home audio

  • Sonos Lands $135M For Its Classy Wireless Home Audio Systems

    Sonos Lands $135M For Its Classy Wireless Home Audio Systems

    Sonos, the developers of a sexy, high-end wireless home audio system, has raised $135 million in funding led by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Previous investors Redpoint Ventures and Elevation Partners also contributed to the round, bringing the company's total funding to just under $200 million. As part of the round, KKR's David Kerko, Elevation Managing Director Fred Anderson… Read More

  • Klipsch LightSpeakers

    Klipsch LightSpeakers

    These crazy Klipsch LightSpeakers are designed to add music to any room. You can plug them into standard light cans or even slap them into your Ikea lamp. The ultrabright LED beams through a front diffuser grill and then you can connect the speakers - in left or right channels - wirelessly to any stereo. Read More

  • How to hide that subwoofer in the corner of the room

    How to hide that subwoofer in the corner of the room

    Keeping your home theater (my wife calls it a living room) clean and uncluttered can be a real pain if you have a decent sound system. Sure, there's the obvious "run the wires under the floor" trick, but what do you do with the elephant subwoofer in the corner? It's big, it's ugly, and it's absolutely necessary for a decent system. Read More

  • Review: Sonos Bundle 150 with loudspeakers (and more)

    Review: Sonos Bundle 150 with loudspeakers (and more)

    We’ve reviewed a lot of home audio solutions, and they all offer different benefits and drawbacks. The big trend is “music everywhere”, whether through powerline networking or wirelessly. Most of these products require a specific music source to feed into the system. Sonos brings something rather more complete to the goal of “music everywhere”. Read on for the… Read More

  • Bowers & Wilkins 685 Speaker Review

    Bowers & Wilkins 685 Speaker Review

    After checking out B&W’s 685 stereo speakers for more than a month, I’m truly impressed. These mid-size speakers are perfect for a roomy bookshelf or on speaker stands, and they handled all the music I could throw at them with precision and superb richness. Movies still benefit from a decent subwoofer, but most acoustic music lovers can do without one in a small living room. At… Read More

  • Denon's New WiFi Dock for iPods 'n More

    Denon's New WiFi Dock for iPods 'n More

    Amid a slew of new releases yesterday at the Hyatt in Jersey City, Denon introduced a WiFi iPod dock, the ASD-3W. It looks like a hockey puck with a dock and an antenna, but it’s much more: It actually lets you network most AV components like receivers, TVs, and some speakers, whether they’re from Denon or not. It lets you stream music, photos, and that precious but beleaguered… Read More

  • Sony Enters HD Radio Market With XDR-S3HD, Some Other Thing

    Sony Enters HD Radio Market With XDR-S3HD, Some Other Thing

    If you were holding out on HD Radio until Sony got in the game (those of you that didn’t run out and buy Cambridge’s radio), your wait is officially over. Sony announced that it’s totally down with HD Radio for the long haul (on a holiday mind you), and will be developing and distributing HD Radio-enabled products in the coming years. And it all starts with the XDR-S3HD table… Read More

  • ELP Laser Turntable Price Drops, Still Expensive

    While we’re on the subject of expensive audio equipment, we figured we should mention a companion piece of equipment for the Hovland Stratos: ELP Corp.’s Laser Turntable. In case you’re not familiar, the Laser Turntable uses, um, a laser to play vinyl instead of a needle. The laser not only doesn’t physically damage records from repeated playing, but picks up audio… Read More

  • JBL On Air Control Wireless Speakers Reviewed, Not So Wireless

    JBL’s On Air Control 2.4G wireless satellite speakers, mentioned on this very site at the end of January, promised to add some stereo audio to your life without all the necessary wiring required for standard sats. Well, turns out the speakers are about as wireless as something with a lot of wires. See, like all other “wireless” speaker systems currently available, the On Airs… Read More

  • Denon Crave-worthy Home Audio Products Leaked

    Home Theater Blog, via CNET’s Crave, has published some leaked details of five new Denon receivers possibly scheduled to arrive starting this summer. Speculation has the receivers being released in two waves, with two high-end models arriving in July and three less-expensive units hitting in September. The top models—the $2,500 AVR-4308CI and $1,600 AVR-3808CI—will “include… Read More

