Brent Butterworth

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Brent Butterworth  |  Jul 15, 2013  |  0 comments

When we put together comparison tests, we often give manufacturers the parameters (i.e., outdoor speakers at $400/pair) and let them figure out what they want to send. For some reason, Niles chose to send the OS5.5, a speaker that costs just $259/pair.

Brent Butterworth  |  Apr 15, 2013  |  0 comments

The second annual New York Audio Show wrapped up last night, ending a three-day event at the New York Palace Hotel where audiophiles got a chance to hear some of the most exotic and elaborate audio gear available today-and got to sample some affordable gear, too, right down to what might be the best <$300 headphone I've heard to date.

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.

Brent Butterworth  |  Oct 26, 2011  |  0 comments

Just three years after the iPod ruled the audio industry, manufacturers are starting to look on it as a quaint “legacy device,” one they have to accommodate for customers who just aren’t with it. The iPod’s being replaced as our primary music source by all sorts of wireless stuff, like smartphones, Bluetooth-equipped computers, and routers connected to network-attached storage (NAS) drives.

Brent Butterworth  |  Jun 25, 2012  |  0 comments

When PSB’s Paul Barton recently called me to chat about headphone measurement, it soon became apparent that he’d read every scientific paper ever written about headphones. The first headphone to which Barton brings his ultra-scientific approach is the M4U 2, a noise-canceling model poised to go up against the likes of the Bose QC15.

Brent Butterworth  |  Jun 11, 2013  |  0 comments

Thanks to the runaway success of the Jawbone Jambox, it seems most of the new Bluetooth speakers coming out are cute little things that can barely muster enough volume to hear in the next room.

Brent Butterworth  |  May 12, 2009  |  0 comments

Whether it's a sofa, a spouse, or a new surround-sound technology, you never really know what it's like until you bring it home and spend some time with it.

Brent Butterworth  |  Dec 22, 2011  |  0 comments

It’s been a dream of audio engineers and enthusiasts for decades: Create a compact speaker system that performs like a big one.

Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 23, 2012  |  1 comments

When I’m looking for speakers to review, I gravitate toward two types: ones that have the potential to sound great, and ones with weird designs. The former offer the potential for hours of joyous listening. The latter offer the potential for either a previously unimagined sonic nirvana or an audio train wreck, both of which are fun to write about.

Definitive Technology’s $899-per-pair StudioMonitor SM65 fits both descriptions.

Brent Butterworth  |  May 31, 2008  |  0 comments

 

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