You don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to build a system that'll make your music -- whether it's on PC, whether it's on your phone, whether it's on a record collection -- sound amazing. We got hold of a simple, three-piece stereo audio kit with two bookshelf speakers, an amp and a turntable that will handle just about anything you throw at it, and all at a price that didn't break the bank.
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To an audiophile, there's no such thing as 'too expensive' if it means an upgrade to their setup could improve their listening experience. And in Japan, some acoustic connoisseurs are now installing their own utility poles, with custom transformers, to ensure all of their audio gear is getting the purest power possible.
The best headphones transform the music. They reveal notes lost and whispers hidden and the rub of a finger down the string of a guitar. They expand the music and transport you. Whenever you move up a price point, the sound should move too. And that's exactly what happened with the Fender FXA7 in-ear monitors (IEMs).
You probably know by now that the LG G5 is a modular phone. The bottom of the device is removable and can be swapped with different accessories that multiply the phone possibilities. A couple of them caught our attention: a little module that will amaze audiophiles, and a bulky module that adds physical camera buttons.
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.
As a 50 year old high-end Japanese brand synonymous with high-end AV gear, it’s great to see Rotel take its highly regarded components to new heights -- and commit to pricing and connectivity perfect for audio buffs on a budget. Real home sound goes beyond the dock and speaker. It begins with the right components. Here’s what you need to know.
Audiophiles are always on the hunt for the most over-the-top setup to impress and make other audiophiles jealous. There's now a nuclear option in the audiophile arms race with this DAC featuring a built-in rubidium-powered atomic clock promising incredibly accurate and stable digital to analogue conversions, and vice versa.
Look, I understand audiophiles are willing to try anything to get to audio nirvana, but spending $US650 on a glorified chopping board shouldn't be on the list. You'd have better luck replacing your cables with coathangers, srsly.
Audiophiles who don't bat an eyelash at spending $US7,500 on a McIntosh sound system inevitably purchased this wall clock before it even came out, but for we ear-challenged individuals, a few details regarding a $US2,000 clock.
Like expensive video cables, premium audio wiring is one of consumer electronics' great placebos. Do you want to be a sucker? Of course not. CNET's Steve Guttenberg provides some illuminating advice on buying and setting up cables on the cheap.
Audiophile. That'd be a nice distinction to have. But what makes an audiophile, really? An obsession with high fidelity audio, for one thing. But also the ownership of incredible sounding, incredibly expensive gear, like these $US1700 Ultrasone Edition 8 headphones.
The Hifiman HM-801 looks like an old portable cassette player, but apparently it might just beat out most music players in sound quality. At least that's what CNET though when they had a listen. They even found it worth $US790.