Definitive Technology A90 Unboxing

Citizens! So after a great, but not complete review of the Definitive Technology BP9000 series. I finally got my hands on the final piece to the weapon of this fight. The Dolby Atmos A90 attachment speakers. Let me tell you they are just as beautiful as the rest of the BP9000 series. I love the way they flawlessly integrate with the rest of the speaker. These speakers definitely add a sense of future to the rest of the speakers. Well that and Dolby Atmos is pretty epic if you haven’t heard it yet.

A quick rundown on what Dolby Atmos is. Dolby Atmos is the newest iteration of surround sound decoding from Dolby Digital, it adds an essential height dimension that many people miss in their home theaters. The best way to explain it, why do you go to the movies to watch a movie? The sound is unreal, correct? For me it is, I have a 4K television and it’s like being at the theater, but what I miss at home are those booms and cracks that can only be delivered in a theater. Well Dolby Atmos helps deliver that. By add height speakers in the center of the room it adds a whole new dimension of sound. Ever wonder what a TIE fighter screaming by you sounds like? Or the whoosh of a baseball being hit out the park sounds like? You can with Dolby Atmos. You can enhance your traditional 5.1 surround sound to 5.1.2 as well as your 7.1 surround sound can become 7.1.2. You have to hear it to believe it. Here’s some pictures of what a set-up would look like taken from Dolby.com.

So now that is out of the way, we can continue with the unboxing! Eventually I will be setting up a youtube channel to do these unboxing at home for you to all see live, but with the blog just starting out, I want to provide you all with the best content I can right here. So here are the pictures from the unbxoing. IMG_2106IMG_2107IMG_2108IMG_2109IMG_2110IMG_2111

As you can see from the pictures these speakers look flawless and then the sound quality really gets going once you hook up the A90 Atmos attachments!

Hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I had unboxing. If you are looking into Dolby Atmos, let me know in the comments and we can talk about it! Also if you have Dolby Atmos and want to reccomend some movies for others that would be amazing. But for now as the post comes to a close I really enjoyed seeing the whole BP9000 series set-up in all of its glory. I still don’t have the rear channels, but that’s a different story. In this fight against bad home theaters and technology one can never be too careful. Hope you have a good week citizens.

 

What I’m watching in Dolby Atmos
– Pixels
– Unboken
– Deadpool
– Ender’s Game

Look out next week when I have my review for the new Samsung UN78KS9800 it’s samsung top of the line full-array 4K LED television that I have some choice words about.

BOSE finally comes into the wireless generation!

Citizens! You know that special surprise I was talking about in my post last week, I’m pleased to inform you all that I can finally talk about it. Although it’s something I don’t consider HiFi, it’s something that everyone enjoys! What I can finally talk about is new members to the BOSE family. Finally, BOSE has done what we’ve been asking for. Wireless noise cancelling headphones and wireless earbud! I was so excited when I found out I almost threw out my Jaybird X2’s (I know not HiFi, but I sweat a lot when I work out) and grabbed the closest pair, but they weren’t released until this past Sunday. Now that they are out I can let you know about them. First up the headphones.

The Bose QuietComfort series is well known by anyone who has ever looked at headphones and this latest iteration is not lacking anything. The new QC35’s offer wireless capabilities! This is something that fans of the brand and in fans in general have been asking for, for a long time now. The QC35’s offers a 20-hour long battery life and if you want to be wired that same battery will last 40 hours! 20 hours for a noise cancelling wireless headphone is quite the accomplishment. The QC35’s are also Bluetooth and NFC compatible, which is really cool for those that use NFC. From the experience I has wearing the new QC35’s they are just as comfortable as any other headphone BOSE makes. So whether you’re listening for an hour doing homework, or an 18-hour flight you won’t get fatigued wearing them. I was in a noisy showroom when I tried my pair and on it was pure silence, until I turned my music on. Then it was honestly like every other noise cancelling headphone, but more accurate and less bass (looking at you Beats) At a retail price of 349.95, with two color choices (Black and White) I can honestly say these are a home run! Let’s talk about the earbuds now.

Now this is something that everyone has been waiting for an even longer time. Wireless earbuds from BOSE so you can jam out while working out. The BOSE SoundSport lineup has always been a go to recommendation, but with this year’s wireless addition it’s hands down a go to. The downside to the earbuds are battery life (6 hours compared to others at 8-10) and non-noise cancelling, but maybe BOSE will surprise us and release those later in the year. The earbuds sound great just like every other earbud on in the price range. But with the capability of connecting to multiple devices at once these are a step ahead of the competitors. The good news is that these earbuds are at a great price. Retail cost is 149.95, comparing to some equal competitors at 179.99 or 199.99. The new SoundSports come in two colors black and blue. Along with the new earbuds BOSE is releasing a charging case for the new SoundSports, the case will give another 3 full charges to the earbuds, so you’re looking at 18 hours in full, if you add the case which will be 49.95. These seem and sound like a great buy from BOSE.