 
  • Help Key: How to Set Up Surround Sound Speakers

    Help Key: How to Set Up Surround Sound Speakers

    Anyone can put a boom box on the shelf and turn it on; but setting up a set of surround sound speakers, and getting the optimal audio fidelity takes a little more effort. Speakers are often considered the soul of your system, and generally 50% of your total budget should be spent on the speakers. The first thing to consider is the size of the room, followed by what you listen to the most. Are you… Read More

  • Denon Launches Headphone Line

    As if there already weren’t a ton of premium headphone options on the market, home-theater and audio-electronics maker Denon introduced five new models. Priced from $50 to $700, they are the first consumer-oriented headphones from the company. Styles include canal phones like the $200 AH-C700 (pictured, available in black or silver) and high-end over-the-ear models, such as the $700… Read More

  • George: An Intelligent iPod Speaker Dock

    We wrote about Chestnut Hill Sound’s George iPod speaker dock back at the beginning of the month. Our review unit arrived today, so we decided to pop the box open and take some shots. There are a handful of features that separate George from the rest of the speaker-dock herd. Click below to see more pictures and learn about what makes this system so different. Read More

  • PopCatcher Catches FM Radio So You Don't Have To

    When I lived in Seattle and listened all the time to KEXP, I would have loved to have had the PopCatcher MusicDock MD-601. On the surface, it’s just a decent looking FM radio with a dock at the top for connecting the included MP3 player, presumably for recording music directly to the portable. That alone wouldn’t be particularly interesting, since there are a number of digital audio… Read More

  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…Hump Day Part Two

    It’s been a long friggin’ week, but I’m in the home stretch now. Just four meetings left: Cyberlink, Toshiba, Linksys and Microsoft’s SPOT group. If you’ve bought a new Windows computer in the past few years or installed a new optical drive or graphics card in your PC, there’s a very good chance you have some bit of Cyberlink’s software on your computer. Read More

  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…Hump Day Part One

    It’s finally Wednesday, January 10. It’s my last day of meetings. Seven of them in a row starting bright and early with Akimbo and their CEO who’s named same as me. Put simply, Akimbo is a content provider. They deliver Web-based video to TVs. They’re not trying to replace broadcast, satellite, or cable TV, but offer options that are more tailored for your personal… Read More

  • Fraunhofer IIS MP3 Surround Encoder Turns Your Stereo Tracks To 5.1

    Looking for a new stereophonic sound spectacular from your MP3s? Download the Fraunhofer IIS MP3 Surround player, MP3 Surround encoder and the MP3 Stereo eXtended converter. The no-cost eval apps, which are free of any watermarks, DRM or spyware, can be used to upgrade regular MP3 stereo files into MP3 Surround files. There’s an MP3 Surround streaming module too, for Internet radio stations… Read More

  • Eos Whole Home Audio Systems for the iPod

    Eos Whole Home Audio Systems for the iPod

    It seems fairly obvious, but if you really want to listen to your music anywhere in the house on your iPod… you just take your iPod with you. But apparently Eos Wireless seems to think it is a better for you to plug the device into this compact docking station, which will let you stream to other speakers. In fairness, this does allow you to share the tunes, so that’s not a bad thing. The… Read More

  • New iPod Speaker System Has An Outie

    Those in the market for a higher-end iPod sound system will want to check out the $549 George, the first product to roll out from digital-audio manufacturer Chestnut Hill Sound. One of the edges it has on other systems is its unique wireless remote, which has a full-on knob for navigating your iPod’s menus on its high-resolution, backlit graphic display. You can use it to select music from… Read More

  • Cerwin-Vega CVHD: My My, What Big Speakers You Have

    What’s big, loud and looks like it belongs in the back of a 1987 Camaro IROC-Z? The new Cerwin-Vega CVHD home entertainment system, which according to the company, takes “its performance and visual cues from experience gleaned by the company’s involvement in professional audio.” The idea behind the set is that pro studios don’t use different size/shapes of speakers as… Read More