Audio, Video, TV

Tibo_Plus 3_12

I know I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite things about reviewing products is being pleasantly surprised because a product performs better than I expected. It also makes it harder to review, because it is much easier to explain why you don’t like something than it is explaining why you do like it. [...]

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Creative Roar 2_9

One of my all-time favorite and best sounding portable speakers is the Creative Sound Blaster Roar. Its combination of powerful audio, Bluetooth and unbelievably low price make the Roar a rarity in portable audio. Yet, as good as the Roar is, Creative saw ways to improve upon its already impressive features and created the Sound [...]

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Fluance Fi70

Whether the new Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth speaker is the best sounding Bluetooth speaker as Fluance claims remains to be seen. Only a review can determine that, but the Fi70 may qualify as the largest Bluetooth speaker yet. This 81 lb. monster will certainly fill a large room with high quality audio. At the core of [...]

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When I want to listen to music, I prefer over-the-ear headphones, but those are not really a good fit when out and about. I've used both of Apple's earbuds/pods that came with the iPhone's I've owned over the years, plus many others, trying to find that sweet spot of durability, good sound, and sound isolation. [...]

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xtreem-drone-1

I can't explain why, but I'm fascinated by drones. I think it may be because I've always harbored the idea of being a helicopter pilot, but could never afford the schooling. I guess flying a miniaturized version is the next best thing. Previously, I reviewed the Axis Aerius quadcopter, supposedly the world's smallest drone. I [...]

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Phiaton_Bluetooth_Earphones_10

I’ve always liked Phiaton’s earphones and headphones, Their MS 100 BA balanced armature earphones are one of the best bargains available. The Chord MS 530 headphones are a comfortable pair of Bluetooth/Noise canceling headphones that look as good as they sound. Phiaton has adapted the noise canceling tech for their BT 100 NC earphones. Bluetooth [...]

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BT09

I guess it's my turn to review a Bluetooth headphone.  There's a bunch out there and we've looked at  several of them at The Gadgeteer.  I'm not an audiophile, but I can tell the difference between good and bad sound for the music I enjoy, so I'll share my experience with the 808.For the most part, I consume music by [...]

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Mass Fidelity_Core_2

When I reviewed the Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth digital audio converter, I was struck how well made and solid the DAC is, as well as how it makes life easier dealing with my older stereo equipment. However, the Relay is a niche product that will not be useful to everyone. Not so with the new [...]

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HEOS_One_2

When it comes to multiroom music systems, Sonos is the king. However, being the king makes you a target and Denon has Sonos in its sights . Denon’s ammunition is HEOS (Home Entertainment Operating System). This system ranges from the small HEOS 1 speaker to full-blown wireless home theater systems. The HEOS 1 is the [...]

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bluelounge-updated-cableyoyo-1

This January Bluelounge celebrates 10 years of simple design solutions aimed at cable organization by releasing an updated version of their very first product, the Cableyoyo (the original was reviewed by Judie Stanford right here at the Gadgeteer). The original was made of metallic-colored plastic, was square, had an adhesive to attach to a surface but [...]

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Maqe_SoundJump_1

Here’s a scenario: You’re out in the middle of nowhere listening to your portable Bluetooth speaker when the battery dies—and you don’t have access to an outlet to recharge it. Well, if you have the Maqe SOUNDJUMP speaker, no problem. The SOUNDJUMP is unique because it has a replaceable battery pack allowing the battery to [...]

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foscam-fi9900p-1

Cloud based security cameras like the Nest Cam, Logitech's Logi Circle cam, the FLIR FX security camera and others are very popular because they are easy to setup, have a mobile app and don't require special wiring to use them. Then there are wireless IP cameras like those from Foscam that are also easy to [...]

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vrshinecon-1

Virtual reality headsets like the much talked about Oculus Rift are the next big thing in immersive entertainment and education. Feeling like you're really part of a game, "traveling" to new destinations without leaving your home and learning new skills from your couch are quickly becoming a reality. Just a few weeks ago, I read an [...]

