Brent Butterworth

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jun 25, 2012 0 comments

With so many companies slapping their brand on generic IEMS, what’s an easy way to tell who’s serious about sound? Look to the guys selling IEMs with balanced armatures. Most IEMs use dynamic drivers, tiny versions of the drivers in box speakers, but a balanced armature is more like a little motorized teeter-totter that drives a diaphragm.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Aug 12, 2012 0 comments

Gadget freaks can drive themselves crazy waiting for the perfect product. Whether it's a smartphone, an A/V receiver, or a laptop, it seems there's always at least one missing feature that you really, really need.

Brent Butterworth Posted: Nov 20, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$4,000 (as tested) / PSBSPEAKERS.COM / 905-831-6555
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Brent Butterworth Posted: Dec 09, 2011 0 comments

When we heard about the Sync by 50 headphones from SMS Audio, our hearts soared. We hoped that company founder and hip-hop star 50 Cent — or Fiddy, or Fif, or Cent, or Curtis, or whatever the hip-hop cognoscenti are calling him this week — would tap his fabled entrepreneurial skills and no-nonsense business attitude to create the world’s first hip-hop headphones that don’t at least kinda suck.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jul 29, 2012 0 comments

Even if you’re not an audiophile, you’ve seen the huge headphones many audiophiles wear. Most are open-back models, which allow the sound from the back of the speaker driver inside to escape, and which thus avoid the “boxy” sound that driver enclosures can create.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jan 18, 2013 0 comments

We're pretty much concluded S+V's extensive coverage of CES 2013, so we thought it'd be nice to collect all the articles we wrote in one place for easy browsing.

Brent Butterworth Posted: Oct 29, 2009 0 comments
Key Features
(as tested) $30,295 PROJECTIONDESIGN.COM
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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jan 11, 2012 0 comments

I had no idea when I wrote my CES Audio Preview how right I’d be. I predicted that Bluetooth and AirPlay wireless technologies would be making their way into tons of new audio gear, and sure enough, at CES both were as common as bad food. Bluetooth and AirPlay make extra-good sense in compact audio systems, which you’re likely to use with smartphones and computers.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Sep 12, 2012 0 comments

Apple announced today that it’s switching from the 30-pin connector on the bottom of iPods, iPhones, and iPads to something more compact. You can hardly blame Apple’s designers, since that connector is more than a decade old. But the move will essentially obsolete millions of iPod/iPhone docks already in consumers’ homes.

Brent Butterworth Posted: Jun 10, 2010 0 comments

All audio experts agree that two subwoofers are better than one. With the fervor of a Star Wars nut explaining the Force, they'll tell you how using two subs makes bass response smoother for multiple listeners. But don't worry; it's easy to get the experts to clam up -- just ask them for an easy way to fine-tune the performance of two subs.

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