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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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UniqueSquared
June 18, 2013

(WiSA) Opens Its First Authorized Test Center

Something should be said for the amount of research and development that goes into the successful manufacturing of a good product.  Rarely is a hardware product released without a couple of mistake made along the way, that eventually needed to be corrected.  Of course, some products need to undergo more scrutiny than others, and it might be easier to simply produce a mass quantity and trash the units that didn’t make it though.  Cheap MIDI controllers can be mass produced with this philosophy, since the engineering isn’t as complicated as something like an analog synthesizer.

When the product is expensive to produce, it pays to put more effort into the research and engineering side, so that fewer products will be trashed during the quality control phase.  When trying to create a new protocol for audio devices, the standards are going to be much tougher.  Wireless certifications are likely to be …

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UniqueSquared

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May 26, 2013

Geneva Lab Model S Wireless Speaker Preview

For some of us (myself included) Bluetooth is just another wireless protocol that will never have a real use for my daily life.  At home I use a wifi router to connected devices to each other, so the need to for Bluetooth does not exist.  When I’m on the road I don’t see myself needing an earpiece to talk to people on the phone, I have no problem with putting the phone up to my ear.  I would guess that I’m a minority since I haven’t yet embraced Bluetooth.  However, I’m beginning to see how it can be useful.  When I want to connect my laptop to my smartphone, I use a USB cable – but I could just as easily use Bluetooth and have the two of them communicate.

What I’m getting at here is that wireless technologies are so accessible these days that it would be hard not …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 9, 2013

WiSA Certifications Different From Other Wireless Speaker Solutions

Ditching the wires in favor of an air streamed signal is not the future, it is already here.  The trouble is convincing all the wireless speaker manufacturers to follow suit.  Creating a wireless protocol for two devices to communicate is not hard; creating a protocol that every device can communicate with is the hard part.  Think about the types of systems we currently use for wired speaker systems.  Most of these use the same type of wire that is used to power a house lamp, but the cabled needed to route that signal to a receiver vary.  You have your common RCA, perhaps an XLR or balanced quarter inch, and then with digital signal you have your HDMI cables.

A wireless signal is obviously digital, and will not function the same way a lifeless cable does.  It needs a set of instructions to tell it what to do.  There is …

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March 12, 2013

Opalum Audio Flow .4810

Much like computer parts seem to shrink in size they more complex they become, the same can be said about may other electronics that are currently being produced.  Televisions have gotten smaller because the technology behind the display has improved – and the same effect can be seen with any small device that uses screen, like cellular phones and tablets.  That screen technology has actively shaped the way DJs look at computers in their DJ setup.  There is one technology that hasn’t seen these great leaps of improvement, and that is with sound.

Speakers might never be able to behave the same way if their size was shrunken down.  The laws around electricity aren’t the same as sound, and typically a larger speaker box with a larger speaker creates more sound.  There are some technologies that are able to make use of surface area to expand the sound produced by …