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Grace Digital Encore Wi-Fi Music Player Internet radio review

on Sunday, April 20th, 2014

We review a lot of speakers here on The Gadgeteer. Some of them have Bluetooth, AirPlay or NFC. The speaker I’m reviewing today doesn’t have any of those features. What it does offer are some things that most of the speakers we review don’t have including a color display, physical remote control and the ability to play 1000′s of Read More…

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ABCO Tech Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker Auto FM Shower Radio review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Friday, April 18th, 2014

I am a big fan of audiobooks and podcasts.  I am an even bigger fan of listening to them while in the shower.  In the past, I have done this by cranking up the volume on my desktop stereo system that I have hooked up to my desktop computer’s sound card.  This produces enough volume Read More…

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Amazon Fire TV review

on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Three years ago, Janet and I posted a dual review of two of Roku’s latest video streaming devices at that time, and we’ve been using those devices ever since.  Over the years, I’ve used similar devices like the Apple TV (original model), Boxee Box, Popcorn Hour and WDTV. Of all those devices, my favorite has Read More…

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Fiio X3 Portable Digital Music Player review

on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

In the past few years, I have reviewed many gadgets for the Gadgeteer, mostly involving audio. I just love headphones and speakers, so I usually stick to that. While I may be more discerning than many regarding audio quality, I don’t consider myself an audiophile and I try not to write like one. That’s not Read More…

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Tego CERA Wireless Portable Speaker review

on Friday, April 11th, 2014

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” is exactly what popped into my mind the first time I saw the CERA wireless portable speaker from Tego Audio. You may think that is a funny thought to pop into my head, but looking at the speaker and how its Read More…

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DUNU DN-1000 Hybrid earphones review

on Monday, April 7th, 2014

As the earphone market has grown substantially over the past few years, its technology has mostly split into two camps – dynamic speakers vs armature speakers. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages. DUNU, a Chinese company who started out making earphones for other companies, make and sell both dynamic and armature models. Their model Read More…

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There’s a new Chromebox in town

on Monday, April 7th, 2014

Love your Chromebook as much as I do? Now there’s another device to use the super fast and browser based Chrome OS. ASUS has released a new Chromebox model, the M004U.   This nifty looking Chromebox has 4 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit ethernet port, 802.11 b/g/n dual-band wireless, HDMI output, Displayport output, combo micrphone and headphone Read More…

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Turn your favorite speakers into a wireless Bluetooth system

on Friday, April 4th, 2014

With the new Bluetooth Audio Adapter from Logitech, you’ll be able to convert any powered speakers, like PC speakers, home stereo systems, or A/V receivers, into Bluetooth-enabled speakers.  You can pair the adapter with both your smart phone and a tablet and stream music from one of them.  Once you’ve paired the adapter with a Read More…

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The ultimate iPad studio? Focusrite iTrack Professional Dock for iPad

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Friday, April 4th, 2014

The iPad is a very powerful system for music creation, but it lacks any way to get music in or out of it.  Numerous companies have tried to create iPad docks for this purpose, docking the iPad to a platform that has the connectivity that music creators demand.  So far most of them have fallen Read More…

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Amazon introduces Fire TV

on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Amazon just introduced their entry in the streaming-media box field.  The Fire TV is a tiny, black box that streams many of the subscription services you expect: Netflix, Crackle, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and many others.  Unlike the Apple TV, it also provides access to Amazon’s Instant Video, including the free content available to Prime users.  It Read More…

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Divoom’s rugged, wireless speaker is great for travel

on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Divoom’s Voombox-Travel speaker is a 3″ round, puck-style speaker that’s perfect for taking everywhere you go.  It has a rugged, splash-proof design that makes it perfect for outdoor use.  It streams music wirelessly using Bluetooth 4.0, and it has a built-in microphone so it will function as a speaker phone for hands-free calling.  It has Read More…

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V-Moda becomes even more fashion conscience headphone with the XS headphone

on Saturday, March 29th, 2014

I have reviewed every V-MODA headphone beginning with the original Crossfade LP and each one has been a significant improvement over the previous version. The new V-MODA XS will replace the now-discontinued on-ear Crossfade M-80. The XS betters the M-80 with improved sound, military-spec (MIL-STD-810G) build quality and V–MODA’s  famous, patented CliqFold Hinge. The XS Read More…

