Ryan Waniata

Ryan Waniata

Ryan Waniata is an audio engineer, musician, composer, and all-around lover of all things tech, audio, and cinema. Hailing originally from Montana, Ryan received his bachelor degree from the University of Montana in composition and technology. He later studied audio engineering at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ, then packed up for Nashville, where he spent a couple of years playing and recording music in various studios and local venues. Ryan now makes his home in Portland, OR. Feel free to contact him on twitter, or check in with him at Digital Trends to get the scoop on all the latest in tech, film, and music.
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Hi-Fi Corner: Parrot Zik 3 debut in Europe with wireless charging, Apple watch control

Parrot, maker of both drones and headphones, announced an update to it's insanely popular line of wireless noise cancelling headphones with the Zik 3. The new cans come with luxurious leather available with several stitching patterns…
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Hi-Fi Corner: Slim down your sound with Def Tech’s W Studio Micro sound bar

Def Tech's next big idea is going small for the company's latest sound bar, offering a remarkably slim and stylish design that boasts Play-Fi connection for multiroom sound over your Wi-Fi network.
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Hi-Fi Corner: Masked in marble, Sennheiser’s new audiophile cans define sonic luxury

Sennheiser held an elite event in London to unveil its latest headphones, which come with a tube amplifier wrapped in Carrara marble. That's all we know, though, as Sennheiser is keeping everything else, including price, a secret.
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Hi-Fi Corner: Yamaha’s $1,700 YSP-5600 is the Rolls Royce of sound bars

Yamaha's latest sound bar is its most ambitious effort yet loaded with dozens of the company's sound projection beam drivers, and touting support for Dolby Atmos surround sound, along with all the spoils of the new MusicCast multi-room…
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Hi-Fi Corner: Make that turntable sing with Yamaha’s A-S1100 integrated amp

Yamaha shows off its latest integrated amp, the A-S1100. Listed at $3,000, the amp is a bit more affordable than its predecessors in the family, but still boasts gorgeous design and plenty of audiophile goodies.
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Hi-fi Corner: This stylish cast iron turntable is 100 pounds of awesome

Fern & Roby offer a new entry in the field of most coveted turntables on earth in this cast iron 100 pounder that's loaded with tech to ensure brilliant spins of your favorite wax, with an industrial aesthetic that's sure to make any hi-fi…
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Hi-Fi Corner: Astell&Kern’s AK380 audio player is hi-res opulence incarnate

Astell&Kern ups the ante in the portable high-resolution audio market once again, demoting the $2,500 AK240 for a new flagship called the AK380. Loaded with top-tier components, and tons of new features, the AK380 takes portable sound to…
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Hi-Fi Corner: RHA’s gorgeous T20 premiere an all new driver system

RHA rides the wave of the popular mold-injection T10i headphones with their successor, the T20. Offering all the features of their predecessor, along with an innovative new driver system, the T20 are poised to dazzle.
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Hi-Fi Corner: Yamaha’s RX-V379 receiver can power your home theater for less

Most receivers we showcase start at the $1,000 price point or higher. But Yamaha's new RX-V379 offers 4K passthrough, Bluetooth, and more, all for just $300. Why pay more if you don't have to?
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Hi-Fi Corner: Astell&Kern’s new AK Jr portable makes hi-res affordable(ish)

Astell&Kern makes some of the most gorgeous pieces of high resolution portable gear  -- inside and out -- that you’ll find on the market. But for many listeners, even the company’s entry level units have approached the point of…
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Hi-Fi Corner: AIAIAI’s TMA-2 modular let you customize your cans

Copenhagen-based AIAIA's latest evolution in headphones builds on past models to create an adaptable, modular headphone design that allows you to choose your own function, fit, and sound.
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Hi-Fi corner: RHA’s steely T10i tender big bass without sacrificing clarity or detail

RHA's T10i are a classy set of earbuds crafted from mold-injected steel and outfitted with custom filters, all delivered in an attractive package.
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Hi-Fi Corner: Outfit your home in style with the W7 multi-room speaker

Definitive Technology's premium new W7 speaker is a wireless cube of sound that offers multi-room functionality like Sonos, but trades proprietary control for open source, allowing it to play nice with other speakers in the Play-Fi family.
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Hi-Fi Corner: Onkyo waxes nostalgic with the CP-1050 turntable

Onkyo joins the ranks of so many electronics companies these days, heading back to the old ways with a new turntable, the classically-styled CP-1050
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Hi-Fi Corner: Check out Bang & Olufsen’s $600 Bluetooth basket of sound

Can Bang & Olufsen's second take at a Bluetooth speaker raise your expectations for what a portable speaker can be?
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Give your smartphone a breather and play with Ray’s Super Remote instead

There are all sorts of futuristic universal remotes on the market these days, but many are tied into your phone, spread across multiple components, or part of some ambitious crowdfunding effort.
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Sonos Play:1 goes kind of blue for Blue Note Records’ 75th

Sonos' Play: 1 speaker gets a colorful paint job, and an exclusive jazz playlist curated by Blue Note Records artists.
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Craving God-like control of your whole home? Meet NEEO

The world of universal smart remotes is about to get more interesting thanks to NEEO, an app/hardware combination offering control of over 30,000 devices.
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Hi-Fi Corner: Samsung’s new audio lab creates gorgeous multi-room speakers

Check out our first-hand impressions of Samsung's new 360 degree multi-room speaker pods, fresh from the company's newly-built audio lab in Valencia, CA.
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Hi-fi Corner: Pioneer’s SP-SB03 Speaker Base makes your TV worth listening to

The brilliantly nuanced Andrew Jones SP-SB03 Speaker Base from Pioneer is one of the best sounding compact home theater solutions on the market.
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Hi-fi Corner: Trade out your clunky gear for this silver sonic jack-of-all-trades

The Sprout offers a multitude of ways to play, from wireless streaming to vinyl, as well as premium amplification for loud speakers and headphones.
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Put the ‘theater’ in home theater with Denon’s $3,000 Dolby Atmos receiver

With Dolby Atmos, 9 channels of potent sound, and high-resolution streaming, Denon's new $3K receiver is the stuff of home theater dreams.
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Hi-fi Corner: This is no carafe, but a futuristic speaker that shoots sound in all directions

This wireless sonic rocket offers a host of features to fill your room with sound, including high-res audio compatibility, and multi-zone capabilities.