Headphones & Wireless Audio: Articles & Videos

Crutchfield Labs: open for business

Crutchfield Labs: open for business

by Steve Kindig

Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.

 
Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

 
Video: Audioengine wireless adapters demo

Video: Audioengine wireless adapters demo

by Tara W.

Aaron Cochran, the trainer from Audioengine, came to Crutchfield to demo their wireless adapters.

 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player review

Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player review

by David Brown

Want to get amazing sound from digital tunes with your home stereo? That's what Sony offers with this high-resolution server and player. Can it please your ears while offering more convenience than computer-based setups? I took it home to find out.

 
What are firmware updates?

What are firmware updates?

by Robert Ferency-Viars

What exactly is firmware, and why is it so important? This article answers those questions, and offers some advice on how to keep your gear's firmware up to date.

 

File Formats Glossary

by Ralph Graves

Learn about the different types of digital files.

 
Video: Upgrading Computer Sound with Headphones

Video: Upgrading Computer Sound with Headphones

by Tara W.

Find out how to get better sound from the music on your computer using headphones in this short video.

 
Comfortable acoustics: relaxing with the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones

Comfortable acoustics: relaxing with the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones

by Ralph Graves

Some people might think that it's fun to review headphones. OK, it is. Generally. But sometimes I need a break. I've been wearing headphones pretty much eight hours a...

 
The Focal XS 2.1 Multimedia Sound System delivers audio goodness

The Focal XS 2.1 Multimedia Sound System delivers audio goodness

by Ralph Graves

I recently had an opportunity to take home a Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System and try it out for a while. It was an assignment I readily accepted. Focal (pronounced Foh-CAHL) is a...

 
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

by Ralph Graves

Ralph tries out the Zeppelin Air, and compares it to the original Bowers & Wlikins Zeppelin which he also reviewed. Can the addition of Apple's AirPlay wireless technology really make that much difference?

 
Review: Sennheiser HD 800 headphones

Review: Sennheiser HD 800 headphones

by Ralph Graves

When I received a pair of Sennheiser HD 800 headphones to try out, I knew right from the outset this would be a different kind of listening experience. How many other headphones come packaged...

 
DAC buying guide

DAC buying guide

by Dave Bar

Learn how to find the best outboard digital-to-analog converter for your home or portable audio applications.

 
Home Speakers Glossary

Home Speakers Glossary

by Loren Barstow

Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll find in today's speakers.

 
Review: Sennheiser RS 170 wireless headphones

Review: Sennheiser RS 170 wireless headphones

by Ken Nail

Sometimes it seems like I'm in constant motion, even during my downtime. That can make using regular corded headphones challenging — every time I settle down to listen to a little...

 
Reviewing the Bose® SoundDock™

Reviewing the Bose® SoundDock™

by Ralph Graves

Ralph Graves tries out the Bose SoundDock powered speaker system designed for the iPod, and finds it as simple to operate as the player itself.

 
Sennheiser RS 180 wireless headphones -- wi-fidelity

Sennheiser RS 180 wireless headphones -- wi-fidelity

by Ralph Graves

It's been several years since I've owned a pair of wireless headphones, so I jumped at the opportunity to take a pair of Sennheiser RS 180 wireless headphones home for a...

 
Video: Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

Video: Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

by Tara W.

Tara, Crutchfield writer, tried out the Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker, and tells us about its Bluetooth® wireless capabilities, portable design and sound quality.

 
Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones -- substance and style

Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones -- substance and style

by Ralph Graves

First impressions — thinking outside the rectangle I had my doubts when I took the  Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones  home for review. I like B&W products —...

 
Video: Sennheiser RS 170 wireless headphones

Video: Sennheiser RS 170 wireless headphones

by Ken Nail

The Sennheiser RS 170 wireless headphones deliver lossless CD-quality sound, and give you the freedom to move around while you're listening.

 
Sennheiser PXC 450 noise cancelling headphones

Sennheiser PXC 450 noise cancelling headphones

by Video Guest

Ringo talks about the noise-canceling headphones in the Crutchfield Listening Station, and why he likes the Sennheiser PXC 450 headphones.