Author: James Longman

Hello, my name is James Longman. I’m a writer and editor at AudioReputation. I disassembled my first portable AM/FM radio when I was only 8. At the age of 11, I burned the circuit board on my old boombox cassette player. I’m not going to explain how but it was reckless and stupid. Since then, I have become much more careful around radios, boomboxes, and other audio devices (at least, I like to think so) but I have never lost the passion for audio equipment. Throughout 20 years of my professional career, I've been working for various audio equipment manufacturers and even started building speakers on my own in my little workshop. I love the work we do here at AudioReputation. Testing, comparing, and evaluating all kinds of audio devices (speakers, soundbars, headphones, home theater systems, etc.) is something I truly enjoy. I try to be unbiased and give you my honest opinion on every piece of equipment I test. Still, you should take my reviews with a pinch of salt and always be just a little bit skeptical. The fact that I liked some speaker or soundbar doesn’t mean that you are going to love it. If you have the opportunity, you should test it/hear it before buying it.
10 Best Planar Magnetic Headphones In 2019

10 Best Planar Magnetic Headphones In 2019

Headphones
If you are looking for a new pair of headphones and you are thinking about buying planar magnetic ones, our article on 10 best planar magnetic headphones is a great place to start your search. If you keep reading, you will find out all you need to know about planar magnetic headphones, their advantages and disadvantages, the most reputable manufacturers, prices, etc. We will also give you a few tips on what to pay attention to when buying planar magnetic headphones. If you don’t want to (or don’t need to) read all the introductory info, you can immediately skip to our list of 10 best planar magnetic headphones in 2019. In the past, we’ve had the chance to test some planar magnetic headphones like Audeze EL-8 Titanium, HIFIMAN HE-400i, and OPPO PM-3. If you prefer more detailed reviews,
HiFiMan Edition S Headphones Review

HiFiMan Edition S Headphones Review

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HiFiMan Edition S headphones are in many ways, a very special pair of headphones. They are the cheapest headphones made by the famous manufacturer of high-end planar magnetic headphones. Unlike all the other HiFiMan headphones, these are not planar magnetic, but that doesn’t make them less special. They are one of the rare headphones on the market that can be used as open-back or closed-back. It’s like having two pairs of headphones in one package. As you probably know, HiFiMan is best-known for its planar magnetic headphones. Some of their headphones like HE6, HE1000, SUNDARA, SUSVARA, etc. are very popular among audiophiles. All these headphones are made for critical listening, they are all quite large, and they are not portable. Also, they are all very expensive. HiFiMan wanted to e
SVS Prime Elevation Speaker Review

SVS Prime Elevation Speaker Review

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SVS Prime Elevation is advertised as the world’s most versatile home theater speaker and that statement is not far from the truth. SVS Prime Elevation was primarily designed as high-performing height effect speaker and it’s a great choice if you need that kind of speaker, especially if you can’t install in-ceiling height speakers for some reason and you don’t want to use Atmos modules. Before we even start reviewing this speaker let's explain the two most popular types of height speakers. The first type are in-ceiling speakers. The greatest problem with in-ceiling speakers is that they don’t sound as good as speakers with cabinets. The second problem is the installation (drilling, cutting, wiring). You have to make holes in your ceiling and you have to wire the speakers which can b
What is Audio Compression – The Beginner’s Guide

What is Audio Compression – The Beginner’s Guide

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We are all familiar with audio compression in terms of reducing audio file size to the size that enables us to store a great number of files on a single device. In that context, compressing is often related to low audio quality as the sound quality has to be reduced in order to achieve the necessary file size. However, audio compression is a very complex process that is often misunderstood. Audio compression tools are very useful and working with them is very interesting. This is the main reason why we have decided to write this article and explain the basics of audio compression so that you can get a better understanding of the entire process and maybe even start working with the respective tools and adjust the sound quality and size of the audio file to your own taste/needs. What is Aud...
10 Best Tailgate Speakers In 2019

