Audio in Virtual Reality

As I’m sure you know, Virtual Reality, or VR, is becoming more and more relevant in today’s media. As the technology improves and the price tag shrinks, we should expect the idea of putting on a headset and immersing ourselves in a virtual world to become less ‘science fiction’, and more ‘science fact’. At Bayan,…

What is multi-room?

If you are at home and you are able to control your music playing in one or many rooms at the same time from a smartphone or tablet, you’ve got a multi-room system. To be able to enjoy the sound of a multi-room system at home, you will need to have multi-room speakers. They will…

3 tips to make the most out of your SilverPoint speakers

Whether you are the proud owner of some SilverPoint multi-room speakers, or are entertaining the idea of grabbing yourself some, it’s always a good idea to know exactly what you’re working with. Here’s a quick rundown of how to get the absolute best experience out of the SilverPoint range and the clever little companion app,…

Bluetooth vs WiFi

Bluetooth and WiFi are both standards used with radio waves at ultra-high frequencies, capable of transmitting information over short distances with no need for a physical connection. They are very similar technologies, when it comes down to the physics, however their uses vary. Bluetooth Bluetooth is most often used when portability and simplicity is important….

What is a Sonic Boom?

‘Sonic Boom’ is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object travelling through air faster than the speed of sound. Perhaps the easiest way to visualize what is happening is to look at an object moving through a more viscous material than air – let’s use water for our example. As an…

Artificial Intelligence for Music

Artificial Intelligence is a computer program designed to think for itself, or learn from information fed to it. We can then use this program to create new material based on what it has learned. AI is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s technology industry. It allows greater automation of complex tasks, and allows technology…

The Piano

The notes and sounds made by a piano are the result of strings vibrating. The strings vibrate when they are hit by a hammer within the piano. The piano has 88 keys all of which play a different note. Multiple keys can be played at the same time to create chords and harmonies. What happens…

Decibels; The Power of Sound

What we perceive as sound is longitudinal oscillations of pressure waves travelling through the air and the decibel rating of the sound is dictated by the how big those waves are – their amplitude. Decibels are logarithmic so the decibel scale can seem confusing at first, but if we consider the sound of a jet…

How Speaker Material Affects Your Sound

Which material is best when making a speaker? Making speakers that sound exceptional and retain stable performance is a mixture of art and science. When shopping around for speakers, you are sure to find all kinds of materials used to make the enclosure (the part that holds it all together). While many modern speakers are…

What is Spotify Connect?

What is Spotify Connect? Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up. Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify’s catalogue – but through Wi-Fi-connected speakers, TVs, laptops, and other…

Internet Radio

Internet Radio: Broadcasting on the World Wide Web From the 1920s to the early 1990s, the only way to listen to radio shows was to tune your radio in to whatever was being broadcast in the air around you. Your radio would receive a signal being transmitted through the atmosphere from a large broadcasting tower…

A History of Headphones

The History of Headphones We often take the process of evolution for granted. It is in everything, ourselves as a race and individuals included. Everything on this Earth has evolved from something, a tree from a seed, an empire from an idea, a headphone from arm strain. By 1881, speakers had been around for some…