It's got to be the No. 1 audiophile fantasy: someday we'll have a breakthrough that allows speakers to perfectly reproduce sound. Once the engineers find a new way of moving air -- presumably a more accurate method than a vibrating cone, dome, or flat diaphragm -- the heavens will part and we'll suddenly hear the sound of real instruments and singers through our hi-fis. Not so fast -- that would be a great start, but once the sound leaves the speakers and interacts with your living room's acoustics, all bets are off. Put aside the perfect … Read more
Sprint Nextel apparently wasn't the only company on Softbank's shopping list.
The Japanese wireless carrier made an $8.5 billion cash offer for Universal Music Group three months ago while it was in the thick of a fight for Sprint, according to a Financial Times report. Vivendi, which owns the world's largest music group, reportedly rejected the offer despite its $2 billion premium over the value some analysts have placed on the unit.
CNET has contacted Softbank and Vivendi for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
The offer to Vivendi's board was … Read more
The numbers aren't singing a song that Wall Streeters like to hum, so Thursday will have seen no Redmond Rumba.
There will be no pas de deux, especially not an iPad de deux. If Microsoft will be dancing, it'll be dancing alone.
Launching a new product is hard. Launching a new type of product -- and, for all the alleged failure with the Surface RT, the Surface idea was unquestionably thinking different -- is harder than trying to get politicians to think about anyone but themselves.
Which leads me to 14-year-old girls dancing on benches.
They (and some … Read more
Very soon, you will be walking down the street and your ears will be deafened by a cacophony of robots uttering the same two words: "OK, Glass."
You will think that these are real people. Instead, these will be former humans taken over to the dark side by the idea that wearing Google Glass somehow represents progress.
There will be confusion. A bartender will ask one of them if she wants another drink. On hearing "OK Glass," one will materialize, to the rabid consternation of the Glass-wearer, who was merely communicating with her device.
When all … Read more
This isn't just for audiophiles. I don't care what kind of speakers or headphones you have -- once you start listening, you'll hear more of what's going on in the music. The only "downside" to focused listening is that you might turn into an audiophile. Once you focus on sound, the more you'll hear, and the opposite is also true, and the music matters less and less. I usually stick to acoustic music when evaluating sound quality, but this time out I went for highly processed, totally unnatural, but beautiful sounding recordings.
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Apple has launched a new version of its Logic Pro music-mixing software with an entire orchestra of features.
Available as of Tuesday, Logic Pro X sports a redesigned interface and more instruments and effects geared toward professional musicians. The new Drummer feature adds a virtual drummer that can play along with your song using a variety of drumming styles. A Flex Pitch function offers pitch editing for your songs, and the Logic Remote feature allows you to control Logic Pro X from your iPad.
Apple also has beefed up its MainStage live performance app, which can bring studio-produced sounds to … Read more
Musician Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich have removed their music from streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer, saying they're "bad for new music."
In a series of tweets over the weekend, Godrich cited several reasons for removing music by his band, Atoms For Peace, which is fronted by Yorke. (Yorke also fronts for the better-known Radiohead.)
"We're off of Spotify," Godrich said. "Someone gotta say something. It's bad for new music."
In a statement, Spotify said Monday that it has paid $500 million to the holders of music … Read more
The Audiophiliac blog is almost six years old. I've written about everything from Spotify to dynamic range compression; from atrocious sounding music to the 30-year-old iPod; from the man with 230 turntables to 3D printing LPs and even a guy who makes boom boxes out of old suitcases, (not to mention the craziest high-end gear), but it's always about sound and music.
I always love to hear from Audiophiliac readers, but this time I'd like to give one of you a chance to spout a bit of audiophile wisdom. Write a great "think piece" about … Read more
Summer is the time when you lie on the beach, consider your increasing girth and decreasing bank balance, and wonder where it all went wrong.
As the warm rays beam down upon you, you begin to wonder what you might have been. As the heat increases, you even begin to hallucinate that you could walk into your boss and say: "Please take the first paddle boat to Hades, you filthy little exploitative worm."
Amar G. Bose wore two very distinct hats, he founded the Bose Corporation in 1964, and was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor until 2001. He died on Friday at age 83. Bose was a visionary, an electrical and sound engineer, and he devoted his life to investigating our psychological and physiological responses to sound.
I remember when I heard the first Bose speaker, the 901. It was a revelation. Instead of just projecting sound forward, the 901 was designed to re-create the sound of instruments in a concert hall, where some of the instruments' sound is heard directly, but … Read more