Audio

crosley-spinnerette-1

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 [...]

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LSTN_Troubadours_6

Recently, I had fun reviewing two very different headphones made primarily of wood: the premium Meze 73 Classics and the budget Griffin WoodTones. Each had their pros and cons, and it was hard to tell if the wood — as cool as it is — had any real effect on the sound. As I said [...]

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Audioengine_W3_4

I will admit upfront that this review is way overdue. The main reason is because the Audioengine W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter is a product that is not easy to categorize. It performs some unique functions and duplicates some that are built into existing products. It’s taken me a while to sort it all out [...]

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TV01

One thing that's almost certain is that the quality of the sound from flat screen TV speakers rarely equals the quality of the picture.  It's understandable, considering the size and location of the speakers.  You can of course invest in a surround-sound system and wire up your TV viewing room, or there is the option [...]

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Audioengine_A2_1

Audioengine doesn’t know when to leave well-enough alone. Case-in-point: Their A2 speakers were just about the perfect size and rating for desktop use, and consumers obviously agreed because they have sold quite well. Even so, Audioengine figured they could do better, so they’ve introduced the new A2+ powered desktop speakers. These mini-powerhouses have been substantially [...]

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A bang for your buck

thodio_a-box_boombox

Talk about turning swords (in this case, bullets) into plowshares; the thodio A-BOX .50 cal Ammo Can BoomBox heavy edition has to be one of the most unusual and ingenious speaker conversions I've seen lately. Just look at the thing: It's an authentic steel ammo box that has been converted into a powerful, handmade boombox [...]

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Geneva_Model_S_wireless

Last year, The Gadgeteer reviewed the beautiful and innovative Geneva Model S. Nothing looked like it (or still looks like it) and the motorized dock was a conversation starter. However, that was so then and this is now. Once the iPhone 5 and new iPad ditched the 30-pin connector, the days of speakers with docks [...]

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kinivo-bluetooth-speaker-1

I have reviewed other speakers here on the Gadgeteer, and recently found an incredible little Bluetooth powerhouse called The Phoenix by Beacon. It has some awesome features and sound.  But when I saw the Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker with its sleek, sexy profile (can a speaker be sexy??) I wondered if that larger size packed [...]

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beacon-phoenix-bluetooth-speaker-1

I have owned a bunch of portable speakers over the years.  Ever since my first boombox in high school my love affair with portable music has led me on the quest for the perfect portable audio companion.  My ideal companion must be small, have big sound, crazy battery life, cheap, high quality workmanship, and multiple [...]

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Native_Union_Speaker_2

The portable speaker market is getting more and more crowded ... and more interesting as well. Jambox, FoxL, Scosche, JBL, Braven, and a host of others are competing for your wallet and coming up with some twists in design and/or features to grab your attention. Native Union is a company you may not have heard [...]

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Avantree01

I've noticed that many of the new audio gadgets are now Bluetooth-capable, but what can you do about those that aren't or are legacy products?  Avantree provides a solution with their Saturn Bluetooth receiver and transmitter, a small portable device that can turn your wired audio device into a wireless device. * Bluetooth profiles supported: [...]

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LG 300W Sound Bar System review

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I do enjoy my 47" LCD TV, but the sound quality never seemed to equal that of the picture.  I realize that it's difficult to get any fidelity out of a couple of puny speakers, however, the alternative of getting a surround sound system was more than I wanted or needed, not to mention having [...]

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bluemic-spark

Spark Digital is Blue Microphone's new studio-grade condenser microphone to offer both USB and iPad connectivity. The Spark Digital is the only iPad microphone to offer a zero-latency headphone out for direct monitoring. This eliminates distracting delays when creating multi-track recordings where new tracks need to be synced with existing tracks. The Spark Digital also [...]

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AvantreeSpeaker1

With the rise of better music players and streaming services in the last few years, we have also seen a rise in the number of speaker systems, personal earphones/buds and other ways to actually hear the music being offered up. In public situations, folks usually want to have their music pumped directly into their ears, [...]

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wms

Last year I bought 2 new TVs for my house. I got a great price on both of them, and the HD picture looks great on both of them.  And being the tech guy that I am, I immediately started looking for ways to take advantage of that gorgeous HD screen.  The TVs were not [...]

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Boats-To-Go MP3 Boombox Review

boatstogo-boombox-2

Back in 1984 (geesh, I'm old) I received a wonderful Christmas present.  It was my very first boom box, and it had dual tape decks and a radio, and a line-in jack to plug up a microphone.  I didn't want one of those single tape deck boom boxes, no sir. I wanted to be big [...]

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Logitech Ultimate

One for Bill to review?  Logitech has released the Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors designed for professional studio engineers and producers.  Each pair is custom tuned to individual needs using your Personal Reference Tuning Box. The earphones include 5 individual armatures with a three-way crossover. They have detachable braid cables that can be removed, and the [...]

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Hi­Fi­Man Ex­press_HM-101_DAC_1

As music storage becomes more computer-based, listening to music – whether it’s from a desktop or laptop model – requires compromises. One of those tradeoffs is sound quality. It’s a badly kept secret that computer sound cards are not that good. Heck, some of them are just awful. It doesn’t matter how much money you [...]

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sewell-hammerhead-1

I have looked for a solution for a long time to connect my laptops to my various TVs.  I have avoided buying converter boxes because I simply didn’t want the hassle of buying yet another device to go in my entertainment center and then have to fish the cables out when I wanted to move [...]

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BitPerfect_1

Let's be real here, OK? iTunes has never been a great program where sound quality is concerned. Steve Jobs famously said that music was in Apple's DNA.  That may be, but I wouldn't call Apple an audiophile company. Despite that, I use iTunes every day mainly because it's just so darned easy, plus it does [...]

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