John Grandberg

John Grandberg  |  Sep 21, 2012  |  15 comments

Meizu, former maker of DAPs (Digital Audio Players---back when that was a word people used for non-iProducts), attempts to reinvent themselves as a contender in the smartphone world. Their latest is called the MX 4-core, and it aims to beat Samsung's new Galaxy S III at its own game. With competitive specs, unique features, and a few surprises up their sleeves, Meizu just may pull it off...

...at least as far as audiophiles are concerned.

John Grandberg  |  Aug 27, 2012  |  14 comments

Focusrite, a pro-audio firm, calls this a "high-quality headphone interface with a difference"--the difference being their Virtual Reference Monitoring feature. They say it "emulates the experience of mixing in real rooms, with real speakers, using headphones." That's a big claim for a small device.

Let's see if it actually delivers.

John Grandberg  |  Aug 06, 2012  |  13 comments

The Cube from NuForce: a diminutive metallic device measuring less than 2.5 inches in each dimension, packed full of features including a speaker, a DAC, and a headphone amplifier.

There's no way this thing actually sounds decent ... is there?

John Grandberg  |  Jul 19, 2012  |  31 comments

Leckerton Audio offers a revised version of an old favorite. It's a portable amp with a built in DAC - featuring USB, coaxial, and toslink inputs. Plus it's fairly compact. And it's reasonably priced.

What's not to like?

John Grandberg  |  Jul 09, 2012  |  41 comments

Germany's Lake People refreshes their entire lineup of G-series headphone amps, with a focus shifted towards home users rather than just studios. I check out the lowest and the highest cost models in the series to see how they compare.

Wait, back up a second - Lake People who?

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  |  16 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.

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