Brent Butterworth

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Brent Butterworth  |  Apr 19, 2013  |  1 comments
Speakers are like karate. Subwoofers are like weightlifting. The quality of a speaker is determined by subtleties: well-chosen drivers, just-right crossover points and slopes, and a perfectly tuned, solidly constructed enclosure. The quality of a subwoofer is determined mostly by its muscle: the size of the enclosure, the displacement of its driver, and the power of its amplifier.
Brent Butterworth  |  Mar 12, 2013  |  0 comments
When testing headphones with multiple listeners—our standard practice at S+V—I've learned that perceptions of a headphone's tonal balance can differ among listeners. Of course, individual taste in sound varies, too.
Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 27, 2000  |  Published: Aug 28, 2000  |  0 comments
Jaded no more.

I've heard too many speakers. After 10 years of reviewing them, it's hard for me to remember what it was like to be surprised . . . astounded . . . amazed by a really good speaker. However, over the past couple of months, I've gotten a taste of what it was like when I first heard good speakers— when I first experienced broad soundstaging, precise imaging, and a neutral, natural tonal balance.

Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 12, 2011  |  0 comments

From an audio standpoint, the CEDIA Expo used to be little more than a showcase for in-wall speakers and other products built mainly for multiroom systems and custom home theaters. But with the decline in home sales over the last few years, the custom market isn't so hot anymore.

Brent Butterworth  |  Jun 23, 2009  |  0 comments
Brent Butterworth  |  Jun 26, 2013  |  0 comments

Pioneer just announced what I expect will become a true benchmark in the audio biz: a $399 soundbar designed and voiced by famed speaker engineer Andrew Jones. I heard a prototype of this soundbar way back on the last day of February, but had agreed not to discuss it until the official announcement.

Brent Butterworth  |  Jan 03, 2012  |  0 comments

The Consumer Electronics Show begins next Tuesday in Las Vegas. Starting Monday — press day — you’ll be barraged with news of the latest gadgets and gizmos. But what gadget bloggers and TV talking heads are likely to miss in their search for sexy baubles is all the stuff that’s going on in audio.

Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 28, 2012  |  0 comments

Even in a tech-packed place like the January Consumer Electronics Show, the Edifier Spinnaker stood out like a. . . well, like a pair of red rhinoceros horns at an electronics trade show. I noticed it from about 70 feet away and rushed right over to see it. These days, you see lots of crazy designs for audio systems, but the Spinnaker looked crazy-cool, not crazy-silly. I demanded a review sample right then and there.

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$9,574 (as tested) / MARTINLOGAN.COM
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$499 / ZVOXAUDIO.COM
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The Zvox Z-Base 500 is the best solution to date for simple home theater sound - one that everyone in the family can easily use and enjoy
Brent Butterworth  |  Mar 07, 2012  |  0 comments

In part 1 of this article, we discussed the Schroeder frequency - a frequency above which your listening room works primarily as a sound reflector and diffuser, and below which your room works primarily as a resonator.

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