Hi-Res Audio http://www.stuff.tv/my/hi-res-audio/all en-MY Opinion: Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears http://www.stuff.tv/my/stupidly-expensive-audio-kit-isn-t-music-my-ears/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell likes lossless but not madness, and remains baffled by the cause of the audiophile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" alt="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shutterstock_118574008.jpg?1422341317" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;Buy the second-cheapest.&rdquo;</p> <p>That was the advice once given to me by an audio technician during a conversation about wiring up sound systems. He&rsquo;d happily dealt with cabling for anything from home sound systems to concert halls, and his rationale remained the same throughout: the cheapest stuff is sometimes garbage due to attempting to win the race to the bottom, but whatever&rsquo;s sitting above that is usually fine for most tasks - and especially home use.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cables as expensive as cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since then, I&rsquo;ve immersed myself deeply in the world of gadgets, largely through writing about them, partly by actually using them, and surprisingly regularly by being utterly bewildered by them - or at least by the way people seem to ignore the basics of reality and take leave of their senses when it comes to certain kit. Things get tribal when it comes to brands - Apple and Microsoft; Apple and Google; Apple and, well, anything that&rsquo;s not Apple - but nothing is crazier than venturing into the world of the audiophile.</p> <p>These are people that would grab the aforementioned sales assistant by the scruff of the neck, wrench him away from his beloved Teletubbies, and demand to know why he was offering an adapter that cost a mere &pound;50 (RM270). Clearly, he should only be selling kit rolled in diamonds and truffles, making your ears orgasm with every single emitted note.</p> <p>And if you think that sounds absurd, it is; but if there&rsquo;s one thing the audio industry is increasingly fantastic at, it&rsquo;s the absurd. You get speaker cable akin to a garden hose, and insanely expensive cable &lsquo;risers&rsquo;, presumably designed to stop electrons being attacked by your carpet.</p> <p>The briefest of Google searches while writing this article unearthed a three-metre phono lead priced similarly to a typical hatchback. And even at the saner end of the spectrum, you find <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ces-2015/ces-2015-new-sony-walkman-slab-hi-res-audio-loveliness/news">Sony&rsquo;s new Walkman</a>, which costs a grand and claims to upscale music, or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pono-s-hi-res-music-service-be-powered-omnifone/news">PonoMusic shop</a>, with super high-resolution audio files that also have super high-end pricing compared to downloads available elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-and-just-bit-sceptical-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony&#039;s &quot;upscaling&quot; ZX2 Walkman costs almost £1,000" alt="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-walkman-zx2-05_0.jpg?1422341317" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds like snake oil </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most of this stuff feels like audio homeopathy - blind devotion combined with confirmation bias forcing you to believe that the music coming out of your speakers must sound amazing if you&rsquo;ve just blown TWENTY-TWO GRAND on a couple of leads.</p> <p>The thing that grates - as someone who loves listening to and making music - is that people into all this stuff have passion, but it could be redirected to fight battles that are genuinely damaging music.</p> <p>We live in a world of terrible earbuds, sporadic availability, low-quality streaming formats and awful mastering - a loudness war that seeks to grab radio listeners but in doing so strips nuance, subtlety and even many of the sounds from every recording. No overpriced cables, triangular music players, upscaling Sony kit, or audio files with specs far beyond the limit of human hearing will ever fix these things.</p> <p>Then again, that&rsquo;s just another set of demands the vast majority of people don&rsquo;t care about, isn&rsquo;t it? Oh no. I&rsquo;m an audiophile too, just one with different concerns about music. But pass me that expensive cable catalogue and I <em>will</em> still set fire to it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature">The 30 best audiophile albums ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Neil Young claims his PonoPlayer &quot;sounds like God&quot; – but that&#039;s just an opinion" alt="Stupidly expensive audio kit isn’t music to my ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ponoplayers.jpg?1422341317" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stupidly-expensive-audio-kit-isn-t-music-my-ears/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/stupidly-expensive-audio-kit-isn-t-music-my-ears/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Opinion Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:47:27 +0000 Elissa Loi 1458032 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Neil Young suggests that Pono won’t be making hardware for long http://www.stuff.tv/my/harman-kardon/ces-2015/ces-2015-neil-young-suggests-pono-won-t-be-making-hardware-long/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hi-Res Audio company will instead offer certification and branding to third-parties making their own music players </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal with Neil Young" alt="Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal with Neil Young" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/harman-pono.jpg?1420865371" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an interview at CES 2015, rock legend and Pono CEO Neil Young talked about the early days of his Hi-Res Audio company &ndash; and its plans for the future.</p> <p>In his video interview with GigaOM, which you can watch in full below, Young suggested that Pono wouldn&rsquo;t be making hardware for much longer, but would instead offer licensing deals to third-party companies building their own audiophile music players.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first of these collaborations looks to be with Harman, which has announced that it&rsquo;s working with Pono to developer a Hi-Res Audio system for automobiles. Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal said, &ldquo;We are excited to collaborate with Mr Young and the team at Pono Music to expand their reach into the car and let people hear music as the artist intended.&rdquo;</p> <p>The details of Harman&rsquo;s system remain unclear, but we&rsquo;ll bring you more on it (and other Pono collaborations) when we get it.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://gigaom.com/2015/01/08/neil-young-pono-wont-be-a-hardware-company-for-long-video-interview/" target="_blank">GigaOM</a> and <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150108006512/en/Harman-Collaborate-Pono-Neil-Young-Bring-Pono#.VK84eYrF-6a" target="_blank">BusinessWire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GZUY5vL7q-g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/harman-kardon/ces-2015/ces-2015-neil-young-suggests-pono-won-t-be-making-hardware-long/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/harman-kardon/ces-2015/ces-2015-neil-young-suggests-pono-won-t-be-making-hardware-long/news#comments CES 2015 Harman Kardon Hi-Res Audio Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:08:17 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457198 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Sony reveals absurdly thin, Android TV-powered Bravia 4K Ultra HD TVs http://www.stuff.tv/my/bravia/ces-2015/ces-2015-sony-reveals-absurdly-thin-android-tv-powered-bravia-4k-ultra-hd-tvs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New “floating” design makes them just 4.9mm at their thinnest, but the picture certainly doesn’t suffer for it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Bravia XBR X900C" alt="Sony Bravia XBR X900C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-bravia-4k-floatingdesign.jpg?1421663145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">We might worry a bit about how thin smartphones are getting, but since you probably won&rsquo;t try to cram Sony&rsquo;s new 75in 4K TV in your pocket, we&rsquo;ll issue some &ldquo;oohs&rdquo; and &ldquo;ahhs&rdquo; at its remarkably svelte design.</p> <p class="p1">It really is a wonder of modern engineering. Sony&rsquo;s new XBR X900C (55in and 65in) and X910C (75in) Bravia 4K Ultra HD TV models feature an ultra-thin &ldquo;floating&rdquo; style that is just 4.9mm at its thinnest, and the nearly-frameless shape can be mounted right up against the wall.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Sony announced a few more 4K sets, which don&rsquo;t seem to be as thin as the X900C/X910C, but have their own intriguing perks. For example, the XBR-X930C (65in) and X940C (75in, pictured above) support Hi-Res Audio and feature front-facing speakers to show it off.</p> <p class="p1">Meanwhile, the XBR-X850C (55in, 65in, and 75in) models are built to accept the latest 4K spec &ldquo;HEVC&rdquo; and &ldquo;VP9&rdquo; for 4K streaming, including from YouTube. And if those are all far too big for your space (or budget), Sony&rsquo;s XBR-X830C line has 4K models in 43in and 49in flavours.</p> <p class="p1">All of the sets will be available this spring, although no pricing details were announced. Let&rsquo;s just assume &ldquo;expensive&rdquo; for the higher-end models and hopefully &ldquo;well worth it.