 

For now, I think I’ll stick with my Bowers & Wilkins P7s which are not noise cancelling, but to me still sound better than the BOSE. But I will probably be swapping out my Jaybirds for the new SoundSports. Overall these are going to be a great addition to anyone’s collection especially at the price point that they are released at. As for adding them into the fight for better technology it’s a great move by BOSE, but you won’t see this crime fighter using them when there are so many other options on the market.

 

QuietComfort 35’s – 3 Masks out of 5

SoundSport Wireless – 3 Masks out of 5

If you want a pair head over to bose.com and take a look for yourself, but I suggest going to a local retailer like a BOSE store or Best Buy to try them out.

What I’m listening to now

  • Drake Vs. Childish Gambino playlist by Apple Music.
  • Jon Bellion – The Human Collection

Thanks to BOSE for the pictures!

Is Definitive Technology’s new BP9000 series a definitive choice for your home theater?

Citizens! I was waiting until I got the whole lineup for this new addition to the Definitive Technology family. But it’s taking too long for my rear channel speakers or the SR9080 & SR9040’s to come in. This makes me sad, but nothing a good review can’t help. So here we go!

If you don’t know anything about Definitive Technology I suggest going on to definitivetech.com and checking them out! Really cool and interesting technology they use in their speakers, but as a little time saver here’s a a rundown. Definitive Technology was founded in 1990 and since then has taken the industry by storm, winning hundreds of accolades for their bipolar speakers. What’s a bipolar speaker you may ask? Essentially instead of having just one front facing speaker they have a back facing speaker inside the cabinet as well. Thus creating a unique listening experience. This allows the speaker to fill the room that much more with sound since it’s not coming only from one place, but from all around you. Well now that we got that out of the way let’s talk about the new line up.

The BP9000 series is absolutely stunning to look at, Definitive Technology really outdid themselves on the design this time around. From the base that looks like something out of a Star Wars movie to the brushed aluminum tops and bezel. These speakers scream futuristic. bp9000

After listening to these speakers for a few weeks, all I can say is looks can be deceiving but not for this case. These speakers blew away all thoughts I had about Definitive Technology. So here’s the setup for music that I was using BP9040 and a Pioneer SC-91, I was also using my phone to stream tidal HiFi. Generally the first track that I play on speakers to hear the clarity is Johnny Cash’s version of Hurt. From the first breath you could hear the major improvements in the BP9000 compared to the BP8000 series. From the lows to the highs it was all clear and concise. The added benefit of these speakers are the built in subwoofers. So there was no need to add extra bass to this. After Hurt, I generally completely switch gears and go to Beyonce’s Partition to really open up these woofers and bass drivers to see what they can do. Just as I suspected, the bass is kicking like no other speakers can. It’s a true wonder on how Definitive Techchnology can get this much bass in such a small cabinet. After that it was just basically my playlists of songs, everything from Iron Maiden to Tony Bennet was played. (I will have to share my playlist in a future post) After listening to track after track I really got a feel for these speakers and I really enjoyed them.

Overall I’m going to give this series a 4 masks out of 5. Only reason it’s not a perfect 5 is that where the speaker can handle the lows and bass extremely well sometimes the highs end up getting lost amongst the bass. I would recommend  this speaker series to someone who is just getting into the home theater space and wants an amazing speaker but doesn’t want to spend the money on full 5.1 system. This series will get the job done with just two speakers and a center channel. By the way, I know I skipped over the center channels, but a quick run down is that they’re great, they are clear and accurate for voice which is exactly what you want. But with the built in woofer it’s bass heavy. This series will be a great addition to anyone home theater audiophile or not.

As for pricing, the BP9000 series follows suit to the BP8000 series.

  • BP9080X – $1,749/each (available late summer)
  • BP9060 – $1,099/each
  • BP9040 – $899/each
  • BP9020 – $649/each
  • A90 Module – $499/pair
    • This is a Dolby atmos module that will add great height to any movie that your watching, unfortunately at this time, I have not received these guys so I cannot make an opinion on them, hopefully soon.
  • CS9080 – $999/each (available late summer)
  • CS9060 – $699/each
  • CS9040 – $499/each
  • SR9080 – $349/each (available late summer)
  • SR9040 – $249/each

As you can see the pricing for this series is not terrible at all! Please take the time and go find a dealer for these speakers and give them a listen yourself. Leave in the comments what your thought on these speakers are.

