December 10, 2013
Beats Electronics has been a pretty busy company. With the announcement that their new music streaming service will become available in January, many of us are wondering how this service will compete alongside the more established streaming behemoths including Spotify and Pandora. The Beats music streaming service, dubbed Beats Music, is the brainchild of Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor, and several others with nearly two years of development behind it.
With that in mind, Beats Electronics are still making very popular headphones, speakers, and accessories for music lovers on the go. For that reason, we decided to test out their two flagship headphone and earphone products to see how they compare to the competition. We tried out the Beats Studio headphones as well as the Beats Tour earphones so that you can decide if these headphones are right for you.
The Beats Studio headphones are an improvement …
August 19, 2013
Headphones may be designed for the professional and the working DJ, but that doesn’t mean that they are limited to only that select group of listeners. Headphones are for everyone. Working moms use headphones when they strut the treadmill at their local gym, and hipsters even wear headphones when they are at the club (with nothing plugged into them). Basically, there is a market for every type of listener out there, from the cheapest group to the most discerning of them all, the hi-fi crowd. The makers of high end headphones know that they won’t sell thousands of products at a time, but they do know that a small percentage are willing to pay a high amount in one sitting.
Reloop has headphones all over the place. You can go from something that looks like a clone of the Sony’s – all the way up to a pair of colorful …
April 12, 2013
Headphones are a staple of the club DJ, yet you hardly ever hear of a DJ who uses earplugs in conjunction with them. Many DJs are forced to listen to a mix of their live music as well as their cued music, so protecting the hearing may not be an option. Any DJ who has actually played out at gigs understands just how many distractions can get in the way of their job. Low lighting gets in the way of searching through your gig backpack, while loud speaker make it impossible to monitor or cue correctly. Even worse is that our ears will adjust to loud volumes fooling us into thinking that it is not loud enough and by the end of the night your eardrums are ringing.
There are a few things that you can passively do to help prevent hearing loss during a gig. One of them is …
February 19, 2013
It’s very rare for digital recording bundles to come packaged with three pieces of gear that are of a good quality and reasonably priced. Typically the included microphone or headphones are sub par at best while the interface is around the quality you expect given it’s price. The Focusrite Scarlett Studio package looks to break that mold by offering three quality pieces of gear into a recording bundle that is priced well below the normal studio package. While the Scarlett Studio package may not be the be all end all solution to your recording needs, it does have everything you need to get a solid recording without breaking the bank.
Here are some details and specifications on each piece of equipment that comes in the Focusrite Scarlett Studio package.
Scarlett 2i2 Interface
In light of the recent Dave Grohl directed Sound City documentary, its worth mentioning that Focusrite was founded in 1985 …
January 9, 2013
This week saw the beginning of the annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically CES is home to the latest innovations and announcements from the world of cameras, televisions, and new smart phone technology. There are however a good amount of professional audio companies that are in attendance, and these companies are there to unveil their latest generic consumer products instead the more targeted and musician/producer focused gear we see at the NAMM show. There are some very interesting audio devices coming out of CES this year and while you are desperately waiting in anticipation for all the new gear at NAMM, here are a few things to whet your appetite.
IK Multimedia has been at the forefront of developing hardware and interfaces that allow for audio recording on your computer, iPad, and iPhone. They are committed to developing tools to compliment the ever advancing technological …