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://blog.sony.com/press/sony-electronics-showcases-new-4k-ultra-hd-tv-line/">Sony</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">CES 2015: All the latest stories from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Bravia XBR-X940C" alt="Sony Bravia XBR-X940C" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-bravia-4k-hiresaudio.jpg?1421663145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/bravia/ces-2015/ces-2015-sony-reveals-absurdly-thin-android-tv-powered-bravia-4k-ultra-hd-tvs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/bravia/ces-2015/ces-2015-sony-reveals-absurdly-thin-android-tv-powered-bravia-4k-ultra-hd-tvs/news#comments 4K Bravia CES 2015 Hi-Res Audio Sony Tue, 06 Jan 2015 03:36:50 +0000 Elissa Loi 1456812 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTED: 5 Hi-Res Audio devices that will blow your mind http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-5-hi-res-audio-devices-will-blow-your-mind/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These Hi-Res Audio playback gems from Sony will max-out your listening pleasure </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/A10_B__MDR-1A_B__indoor_Situation_Image_m_0.gif?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve already shown you <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature">the Hi-Res Audio headphones you need</a>. Now experience music the way the artist intended with Sony&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/microsite/hiresaudio/">High-Resolution Audio</a> playback devices*, starting with the sleek and portable Walkman NWZ-A10 Series that proves the best things come in small packages.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Sony Walkman NWZ-A10 Series </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to legend, a time-travelling cyborg&nbsp;from the future accidentally left this behind after failing to eliminate the leader of the human resistance.</p> <p>Whatever its true origins may be, 35 years of Walkman production has paid off for Sony, because they might just have made the ultimate pocket music player with the NWZ-A10 Series. in addition to being the world&rsquo;s smallest and lightest <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/microsite/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a> digital playback device, it&rsquo;s beautifully engineered with a range of essential features to set it apart from other devices. Besides Sony&rsquo;s very own DSEE HX technology that&rsquo;ll upscale regular MP3 files to near Hi-Res Audio quality, it also packs other cutting-edge innovations such as S-Master HX and ClearAudio+ for rich, unparalleled sound quality and performance. It&rsquo;s even got NFC and aptX Bluetooth connectivity for easy pairing, and enough battery power for 30&ndash;50 hours of continuous listening. And if all that wasn&rsquo;t enough, Sony&rsquo;s equipped it with a microSD slot on top of either 16GB (in the NWZ-A15) or 64GB (in the NWZ-A17) of internal memory to store all your&nbsp;Hi-Res Audio tracks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.com.my/product/nwz-a17" target="_blank">Find out more about the NWZ-A10 Series here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Walkman NWZ-A10 Series" alt="Sony Walkman NWZ-A10 Series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/A_std-f_s_HOME_EN_0.jpg?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="300" height="425" title="Sony Walkman NWZ-A10 Series" alt="Sony Walkman NWZ-A10 Series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/A_hero-B_BLK_0.jpg?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony technologies that make the difference </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>S-Master HX</strong></p> <p>This built-in digital amplifier works wonders behind the scenes to extend your music&rsquo;s frequency range and bit-rate, and even reduces the risk of distortion. It also suppresses noise to let you enjoy clearer sound at any listening level.</p> <p><strong>DSEE HX</strong></p> <p>DSEE HX upscales compressed digital files to near Hi-Res Audio quality. Similar to how televisions upscale Standard Definition to Full HD, it restores detail lost during compression, bringing tracks as close to their original splendour as possible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT&#039;S HI-RES AUDIO, YOU MAY ASK? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/04VWhzBp_1E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/microsite/hiresaudio/">&nbsp;</a>files are processed at a much higher rate than standard MP3 files and CDs. The sheer quality of Hi-Res Audio means you can truly immerse yourself in every single instrument, bass note and hi-hat.</p> <p dir="ltr">Listen to Hi-Res Audio files with Hi-Res Audio speakers/headphones and a Hi-Res Audio Walkman and you&rsquo;ll never listen to music the same way again.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s crystal clear clarity to make you feel like you&rsquo;re listening to music from speakers in a recording studio.&nbsp;Learn about Hi-Res Audio headphones such as Sony&rsquo;s&nbsp;MDR-Z7, which was featured in the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature"> </a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature/">first</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature/">&nbsp;part of this Hi-Res Audio feature</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://sony-asia.com/hiresaudio">F</a><a href="http://sony-asia.com/hiresaudio">ind out more about Hi-Res Audio </a>and <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/haymarket.com/forms/d/1MhLgJI5XMSgAbWZkTrWhtSoZBtQOLdwU1xdFX0Ft7xA/viewform" target="_blank">enter the competition to&nbsp;win 20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads&nbsp;- we&#39;ve got 100 download cards to give away!&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The NWZ-ZX1&nbsp; packs everything the NWZ-A10 Series has and more.&nbsp;With 128GB of internal storage, a 4in LCD, and Android 4.1 with Google Play support, Sony bills it as the ultimate portable Hi-Res Audio experience, and it&rsquo;s got the performance to back it up too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.com.my/product/nwz-zx1" target="_blank">Find out more about the NWZ-ZX1 here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NWZ-ZX1-side_0.jpg?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Sony SRS-X9 
Wireless Speaker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This wireless <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/sony/srs-x9/review">5-Star </a>wonder delivers powerful Hi-Res Audio with both precision and distinction, thanks to its excellent 7-unit speaker system.&nbsp;In fact, each speaker comes with its own dedicated digital amplifier for unparalleled performance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.com.my/product/srs-x9" target="_blank">Find out more about the SRS-X9 here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="435" title="Sony SRS-X9 
Wireless Speaker" alt="Sony SRS-X9 
Wireless Speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-X9-Product-%281%29_0.gif?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Sony UDA-1 
USB DAC Amplifier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Connect your Hi-Res music device to the UDA-1 via USB, plug in your headphones or speakers, and experience Hi-Res Audio at your convenience.&nbsp;It&rsquo;ll even upscale compressed formats from your regular music library to near-CD quality with its DSEE engine. For best results, use it with something as powerful as the Sony SS-HA3 speakers you see here.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.com.my/product/uda-1" target="_blank">Find out more about the UDA-1 here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.com.my/product/ss-ha3">Now read about the SS-HA3 speakers!</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony UDA-1 
USB DAC Amplifier" alt="Sony UDA-1 
USB DAC Amplifier" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/UDA-1_zs_9761_kk_01_0.gif?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Sony MAP-S1 
Multi Audio Player System </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A hub for all your listening, this system has a 100W amplifier to power and upscale your music to Hi-Res Audio standards.&nbsp;With a wide range of connectivity including CD, USB, Wi-Fi, and NFC/Bluetooth, you&rsquo;ll be able to use with with almost every device you own, but it&#39;s best to pair it with great speakers such as the Sony&nbsp;SS-HW1 pictured here.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.com.my/product/map-s1" target="_blank">Find out more about the MAP-S1 here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.com.my/product/ss-hw1">Now read about the SS-HW1 speakers!</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2756" height="1586" title="Sony MAP-S1 
Multi Audio Player System" alt="Sony MAP-S1 
Multi Audio Player System" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MAP-S1_S_SS-HW1.jpg?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where to download Hi-Res Audio files? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Can&rsquo;t wait to give your ears a treat? Have a peek at these&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/microsite/hiresaudio/">&nbsp;</a>collections, available for purchase and download from the following sites:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li><a href="http://www.hifitrack.com/zh-hant">HifiTrack</a>&nbsp;- Mando Pop, Classics, Misc</li> <li><a href="https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l/release/genre">2L Music Store</a>&nbsp;- Classical, Choral, Opera, Art Music</li> <li><a href="http://www.linnrecords.com/">Linn Records&nbsp;</a>- Classical, Non Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.naimlabel.com/">Naim Label</a>&nbsp;- Jazz, Acoustic, Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.bugs.co.kr/">Bugs</a>&nbsp;- K Pop</li> <li><a href="http://bluecoastrecords.com/">Blue Coast Records</a>&nbsp;- Misc, Alternative, Classical, Folk, Pop</li> <li><a href="http://music.naver.com/hd/index.nhn">Naver</a>&nbsp;- Pop, Rock, Classica, K-Pop</li> <li><a href="https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l" target="_blank">Klicktrack</a>&nbsp;- Instrumental, Classical, New Age</li> <li><a href="http://www.prostudiomasters.com" target="_blank">Prostudiomasters</a>&nbsp;- music from all genres</li> <li><a href="http://www.hdtracks.com" target="_blank">HDtracks</a>&nbsp;- Pop, Rock, Classical, and Jazz</li> <li><a href="http://www.itrax.com" target="_blank">iTrax</a>&nbsp;- Blues, Acoustic, R&amp;B and Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.pristineclassical.com" target="_blank">Pristine Classical</a>&nbsp;- Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.atmaclassique.com/en" target="_blank">Atma Classique</a>&nbsp;- Classical</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NOW WIN HI-RES AUDIO D/L CARDS! