2018 Welcomed a New Fleet of Internet Pop Stars

Forget the pop stars of years past, because 2018’s class of chart-toppers is more diverse, based in subculture and digitally inclined than ever before. Partly because of the new rules on streams counting in chart calculations, many newer musical artists are being born from internet followings and Soundcloud pages. Not only that, but the sound of pop is changing—using more and more elements from various …

Digging into the Details of the New Sonos Flagship Store

Whitney Walker, the GM of Stores, walks us through the brand's first retail space

After more than 18 months in development, Sonos has opened their first-ever retail store—and to call it that would be insulting to the head-to-toe custom-made experience that it is. The skylit space at 101 Greene Street in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood has been designed to make your first or hundredth experience listening to music through Sonos “epic,” but also comfortable and seamless. Leave past experiences at …

Mu-so Qb by Naim Audio

The British company crafts a $1k cube-shaped wireless audio soundsystem

English hi-fi audio manufacturer Naim (you’ve experienced their expertise if you’ve ever driven a Bentley after 2008) revealed the newest addition to their line-up last month at CES. The Mu-so Qb is a compact version of Naim’s rectangular Mu-so, which was their debut attempt at a completely wireless music system. “Qb” is pronounced “cube” and its shape comes forth—with distinct, curved grilles. To clarify, this …