Device

Earlier this year, Audioengine was
kind enough to send me a pair of their wonderful
A5
speakers
to review. These speakers have turned out to be a favorite of mine
and still occupy space on my desk at Gadgeteer headquarters. Now Audioengine
have created another set of speakers for people that don't want to devote as
much desktop space and money in order to own a great sounding pair of speakers.
The A2's work great with both PCs, Macs and other audio devices. Let's take a
closer look.

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Apple iPod touch

Apple has been particularly
busy these past few months. We've seen updated aluminum iMacs, the new
iPod classic,
new iPod nano
fatty and of course, we can't forget the mega hyped
iPhone. Redefining
both mobile phones and digital media players, the iPhone has made a definite
dent in tech history. Now we have the iPod touch. This device takes all the
music and video related features that have made the iPhone so popular, and made
them available to people that don't want to switch carriers or phones.

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Of the three updated iPods that Apple recently announced, I would have to say that the updates to the nano have caused me more excitement than the 160GB classic and the touch screen enabled iPod touch. To date, the nano has been Apple's smallest audio player with a color display. But now it's evolved into a video player as well. Dubbed the 'fatty', the new nano is anything but pudgy. It's as thin as ever, but now has a wide display capable of showing your favorite videos and movies.

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Apple iPod classic

The globally popular Apple iPod video has been updated with a new face, a new interface, higher storage capacity and even a new name. It's now called the iPod classic, which may sound like a name that would be given to a low end model, but this isn't the case with the new iPod classic. This
classic may not be tiny like the new "fatty" nano, or have a touch screen like the new iPod touch. But neither of those devices are available in capacities of 80 or 160GB, enabling you can carry your entire music and video library with you in your pocket. Today I'm going to tell you about the 160GB version of this device.

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Mobile phones aren't just for placing calls these days. They have become full blown digital audio players for a lot of people. Heck, the advertising for the LG Chocolate phones is pretty much based on that very feature alone. Altec Lansing's T515 portable wireless speaker system is now available for those of you with mobile phones that have Bluetooth (it must have the A2DP profile though...) and music playing capabilities.

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When you think of satellite radio, you probably think of car audio. But your car isn’t the only place to listen to XM and Sirius. Although portable satellite receivers have been around for a few years, recent models have matured considerably compared to some of their predecessors. In this review, we’ll be covering the Pioneer Inno, XM’s top of the line portable receiver.

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I have had a huge 65" Mitsubishi RPTV (rear projection television) for several years now. I love having such a large screen, but having to pull it out when I need to connect various devices to the inputs on the back panel is a real chore. Then there's the fact that this TV's best input is DVI, of which there is only 1. When I recently saw XtremeMac's XtremeHD 4 to 1 HDMI Switcher, I knew I had to get one for my home theater setup.

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At the end of last year, I reviewed the iH5 iPod Clock by iHome. I liked it well enough, but it left me wanting more. The latest iPod alarm clock to grace my night stand is XtremeMac's Luna. If you're wondering if the iH5 that was next to my bed before, has now been banished to my shelf of discarded gadgets, you'll need to keep reading to find the answer.

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Watches, Clocks

Last Spring, I had the opportunity to review the MV-5000U Multimedia Player from Mvix. Except for a couple issues like a noisy fan and no networking features, I really liked this device. It is one year later and we now have the MX-760HD. This unit addresses all of the complaints that I had with the first generation device and goes even further to add a few major enhancements.

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I'm a big fan of USB gadgets. From the whimsical to the practical, I find them all fascinating. When I saw that Elgato condensed one of their EyeTV tuners into a USB dongle, I began to daydream of watching live network TV while sitting in a coffee shop or in a laundromat. "Never again will I miss an important football game!" I thought to myself while handing over my credit card.

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There seem to be a blue million different earbuds, earphones, and headphones on the market these days. There are full sized phones that cover your ears, headphones that wrap behind your head, earbuds that fit outside the ear canal and ones that fit down inside your ear canal to isolate you from outside noises and distractions. This last style is one that I'll be looking at today. The V-Moda Bass Fréq earbuds boost that they deliver superior bass response for a price that won't make you cringe.

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Playaway Audio Book

I work in a special library for K-12 educators and we do not, currently, have any audio books in circulation. I have been very curious about the Playaway audio books since I first read about them several months ago.

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Three years ago I had the opportunity to review the SLIMP3 Network MP3 Player from Slim Devices. Back then, the SLIMP3 was one of the first devices on the market that allowed you to stream audio files from your computer, to another part of the house. Let's see how their original product has evolved in the past few years into a smaller, more robust device that is called the Squeezebox.

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This device is Brando's 21st-century equivalent to the Swiss Army Knife, as it contains a raft of semi-related features in a compact package:

It's a 1GB USB thumb drive!
It's an MP3 player!
It's a voice recorder!
It's (supposedly) an FM radio!
It's a pen!
It's a floor wax!
It's a dessert topping!

(floor wax and dessert topping sold separately)

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About a month ago I decided that I wanted to build a MCE PC. I
had built one for my dad out of an old PC we had laying around,
adding two HDTV tuners and a 7.1 audio card, and was so impressed
with it that I set out to build my own. Originally I started
specing it together to build from scratch, but I found it was
cheaper to buy the PC pre-built. Included with my order was a 19"
Widescreen LCD, perfect for displaying some high-def TV.

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If you happen to be in the market for a portable DVD player that you can take along with you on your next plane ride or road trip, the Insignia IS-PDVD10 which is available from Best Buy, might be one that you should add to your list of potential considerations. This player has a few extra features that make it a little better than your every day run of the mill portable DVD player. Let's take a closer look.

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I'm a TV junkie. Even worse is the fact that I'm addicted to reality TV shows.
I don't like to miss any episodes of such cerebral classics as Survivor, Amazing Race,
American Next Top Model, The Apprentice and way too many others... When I happen to miss
an episode due to a Tivo glitch, power outage or whatever, I have to resort to finding
the missing episode on the net. Once I locate and download the episode, I have to figure out
a way to get it to my 65" RPTV in the living room.

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When you listen to music, your listening experience will only be as good as the earphones or speakers that you have connected to your audio device. We've all owned junky earbuds and crummy little speaker systems that have static or bland sound. After awhile you get used to a mediocre experience, which is too bad [...]

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Ok people, I want to see a show of hands. How many of you are fans of internet radio stations? I've got my hand up... I enjoy XM radio in my vehicle and internet radio on my desktop. I enjoy both because I like the variety and the many, many stations to choose from. It's [...]

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There were many years when the only "portable media device" I had was whatever Pocket PC I happened to own. Not only have all generations of Pocket PCs played MP3s, they have also been able to play video in Windows Media format. However, other than a constantly changing selection of MP3s and a small selection [...]

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