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The Lie That Saved Brazil - This American Life
A trip to a country where the fiction that is money completely fell apart.
busn114  economics  audio 
1 hour ago by bonni208
A Sound You Can't Unhear (and What It Says About Your Brain)
She starts with a clip that's been digitally altered to sound like jibberish. On first listen, to my ears, it was entirely meaningless. Next, Das plays the original, unaltered clip: a woman's voice saying, "The Constitution Center is at the next stop." Then we hear the jibberish clip again, and woven inside what had sounded like nonsense, we hear "The Constitution Center is at the next stop."

The point is: When our brains know what to expect to hear, they do, even if, in reality, it is impossible. Not one person could decipher that clip without knowing what they were hearing, but with the prompt, it's impossible not to hear the message in the jibberish.

This is a wonderful audio illusion.
audio  perception  audio-illusion  sound  jibberish  pattern  noise 
8 hours ago by zzkt
Jimmy Page is releasing an amp which recreates the sound of Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin News
Jimmy Page announced on January 22 that he will release “Sundragon,” a limited edition amplifier which he said recreates the performance of his original Supro Coronado amp that he used during his time in Led Zeppelin.
The website for the Sundragon amp says that 50 limited edition, hand-built amps will be released in 2019. All of the limited edition amps will be signed by Page.
A standard model of the amp will be released later in 2019, the site said.
The amps are being made in conjunction with music producer Perry Margouleff and guitar amp expert Mitch Colby.
“I had been impressed with the forensic analysis both Mitch and Perry had put into the research of the sonic reproduction of the original Supro amp to arrive at the Sundragon,” Page said in a statement on the Sundragon website.
music  jimmy_page  guitar  audio 
21 hours ago by rgl7194
The Best Universal Remote Control for 2019: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use universal remote to control up to eight AV components and even some smart-home devices, we recommend the Logitech Harmony Companion. Harmony remotes are the easiest to set up, and the smart, activity-based system simplifies control of your whole home theater. No other remote control we found offers as much control, connectivity, and compatibility for the money.
Our pick
Logitech Harmony Companion
The best universal remote control
The eight-device Harmony Companion doesn’t require line-of-sight to your gear, can control Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, and can even run your smart home.
$105 from Amazon
The two-piece Logitech Harmony Companion system, which consists of a hub and a handheld remote, can control up to eight AV components, and it works with IR, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices, which gives it more flexibility than many budget remotes have. You can also use a smartphone/tablet app to control your system. The Harmony Companion integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant, and several do-it-yourself home-automation hubs and smart devices, such as lights, locks, thermostats, and motorized shades. The remote lacks backlighting, and all of that functionality makes it a bit more difficult to program than some other Harmony remotes—but it’s still easier to use than anything else available.
remote  tv  smart_home  audio  wirecutter  comparo  review  wi-fi  bluetooth  automation 
23 hours ago by rgl7194

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