Metal-Fi Prize Giveaway: Audioengine B2 Wireless Speakers Nov01

Metal-Fi Prize Giveaway: Audioengine B2 Wireless Speakers

It’s that time again where your participation in the Metal-Fi community finally pays off! I’m not talking higher dynamic range either, or am I? [Dave: Groan.] Metal-Fi and Audioengine are teaming up to giveaway another pair of B2 wireless speakers this month and I’m hoping all of you enter to win. If you aren’t familiar with the B2, then head over to their site right now to read up on one of the most versatile speakers on the market. The winner will be announced on November 30th. One final tidbit: AE is thinking about expanding the finish options on the B2 and wants your input. So please feel out the survey below....

Review: Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones Sep08

Review: Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones

Introduction When Audeze introduced their iSine series about a year ago, there were actually three different models announced: the i10, the i20, and the LCDi3. Most of you however, probably remember reading only about the i10 and i20 since those pairs were the only ones in actual production and ready for review. I myself reviewed both pairs and to make a really long story short, walked away considerably impressed. Not only do both models outperform most IEMs in their class, but rival many full sized headphones too. Fast forward to today: Audeze just recently announced they are finally shipping their LCDi reference model, now renamed the...

Review: Burial Oath – Beyond the Vale of Shadowlands Aug01

Review: Burial Oath – Beyond the Vale of Shadowlands

Do you yearn for the days when black metal was still a simple endeavor? A time when its taxonomic boundary was both well defined and clearly understood; a time when grown men could don corpse paint with pride; a time when black metal was, well, exactly that – no more, no less. Maybe I’m just a closet luddite. But the truth is more often than not, I just want to listen to Plain Old Black Metal™ without any pretentiousness or pretense that seems to be the metal du jour these days. If you know of what I speak, then say hello to my little friend, Burial Oath‘s Beyond the Vale of Shadowlands. Shadowlands triumph is in its...

Echo Chamber: Room Acoustics Part 3 Jul07

Echo Chamber: Room Acoustics Part 3

A couple of months back in part two of this series, I explained how room modes can wreak havoc on in-room frequency response, and how kinetic bass traps work by slowing down the air particles that carry sound waves, reducing the energy of the reflected waves that cause peaks and nulls in response. The problem with these types of traps is that while they are very effective at medium to upper frequencies, they can be ineffective at dealing with low frequency peaks and nulls, which can often be the most problematic areas in a room. The reason why is that the velocity of the particles directly at the wall (where you would normally mount the...

Review: Æther Realm – Tarot Jun22

Review: Æther Realm – Tarot

I want you to imagine a record that has the folksy edge of Ensiferum combined with the melodic complexity of Wintersun all delivered through this very Mors Principium Est sounding package. That, in a nutshell, is Æther Realm‘s Tarot. Sounds delicious, right? But let’s step back for a moment. If you haven’t heard of Æther Realm, I’m not surprised. Their 2013 debut, One Chosen by the Gods, which though a laudable effort in its own right, was a bit too overt in its Wintersun meets Ensiferum worship, and came off as more novelty than anything of actual substance. Nevertheless, if you did happen to stumble upon it, Gods...

Review: Audioengine D3 DAC and Headphone Amp Jun09

Review: Audioengine D3 DAC and Headphone Amp

Introduction As I wrote in my review of the two AudioQuest Dragonflies back in March, the market for “dongle DACs” (USB connector on one end, headphone jack on the other) is now fiercely contested, and one player looking to make a name for themselves in this space is Audioengine. If that name rings a bell, it’s probably the company’s powered desktop speakers that you’re thinking of, which Alex has covered on a few occasions. Speakers are definitely their primary focus, but AE has also produced a few DACs and headphone amps, and currently sells the B1 Bluetooth streamer, D1 desktop DAC/headphone amp, and the subject of this review, the D3...