• PODCASTS
    Where Are All the Kidcasts?

    “The guilt of a parent who puts the television on to pacify their children is one of the most powerful emotional forces in existence,” lamented Gimlet’s Matt Lieberin a recent panel on podcasting. An audience member had just asked if the industry was planning on “growing the audience younger”—did the panelists (all audio specialists) think […]

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    Local firms catch podcasting bug

    Doug Karr of DK New Media, left, chatting here with Tom Brodbeck of Site Strategics, built out a $25,000 soundproof studio late last year. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned) Josh Miles, a 39-year-old executive at local branding firm MilesHerndon, has been an avid podcast listener for years. In late February, he became a podcast producer. His show, […]

  • They’re all talk, but it seems everyone loves a podcast

    Baseball guru Billy Beane listens to Football Weekly and he was portrayed in a movie by Brad Pitt, which almost certainly means Angelina Jolie listens to Football Weekly. Illustration: Cameron Law Something fairly remarkable happened in Dublin last Tuesday. On a chilly March school night, just shy of one thousand people converged on Vicar Street […]

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    The Value of Using Podcasts in Class

    Two years ago, I was practically begging a student to read a novel in my high-school English class. This isn’t an unusual problem. The girl, who’s a relatively bright, college-bound athlete, told me that she “just gets too distracted after five minutes” of reading. When she promised that she would listen to the audiobook of […]

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    Sony MDR-ZX110 Review

    When it comes to name recognition and market reach, few audio manufacturers can match the Sony’s capabilities. Using a brand name that has been carefully built up over the decades, Sony is one of a handful of companies in India that can sell headphones by the thousand. This is thanks to a huge portfolio spanning […]

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    Grain Audio OEHP.01 Review

    Based in small-town Pennsylvania, USA, Grain Audio is a personal audio manufacturer that makes liberal use of wood in its products. The company has just four offerings listed on its site, and ships directly to buyers. Of the two pairs of headphones listed, the OEHP.01 is the larger, over-the-ear model. Featuring solid wood casings, the […]

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    Sony MDR XB950BT Review

    If you’re an audiophile who wants the purest and clearest reproduction of the source being played, then it’s likely that you’re not interested in Sony’s XB (extra bass) headphones. We tried out the Sony MDR XB950BT – the top of the XB line, which also supports Bluetooth playback. That’s a combination which has probably sent […]

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    Brainwavz Jive Review

    Brainwavz is a relatively new company, established in 2008 with the aim of bringing good personal audio products to users at affordable prices. True to its motto, the company produces a wide range of affordable products, including the Brainwavz S0 and Blu-100, which we found impressive. The company now has more of a presence in […]

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    Audio Technica ATH-WS770iS Review

    When it comes to good personal audio, few brands have the same reputation and stature as Japanese manufacturer Audio Technica. The company’s microphones and headphones are widely used the world over by professionals and audiophiles. Furthermore, major events and showcases, including the Grammy Awards and the Olympic Games, have relied on Audio Technica for audio […]

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    Jaybird X2 Review

    Demand for wireless headphones is growing, and music-focused stereo Bluetooth headsets are all the rage right now. Thanks to a vast improvement in the quality of Bluetooth audio transmission over the years, it’s now possible to effortlessly stream high-quality sound without any of the typical issues that plagued the early years of wireless audio. Jaybird, […]