Archive for the ‘Audiophile’ Category
  • Strive for some of the best sound money can buy? How about $107,000/pair loudspeakers?
    by Mike
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    I love music. Part of that love is finding the best possible sound quality I can...that which my budget allows anyway. However, if money were no object, these particular loudspeakers by YG Acoustics would be somewhere near the top. To many, the thought of spending even 1/16th the amount a pair of YG's latest Anat Reference II Professional loudspeakers cost ($107,000 USD) is outrageous. But ask any audiophile, cost does not matter one bit. In essence it's a lot like photography and professio...
  • Grado comes inside with the GR8
    by Mike
    Posted August 31st, 2009 at 7:35 am
    To any new or seasoned audiophile, the name Grado is more than likely a familiar friend. Highly regarded for their pure, open, and airy reproduction of music means many have made the higher end headsets their own. In the age of mobility and always on the go lifestyles, ear buds have caught on. Many high end manufacturers such as Ultimate Ears, Shure, Sennheiser, as well as many others can now look forward to a new competitor in the marketplace: Grado. While Grado has neglected this particu...
  • Ultimate Ears releasing UE-4 Pro Custom Ear Monitors
    by Mike
    Posted May 18th, 2009 at 11:50 am
    If you are an audiophile, musician, or all around music lover who is constantly on the go, big, bulky headphones are unwieldy and cumbersome to have to carry around. Because of this, many people turn to ear buds or in-ear headphones to get that mobile ease they've been looking for. Unfortunately, when shrinking drivers to fit inside of tiny earbuds, sound quality is often a feature that gets skimped on. Of course, you can always whip open your wallet and give your credit card a flogging b...
  • Turn your old Cowon X5 into a Compact Flash toting powerhouse of audio nirvana and flash goodness
    by Mike
    Posted May 14th, 2009 at 5:00 am
    For many, MP3 player is synonymous with iPod.  However, in terms of audio quality, the iPod is far from the top of the heap.  Back when hard drive mp3 players were big, units such as the Rio Karma, iRiver iHP-120 (my favorite...mine still works), and Cowon's X5 were the real kings of audio when actual audio quality was considered - something that seems to have fallen by the wayside today.  If you want to bring some new school love to an old friend, in this case an old Cowon X5, reinvent y...
  • MP3HD the successor to MP3?
    by Mike
    Posted March 20th, 2009 at 8:29 am
    What do you think of when you hear MP3?  For some, they think of portable music players, online music stores, and NOT CD's.  For others, they think of crappy low quality over priced junk.  The bittersweet existence of MP3 constantly pulls at the heartstrings of the occupants of planet earth.  On one hand, it makes the .WAV files on CD's much smaller meaning you can take a boat load with you on your MP3 player.  However, on the other hand, it strips away parts of your music, granted, dep...
  • Kids of today: “mp3’s sound great!”
    by Mike
    Posted March 3rd, 2009 at 11:57 am
    I would consider myself an audiophile.  I love music, all kinds spanning across many genres and many languages.  Whenever I hear someone blare a song that is of horrible quality, it makes me wince and I find myself noting every flaw that I can hear.  When possible I try to get at least 256kbps mp3 or even better...AAC for my music downloads that go on my portable devices.  For desktop use I use flac as I have several terabytes of storage so I have more than enough room for the large fi...
  • New Blu-ray audio format shown at CES by Pioneer/TAD
    by Mike
    Posted January 7th, 2009 at 6:39 am
    If you have any friends or family that consider themselves "audiophiles", then you will know how picky and selective they can be with anything regarding music, whether it is creating it or listening to it.  A subsidiary of Pioneer, TAD, has developed a new 2-channel audio format for Blu-ray discs that they claim "rivals 2-channel analog sound".  Now a small claim by any means!  The format is as of writing still unnamed, however you can get a listen and I'm sure a technical rundown of it...
  • AKG headphones coming to the U.S.
    by Mike
    Posted January 6th, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    As I've said before I would consider myself seven and a half tenths of an audiophile.  Not 100% there, but close.  I've heard many headphones from Shure, Sennheiser, Ultimate Ears, and Westone.  One brand I have always been intrigued in but never had the opportunity to listen to is AKG.  They have won various awards, as well as been highly praised on audiophile forums such as Head Fi.   AKG however was only available online used as they didn't ship to the U.S.  That has all changed. ...
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