$2,000 Phantom speakers will soon haunt Apple Store shelves

Devialet’s Phantom speaker is a ultra deluxe bit of audio gear, and Apple’s about to favor it with some serious retail real estate as the Cupertino-based company places the company from France’s product front and center in select Apple Stores. If you head to one of them, you’ll see the Phantom starting Wednesday, December 9. […]

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How to reduce loud sounds on your new Apple TV

If a movie or TV show is too loud, you can always turn down the volume, but depending upon the way the sound was balanced, that can have the effect of making the dialogue impossible to hear. But the new Apple TV has a neat way around that problem. Here’s how to reduce loud sounds […]

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Wearable recorder keeps your mic close at hand

There are people who walk this earth with a recorder and mic much the way a photographer does with a camera. Like the eye, the ear picks up rich and textured details, from the husky-voiced uncle spinning a yarn at Thanksgiving to swirly gusts of wind rousting the last leaves of fall clinging to their […]

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Sonos Debuts ‘Trueplay’ Update for No-Hassle High Quality Speaker Tuning

Sonos today announced an update to its Sonos Controller app that will bring a new feature called „Trueplay“ to its customers worldwide. The update allows users to fine tune their Sonos speakers, even if the devices are placed in poorly pitched areas of the room, so that the devices sound as good as they would in a higher audio quality setting.

Trueplay uses the microphone in your iPhone or iPad and a quick setup process to ensure your Sonos speakers always sound their best, whether you’ve placed one on the most perfect pedestal or hid one inside your kitchen cabinet above the coffee grinder. Now you can violate one of those audiophile rules and put your speakers where you actually want them: behind, above, under or inside and still get awesome sound.

The company promises that the new Trueplay feature will make any compatible Sonos speaker (including PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and PLAY:5) sound great whether they’re „on the most perfect pedestal“ or even behind a muffled door. Once the update to the Sonos Controller app is downloaded, a prompt for Trueplay guides the user through a 30-second tutorial that walks them around a specified room and sends the data back to the Sonos speaker for better quality sound.

Sonos ensured the calibration process would be user-friendly by layering in the possibility for external sounds to muffle the tuning – a dog barking, or subtle wind noises picked up by the iPhone speakers – and making sure the speaker didn’t account for the sounds in the final stages of calibration. The company aims for Trueplay to keep all of its speakers on the cutting edge with constant updates to audio performance, „whether you’ve had your Sonos speaker for three months or three years.“

The Sonos Controller app is available to download for free from the App Store [Direct Link].

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Tiny preamp will solve your biggest audio problems

Lust List: Beachtek DXA-SLR Ultra preamplifier Hssssssssss. Hssssssssss. I told one of my favorite photographers, Mike Kepka, that I was trying to shoot a little video, but that my audio sounded horrid. He happens to be pretty decent videographer. And a little bit of a gearhead (at least in comparison to me). “Get a Beachtek,” […]

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Microsoft updates Groove Music app on Windows 10 Mobile with gapless audio playback

The latest update to Groove Music on Windows 10 Mobile brings a new feature that users have been requesting for quite some time: the ability to enjoy audio playback without gaps between the songs. Read more…

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Android is now on 1.4 billion active devices, 20 million Chromecasts sold

Google said today that Android is now in active use on over 1.4 billion devices – an increase of 400 million in just fifteen months – and more than 20 million Chromecasts have been sold so far too. Read more…

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