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Spatial audio sounds like Cardboard


Like a moth to a flame, I keep getting drawn to Cardboard, Google’s low-fi Virtual Reality system. The latest news is that spatial audio is coming to the Cardboard SDK… It’s funny the way stories can overlap. It was only a few days ago I mentioned (see aptX HD brings 24-bit audio over Bluetooth) Smyth Research and the recreation, in ...

aptX HD brings 24-bit audio over Bluetooth

Qualcomm CES 2016

This one caught Gadget Master’s eye – or should I say, ear? – as I remember hearing about aptX for the first time at a CSR audio demo a couple of years ago. Anyway, Qualcomm has officially unveiled aptX HD, an enhanced version of the codec that offers 24-bit music data, over low-power wireless links, compared with the 16-bit (“CD-quality”) ...

The CD case is the performance!

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Thanks to our technology editor Steve Bush for highlighting this one – a CD case that is the music. It’s Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony and it features a musical microchip… The opus is described thus: Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. Though housed in a CD jewel case, 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording ...

Andrew liked the sound of nostalgia

Andrew liked the sound of nostalgia

The best companion to your music collection Everyone loves valve hi-fi equipment. A fan of mixing the old with the new, Andrew Smith designed a very high performance valve headphone amplifier. Using a unique combination of thermionic and semiconductor technology, the headphone amp runs from a regulated 15V, 1A wall-wart supply for a complete, no-compromise power system. The headphone amp ...