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Sony’s New Gold-plated Walkman Will Cost You $3,200

Sony’s New Gold-plated Walkman Will Cost You $3,200
Sony’s new Walkman NW-WM1Z high-res audio player costs three times as much as last year’s high-end Walkman release. This time out, the audiophile player features “detailed acoustics and natural sound qualities,” thanks to its new S-Master HX digital amp.

Shure KSE1500 Review: Electrostatic Earphones Produce Simply Stunning In-Ear Audio

Shure KSE1500 Review: Electrostatic Earphones Produce Simply Stunning In-Ear Audio
Over the years, I’ve tested out dozens of different headphones and earphones, and until now, the best sounding ones I ever heard were a pair of STAX electrostatic headphones, connected to a schmancy tube amplifier. The technology in electrostatic headphones and speakers provides an incredibly clean and dynamic sound that is nearly impossible to produce with other driver technology.
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Review: Focal Elear Open Back Headphones

Review: Focal Elear Open Back Headphones
Headphones are like cars. There are cheap and basic ones that get the job done, and then there are Ferraris. The Focal Elear is one of the luxury supercars of the headphone world. Everything about them exudes quality, from their impeccable build and styling to their incredible sound.

Review: iKlip A/V Smartphone Pro Camera Rig

Review: iKlip A/V Smartphone Pro Camera Rig
Today’s smartphones are shooting better and better video, making them more than sufficient for most purposes. However, one area where smartphones still kind of stink is in their audio recording quality. Their puny internal microphones were designed for making phone calls – so they tend to be tinny, and pick up lots of hiss and noise.

Focal Listen Mobile Headphones Review

Focal Listen Mobile Headphones Review
French audio gear maker Focal may not be a common name among everyday electronics buyers, but they’re well known in the audiophile community for their high-end speakers, which can cost thousands of dollars. With the release of Focal’s Listen headphones, buyers can enjoy some of the engineering know how that goes into such fancy listening devices without breaking the bank.

Dato Duo Is A Synthesizer Designed for Two

Dato Duo Is A Synthesizer Designed for Two
The Dato Duo combines a sequencer with a synthesizer. That’s no big deal, but what is different is that it is designed to be played by two people, making it perfect for musical collaborations. That’s a pretty cool feature, because two minds are often better than one when it comes to music.

The Force Awakens Soundtrack on Vinyl Has Holograms

The Force Awakens Soundtrack on Vinyl Has Holograms
Growing up I was really into vinyl records that had images on them. They were called picture discs if memory serves, and I had a bunch of them with soundtracks from different Disney movies on them.

SenCbuds Self-pausing Earphones: Plug Back, Playback

SenCbuds Self-pausing Earphones: Plug Back, Playback
Earphones are becoming smarter and smarter, but most of them incorporate fitness or communication options. SenCbuds on the other hand promise a simple but still practical feature. They automatically pause the audio when you take them off, then resume playing if you put them back on.

Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece

Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece
A few years ago, we featured Vocre, a mobile app that translates speech from one language to another using your mobile device as a display, a microphone and a speaker. A new company called Waverly Labs claims it’s working on a more elegant solution that uses wireless earphones.

Review: Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer

Review: Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer
If you’re looking to amp up the sound in your living room from those tinny speakers built into your TV, but don’t want to run wires all over the place, a soundbar system is one of the best solutions.

Review: Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones

Review: Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Headphones
When you think about headphones these days, the first thing that comes to mind is those silly little earbuds you attach to your iPhone. But serious audio junkies know that proper over-the-ear headphones can sound better than loudspeakers, providing an immersive, dynamic and personal listening experience like no other.

Review: Definitive Technology W7 & W9 Wireless Speakers

Review: Definitive Technology W7 & W9 Wireless Speakers
If you’re in the market for a wireless sound system, you’ll definitely want to check out the speaker lineup from Definitive Technology. The company offers a variety of wireless speaker systems which connect to your Wi-Fi network to provide high quality audio in every room of your home.

Review: iRig Mic Lav Lavalier Microphones

Review: iRig Mic Lav Lavalier Microphones
If you’ve ever needed to interview someone for a podcast or video shoot, you know it can be tricky to get the microphones set up properly. You can buy a couple of pricey mics, connect them to a mixing board, and then hook them up to a dedicated recorder, or you could travel light and grab a pair of IK Multimedia iRig Mic Lavs, and your smartphone instead.

Review: Raumfeld One M Wireless Stereo Sound System

Review: Raumfeld One M Wireless Stereo Sound System
I’ve spent the last few weeks living with a variety of audio gear from German audiophile brand Raumfeld. Currently up for review is the Raumfeld One M – a single box 2.1 audio system that’s perfect for small to medium-size spaces like kitchens, offices, dens, and bedrooms.

This Seashell Lets You Hear the Radio, Not the Ocean

This Seashell Lets You Hear the Radio, Not the Ocean
Normally, people hold seashells up to their ear to hear the ocean, but that’s not the case with these seashells. To celebrate 90 years of radio in Japan, Japanese radio station BayFM has collected 100 sazae shells and outfitted them with radio equipment.

Review: Raumfeld SoundDeck Home Theater Speaker System

Review: Raumfeld SoundDeck Home Theater Speaker System
I recently got my hands on a selection of audio gear from Raumfeld, a German maker of high-end audio systems who recently made their entry into the U.S. market. I’m a big fan of their Stereo Cubes bookshelf speakers, and now I’m checking out their Sounddeck home theater speaker system to see if it lives up to the same quality.
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