Audio, Video, TV Gear

Frends_2

Everyone knows what headphones are and that they are usually not the most fashionable things  you can wear. As headphones become an everyday accessory for many, the company Frends decided to cater to the female half of society with headphones that pay as much attention to fashion as they do to audio. Frends has a [...]

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comply-foamtips

I'm locked in a constant struggle with my earbuds--they just fall out of my ears. I've lost count of how many aftermarket earbuds with all sorts of tips I've tried out over the years. Evidently there are others who struggle with similar issues, because Comply Foam Tips makes a variety of earphone tips for people [...]

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withings-home-2

Julie and I have reviewed many Withings living-well products over the years, primarily smart-scales and activity trackers up to this point. Though in the past year, they have expanded their line-up to include baby, sleep, heart, and home products as well. In this case, Withings sent us several of their new high definition surveillance cameras to [...]

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ironman-speaker

Why buy an ordinary Bluetooth speaker when you can buy one that is a life sized replica of Iron Man's head. The MARVEL Iron Man Mark XLIII 1:1 Scale Bluetooth Speaker from Brando plays all your favorite tunes via Bluetooth, USB flash drive or 3.5mm audio cable. Pair it with your Bluetooth enabled mobile device, [...]

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Auris_zwing_2

Up until now, any Bluetooth or Airplay speakers were dependent on the device that was doing the streaming, whether it be a laptop, smartphone or desktop computer. It’s no big deal that the new, portable auris zwing portable speaker/boombox does that, but it will also do it independently of any device—as in all by itself. [...]

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sideclick-remote-control-2

The TV in my bedroom has what has to be the worst remote ever created.  It seems to be underpowered, and there's an opaque cover over the wimpy IR sender that means it sometimes takes what seems like a dozen tries to get the TV to simply turn on or off.  I need to get [...]

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Thinksound_Rain2_2

“If the rain comes comes, they run and hide their heads.” When I think of thinksound’s new Rain2 earphones, I always think of the iconic Beatles’ song, “Rain”. I don’t know why, except that the Rain2 earphones serve as a counterpoint to the song—in my head, at least. It means that while the song, “Rain,” [...]

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amazon-fire-tv-update

I got an email from Amazon outlining the new features added to their Fire TV with the newly-released OS 1.5 update.  The update adds the following features: "Expandable USB storage—Use a connected USB flash drive to expand your Amazon Fire TV storage for downloaded apps and games—this enables you to have more games downloaded for [...]

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iClever-Bluetooth-Stereo-Headset-1

I've been using an inexpensive set of Philips wired earphones forever and have been pretty happy with them. However, the more time that has passed, the more I have thought about replacing them with a Bluetooth set, especially when doing chores around the house. The iClever IC-BTH01 Bluetooth Stereo Headset was then offered to the [...]

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roku-background-themes

Are you tired of the boring black background on your Roku streaming player or your Roku TV?  Now you can add a theme featuring your favorite TV show to jazz up the backgrounds.  Right now, the Game of Thrones and Netflix original series House of Cards are free for a limited time only.  Additional Themes range from $0.99 and [...]

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Soen_Transmit_XS_2

Apple doesn’t sell just any Bluetooth speaker in their online store, so Soen scored a coup of sorts with their new Transit XS portable—and mountable—Bluetooth speaker. The Transit XS is the smaller cousin to the original Transit. Besides its size, the XS model is different in a few ways from the bigger Transit. The XS [...]

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hbo-now-ipad-2

Yesterday we took a quick look at the new HBO Now streaming service on the Apple TV.  With HBO Now, you can access all of HBO's original programming plus a variety of movies without needing an HBO subscription through your cable company.  You only need a broadband connection, and you'll need the iPad connected to [...]

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Plantronics Voyager Legend 1

Bluetooth hands-free headsets or smart car calling features are becoming more and more necessary now that 14 states have banned hand-held cell phone use while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.  Even if your state doesn't have a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving, there are bans on people using them in school [...]

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hbo-now-apple-tv-7a

Our condo complex provides cable service as part of our monthly HOA fees, but that service is standard definition.  We rent a cable box directly from Time Warner so we can see high-def programming with our "free" cable, but we don't have any premium channels.  I feel left out sometimes when people talk about all [...]

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Decibullz-Custom-Molded-Earphone-Adapters

I have trouble keeping my earphones in my ears while working out and constantly have to reposition them which is indeed an exercise in futility! ;-) Decibullz Custom Molded Earphone Adapters are an elegant, inexpensive solution to this tedious problem. You can replace your standard silicone tips from earphones that have a straight nozzle with [...]

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TIDAL logo

When reviewing headphones, earphones and speakers, there is always one constant throughout: A music source. Whether it’s vinyl, CD, iTunes, music burned in Apple Lossless, FLAC, Spotify/Pandora or even FM radio, the music has to come from somewhere. Then there’s the music player: iPhone/Android smartphone, various iPods, digital audio players, computer, home stereo. As you [...]

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smsaudio_sync50-1

As I have said before, I prefer earbuds, having tried literally dozens of them from stock earbuds to wireless sport headphones to extravagant, handmade monitors and everything in between. I like their small, compact, transportable form-factor for travel, working out, puttering around the house, etc. Be that as it may, it surprises me how many people are [...]

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ivation acoustix-04

As a rule, I don't get that excited about Bluetooth speakers anymore unless there's a feature that really grabs my attention.  The last waterproof Bluetooth speaker I reviewed was the NYNE Aqua floating Bluetooth speaker.  What's so different about the Ivation Acoustix waterproof Bluetooth speaker? In the box, you get pretty much what you expect:  A [...]

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magzet

Our smartphones and tablets continue to evolve with more memory, faster processors, larger displays, and better cameras, but have you ever considered the design of the audio jack? The 3.5mm jack that you plug your earbuds and headphones into hasn't changed in decades. The old saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is true, [...]

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Blue_Mo_Fi_1

While unboxing the Blue Mo-Fi headphones, I was reminded of the door hinges on my wife's 1997 Lexus SC300 sports coupe. See, the Lexus hinges are not your everyday hinge—they're over-engineered so the large doors open and slide a bit forward which helps in tight parking spaces. Lexus reportedly spent over a million bucks developing [...]

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