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">To get you started in the world of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/microsite/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>, Sony is <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/haymarket.com/forms/d/1MhLgJI5XMSgAbWZkTrWhtSoZBtQOLdwU1xdFX0Ft7xA/viewform" target="_blank">giving 100 lucky Stuff readers</a> Hi-Res Audio download cards that entitle you to <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/haymarket.com/forms/d/1MhLgJI5XMSgAbWZkTrWhtSoZBtQOLdwU1xdFX0Ft7xA/viewform" target="_blank">20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://docs.google.com/a/haymarket.com/forms/d/1MhLgJI5XMSgAbWZkTrWhtSoZBtQOLdwU1xdFX0Ft7xA/viewform">Simply visit the competition page</a>, answer a really easy question, cross your fingers and get ready to experience music like never before.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="657" height="425" title="NOW WIN HI-RES AUDIO D/L CARDS!" alt="NOW WIN HI-RES AUDIO D/L CARDS!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Hi-Res%20Audio%20download%20card_0.jpg?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t forget! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">&nbsp;<b>* Certain models and colours featured here may not be available in some countries, please check with local Sony stores and dealers for availability.&nbsp;</b></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PROMOTED: 5 Hi Res Audio devices that will blow your mind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Listen like never before with these gems from Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/A10_B__MDR-1A_B__indoor_Situation_Image_m_0.gif?1421121409" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-5-hi-res-audio-devices-will-blow-your-mind/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-5-hi-res-audio-devices-will-blow-your-mind/feature#comments Hi-Res Audio Promotion Sony Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:48:25 +0000 Ian Paynton 1454326 at http://www.stuff.tv Naim Mu-so http://www.stuff.tv/my/naim-mu-so/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of wireless speaker systems do a decent, musical job. But the Naim Mu-so can make a valid claim to be genuine hi-fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1254" height="900" title="Naim Mu-so review" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Naim_Mu-so-06.JPG?1418972143" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/whathifi" title="View user profile.">WhatHiFi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some fine products emerging in the world of wireless speakers, but none that could really be called &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; &ndash; until now.</p> <p>British manufacturing stalwart Naim has thrown its hat into the ever-widening wireless speaker ring with the Mu-so. It&rsquo;s an expensive piece of kit, no doubt, but it also lays claim to being as close to real hi-fi as a wireless speaker has a right to get. Not only that, but it&rsquo;s beautifully built and feels like a quality piece of equipment too.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beautiful build – especially that wonderful, tactile knob </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds great </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Chock full of streaming features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> The sound can thicken up a touch - but only at serious volumes </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking good, feeling good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make no mistake, this is a premium, stylish piece of kit. The brushed aluminium skin (over hi-fi speaker favourite MDF) lends a touch of class to proceedings &ndash; the aluminium has a practical purpose too, acting as a heat-sink at the rear of the unit.</p> <p>What wins it for us in the style-stakes, though, is the utterly gorgeous and tactile volume dial. It&rsquo;s illuminated and such a pleasure to use that you&rsquo;ll go out of your way to use it rather than the remote control. It&rsquo;s also the Mu-so&rsquo;s touchscreen interface, so as well as spinning it for volume, you can tap it for various functions &ndash; input select, pause/play, radio presets and so on. The display is clear, clean and classy, in keeping with the overall impression of the unit.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a choice of grilles too, if the standard black is a little too Hoxton for you. There&rsquo;s a choice of colours: vibrant red, deep blue and burnt orange.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/these-gorgeous-spherical-speakers-look-good-they-sound/news" target="_blank">These gorgeous spherical kebab speakers should sound as good as they look</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Look colourful, sound colourful " alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-19.JPG?1418972143" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The ins and outs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naim claims 450W of power lies under the Mu-so&rsquo;s hood &ndash; and we can quite believe it. The amps are driving high-tech speakers that use DSP technology developed from Naim&rsquo;s work with ultra high-end car manufacturer Bentley.</p> <p>You&rsquo;d expect plenty of options from such an expensive piece of kit, and Naim doesn&rsquo;t disappoint. The Mu-so will accept aptX Bluetooth, AirPlay, UPnP, and Spotify Connect &ndash; and it has internet radio on board too.</p> <p>If you want to go old-school and wire something in, there&rsquo;s a USB port that will charge and play Apple kit, an optical input and a 3.5mm analogue in. And, if your wi-fi signal&rsquo;s a bit flakey, there&rsquo;s an Ethernet port too.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim/naim-unitiqute-2/review">Naim UnitiQute 2 Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Music whatever way you want it" alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-08.jpg?1418972143" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Power</strong>: 450W</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong>: Airplay, aptX Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Ethernet, internet radio, optical, USB</p> <p><strong>Remote</strong>: Yes</p> <p><strong>Finishes</strong>: Silver with black cover (coloured covers available)</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 12 x 63 x 25.6cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 13kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Format factor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mu-so has extensive file compatibility, supporting all the popular audio formats in which you might have your tunes stored, from low-res MP3s and Spotify streams to 24-bit/192kHz WAV, FLAC and AIFF files.</p> <p>If you want full-fat high-res (and you do) you&rsquo;ll have to go through the Ethernet cable &ndash; wireless high-res tunes are limited to (a still mighty fine) 48kHz.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news" target="_blank">Philips Fidelio E5&#39;s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Some fine-looking bodywork..." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-11.jpg?1418972143" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remotely interesting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is a remote control supplied with the Mu-so, and it&rsquo;s responsive and simple enough to use. Having said that, if we weren&rsquo;t going manual with the knob, we&rsquo;d generally use the control app (iOS and Android) instead. It&rsquo;s neat and gives you full control over your music collection across smart and NAS devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, but how does it sound? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Naim Mu-so is no &lsquo;style over substance&rsquo; fly-by-night. The power behind this unit is stunning, driving songs along with sure-footed rhythm, loads of detail and plenty of deep, rumbling bass, the like of which we haven&rsquo;t experienced before from a wireless speaker. The scale of sound is huge for the size of the box &ndash; but it&rsquo;s not all bombast; there&rsquo;s subtle detail too and superb resolution retrieval with high-res tracks.</p> <p>A minor niggle occurs when you really turn up the wick on the Mu-so, when the sound thickens up just a touch &ndash; but we&rsquo;re talking really loud here, and there&rsquo;s never any hardness or brightness to things. At regular volumes, it&rsquo;s a beautiful, well-constructed sound that you just wouldn&rsquo;t expect from a &lsquo;wireless speaker&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">Monitor Audio Airstream S200 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="We&#039;ll be hitting that rhythm stick.." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-04.JPG?1418972143" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Naim Mu-so Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mu-so is a superb piece of kit. Naim has chucked pretty much every feature you could want from this type of unit, and made it sound superb at the same time.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s pricey, yes, but it really is as close to hi-fi as we can imagine this type of unit getting &ndash; suffice to say, we think it truly does look, feel and sound its price.