It occurred to me recently as I was renewing the domain name for Audioholics that we are celebrating our 20-year anniversary this April 18th. Wow, 20 years! It seems like a lifetime ago when I came up with the idea of starting my own audio focused website from the comforts of my bedroom. My then girlfriend and future wife thought it would be a great idea and encouraged me to pursue it. My initial plan was to have a place to offer people buying advice while also debunking much of the industry nonsense that was running rampant in the print magazines and online.… Read the full article
Telecommunications providers are in the midst of unrolling all new 5G wireless networks worldwide. At first glance, it would seem to be just another upgrade to existing wireless networks, but many are saying of 5G – this is the big one! The new 5G infrastructure is presented as the wireless network that ushers in a new era in the Internet of things (IoT). Nearly every conceivable industry is exploring the possibilities presented by smart IoT devices and infrastructure that require greater speeds and lower latency.… Read the full article
The average Joe may be happy to listen to music at the low-resolution quality offered by Spotify and Apple Music, but uncompromising audiophiles tend to prefer the lossless streams provided by Tidal. Two years ago, Tidal upped the sound-quality ante even further with the introduction of its MQA-powered Tidal Masters service, which delivers high-resolution music (usually 24-bit/96kHz, but sometimes higher) guaranteed to sound “as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite.” But Tidal isn’t the only option for high-res streaming.… Read the full article
Samsung, one of the world’s most prominent electronics manufacturers, and leader in the development of Blu-ray, has announced it will no longer produce and distribute Blu-ray players in the US. That announcement also included Samsung’s acknowledgement that it has completely abandoned plans to roll out a new, high-end 4K ultra high definition (UHD) Blu-ray player originally scheduled for release this year.
It’s shocking news from a company that has been a major backer of the Blu-ray high-definition media format since its introduction over a decade ago.… Read the full article
Is Star Trek: Discovery the solid performer that CBS needs it to be? Some believe that the controversial new Star Trek show may have seen its final season. Although a third season has yet to be announced, other Star Trek news from CBS would make it seem that Discovery has been a smashing success. CBS has announced that it’s planning two new Star Trek series, including one with Patrick Stewart revising his legendary role as Jean Luc Picard. But to some, the announcement of a new Picard series is further evidence that the producers are looking for a new direction, possibly because Discovery has been a misfire for CBS and its streaming service All Access.… Read the full article
Among speaker manufacturers at CES 2019, Klipsch brought the most new products and product announcements. The spread of new products includes a host of wireless earbuds, portable blue tooth speakers, sound bars, and an assortment of other wireless speakers. There is a lot to cover here, so let’s get started with the earbuds!
Klipsch T5 Neckband (left), T5 True Wireless (right), T5 (lower right)Read the full article
Rumors about Apple acquisitions are a staple of Internet lore. The iPhone maker is known for its massive cash reserves at nearly $300-billion. It has money to spend and the company has made it clear it’s going to muscle its way into video production to support a future video streaming service. But Apple-original programs will need to be nothing less than stellar to compete with Emmy Award winners, Netflix and Amazon.
What’s really at stake for Apple and Amazon going into 2019?… Read the full article
The mere mention of the company’s name conjures up all manner of reaction, response and opinion from the audio community. The self-appointed cognoscenti of the audio world have decreed that Bose products are decidedly inferior to even the better mid-line brands of audio components, are decidedly not of audiophile quality, and in some cases, derive their success more from marketing sleight-of-hand than from legitimate engineering excellence or widely-agreed-upon sound quality.
Yet they are by far the biggest-selling brand of audio products in the world and the name Bose is known well beyond the usual limited confines of audio enthusiast precincts.… Read the full article
What can wild west outlaw Arthur Morgan teach America’s legions of gaming young males about masculinity in our modern day? During times of existential crisis, America consistently turns to the old west in popular culture. And Red Dead Redemption 2 has arrived at a time when young men may have never been so unsure of their place in the world.
In the game of global economics, Donald Trump sees himself as a formidable player — one to be respected, and even feared. On Friday, November 2nd, the president tweeted a photo of himself with the words “Sanctions Are Coming” appearing in a font conspicuously similar to the one used in HBO’s Game of Thrones. The tweet was a play on that show’s ominous tagline “Winter is coming,” and was posted shortly after Trump administration officials announced the reimposition of economic sanctions on Iran.… Read the full article