Last Friday, Brian Klug, Ian Cutress and myself took an hour to discuss a lot of what was on our minds lately. At a high level we discussed building a new Ivy Bridge PC, Brian's picks for best Android smartphones on the market today and even talked a bit about the next iPhone. Go a bit deeper and we had discussions about SSDs, the changing PC landscape, Haswell and much more. 

This marks our first ever official AnandTech podcast. The plan is to regularly do more of these and my hope is to be able to rope in all of the AnandTech writers to spend some time on the mic. We're getting an RSS feed for the podcast setup but for now here are direct links to the first episode (mp3 and m4a formats) as well as an embedded player here if you want to get started immediately. The total play time is just over 1 hour (01:01:05) and that will likely be our target going forward. As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. Let us know what you liked, hated and want to hear more of.

 

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  • meloz - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    I hope you guys fix the annoying audio issues. Decent first episode, but keep improving. Want some feedback? Heheh...

    1. Anand's audio quality is the best of the three. Ian is second, but only because he has some occasional echo (?) issues. I think Ian's room acoustics are _far_ better than Anand's, whose sound like a bathroom. Some acoustic foam (or thick curtains) in Anand's recording room will improve his sound.

    As for Brian, total disaster. Anand should probably write a tutorial ("Babby's First Podcast...") so that Brian can copy whatever Anand is doing with his audio to make it sound so good. It is not all about the mic, you have to make some effort and be professional. Experiement with mic placement as well, if you are not using a headset.

    2. You should also prepare an 'index' for the program, which topic is discussed at which time in the program. Publish it as as a list alongside the download link.

    3. Include a technical description of the podcast (length, filesize, bitrate etc) in a simple format (standardize, and then stick to it), and please don't hide / clutter the download links in a paragraph.

    4. You can safely reduce the bitrate and not compromise the audio quality. For the audiojehadist, include a .flac. On a torrent (TPB?) if you are scared of bandwidth wastage. The rest of us will be perfectly fine with 128 kbps, if not 96. Most audiobooks sound awesome even when they are 64 kbps bitrate. Room acoustics and low noise levels while recording are far more important to sound quality of the finished product than mere bitrate.
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  • mikael.skytter - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    This is great! Reply
  • G-Man - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    I mailed Anand for more indepth suggestions, but what crossed my mind:

    Pros:
    - Audio quality seems fine, I didn't react to Brian's quality.
    - Anand introducing himself is all the intro I need. No need for music or anything like that, it breaks with the aesthetic of the site and articles.
    - I love predictive discussion about "how you think things are going to be with Haswell, next ipHone" etc. Becuase if anyone knows about it, you guys do!

    Cons:
    - The discussion felt a bit haphazard, jumping from one topic to the next. I'd rather you covered a few topics more in detail, but I'm guessing you are testing the waters with this episode. I feel it needs more structure.
    - To be honest the discussion about intel CPUs felt kind of boring. I have a 2500K myself, I like following the development of CPU-technology, but it felt too "specific", I couldn't really relate to it. Maybe that's just me.

    I suggest you try to structure it more like:
    1. What have you been doing/reviewing this week Anand, Ian, Brian?
    2. Topic of the day: Haswell/Apple event/quarterly earnings etc.

    Thanks for a great first try!
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  • risa2000 - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    When added to iTunes, it shows as "Anand Shimpi's Album" podcast. I am not sure this is what you wanted.
    If you spent ~100MB on voice, you may want to spent 200KB on nice cover art. It will not add much to the content, but it is nice to look at on vintage 2009 iPod Touch (which won't play any MP4 video).
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  • GKluss - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    Even if we Germans are usually not known for enthusiastic wording, i found that first podcast awesome!
    It didn't do over-professional reciting of already published facts but gave a good insight of the work you guys are doing and a lot information / stuff which doesn't make it into published articles.
    Very much appreciated. Keep it going.
    @Ian: I like that British accent. ;-)

    Best regards
    Gregor
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  • Will Robinson - Sunday, August 19, 2012 - link

    Congrats on getting a podcast up and running.
    As many of the forum members will be your listeners it would be a good thing to comment on interesting or popular forum posts and posters.
    Having one as a guest on the podcast would be neat too.
    Best of luck AT podcast crew!
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  • cosmotic - Saturday, August 25, 2012 - link

    How many times did everyone say the phrase "Right?" Way to many. Reply
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  • TheGuardians - Friday, January 25, 2013 - link

    Anand really needs to convince Brian to get a room. There's some serious man (boy)-crush happening through-out the podcasts!
    Anand's continued giggling & predilection towards anything & everything Brian says is frankly difficult to listen to. This kind of attention disregarding pervasively the other
    guests/members of the podcast is surely not diplomatic & equitable - epsecially by someone in a role of leadership as Mr. Shimpi is.. being the CEO & boss of the 'website'/'business'.
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