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soundblaster-x4h-4.jpg

Here you see the latest headphones from Creative Labs, the Sound Blaster X H5 Pro-Gaming headphones. The headphones were recently released at Gamescon in Cologne, Germany. As with music the quality of the gaming experience depends a great deal on the quality of the headphones you use.  These head phones don't disappoint and will give [...]

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Bragi_Dash_2

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, German company BRAGI released the Dash, the world's first smart wireless headphones. The Dash is a combination of design, audio, wearable tech, biometrics and telephone functionality, all in one product. It’s truly wireless. The Dash has 3 features in one earphone. In addition to streaming via Bluetooth 4.0, there [...]

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Bowers_Wilkins_P5_Wireless_8

It's hard to write anything new about the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphone because so much of what needs to be said has already been said—twice! My review of the P5 Wireless is based on the P5 Series 2 which in turn was largely based on my impressions of the original P5. Sure, the P5 [...]

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Mass_Fidelity_Relay_3.

Let’s talk Bluetooth—again. Bluetooth began as a convenient, but spotty and bad-sounding way to listen to music without wires. Today, Bluetooth has improved dramatically in sound quality and signal strength—although it can still occasionally have annoying drop-outs. It’s almost gotten to the point that wireless—whether it’s Apple’s Airplay, wifi, or the ubiquitous Bluetooth is becoming [...]

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samson-goconnect

Samson has announced an addition to their line of mobile friendly microphones with their new Go Mic Connect. The Go Mic Connect features a clip that adjusts to allow for easy mounting to the top of your laptop's display or monitor. It has a cutout on the bottom edge of the clip that prevents it from [...]

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IK-irig-duopro1

  As a musician who is better in my mind than in person, I love gadgets that help make me sound better than I am.  Plugging my acoustic-electric guitar in is one way I can do that, and the IK Multimedia iRig Pro DUO is an excellent choice for doing this.  The unit is small, [...]

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mpow-magneto-1

I spend a good deal of time listening to music; as a result, I'm always on the lookout for an extra pair of Bluetooth headphones. I like to keep a pair in my gear bag, a pair in my gym bag, and an extra set or two around the house because I'm always forgetting to [...]

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Pokl Boom Swimmer Duo & Jr-1

Portable Bluetooth speakers are everywhere nowadays. They are small, large, rugged looking or fashion forward. Polk knows the market is loaded with competition at many price points so they designed the Swimmer a few years ago, a portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Fast forward a few years and now Polk has moved the Swimmer design forward [...]

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Fluance_Signature_Series_1

The Gadgeteer has reviewed a few speakers from Fluance and come away impressed. Fluance make everything from Bluetooth to home theater to home tower speakers. Fluance’s newest offering is also their new flagship model: The Signature Series. Fluance has taken engineering, craftsmanship and premium components from its other high performance speakers, such as their XL7F speakers, [...]

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Audiofly AF240_1

Since reviewing their excellent AF78 earphones, I wondered if Australia’s Audiofly would move into the headphone market. I didn’t have to wonder long because they've just released the new AF240 over-the-ear headphone—a first for them. The minimalist-looking AF240 is made from a combination of polycarbonate ear cups and metal alloy arms which allows them to [...]

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samson RTE2-15

I seem to be on a bit of a wireless headphone binge lately.  Earlier this year I got to try out the JBL Everest Elite 700 headphones, which I liked quite a bit.  Today I've got my hands on a pair of Samson RTE2 wireless headphones.  They're not around-the-ear headphones that I prefer, but the [...]

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braven-705-1

There are so many speakers entering the portable speaker market, that I have bought my previous two based on a slick deal, aka price, and that's about it. That means I've stayed in the sub-50 dollar range of speakers. I was given the opportunity to review a speaker that seemed twice as nice as my [...]

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