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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 Read More…
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 Read More…
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 Read More…
Portable media players like the Datexx Pavio Portable Digital Theater or the Sony HMP-A1 Hard Disk Multi Player are great for on the road audio and video viewing. But when you’re home and want to share your media content with your family and friends, passing around a small screened device isn’t the most convenient. That’s Read More…
Just as portable digital music players did away with the need to tote a CD player and a stack of disks, portable digital video players aim to do the same with bulky portable DVD players and their accompanying media. Various generations of these portable digital video players have been trickling into the market over the Read More…
Depending on the situation at hand, home surveillance cameras can either be a life / property saving tool or a fun way to just keep an eye on things. Families with a new baby might want to put a camera in their child’s room so that they can monitor them while they sleep. Then people Read More…
Product Requirements: Device: Any audio device with a 2.5mm headset jack The PalmOne Treo 650 is almost the perfect gadget. It’s a PDA, it’s a smart phone, and it’s also a digital audio player, all in a compact package. Did you catch that I said the Treo is almost perfect? The first annoyance that I Read More…
What’s the worst thing about TiVo? Watching TV anywhere else without TiVo. Until there’s a TiVo iPod (Apple, are you listening??), the Sony LocationFree TV allows you to watch your TiVo anywhere… in any room in your house, from an airport lounge, from a hotel room, anywhere with access to broadband. LocationFree is a television Read More…
Product Requirements: Web Cam mode: USB port, MS Windows 98SE (install USB driver), WinME, Win2000, WinXP OS with DirectX 8.1 or later Graphics Adapter capable of 800×600 resolution, 64k colors Pentium II 266, with 64MB RAM (Win 98/ME), or 128MB RAM (Win2K/XP) Pen Drive Mode: MS Win 98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP Updated 02/07/05 Read More…
Shhhhhhh… Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been cheating on my iPod for a couple months now! Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. These days I don’t listen to the iPod at all on my drive to and from work. What is my new digital audio player of choice? Actually, it’s not Read More…
Product Requirements: Device: Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, Mac, and Linux machines with a free USB port Digital photographers have it made, they can snap as many pictures as they desire and never have to worry that the pictures they end up printing will not turn out as expected. While there are many advantages to going Read More…
Product Requirements: Device: Windows XP or 2000, Mac 10.2 or higher AM/FM radio. Sounds a little retro these days with XM and Sirius satellite radio being all the rage. While satellite radio is undeniably cool, you still can’t beat your local radio stations for community news, events, weather and programming. Wouldn’t it be cool if Read More…