Table-Top Player Reviews

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John Grandberg  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  5 comments
One glance at the rather obvious speaker array on the XPS 27 tells us there's something special going on here. You'd be forgiven for thinking Dell slapped a generic "soundbar" on the system and called it a day. Not so. The XPS 27 is in fact built from the ground up with audio in mind. I was actually surprised at how much effort went into this thing.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 11, 2015  |  8 comments

I've long believed that headphones and the new wave of personal audio devices are but a precursor to a category of products that will be virtually unrecognizable to audio traditionalists.

Welcome to the next century of personal media electronics. Alexa will be your guide.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 09, 2015  |  5 comments

I walked into a darkened room at T.H.E. Show Newport earlier this year. I heard music being played...but I didn't see the speakers right away; the room looked empty. And then I saw the little Riva Turbo alone on a small shelf.

What the heck! How is this thing filling the room?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 14, 2015  |  13 comments

A big, black box that makes darn good sound.

That about covers it, but click on through for the whole story.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 04, 2011  |  6 comments

We need to get this out of the way: the rCube is not an expensive boombox. It's a reasonable priced, high-quality, portable, wireless, audio sound source. If you're looking for a boombox, don't look at the rCube, it's way to expensive for that.

If, however, you understand the price and value of quality sound and are interested in a cool audio tool, read on.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 29, 2014  |  14 comments

With a wife acceptance factor through the roof, and the ability to fill a room with an extraordinary sense of spacious ease, Apple-centric audiophiles will very likely find the Fidelio SoundSpheres tremendously appealing.

John Grandberg  |  Sep 04, 2013  |  5 comments

The V5 wireless speaker from Wren Sound—it looks great, is full of features, and sounds pretty good too. But is it worth the $399 asking price? As is often the case in life, the answer is "it depends".

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 28, 2014  |  29 comments

Maybe I'm more of an objectivist than I think I am. I've got a some streaming speakers in the house to review, but I simply can't bring myself to do it without a basic frequency response measurement.

Here's what's cooking.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 01, 2014  |  12 comments

As a Bluetooth speaker alone the SR20 might be worth the price of entry, but with the shocking array of features ranging from surprisingly useful to borderline absurd, the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 is simply a steal.