Right, the name attracts a certain amount of attention, but Schiit is no joke. The California-based company made its name with the very first product, the little Asgard headphone amp, which I enthusiastically reviewed on this blog back in 2010. Since then more Schiit headphone amps and digital converters won raves from me. This time out we're back to the Asgard, in its revised Asgard 2 format. The price is still $249.
Congrats to a very lucky Stace B. of Tempe, Ariz., for winning a 50-inch Seiki 4K/Ultra High Definition TV in last week's giveaway. We'll all be meeting at Stace's place Monday night to root for Bill Nye on "Dancing with the Stars," OK? If you'd rather tune that ruckus out, you can do so using this week's prize.
We're giving away a pair of full-size over-ear HE-400 headphones from HiFiMan. While most headphones of this sort have drivers that work like miniature cone or dome speaker drivers, the HE-400s use thin-film, flat "planar magnetic" drivers that produce clearer and more dynamically alive sound. Those drivers do add a bit of weight to the headphones, making them better-suited for at-home use with a receiver or headphone amplifier than for portable music players or phones. … Read more
The town of Worthing is perhaps not where you'd expect to find a world-class speaker company. A typically British seaside town, the parks and beaches are surrounded by squat brick houses sprinkled with Tudors and people driving on the left.
Just away from the water is the headquarters of Bowers & Wilkins, a storied audio brand with a wide range of audio products, including $180 headphones, $600 iPod docks, and speakers ranging a few hundred a pair to many tens of thousands each. Its speakers are found in homes and home theaters around the world, and even in the one of the greatest recording studios.
On a recent trip to the UK, I had a chance to take a tour of its factory. I took lots of pictures. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Five disappointing things about the iPhone 5S.
- Why I'm gladly spending $100 more on the iPhone 5S over the iPhone 5C.
- Here comes a gold Lightning cable for your gold iPhone 5S.
- Apple has only increased the iPhone's battery capacity by 12 percent in six years.
- Apple stock tumbles following debut of new iPhones.
I've used an iPod Classic as my on-the-go music player for years, while I was waiting for something better. Sure, Astell & Kern has two perfectly fine players, the $699 AK100 and the $1,299 AK120, but FiiO smashed the high-resolution music player price barrier with the X3, which lists for $299, but which sells for $200 on Amazon and most other online retail sites.
A new pair of headphones is the best way to get everyone to notice your impeccable taste in fashion and design. Take a look around any metropolitan area and you'll see the colors of the rainbow perched on people's heads. Too many of today's models, though, sacrifice sound quality for sartorial flair.
AKG's latest K545, K845BT, and K323XS headphones challenge shoppers to demand excellence in both with three flavors for wired, wireless, and earbud options.
The K545 is arguably the least exciting of the three, though it's likely your best bet if you're shopping … Read more
Harman Kardon is a relative newcomer to the headphones market, and made an impressive debut with the BT (Bluetooth), NC (noise-canceling), and Classic models. All three are highly regarded here at CNET, so I'm looking forward to going in-depth with the company's Soho headphones, the latest addition to the uniquely styled roster.
At first glance, you might be fooled into assuming Philippe Starck is the man behind the look of the Soho headphones. He's not, but the sharply angled square earpads and the vintage-inspired industrial theme throughout could very well be a subtle nod to the French … Read more
When we reviewed Sony's $299.99 MDR-R1 headphones last year, we gave them high marks despite their high price tag, saying they were "highly accurate-sounding headphones with style and substance."
That model can now be had for closer to $200, which is where the new MDR-10 Series will start. The new models aren't quite as swanky as the MDR-R1. Nor do they sound quite as good. But they are a little lighter, arguably more comfortable, more mobile friendly, and, in theory, more affordable (I expect that their street prices will come down after launch).
All three … Read more
This blog is all about finding great-sounding audio products, in every price range. In June I reported on the best-sounding headphone I've ever heard, the Abyss AB-1266, but not long after that I was knocked out by Sony's MDR-V6, and now I'm auditioning these surprisingly decent $15 Audio Technica ATH-CLR100 in-ear headphones.
Introduced earlier this year, this all-plastic design is incredibly light, just 3.4 grams. It has 8.5mm drivers, sports small, medium, and large silicone eartips, and the headphone comes with a round plastic case. Amazon sells it for around $12, and even with that … Read more
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Shocking news from MIT, where students made a device that will shock them when they've spent too much time on Facebook. In other Facebook news, Giphy is making GIFs a thing on the social-networking site, a la MySpace 1996. Video earrings turn you into a walking television, and Haptix turns any flat surface into a 3D multitouch surface. Ah, the possibilities. … Read more