Audio gear

The Flexson VinylPlay Digital Turntable has been selected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store to appear in its NYCxDesign 2015 London Tech City collection, celebrating the best and brightest in British technology.  Flexson designed the VinylPlay turntable to "bridge the gap between complex, audiophile turntables and poor-quality digital decks", and it is designed to stream… Read More

Years ago, just after graduating college, my first big purchase was a receiver, turntable, and speakers.  I eventually added a better turntable, a cassette deck, and finally a CD player.  Over the years, I replaced all my vinyl albums with CDs and pared my components down to just a CD player, my receiver, and speakers.  Finally… Read More

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

The Mikey Digital from Blue Microphones is a simple, yet powerful little device.

Everyone, except, of course, the tech "pundiots" (pundit idiots) of the world, knows that iPads and iPhones and even the lowly iPod Touch can be used for more than just playing music or games. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there, as well as cases, speakers, holders, lens attachments, and tripod mounts for… Read More

If you love everything about your tablet or smartphone or computer except for its wimpy sound, the iWOW Universal from SRS Labs is an inexpensive way to boost your sound quality.  Last year, we reviewed the Apple-specific iWOW 3D audio enhancer, and SRS Labs responded to the request for a non-device specific enhancer.  The iWOW-U… Read More

I may not know a lot about audio technology, but I know what I like when it comes to audio equipment.  And I like the Rubicon Atomic AD/DA Preamp from Antelope Audio.  (Click the picture for a better view.)  Ignoring all its features for a moment, this has to be the most gorgeous piece of… Read More

No matter how great your earphones are, there's always one flaw that everyone hates - the earphone's cord.  The most annoying part is when the cable flops around or get caught in something while you have the earphones on.  Klinggon solves that problem by providing a stable holder to keep the cable from moving around… Read More

I may have one of the more original stocking stuffers for that gadget/audio freak. It's the Stoweblank TinyMix, a – well,  I'm not sure exactly what you call it. It's not an amp or a sound processor. What it does, is allow you to connect up to four devices to one set of powered speakers… Read More

Logitech is one of the premier manufacturers of technology peripheral devices. They make some of the bestkeyboards, mice and their Harmony line of remote controls is fantastic. One of their newest products is the Logitech Wireless Headset. I’ve spent the last few days using the headset with a variety of devices and it has performed… Read More

I’ve read in a few audiophile articles that a good, reasonably priced set of stereo speakers paired with an amplifier will trump the best iPod speaker/dock no matter the cost. While that may be true, when I heard the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, I began to have some doubts. The British company, Bowers & Wilkins… Read More

The Ion Vertical Turntable from Hammacher Schlemmer is for people who still have vinyl records but don't have a lot of room.  Although it can be used on a flat surface, the Ion Vertical Turntable is designed to hang on the wall to save space.   A locking mechanism holds your albums firmly in place… Read More

Ever wish you had great speakers everywhere with you to jam to your tunes on your mp3 player or even pump out better bass from the iPad, but don’t want to carry around a bulky speaker system?  Tunebug solves that problem with a device called Vibe.  What this small and very portable device does is… Read More

Spring and Summer will be here before we know it (yes, my fingers are crossed in hope of sooner rather than later) and with warmer weather comes an increase in travel.  Whether it is a 12-hour drive south for spring break or a 30 minute drive to a local water park or beach, when the kids are… Read More

The iFrogz CS40s in their heat-sealed cocoon.

Headphones are the bane of our modern living style. We want to hear things that we have chosen - TV shows, music, podcasts, etc. - but we want to isolate those around us from what we're hearing. The folks at iFrogz have a Comfort Series in their Earpollution line, which offer a seemingly nice balance between size, separation, and style.

MacBook owners are familiar with MagSafe, the breakaway magnetic plug design that prevents damage if the power cable is yanked away from the laptop.  Replug can help do something similar for 3.5mm headphone jacks.  It features a flexible elbow and a non-magnetic breakaway plug tip that can protect your device from undue stress.  Available in… Read More