The king is dead. Long live the king? Apple first introduced us to the Mac Mini in 2005 but updates to the headless Mac platform stalled in 2014. Four years later, with some pundits doubting the Mac Mini’s long-term viability, Apple has announced a refresh where a Space Grey chassis (with the same footprint as earlier models) houses a choice of 8th-generation 6-Core or Quad-Core CPU, up to 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, a quad of Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB-C ports, HDMI 2.0 and optional 10Gb Ethernet.… Read the full article
The Apple HomePod is a head-scratcher of a product. In many respects, it seems to be a me-too offering, perhaps even a place-holder for something that will come later. Perhaps it’s a platform that will one day “grow up” into whatever promise it’s supposed to be offering.
As a die-hard Apple fan, I want to love it.… Read the full article
By Lam Seng Fatt
High-end headphone makers like Sennheiser and Beyer Dynamics will soon be competing against a most unlikely rival – Apple.
Since Apple already owns the Beats by Dr Dre headphone brand, many analysts say it makes sense for the computer-handphone company to venture upmarket to take on the established headphone giants. Not only that but Apple’s lower-range AirPods earphones have been a surprise hit and that must have encouraged Apple to move to greater heights.… Read the full article
Disclaimer: As far as I know, no one in the wide world has been able to get their hands on a set of AirPods in under six weeks. I had my finger on the purchase button at Apple.com/jp, but couldn’t wait. In the end, I chose the grey market route of Yahoo! Auctions, overpaying by about 20$. I got them in two days. That was sometime in July, or about six weeks ago. Let’s rumble. AirPods go for 160$ USD.… Read the full article
There always are a number of mini-trends going on at any one time in the high-end. Lately, some of those have includes tape decks, vibration-control devices and integrated amps.
Among speaker manufacturers, the open-baffle concept has been on the rise. Having one or more drivers operating without being sealed in a box is hardly a new idea. But, most of the items mentioned above have long histories as well.
Some early loudspeakers used this basic design. Today’s engineers, however, are thinking up new ways to implement it.… Read the full article
Devialet, the French amplification powerhouse which is considered by some to be the enfant terrible of the audiophile world for it’s quick, and unexpected market dominance in digital amplification, and streaming technology has joined hands with software wunderkind Roon Labs to make things much easier for those using Roon software with Devialet’s Expert hardware to access their music libraries, and online music catalogs.… Read the full article
Consistency – it’s one significant reason for the mobile audiophile to choose an iOS device over an Android equivalent. Apple make the hardware and the software. The user experience (UX) remains (effectively) the same for every iPhone/iPad user. iOS users don’t have to negotiate the additional software layers piled onto Android devices by third party manufacturers and smartphone contract providers. Out of the box, your new iPhone 7 offers the same OS and UI as my new iPhone 7.
RMAA: Apple iPhone 7 24-bit
THD and jitter: Apple’s Lightning to 3,5 mm Headphone Adapter VS iPhone 6
RMAA: Apple’s Lightning to 3,5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter 24-bit
Larry Ho’s Facebook thread
Heis’s appraisal of it
Lil Wayne is firing in my wife’s iPhone 7, is blasting from my FitEar MH335DW, is vocal frying my eardrums at a volume of 4/16 through Apple’s 9$ Lightning to 3,5mm Headphone Jack Adapter.… Read the full article
The article starts with, “Everyone’s talking about the great speech T Bone Burnett gave as the keynote address to AmericanaFest yesterday”. I read the speech and I read the interview he did with Billboard magazine recently. You can link to the speech with by clicking here and the Billboard article here.
T Bone Burnett is famously against digital recording, binary coding, and state-of-the-art digital processing. He produces his recordings using analog tape and he’s not alone in adhering to yesterday’s technology.… Read the full article
I’m working on a project for a local film composer. He has put together a bunch of 96 kHz/24-bit, 5.1 surround tunes in the “electronica” style (they include acoustic instruments as well). And they’re really good! They have the familiar pulse drum/percussive beats, lots of smooth filtering, and aggressive 5.1 surround panning. Not surprising considering this guy has spent his life in and around music, recording studios, and dubbing stages. His “garage” studio is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been — and I’ve been to a lot of studios.… Read the full article