If You Want a Sonos Speaker, Today Is the Day

If You Want a Sonos Speaker, Today Is the Day

If you're just starting your system, the Sonos One SL is also on sale today ($129, $50 off).Photograph: SonosThe Sonos Beam (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) is also on sale.It's one of three soundbars that Sonos offers, and the best one to buy right now.

Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine

Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine

The Phonocut is an analog vinyl lathe, the first consumer device capable of making custom records immediately, right there in your home (assuming you’re willing to pay $1,100 for the privilege).The device cuts 10-inch vinyl records, which can hold about 10 to 15 minutes of audio on each side.

A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

On cold mornings, you’ll also see steam leave a bull’s mouth and nose while it’s bugling, which leads Clarke to believe smaller air passages of nostrils or front pouch of the lips may have something to do with the whistle that’s too high pitched to normally be coming out of an animal so large.

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

And it would have gone entirely unnoticed by faraway humans if it weren’t for the assistance of a company called Vaisala, which operates the sensor network and uses it to triangulate a lightning strike, feeding the data to outfits like the National Weather Service.

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

Based at the Wuhan University of Technology, in China, Guo’s team has tested its microphone array on four different college students and found that they can identify whether the person is sitting, standing, walking, or falling, with complete accuracy, they report in a paper published today in Applied Physics Letters . Some work with sound data, like Guo; others are developing better image recognition algorithms.

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

Overall, however, Gouzoules’ data suggests that humans are pretty good at distinguishing screams from other nonverbal vocalizations, regardless of whether they’re fearful, excited, or aggressive.

Netflix Boosts the Audio Quality of Its Streams

Netflix Boosts the Audio Quality of Its Streams

And when I asked Netflix’s sound engineers to cite a minimum bandwidth requirement for this improved audio experience, the answer was a little murky (mushy?).

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News. Netflix releases some subtle but significant sound improvements, a science squad gets ready to take on aggro-asteroids, and there's a big sale to nerd out over.

The Physics of the Doppler Effect, Represented as Tiny Balls

The Physics of the Doppler Effect, Represented as Tiny Balls

Notice how the balls look "bunched up" on the left side of the sound source but spread out on the right side? Here is a plot of the apparent ball frequency for a source moving at 4 m/s with the ball sound speed of 10 m/s.

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Photo credit: © Justin Bailie / TNC Nightbirds (May 15, 10:30pm) – Before retiring for the night, I take a long walk up Turkey Creek Canyon, enjoying the robust insect chorus and listening for other night sounds.

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Coyote researcher Brian Mitchell describes the sounds you’re likely to hear at this time of year: “Group yip-howls are produced by a mated and territorial pair of “alpha” coyotes, with the male howling while the female intersperses her yips, barks, and short howls.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.

26 Amazing TV and Soundbar Sales for the Super Bowl

26 Amazing TV and Soundbar Sales for the Super Bowl

There may be a few TV deals during President's Day in a couple of weeks (like last year), but the prices below are worth a serious look. The Best 4K TV Deals Vizio These are some of the most stunning TVs you can buy.

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

This week, Sonos has put its soundbars and subs on sale, likely to capitalize on the TV deals happening through Super Bowl weekend. The Sonos Sub carries a hefty price tag, but if you can afford it, buy it and stick it next to your couch.

Fender's New Acoustic Guitar Has a Million Different Voices

Fender's New Acoustic Guitar Has a Million Different Voices

But inside the instrument is an array of electronics that lets the player dial in a wide variety of sounds; when amplified, the Acoustasonic can take on the tonal character of different styles of acoustic guitar as well as solid-body and hollow-body electrics.

Scientists listen to the sound of photosynthesising seaweeds

Scientists listen to the sound of photosynthesising seaweeds

While measuring the sound produced by the bubbles could be used as a cheap alternative to estimate algal cover and ecosystem health in coral reefs, NIWA scientists say there is also potential to use it to learn more about New Zealand kelp forests.

Beep! Bloop! Buzz! Why Do UX Designers Often Neglect Sound?

Beep! Bloop! Buzz! Why Do UX Designers Often Neglect Sound?

But the cognitive and emotional effect is greater than you think.We partnered with Sentient Decision Science, a behavioral science research firm, to quantify this relationship using Implicit Association Testing, an online experiment that scientifically measures the strength of an individual’s associations between concepts and emotions.In this study, we assessed the strength of association between 20 different sounds and the emotion they inspired: 10 naturally occurring sounds—from a bird singing to squealing brakes—and 10 "designed" sounds created for products and experiences, like a microwave, a severe weather alert, and streaming TV sounds.

Achieve Audiophile Superiority With These Streaming Amps

Achieve Audiophile Superiority With These Streaming Amps

Naim Audio Uniti StarBest for: Streamcurious audiophilesWith a built-in CD player that rips tracks to a local drive, the Uniti Star eases the pain of parting with your CDs. Naim’s app summons your newly captured tunes and streams hi-res songs from cloud services.

Carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifts east – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifts east – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

New images made with data acquired by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite show the high concentrations of carbon monoxide emitted from the fires (in orange/red) between July 29 and August 8.