Spotify and Apple Music have another competitor today, music streaming service Qobuz has announced it is now available in the US.French company Qobuz -- pronounced ko-buzz-- which has been available in the UK and Europe for many years is focussing on sound quality rather than the breadth of its catalog. The company offers hi-res streams (without the need for proprietary equipment) as well as a download store. This makes Qobuz part HD Tracks and part Tidal.Qobuz is offering four plans at launch:Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually).Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.99 annually).Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192 khz) streaming ($249.99 annually).Sublime+: $299.99/year for full Hi-Res streaming and 40 to 60 per cent discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res (up to 24-bit / 192 khz) download store.Competitor Tidal soft-launched in late 2014 as an audiophile streaming service … [Read more...] about Streaming newcomer Qobuz takes on Spotify and Tidal with sound quality focus
Wohome may not be a household name but it makes Wi-Fi doorbells, dehumidifiers and sound bars. Makes for a rather unusual lineup, don't ya think? Nevertheless, I persisted and requested a review sample of its S9920 sound bar. It's priced at $110, and when unboxing this beauty it looks and feels like a higher-quality speaker than any similarly priced sound bar in my experience. A very promising start, but how does it sound?In a word: clear. The S9920 is easy to listen to, and that's no small accomplishment for a budget bar. Setup via the optical digital audio input and Bluetooth takes just a few minutes. Other connectivity inputs run to 3.5mm analog audio, USB and coaxial digital audio. A subwoofer output jack is conspicuous in its absence.The S9920 is a 40-inch wide, two-channel sound bar with six drivers (sizes are unspecified), with 80 watts total power. Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.See it on AmazonThe Rampage … [Read more...] about This $110 sound bar scores high with clarity
A new app from a Latvian outfit called Sonarworks claims it can tune music to play perfectly through specific headphone models. So whether you’re using AirPods or a swanky pair of $900 Auduze LCD-2s, you’ll hear the same exact mix. Could the future of making music sound good be an app that compensates for the terrible headphones most of us insist on buying? For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying a beta version of Sonarworks’ True-Fi software on both Android and iOS. The apps are a mobile version of the headphone calibration software that’s existed for the desktop since earlier this year. After spending much of the year in closed beta, Sonarworks is now opening the mobile apps to an “early access” public beta, with the goal of a full release next year. A lifetime license for the desktop and mobile apps currently costs $79 (and will go up to $99 next year), but for the next few months during the early access period, the app will be totally … [Read more...] about Can This Little Magic App Make Your Headphones Sound Perfect?
During IFA 2018, Sony Europe's pro display division revealed its next-generation 4K Home Cinema projectors, the VPL-VW870ES, VPL-VW570ES and VPL-VW270ES, with true 4K resolution, 27ms input lag and the company's temporal-smoothing Motionflow for movie and sports viewing. They all use Sony's veteran SXRD technology -- Silicon X-tal (pronounced crystal) Reflective Display -- a Sony variantion of the commonly used LCoS. However, you may not want to shell out the money if you plan to connect them to your computer; the specs indicate they can only display an HD-resolution signal from a computer via HDMI. But they seem just right for your Xbox One X or Playstation 4 Pro. Sony hits the 27ms lag spec via a "lag reduction" feature (which The top-end VPL-VW870ES promises 2,200 lumen brightness for whatever that's worth and claims that it can product more contrasty images for better HDR reproduction by adjusting it on the fly; has sharp, all-glass lens elements for better … [Read more...] about Sony’s new 4K projectors seem the perfect sports, gaming companions
With video quality rapidly going up, game physics exploring never before seen detail and virtual reality devices getting more and more affordable, one part of the media we consume is often getting overlooked – sound. Most of us use the sound interfaces integrated into motherboards, which often times is not enough to fully indulge yourself in a movie, get the highest quality sound when listening to or producing music and when you need just that little bit of edge over your opponents in a video-game. This is why we have compiled a short list of what we believe to be the best PC sound cards out there as of right now, each covering different needs for different users. Table of contents: Table of our picks for the best PC sound card What to consider when choosing a sound card? Sound card descriptions Why does a high-end sound card matter? A very brief history of sound cards Summary of the best sound cards Our picks for the best PC sound card Sound card Signal-to-noise ratio … [Read more...] about The Best PC Sound Cards of 2018