</p> <p><strong>REVIEWED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR SISTER SITE <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">WHATHIFI.COM</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.whathifi.com/naim/mu-so/review" target="_blank">Read their full Naim Mu-so review here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3839" title="Naim Mu-so review verdict" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-1.jpg?1418972143" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first proper &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; wireless speaker? We certainly think so: looks good, sounds superb.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/naim-mu-so/review#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Mu-so Music Naim Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1453799 at http://www.stuff.tv WIN! 20 Hi-Res Audio downloads for 100 lucky winners! http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/win-20-free-hi-res-music-download-sony-100-winners/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thanks to Sony, we&#039;ve got our hands on 100 more Hi-Res Audio download cards - each packed with 20 free downloads! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1500" height="971" title="WIN! 20 Hi-Res Audio downloads for 100 lucky winners!" alt="WIN! 20 Hi-Res Audio downloads for 100 lucky winners!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/card_frontV3.2.jpg?1422255769" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">To celebrate Sony&#39;s Hi-Res Audio range (think headphones, Walkmans, wireless speakers and home entertainment kit), Stuff is giving away 100 Hi-Res Audio download cards that come packed with 20 free music downloads.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/win-20-free-hi-res-music-download-sony-100-winners/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/win-20-free-hi-res-music-download-sony-100-winners/news#comments Competitions Hi-Res Audio Sony Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:55:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450544 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTED: 5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music forever http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hi-Res Audio is the next big thing - fact. See why with Sony&#039;s Hi-Res Audio headphones and a competition that will equip you with 20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony%20hi-res%20audio%20main.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Sony&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">High-Resolution Audio range</a> is all about sound quality only a musician would settle for and genius design. Their headphones are no exception.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">First up? It has to be the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMkLIDr0Kdk">MDR-Z7</a>...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Sony MDR-Z7 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Designed for <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>, Sony&rsquo;s flagship <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-Z7">MDR-Z7</a> headphones come with a 70mm HD driver to give a far more consistent sound across the entire frequency range, even sub-bass frequencies and the crystalline highs.</p> <p dir="ltr">Built in Japan with bespoke precision, the shape of every component is completely refined to reproduce every detail of music &mdash; exactly how musicians and artists intended. They eliminate unwanted vibration energy with their Aluminium-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm.</p> <p dir="ltr">Did we mention they are ridiculously comfortable and look the part, too?</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-Z7" target="_blank">Find out more about the Sony MDR-Z7 here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-Z7" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to musi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-Z7.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-Z7" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-Z7%20lifestyle.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT&#039;S HI-RES AUDIO, WE HEAR YOU ASK? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/04VWhzBp_1E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>&nbsp;files are processed at a much higher rate than standard MP3 files and CDs. The sheer quality of Hi-Res Audio means you can truly immerse yourself in every single instrument, bass note and hi-hat.</p> <p dir="ltr">Listen to Hi-Res Audio files with Hi-Res Audio headphones and a Hi-Res Audio Walkman and you&rsquo;ll never listen to music the same way again.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s crystal clear clarity to make you feel like you&rsquo;re listening to music from speakers in a recording studio.&nbsp;Learn about Hi-Res Audio players such as Sony&rsquo;s Walkman NWZ-A10 Series in the second part of this Hi-Res Audio feature, which will appear in the December issue of Stuff Singapore.</p> <p><a href="http://sony-asia.com/hiresaudio">F</a><a href="http://sony-asia.com/hiresaudio">ind out more about Hi-Res Audio here</a>&nbsp;and enter the <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/haymarket.com/forms/d/1zKXJiSRM1XmmL_xRo37mUXZFOcqoOUuvofxHaJG6biI/viewform">competition to win 20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Sony XBA-Z5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The ultimate in-ear headphones. The <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-Z5">XBA-Z5</a> use a hybrid three-way driver system and an aluminium coated diaphragm for pitch-perfect precision. A favourite with the audio pros.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like the MDR-Z7, the XBZ-Z5 is crafted in Japan, so you&rsquo;re assured of its build quality and performance. Don&#39;t take our word for it, put it on, feel the air move as the ear buds pump sweet music to your ears.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-Z5" target="_blank">Find out more about the Sony XBA-Z5 here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony XBA-Z5" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20XBA-Z5.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony XBA-Z5" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/XBA-Z5_B__Xperia%2CPHA3_Balance__Situation_Image-1200.gif?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Sony MDR-1ADAC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Their built-in USB DAC amp takes the digital output of your device and converts the signal to an analogue output for amplification.</p> <p dir="ltr">The result is enhanced sound. So good, you won&#39;t want to take them off when the music stops. That is a testament to the comfort that the Sony <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-1ADAC">MDR-1ADAC</a> brings to your ears.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-1ADAC" target="_blank">Find out more about the Sony MDR-1ADAC here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-1ADAC" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-1ADAC.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-1ADAC" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-1ADAC%20lifestyle.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Sony MDR-10R </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Ideal for perfectly balanced <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a> while looking great, these are designed with your comfort in mind, which you can feel as much as the nuances in the music.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">That&#39;s not to say the specs aren&#39;t top class too - the 40mm Driver unit delivers the most accurate mid-to-high range sound reproduction.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/mdr-10r" target="_blank">Find out more about the MDR-10R here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-10R" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-10R.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-10R" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-10R%20lifestyle.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Sony XBA-A2/A3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Last but not least, the tiny and portable <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/xba-a2">XBA-A2</a> and <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-A3">XBA-A3</a> are your go-to earphones for portability and audio clarity.</p> <p dir="ltr">With three-way driver systems of HD tweeters, Linear Drive Balanced Armature drivers and Liquid Crystal Polymer Diaphragms, these are crafted to deliver a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>&nbsp;punch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/xba-a2">Find out more about the XBA-A2 here</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-A3">XBA-A3 here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony XBA-A2/A3" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-Web-Image_0.gif?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony XBA-A2/A3" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20XBA-A3%20lifestyle.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where to download Hi-Res Audio files? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Can&rsquo;t wait to give your ears a treat? Have a peek at these&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>&nbsp;collections, available for purchase and download from the following sites:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li><a href="http://www.hifitrack.com/zh-hant">HifiTrack</a> - Mando Pop, Classics, Misc</li> <li><a href="https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l/release/genre">2L Music Store</a> - Classical, Choral, Opera, Art Music</li> <li><a href="http://www.linnrecords.com/">Linn Records </a>- Classical, Non Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.naimlabel.com/">Naim Label</a> - Jazz, Acoustic, Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.bugs.co.kr/">Bugs</a> - K Pop</li> <li><a href="http://bluecoastrecords.com/">Blue Coast Records</a> - Misc, Alternative, Classical, Folk, Pop</li> <li><a href="http://music.naver.com/hd/index.nhn">Naver</a> - Pop, Rock, Classica, K-Pop</li> <li><a href="https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l" target="_blank">Klicktrack</a>&nbsp;- Instrumental, Classical, New Age</li> <li><a href="http://www.prostudiomasters.com" target="_blank">Prostudiomasters</a>&nbsp;- music from all genres</li> <li><a href="http://www.hdtracks.com" target="_blank">HDtracks</a>&nbsp;- Pop, Rock, Classical, and Jazz</li> <li><a href="http://www.itrax.com" target="_blank">iTrax</a>&nbsp;- Blues, Acoustic, R&amp;B and Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.pristineclassical.com" target="_blank">Pristine Classical</a>&nbsp;- Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.atmaclassique.com/en" target="_blank">Atma Classique</a>&nbsp;- Classical</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NOW WIN HI-RES AUDIO D/L CARDS! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">To get you started in the world of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>, Sony is giving 100 lucky Stuff readers Hi-Res Audio download cards that entitle you to 20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://docs.google.com/a/haymarket.com/forms/d/1MhLgJI5XMSgAbWZkTrWhtSoZBtQOLdwU1xdFX0Ft7xA/viewform">Simply visit the competition page</a>, answer a really easy question, cross your fingers and get ready to experience music like never before.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="657" height="425" title="Sony Hi-Res Audio download card" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Hi-Res%20Audio%20download%20card.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PROMOTED: Ahead of the game in Hi-Res </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 Sony headphones that will change how you listen to music forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/Sony%20hi-res%20audio%20main.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20hi-res%20audio%20main.jpg?1417364213" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature#comments Headphones Hi-Res Audio Sony Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:52:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450543 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s waterproof new Walkman is a wearable music player and Bluetooth headset in one http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Additionally, Sony has a much more affordable Hi-Res Audio player in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman NWZ-WS610" alt="Sony Walkman NWZ-WS610" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-walkman-ws610.jpg?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has an absolute heap of new products at IFA this year, from a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review">smartwatch</a> to new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">phones</a>, televisions, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">tablets</a> - but curiously, a Walkman caught our eye amidst that lineup.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, the A15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony also has a new High-Resolution Audio player on the horizon, with the Walkman A15 dubbed &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s smallest and lightest&rdquo; such device for audiophiles. Its S-Master HX digital amplifier processes Hi-Res audio files for crisp and clear playback, with 30 hours of battery life promised.</p> <p>And the A15 is much more affordable than the previous NWZ-ZX1, which <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">impressed us in almost every way</a> except for its exorbitant price. Sony&rsquo;s new High-Res Audio player will sell for just &pound;170 (RM889) when it debuts next month - but it comes with just 16MB of internal storage. Luckily, it accepts microSD cards, so it&rsquo;s not only much cheaper, but you also have more control over its capacity.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://presscentre.sony.co.uk/pressreleases/music-while-you-work-out-wearable-waterproof-walkman-r-ws610-series-now-with-bluetooth-r-wireless-technology-1049288">Sony</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman A15" alt="Sony Walkman A15" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-walkman-a15.png?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news#comments Bluetooth Headphones Hi-Res Audio IFA 2014 Sony Walkman Wearable tech Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446568 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos untethers itself by dropping its Bridge device http://www.stuff.tv/my/sonos/sonos-untethers-itself-dropping-its-bridge-device/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While other manufacturers lean towards locking consumers into ecosystems, Sonos is playing nice with other platforms </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sonos untethers itself by dropping its Bridge device" alt="Sonos untethers itself by dropping its Bridge device" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos%20bridge.jpg?1409734807" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sonos has just taken another step to true wirelessness by dropping the requirement of a Sonos Bridge device (in some cases) for your wireless speaker setups.</p> <p>Not long ago, if you wanted to hook up your Sonos gear to the Internet, you would have to pay for a bridging device (the Bridge) to play middleman between your Internet router and Sonos.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wirelessly yours, Sonos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Besides the Sonos Bridge, you used to also need a separate remote to control your Sonos device. But the remote has been gradually phased out as Sonos decided to rely instead of iOS and Android apps to do the same job.</p> <p>As music seems to be the new Internet battleground, with Apple&#39;s recent purchase of Beats and Google looking to offer audio-only, ad-free subscriptions to YouTube, it makes sense for audio hi-fi companies to work harder at connectivity.</p> <p>Sonos is also working on improving its streaming quality, looking to transmit high-def audio wirelessly, which could prove a challenge seeing how much data would need to be streamed. With Wi-Fi, it would be possible, but the question is whether Sonos is up to the challenge of transmitting high-def music over Bluetooth. The latter would probably also depend on the latest Bluetooth standard and how well Sonos can implement it in its speakers.</p> <p>Though Sonos&#39; reputation is built on its wireless speakers, you wonder if Sonos has plans to diversify seeing how much competition there is in the market for wireless speakers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hi-fi-streaming">We have the goss on hi-fi streaming</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/02/sonos-kills-the-bridge-and-goes-almost-totally-wireless/?ncid=rss&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29" target="_blank">Techcrunch</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gKAFTtK4G6E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sonos/sonos-untethers-itself-dropping-its-bridge-device/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sonos/sonos-untethers-itself-dropping-its-bridge-device/news#comments Geek accessories Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Sonos Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:22:04 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1446415 at http://www.stuff.tv Pono’s Hi-Res music service to be powered by Omnifone http://www.stuff.tv/my/pono-s-hi-res-music-service-be-powered-omnifone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Omnifone has been chosen as the “content delivery partner” for PonoMusic’s haul of studio-quality recordings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Pono’s Hi-Res music service to be powered by Omnifone" alt="Pono’s Hi-Res music service to be powered by Omnifone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ponoplayer_1.jpg?1405389506" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>PonoMusic, the Hi-Res music service that will accompany the PonoPlayer portable device, has formed a partnership with long-running online music platform Omnifone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It works both ways, of course, and Omnifone&rsquo;s infrastructure and tech should also help to establish PonoMusic as one of the premier Hi-Res Audio download services.</p> <p>The PonoPlayer, which launched via the third highest grossing Kickstarter and is partly the brainchild of rock legend Neil Young (who has just taken over as CEO of Pono), will arrive in the UK, US and Canada before the end of the year, alongside its music service. The player will have 128GB of memory (those Hi-Res files take up a lot of space, you see) and two sets of audio outputs: one designed for headphones and one for connecting the player to a car or home stereo. The device will be priced at US$399 (RM1269), with a Malaysia price yet to be confirmed.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.omnifone.com/content/omnifone-powers-neil-youngs-ponomusic" target="_blank">Omnifone</a> via <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/ponomusic-teams-omnifone-to-deliver-high-res-audio-catalogue">What Hi-Fi?</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-and-just-bit-sceptical-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/omnifone-musicstation.jpg?1405389506" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting the PonoPlayer in Malaysia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While there&#39;s no official availability yet for the hi-res music service, the player will most likely appear on online retailers such as <a href="http://lazada.com.my" target="_blank">Lazada</a> and <a href="http://www.expansys.my/" target="_blank">Expansys</a>. Check the sites closer to the launch date and you might be able to get the PonoPlayer, albeit at a slightly higher price.