Tag Archives: audio

Audeze gets super serious about gaming audio with $899 LCD-GX

If there’s one brand I trust to build the best headphones in the world, it’s Audeze. The company’s flagship LCD line extends all the way up into the $4,000 price range, and I’d argue that its latest LCD-4z have the performance to match. Today, though, Audeze is addressing a broader market with the launch of its second gaming headphones, the LCD-GX. These borrow ... Read More »

Essential Phone Receives Audio Adapter HD Attachment Module, Now Supports Tidal’s MQA Tracks

HIGHLIGHTS Essential Phone has received an attachment module Called Audio Adapter HD, the new module brings 3.5mm jack The phone has also received support for Tidal’s MQA tracks A long time after its formal launch, Essential Phone has finally received a useful attachment module that brings connectivity with headphones and speakers requiring a 3.5mm audio jack. The new module, called Audio Adapter HD, ... Read More »

Cambridge Audio CXUHD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A classy chassis with Dolby Vision

When it comes to looks, opening discs quickly, and quality of playback you can’t do any better than Cambridge Audio’s $700 CXUHD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. At least for digital audio. Analog audio output is missing in action, so melding the CXUHD with older or retro sound systems will require a converter. The CXUHD is an all-metal (chassis and ... Read More »

New Lip-Sync Technology Uses Audio Clips to Generate Realistic Video

Scientists have developed new computer algorithms that can turn audio clips into a realistic, lip-synced video of the person speaking those words. The researchers successfully generated highly-realistic video of former US President Barack Obama talking about terrorism, fatherhood, job creation and other topics, using audio clips of those speeches and existing weekly video addresses that were originally on a different topic. “These type of ... Read More »

Vizio adds Google Home support to its SmartCast TVs and home audio gear

In 2016, Vizio was big on building Google Cast support (the underpinnings of Chromecast) into its TVs, home theater displays, soundbars, and wireless speakers via the SmartCast line. For 2017, Vizio’s adding Google Home compatibility. Instead of casting media from a phone or tablet (like a sucker!) Vizio owners can now verbally order Google Home to play music from Spotify ... Read More »

Sharp Aquos N7000 review: A 55-inch 4K UHD TV with good audio and HDR-10 (well, sort of)

If you’re looking for an affordable 4K UHD TV with the latest connectivity and better-than-average sound, Sharp’s $800 55-inch class Aquos N7000 should be on your short list. The N7000 is even “HDR-enabled” (High Dynamic Range), meaning it can play HDR10 content, although it doesn’t possess the display chops to take full advantage of that feature. SharpThough I rarely talk ... Read More »

Yamaha MusicCast review: This multi-room audio system is better than expected

m stock photos to represent the rooms you place them in. Processes such as linking rooms together, choosing sources (servers, streaming services, and what have you), and controlling each zone’s volume levels are intuitive and easy to learn. YAMAHAI wasn’t as impressed with the musical performance of Yamaha’s YSP-1600 sound bar. The MusicCast app’s biggest weakness—especially in comparison to a ... Read More »

Orb Audio Complete Home Theater System review: A pint-sized, upgradeable music and home-theater marvel

Orb Audio has been making unique-looking, spherical speakers since 2003. Orb sells its products exclusively online with a 30-day, no hassle, in-home trial. People must like what they hear because the company claims it gets less than one percent of its shipments back. Orb Audio’s Complete Home Theater offering is a $999, 5.1-channel system aimed at people who care more ... Read More »

Yamaha YHT-5920UBL review: If streaming audio is your focus, this home theater in a box has you covered

When it comes to the world of music, there’s arguably no company more intimately involved in so many aspects as Yamaha. The company produces musical instruments, hardware for commercial and home recording studios, and products for the consumer home theater. Few manufacturers can match its depth and breadth when it comes to sound, and they have something for every budget. ... Read More »

Report from iPhone 7 supply chain says no 3.5mm audio jack

Prepare to kiss your tangled headphones goodbye – a report allegedly from the iPhone 7 supply chain claims that Apple is indeed dropping the analog 3.5mm audio jack. Instead, wired headphones will connect to the Lightning port and, of course, there’s the wireless Bluetooth option too. A Lightning-to-3.5mm will also exist. Apple’s motives are two-fold – the make the iPhone ... Read More »