So citizens as our latest battle is coming to a head I think that these Definitive Technology BP9000’s will make a good addition to our arsenal of weapons against bad sound. Be safe out there!

What I’m listening to this week

New Songs – Acquainted (The Weekend) and of course Panda (Desiigner)

Old Sound – Country Heroes (Hank Williams III)

 

Thanks To Definitive Technology for the picture!

Update 6/2/2016

Hello Citizens! It’s been a crazy week so far and only getting scarier out there. As per my day job I had a few trainings this week on some awesome new products that are hitting the shelves soon if not already. So I will be getting some reviews out sooner than later.

Reviews to look forward to

  • Definitive Technology BP9040 & CS9040
  • Something secret I can’t disclose yet!
  • Samsung UN78KS9800FXZA (I’m really excited to see this guy)
  • Pioneer Elite VLX101 & VLX301
  • 2016 LG OLED Line-up as soon as I can get them broken it
  • Maybe some special surprises 😉

Looking into also setting up a youtube channel to start doing unboxing and live reviews, I think that will add some extra security layers so evil home theaters will have less places to hide.

 

As for music, not to much going on new we got a new Radiohead album and a new Blake Shelton album. Looking forward to listening to them for you citizens.

 

As for what i’m listening to this week

  • Drake -Views (new music)
  • White Album – The Beatles (old music, but it’s one of my favorites)

As always i’m listening to my tracks on Tidal HiFi

 

Let me know what you guys think and if we need to be reviewing anything else, let me know what you want to hear! Find me on Facebook (facebook.com/themaskedaudiophile) and Instagram (@themaskedaudiophile)

A Sailor vs Bad Country Music

Hello citizens, today we bring you a new villain to defeat. That villain is bad country music. Some people scoff at the genre due to thinking it’s all about losing a girlfriend or drinking beer. But there’s a whole side of country music that people may not know and that’s artist that care. Meet Sturgill Simpson, a class act in the world of music as a whole. I stumbled upon Sturgill when listening to the Joe Rogan podcast and I needed to hear his music right away. There’s a unique sound to his voice that I just cannot get enough of. The way he writes his music is like some of the greats, very meticulously and thought out. You can tell that he cares about the quality in his music and sound that people are hearing. With inspirations from Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On” album you get that same one track feel to this album.

The album starts off with “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” which at first your just waiting for it to being and you can hear the raw emotion that Sturgill has in his voice speaking to his newborn son. Then the instruments pick up and you have a fast paced country jam with jazz instruments in the background and it transports you to a music realm where you thought didn’t exist before. Right then you realize that this album is going to be something special.

My favorite track on this album is Sturgill’s cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” it adds a much needed breath of fresh air to a song that is one of the greatest. I have no begun using this song to test speakers. It’s the same song you’ve known and loved for 25 years! It lets you wonder where this style of country music has been your whole life. It leaves you wanting more, I usually have to repeat it two-three times before moving to the next track.

Other songs I can’t get out of my playlist are “Keep It Between The Lines” and “All Around You” these songs just like the others on this album just show you how good Sturgill’s voice is. It takes you too a place emotionally that today’s music does not take you. I highly suggest listening to this album in one sitting as it was intended to be.

The album finished off with “Call To Arms” which is the final blast of skill from Sturgill and it’s a mixture of traditional country tang and some kicked up Hank Williams country, with extremely good vocals and jazz instrumentals.

The album is called “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” and it’s been available for a few months. I would go, buy, stream, download, or however you listen to your music this album immediately. When the masked audiophile asked his sailor buddy to help save his citizen’s the sailor definitely obliged and left this guide as an olive branch between the city and the sea. Until next time citizens be on the lookout for music crimes, and please leave your thoughts on the album in the comments below.

Hello!

Hello there and welcome to The Masked Audiophile, this blog was dedicated to save the world from horrible audio and technology in peoples homes and on the go. As The Masked Audiophile it is my duty to give you the latest and great news in the world of audio, home theaters, and home automation. Unlike the Hulk I will not be smashing things, just listening to music and having a great time.

 

Currently Listening To (On Tidal HiFi)

New Song: CAN’T STOP THE FEELING – Justin Timberlake

Older Song: Slow Cheetah – Red Hot Chili Peppers

What are you listening to this week?