Mar 222018
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 March, 2018

Good morning You may have seen the story of the woman killed by a self-driving car in Tempe, AZ on Sunday.  Any unnecessary death is of course regrettable, but the biggest tragedy of this unfortunate incident may be that this accident slows down and delays the continued development and deployment of self-driving vehicle capabilities. With […]

Feb 012018
The $79 Way to Make Your $80 Headphones Sound Almost Like $800 Headphones

Here’s a very clever program that digitally compensates for the non-perfect sound coming from your headphones, creating a clearer, smoother, and broader frequency response, with less unwanted sound coloration. These days, the speakers/headphones are by far the weakest link in any sound reproduction chain.  The storage and playback/amplification is all very close to perfect, it […]

May 262017
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 May, 2017

This weekend marks the traditional start of summer.  Here in the Seattle area, summer came a week or more early; and let’s all hope for a lovely Memorial Day weekend. The AAA are forecasting the most Memorial Day travel since 2005, with an increase of 5.5% in people flying, and 2.4% in people driving.  In […]

Jul 142016
New Higher-Capacity Micro SD Cards Are Great for Travelers

It is a truism that no matter how much data storage capacity one has, in any context, one always fills it and wishes for more.  There is a continual leapfrogging as between new applications and the new larger amounts of data they need; and the more or less balancing effects via increasing capacity and reducing […]

Dec 102015
Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones

I wrote last week about the new Solitude XCS2 noise cancelling headphones.  The quick summary of that review is that they offer verygood sound quality that is better than Bose, but their noise cancelling isn’t as good.  Oh yes, and their cost is (currently) one third of the price of the Bose QC25 headphones ($98 […]

Dec 032015
The Best Sounding (and also Noise Cancelling) Headphones, Ever

I was wrong.  Okay, I’ve said it, can we move on, please! What was I wrong about?  Well, for the longest time, I’ve said it is not possible to get high sound quality in any noise cancelling headphones.  If you want highest quality sound – or so I’ve said – you should get ‘ordinary’ headphones […]

Aug 252014
The Best Way to Store and Play High Quality Digital Music

Recorded music has evolved enormously since its origins in the 1870s, getting better and better until reaching its zenith with the introduction of the CD at the start of the 1980s. Paradoxically, in the last 15 years, while technological advances now allow for a theoretically better quality of music to be recorded and played back […]

Aug 222014
The Only Person You Can Trust For Digital Music Quality Recommendations

We wrote before about how our hearing is imprecise and easily tricked.  If you’ve not read that article yet, and not yet done some of the hearing self-tests linked within it, we recommend you should do so first, so as to quantify your present hearing abilities. So, we will assume that you’ve tested your hearing […]