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pono-s-hi-res-music-service-be-powered-omnifone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/pono-s-hi-res-music-service-be-powered-omnifone/news#comments Hi-Res Audio Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:40:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442121 at http://www.stuff.tv New Lightning connector spec could mean a boost for iOS audio quality http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-lightning-connector-spec-could-mean-boost-ios-audio-quality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the future, audiophile headphones could hook up to iPhones, iPods and iPads via Lightning </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New Lightning connector spec could mean a boost for iOS audio quality" alt="New Lightning connector spec could mean a boost for iOS audio quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lightning.jpg?1402014351" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has introduced a new specification for its Lightning connector that would allow third-party manufacturers to use it for audio purposes &ndash; and that could mean a boost for future iPhone, iPad and iPod sound quality.</p> <p>Manufacturers participating in the MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) programme will be able to make headphones and the like that support lossless 48kHz digital audio from an iOS device.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, it remains to be seen whether third-party manufacturers will use this specification &ndash; but it could mean a jump in iPhone, iPad and iPod sound quality. We&rsquo;d also imagine that Apple will use its acquisition of Beats Audio to produce its own Lightning-equipped headphones and speaker docks that make full use of the new spec &ndash; after all, with Lightning being exclusive to Apple, that&rsquo;s a unique selling point that iOS products will have over other phones, tablets and portable audio players.</p> <p>It also ties in nicely with Apple&rsquo;s rumoured plans to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-bringing-hi-res-audio-ios-8/news">introduce Hi-Res Audio support in future iOS devices</a> and start selling Hi-Res music via iTunes. With Beats in the fold and new support for higher quality headphones, Apple could soon be marketing iOS products as truly audiophile-friendly.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/06/03/apple-introduces-mfi-specs-for-lightning-cable-headphones-support-arriving-in-future-ios-update/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Lightning-equipped Beats headphones? You can bet your house on it" alt="Lightning-equipped Beats headphones? You can bet your house on it" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-apple.jpg?1402014351" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-lightning-connector-spec-could-mean-boost-ios-audio-quality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-lightning-connector-spec-could-mean-boost-ios-audio-quality/news#comments Apple Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio iOS iPod and MP3 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:56:35 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438659 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple's iOS 8 will play Hi-Res Audio files, say reports - does that mean iPhone 6 will, too? http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-bringing-hi-res-audio-ios-8/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With high-quality files rumoured to be heading for iTunes, is Cupertino looking to win over audiophiles? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple bringing in Hi-Res Audio with iOS 8, say reports" alt="Apple bringing in Hi-Res Audio with iOS 8, say reports" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipod-headphones.jpg?1400118419" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Within the audiophile community, &ldquo;Apple&rdquo; is something of a dirty word. There, it&rsquo;s a generally-accepted opinion that, from the days when the iPod dominated portable music playback to today, when the iPhone holds that position, the company has never been bothered about high-resolution music. But that might be about to change.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whole Lotta Love (for Hi-Res Audio) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The reports claim Apple will announce Hi-Res support at WWDC 2014 in June, and plans not only to enable playback of 24-bit music but also to start selling it through iTunes. Over the past few years, it has been stockpiling 96kHz and 192kHz 24-bit versions of almost all the music sold via iTunes (it may even have the largest catalogue of Hi-Res Audio in the world) and is therefore in a position to launch its Hi-Res download service straight away. Master-quality editions of Led Zeppelin&rsquo;s back catalogue will reportedly kick off the service, and Hi-Res songs will be priced at a dollar above regular iTunes tracks.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s Hi-Res Audio push will also include the unveiling of a new set of premium in-ear headphones (the first since 2008) and a new Lightning cable able to accommodate Hi-Res files on Made For iPhone audio accessories.</p> <p>This rumour ties in tidily with Apple&rsquo;s recent acquisition of Beats. While the company&rsquo;s headphone expertise won&rsquo;t have been used for the new earbuds (it&rsquo;s just too soon), its purchase sends a message that Apple is serious about improving music quality on its devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/so-why-does-apple-want-buy-beats/feature" target="_blank">So why does Apple want to buy Beats?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Led Zeppelin on iTunes today" alt="Led Zeppelin on iTunes today" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/led-zep-itunes.jpg?1400118419" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Time to take some FLAC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But why now? Apple has been a major player in music &ndash; no less than the world&rsquo;s largest music retailer, thanks to iTunes &ndash; since the launch of the very first iPod back in 2001, and until now has barely seen fit to acknowledge that 24-bit and 192kHz even exist; it has always suggested that 16-bit, 44kHz Apple Lossless (ALAC) files are as high quality as iTunes users need to go.</p> <p>One reason could be the fact that the music industry has started pushing Hi-Res Audio in a bigger way than ever before. Sony has launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/mp3-player/ifa-2013/sony-gets-serious-about-high-quality-sound-raft-new-gear/news" target="_blank">a range of Hi-Res gear</a> and Neil Young&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/treat-your-ears-studio-quality-sound-triangular-prism-shaped-ponoplayer/news" target="_blank">Pono Hi-Res player</a> smashed through its Kickstarter funding target in under 24 hours. There&rsquo;s a sense that there&rsquo;s money to be made in Hi-Res now, and the proliferation of broadband and cheaper storage means that most people can now download these huge music files in seconds and have somewhere to keep them afterwards. Previously that wasn&rsquo;t the case.</p> <p>And while the iTunes Store continues to be a profit-making part of Apple&#39;s business, that profit is mostly coming from apps: music downloads are falling. Introducing Hi-Res Audio may be an attempt to convince consumers, many of whom have turned to the convenience of streaming services like Spotify, to start downloading music again. If iTunes did offer a huge Hi-Res library, it&#39;d be in a unique position, because there&#39;s nobody else out there doing it on anything approaching a large scale.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another reason? Well, there&rsquo;s a growing impression among both industry experts and the public that, year-on-year, smartphone technology isn&rsquo;t advancing as quickly as it once was, and thus manufacturers are looking to stand out from the crowd by offering marked improvements in &ldquo;the basics&rdquo; on their new handsets, with things like a tougher, waterproof build, better camera performance and improved music playback. With the introduction of Hi-Res Audio, Apple will create a new selling point for future iPhones.</p> <p>While iPods and iPhones are impressive from a sound quality point of view (our golden-eared friends at What Hi-Fi? are very much fans of Apple&#39;s gear), it&#39;s important to note that hardware constraints mean no current models can play audio files sampled at above 48kHz &ndash; there&#39;s no chance of full Hi-Res Audio compatibility there. At the time of writing, only two smartphones on the market are able to play the highest quality 24-bit/192kHz audio files: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>. If Apple does launch Hi-Res Audio, we&#39;d expect the iPhone 6 to be the first Apple device able to play these files at their full quality.</p> <p>We&#39;ll find out a lot more at WWDC 2014, so stay tuned.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/13/hd-audio-ios-8-new-in-ear-headphones-lightning/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">Everything we know about iOS 8</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="717" height="538" title="The iPhone 6 could be sold as a premium quality music player" alt="The iPhone 6 could be sold as a premium quality music player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render_4.jpg?1400118419" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-bringing-hi-res-audio-ios-8/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple-bringing-hi-res-audio-ios-8/news#comments Apple Hi-Res Audio iOS 8 WWDC 2014 Wed, 14 May 2014 11:45:13 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437205 at http://www.stuff.tv History’s greatest loudspeaker is back in business http://www.stuff.tv/my/history-s-greatest-loudspeaker-back-business/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Science Museum has rebuilt the Exponential Horn, a 27-foot-long speaker from 1929 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;ve got the horn on a crane" alt="Exponential Horn" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ExpoHornA.jpg?1398051366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not everything that belongs to the Science Museum is kept at the Science Museum. Blythe House, a massive Victorian building near Shepherd&rsquo;s Bush, holds over 170,000 items in its archive, and within this vast collection of scientific curios, on top of a couple of filing cabinets, is a nine-foot-long piece of tapered metal tubing. It&rsquo;s not much to look at these days, but it&rsquo;s all that remains of what was once the most amazing speaker in the world. For museum-goers of the 1930s, the Exponential Horn was the auditory experience of a lifetime.