Audio, Video, TV Gear

SamsonGoMicDirect - 2

If you’re using your computer for any sort of sound input, you’ve probably already decided the built-in microphone is useless after more than the occasional snippet. If you’re doing voiceover for video or Skyping/FaceTiming for any kind of podcast or hangout, you need a better mic. Samson Electronics makes a full range of audio products, [...]

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jamspot-tablet-stand

The JamSpot Tablet Stand holds your tablet or phone while you use it or while you watch videos.  Lots of stands do that, but not many add Bluetooth speakers so that you can actually hear the video you're watching.  The JamSpot folds up to fit in your gear bag for travel, and its multi-angle and [...]

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case logic kontrast-06

On the heels of my recent review of the GOcase Compact GoPro Case, we have the Case Logic Kontrast action camera case.  Yes, THAT Case Logic.  The very name conjures up memories of cassette and CD organizers of my youth.  Let's see what today's Case Logic comes up with. Compatible with up to 2 action cameras, [...]

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omaker-m4-1

About two years ago I bought a fixer upper for my family and I. Unfortunately, I can't afford to hire contractors; therefore, the bulk of the "fixer upping" is left to me. I rarely mind doing the work so long as I can listen to music at the same time. In the past,  I would [...]

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ONANOFF-Sound-Cover-6.jpg

I was excited to receive this sample to review from ONANOFF. Being a music aficionado and an avid iPad Air 1 user, I was stoked when I read the company’s description and claim that this flat panel speaker/case, would improve the sound of my iPad Air by 400%. As you can imagine, I was a [...]

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Torque_t096z_t402v_1

When a company has a successful product launch and needs funding for follow-up products, more and more of them are turning to funding sites like Kickstarter. Kickstarter has been responsible for many successful product launches; the most famous probably being Neil Young’s PONO music player. In 2013, I reviewed the Torque t103z in-ear-headphones and was [...]

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Phiaton_MS100BA_12

As earphones become ubiquitous in our daily lives for music on the go, it becomes more important than ever to consider sound quality. Are we getting the best sound for our money? Probably not. Is there better audio available than what we get from our stock ear buds that came free with our smartphones? You [...]

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Pump Audio-1

In today's high-end earphone market everyone tries to have a hook or a gimmick to compete against the perceived king of the hill in headphones and earphones. Pump Audio, a UK company and a fairly new comer to the high-end earphone market, decided to take the market's front-runner head on by comparing their earphones to [...]

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urge-basics-cuatro-bluetooth-speaker-2

Anyone who uses a smartphone, tablet, or even a laptop knows at some point you're going to wish you had a speaker that sounds better than the wimpy little speakers that are built in to these portable devices.  There's a plethora of portable speaker options on the market, ranging from really cheap to very expensive. [...]

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smsaudio-in-ear-sport-bluetooth-5

I have owned many Bluetooth headphones and earbuds because I just hate wires.  Some of them have been pretty nice, and some of them have been a bust.  My favorite up until now has been the Arriva Leo, which I reviewed way back in 2011.   But in general, Bluetooth headphones suffer from two problems in [...]

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flir-2

If you've been looking for a home security camera but can't decide which brand to buy, let me make your decision even harder by giving you another company to check out that you might not have considered before. It's FLIR, the same company who makes thermal imaging cameras and other high-tech gear. Their FLIR FX [...]

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ihome-sound-flask-ibt32

When I was a kid, I remember poring over the catalogs we'd get (especially the Sears' Wish Book), and I'd look at everything that could be a gift for my family members - if only I had some money...  It always seemed to me that the gifts for men were strange and/or utilitarian.  Women had [...]

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Skullcandy-Grind-1.jpg

Recently, I received a set of Blue Skullcandy Grind Headphones (MSRP $59.99 USD) for review. Skullcandy is a well-known manufacturer of headphones and ear buds that cater to the younger, active consumer. These headphones have a classical on ear design, with a detachable cable that features a simple to use, one button control for answering [...]

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Arctic-P324BT_11

I use my earbuds daily: at the gym, working at my desk, mowing the lawn, and on and on. But sometimes I'd like to listen to my podcasts, tunes and other audio without having to deal with that annoying cable. I'd been wanting to try a pair of Bluetooth-based wireless headphones on the market today, so when [...]

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showtime-streaming-service

If you have an internet connection, you'll be able to subscribe to SHOWTIME's new streaming service.  In the beginning, they'll be partnered exclusively with Apple, so you'll also need an Apple device or an Apple TV until the service expands to other providers.  The new service is simply called SHOWTIME, and subscribers "will have unlimited [...]

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Pendulumic_Stance_S1_3

With all the headphones I review, there’s only been one or two that were wireless. While I appreciate the convenience of Bluetooth, it’s not something I look forward to regarding headphones. Headphones are capable of revealing too much information in music and all the minuses of Bluetooth seem to be magnified when they are wireless. [...]

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bluetooth-speaker-ottoman

I don't normally think of Bluetooth speakers as being big enough to use as a footstool, but this one is.  The Bluetooth Speaker Ottoman has a quilted faux leather exterior, so it blends in with your decor.  It's available in black only, and it measures 18" tall X 17.5" wide X 18" deep.  It has [...]

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Axel_Soundscape_1

There are many factors that go into why one headphone is chosen over another: sound quality, comfort, looks or fashion—whatever. There are as many reasons as headphones to choose from. Recently, one company has designed a headphone that can be customized to a particular sound preference. Axel Audio has developed a system of taking a [...]

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onandoff-sound-cover-ipad-air-2

Even though my iPad Air 2 has louder speakers than any other iPad I've owned, it's still not capable of room-filling sound.  The Sound Cover from onandoff promises to increase the sound of an iPad Air or Air 2 by up to 400%.  The Sound Cover snaps on over the front of the iPad to protect the [...]

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iClever-Bluetooth-Transmitter-and-Receiver-1

We have an old Yamaha receiver/amplifier that has 5.1 Pioneer surround sound speakers connected to it. I've been thinking for a while that it would be nice to be able to stream music through these speakers. There a several devices out there that will turn your non Bluetooth speakers into Bluetooth speakers to stream music to and [...]

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