Michael Berk

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Michael Berk  |  Jan 18, 2012  |  0 comments

Arcam were showing an interesting little collection of solidly-built digital audio solutions in their suite at the Venetian.

Michael Berk  |  Oct 23, 2012  |  0 comments

In our roundup of $59 headphones, Urban Ears' Plattan won our testers over with its combination of solid performance, comfort, and minimalist style. The company's now introduced the Plattan's grown-up successor, the Urban Ears Zinken ($140), a more feature-packed model that shares styling cues with the older 'phone but is aimed squarely at DJs and the far larger market of folks who want to look like they spend their nights behind the wheels of steel.

Michael Berk  |  Apr 18, 2011  |  0 comments

Looks like paleontologists have at last pinned down the emergence of the middle ear from the lower jaw during the Mesozoic; it remains to be revealed what Liaoconodon hui—the earliest mammal yet found to possess the distinct malleus, incus, and ectotympanic bones involved in mammalian hea

Michael Berk  |  Jul 20, 2011  |  0 comments

Always looking for new ways to make good on their promise to let users stream all the music on earth in any room, Sonos today announces a new player - the Play:3 - and a new naming scheme for their product line.

Michael Berk  |  Mar 22, 2012  |  0 comments

Affordable audiophile and home-theater gear leaders Emotiva have announced the new XMC-1, the first product to emerge in a revamped lineup of digital products from the company, designed by Moog and B&K veteran digital systems wizard and Emotiva VP of Engineering Ray Dennison.

Michael Berk  |  Feb 05, 2013  |  0 comments

One of the most interesting success stories of the new wave of headphone audiophila is Audeze. The company, which specializes in planar magnetic headphones with wooden ear cups, luxurious appointments, and you're-got-to-hear-it-to-believe-it sonics. We got a chance recently to spend some time with their flagship, the LCD-3 ($1,945), a headphone that's become the top choice for many of today's personal audio enthusiasts. Obviously, we needed to hear why.

Michael Berk  |  Aug 15, 2011  |  0 comments

You've no doubt heard by now that Google's forked over somewhere in the neighborhood of $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility,  the mobile device business Motorola spun off at the beginning of this year.

Michael Berk  |  May 10, 2012  |  0 comments

When Bang & Olufsen unvelied the Beolit 12 portable speaker at this year's CES, company VP Henrik Lorensen described it as the first entry in a new brand, aimed at courting a different kind of B&O customer - somebody younger, hipper, and probably unfamiliar with the B&O brand to begin with.

Michael Berk  |  Apr 13, 2011  |  0 comments

An interesting argument about the future of the music market is brewing over a newly released Nielsen study of online music li

Michael Berk  |  Sep 07, 2011  |  0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped by an active/passive 3D TV shootout held by LG as part of their effort to publicize the benefits of their passive 3D approach over competing active-shutter systems. LG has survey research data showing that some 80 percent of viewers choose their passive 3D system over any of their competitors' active sets, when asked about color, picture quality, brightness, and comfort of glasses. Format war over?

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