Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 27, 2006  |  2 comments
While riding the F train this morning, I, for some reason, found myself face down on the Hawkins Street School asphalt. All over again, on this hot, summer, 5th grade afternoon: Jose Quiros pushed his weight down against my lower spine, clenched his angry hands around my 10-year old throat, and announced, clearly and confidently: "I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you..."
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 27, 2006  |  1 comments
The way I figure it, the least Popular Science can do is publish articles like this about jet-packs. If I recall correctly, it predicted we'd all have one in the Twenty-First Century.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 27, 2006  |  1 comments
My favorite: "I will not have Henry throwing tomatoes at a spinning fan blade whilst yelling at Montjoy."
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 27, 2006  |  2 comments
As a writer, I applaud the new essay section of the SAT, but Karin Klein got up close and personal with it by passing the test to score the essays. She discovered some interesting things about taking—and scoring—the SATs.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 27, 2006  |  0 comments
A site dedicated to the BBC's Old Radio Broadcasting Equipment an Memories. Lots of microphone porn—and lots of other audio-related goodness.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 27, 2006  |  3 comments
I grew up in the South and I cannot pronounce "pen" and "pin" so they are distinguishable. I showed Ms Ph.D. in Linguistics this article and said, "See, my dialect isn't weird after all."
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 26, 2006  |  0 comments
Speaking at the Music 2.0 conference in Los Angeles on February 23, Yahoo Music's general manager Dave Goldberg startled listeners with a statement probably never previously heard from the head of a for-pay digital music service: Lay off the DRM.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 26, 2006  |  0 comments
Signal savings: Signals SuperFi, LLC did something you don't see every day: It actually lowered its price for Stereovox Reference level SEI-600 interconnects. The SEI-600 is a line-level, single-ended, single-jacket "stereo" cable. Signals has dropped the price of a 1m pair from $999.99 to $749.99 (each extra 0.5m adds $250).
John Atkinson  |  Feb 25, 2006  |  First Published: Nov 25, 1990  |  0 comments
As much as I'm tempted by the impressive sweep and scale with which some of the large, full-range loudspeakers endow music, for some reason I find myself more at home with more compact examples of the breed. This is not through lack of familiarity with large speakers, a pair of B&W Matrix 801s occupying pride of place in our living room (which also serves as my wife's listening room). Yet I find myself hankering after that ultimate soundstage precision that only minimonitors seem capable of producing: the loudspeakers totally disappearing, vocal and instrumental images hanging in space, truly solid—the prefix "stereo-" is derived from the Greek word stereos, which means solid—so that a rectangular, totally transparent window into the concert hall opens at the rear of your room. In addition, the necessarily limited low-frequency extension offered by small speakers makes it much easier to get the optimum integration with the room acoustics below 100Hz.
Dick Olsher  |  Feb 25, 2006  |  First Published: Feb 25, 1990  |  0 comments
Even to a nontechnical observer, someone without a deep grasp of the germane technical issues, the Amazing Loudspeaker should indeed prove a source of amazement. First of all, there's no box. Don't mistake the back grille for an enclosure—if you pass your hand along the Amazing's behind, you'll realize that the grille is merely a cosmetic cover; you can actually stroke the woofer magnets if you're so inclined. Yet without an enclosure or electronic trickery, this speaker boasts excellent dynamic headroom and true flat bass extension almost to 20Hz. Just think of the woodworking costs inherent in trying to coax such low-end performance from a conventional box speaker. The savings in carpentry have been put toward one heavy-duty ribbon design. The Amazing begins to sound like an incredible bargain at its modest (by high-end standards) asking price. What's the catch? Fundamentally, the answer lies in superior engineering. And, as Bob Carver will readily admit, good engineering isn't inherently any more costly than bad engineering.