Audio/MP3

Star Apps: The Glitch Mob

Electronic trio the Glitch Mob's sophomore album, "Love Death Immortality," lives up to its epic title. The 10-track recording's grand, encompassing sound was honed onstage at some of the biggest worldwide venues over the past couple years, and the themes explored -- captured in the title -- are universal. In contrast to the group's debut album, "Drink the Sea," "Love Death Immortality" is richer, with real instrumentation, and more robust, with strong female guest voices. The band's live show is equally massive, with spectacular interactive concert visuals that the musicians … Read more

Did the iPod kill the boom box?

Starting in the 1970s boom boxes provided the soundtrack of urban life -- on the street, buses, subways, parks, and beaches -- boom boxes were everywhere. Now they're almost defunct, music has moved inside, between our ears. We plugged-in and tuned-out from the world around us. The transition from external to internal was slow at first, before the iPod there were other MP3 players, and before that there were portable CD and cassette players. But big and brash boom boxes survived and prospered when those headphone-oriented devices appeared and then disappeared from the scene. If iPods and phones didn'… Read more

Get a Fluance Fi30 Bluetooth speaker for $99.96

First up, thanks for the incredible response to yesterday's post about Microsoft Office. Lots of good discussion, lots of very fair points on all sides. (Note that CNET's commenting system is down for the moment, so you can't add your two cents just now. Same goes for this post. Sorry about that! Hopefully it'll be sorted out soon.)

Second up, most of the Bluetooth speakers you see nowadays are of the compact, portable variety. Those can be great if you want something that can go where you go, even if it's just to different rooms … Read more

Star Apps: Jo Dee Messina

Multiplatinum, award-winning, nine-time No. 1 country crooner Jo Dee Messina is the voice of the independent woman. The singer/songwriter declared "Stand Beside Me" -- not "Stand by Your Man" -- and is best known for empowering feminist anthems like "Bye Bye," "I'm Alright," "That's the Way," and "Bring on the Rain" (with Tim McGraw). Longtime fans of both genders funded her first post-label record on Kickstarter and in return got to pick the title, track listing, and first single, and one fan designed the logo … Read more

Star Apps: Jason Dohring

Having played a 400-year-old vampire, a serial killer, mass murderer Timothy McVeigh, and most recently a murder suspect, actor Jason Dohring is no stranger to playing bad boys. Reprising his role as Logan Echolls, Veronica Mars's emotionally volatile ex in the silver-screen adaptation of hit TV show "Veronica Mars," Dohring is confident that longtime fans and newbies alike will enjoy watching teenage detective Veronica Mars all grown up and cracking another gripping case. "Veronica Mars" is currently playing in theaters nationwide.

The "Veronica Mars" film has become one of the most successful KickstarterRead more

Get a pair of Gogroove Bluetooth headphones for $29.99 shipped

Whether you're out for a walk, doing housework, or just relaxing under a palm tree while your monkey butlers prepare mojitos (a man can dream, can't he?), there's nothing quite like a pair of untethered headphones feeding your favorite music directly to your brain. Because cords are evil. Eeeeeevil.

Hence, today's deal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Accessory Genie has Accessory Power's Gogroove AirBand Bluetooth headphones for $29.99 shipped when you apply coupon code Airband29 at checkout. Regular price: $44.99 plus shipping! That's what I call a rockin' Cheapskate … Read more

Poll: What's your favorite audio format?

A couple of weeks ago I asked Audiophiliac readers to vote in my "What's the worst audio format?" poll, so now let's find out what you guys think is the best audio format. As in that poll, sound quality isn't the only criteria -- how you use the format and other factors may come into play.

I love vinyl but play more CDs, mostly because the selection of contemporary music is vastly greater on CD than it is on LP. I listen to Apple Lossless files on my iPod Classic when I'm on the … Read more

Star Apps: David J

If you want to hear David J's new album, "An Eclipse of Ships," but can't make it to Austin for his three SXSW shows (March 12-16), you'll have to wait till spring. The acoustic album features musicians on violin, acoustic piano, Rhodes, stand-up bass, mandolin, oboe, percussion, and a bevy of acoustic guitars. It's a celebration of women -- some known to the artist and some conjured up in fantasies.

David J's time as founding member of death rock band Bauhaus ("Bela Lugosi's Dead," "Dark Entries," "Kick … Read more

Star Apps: Dirty Vegas

Leading up to Dirty Vegas's SXSW appearances, vocalist Steve Smith talks about new video "Let the Night," the story behind "Days Go By," favorite software for DJing and production, and his top five apps.

British EDM duo Dirty Vegas first found fame when its debut single "Days Go By" reached the top of the 2002 club charts, won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, and appeared in a Mitsubishi Eclipse car commercial. Three top 20 albums and five top 40 club hits later, Dirty Vegas vocalist Steve Smith chatted with me about new … Read more

Bona fide high-end, affordable in-ear headphones from Beyerdynamic

The DX 160 iE ($119) and DX 120 iE ($99) are the first in-ear headphones I've reviewed from Beyerdynamic, and they're both up there with the best I've heard in their price range. These two Beyerdynamics sound similar, but there's a bit more life and detail with the DX 160 iE's sound, so I spent more time listening with that one.

Both models come with seven different sizes of silicone tips, one pair of Comply tips, and carry cases; but neither one has a mic or phone controls. The cables are a little unusual, the … Read more