80 episodes

Passionate about music, movies, HiFi audio, headphones and home theater, eCoustics has been covering the A/V industry since 1999. Join our diverse cast of journalists, audiophiles, industry experts and special guests for always spirited, sometimes controversial discussions about the latest news, happenings and trends in the audio, video and music industries.

Whether you're listening through stereo loudspeakers with a vintage tube amp, rocking a multi-channel home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know to really enjoy music and movies at home and on the road.

https://www.ecoustics.com

the ecoustics podcast Black Circle Studios

    • Technology
    • 4.5 • 13 Ratings

Passionate about music, movies, HiFi audio, headphones and home theater, eCoustics has been covering the A/V industry since 1999. Join our diverse cast of journalists, audiophiles, industry experts and special guests for always spirited, sometimes controversial discussions about the latest news, happenings and trends in the audio, video and music industries.

Whether you're listening through stereo loudspeakers with a vintage tube amp, rocking a multi-channel home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know to really enjoy music and movies at home and on the road.

https://www.ecoustics.com

    From DSD to Analog Tape, Well Made Music Talks Formats from a Mastering Perspective

    From DSD to Analog Tape, Well Made Music Talks Formats from a Mastering Perspective

    In this episode of the eCoustics podcast, Mitch Anderson sits down with Chief Engineer Clint Holley and Senior Mastering Engineer Dave Polster from Well Made Music to discuss the DSD audio format. Well Made Music located in Bristol, Virginia has over 1700 mastering credits to its name on Discogs, and not one, not two, not three, but four Neumann record cutting lathes inside their mastering facility. 

    This episode takes a look at how audio innovation from the 1950s played a huge role in Sony creating DSD in the 1970s and how DSD continues to demand hardware and software innovation from the audio industry in 2024. 

    For more information on Well Made Music please visit: https://www.wellmademusic.net

    Thank you to our sponsor CHORD! For more information on their breathtaking Ultima Integrated, please visit: 
    https://soundorg.com/ultima-integrated-amplifier/



    Credits:
    • Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://www.sourceoflightandpower.com
    • Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com
    • Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com

    Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting:

    https://www.ecoustics.com

    #vintageaudio #vintagehifi #vinylcommunity #vinylmastering #musiconvinyl #wellmademusic  #audiophile #hifi #ecoustics #dsd #dsdaudio #lathecutting #audioformats #musiconvinyl #discogs #digitalmastering 

    • 57 min
    No TV is Perfect, Which One is Perfect for You? With Caleb Denison of Digital Trends

    No TV is Perfect, Which One is Perfect for You? With Caleb Denison of Digital Trends

    Now that all five major TV makers have shown off their 2024 flagship TVs, it's time to talk about which TVs we believe are in the running for best TV of 2024. Will OLED win the day or will it finally be toppled by a Mini LED TV? Ultimately, no TV is perfect for all content in every environment. But the key is to pick the best TV for your specific needs.

    We chat with Caleb Denison, Editor-at-Large for Digital Trends to compare notes on which new TVs from Sony, Hisense, TCL, LG and Samsung are most likely to earn the top marks overall and which factors, including black level performance, brightness, contrast, color reproduction, bright room performance and - of course - SIZE - go into the decision of which TV to buy in 2024.

    *** Thank you to our home theater loving sponsor Q Acoustics at https://www.qacoustics.com ***

    Watch the video version of this podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JjlmdqMtWJQ

    Watch all of Caleb's videos at: https://www.youtube.com/digitaltrends

    On the panel:

    Caleb Denison, Digital Trends Editor-at-Large
    Brian Mitchell, eCoustics Founder & CEO
    Chris Boylan, eCoustics Editor-at-Large

    Related links:

    https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/sony-2024/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-bravia-tvs-soundbars-2024/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/tcl-qd-mini-led-tv-2024/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/samsung-tvs-2024/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/lg-oled-tvs-2024/
    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/hisense-u9n-tv-2024/

    Credits:

    Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com
    Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com
    Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com

    Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting: https://www.ecoustics.com

    #digitaltrends #calebdenison #miniled #oled #tv #4ktv #ecoustics #sony #samsung #lg #tcl #hisense #hometheater #hdr #uhd #4k #8k

    • 55 min
    IMAX In Your Living Room? DTS:X Sound on Disney+ with IMAX Enhanced (a Deep Dive)

    IMAX In Your Living Room? DTS:X Sound on Disney+ with IMAX Enhanced (a Deep Dive)

    In this episode we speak with Sven Mevissen, Director of Product Management, Home and Media Solutions, Xperi (parent company to DTS) to discuss the IMAX Enhanced program and the role that DTS:X plays in delivering immersive cinematic sound to home viewers. As of May 15, 2024, Disney+ is the first mainstream streaming service to bring the IMAX Enhanced experience with DTS:X sound into your home. The first of such titles includes the "Queen Rock Montreal" concert film as well as 18 films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    DTS:X immersive sound differs from traditional surround by adding a height dimension that enables sound to come from not just all around you but above you as well. The partnership between IMAX and DTS allows home viewers to experience IMAX visuals and the IMAX theatrical audio mix at home for the first time.
    However, all subscribers of Disney+ may not be able to experience the full impact of IMAX Enhanced with DTS:X sound unless their equipment is compatible. We dive into all the details.

