Audio

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

The one thing I really missed from the Audyssey South of Market speaker dock I recently reviewed was Apple’s AirPlay technology (plus no headphone port, but I digress). I was so sure that the next version of that speaker would have it. I was wrong – sort of. Audyssey has released an AirPlay speaker. It’s just… Read More

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 is most notable is the cable. You won't find… Read More

If you are like most people in today’s economy, you are always looking for ways to save a little (or a lot) of money. The same holds true in the audio world. It doesn’t matter whether you are happy with the earbuds that came with your iPod/iPhone or have invested in better quality headphones or… Read More

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… Read More

How do you judge a pair of headphones in this pristine, digital age when you’re listening to a new track from Jónsi and Alex that has analog noise added for effect? I have no idea, but boy, does it sound ethereal and haunting. The track is “Daníell In The Sea”, which may not be your… Read More