• Tiny Artificial Eardrum Could Make Your Headphones Safer And Better

    One of the problems of in-ear headphones, though they often have excellent sound, is that they block all movement of air inside the ear canal, the better to control the sound environment — but potentially fatiguing or damaging to your eardrum. Audio researcher Stephen Ambrose has a solution that may improve the sound and protect your ears. Read More

  • Ultimate Surround Sound System Could Prepare Soldiers For Extreme Battlefield Noise

    It’s hard for me to imagine being in a firefight at all, let alone having to make tactical decisions and communicate with other soldiers over the roar of tanks, guns, jets, and explosions. But our troops do it every day — after they’ve gotten used to it, at least. It can be a bit disorientating at first, as you can imagine, and this project by a Missouri professor is intended… Read More

  • Sleek Audio And 50 Cent Part Ways

    You might remember that Sleek Audio, purveyors of fine headphone goods, were teaming up with 50 cent to produce a new pair of wireless over-ears. Why not, right? All the other audio guys are teaming up with rappers, so they had to just to stay competitive. But the honeymoon’s over. Sleek Audio and G-Unit productions (Fitty’s licensing company) are quits. And the headphones? Read More

  • Olympus LS-20M: A Pocket Cam With A Focus On Audio

    We recently reviewed the Zoom Q3HD, a pocket cam (like your Flips and Playsports) with a little extra love given to the audio side of things. Olympus has decided to take that route as well with its new LS-20M… a pocket cam with a little extra love given to the audio side of things. What, I said it was the same route. Read More

  • Review: Antec Rockus 2.1 Speakers

    Short version: Not bad, but the “3D” effect isn’t very compelling, and the lack of extra features makes the $200 price unpalatable. Read More

  • Review: Samson Meteor Mic

    Short version: An attractive and portable mic for when you want to capture a little more depth and warmth than the one built into your laptop, webcam, or headset. Read More

  • U-K525LT: Kenwood's "Wooden" iPod Dock/CD Player/FM Radio

    They aren’t producing that many CD players these days, but that’s not the only reason the U-K525LT, announced [JP] by Kenwood for the Japanese market today, stands out. The other is that it has a nice wooden casing, made of African Mutenye teak. Read More

  • Review: TDK 3 Speaker Boombox

    Short version: Beautifully styled, modern, and very loud, but USB issues take this from a cool and functional device to a questionable one. (Update: TDK released a firmware update the day after this review published which fixes the USB issues. I installed it myself and it works perfectly; devices will ship with updated firmware starting now, and owners should be able to download the update… Read More

  • Psyko Expands Surround Sound Headphone Line With Carbon, Krypton

    I’ve seen Psyko at the last two CESes, both times with their original product, a headset that uses a totally unique system to provide real surround sound. But they’ve finally put out two new headsets, both refinements to the original design. Read More

  • Thanko's Cassette Mate Converts Old Cassette Tapes To MP3

    Looks like the cassette tape could be undergoing a renaissance thanks to Thanko. The Cassette Mate from Thanko, connects to a PC and rips cassette audio. The included software comes with all the features one would need to convert audio and split up tracks. The Cassette Mate costs only $30 and is available here. [via Ubergizmo] Read More

  • Nikon Announces ME-1 DSLR-Style Mic For Your New D5100

    So Nikon just put out its new D5100, a consumer-oriented movie and photo machine that competes with Canon’s T3i for consumers looking for both great stills and cinematic video. But a problem DSLRs face with video is the poor sound quality — they generally have weak little pinhole mics that suck wind and sound worse than cell phones. You can get a third-party mic, but it looks… Read More

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