Has any subject created more controversy among audiophiles than MQA? Developed by Meridian Audio and announced in late 2014, MQA purports to deliver master-quality audio in files that aren't much larger than CD-resolution. Not just CD-quality, not just high-resolution, but audio that matches, as closely as possible, what the microphones picked up at the recording venue.
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Quite a few journalists harbour artistic aspirations. Lurking in a hidden folder on their laptops are manuscripts of unfinished novels, poems and plays. I confess to having a couple of aborted creations on my computer.
The Parrot Zik is a truly unique headphone, with superb technology and excellent sound. The look is superb, and the design connection Philippe Starck is just a bonus.
A big part of the appeal of the Atmos XT is its very small footprint. If you're looking for a musically satisfying subwoofer that won't intrude visually into your listening space, the Atmos XT should definitely be on your shortlist
PSB entered the desktop speaker market in late 2012 with its Alpha PS1; and in late 2012, it added the matching SubSeries 100 powered subwoofer. This compact system is enthusiastically recommended for anyone who wants high-fidelity music playback while they're sitting at their computer.
Braven's 855s Bluetooth speaker is powerful enough to energize just about any backyard party. Priced at $300, it's a solid, well-built product, with very good sound for this type of speaker.
Whenever television technology takes a major step forward, manufacturers compare viewing their new TVs to "looking out a window." Dolby Vision promises to bring us much closer to that ideal. Maybe, just maybe, the flat-panel party isn't over yet
Once music-lovers get serious about computer audio, their first hardware purchase is often an outboard digital-to-analog converter (DAC). If you're looking for a medium-price DAC with sound that is both energetic and refined, you should definitely put Arcam's irDAC on your short list.
Announced late last year, the Marantz PM8005 integrated amplifier and SA8005 SACD player/DAC are the top models in the company's mainstream line of two-channel hi-fi components. Together, they provide a thoroughly up-to-date route to serious two-channel sound.
Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. has announced a new micro system and audio-video receiver with support for high-resolution audio. One of the new receivers, the RX-V577, has built-in Wi-Fi, the first Yamaha AV receiver with this feature.
After a five-year absence, the Pioneer brand is appearing on flat-panel televisions. But the Pioneer-branded TVs that are beginning to appear in Scandinavian stores aren't the legendary Kuro plasmas; nor are they made by Pioneer.