THE BEST Sound

Hearing Tarantino

Hearing Tarantino

(Gore) Editor Jacob T. Swinney compiled this short series of scenes from Quentin Tarantino’s films in which sound effects sit front and center, demonstrating how effective and important the use of good audio is to complement visuals.

An Audio Illusion

An Audio Illusion

We’re used to optical illusions, but sounds can play tricks on us too. The Pulse on WHYY demonstrates how we make sense of gibberish by providing our brains with context. Part of the Your Brain exhibit at Philly’s Franklin Institute.

Advertisement

CHORUS 1

CHORUS 1

Headphones on, folks. By using radio data collected from a satellite, then transposing and filtering the inaudible signals, Andrew Williams extracted sounds which make us feel like we’re deep in the rainforest, not in the silence of space.

A Beautiful Sound

A Beautiful Sound

Gearheads, are you having a bad day? Just hit play and crank the speakers for two minutes of some of the most glorious noise you’ll ever hear, recorded from inside Maximilian Werner’s Ferrari 250 SWB GT Breadvan rounding Nürburgring.

Game Over

Game Over

A short film by Gioacchino Petronicce for Pix’n Love Editions which harnesses the power of sound to communicate some of life’s little game-enders. Crank up your speakers or headphones for this one.

World’s Quietest Place

World’s Quietest Place

Orfield Labs has an anechoic chamber that absorbs 99.9% of sound but becomes unbearable after just 45 minutes. Apparently having no external noise to reference causes your mind to hallucinate.

Sennheiser HD 700

Sennheiser HD 700

Like its big brother, the HD 700’s open ear cups flaunt its 40 mm Duofol transducers, mounted on steel gauze and angled for natural sound. A comfy headband and ear cushions round out the package.

Music from a Dry Cleaner

Music from a Dry Cleaner

When we go to the cleaners, we’re too busy making sure they didn’t forget any of our shirts to notice anything else. But when Diego Stocco stops in, all he sees are a bunch of musical instruments.

Transformers 3: The Sounds

Transformers 3: The Sounds

While Transformers: Dark of the Moon won’t be winning any Oscars for its plot, you still have to admire the work of the guys who create the cacophonous sounds throughout the film.

TDK Sound Cube

TDK Sound Cube

Liked the looks of TDK’s retro-mod boombox? Their Sound Cube is equally cool, with dual 5-1/4″ coax drivers and two passive reflectors on the sides, filling rooms with sound from the inside out.

VoicePrints Art

VoicePrints Art

Designed to capture moments from motivational words to “I Love Yous” to a baby’s first words, VoicePrints allows anyone to turn their unique voice into a custom, one of a kind work of art.

Gary Hecker: Art of the Foley

Gary Hecker: Art of the Foley

You’d think that modern movies would just use digital effects to create sounds, but there’s still a need for the professional Foley artist, who crafts noises with just their body, props, and mouth.

Nomadic Sound System

Nomadic Sound System

This musical performance art piece consists of nine people wearing self-contained audio systems, moving together or individually to create an ever-changing, human surround-sound system.

Advertisement

Scandyna Megapod Speaker

Scandyna Megapod Speaker

Offered in 6 colors, the Megapod speaker from Scandyna follows in the aesthetic footsteps of their Minipod with its dynamic, organic shape and a subwoofer that offers deep bass.

SwitchEasy ThumbTacks

SwitchEasy ThumbTacks

Designed for the 4G iPod Nano or 2G iPod Touch, SwitchEasy’s ThumbTacks are actually tiny microphones that insert into the 3.5mm headphone jack via gold-plated plugs.

JVC UX-GN6

JVC UX-GN6

For touchy-feely types, JVC’s 120-watt UX-GN6 micro audio system features a “laser touch” panel for volume and playback control, plus motion activated wake from standby.

Sennheiser HD800

Sennheiser HD800

With gigantic transducers, uncovered earcups and Alcantara ear pads, Sennheiser’s HD800 headphones promise high fidelity natural listening–and make you pay out the nose for it.

BeoSound 9000 #1

BeoSound 9000 #1

Nobody ever said being good was easy, but Bang & Olufsen also makes it pricey: they’re auctioning the first BeoSound 9000 plus a pair of 8000s, with proceeds going to UNICEF.

BeoSound 5

BeoSound 5

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 5 is two-piece remote and music server for the well-heeled, with a 10.4″ LCD and a 500GB hard drive running an Apple Genius-like MOTS algorithm.

Tonium Pacemaker

Tonium Pacemaker

Recently awarded PopSci’s “Best Of What’s New ’08”, the Tonium Pacemaker lets DJs mix two songs on the go; it packs a 120GB hard drive and a touchpad for speed and pitch control.

Advertisement

Pro-Idee MP3 Radio

Pro-Idee MP3 Radio

We have to admit we’re mostly smitten by the Pro-Idee MP3 Radio/Alarm’s looks; it’s got a swanky analog meets modern style, with chrome buttons, a usb port and SD/MMC card slot.

Hobnox Audiotool

Hobnox Audiotool

So advanced it requires Flash 10, Hobnox’s Audiotool is essentially a virtual Roland synthesizer that allows you to create your own electronic music; it looks and sounds freakin’ awesome.

International Dance Machine

International Dance Machine

International Dance Machine is a portable DJ that with doppler radar, ultrasonic proximity sensors and a freakin’ disco ball; while the trailer’s music is meh, the concept is “sound.”

SteelSeries Siberia Headset

SteelSeries Siberia Headset

Known for their gamer friendly hardware, SteelSeries’ Siberia Headset is a solid, goodlooking headphone; we like the mic, which can be detached if you just want to listen to tunes.

JL Audio Fathom f212

JL Audio Fathom f212

JL Audio’s latest subwoofer, the Fathom f212, sports automatic room optimization tech similar to the Beolab 5, but ups the ante: we’re drooling over the 3000W amp and dual 12″ drivers.

MDR-XB700 Headphones

MDR-XB700 Headphones

Despite 3000 mW of maximum input, Sony’s MDR-XB700 headphone is designed to pamper the ears: its thick urethane leather cushion is air tight and minimizes sound leakage.

ADVERTISEMENT

Use Arrow Keys ← → for Faster Navigation

Home | About | Suggest | Contact | Team | Links | Privacy | Disclosure
Advertise | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Sites We Like

Awesome Stuff: The Awesomer | Gadgets, Games & Geeks: Technabob | Cool Cars: 95Octane
Site Design & Content © 2008-2020 Awesomer Media / The Awesomer™
Visit our Friends at: Not Always Right