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Codecs: The Alphabet Soup That Matters
When shopping for a nice set of headphones for yourself or someone on your holiday list, you might run into codecs, and you might not be sure what to do with them. What are they? Do they matter? Help us SoundGuys! Fortunately, we’re here to do just that. Including a special appearance by Gary Sims, we break it all down for you. We have that and a few more surprises along the way in this episode of the SoundGuys podcast! Full transcript available at...
Spooky Audiophile "Ghost" Stories (That People Still Believe)
Three tales that will surprise and shock you. These spooky audio myths come straight from the cult of audiophilia, and we’re here to help you sort through fact and fiction. Are Monster cables any better than coat hanger wire soldered together? What is jitter? And how far does one need to go to break in those headphones and get them just right? These scary (read: not scary) tales are served up with a healthy dose of fact in the SoundGuys Podcast. We have that and a few more surprises along...
Sound: The Original Internet
You might be surprised to find out that before we had fiber optic cables linking the world, we had to reply on other means of communication. Those older means almost always involved sound. You know about the dots and dashes of the telegraph, and the screeching handshake of the modem. But did you know computer geeks in the 80’s used to transmit video games over FM radio? We have that and a few more surprises along the way in this episode of the SoundGuys podcast! Full transcript available...
Is Bluetooth Dangerous? NO! Part 1
If you do a Google search for “Is Bluetooth Dangerous?” you are met with page after page of disinformation about the supposed dangers of Bluetooth radiation, and non-ionizing radio frequency radiation. This is part of a campaign by a few organizations to capitalize on your fear, and sell you some worthless trinkets on the side. Don’t be taken in. This is a two-part crossover podcast with our friends Jonathan Feist and Joe Hindy at the Android Authority podcast discussing the science behind...
Drones Gone Wild
Drones are becoming more and more common in today’s society. Consumer products can be seen zipping around our parks. Commercial applications range from civil engineering projects to search and rescue. Drones are enhancing our society every day, at least our human society. But are we forgetting about those with more than 2 legs? Drones are aptly named since they cause an unmistakable and constant noise that affects creatures great and small. Join the SoundGuys Podcast and special guests as...
The Sound of Every Day
Whether you realize it or not, you deal with technology based on sound every day. From ultrasound machines, to music in your favorite stores, to hovering objects in mid air, the sounds you work with everyday can be subtle, but they make your lives easier and more interesting. First, Chris Thomas discusses how home-roasting coffee requires sound cues from the roasting beans. Adam Molina takes a look at how sound waves can make objects levitate. Lily discusses how sound can be used to...
The USB-C Train Wreck
What led us to relying on USB Type-C connectors for audio? Why don’t they work very well or at all? The SoundGuys break down the loss of the headphone jack, and the difficulties surrounding USB-C audio with the help of Robert Triggs of Android Authority. Why is this universal standard not universally standard? It turns out, there are a lot of reasons and we break them all down for you on our fourth episode of the SoundGuys podcast. Full transcript available at...
The State of Smartphone Audio in 2018
If you listen to music today, chances are you’re doing it on a smartphone. So, we decided to take a look at smartphone audio and see where it is today. There have been some polarizing changes made to the medium in the last few years - do the changes matter? Can an audiophile still get a great experience even if a smartphone lacks a headphone jack? Come with us as we explore wired and wireless audio coming from the most important gadget you own, how it’s working today, and how it will be...
Smart Speakers: A New Legal Frontier
Smart Speakers are taking the world by storm, but is that opening up new, legal cans of worms that we’re not prepared to deal with? What happens when your entire life is recorded from within the sanctity of your home? Do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy when your every word is recorded, transcribed and stored? Does this create a constitutional crisis? Join us on the SoundGuys Podcast as we explore this phenomenon that is seemingly innocuous, but actually potentially sinister....
The MP3 revolution
The .MP3 is arguably one of the most important innovations in digital media. Without MP3s we don’t have iPods, Podcasts, or P2P file sharing. Arguably, the smartphone looks completely different today if not for the MP3 format. And it all started with a woman in a diner waiting for a cup of coffee. Join us on the SoundGuys Podcast as we explore the history of the MP3, and discover how the MP3 turned not one, but two entire industries on their heads with the creation of a new file...