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rocki1

Many people would agree with me if I said that the Sonos wireless speaker system is the gold standard if you want to play music wirelessly in your home or business.  The feature set and options for Sonos are pretty extensive and performance is great. But it comes at a 'gold standard' price in my [...]

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E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) kicked off this week and with it will come the "big" announcements from each of the three (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) major video game players.  From the Sony press conference was the announcement of the Sony Playstation TV, which had been released in Japan last year, coming to North America this fall. [...]

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Posted in: Gaming Gear, News
grace-encore

Boasting clearer vocals and deeper bass compared to the industry standard, the Encore Wi-Fi Music System from Grace Digital features a 2.1-channel audio system with dual 3” tweeter/midrange speakers and a bottom facing 4” woofer powered by a digital class D amp. This system is designed to connect to your Wi-Fi network for access to thousands of [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News, Watches, Clocks, Wireless
cool01

If you're going to market another Bluetooth receiver in an already overcrowded market, it would make sense to differentiate yourself with a unique feature.  At Coolstream they have made their Duo receiver different in the way it connects to the playback device by plugging in directly to the 30 pin connector on an iPhone docking station. [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
pivos01

Is there really a market for another media player?  Pivos seems to think so and offers their XIOS DS Media Play, an Android-powered box that connects to your TV.  I have some experience with these players, and up until now, it hasn't been good.  I've spent over a month putting the Pivos device through its [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

From Google, comes the "world's first social streaming media player", the Nexus Q .  At 4.6" (116mm)  and 2 pounds (923gr), the player runs Android 4.0 (ICS) and comes with its own 25W amplifier for external speakers, or it can be interfaced with your home entertainment system. WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC are standard, as well as [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, News
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Roku recently updated their line of streaming media players, and they sent Julie their high-end Roku 2 XS with gaming remote to review.  I had been in the market for a Roku for my living room TV so I could watch Hulu Plus on my big screen TV, so I bought myself a Roku 2. [...]

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McTiVia Review

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Have you ever wished you could project whatever you did or watched on your MacBook to your TV? I know I have and now it’s possible with a device called McTiVia. While there have been various ways to do this in the past, now I can just boot up the mac, start the McTiVia app, [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
apple-tv-1

I used to think my cable box offered all the programming I needed.  As cable prices keep rising, I’ve come to the conclusion that those multi-media boxes and an $8/month subscription to Netflix are a better deal.  While I haven’t gotten rid of cable yet, I have pared down some of the programming from Time [...]

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Agora Internet TV Portal from Kogan

From the land down under (OK, now I'll be thinking of that song all day...) comes the Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal" which promotes the invention I dreamed up (OK wished for in an inebriated state) ten years ago:  Easy Internet connection to your television. "Yah, I can do that with my WII"; or "Yah [...]

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Roku XD|S Media Player Review

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In my never ending quest to divorce myself from Comcast and their overpriced cable service, I have been searching for alternate methods for the family to watch our shows. The Mvix Ultio media device was an effort in frustration, that fell well short of my needs and expectations. Fortunately, there are many other options in [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews, Wireless
dlink-boxee-7

For over 5 months last year, I used my iMac as my TV while my basement was being remodeled. During that time, I was able to keep up on all my favorite shows using Hulu and 'other methods'. Although I did miss not having live TV, it wasn't that bad and I really didn't miss [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
elgato-netstream

Elgato has just debuted a new device for the European market; the EyeTV Netstream is a network tuner for free-to-view satellite TV. EyeTV Netstream Sat streams the signal, live and in HD, from a satellite dish to any computer in the house. iPad users can take advantage of this gadget as well, with a special [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
sonos-zoneplayer-s5

Featured in the ‘Top 10 for the year's coolest gadgets’ from CNN, The Sonos S5 is an all-in-one music system that brings unlimited wifi-based streaming into the home that is controlled from an app on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Play music from your iTunes library, internet radio stations, music from Pandora, Last.FM and Napster. [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
vue-2

Being able to keep an eye on our pets and home when we're not there can be very useful for those of us that tend to worry. For those of us that don't have a worrying bone in our body (me most of the time), it's just fun to be able to check in and [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews, Wireless

Boxee gets boxed

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Boxee fans have been using the free open source software on their Macs, PCs and Linux machines for a long time, now Boxee gets physical with the new D-Link Boxee Box. Enjoy all the same digital content from YouTube, MLB, Netflix, Pandora, Last.fm, Flickr and more. It won't be available until the first half of [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News
livio-npr

From the company that brought us the Livio Pandora Radio, comes the Livio NPR Radio. It's the first internet radio with an exclusive menu dedicated to NPR stations and programs. NPR stands for National Public Radio. It's a a privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization that produces noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. Now, with one [...]

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HP takes the digital picture frame and morphs it into a wireless social and streaming media device. People can stay current with Facebook friends and photos, listen to Pandora Internet Radio, share Snapfish personal photos and enjoy their music and pictures from home networked PCs. There is a 10.2 and 13.3 inch version of the [...]

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Posted in: Wireless
logitech-squeezebox

I'm a big fan of the Logitech Squeezebox devices. Earlier this the year, we reviewed the Squeezebox Boom, which I really enjoyed. Now there's even more to like with two new devices: the Logitech Squeezebox Touch (pictured on the Left) and the Logitech Squeezebox Radio (on the Right). The Touch features a 4.3-inch color touch [...]

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The Slingbox Solo

Let’s get right to the nitty-gritty.  The Slingbox Solo lets you watch TV on your computer when you are not at your home.  (For a few bucks more you can watch on your cell phone.)  Why in the heck would anyone ever want to do that?  Well there are those who would love to do [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Computer Gear, Travel Gear