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John Grandberg  |  Jun 11, 2012  |  7 comments

Occupying the middle spot in the aimotiv lineup from Emotiva's Pro division, the airmotiv 5 is one of the larger speakers you'll see featured on this site. While it may strain the limits of what could be considered "desktop friendly", it also aims to push the envelope in terms of price to performance ratio.

Let's see how well it does.

John Grandberg  |  May 14, 2012  |  3 comments

Audyssey, best known for their room correction solutions, enters the personal audio market with a pair of powered speakers. Dubbed "Lower East Side", or LES for short, these compact monitors aim to deliver big sound by fusing quality hardware with proprietary Audyssey processing. Do they succeed? Read on to find out.

John Grandberg  |  Apr 27, 2012  |  17 comments

With Apple selling millions of the new iPad in a very short period of time, it seems appropriate to once again discuss the best ways to use the device. I covered a lot of points in my prior article but there are always new apps launching and new things to try. I'll also touch on a few basics for those who may be new to the iOS world. Some of these uses might seem obvious---others may surprise you. Read on to find out what I mean.

John Grandberg  |  Mar 12, 2012  |  8 comments

The company tagline is: "Engineered Sound Meets Beautiful Design". One glance at the picture above and you might agree on their second point. The question then becomes: is their beauty merely skin deep?

John Grandberg  |  Feb 24, 2012  |  15 comments

The iPod Touch has stood unopposed in the marketplace through 4 generations, without any direct competitors boasting similar feature sets. That's finally starting to change with several new Android-based devices being released from Philips, Samsung, Sony, and others.

I spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 to see if it makes the grade for discerning listeners.

John Grandberg  |  Dec 22, 2011  |  29 comments

The Apple iPad is a versatile device. It's a game-playing, movie-watching, internet-browsing, email-sending, video-chatting, picture-taking, overall fun time-waster. And it can even help you get some work done too. But is there any way to use it as part of a serious audio system?

Let's have a listen!

John Grandberg  |  Nov 15, 2011  |  35 comments

A library of over 10 million tracks. New albums added daily. High quality audio. Access through your home computer, smartphone, or streaming audio device. Sound interesting? There are several music services out there claiming to provide just that, for a small monthly fee of course.

But from an audiophile's perspective, do any of them actually live up to their promises?

John Grandberg  |  Sep 28, 2011  |  14 comments

If you’ve been around the forums reading about portable audio players, it’s likely that you’ve come across the term “Rockbox”. You probably wondered what it was. Maybe you even looked into the matter further but stopped pursuing it when it got complicated. In this article I intend to arm you with enough info to help you understand what Rockbox is, what it does, and ultimately if it is something worth trying.

Interested in hot-rodding your portable audio player? Read on.

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