Michael Berk

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Michael Berk Posted: Apr 23, 2012 0 comments

The dirty little secret of the iOS aftermarket accessory world (at least where audiophiles are concerned) is that Apple's various bricks and slabs actually sound fairly good out of the box. Output impedance of the headphone jack is comfortably low (around 5 ohm for iPods and iPads most cases, below 1 ohm for the iPhone 4/4s), the onboard DAC isn't a slouch - totally adequate for on-the-go, and for everyday desktop listening, you could do a lot worse.

But that might not be enough for you.

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Michael Berk Posted: Apr 07, 2011 0 comments

Chris Feickert (the Dr. Feickert behind turntable and turntable alignment tool) designer Dr. Feickert Analogue) has been working on Adjust+-an interesting hardware/software test suite for turntable adjustment-for a couple of years now.

Michael Berk Posted: Aug 31, 2011 0 comments

In a sign of the times for the changing music industry (and an interesting twist in the lengthy tale of the most popular band - 40 million albums sold worldwide and 11 Stateside top tens - to only make it into Rolling Stone magazine once), Canadian prog superheroes Rush have signed with U.S. metal indie Roadrunner (they'll be staying with Anthem/Universal in Canada only).

Michael Berk Posted: Jun 28, 2012 0 comments

Another week, another exciting new line of Bluetooth portable products. This time around, the name behind the speaker is Braven (the company formerly known as Spar), who recently announced three new full-featured models in the Six series. We of course couldn't resist calling in the company's flagship, the $189.99 Braven 650, for a look.

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Michael Berk Posted: Apr 25, 2011 0 comments

Nintendo has confirmed-with a concise press release in the always-refreshing company style-that the rumored Wii 2 (well...a successor to the Wii, of Continue Reading >

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Michael Berk Posted: Oct 04, 2011 0 comments

NBA2K12, the latest entry in 2K Sports' long-running basketball franchise, hits store shelves today, and it's as slick and smooth-playing as befits a 21st-century sports juggernaut - and with the upcoming NBA season in some doubt, it's a good thing it mimics the real thing so closely. Maybe you won't be getting any NBA Today updates (and real-world rookies won't be appearing until the sport resolves its labor trouble), but the latest NBA2K looks back to the sport's golden years to give you a whole lot more.

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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 29, 2012 0 comments

Logitech's 2008 acquisition of IEM leader Ultimate Ears was an interesting move given the ultra-high end and music professional orientation of the brand, and even more interesting is the fact that while the new Logitech UE lineup does include an IEM offering, the majority of the rebranded line lives outside the ear - and well outside it, in some cases.

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Michael Berk Posted: May 19, 2011 0 comments

We'd mentioned last month Samsung's plan to distribute two pairs of 3D glasses free with each 3D TV sold after April 24; turns out there were some glitches in the process of getting consumers their glasses, so if you feel you missed out, go ahead and Continue Reading >

Michael Berk Posted: Dec 08, 2011 0 comments

Does the iPad have a role to play for audiophiles, or for the new breed of iDevice-inspired audio enthusiasts? It's hard to beat the touchscreen interface for music listening - it provides a tactile browsing experience that hands-down beats the UIs on most high-zoot audiophile servers. On the desktop there are plenty of audiophile file players that load audio into RAM for supposedly improved fidelity - but the iPad offers all-solid-state audio storage to begin with, freeing your bits from jitter-inducing hard-drive-access. But is iOS - and the circuitry within - up to snuff?

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Michael Berk Posted: Oct 02, 2012 0 comments

If you've been keeping up with our headphone coverage, you know that the S+V team can come down a little hard on celebrity-branded models - too often, the name attached means nothing more than price-inflating licensing fees paid for showing up at a few press appearances.

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