Bill Henderson

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

Grado downsizes – in a good way – with the new totally wireless GT220 earphone

NEWS – Grado is back, and it’s not a new pair of open-backed wireless headphones. The Brooklyn-based headphone and phono cartridge maker has just released the Grado GT220—a pair of totally wireless earphones—a first for Grado. Grado’s GT220 features 8mm dynamic drivers that deliver that famous Grado sound with accurate bass, detailed midrange, and precise …

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X-Chair will spoil you with heat AND a massage — all from a work chair!

NEWS – If you are interested in an X-Chair with DVL (Dynamic Variable Lumbar) support, get ready for a few more letters to think about: X-HMT. X-HMT is what X-Chair calls their new heat and massage chair.  This chair is the first office chair with both heat and massage technology targeted at the body’s core. Users can …

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Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise cancelling headphones review – an audio trifecta

In late 2018, I was invited to the Shure headquarters for a demonstration of a new Bluetooth product (link here). Last month, Shure sent me the new Aonic 50 wireless to review. This headphone is geared for premium audio quality followed by the convenience—now almost requirement—of wireless along with active noise canceling (ANC). While not …

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X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt Chair review – get comfortable

REVIEW – One of the results of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic is that many people have gone from working at an office to working from home—me included. I haven’t been to my office since March. Thanks to technology, I’ve been able to perform my job from my backyard studio building. If fact, working from home …

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Nuheara IQbuds2 Max wireless earphones review – your ears will thank you

REVIEW – In 2017, the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act was passed providing greater public accessibility and affordability with over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. Now, many earphone companies offer DIY hearing tests using your iPhone and an app. The results of these hearing tests allow personalized tuning of earphones, which can make them yours. The …

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Tribit StormBox Micro Bluetooth speaker review – a true audio bargain

REVIEW – I’ve reviewed many portable Bluetooth speakers, from dirt cheap to quite expensive. What’s interesting is that a speaker that costs twice as much as another sometimes doesn’t sound twice as good. In fact, a cheaper speaker will often sound better than a more expensive one. When that happens, that speaker can become very …

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Taotronics TF002 tower fan review – an affordable fan with upgraded features

REVIEW – Everyone knows that all tower fans pretty much do the same thing—they help make a room feel cooler. What differentiates one fan from another is price, features, and build quality. Taotronics is a company that makes all kinds of stuff, such as audio gear, lighting, and … fans. Their newest tower fan is …

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Shanling UP4 Bluetooth Headphone DAC/AMP review – great sound from a tiny package

REVIEW – When I think about whether someone needs a portable digital audio converter (DAC) for their smartphone or not, I’m left with two more questions: “Will it allow me to use my older, wired headphones with my smartphone?” Or “What the heck is a DAC anyway?” Hopefully, in this review of the Shanling UP4 …

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Anker Powerhouse 200 Portable Rechargeable Generator review – a near perfect solution for medium power needs

REVIEW – One cool thing about getting to review different gadgets is discovering products you would have previously ignored and now wonder how you could live without. They become that integral to your daily life. One such product is the portable power station. These small, portable monsters can turn a short-term power outage from an …

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Brydge Pro+ iPad Pro Keyboard w/Trackpad review – Excellent typing, but trackpad misses the mark

REVIEW – Let me state a couple of things right up front. First, I’ve never owned a Mac (or PC) laptop, so I’m approaching this review as a non-trackpad user. Second, when I bought my new(ish) iPad Pro 2018 model, I immediately purchased the Brydge iPad Pro keyboard that Dave Rees reviewed here. Like Dave, …

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Master & Dynamic expands its Leica partnership wirelessly

NEWS – Master & Dynamics make great headphones and earphones—both wired and wireless. One thing M&D does differently is partnering with designers and other brands to produce unique looking versions of existing models. They’ve worked with the fashion house Louis Vuitton, Bamford Watch company, and the iconic camera brand, Leica. The partnership with Leica has …

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Know Calm headphone review – high end features at a mid-range price

REVIEW – These days, it seems that everyone is making their own headphones and earphones. Companies you’ve never heard of are springing up with the best headphone you’ve ever heard, the quietest noise canceling, most comfort, blah, blah, blah. Which is where my head was at when I received the Know Calm headphone to review. …

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Logitech Slim Folio Pro keyboard and Pebble i345 Mouse review – a good alternative to trackpads

REVIEW – Let me begin by saying that I am not a fan of trackpads—the external kind. I tolerate them when they are part of a laptop, but prefer a mouse because I’m old-school that way. As it turns out, Logitech (a respected maker of third-party accessories) has a new keyboard made just for iPad …

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Maxoak Bluetti AC10 Outlet Power Bank review

REVIEW – Are you one of those people who believes you can never be too thin or have too many portable device chargers? Me, too. I depend on my iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and a collection of Bluetooth speakers—and they all need to be charged repeatedly. Portable chargers can help to keep you on the …

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Lectrify BlackPods Pro review – Super cool looking and super fake

REVIEW – I get it. Apple’s AirPods Pro in-ear headphones are crazy expensive—and also crazy good. However, not everyone can or will spend that kind of money on earphones, no matter how good they may be. The AirPods Pro earphones come in any color you prefer—as long as it’s white. So what do you do …

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