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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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December 22, 2014 • Reviews

Inateck BP-2001 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

This portable Bluetooth speaker from Inateck functions with various devices as well as PC and Mac computers. The BP-2001 portable bluetooth speaker also boasts quality sound in most applications and has a convenient device placement option on top that puts it a step above the average sound speaker.

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December 8, 2014 • Gear Bits

AudioEngine B2 Bluetooth Speaker Initial Impressions

There are Bluetooth speakers, and then there are Bluetooth speakers. Wow, is the AudioEngine B2 Bluetooth speaker ever an amazing Bluetooth speaker. Not only is the walnut cabinet on the speaker absolutely gorgeous, but it puts out a whopping 60W of sound. More importantly, the sound it puts out is fantastic. And… it is under $300!

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December 2, 2014 • Reviews

Nixeus ER-BKSL14 In-Ear Headphone Stereo Headset Review

Nixeus offers their Nixeus ER-BKSL14 headphone stereo headset with corded microphone and volume control in sharp silver and black colors. This headset might give the initial impression of an uncomfortable fit, but that is far from the actual truth. These in-ear headphones are very light and comfortable with solid sound quality; they have well-designed construction with 13mm neodymium …

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November 17, 2014 • Reviews

Jabra EVOLVE 80 Headset Is All Work and All Play

There are more knowledge workers than ever trying to be productive in ever-smaller spaces. Distractions are everywhere, and their impact is tremendous. The new Jabra EVOLVE line of headsets was designed for just this scenario. We were sent a pair of the Jabra EVOLVE 80 Headset for review, and we are truly impressed with what the company has …

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September 1, 2014 • Reviews

Rock Your Ride With the Divoom Voombox Ongo Bluetooth Speaker

The sub $100 Bluetooth speaker market has grown in a seemingly exponential way in the past few years, arriving at the point where a speaker needs to have something special if it is going to distinguish itself. The Divoom Voombox Ongo Bluetooth Speaker actually has that “something special”, and it makes this $69.99 speaker worth …

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August 28, 2014 • News

Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless NC Headphones Now Available

Just yesterday,  Plantronics announced the availability of their new Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless, Noise Canceling Headphones. The latest audio offering from one of the best-known headset producers, the BackBeat PRO take the company’s experience and knowhow in a new direction. The $249.99 headphones are wireless, noise-canceling and comfortable. And that’s just the beginning of the …

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August 24, 2014 • Reviews

“Theater To Go”, Thanks to the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 – Part One

I’ve heard of churches using projectors to beam words to songs, images, and page numbers onto a screen during services, and we’ve been considering it for our sanctuary; we wanted to test it out during the summer. Fortunately, I had a review sample of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 2D/3D 1080p 3LCD Projector in hand.   It …

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August 21, 2014 • Reviews

Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver

If you care about your music, then you simply must check out the $189 Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver. And since Audioengine offers a no-strings attached “30 Day Audition”, there’s no reason NOT to check it out and add high-quality Bluetooth streaming to your current sound system. Easy to set up, it will be …

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August 12, 2014 • Reviews

SMS Audio Street by 50 On-Ear-Wired Sport Headphones Review

If you listen work out to music, you know that the right pair of headphones make all the difference. Whether you have in-ear or On-ear headphones they have to be comfortable and stay put. