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January 6, 2014

DVDO Air3 Review

If wires were not simple enough for you, there is a way to make it even simpler.  Let’s get rid of as many wires as we can.  This seems to be the driving force behind a lot of what is being created today.  HDMI is already a good things for most of us.  If you were trying to create home theatre system many years ago, you had too many options.  You could go with coaxial cable for your video or even S-video, but the audio system had to be setup with either an optical sound setup or a mix of component video.  Now, the choice is simple.  You plug in one HDMI cable and this handle both your sound and video.  It seems that HDMI is still one wire too many for some of us.

Getting HDMI without cables seems like an overreach, but it makes more sense when you …

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August 21, 2013

Aperion Audio Allaire ARIS Wireless Speaker System Review

How do you build a device that is future-proof, or essentially safe from being outdated?  The very idea of it sounds absurd, but many companies use this approach to market their products to people who are constantly changing their views and habits.  A good example is the personal computer.  Most computer towers come in three different forms: full size, medium, and micro.  Each of these cases are designed to fit many motherboards and power supplies, and for the most part, a single case can last many generations of new products.  But eventually there comes a time when a new style of mother board is created that will not fit into an old case.  In this case (no pun), future proofing has failed.

It gets even harder to do with the restraints are not just physical, but technological.  How do we create wireless technologies that stay relevant, even when the protocol …

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July 26, 2013

AirPlay Speaker Review

So what is the verdict on wireless audio?  Is this something that we can reliably depend on in the future, or is it something like 3d television; which may not survive past a few years?  The idea of wireless audio in a home setting doesn’t appeal to some, because their version of wireless audio comes from what we already know as being wireless.  Cellular phones are wireless audio devices, but they aren’t very good at delivering quality.  Radio stations deliver music but nowhere near the quality we can get from using a high fidelity source.  Even walkie-talkies are notoriously bad at delivering anything near radio quality.

So maybe our previous perception of what wireless quality is slowly working against us.  The trouble with wireless is not so much in the technology and hardware as it is the products which are meant to communicate with each other.  One device has to …

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June 28, 2013

WiSA Gains New Members

The focus of DJing and music production is generally not centered on high fidelity audio.  Producers don’t make songs that are meant to be heard on half a million dollar sound systems, and DJs don’t play tracks of anything that is a higher quality than maybe a FLAC file.  If we could and had the means to, we could – but most producers understand that not everybody will have the same sound system, nor will they enjoy the nuances of super high-fidelity music.  While this isn’t our primary concern, the guys over on the home theater side of are doing great things for DJs as well; they just don’t know it yet.

Wireless audio and wireless audio protocols have been floating around for a while, but before now there was no standard that units all speaker and receiver companies.  WiSA was formed to combat the many different protocols that are …

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May 9, 2013

Divoom Bluetune-Solo Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It is odd that wireless MIDI controllers and USB decks are getting all the attention when it is Bluetooth that is doing the heavy lifting here.  Anyone who plays out or gigs out knows that their home setup is not the same as their road setup.  They would very much like it to be the same, but that is not possible.  We aren’t going to haul or desktop computer to a gig if we don’t have to, and we aren’t going to bet on the wifi signal at the club to band-aid our performances with the internet is needed in a pinch.  Touch OSC and other cool wifi innovations are great at home – but if we can’t depend on them on the road, what are we left with?

Bluetooth is great, not because it allows two devices to connect without a middle man, it is great because it is …