Workshop on active loudspeaker design
Audio DesignLine Blog 3/19/2013 Post a comment
An upcoming live event/webcast offers the opportunity to learn active loudspeaker design tricks of the trade from a variety of experts in the field, including Peter Eastty and Ian Dennis.
Custom EQing headphones for your ears
Audio DesignLine Blog 1/30/2013 4 comments
Finding out the perceived frequency response of your combined headphone/ear 'system' and compensating for it using parametric equalization can offer some eye-opening benefits. But finding an EQ solution isn't always easy.
Audio DesignLine Blog 10/24/2012 2 comments
The Pseudoacoustic Infector acoustic stimulator offers users the ability to "add bits of this and dashes of that" along with other "features" too numerous to mention.
Apple EarPods: Inside and out
Audio DesignLine Blog 9/25/2012 2 comments
Here's the take on Apple's new EarPods - the earphones announced along with the iPhone 5 - including a teardown of the EarPods, initial reviews, and patent information.
Listen to the Higgs boson
Audio DesignLine Blog 7/24/2012 1 comment
"Sonified" data from the Large Hadron Collider offers some musical - and some not so musical - interpretations on the sound of the "God particle."
Audio design competition for students
Audio DesignLine Blog 6/26/2012 2 comments
Student engineers (or hobbyists) can have their innovative audio hardware or software designs reviewed by a panel of pro audio manufacturers, product designers, and end users at this year's 133rd Audio Engineering Society Convention.
More on digital audio formats: 24/192, iTunes optimized, adaptive
Audio DesignLine Blog 3/20/2012 5 comments
Some interesting follow-up news items in the wake of Neil Young's recent comments about MP3s and the quality of digital audio include an argument against 24/192 downloads, guidelines for 'mastering for iTunes,' and a new adaptive HD audio format in the works at Apple.
Neil Young: Say No to MP3s
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/22/2012 53 comments
Musician Neil Young says we need to save music from MP3s (and other lossy audio formats). But does music quality need rescuing, and is a new hi-res audio format the answer?
Faster FFT, young listeners and MP3s & LPs
Audio DesignLine Blog 1/25/2012 Post a comment
Some recent audio-related items that caught my eye include a Fast(er) Fourier Transform, a new study on the 'iPod generation' and MP3 sound, a poll on younger listeners and LPs, and a 'circuit' diagram that's reminiscent of some DIY audiophile designs.
AES 131st Convention photo gallery
Audio DesignLine Blog 10/26/2011 Post a comment
A photo gallery from the show floor of the recent 131st AES Convention in NYC includes photos of everything from exhibits and audio product demos to audio publications and even an electromechanical Rastafarian!
More audio-related iPhone apps
Audio DesignLine Blog 8/24/2011 1 comment
There's no shortage of interesting audio-related apps for the iPhone and iPad - everything from audio test instruments to music creation tools to games - and some can even be had for free.
Audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate
Audio DesignLine Blog 5/25/2011 4 comments
The audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate has flared up once again, this time triggered by a critical hardcore engineering-based review of a popular DIY audiophile headhone amp.
E-books and audio: are you listening?
Audio DesignLine Blog 3/7/2011 1 comment
In this guest blog post, Zatil Hamid of TI considers some of the algorithms and tools that are being added in to e-books to ensure a high quality listening experience for the end user.
Audio-related iPhone apps abound
Audio DesignLine Blog 1/26/2011 2 comments
Audio utilities, test & measurement, games and even a vuvuzela app are just a few examples of interesting audio-related apps I've run across since getting my first iDevice a month ago.
Walkman R.I.P., Audi sound
Audio DesignLine Blog 11/23/2010 6 comments
My take on the fate of the Walkman (maybe it should be renamed the "WalkingDeadman") and on the efforts by Audi - and other companies - to find the "right sound" for their products.
Putting an audiophile "tweak" to the test
Audio DesignLine Blog 10/27/2010 15 comments
A longstanding audiophile product - a "quantum/superconducting"-based device that claims to achieve previously unnattainable "levels of signal purity and transparency" - undergoes some objective tests by some skeptical audio DIYers.
129th AES debuts Product Design Track
Audio DesignLine Blog 9/22/2010 Post a comment
The upcoming 129th Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in San Francisco will offer - for the first time - a dedicated Product Design Track featuring more than 20 events focused on audio product development.
Why is NASA audio so bad?
Audio DesignLine Blog 8/25/2010 51 comments
Posters at an audio forum offer up a variety of reasons (some serious and some not-so serious) for the low audio quality of NASA space mission communications.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
Audio Myths Workshop video
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/10/2010 Post a comment
This video of the Audio Myths workshop held at a recent AES show covers topics like the nature of human perception, "placebo tweaks," proper testing methods and examples of artifact audibility, among many others. A list of 20 topics and when they occur in the video is included here for easy reference.
Video interview with MP3 co-inventor
Audio DesignLine Blog 1/27/2010 Post a comment
One of MP3's inventors discusses how the audio compression technology works, its origins and success, its real (and perceived) problems, and some practical tips, as well as what's next for MP3.
Vinyl vs. CD myths refuse to die
Audio DesignLine Blog 1/13/2010 59 comments
I still get emails from non-technical vinyl LP fans who insist that the legacy format is technically superior to CD/digital, and one Web site in particular is partly to blame.
Networked audio rules!
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/23/2009 1 comment
My experience with one of the latest network audio players only further confirms the impending demise of the CD.
Special audio section in EE Times highlights AES
Audio DesignLine Blog 9/4/2008 1 comment
A special section on "advanced audio" in the September 8th issue of EE Times offers a selection of articles from AES contributors on topics ranging from PC audio and ADC buffer design to balanced audio and even one designer's musings on his six biggest digital audio mistakes.
New monthly audio newsletter
Audio DesignLine Blog 8/6/2008 Post a comment
The first issue of a new monthly audio email newsletter is being sent out on Thursday. Sign up now in order not to miss the latest audio design tutorials, products and news. (If you were subscribed to the previous weekly newsletter, you'll automatically receive the new monthly newsletter.)
Another shot fired in the "loudness war"
Audio DesignLine Blog 6/25/2008 1 comment
A new CD release made directly from an LP master is the latest example of a music artist fighting back against the pervasive use of extreme dynamic range compression in popular recordings.
Is MT9 the new MP3?
Audio DesignLine Blog 6/4/2008 Post a comment
A new multi-channel digital music file format that some claim will become the "new MP3" gives users the ability to remix the audio content in the file.