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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
As headphones become more popular as an audio accessory and fashion statement, some companies have been able to adapt to this evolving market better than others. Some lean more towards the design while others cater to the audiophile crowd. V-Moda has tried to have it both ways. With the over-ear (circumaural) Crossfade LP, they succeeded [...]
If your computer’s sound card leaves a lot to be desired, you can bypass it with the Audioengine D2 Premium 24-bit Wireless DAC. Connect the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to your computer, and you’ll be able to wirelessly stream HD audio to any system. It’s a high-quality USB wireless computer DAC, a wireless USB-to-SPDIF converter, and [...]
Whenever I am reviewing headsets, I am always looking for thought in the design as well as function and comfort. PureGear’s PureBeats certainly has a fresh look. But do they deliver quality sound or are they just another cheap in-ear headset that is over priced?
What keeps you entertained when you hit the gym? I’m sure most of your answers would be a mp3 player or flirting with that gorgeous guy/girl next to you. But let’s stick with audio for this review. Wearing headphones when working out is very common these days. But the main problem is that most headphones [...]