Snake oil or genius? BSG Technologies q0l Signal Completion Stage is one of the most controversial products in all of Audiophiledom, but at $2395 a lot of people are never going to give it a shot. At $119 though, their little reveel headphone amp product makes it a no brainer for those curious about the technology.
I was smitten with Paul Barton's NAD VOISO HP50 headphones earlier this year...and now he's digging his hooks into me yet again with his latest creations. Man, my inner-geek lusts after the new Bluesound streaming media products.
Two years ago I reports on the acquisition of Stax by giant Chinese speaker maker firm Edifier. Two years is about the amount of time it takes from deciding to move a brand forward, so now is about the time we should see something new from Stax.
DTS Headphone:X does a lot of subtle and very precise manipulations to the audio signal in order to provide the spacial cues needed to localize sound properly for surround encoded audio. So precise and subtle that they really need to measure, map, and compensate for small errors in headphone performance on a model-by-model basis.
They all seem to look quite similar on the outsidebig sweeping grill with stark black or white gloss finishbut inside, the wireless speakers of today are far from similar. Usually it's the Apple/Android split, and apps and connectivity that come with it, but in this case it's the actual speaker drivers that set the Minx apart.
While waiting for an opportunity to chat with Eric Suh in the Calyx room I felt a tap on my shoulder. I spun around to find myself face-to-face with Aurisonics CEO Dale Lott dressed to kill in a pistachio green jacket and matching sneakers.
Last year saw the introduction of the $1000+ Astell&Kern AK120 portable media player. Much wailing and moaning about the price ensued. This year A&K introduced a PMP that will cost north of $2000! All of a sudden $1000 looks like a bargain, and the new Calyx M player with its sexy user interface feels really competitive.