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November 3, 2015 • Reviews

Plantronics Backbeat Sense Wireless Headphones Are Light on Your Head, Huge in Your Ears

The other day we reviewed the Plantronics Backbeat Pro+ headphones. I love them but Raina, who likes their sound, found them too big, bulky and heavy on her head. She’s right. Thankfully, I also have a pair of Plantronics Backbeat Sense Wireless Headphones on hand for review. They are light, comfortable and sound great; even …

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November 1, 2015 • Reviews

The ZVOX 28″ SoundBase 450 Will Fix Your Television’s Puny Sound

No high-definition television purchase is complete without some kind of speaker system; it’s like there’s a conspiracy among HDTV makers that no unit — no matter how large it is or what it costs — can leave the factory with a sufficient speaker system for anything but the smallest room. The ZVOX 28″ SoundBase 450 can fix that for …

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October 27, 2015 • News

Blue’s New Lola Headphones: 50mm of Sealed Over-Ear Bliss

Blue, a company that has impressed us with their excellent headphones and microphones in the past, has just dropped Lola, their newest high-fidelity headphone.

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October 26, 2015 • Reviews

Creative’s Sound Blaster Roar 2 Is Proof That Simplicity Is a Good Thing

Okay, I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to Bluetooth stereos, and I’m running out of rooms that I can put them in, but I can honestly say that the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is special and becoming my favorite.

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October 22, 2015 • Reviews

The Monster Limited Edition 24K Rose Gold Over-Ear DJ Headphones Review

I never thought I’d be recommending a pair of rose gold-colored headphones, but here’s the deal: while the Monster Limited Edition 24K Rose Gold Over-Ear DJ Headphones may look like a Mardi Gras parade gone off the rails, they sound pretty darn good. Introverts and people who tend to avoid attention need read no further, obviously.

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September 29, 2015 • Reviews

Scosche BoomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker: Outdoor Music Needs Met

Summer may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty more opportunities to spend time outdoors. Since the changing seasons can bring unpredictable conditions, when you’re outside the Scosche boomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker is a great sound solution! It’s ruggedized, waterproof, and it can fit in your bike’s bottle holder or your 4×4’s cup …

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September 18, 2015 • Reviews

Koss Pro4S Full Size Headphones Let You Go Pro for Under $150

My first over-the-ear headphones were made by Koss. That’s going back almost 40 years. The Koss Pro4S headphones hearken back to those headphones for just $149.99. More importantly, these full size, over-the-ear headphones are super-comfortable and sound fantastic. Designed for professionals but priced for the consumer market, I’ve been more than mildly impressed by them. …

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September 8, 2015 • News

About to Be Affordable: Harman TruNote Sound Calibration Scans Your Ears to Remove Distortion

While much of their IFA press conference centered on growth of the brands covered by the Harman parent company (JBL, Harman-Kardon, AKG, Infinity, etc.), there was one announced product that I want to focus on, because I think it may ultimately be the most intriguing — the Everest headphone collection with TruNote Sound Calibration.

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August 17, 2015 • Reviews

Soundfreaq Sound Kick 2 Kicks Out the Sound for Just $100

At $100, Soundfreaq Sound Kick 2 is bound to impress. The speaker is powerful, portable, and water-resistant. Better still, while looking to update the original Soundfreaq Sound Kick speaker, the company made sure to stay focused on their main objective: small speakers offering great sound. In the process, they created a speaker that can go anywhere — including the …

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July 21, 2015 • Reviews

808 Audio XS Wireless Stereo Speaker: A Small Yet Powerful Boombox

Just about everyone has a portable Bluetooth speaker anymore, right? So it takes something special to set one apart from the others, and that’s what 808 Audio is trying to offer with their XS Wireless Stereo Speaker. Available in black, blue (with a black grill), or white (with a gold grill), the ~$60 speaker packs a lot of …

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July 13, 2015 • Reviews

Sol Republic SHADOW Wireless Earphones Review

I’ve tried wireless headphones that have a band that sits around your neck while wired earbuds extend up to your ears. I’ve never been all that impressed with the comfort of the approach… Until I tried the Sol Republic SHADOW Wireless Earphones. They are comfortable, light, hold a wireless connection well and, best of all, …

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July 7, 2015 • News

Successfully funded on Kickstarter, Trinity Audio Headphones Now Available

Everyone wants good headphones. I don’t know anyone who hates going to Best Buy with a receipt and a broken pair of buds, but we’ve all been there at least once. But why don’t you stop and get yourself a pair that will not only last, but are worth the money that you spend on …

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June 30, 2015 • Gaming, News

Monster Gets Back to Gaming, Announces Partnership

Well known for their high-quality headphones, Monster announced late at E3 that they would be joining forces with Johnathan “Fatal1ty’ Wendel. Wendel is the founder of Fatal1ty Gaming Gear and is well-known as a 12x world champion gamer, something that I wish I could say.

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April 15, 2015 • Reviews

Bayan Audio soundbook GO Sounds Great on the Go and at Home

The portable Bluetooth speaker market has exploded in recent years and it is more and more difficult to stand out in such a crowded field. Bayan Audio has found a way to do just that with the soundbook GO, however. This small speaker sounds great, has a built-in stand that doubles as a cover and …

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April 6, 2015 • Reviews

Braven LUX HD Wireless Speaker Review: A Most Elegant Audio Source

Looking suspiciously like an evening clutch that I would love to own, the new Braven LUX HD Wireless Speaker is much more than a fashionable portable sound system. Measuring 6.5″ long x 2.6″ wide x 21.8″ deep, this 11.8 ounce speaker offers 12 hours continuous battery life and it can even top-off your phone’s battery.

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March 17, 2015 • Reviews

Sorry Beats, but AKG Y55 Headphones Do the Same Thing

Designed to compete with the likes of Beats By Dre, I will admit, I was skeptic when I saw the AKG Y55 Headphones arrive at my door. As a self-proclaimed audiophile, I’ve been unimpressed with headphones that just attempt to be bass heavy. But I’m glad I took a few days to test these bad boys …

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March 16, 2015 • News

Lenovo Pocket Projector Turns Any Wall into a 110” Display

Picture a pocket-sized projector that can go with you anywhere, and imagine being able to give a presentation or watch a movie projected from it on any wall. If you have the new Lenovo Pocket Projector, you can fit all of these capabilities into the palm of your hand.

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March 15, 2015 • Reviews

The LG Tone Pro Wireless Stereo Headset: Popular and Powerful?

I am an early adopter in an industry that doesn’t exactly embrace technology. As a college professor, most of my colleagues have barely figured out Skype, let alone the idea that headphones need not be huge or tethered by wires.

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February 20, 2015 • Reviews

NEET Cable Keeper Review: Organize and Color Code Your Cables

Give your wires a protective covering this winter with the NEET Cable Keeper. This organizing cable cover/keeper protects and identifies your wires complete with a durable, easy installation.

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February 17, 2015 • Outdoors, Reviews

NYNE Aqua Review: A Submersible Speaker Ready for Aquatic Fun!

Enjoying music while you splash in the pool is a summer luxury; making it happen so that you done have to deal with sand in your ports, dunking your device, or overheating your phone can be tricky. One great solution is leaving your phone in your beach bag, and using the submersible NYNE Aqua; you’ll get …

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February 11, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

Kicker’s Tabor HP402BT Bluetooth Headphones Review

The Tabor Bluetooth Headphones from Kicker offer a great sound experience that is wireless without giving up any high standards of quality. Ergonomic design and features using other devices also add to the appeal of these impressive headphones.

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