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Braven makes a loud splash with the BRV-X

on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

This is getting old. It seems like every week Braven is releasing a new portable Bluetooth speaker. A few weeks ago, they released the large, rugged and water-resistant BRV-X Bluetooth speaker. Think of it as a super-sized BRV-1 that was recently reviewed by Steve Holt for The Gadgeteer. That speaker sounded good, came encased in a Read More…

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Sherwood Excape EXM-30 Bluetooth speaker review

on Friday, March 21st, 2014

Portable speaker systems range in price from $20-30 for the little pocket-sized ones to huge $600-800 units that can become your entire stereo. Where’s the sweet spot? We’ve reviewed many here at The Gadgeteer, and the ones I actually consider for purchase or gifting usually fall somewhere in the $100-$250 range. I was sent Sherwood’s Read More…

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This universal tablet pad improves your tablet’s sound

on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

When you’re watching videos, it’s nice to have a stand to hold your tablet so you don’t have to.  The BiONN SoundPad universal tablet stand has 2.5W stereo speakers embedded in the front legs for better sound than your tablet can produce on its own.  The stand works with iOS, Windows, and Android tablets; it Read More…

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Keep on rocking in the free world – in higher resolution

on Monday, March 17th, 2014

Digital music has changed how and where we can listen to music, but there are trade-offs for the portability.  Digital files often sacrifice some of the resolution for size so you can fit more music on your portable player, which means you loose some of the details and nuances the artist intended you to hear. Read More…

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SpyTec SJ-1000 Full HD action camera review

on Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Recently I had the chance to review the SpyTec SJ-3000 action cam.  It was good for the price.  Today we’re looking at the 3000′s sibling, the SpyTec SJ-1000 Full HD Action Camera which features auto record on external power for use as a dash cam.

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Edifier’s new Luna speakers may eclipse the competition

on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Edifier’s speakers are known for their iconic looks as much as their sound. The newly released Luna Eclipse e25 Bluetooth speakers are sure to continue that perception, because no other speakers look like them. They’ve even been awarded the prestigious 2014 iF Design Award. The egg shaped, Daft Punk helmet lookalikes feature a whopping 74 Read More…

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Papago! P2Pro Dash Cam review

on Sunday, March 9th, 2014

In my seemingly never-ending quest for a decent dash cam, I had the opportunity to review the Papago! P2Pro Dash Cam.  It may seem like another dash cam with an LCD screen, but the P2 Pro includes GPS, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning as well.  How do they do that?

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Faveable helps you choose your next HDTV

on Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Several years ago when I was trying to choose my first HDTV, I found the task to be confusing and time consuming. That was back when the main choice was between plasma, LCD and LED TVs. These days there are even more technologies you need to consider along with multiple brands to choose from. Our friends Read More…

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Swann ADS-445 SwannEye HD Pan & Tilt IP Network Camera review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Friday, March 7th, 2014

I’ve been procrastinating for a while now about picking up an IP-Cam to monitor my home and my cats while I am away from home. We’ve managed to get by on a webcam attached to our media center computer, but it is stationary, with no pan and tilt capabilities. I’ve seen Swann cameras in my Read More…

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Sherwood S-5 Panoramic Soundbar with Bluetooth review

on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

In the world of home theater systems everything seems to be getting bigger and bigger. With digital media providing immersive sound for movies and TV programs, your sound system needs to be first-rate to take advantage of that immersive quality. But what happens when you don’t have the space to install an expensive multi-speaker sound Read More…

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Modern sound from a steampunk device

on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

The Bluetooth Sound Enhancing Amplifier looks like steampunk, but it has some modern features married with some old technology.  The amplifier uses two 6N3 vacuum tubes to “generate 20 RMS watts per channel of distortion-free signal, adding punch and clarity to high bit-rate MP3s, Apple Lossless, or CD-quality audio played wirelessly from an iPhone, iPad, iPod Read More…

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Spytec SJ-3000 1080P Full HD Action Camera review

on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Tiny digital action cams seem to be everywhere, from bike handlebars to snowboarder helmets.  Even if you’re not the extreme sport type, you’ll probably find a use for one at some point.  The Spytec SJ-3000 1080P Full HD Action Camera promises to rival the ubiquitous GoPro at a third of the price.

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Crosley Spinnerette USB Portable Turntable review

on Friday, February 21st, 2014

It’s been ages since I’ve owned a turntable of any sort and even longer since I actually listened to music using one.  I was quick to join the CD bandwagon, because I wanted music without pops and noise and wanted to be able to start playing a recording without fear of dropping the tonearm and Read More…