Audio gear

We all know the logic: the larger the speaker, the better the bass. With headphones, this means that over-the-ear units are going to sound better than similar quality on-ear or earbud units. So I was really excited when I was offered the SoundMagic BT100s to test. Note: Photos may be tapped or clicked for a… Read More

When I reviewed the Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth digital audio converter, I was struck how well made and solid the DAC is, as well as how it makes life easier dealing with my older stereo equipment. However, the Relay is a niche product that will not be useful to everyone. Not so with the new… Read More

Audioengine has created some outstanding and affordable speakers along with other audio components over the last 10 years. Their A5+ is a killer speaker that sounds terrific and packs a powerful punch. It was their top-of-the-line speaker—until now. Just in time for the holidays, Audioengine has released the HD6 speaker—a new concept in both sound… Read More

Being a writer for The Gadgeteer has given me the opportunity to try new and interesting things. Having said that, I find myself often volunteering to review headphones, more precisely Bluetooth headphones. Now to this point, I have previously reviewed two sets of Bluetooth headphones, so when Polk offered us a chance to review their new… Read More

The Flexson VinylPlay Digital Turntable has been selected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store to appear in its NYCxDesign 2015 London Tech City collection, celebrating the best and brightest in British technology.  Flexson designed the VinylPlay turntable to “bridge the gap between complex, audiophile turntables and poor-quality digital decks”, and it is designed to stream… Read More

When I’m considering a new pair of earphones, I usually skip the in-ear variety because they seem to always fall out of my ears and I don’t like the noise isolation feature that they usually possess. When Moshi Audio approached me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing their Clarus earphones, their ear loop… Read More

Years ago, just after graduating college, my first big purchase was a receiver, turntable, and speakers.  I eventually added a better turntable, a cassette deck, and finally a CD player.  Over the years, I replaced all my vinyl albums with CDs and pared my components down to just a CD player, my receiver, and speakers.  Finally… Read More

Digital music has changed how and where we can listen to music, but there are trade-offs for the portability.  Digital files often sacrifice some of the resolution for size so you can fit more music on your portable player, which means you loose some of the details and nuances the artist intended you to hear… Read More

It’s been ages since I’ve owned a turntable of any sort and even longer since I actually listened to music using one.  I was quick to join the CD bandwagon, because I wanted music without pops and noise and wanted to be able to start playing a recording without fear of dropping the tonearm and… Read More

Recently, I had fun reviewing two very different headphones made primarily of wood: the premium Meze 73 Classics and the budget Griffin WoodTones. Each had their pros and cons, and it was hard to tell if the wood — as cool as it is — had any real effect on the sound. As I said… Read More

I will admit upfront that this review is way overdue. The main reason is because the Audioengine W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter is a product that is not easy to categorize. It performs some unique functions and duplicates some that are built into existing products. It’s taken me a while to sort it all out… Read More

One thing that’s almost certain is that the quality of the sound from flat screen TV speakers rarely equals the quality of the picture.  It’s understandable, considering the size and location of the speakers.  You can of course invest in a surround-sound system and wire up your TV viewing room, or there is the option… Read More

Audioengine doesn’t know when to leave well-enough alone. Case-in-point: Their A2 speakers were just about the perfect size and rating for desktop use, and consumers obviously agreed because they have sold quite well. Even so, Audioengine figured they could do better, so they’ve introduced the new A2+ powered desktop speakers. These mini-powerhouses have been substantially… Read More

Talk about turning swords (in this case, bullets) into plowshares; the thodio A-BOX .50 cal Ammo Can BoomBox heavy edition has to be one of the most unusual and ingenious speaker conversions I’ve seen lately. Just look at the thing: It’s an authentic steel ammo box that has been converted into a powerful, handmade boombox… Read More

Last year, The Gadgeteer reviewed the beautiful and innovative Geneva Model S. Nothing looked like it (or still looks like it) and the motorized dock was a conversation starter. However, that was so then and this is now. Once the iPhone 5 and new iPad ditched the 30-pin connector, the days of speakers with docks… Read More