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> the original audiophile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Kolkowski begins his story by telling us about one of the curators at the Science Museum during the 1920s and 30s, Roderick Denman.</p> <p>&ldquo;Denman was an accomplished engineer and an obsessive audiophile,&rdquo; says Kolkowski. &rdquo;He actually had a huge loudspeaker horn built into the roof of his house, pointing down into an octagonal room that he used as the flare of a giant horn, which extended over 20 feet out of the top of his roof. So this whole room was an extension of a downwards-pointing loudspeaker, and when you were in the room, you were inside the speaker. He had reclining chairs put in there, so people could lie down right in the path of the sound.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> the ultimate speaker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Denman&rsquo;s time as Curator of Telecommunications at the Science Museum coincided with a revolution in sound. &ldquo;These new moving coil speaker drivers were arriving from the States,&rdquo; says Kolkowski, &ldquo;called the Western Electric 555W. It was the mother of all compression drivers. They were actually designed at Bell Laboratories, and people still talk in awe about these things today. There are people who believe they improve with age, which I think is nonsense, but they do last for ages - &nbsp;there are cinemas that ran them continuously for 50 or 60 years. Today, they change hands for thousands. People say it&rsquo;s the best loudspeaker ever made.&rdquo;</p> <p>While Bell Laboratories were making the perfect loudspeaker, Denman was building the perfect horn. Horn-building was an art form that had been practised by instrument-makers for centuries, but in Denman&rsquo;s hands it became a science.&nbsp;</p> <p>To get the full range of possible frequencies from the speaker, Denman knew he needed a shape that would perfectly match the energy coming from the driver and allow the speaker to play frequencies at the upper and lower limits of human hearing. Most horns at the time were curves or spirals, to save space, but Denman&rsquo;s calculations led him to a straight horn. To accommodate the deepest low-end frequencies it needed to be big - as long as a Routemaster bus, and with a mouth like a basking shark, seven feet across.&nbsp;</p> <p>For ten years, the Exponential Horn was a daily fixture in the Science Museum. &ldquo;It was part of the museum tours,&rdquo; explains Kolkowski. &ldquo;It showed what was possible in audio at the time, and it provided a benchmark for audio quality that other systems could be judged by. People who heard it at the time must have been completely blown away by the sound, they wouldn&#39;t have heard anything else like it.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We would have called it The Massive Parpspout, but that wouldn&#039;t have been mathematically accurate" alt="Exponential Horn" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ExpoHorn_0.jpg?1398051366" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The demonstrations stopped at the outbreak of WWII, and in 1949, during building work, a wall fell on the horn and destroyed most of it. The remaining section stayed in storage at Blythe House until Aleks Kolkowski, a sound artist in residence at the museum, uncovered the story of Denman&rsquo;s mighty horn and began rebuilding it according to Denman&rsquo;s original specification.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It took eight months to reconstruct it, using a very thick fibreglass - the original was made from a lead-tin alloy. It has an exponential shape - the width increases exponentially - so instead of having a linear increase in width, it has a very fast, steep curve. For the first ten feet it has a very gradual taper, and then it quickly gets steeper and steeper as it approaches the mouth. It was incredibly labour-intensive to make, they had to build giant formers and coat them with resin.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">After months of work, however, the new horn was attached to Denman&rsquo;s original loudspeaker, and the windows of Kensington rattled to a noise not heard since the outbreak of World War Two.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&#39;s a form of sound reproduction we just don&#39;t hear these days&rdquo;, says Kolkowski. &ldquo;It&#39;s quite unlike listening to hi-fi loudspeakers. It&#39;s completely monophonic and it&#39;s very, very directional - you have to be basically in front of it, if you wander to the side, the sound changes completely. But when you are in front of it, you get an extraordinary three-dimensional sound image, because you&rsquo;re stood in this huge horn mouth. One of the features of a horn is that it&#39;s very present - you don&#39;t get any secondary reflections - so you get this incredible impression of the band or the singer being in the room. It&rsquo;s really convincing, immersive 3D sound, from the 1930s.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Kolkowski says spoken word, in particular, sounds &ldquo;astonishing&rdquo; through the speaker. &ldquo;It&#39;s like this enormous mouth. It&#39;s quite intimidating, in a way.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">And just as it did through the 1930s, the Exponential Horn will once more be dazzling visitors to the Science Museum, playing a mixture of archive material from the 1930s, including HG Wells and TS Eliot, along with Kolkowski&rsquo;s recordings of museum objects and talks with curators. The lunchtime concert from BBC Radio 3 will be played through it as a live, high-quality stream, Resonance FM will be broadcasting live from the installation, and a number of composers are writing or adapting works especially for the horn. You&rsquo;ll be able to see it (and more importantly, hear it) on the second floor of the museum from May 20.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Pictures courtesy of the Science Museum.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ HORN: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/bluetooth-speaker-system/gramovox-modern-speaker-system-retrofitted-sound/news" target="_blank">The Gramovox is a smaller, Bluetoothier horn</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ HORN: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-s-bonkers-gramohorn-ii-big-stereo-sound-your-htc-one-no-battery-required/news" target="_blank">HTC&#39;s Gramohorn II speaker offers double the horn</a> </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Five men, in a tight space, with the horn" alt="Exponential Horn" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ExpoHorn02.jpg?1398051366" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sound artist Aleks Kolkowski" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ExpoHorn03.jpg?1398051366" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/history-s-greatest-loudspeaker-back-business/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/history-s-greatest-loudspeaker-back-business/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:07:49 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435821 at http://www.stuff.tv Neil Young's PonoPlayer is a pocket high-res audio Toblerone http://www.stuff.tv/my/treat-your-ears-studio-quality-sound-triangular-prism-shaped-ponoplayer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music Legend Neil Young wants to inject high-fidelity audio directly into your lugholes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="981" height="736" title="Treat your ears to studio-quality sound with the triangular prism PonoPlayer" alt="Treat your ears to studio-quality sound with the triangular prism PonoPlayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ponoplayer.jpg?1394587451" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>You can listen to music on Toblerones now?</strong><br />Quite possibly. We haven&#39;t had the pleasure of munching away on a duty free slab of Swiss chocolate for a while now, but either way, you&#39;re off the mark. This is music legend Neil Young&#39;s weapon in the crusade against low quality audio: the PonoPlayer.</p> <p><strong>So&hellip; it&#39;s an iPod?</strong><br />It&#39;s a dedicated music player, yes, but unlike the iPod (or smartphones for that matter), it&#39;s designed to provide studio-quality music at the highest fidelity possible.</p> <p><strong>So it&#39;ll make my music sound better?</strong><br />Not quite. It&#39;s designed to work with the upcoming PonoMusic service which will let users download Hi-Res albums from both major and independent labels. Your standard mp3s and headphones will still - in the words of many an audiophile - sound like tinny garbage.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/neil-young-shows-pono-audiophile-music-player/news" target="_blank">Neil Young shows off Pono audiophile music player</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But I&#39;m perfectly happy listening to Avicci on my Dr Dre ear goggles&hellip;</strong><br />And you&#39;re exactly the type of person Mr Young is hoping to convert. Once your ears see (well, hear) the light then you&#39;ll be so blown away that you&#39;ll never touch a dirty MP3 file ever again.</p> <p><strong>Sounds&hellip; expensive. And heavy on memory</strong><br />You do pay for quality with larger file sizes, but the 128GB Pono will store between 100-500 albums of hi-res music, and it&#39;s got expandable storage for even more flexibility.</p> <p>As for the price? US$400 (RM1315) on Kickstarter. Not exactly cheap then, but once you&#39;ve tasted the sweet highs and deep, beautifully balanced bass drops of a high-res album, your ears won&#39;t want to go back. The project will launch later this week.