Ryan Waniata

Ryan Waniata

Ryan Waniata is an audio engineer, musician, composer, and lover of all things tech, audio, and cinema. Hailing originally from Montana, Ryan received his bachelor degree from the University of Montana in composition and technology. He later studied audio engineering at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ, then packed up for Nashville, where he spent a couple of years playing and recording music in various studios and local venues. Ryan now makes his home in Portland, OR.
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Hang onto those cords. Next-gen wireless earbuds still aren’t good enough

Thanks in part to Apple’s decision to drop the headphone jack, wireless in-ear headphones are popping up everywhere. But with short battery life, high prices, and lower fidelity, are they ready to take center stage?
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Simaudio's $120,000 Moon 888 amps aren't excessive, they're supernatural

Like Sennheiser’s magnificent $55,000 Orpheus headphones, Simaudio's audacious Moon 888 mono amplifiers are $120,000 worth of pure, unadulterated audio bliss.
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Dolby Atmos soundbars are storming 2017. Here’s why you’ll want one

One of CES 2017’s biggest trends was the proliferation of Dolby Atmos soundbars, growing from a singular offering in 2016 to a must-have for major brands. We discuss the ins and outs of Atmos bars, and whether they deserve their hefty…
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Beyerdynamic’s handmade Xelento in-ears will make you forget about wireless

This year's CES had no shortage of wireless headphones, but it was trusty old sonic engineering from the veteran headphone gurus at Beyerdynamic that really got our hearts pumping with the new Xelento remote in-ear wired headphones.
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Technics’ SL-1200GR turntable cuts back in all the right ways to cut the price in half 1:47

Following the release of its SL-1200G direct-drive turntable in October, Technics has created a follow-up in the new SL-1200GR, which cuts down on materials while still keeping the hallmarks of its predecessor, and now costs half…
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McIntosh Group's new Pryma Aria headphones blend Hi-Fi with high fashion

After debuting the Sonus Faber Pryma headphones last year, McIntosh has now cut the cord for the cans with its new Pryma Aria headphones, which blend high fashion with impressive wireless sound.
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Sony’s latest audiophile headphones, amplifier, and Walkman will make your ears weep

We checked out Sony's opulent new audiophile suite of products at CES 2017, including the gold-plated NW-WM1Z hi-res player, the TZ-ZH1ES desktop amplifier, and the MDR-Z1R headphones.
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1More piles four drivers into new Quad Driver headphones for killer clarity

This year at CES 2017, 1More upped the ante from its brilliant Triple Driver in-ears, unveiling the all-new Quad Driver. Adding another driver to the party, the new Quad offer effortless power in a stylish design.
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KEF's LS50 Wireless speakers boast elegance, convenience, and superb sound

Something old and something new is KEF’s motto at CES 2017, as the company has given its popular LS50 bookshelf speaker a modern upgrade. At CES 2017, it introduced the new KEF LS50 Wireless Hi-Fi speakers.
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Doppler Labs' new Here One true wireless earbuds deliver great sound -- and much more

After teasing its talents with the Hear Active sound-augmenting hearables, Doppler Labs finally unveiled its new Here One fully wireless earbuds, which do everything from playing music to equalizing live sound. Check out our first…
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Nuheara's wireless IQbuds enhance the sound around you while you jam out 1:51

We checked out audio startup Nuheara's new IQbuds, the latest addition to the burgeoning 'hearables' segment, which can blast your tunes while also allowing you to control the sonic world around you.
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Sony swan dives into OLED with its first big-screen model, the XBR-A1E

Sony joined LG in the OLED TV market, unveiling the company's latest and greatest TV in the flagship XBR-A1E Bravia OLED TV. Along with its OLED panel, the TV aims to offer top-notch audio, excellent processing, and a gorgeous design.