David's Take: Hands-On the Sony WH-1000XM3 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones - The Roaring Sound of Silence
Sony has released the third iteration of the WH1000s headphones. Typical of YouTube hyperbole, online posters claimed this version 3 is amazing. I was guarded, but as I become curious, I took the bait and bought myself a pair to see if all the hype was justifiable.
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I've never been a fan of powered speakers, other than ones from Mackie and Genelec. I find that too many powered speakers don't sound natural, but rather have boomy bass and shrill treble. Mackie and Genelec speakers, on the other hand, sound extremely accurate without unnecessary "spices." But there's one problem: they are very expensive, running around $2,000 to $3,000 per pair.
Many people have asked me over the last a couple decades how to improve the centre channel of a system that tends to be too soft for dialogue. The following is the elaborated version of my usual answer.
I get annoyed when people ask me, be it as a calibrator or as a photographer, what equipment I use or comment about a nice photo I snapped, suggesting that I must be using a professional camera. These types of comments frustrate me because it's as if the person is implying that the equipment used is the reason someone can do a good job.
Imagine my surprise when the Lenco brand was revived back in 2014. After a very long wait, I purchased the new L-175 turntable, which has a glass top, built in phono pre-amp, and USB output, along with a very good tone arm.
A hands-on look at the Lemon California Roll solar-powered portable Bluetooth speaker, first introduced at CES 2017.
The Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) P3 on-ear headphones, which sell for a mere $179, offer some stellar sonic features, and come in traditional and luxurious black. I had the chance to take them for a test drive.
A hands-on review of the Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones.
I love using my iPhone for work. Virtually everything, including writing articles, can be done using my iPhone. The downside of that is that by 2 p.m., my battery level is usually already down to about 30%. I've tried lots of charging options, including tethering my phone to a charger in the office or car, power cases, and portable battery packs.
Another CEDIA Expo is coming to a close. Before you head home to digest all of the great information you acquired at the show and share it with your team, here are a few more products that are worth a look.
There was plenty more to see on the second day of CEDIA Expo 2017, which is currently underway in San Diego, CA. Here are some highlights.