Michael Berk

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Michael Berk  |  Jun 22, 2011  |  0 comments

While we have yet to see an explosion of NFC-enabled products, Nokia's brought the near-field communications protocol to a new range of home entertaiment products launching along with its much-lauded new Continue Reading >

Michael Berk  |  Feb 28, 2012  |  0 comments

When Sound+Vision looked at Klipsch's LightSpeakers in the summer of 2010, we'd hardly have guessed such devices were more than novelties. Looks like we were wrong.

Michael Berk  |  Nov 29, 2012  |  0 comments

Vacuum tube electronics may be "obsolete," but like other enduring vintage technologies (think vinyl), those glowing glass cylinders still have a place in many an audiophile heart, and lately there's been something of a rennaissance in small, affordable tube products, with old school technology finding its way into everything from headphone amp kits to do-it-all docks from major CE firms. There's a tube solution, it seems, for almost everybody.

Blue Aura's v30 Blackline system ($549) is a little different, a luxury desktop system meant to evoke the sound, look, and feel of old-school gear, but designed by a young British firm with a focus on wireless and desktop products to serve a computer-audio savvy consumer. While the amp clearly looks back, through a warm glow, to a simpler era of audio componentry, it sports a USB input too, and it's companion speakers are conveniently sized to fit alongside a computer monitor.

Does it belong on your desk?

Michael Berk  |  Mar 24, 2011  |  0 comments

Since it appeared in the seventeenth century, the guitar has been a work of visual art in its own right, as well as a powerful influence on artists in other media.

Michael Berk  |  Aug 10, 2011  |  0 comments

VUDU debuts on the iPad today, though not quite in the way you'd expect. You won't find a VUDU app in the App Store - and for good reason.

Michael Berk  |  May 03, 2012  |  0 comments

British loudspeaker firm KEF's been putting out quality designs for 50 years now, and they're showing no signs of slowing down.

Michael Berk  |  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  |  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  |  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.

Michael Berk  |  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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