The Fluance AB40 High-Performance Soundbase comes in as advertised. It is a well thought out and extremely uncomplicated piece of hardware for those who want stereo sound without multiple boxes and a mess of wires. It features 90 Watts in Class D, 6 Drivers, Bluetooth streaming and it sounds great to boot!
The Mass Fidelity Core is an attempt to bring holographic, stereo sound from a single, small speaker that connects to Bluetooth sources. Mass Fidelity utilizes advanced acoustic technology to produce outstanding sound, and smart design to deliver a whole house audio solution.
The HD6’s are the newest powered speakers from Audioengine. They include a high quality internal DAC as well as a Bluetooth receiver with aptX. These beauties have real wood finished, Class A/B amplification and will surprise you with their bass response, staging and dynamics.
Sonica marks OPPO’s first venture into wireless audio speakers. With so many wonderful products produced by OPPO in the past, the Sonica carries great expectations. Today I’ll shed some light on whether Sonica is a worthy player in the high-end...
Yamaha’s newest wireless speaker, the WX-030, boasts MusicCast whole-house wireless connectivity, streaming via Ethernet, and convenient pairing with your smartphone via Bluetooth. The speaker offers high sound quality usually unavailable with wireless speakers.
It’s difficult to avoid clichés when reviewing excellent speakers, in this case excellent tiny speakers. The self-powered Emotiva Airmotiv 3b’s are smaller than any speakers I own or have owned, but these super-convenient Emotivas definitely hit above their weight.
The RBH EP-SB is a well-designed wireless earbud featuring both excellent fit and top notch sound quality. The battery life is solid and more than enough for a day of casual listening or long workouts. The internal amp provides plenty of volume, helped in part to the excellent seal provided by the included Comply foam tips.
The Audioengine B1 is an easy to use add-on accessory that promises quality audio playback via Bluetooth technology for under $200. It uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology with the aptX Codec. This extends the B1's range and gives you the best possible audio reproduction.
The Paradigm Millenia CT 2 system is a set of speakers voice matched to deliver a complete music or home theatre experience without an A/V receiver or any additional amplification. The system utilizes Bluetooth technology to access music on mobile devices.
Since headphones have become so popular, it seems only natural that dedicated headphone amplifiers would follow. Many have come to market, and the OPPO HA-1 headphone amplifier has just been introduced. It has numerous digital and analog inputs, and the output stage operates in Pure Class A. It also can handle digital audio in the new ultra-high resolution formats, e.g., 24/352.8 PCM and DSD128. A dynamite product from a dynamite company, the HA-1 is a champion in the ring!
I hate to sound like a grumpy old man, but I'm a little worn out with all of today's wacky collaborations between seemingly divergent recording artists. One need only check the YouTube footage of Paul McCartney singing "Yesterday" with Lincoln Park and Jay-Z to see how far south that idea can fly.