Audio gear

Blue Mikey Digital Microphone Review

The Mikey Digital from Blue Microphones is a simple, yet powerful little device.

Everyone, except, of course, the tech “pundiots” (pundit idiots) of the world, knows that iPads and iPhones and even the lowly iPod Touch can be used for more than just playing music or games. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there, as well as cases, speakers, holders, lens attachments, and tripod mounts for […]

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Boats-To-Go MP3 Boombox Review

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Back in 1984 (geesh, I’m old) I received a wonderful Christmas present.  It was my very first boom box, and it had dual tape decks and a radio, and a line-in jack to plug up a microphone.  I didn’t want one of those single tape deck boom boxes, no sir. I wanted to be big

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Logitech Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors

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One for Bill to review?  Logitech has released the Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors designed for professional studio engineers and producers.  Each pair is custom tuned to individual needs using your Personal Reference Tuning Box. The earphones include 5 individual armatures with a three-way crossover. They have detachable braid cables that can be removed, and the

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Bring a High-Quality Audio Experience to All Your Devices With the SRS iWOW Universal

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If you love everything about your tablet or smartphone or computer except for its wimpy sound, the iWOW Universal from SRS Labs is an inexpensive way to boost your sound quality.  Last year, we reviewed the Apple-specific iWOW 3D audio enhancer, and SRS Labs responded to the request for a non-device specific enhancer.  The iWOW-U

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HiFiMAN Express HM-101 Portable USB Soundcard Review

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As music storage becomes more computer-based, listening to music – whether it’s from a desktop or laptop model – requires compromises. One of those tradeoffs is sound quality. It’s a badly kept secret that computer sound cards are not that good. Heck, some of them are just awful. It doesn’t matter how much money you

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BitPerfect High-quality Audio Player for OSX

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Let’s be real here, OK? iTunes has never been a great program where sound quality is concerned. Steve Jobs famously said that music was in Apple’s DNA.  That may be, but I wouldn’t call Apple an audiophile company. Despite that, I use iTunes every day mainly because it’s just so darned easy, plus it does

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Klinggon Earphone Cable Cord Manager

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No matter how great your earphones are, there’s always one flaw that everyone hates – the earphone’s cord.  The most annoying part is when the cable flops around or get caught in something while you have the earphones on.  Klinggon solves that problem by providing a stable holder to keep the cable from moving around

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V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Headphones Review

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As headphones become more popular as an audio accessory and fashion statement, some companies have been able to adapt to this evolving market better than others. Some lean more towards the design while others cater to the audiophile crowd. V-Moda has tried to have it both ways. With the over-ear (circumaural) Crossfade LP, they succeeded

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Audioengine D2 Premium 24-Bit Wireless Digital-to-Analog Converter

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If your computer’s sound card leaves a lot to be desired, you can bypass it with the Audioengine D2 Premium 24-bit Wireless DAC.  Connect the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to your computer, and you’ll be able to wirelessly stream HD audio to any system.  It’s a high-quality USB wireless computer DAC, a wireless USB-to-SPDIF converter, and

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Logitech Wireless Headset for iPad Review

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Logitech is one of the premier manufacturers of technology peripheral devices. They make some of the bestkeyboards, mice and their Harmony line of remote controls is fantastic. One of their newest products is the Logitech Wireless Headset. I’ve spent the last few days using the headset with a variety of devices and it has performed

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speaker/Dock Review

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I’ve read in a few audiophile articles that a good, reasonably priced set of stereo speakers paired with an amplifier will trump the best iPod speaker/dock no matter the cost. While that may be true, when I heard the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, I began to have some doubts. The British company, Bowers & Wilkins

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Audyssey Lower East Side Audio Dock Air Announced

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The one thing I really missed from the Audyssey South of Market speaker dock I recently reviewed was Apple’s AirPlay technology (plus no headphone port, but I digress). I was so sure that the next version of that speaker would have it. I was wrong – sort of. Audyssey has released an AirPlay speaker. It’s just

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