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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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February 6, 2015 • Crowdfunding, News

Sugr Cube Is a Minimalistic and Beautiful Touch-Based WiFi Speaker

We’ve reviewed internet radios in the past, and the Sugr Cube is similar to those, but it also does much more. It can stream music directly through your router’s WiFi from sources such as Tunes music, Pandora, BBC radio, 8Tracks and Douban FM, and you can transfer hundreds of songs from iOS, Android, PC and Mac devices to it.

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January 10, 2015 • News

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones: The Over-the-Ear Headphones You’ve Been Waiting For

Dan and I have tried so many headphones that it is easy for us to seem skeptical when something new comes along. That attitude flew out the window when we had some ears-on time with the new Blue Mo-Fi Headphones. Throw what you think you know about traditional over-the-ear headphones out the window, and take a …

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January 5, 2015 • Gear Bits

Urbanears: Affordable Headphones Proving Good Sound Is Accessible for Everyone

Last night Dan and I had the chance to check out Urbanears new Plattan Wireless Headphones, No cord, 8 hour battery life, and they come in 12 different colors. They retail for $100, and you can swipe to adjust music and its volume. These are pretty freaking cool, and they will be out in June; take …

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January 5, 2015 • Gear Bits

Monster Superstar Backfloat Portable Speaker Swims with You!

If you like to keep your music close while swimming or taking a bath, then you’ll want the Monster Superstar Backfloat. It’s a high quality portable speaker that’s waterproof and small enough to never forget!

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January 5, 2015 • Gear Bits

Marshall Major 2 Headphones Will Make Your Ears and Wallet Happy

Marshall has a $99 pair of headphones that will not only sound great as you listen to your favorite music, they will make your wallet sing! Think about it … spending $99 on the Marshall Major 2 Headphones will get you into a pair of wired headphones that …

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January 4, 2015 • Gaming

Plantronics Leads CES 2015 with Wireless Headsets, Headphones, and Concept Devices

Plantronics has been around for 53 years, and they’ve been in the consumer market for 10. The company is actively targeting millennials who are and will be “connected professionals”. Dan and I met with them this afternoon, and we found that there is much to look forward to in 2015 from this Santa Cruz company.

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December 28, 2014 • Reviews

ZVOX SoundBase 670 Offers Huge Home Theater Sound in a Slim Package

Some time ago I reviewed one of the SoundBase products from ZVOX. I was impressed by the relatively inexpensive device, but I did wish it had integrated Bluetooth and even better sound than it did. Well, the ZVOX SoundBase 670 does have Bluetooth along with bigger and better sound, and I’m a huge fan. Let’s take a …

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