significant leap forward for the entire Control4 smart home experience.… Read the full article
We’re audiophiles. We can’t help it—we like this stuff. We like listening to the gear as well as to the music. We enjoy having a so-called “educated” ear and being able to pick out subtle nuances and sonic traits as we listen to different electronics and speakers. (No! Not different cables and connectors. That’s where I draw the line. Your mileage may vary.) Whether we’re trying to hear differences or not, they just jump out at us. Once you speak audiophilia, you hear it and you understand it, automatically.… Read the full article
At the 2016 Tokyo International Audio Show, Yamaha made a bold statement about the company’s commitment to high-end two-channel audio with the introduction of a new flagship loudspeaker, the $15,000/pair NS-5000. Seen by many as the spiritual successor to Yamaha’s iconic NS-1000M speaker from the late 1970s, the NS-5000 has won the hearts of critics and audio enthusiasts the world over, with its combination of retro styling and high-tech Zylon fiber drivers. Now Yamaha is building upon that success with the U.S.… Read the full article
Focal 300 Series In-Wall Speakers Introduction
While I’ve lost count of the number of architectural speakers I’ve installed over the years, I haven’t lost my disdain for dogears—those rotating plastic clips that have been the mainstay for mounting in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for longer than I can remember. I know I’m not alone.
Dogears are time-consuming to tighten. Tighten them too much and they’ll bend or break. The odds of that rise when you try to use a power tool to speed up an installation.… Read the full article
As a typical Gen-Xer, my life-memories came online somewhere in the mid-70s and much of those early memories involve a love of comics that would last a lifetime. Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and way before superheroes replaced more traditional action heroes on the big screen, the adventures of men, women and the odd teenager in tights were limited to the ink-smeared pages of comics.
I was a Marvel guy myself, but no stranger to some DC titles. Both brands had great artists and writers that created the mythic stories of our era.… Read the full article