McIntosh MXA60

Prosumer audio components shrunk into a shelf-sized unit

A favorite of audiophiles everywhere, McIntosh has been known for its top-of-the-line amplifiers and stereo equipment for over 60 years. We recently got the chance to spend some time with the MXA60 integrated audio system, released to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary. As with all of their products, the system’s looks alone won us over instantly. With a glass face, metal casing and anodized aluminum …

Sculpted Eers

Find the perfect fit with custom molded earbuds

Custom-fitted to the unique shape of your ear in just four minutes, the Sculpted Eers earbuds from Montreal-based Sonomax deliver dynamic sound in an ultra-comfortable way. The DIY kit comes with easy instructions for achieving a perfect fit for either of their two models—a single speaker PCS-100 or superior dual driver PCS-200. The recently-launched earbuds will be available beginning spring 2011, and will sell for …

Cymatics

The second edition of Jenny's 1967 seminal book on the topic is full of nature-induced mandalas

Generally the study of wave formations—specifically sound—Cymatics looks at the mesmerizing organic shapes created by invisible waves. Founded by Swiss doctor and scientist Hans Jenny who used simple sine waves to create patterns in powders, liquids and pastes, the book collects images developed over 14 years. The resulting mandalas reference art (like the work of Herwig Weiser, architecture, geometry and nature, among other disciplines. The …