Codecs, Compression and Loudness

Just quickly thought I would post this presentation by Thomas Lund of TC electronics who neatly describes the current situation of mis-managed loudness/peaking and the detrimental effects of codec data reduction (which begs the question, with the amount of bandwidth we now have available at our disposal, is it really necessary?). Well worth a watch, […]

Push it, baby – Beyerdynamic DT150 / 250 Ohm

I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore Toto… This is┬ádefinitely┬ánot a pair of headphones you want to stick into a youngsters iPod. Not that you would really have that problem… Really. To make an analogy the Beats headphones from Monster could be considered the Lamborghini Countach of cans: very pretty, but about as useful for […]

New year, new toys, and lessons I learned from 2011 – Part Deux

So, to the second and happier part of this mini-series of a blog post (this is taking forever!). With all of that rage swimming throughout my head during the inevitable downtime in the film making season around new years, I summoned up to courage to finally go “big” in updating my microphone kit. With great […]

New year, new toys, and lessons I learned from 2011 – Part Un

So it is coming around to that time of year again. What?! I hear you say, “New year as already passed you by!” Well, that’s true, and, also not. Being of Chinese descent, I am generally forced to celebrate both the lunar calendar new year (Chinese New Year) and the regular new year, by a […]

Fuji X100 – The new king of the compact cameras?

With Leica, the makers of the almost mythical M series rangefinders and the legendary lenses that accompany them, recently announcing first quarterly profit increases of almost 30% and the continuing meteoric rise of the recently Cosina revived Voigtlander rangefinders and lenses, it would seem that the losing party of the SLR/Rangefinder war of the 1960s […]