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-and-just-bit-sceptical-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">Why you should be pumped about (and just a little bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/hot-stuff" target="_blank">LISTEN UP &ndash; FOR MORE HOT STUFF, CLICK RIGHT HERE</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qL1ffo8TwGM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/treat-your-ears-studio-quality-sound-triangular-prism-shaped-ponoplayer/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Hot Stuff Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:24:07 +0000 Elissa Loi 1433541 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony reckons the way to resurrect the MP3 player is to ditch MP3s and go all high-end and high-res. Your ears will love it, but your wallet less so </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman%29_1.jpg?1393380642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since smartphones came along, more people have been using them as their sole means of listening to music on the go. Carrying multiple devices around is a pain, after all.</p> <p>But there are those who care more about sound quality than convenience, and they&rsquo;re in for a treat, because the latest Walkman sounds awesome. The Sony NWZ-ZX1 is a seriously premium player, and one that focuses on hi-res, Studio Master music. It&rsquo;s also the best sounding portable device we&rsquo;ve ever heard.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazing sound quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely looks and build </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Android means it does more than just music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> High-res music isn&#039;t easy to get </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Resolution revolution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what&rsquo;s high-res audio? Short version: it&rsquo;s a bit like 4K for you ears. It&rsquo;s better sound quality than CD (you do know they compress your music before they put it onto a disc, don&rsquo;t you?), with &quot;better&quot; meaning &quot;closer to what musicians and engineers intended in the studio&quot;. It&rsquo;s the Next Big Thing in audio.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-and-just-bit-sceptical-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s all about reconstructing an analogue sound wave as accurately as possible, and this is where we introduce The Science Bit.</p> <p>You see a sampling rate is the number of samples taken per second when analogue sound waves are converted to digital. The more samples taken per second, the closer the sound is to the original sound wave. Meanwhile, bit depth describes the accuracy of that sample. A typical CD measures 16-bit/44.1kHz. A high-res audio track, meanwhile, may measure 24-bit/192kHz.</p> <p>Got it? No? Don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; just remember it all results in more data and therefore more detail and better sound and you&rsquo;re golden.</p> <p>High-res audio itself is nothing new. There are already smartphones around that can handle these files &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>, to name a few. What&rsquo;s new is that high-res audio has now taken off far enough for big companies to make dedicated players that sound way better than those phones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_5.jpg?1393380642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enough numbers! How does it sound? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Load up a high-res track and you get an impressively refined sound with layers of subtle detail. You&rsquo;ll spend a lot of time noticing parts of your favourite songs you&rsquo;ve never heard before. The soundstage is wide, well organised and timing is spot-on.</p> <p>The ZX1&rsquo;s tonal balance is good, too, but the well-defined, hard-slapping bass deserves a special mention. Combine that with extended, punchy dynamics and it&rsquo;s a seriously engaging, exciting sound.</p> <p>We started comparing the ZX1 to an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-touch-5g-hands-review/news" target="_blank">iPod Touch</a> and things got ugly for Apple very quickly. The Sony is way ahead in every department, from its weighty delivery to its extraordinary precision. We&rsquo;ve always been keen on the iPod&rsquo;s sound, but next to the ZX1 it comes across as brash and unsophisticated. It comfortable beats those high-res-playing phones we mentioned, too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not all down to the high-res tracks, either. We loaded up both devices with the same CD-ripped WAV files and it was still easy to pick the devices apart.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_4.jpg?1393380642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A question of content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is still one fairly significant problem, though - high-res music might be the next big thing, but right now it&#39;s not that easy to get hold of. You can&#39;t get any on iTunes, and even Sony itself seems reluctant to go any higher than MP3 for its own download store. The likes of <a href="http://www.naimlabel.com/" target="_blank">Naim</a> and <a href="http://www.linnrecords.com/" target="_blank">Linn</a> have high-res music stores, but the selections aren&#39;t especially mainstream.</p> <p>For now your best bet is to go with <a href="http://www.hdtracks.com/" target="_blank">HDtracks</a>. It&#39;s officially US-only but there are easy ways to work around that, and a UK launch is expected in the next few months. A direct connection from player to download store and a whole load of new music is definitely needed if Studio Masters are going to make a proper impact, though.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/30-essential-albums-audiophiles/feature" target="_blank">30 Essential Albums for Audiophiles</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unusually good looking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not just the sound that separates the ZX1 from the competition. If there ever was such a thing as an anti-iPod, this is it. Sony has clearly tried to distance itself from Apple&rsquo;s aesthetics, and the result is gorgeous. It&rsquo;s a striking design with a premium feel that rivals anything coming out of Cupertino, and feels less delicate, too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a proudly asymmetrical slab of aluminium that wants nothing to do with simplicity and rounded edges. The glass face drops off abruptly into a straight edge, where the physical controls make us happy by allowing us to change tracks in our pockets.</p> <p>The bottom edge of the ZX1 has a gleaming brass cylinder that&rsquo;s so big it rises slightly above the screen. We&rsquo;re not sure why: theoretically it allows internal cabling to be a bit thicker (and improve sound quality). Sony says it reduces contact resistance.</p> <p>The literally outstanding aspect of the ZX1&rsquo;s design is its bottom third, which protrudes at the back. This is because Sony felt like putting in a larger amplifier block, straight lines be damned. It&rsquo;s unusual, but it serves the handy secondary purpose of sitting in your hand quite nicely. It doesn&rsquo;t wobble on a table, but Sony has included a tiny wedge of plastic in case you&rsquo;re that worried about perfect flatness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_2.jpg?1393380642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Standard features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the ZX1 has been outstanding in its sound and design, its features are fairly normal. It runs on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android" target="_blank">Android</a> 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is safe but not particularly exciting these days. The 4in screen makes it easy to navigate the device. There are good colours, but the picture isn&rsquo;t sharp enough for proper movie watching or gaming.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also NFC at the back for easy Bluetooth pairing, as well as a tiny speaker masquerading as a Walkman logo. We&rsquo;re quite not sure why you&rsquo;d spend so much on a high-end audio device and then play music that way.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the matter of storage. You get 128GB on board, and that&rsquo;s it. There are no models with different capacities, and no slot for external memory. It&rsquo;s a pretty good offering for the money (the biggest iPod Touch has 64GB and costs RM1399), but not including a memory card slot feels a bit silly, especially when you consider that hi-res music files are often absolutely massive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" alt="Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony_NWZ-ZX1_Walkman_3_0.jpg?1393380642" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We love it. We love the design and we love the sound. And its features are pretty decent, too.</p> <p>The problem is how niche it is. No-one&rsquo;s buying dedicated MP3 players anymore because everyone&rsquo;s using their smartphone as their portable music player, and you&rsquo;re going to have to be seriously dedicated to the hi-res music cause to feel that it&rsquo;s not only worth carrying around an extra portable and going the extra mile to find and download high-res music, but also worth spending an extra amount of cash on the privilege.</p> <p>If you are that seriously dedicated, we applaud you, and we know you&rsquo;ll love the way this pioneering Sony sounds. One day the rest of the world will catch up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best-sounding portable device we&rsquo;ve heard, but it&#39;s only really for the most dedicated hi-res audio pioneers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review#comments Geek accessories Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio NWZ-ZX1 Walkman Sony Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:22:34 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432905 at http://www.stuff.tv