Bill Henderson

Creative Director for a large Children's publisher. I play all day and they pay me for it.

JBL Boombox portable Bluetooth speaker review

Within the last couple of years, I’ve gotten to review some big (in size and sound) Bluetooth speakers. These massive new generation boomboxes have replaced the old cassette and CD driven monsters from the 80s with better sound and much better ease of use. Factor in weather resistance and you’ve got yourself a winning package. …

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Anker Zolo Liberty totally wireless earphone review

I’ve reviewed three pairs of what is called “totally wireless earbuds,” so I’m now fairly comfortable with them and know what to expect for the money. The affordable  E’NOD Mini Ring buds are okay, but not great—lacking in bass and lackluster call quality. The much more expensive Nuheara iQbuds also do much more. They have …

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Master & Dynamic has tattoo-inspired headphones designed by Scott Campbell

Master & Dynamic’s gorgeous line of headphones continue to be reworked by famed designers—this time by bicoastal tattoo artist, Scott Campbell. Campbell has woven his fascination with snakes into the design of M&D’s MW60 Wireless and MH40 headphones—each adorned with hand-painted art by Campbell. The black on white or white on black reptilian motif gives …

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Are you Ready for Braven’s new speakers?

Braven just refuses to rest. They are constantly updating their speaker lineup and have entered 2018 with their Ready Series of Bluetooth speakers. If you into music and like being outdoors, Braven has what you want. There are four Ready speakers—all ready (get it?) to add a soundtrack to your outdoor adventures. The personal Ready …

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RHA Dacamp L1 headphone amplifier and CL1 Ceramic in-ear headphone review

Few audio companies have risen as far and as fast as the Scottish Reid Heath Audio (RHA). There’s a good reason for this: RHA makes some extremely well made and great sounding earphones and (now) a headphone amp. And their quality has not been dependent on the cost—RHA’s lowest priced earphones feel as well made …

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JBL’s Boombox is waterproof, has 24-hour playtime and is l-o-u-d.

With Braven and Monster fighting it out over who’s boombox is the baddest, JBL just had to enter the ring and did in a big way. Presenting the JBL Boombox—what else are ya gonna call it? Even though the JBL Boombox weighs less than the other two mentioned blasters (11.5 lbs), it still packs a …

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Nuheara IQbuds intelligent truly wireless earbuds review

For the past couple of years, a few Gadgeteer reviewers have been on a search for truly wireless earbuds that are worth the hype. Up until now, many of these buds have had to make serious compromises for one reason or another. Now we have the Nuheara IQbuds intelligent truly wireless earbuds. The name may …

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Waterfield Air Porter carry-on bag review

Earlier this year, I reviewed the Waterfield Maverick Laptop Messenger Bag and loved it for its leather which gets better looking as it’s used and abused. Waterfield’s new Air Porter carry-on bag serves a different function and wasn’t made to compete with the Maverick—but it sorta can. The Air Porter may be made to be …

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New audio with timeless design now available from SŌLIS

SŌLIS is not a name you hear every day in the audio world. But they plan on changing that with a new line of speakers that are stylish, wireless and incorporate much of today’s latest tech. SŌLIS has built the latest wireless streaming—Bluetooth and Google Chromecast—into each high-resolution speaker. SŌLIS  Combines simple forms, sleek lines …

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A Brutalist approach to speakers

When you ask someone what speakers are made of, most younger people would say plastic or metal (portable Bluetooth speakers) while older people might say wood (think your father’s stereo system). I can guarantee you that no one would say concrete. That kind of thinking might change if Brutalist-Lab has anything to do with it. …

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Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player review

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This quote from Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities pretty much sums up my thoughts on the Dodocool DA106 digital audio player (DAP). Please bear with me as I explain my happiness—and sadness—over this player. What is it? Let’s begin with what exactly …

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V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones review

I generally put headphones I review into three categories: Too bassy, too accurate or a balance between the two extremes. Headphones that are too bassy make music sound muffled and oppressive. Overly accurate headphones will accentuate everything that is good in music if the music you are listening to is taken from high-resolution files. But …

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Premier headphones now come from Detroit thanks to Shinola

Detroit has been experiencing a resurgence of late and it’s companies like Shinola that are leading the way. Shinola makes everything from watches, bags and backpacks, bicycles and many of life’s accessories including audio gear. Now, Shinola has ventured into the personal audio market with the Canfield Headphone Collection. Shinola has spent two years engineering …

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