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. Feel free to contact him on twitter, or check in with him at Digital Trends to get the scoop on all the latest in tech, film, and music.

Between the Streams podcast: ‘Kubo’ astonishes, Spidey gets a ‘new’ leading lady 44:02

This week: Spider-Man gets a new poster and a new Mary Jane to go with it, Kubo and the Two Strings changes everything for stop-motion animation, Star Trek Discovery updates, and Will Ferrell takes on Sherlock Holmes.
Product Review

Sennheiser PXC 550 Review

Relish the sound of silence (or really good music) with Sennheiser’s PXC 550
Home Theater

Best Bluetooth speakers under $100

While it would be nearly impossible to test every portable Bluetooth speaker on the market, we've gotten pretty close. Check out our favorite speakers for $100 or less, which has something for just about everyone on your list.
Home Theater

Focal takes its Dôme Flax speakers to new heights with an Atmos upgrade

Focal's gorgeous new 5.1.2 Dôme Flax speaker system offers a more refined solution to the Dolby Atmos conundrum -- as long as you aren’t averse to making a few holes in the ceiling, that is.
Movies & TV

How the studio behind ‘Kubo’ went high tech to make stop-motion look astonishing

Step behind the scenes for a hands-on look at state-of-the-art animation studio, Laika, which used a mix of 3D-printing, stop motion, and CGI to create its breathtaking new film, Kubo and the Two Strings.
Movies & TV

BTS Podcast: 'Sausage Party' remakes stoner comedies, Tales from the Crypt returns 36:23

This week we'll discuss the bizarrely deep stable of well-reviewed movies hitting theaters this weekend, including Seth Rogen's brilliantly crass animated film Sausage Party. We'll also talk Rogue One's latest trailer, and more.
Home Theater

Yamaha’s entry-level sound bar gets classier and more versatile

Yamaha unveils its latest sound bar aimed at the cheap seats in the new YAS-106. An update of the YAS-105, the system offers a slimmer design, as well as HDMI connection and Bluetooth streaming, all at a nice price.
Home Theater

Audiophiles unite: Roland buys V-Moda to help ‘inspire the future of music’

V-Moda has been acquired by the seminal synth maker Roland in a deal that will see the two companies partner to expand into the broader marketplace. V-Moda CEO Val Kolton will stay on after the transition.

Between the Streams: Suicide Squad scrum — is DC in trouble? 35:21

This week: The Suicide Squad conundrum. What does the latest critical dud for Warner Bros. mean for the DC franchise going forward? We'll also explore alternatives at the box office, a potential Star Wars TV show on ABC, Stranger…
Home Theater

How Comcast plans to pipe 6,000 hours of Olympics coverage into your house

Leading up to the Olympics in Rio, Comcast has revamped its X1 platform to help deliver thousands of hours of coverage, including stats, highlights, live broadcasts, and even internet streams, all in one place.

Leave the amp, but keep your effects with Yamaha's new TransAcoustic guitar 3:19

Yamaha’s latest musical innovation comes in the form of its new TransAcoustic guitar line, which allows you to add real-time reverb and chorus effects anytime, anywhere -- without plugging into an amp.