2014 isn't shaping up as a stellar year for Sony, the company is forecasting losses of $1.1 billion, but I think a serious effort to reestablish its stature as a leading headphone manufacturer might be a wise move. Sony currently offers a vast range of headphone models, but they don't have any truly great ones. With the ongoing boom in headphone sales, you have to wonder why Sony is sitting on the sidelines.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Sony MDR-R10: The world's best headphone?
- The top 10 reasons why music is compressed.
- Compare your favorite albums in the Dynamic Range Database.
I've heard most of the world's best headphones, but somehow missed the Sony MDR-R10. Only 2,000 were made. Production started in 1989, and at $2,500 a pair, it was the most expensive headphone in the world. The headphone cognoscenti scooped them all up years ago, and right now MDR-R10s rarely come up for sale. When they do, they usually go for more than $6,000!
The MDR-R10's 50mm "Bio-Cellulose Dome Diaphragms" are credited with producing the headphones' superclear treble and oh-so supple bass. The headphone also sported real lambskin-covered ear pads, and the … Read more
BlackBerry's next phone announcement doesn't have to be big or flashy. It just needs to be affordable.
With the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, the company has shown it can make a competitive smartphone. Now it needs a budget-friendly version that it can market to the regions of the world that have shown the most growth over the last few years.
"I think a low-cost phone is critical," said Maribel Lopez, an analyst at Lopez Research. BlackBerry "can still gain traction in emerging markets."
That could come as early as Tuesday, when BlackBerry kicks off … Read more
Imagine carving your way down a particularly challenging slope, your skis kicking up clouds of snow, trees flying by, your death-defying stunts captured perfectly on camera. And you're all by yourself.
How would you pull off such a feat?
Short of those with a film crew on hand, or at least a buddy with a GoPro camera tracking your every move, it's hard to imagine it being possible at all, let alone while you're alone.
But you may not have to imagine it for long.
Next week, a startup called Universal Air will finish shipping out its … Read more
At CES 2009 and again at a spring lineup show, Samsung showed off its HMX-R10, a full HD camcorder with an "Active Angle" lens that's been angled up 25 degrees so you don't have to bend your wrist to get a level shot with the camcorder. I had my doubts that this strange-but-clever design would ever make it to stores, but it's available now for $500.
Samsung must be getting good feedback about the design, too, since its decided to add two standard-def models to its camcorder lineup: the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10. The difference between … Read more