I've been waiting for this for a very long time, and at last it is here: The entire Beatles catalog digitally remastered, including all the original mono albums. I. Am. Happy.
Reposted in MJ's Memory: At first I thought my first was a cassette single of Bel Biv Devoe's Poison I bought from the Bergen Mall, but then I realized I had a record of Michael Jackson's Thriller at 5.
Last week you experienced Gizmodo's Listening Test, a week long tribute to technology in music. Here are the highlights:
We take audio very, very seriously, and so in the spirit of Listening Test, we present this video of a kitten on a turntable. [YouTube]
Did our Listening Test week light up the fire inside to dust off some old records and whip a turntable back into shape to start enjoying them again? It's really easy, and cheap. Here's how.
Technology always helped bring the listener closer to the music. Progressing from wax tubes, to records, to cassettes, to CDs, each jump has benefited the music fan. But maybe it's gone a bit too far.
The Pirate Bay dudes were found guilty today. I didn't follow the case too closely, nor am I a BitTorrent fiend. But if they're guilty, I guess so am I.
I stared at the cover a lot. And I gawked at the inside album art even longer, wondering what the hell they were all wearing, vaguely aware that they were badass and I was not.
Personally, I can't concentrate with a lot of ambient noise—but many people prefer to have some music playing in the background while they work. Which category do you fall into?
When it's my time to go, I'm going to plug in these Kenwood SP0001 glass speakers into a badass receiver. Then I'm going to crank the volume and disintegrate in the resulting shrapnel.
As part of our week long tribute to music tech, it's fitting that we honor artists that challenge our definition of musical instruments. Here are ten examples that shatter our perceptions (and eardrums).
Humans have been writing music for at least as long as we've been recording history. It was storing it that took a little more time. Here are all the ways we've done it to date:
Man, my home theater setup really sucks. At least compared to most of these that you guys submitted, which are almost universally amazing.
As promised, here are more details on the unscientific audiophile gear comparisons I did in Michael Fremer's audiocave. They range from the mildly crazy to the borderline batshit—and they were all fun as hell.
Say what you will about Bose, but more than once, we've found their low-end docking products to be alright. And besides, this concept is perfect for a company focused on ease of use.
Beatles' record producer and arranger George Martin—the Fifth Beatle—once said: "You've never really heard Sgt Pepper until you've heard it in mono." As it turned out after hours of listening tests, it's completely true.
Proving that more expensive is not always better, a $25 "value" stereo system has obliterated $1,000 equipment from Sony and JVC in a British customer choice award as voted on by 500,000 people.