sound

Don't Let Sony Charge You Five Times More For A 'Premium Sound' Memory Card

Sony’s got a new deal for audiophiles, and it’s so scammy it’s almost impressive. The electronics company that apparently doesn’t want to be an electronics company anymore is now peddling a Micro SD card “for Premium Sounds”. A 64GB card will cost $US160 which is more than five times what you’d pay for a normal Sony Micro SD card.


How A 'Photoshop For Sound' Could Transform Restaurants And Music Halls

Restaurants have to strike a fine balance between eerily quiet and shouting-across-the-table loud. At Oakland’s Oliveto, the high-tech solution is a set of mics, speakers and sound-absorbing panels that constantly record, modify and pipe back the ideal background noise — essentially real-time Photoshop for sound.


The 10 Best Movies With The Best Sound

It’s not often I walk away from a movie and talk about how great the sound design was. But that’s because I’m easily wowed and blinded by impressive visuals and crafty storytelling and great acting and so forth. But after watching this CineFix top 10 list of movies with great sound, I think I should pay more attention with my ears.


The Best Bluetooth Speaker For Every Portable Need

Your average cheap portable Bluetooth speaker is garbage — the crap to quality ratio in the category is absurd. But I’ve spent the last few months combing through loads of speakers under $US200 and found four that are actually good.


How Many Of These Old Cassette Tape Designs Do You Remember?

It’s hard to remember a time where our musical picks weren’t contained in a Spotify playlist. But just a few years ago, we were still preserving our audio masterpieces on cassette tapes. Tapedeck.org is a project of a German graffiti artist named Neck, who has been collecting images of these analogue gems from another era.


Inside The Creation Of Interstellar's Incredible Sound Effects

Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar is one of the most visually striking films in recent memory. It’s easy to forget that behind the imagery is the meticulous sound production that ties it all together.


A Man Going Deaf Can 'Hear' Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, science writer Frank Swain decided to find a way to listen in on something humans can’t hear: the hum of Wi-Fi all around us.


This Is What Wikipedia Sounds Like

While you may expect it to sound more akin to a room full of people who all think they’re right trying to shout louder than each other, it turns out Wikipedia actually sounds rather beautiful.


Listen To The Historic Sounds Of Space Travel On NASA's SoundCloud

In space, perhaps nobody can hear your scream — but that doesn’t mean that stellar travel is a silent pursuit. Now, NASA has started compiling mountains of historic space-related audio clips for us all to listen to. And there are some belters.


This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Sound

We’ve all but figured out how to make robots and machines tiny enough to operate inside the human body. The tricky part is figuring out a way to power them that’s safe for the host. In lieu of bulky batteries or inconvenient wires, researchers at Stanford University have developed an implantable wireless chip that can be powered by the same ultrasound waves used to safely image a foetus in the womb.