10 Best Tailgate Speakers In 2019

Speakers
If you are looking for the best tailgate speaker, this is the place to be. Our article on 10 best tailgate speakers is designed to shorten your search and to introduce you to some of the best models on the market. We have tested more than 20 popular models and made a list of 10 speakers offering the best performance. Keep reading our article and find out everything you need to know about tailgate speakers. If you are not in the mood for reading, just scroll down to the list and see our favorites.   You can’t throw a great tailgate party if there is no music. Even if you have all the other ingredients (barbeque, drinks, snacks, and of course, people), without some nice beat, there will be no party. Your car speakers might be a good option but they tend to sound poor, especially
17 Best Bluetooth Speakers With FM Radio In 2019

17 Best Bluetooth Speakers With FM Radio In 2019

Speakers
Do you easily get tired of the music you have on your phone or player? If you like Bluetooth speakers and you use them often outdoors, we have the right solution for you - Bluetooth speakers with FM radio. For most of us, having at least 2.1 speaker system or even one speaker at home or office is a must. If you hate cables or you live in a small apartment or your office is cluttered with all kinds of wires, a Bluetooth speaker will really come in handy. If the speaker supports radio, there is some extra fun. The possibility to listen to radio wherever you go is really helpful in some situations and we will explain all the advantages of Bluetooth speakers with radio later. Besides that, this article will emphasize the most important things about Bluetooth speakers and show you the...
OontZ Angle 3 Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

OontZ Angle 3 Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

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Oontz Angle 3 Plus is the third speaker from a popular line of Oontz Angle speakers. Compared to its predecessor Oontz Angle 3, Angle 3 Plus is larger, delivers louder sound and punchier bass, and has a much larger battery. Oontz Angle 3 Plus is a great choice if you are looking for an inexpensive portable Bluetooth speaker under $40. It’s small and lightweight, it features Bluetooth, it’s IPX5-certified, and it delivers an amazing playtime of up to 30 hours at 2/3 volume. The speaker can be used indoors and outdoors and it’s a nice choice if you need a shower speaker. The sound is quite amazing for the size. It’s nowhere near some $100+ JBL or UE speakers, but for the price, you will get more than satisfying sound quality. We were not impressed by the bass response but you won't ge
9 Best Bone Conduction Headphones In 2019

9 Best Bone Conduction Headphones In 2019

Headphones
Have you ever come across bone conduction headphones while searching for a new pair of headphones for running or cycling and moved on thinking why would I need these? Well, you might actually benefit from these headphones, you just don’t know that, yet. Our article on 9 best bone conduction headphones is designed to answer all the questions about bone conduction technology and bone conduction headphones. We are going to explain all the things you need to know about bone conduction, list all the differences between these and traditional headphones, and put an emphasis on the advantages of bone conduction. We are also going to talk about all the downsides of using bone conduction headphones. If you are familiar with the concept of bone conduction and you just want to find the right pair o
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Review

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Review

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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium are the first sports bone conduction headphones made by AfterShokz. Compared to some previous AfterShokz bone conduction headphones, these are much sturdier and more comfortable. There is also an upgraded version of Trekz Titanium called Trekz Air, which is even lighter and more comfortable, but also significantly pricier. To be completely honest, we are not convinced that the number of improvements justifies such a high price of Trekz Air. In our opinion, Trekz Titanium is a smarter choice. AfterShokz is the only recognizable brand when it comes to bone conduction headphones. If you do a little research on your own, you will see that all the other bone conduction headphones have some odd names that you have never heard of. In a way, AfterShokz is the only trus...
HiFiMan HE-400i Review

HiFiMan HE-400i Review

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HiFiMan HE-400i are planar magnetic headphones designed for critical or casual listening. Compared to other planar magnetic headphones on the market, these can be considered quite affordable, but they are most definitely not cheap. Still, if you want to experience planar magnetic technology and you are not prepared to splash more than $1000 on some high-end headphones, HiFiMan HE-400i planar magnetic headphones are a great entry-level option. They are not the cheapest choice but they offer great performance and great sound quality for the price. There are only a few recognizable names on the planar magnetic headphone market. The most reputable ones are Oppo, AUDEZE, and of course, HiFiMan. The introduction of planar magnetic drivers started the revolution on the headphone market and bro...