Gordon Brockhouse


Gordon Brockhouse Editor-at-Large, WiFi HiFi; Freelance Writing and Editing




Last Updated: 08/01/2018 10:19:01 AM EST

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FEATURE: Audio's Great Debate: Does MQA Improve Sound Quality?

FEATURE: Audio's Great Debate: Does MQA Improve Sound Quality?

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.

Gordon Brockhouse and David Susilo Published: 08/01/2018 10:19:01 AM EST

 

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FWD THINKING: Utopian Daydreams, Dystopian Nightmares

FWD THINKING: Utopian Daydreams, Dystopian Nightmares

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.

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 05/04/2014 01:03:03 PM EST

Hands-On Review: 20 Hours in the Air with Parrot Zik Headphones

Hands-On Review: 20 Hours in the Air with Parrot Zik Headphones

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.

John Thomson Published: 05/02/2014 02:08:58 PM EST

Hands-on Review: Sunfire Atmos XT Subwoofer

Hands-on Review: Sunfire Atmos XT Subwoofer

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

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 05/01/2014 04:22:35 PM EST

Hands-on Review: PSB Alpha PS1 Desktop Speakers and SubSeries 100 Subwoofer

Hands-on Review: PSB Alpha PS1 Desktop Speakers and SubSeries 100 Subwoofer

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.

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 04/25/2014 04:00:09 PM EST

Hands-on Review: Braven 855s Bluetooth Speaker

Hands-on Review: Braven 855s Bluetooth Speaker

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.

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 04/21/2014 04:28:56 PM EST

Picture Windows: Looking Forward to Dolby Vision

Picture Windows: Looking Forward to Dolby Vision

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

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 04/09/2014 04:08:32 PM EST

Hands-On Review: Arcam irDAC

Hands-On Review: Arcam irDAC

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.

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 04/02/2014 06:30:56 PM EST

HANDS-ON REVIEW: MARANTZ PM8005 AND SA8005

HANDS-ON REVIEW: MARANTZ PM8005 AND SA8005

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.

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 03/29/2014 12:30:34 PM EST

Yamaha Supports High-Res Audio on New AVRs, Micro System

Yamaha Supports High-Res Audio on New AVRs, Micro System

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.

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 03/26/2014 01:41:22 PM EST

Pioneer TV Brand Being Revived in Europe

Pioneer TV Brand Being Revived in Europe

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.

Gordon Brockhouse Published: 03/26/2014 11:03:13 AM EST


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