Parker Hall

Parker Hall

Parker Hall is a writer, musician, and home brewer from Portland, OR. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he studied jazz percussion with Billy Hart (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock). Now a freelance writer and professional member of the city's jazz and indie rock scenes, he spends most of his days writing, playing music, or tasting beers in his spacious North Portland basement.
Articles
Home Theater

Vinyl is back! How to build and preserve a killer vinyl collection

Feeling the vinyl vibe? If you're interested in starting your own record collection and listening to tunes the analog way, we're here to help. This guide will take you through everything you need to get started.
Movies & TV

HBO Go vs. HBO Now: Which streaming service is right for you?

If you're looking to subscribe to HBO, you might be comparing HBO Go vs. HBO Now. We break down the differences between the twin streaming services and see how they compare to one another.
Music

How much is Spotify Premium, and how can you get it at a discount (or for free)?

Having access to millions of songs comes at a price -- albeit, a pretty small one. Before you figure out how much is Spotify Premium going to cost you, you’ll want to see if you qualify for a discounted, or even free, subscription.
Product Review

Don't buy those Apple AirPods! You really want Jabra’s Elite 65t

Jabra’s Elite 65t true wireless earbuds offer a comfy fit, great features, and pricing that matches up nicely with Apple’s popular AirPods. But can these new upstarts dethrone the king?
Product Review

In the future, all amplifiers will be like the gorgeous Uniti Atom (we hope)

If you’re an audiophile who’s embraced the wonders of streaming, it can be hard to find a perfect centerpiece for your musical universe. The gorgeous Naim Uniti Atom is a fantastic choice, offering just about everything the modern…
Music

Is Spotify too big to fail? It just went public, so we’ll find out soon

Spotify is set to go public, but rather than go the IPO route, the streaming service has a different strategy in mind, and all point to this direct listing decision as being a way out for early investors.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods. We dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Home Theater

The new Crosley C6 turntable is easy on the eyes and your wallet

Turntable giant Crosley announced a new series of turntables for budding vinyl enthusiasts. Called the C6, the new line of decks comes in three sleek colorways and should bring excellent sound for growing analog collections.
Home Theater

Charging case patent suggests Apple AirPods may become stand-alone music player

Apple plans to release new AirPods much the same as it does new iPhones, and a wireless charging case, water resistance, and better Siri integration are among the improvements we can expect in future models.
Product Review

Marshall's Mid A.N.C. cans go to 11 on the inside, dial the outside down to zero

The Marshall Mid A.N.C. tack active noise cancelling onto the company’s outstanding Bluetooth model, which appeals to stylish rockers who spend hours on the go. We explore whether the significant price hike is worth the added solitude
Music

Is tech finally killing radio? Don’t let iHeart’s bleeding fool you

With two of the largest radio conglomerates filing chapter 11 bankruptcy in the past five months, it might seem as though the format is struggling for survival. The real story of radio is much more interesting.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in April 2018

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for April 2018 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your binging, and ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the ether.