    For more information on IMAX Enhanced with DTS:X please visit:
    https://dts.com/discover/now-streaming-dtsx/

    Thank you to our home theater loving sponsors SVS! For more information please visit: https://www.svsound.com

    On the panel:

    Sven Mevissen, Director of Product Management, Home and Media Solutions, Xperi
    Brian Mitchell CEO and Founder, eCoustics
    Chris Boylan, Editor at Large, eCoustics

    Credits:

    Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com
    Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com
    Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com

    Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting:

    https://www.ecoustics.com

    #hifi #audiophile #IMAXDTSX #DTS #ecoustics #hometheater #filmsound #soundforfilm #IMAXNews #surroundsound #hiresplayback #filmproduction #videopostproduction

    • 56 min
    Can We Finally Admit that Wireless Loudspeakers Don't Suck?

    Can We Finally Admit that Wireless Loudspeakers Don't Suck?

    The wireless loudspeaker category has made enormous strides over the past 5 years and there is no question that there are high-end options that offer better sonic performance, superior connectivity options, and greater value for your money than traditional passive loudspeakers.

    Don't listen to members of the Hi-Fi press who try to tell you that you must continue down the traditional path to achieve better sound quality at home. We have listened to more than two dozen of the best wireless and Bluetooth loudspeakers currently available below $5,000 and have some thoughts on what you should consider and how one can build out a system that is great for both music and movies around them. 

    Thank you so much to our sponsor SVS!  

    Read our review of the SVS Prime Wireless Pro Speakers here:
    https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/svs-prime-wireless-pro-speaker-pair/

    In this episode, our Editor in-Chief, Ian White discusses his picks for best wireless speakers of 2024 (so far) listed below in the order mentioned on the podcast (lowest to highest price).

    Triangle BOREA BR03 BT – $699 at Amazon (light oak, black, oak green, light oak blue, cream)
    Q Acoustics M40 – $999/pair at Amazon (black, white, walnut)
    PSB Alpha iQ – $1,299/pair at Amazon (black, white, blue, yellow)
    KEF LSX II – $1,299/pair at Amazon (black, white, red, blue, olive green, beige)
    KEF LSX II LT – $999/pair at Amazon (graphite grey, sage green, stone white)
    Sonus faber Duetto – $3,999/pair at Crutchfield (graphite, walnut)


    Episode webpage: https://www.ecoustics.com/podcasts/best-wireless-speakers-2024/

    On the Panel:

    Brian Mitchell, Host & Founder
    Ian White, Editor in-Chief 

    Credits:

    Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://sourceoflightandpower.bandcamp.com
    Voice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.com
    Production by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.com

    Keep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting:

    https://www.ecoustics.com

    #hifi #audiophile #wirelessspeakers #ecoustics #bestwirelessspeaker #bestbluetoothspeaker #bluetooth #speakers #loudspeakers #musicstreaming

    • 46 min
    Sony is Bringing the Cinema Home with new 2024 BRAVIA 4K TVs and Soundbars

    Sony is Bringing the Cinema Home with new 2024 BRAVIA 4K TVs and Soundbars

    Today (April 17, 2024) Sony introduced its new 2024 line of BRAVIA 4K TVs, Soundbars and Theater speakers. Take a deep dive into the product launch with eCoustics Founder, Brian Mitchell and Editor at Large, Chris Boylan who got a hands-on tour of all the new products last month at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.

    Sony says, "Cinema is Coming Home" but is that true or just marketing hype? Join us and find out.

    Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, Q Acoustics! https://www.qacoustics.com 


    Learn more:
    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-bravia-tvs-soundbars-2024/

    Pricing:

    BRAVIA 9 Mini LED TVs:
    85″ $5,499.99
    75″ $3,999.99
    65″ $3,299.99

    BRAVIA 8 OLED TVs
    77″ $3,899.99
    65″ $2,799.99
    55″ $1,999.99

    BRAVIA 7 Mini LED TVs
    85″ $3,499.99
    75″ $2,799.99
    65″ $2,299.99
    55″ $1,899.99

    BRAVIA 3 LED/LCD TVs
    85″ $1,799.99
    75″ $1,299.99
    65″ a...

    • 37 min
    Rotate This? The Best Audiophile Turntables Between $600 and $2,000

    Rotate This? The Best Audiophile Turntables Between $600 and $2,000

    Are you considering a turntable upgrade in 2024? Before you empty your wallet on a deck that might seem like the right path for you — we have a few suggestions that might make more sense long-term if your budget is between $600 and $2,000. 

    Does it make sense to spend more? We think the market has shifted and there are some outstanding options from Pro-Ject, Rega, Andover, U-Turn, and others worth exploring. 

    Further Reading:

    https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/pro-ject-x2-b/

    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/u-turn-audio-orbit-turntable-2023/

    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/rega-system-one-analog-solution/

    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/andover-audio-spindeck-2-turntable/



    Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, SVS!

    For more information on SVS and their line of stellar products, please visit: https://www.svsound.com

    Credits:
    Original intro music by The Arc of All. https://www.instagram.com/the_arc_of_allVoice Over Provided by Todd Harrell of SSP Unlimited. https://sspunlimited.comProduction by Mitch Anderson, Black Circle Studios. https://blackcircleradio.comKeep up-to-date with all the latest Hi-Fi, Headphone, Home Theater and Music news by visiting:

    https://www.ecoustics.com


    #streaming #hifi #highendaudio #musicindustry #vinylcommunity #budgetaudio #turntables #newtovinyl  #audiophile #homelistening #recordplayers #nowspinning 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

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Great Vintage Audio Discussions

4 episodes in so far and really digging it. Great mix of useful info, opinions and laughs!

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Awesome

Love the topics and detailed conversations.

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