Sony's got a new deal for audiophiles, and it's so scammy it's almost impressive. The electronics company that apparently doesn't want to be an electronics company anymore is now peddling a Micro SD card "for Premium Sounds." A 64GB card will cost $160 which is more than five times what you'd pay for a normal Sony…
Look, I understand audiophiles are willing to try anything to get to audio nirvana, but spending $650 on a glorified chopping board shouldn't be on the list. You'd have better luck replacing your cables with coathangers, srsly.
Audiophiles who don't bat an eyelash at spending $7,500 on a McIntosh sound system inevitably purchased this wall clock before it even came out, but for we ear-challenged individuals, a few details regarding a $2,000 clock:
It does make me wonder, how do Audiophiles deal with the puny sound of a cell phone? The complex notes and tones in our voices just don't pop anymore! [xkcd]
Twitter and Facebook updates? Everywhere I go I hear their chimes and beeps all the live long day. Annoying, but not nearly annoying enough. Enter a technique called AudioFeeds, which will deliver them with something called "3D sonification." Sounds peachy.
A concept from designer Frederik Podzuweit could deliver music to the deaf using synesthesia, aka perceiving one of the five senses, like hearing, via a different sense, like touch. Or, as the Beach Boys might call it, Good Vibrations.
Once we run out of fossil fuels and our society devolves into a violent, resource-hoarding dystopia, the audiophiles of the world are going to have to get creative with their set-ups. This looks about right.
Dr. Dre and the Boston Red Sox have combined forces to produce a branded Red Sox version of those notoriously expensive Beats headphones, just in time for Opening Day. The result of this union, predictably, is also expensive.
"Larry, your new speakers look great, really they do. But...something's off. I can't put my finger on it, but they just sound, I dunno, kind of wooden. You know?"
Just because I could never afford this high-end 800 Series Diamond speaker from Bowers & Wilkins doesn't mean I can't enjoy looking at it, and giggling at the phrase "diamond dome tweeter."
If you think all high-end products are stupid expensive or mammoth monstrosities, the MiniWatt vacuum tube integrated amplifier should change your mind.
Every year product life cycles in the consumer marketplace grow ever shorter. On the audio side, the latest and greatest receivers become yesterday's news faster than you can say "HDMI 1.4."
True audiophiles are a rare, mysterious phenomenon. They scoff at what you and I consider top-of-the-line audio equipment, and wouldn't dream of touching an iPod. What do you buy for these strange creatures?
There is just something about chairs. Just look around the office—they are not just places to sit anymore. Chairs have become super-engineered status symbols. Now audiophiles can have their own high-tech throne.
Step right up and marvel at the latest innovation in audio technology. The LessLoss Blackbody...box...thingy claims to improve stereo sound simply by being placed next to your gear. How does it work? I haven't the slightest idea.
The Wattgate "Audio Grade" wall socket costs a mere $147, but the crisp, unmatchable sounds it will create in your home are positively priceless.
Blu-ray! A format destined for hobbyists and physical-media fetishists, one that will never enjoy widespread adoption. And this idiotic $135,000 BD player certainly won't change that.
Audiophiles everywhere have been raving about Dr. Dre and Monster's Studio Beats headphones—but not so much about the the $300 price tag. Beats Solo headphones provide a similar listening experience in a smaller package priced at $220.
Aw, grandpa! Could you please take my $85,000 speaker out of your ear? For the last time my Aesthesis speakers are not your old timer's hearing aid horn!