Audiophile

Best sound bars, starting at just $100

The speakers built into your TV are terrible. You want better sound for movies and TV shows, and maybe something that can Bluetooth from your phone to play Spotify too. But you're on a tight budget.<p>Plenty of dirt-cheap options exist from no-name brands, and maybe they do sound better than your TV. …

Soundbar

A comprehensive guide to turntable weights, clamps and stabilisers

<b>And why they make a difference.</b><p>As any audiophile will tell you, several factors affect our perception of sound quality during record playback. One of …

Turntables

12 Best Bluetooth Speakers For Your Home

Harman Kardon SoundSticks<p>Boasting 40 watts of application for rich, realistic sound, this three-piece wireless speaker system can easily be your …

Tech Trends

Sony goes for gold with Remasters Signature music player

Sony has introduced two new additions to its high-end Signature Series line, both demonstrating the company's "relentless lifetime pursuit of sound …

Headphones

Sony DMP-Z1 Digital Music Player Unveiled For $7,882

Sony has created a new digital music player in the form of the Sony DMP-Z1 which was officially unveiled during last week’s Hong Kong High-End Audio …

Gear & Gadgets

B&W John Bowers Silver Signature loudspeaker Sensitivity or Efficiency?

<b>Sidebar 3: Sensitivity or Efficiency?</b><p>If there are areas of loudspeaker performance which are as consistently confused as efficiency and sensitivity, …

Audiophile

Fluance raises the affordable bar with their new Ai40 speakers

<b>NEWS</b> – Here’s a question for you: At what point does the price of a set of speakers matter less and less? In other words, at what price do you stop …

Audiophile

This Vizio sound bar is ridiculously good for $100

The Vizio SB362An-F6 is a 36-inch sound bar that punches above its weight. ($98 at Walmart)If you need a basic sound bar it'll be tough to beat this …

Soundbar

Hifiman HE1000se and HE6se Launched!

HIFIMAN will take center stage at the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show when it debuts their new HE1000se and the HE6se headphones. These are new …

Headphones

Zen & the Art of A/D Conversion

In a series of recent feature articles for <i>Stereophile</i>, Jim Austin has examined how the controversial MQA codec works: "MQA Tested, Part 1," "MQA …

Music

Amazon Basics 2.1 sound bar is basic, but not bad

The Amazon Basics 2.1 Sound Bar. ($99 at Amazon)An integrated subwoofer and three EQ options produce better sound than your TV, for less than …

Soundbar

Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones are $150 off at Walmart

Discounted enough to forget about the plastic build<p>Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.<p>The Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones are …

Headphones

Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 years

It might be a good time to buy some Spotify stock. eMarketer thinks the streaming music giant will have more U.S. users than that other streaming music giant, Pandora, by 2022.<p>According to new research from the firm, Pandora’s user base of some 75.9 million U.S. music fans will decline slightly …

Pandora

Jam Audio Unveils Inexpensive Wireless Lineup

Los Angeles-based Jam Audio has introduced a new line of inexpensive Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones/earbuds aimed at young consumers as …

Batteries

Sony's gold-plated music player could cost you over seven grand

After announcing new "reference level" televisions, Sony is on another high-end tear. This time it's audio: a battery-powered player that costs AU$10000, or about $7300/£5600.<p>The Sony DMP-Z1 features a "top-end stationary class headphone amplifier" and the device will decode all sorts of files …

Televisions

Review: Astell&Kern Billie Jean – The One

Disclaimer: The Billie Jean by Astell&Kern was sent to me free of charge for this review. It does not have to be returned. Astell&Kern...The post …

Portable

"You love your audio more than you love me!"

The blowout happened as I climbed the stairs from the basement, where I'd just spent two hours listening to musi on my hi-fi. Standing rigidly in the …

Music

Urban Outfitters' Corduroy Record Players From Crosley Are An Instagrammable, Retro Dream

Urban Outfitters is undoubtedly one of the most popular clothing and lifestyle chains right now. Its claim to fame is an array of unique wears. …

Turntables

Best Headphones for Every Activity

Headphones are a personal choice. A bulky over-ear model might have the hyper accurate sound audiophiles crave, but it probably doesn’t make sense …

Headphones

Devialet Phantom Review: The Most Striking Audiophile-Grade Wireless Speaker, Upgraded and More Affordable Than Ever Before

Devialet’s first wireless speaker, the Phantom, was released in 2015 to almost universal acclaim. Its semi-spherical design, which looked like a …

Shopping

Yes, You Can Replace Rotting Speaker Surrounds!

Recently my mother-in-law's good friend needed to sell her late husband's audio gear and record collection so I went over to see what was there. She …

Turntables

One of the Best Soundbars You Can Buy Is Almost Half Off

Definitive Technology’s W Studio Micro is a terrific soundbar-and-subwoofer combo. It works with virtually any TV out there. It sounds great, …

Shopping

Listening for Silence With the Headphones Off

Immersive portable audio—the ability to be out in the world while listening to your favorite music privately, on headphones—is a relatively new phenomenon. In 1972, a man named Andreas Pavel more or less invented it. At least that’s the way he tells the story in Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow’s fantastic …

Headphones

Sonos has designed a $400 soundbar that harnesses the smarts of Amazon Alexa — I tried it, and it's worth every penny

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Sonos<p>Because I live in a small apartment, I've had a difficult time creating the perfect home theater setup. I don't have the space for a …

Smart Homes

Bring Klipsch’s RSB-8 Sound Bar to your home theater for a new low: $300 ($200 off)

Amazon offers the Klipsch Reference RSB-8 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer for <b>$299.99 shipped</b>. Normally selling for closer to $500 at B&H and Best Buy, that’s good for a $200 discount and today’s price drop is a new all-time low at Amazon. Reviews are still rolling in, but other Klipsch sound bars …

Soundbar

Kia's next-gen car audio technology will let each passenger listen to their own music without headphones

It's a familiar argument for families. Dad wants to listen to a podcast, mom has her favorite pop station, and the kids want to hear the same Disney …

Headphones

The Online Photographer

Tannoy, an ancient Scottish company that has been building loudspeakers since the 1700s**, is one of my favorites. The Revolution XT 8F (an …

Die Hard

Shinola Bookshelf Speakers review: Grandly waving the flag for U.S. audio technology

Made in America is a strategy that’s working for Shinola, a seven-year-old company offering an improbable mix of high-end products—ranging from …

Bob Marley

Amazon has this beefy Sony Bluetooth speaker on sale for $150 off

For some parties, your portable Bluetooth speaker just can't gut it. If you need to crank out some extra power, this on from Sony is available on …

Home Audio

Hands on: Audio-Technica's gesture-controlled, noise-cancelling ATH-ANC700BT headphones

One of the year's more notable entries into the realm of high-fidelity Bluetooth headphones comes from Audio-Technica, which is trying to bridge the …

Headphones