Tag: Sound

  • System Audio's WiSA enabled Silverback 1 offers convenient, high-end speaker sound

    Danish audio brand System Audio has launched the Silverback 1, a WiSA compatible wireless speaker that can support Hi-Res Audio. The hi-fi world is fast embracing wireless convenience without scrimping on high quality sound. System Audio’s Silverback 1 system is conceived for those after a “large and detailed soundstage” without being encumbered by physical in-room…

  • Sound & Vision: Sony's PS5 Slim shows there's still life in physical media

    OPINION: Unlike my esteemed colleague and his opinion about the new PS5 Slim, I’m not at all certain that this new design heralds the end of game discs. In fact, if anything, it seems to suggest that there is plenty of life left in the old shiny disc. The fact that there are two options,…

  • Sound & Vision: Are Bose's new headphones a smart move or just playing catch-up?

    OPINION: Bose’s latest range of headphones have been rumoured and leaked over the last several months, but now they’re a reality with a new series of QuietComfort headphones. The launch does feel somewhat odd, though. I’ve been expecting a follow-up to the Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 (NCH700 for short) since they went on sale in 2019…

  • Sound & Vision: The most important headphone feature is not what you think

    OPINION: Another week, another launch; this time it was Philips’ bi-annual look at products on their way in the next few months, with the focus being on its OLED+908 and its new Fidelio L4 and T2 headphones. I got up close (if not necessarily personal) with each product, and the headphones were a particular area…

  • How to mute the PS5 start up sound

    Perturbed by the loud start up beep that happens every time you switch on your PlayStation 5? Well, Sony clearly gets it and has added the ability to turn it off via a recent update. Here’s how. Whether you are sneakily trying to get some playtime in on your PS5 without disturbing your partner or…

  • Astell Kern UW100MkII earbuds look to set a new standard in true wireless sound

    Astell & Kern has announced its UW100MkII true wireless, which it claims goes a step further in setting a new standard in true wireless sound. It follows on from the original UW100 (which are no longer on sale), in trying to offer a “natural sound that is close as possible to the original” signal. That…

  • Sound & Vision: I think we've hit the apex of true wireless performance

    OPINION: As you’ve probably gleaned by now, the Sony WF-1000XM5 true wireless earbuds are out, and on the whole, they’ve gleaned positive notices from reviewers. In my review I gave the WF-1000XM5 five stars – though I did point out that these new earphones were more evolution than revolution. It is fascinating to see how…

  • Best Wireless Earbuds: Amazing true wireless sound

    Pros Balanced, natural, confident sound All-business specification Comfortable despite hefty dimensions Cons Expensive and then some Not the punchiest listen Wireless connectivity is rather inelegant The Audeze Euclid is our pick for the best hybrid true wireless earbuds, which is to say that you can use them in both wired and wireless form – though…

  • Sound & Vision: OLED TV's new nemesis is Mini LED

    OPINION: The last few years have seen OLED TVs grow in stature (quite literally to bigger sizes), but 2024 will see them face tough competition. 2024 could mark a change in philosophy from TV brands. We already know that Sony is delving deeper into Mini-LED, 2023 saw Panasonic launch its first Mini-LED TV, while the…

  • Sound & Vision: TV's biggest issue is reflective screens

    OPINION: One concern that has dominated the conversation more than anything else about TVs is brightness. And I’ll admit, I’ve contributed many words to the discussion, whether it’s “this cheap TV lacks brightness” to “this premium TV is incredibly bright”, or “this OLED could be brighter”. It’s always at the centre of the conversation. Well,…