Audio/video gear

As a frequent business meeting presenter, I have a variety of device-to-display adapters in my travel bag.  And this collection continues to evolve over time when newer technology such as USB-C video output becomes more prevalent.  Keeping up with this trend, StarTech offers a line of USB-C video adapters and provided VGA and HDMI versions to… Read More

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

The Avegant Glyph is a portable and lightweight theater that can go with you on all of your adventures. You might look like Geordi La Forge while you're wearing the Glyph, but you won't care because you'll feel like you're watching a 60-inch TV and will be enjoying hi-definition digital audio. It connects to your… Read More

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Here's a low tech alternative to the expensive hi-tech problem of viewing movies on your smartphone. Instead of crowding around your phone's screen, project the image on a wall using the Smartphone Projector. This DIY kit is made of sturdy cardboard and a comes with a glass lens that will magnify the image on the… Read More

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, iOS, News, Windows Phone

Super 8 movie cameras and players are going the way of the dinosaur, if they haven't already gone.  The time is now to convert that pile of movies that you or your parents have laying around.  With the Super 8 to Digital Video Converter, you can convert them yourself, without having to search for a… Read More

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The S-9 SD Sound Bar System from Sherwood is a full featured, multipurpose sound bar that aims to provide rich "surround" sound for small to medium sized rooms. It supports a wide range of input devices (3 HDMI, one optical, and one stereo analog input, 1 HDMI out, Bluetooth, FM radio, and USB for MP3 and… Read More

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

Another day, another media player.  Is it me or what?  Now micca has a new entry in the plethora of players available, the EP600 Premium Full-HD media player. This networked player is supposed to play all your media files on your HD TV from connected storage devices and streams from devices on your LAN.  We'll give it a… Read More

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Home and Kitchen, Reviews

Playing CDs never seemed so dangerous as when Darth Vader plays them for you.  Hammacher Schlemmer offers this Darth Vader CD Player - just lift his helmet to insert a CD.  There's also an AM/FM radio with telescopic antenna.  A digital display and buttons on the base let you tune in a radio station or… Read More

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Remember those virtual reality headsets that Hollywood teased us with for years?  Looks like Vuzix may have taken a step or two closer to making them a true reality.  Feast thine eyes (pun intended) upon the Vuzix Wrap 920.   Touted by Vuzix as the "world's most advanced sunglass-style video eyewear", it projects video from any… Read More

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Miscellaneous, News

You can receive and record local HDTV broadcasts on your PC using the USB digital tuner from Hammacher Schlemmer.  It comes with an antenna, and the ATSC tuner (the same as the ones used in full-sized HD televisions) supports up to 1920 X 1080 resolution.    You can also receive and record FM stations.  The included software… Read More

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AudioCubes has some cute, Lego-inspired earbuds they say "block the unwanted noise from interfering with your music".  These in-ear buds come with XS, S, M, and L ear pieces for a perfect fit.   The PlayBrick earphones have a 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug.  The 9.5 mm diameter drivers reproduce frequencies in the 20 Hz to 20,000… Read More

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It seems like most everyone, even young children, have portable mp3 players of some sort.  The big concern with the in-ear buds that come with most of these players is hearing damage.  Ultimate Ears is making a line of earbuds for children that can help prevent hearing damage.  The LoudEnough earbuds uses an "energy dissipating… Read More

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Kid Gadgets, News

If you have a lot of old cassette tapes, vinyl albums, 45s, and even 78s, you've probably had some sticker shock realizing how much it would cost on iTunes to convert all that music to digital files - if the songs are even available.  The Crosley Songwriter is a nostalgic-looking media player that can playback… Read More

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The iRecord automatically converts any incoming analog audio or video signal into mp3 (audio) or mpeg4 (video) and saves it directly to a connected iPod or to a USB flash drive or USB hard drive.  They claim that any input device that can be connected using the included RCA and S-video cables can be used with… Read More

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The Cinemin Swivel by WowWee is a small, multimedia projector.  It uses TI's DLP technology to project a clear 60" image from eight feet away, or it can fill the wall, floor-to-ceiling, in a typical room.  The Cinemin connects to a variety of "personal media players", including the iPod, iPhone, Flip Video, PSP, digital cameras, portable DVD players… Read More

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, iOS, News

If you are my age (erm... 29 and holding!!!), you probably have a bunch of old LPs and cassette tapes that hold music that means a lot to you.  Some of it may not even be available on iTunes or even on a cd.  If you'd like to have this music in mp3 format, check out… Read More

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