One of the most important factors in selecting the right hi-fi components is room size. If you're lucky enough to have a big living space (over 500 square feet), I'd recommend floor-standing speakers. Big rooms also soak up amplifier power; smaller rooms need a lot less. Here in NYC, most folks live in small apartments, and they'll get terrific sound with midsize bookshelf speakers and small amps.
Moving forward from the earliest days of Edison cylinders in the late 1880s, there is a long list of consumer audio formats that garnered popular support, while many others disappeared without a trace. The 78 RPM record, 45 single, and LP all enjoyed mass acceptance. Reel-to reel tape never took off, but 4- and 8-track cartridges had a good run, then the cassette hit the big time. A higher-quality analog cassette format, the Elcasette, arrived with much fanfare yet never caught on. Later, the two consumer digital tape formats, DAT and DCC, fizzled. The CD almost killed the LP in … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- In addition to showing off its highly anticipated Galaxy S5, Samsung also showcased its new over-the-ear headphones, the Sound OG900. Coming in two sizes (a regular variant and an extra-large version with bigger ear pads), the headphones will be available in March, starting at around $275 (€200).
Lightweight with a smooth plastic construction, the Sound OG900 sports a minimalistic look that was supposedly inspired by pebbles. However, for its price, it feels a bit cheap. Especially considering other headphones, like the Jabra Revo, which feel much more premium and denser in the hand at a lower price.… Read more
SermonAudio gives you the tools to find the sermons that you're looking for, either from your own church or from many miles away. You can search to find churches by zip code or by state, and you can access lists of recent sermons to find what you're looking for.
From the app's home screen, you can search using keywords or locations to bring up a list of all relevant sermons. Or you can select the My Church tab from the navigation bar on the bottom of the screen to set your home church and view the latest … Read more
I'm a big fan of M-Audio's desktop monitor speakers. Their build and sound quality standards, even for their near entry-level models, are exceptional. The new BX5 Carbon retails for $149.99 each.
The vinyl-wrapped, medium-density fiberboard speaker measures 10x7x8 inches. Around back there's a large bass port, so don't plan on placing this guy up against a wall. Each 11-pound speaker has two built-in amplifiers: a 40-watt unit for the 5-inch woven Kevlar woofer and a 30-watt for the 1-inch silk dome tweeter. Rather than use the more common Class D amps, M-audio engineers opted for … Read more
EZ CD Audio Converter Free provides a number of powerful tools to rip music from CDs, convert files to different formats, update audio metadata, and more. The result is flexible, accessible, and generally fun to use, allowing you to have unfettered control over every track in your collection with the click of a button.
After installation of EZ CD Audio Converter, which only takes a few minutes, you can start using its many conversion tools right away. The software is completely free so none of the powerful resources available in this software are blocked or locked by trial restrictions. That … Read more
IQmango Audio CD Burner provides a number of powerful tools to quickly and easily create CDs and DVDs with your machine's burner. With a clean interface, limited options, and a responsive wizard that helps you get the files to your discs quickly, the app is a useful tool for anyone that needs to create audio CDs, video DVDs, or image files on your machine. While Windows can create data discs with the click of a button, audio and video require third-party software and IQmango gets the job done.
Installation of the software is relatively quick, though you will want … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Joke's on LA: Comedy Central behind Dumb Starbucks faux shop.
- Steve Jobs time capsule dug up after 30 years: Here's the video.
- Your brain on audio books: distracted, forgetful, and bored.
- Check out this year's Game Developer's Conference!