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TDK's Water-Resistant Trek 360 Speaker
The market for wireless speakers has reached near-saturation point with just about every electronics company throwing their hat into the ring. In this sea of gimmicky, tinny sounding gadgets, a few makers—mostly audio specialists and companies dedicated...
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Interview: Aesthetics and Therapeutics Lab
by Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi The last time CH spoke with video artist Jakob LeBaron Dwight, he remarked on the effects of light entrainment on the brain and the possible restorative value of light in the context of art. Dwight’s body of work has...
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Bose SoundTrue Headphones
We've tried countless pairs of headphones over the past 11 years at Cool Hunting, and some have stood out for impeccable audio quality, while others were more packable or comfortable on the ear. Headphones are, for most people, an essential part...
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Cool Hunting Video: SOFTlab for Sonos Studio
SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio, recently took on the challenge of creating a piece to be featured in the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles. The only instruction for the project was to build an interactive structure that unifies light and sound...
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DECK by SOL Republic
Wireless speakers continue to innovate and differentiate in order to pull away from the herd. Known for their high-quality and almost indestructible headphones, SOL Republic's latest offering, a collaboration with Motorola, The DECK—released today...
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Garson Yu: The Interactive New York (T.I.N.Y.)
As the founder and creative director of yU+co, a renowned LA-based studio specialized in film title sequences, Garson Yu knows a thing or two about telling a story in a matter of minutes. Yu's creative expertise usually graces the silver screen...
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Christian Marclay in San Francisco
On a sunny afternoon in San Francisco, sitting in a dark room watching Christian Marclay's masterpiece, "The Clock," provokes a certain anxiety about the passage of time, yet at the same time leaves you unable to pull yourself away from watching...
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iTrack Solo Review
by Alan Watt With decades of experience recording audio on 2" magnetic tape to the latest digital audio workstation (DAW) and everything in-between, using an iPad to capture sound is a different experience for me. The upshot is that iTrack Solo...
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The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur
No longer confined to its previous Continental badging, the all new 2014 Bentley Flying Spur sedan embraces its post-breakup makeover—worked out and muscled up, turning heads as it passes by. Faster and more powerful than any of the British...
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Mercedes-Benz Signature Sound
The scoring stage at Skywalker Sound can showcase a single performer or a 125-piece orchestra, but for several months it was home to one of the first 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 pre-production cars, often hidden under cover and behind sound baffles...
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The Boast
The iPad's rear-facing speakers are considered by many as the device's only real design misstep, doing little to enhance the overall listening experience. Created as a simple solution for the iPad 2 and new iPad, The Boast mimics the act of cupping...
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The Sound of Your City
Advertorial content: Even fans of urbanization don't usually talk about the cacophony of crowded sidewalks and highly-trafficked thoroughfares. What if all you really want to do is sleep in the city that never sleeps? But we're always ready to obsess...
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Sonos Soundalier
Advertorial content: Best known for her hand-blown glass and sculptural brass lighting fixtures, Lindsey Adelman is no stranger to exploring the limits of industrial design. Driven by this pionering spirit, Adelman's studio, in collaboration...
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JMC Soundboard
Designed by master guitar-builder Jeanmichel Capt with the exceptional creativity and skill he employs to sculpt musical instruments, the JMC Soundboard creates a beautifully encased sound system that blends seamlessly into most any environment...
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Sonos Play:5 Giveaway
As part of a New Year's resolution to up our music game, we're giving away a special-edition Sonos Play:5 speaker system to one of our readers. With a custom grill bearing music-inspired art, these speakers are the largest—and most powerful...
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Christopher Janney
Artist Christopher Janney merges jazz and architecture with a rare balance of logic and imagination, describing his unique method as "painting with sound." The trained composer is concerned with providing an emotional element to physical structures...
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AirPlay Speakers
With Apple's unrelenting dominance of the consumer marketplace for mobile devices, most high-tech electronics companies are making the push to join in and offer AirPlay-enabled devices capable of wireless streaming directly from iTunes on an iOS device...
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Crossing the Line
For their fifth annual fall festival, the French Institute Alliance Française turned the average museum audio tour into a mysterious game of fact or fiction. Made in collaboration with the conceptual sound collective Soundwalk, "Crossing the...
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Rubber Tracks
With Chucks on the feet of countless lead singers, Converse's roots in rock 'n' roll go almost as far back as the genre itself, a tradition the brand is keeping alive with this week's opening of Rubber Tracks, a world-class recording studio open...
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Ultimate Ears UE18
In the ongoing quest for the perfect earphones, I gladly accepted Ultimate Ears' offer to try their custom program recently. The resulting UE18 earphones are by far the best-fitting and sounding pair I've experienced so far. Like any bespoke earphones...
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See! Colour!
The average human takes many things for granted, but in the eyes of American artist James Turrell the light and color around us is top of the list. For the past 30 years the pioneering artist has been creating breathtaking installations based around...
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