Brent Butterworth

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Brent Butterworth  |  Jul 11, 2011  |  0 comments

If you’re carrying a smartphone, you’re carrying one potent little entertainment system. It has two weaknesses, though: the tiny screen and the fact that most people tether themselves to the device with a set of headphones.

Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 31, 2013  |  0 comments

When it released its Digital Drive subwoofers back in the mid-2000s, Velodyne got the jump on all of its competitors. The Digital Drive circuitry and software let you tweak a sub’s sound — manually or automatically — to perfection, and also provided several preset EQ modes to suit different types
of material.

Brent Butterworth  |  Nov 16, 2011  |  0 comments

They say that when everyone’s hip to a trend, it’s no longer hip.

Brent Butterworth  |  Oct 18, 2011  |  0 comments

While the image quality of video streaming services has been improving, audio has lagged behind. But it looks like it’s catching up.

Brent Butterworth  |  Jan 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Here's something I'm almost 100% positive you've never seen before: a tweeter horn made from glass. Waterfall Audio has been pushing its glass-walled speakers for years; here's a system I reviewed for Sound & Vision a couple of years ago. But the new Victoria Evo takes the concept to a new level.

Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 26, 2013  |  0 comments

Westone, best-known for custom-molded in-ear monitors worn by touring musicians, is revamping its consumer products line -- starting with the new W-Series in-ear headphones announced today at the CEDIA Expo. All of the designs feature balanced armature drivers, and will list for prices ranging from $199 to $499.

Brent Butterworth  |  Jul 26, 2011  |  0 comments

The review I just wrote of the Sonos Play:3 streaming music system, and another I recently finished of several small Bluetooth speaker systems (you’ll see the full results soon in the print edition of Sound+Vision) reminded me of just how important listening is in audio produ

Brent Butterworth  |  Nov 23, 2011  |  0 comments

A few weeks ago I found myself mentioned in a rant by CNET's Steve Guttenberg. Steve thinks it's dumb for anyone but a product designer to measure the performance of audio gear. He mentioned me because I take the opposing view.

Brent Butterworth  |  May 11, 2011  |  0 comments

Technologies that distribute audio and video around a home are incredibly cool-if you can afford them, if you can tolerate complicated installation, and if you can figure out how to use them once they're in. I've long assumed a big consumer electronics company like Samsung or Sony would invent a more practical multiroom A/V solution, but it seems the technology that finally gets us past the old paradigms may be Apple's AirPlay.

Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 04, 2008  |  0 comments

Ever notice how many custom installers are losing their hair? That's because they pulled it all out in frustration over HDMI.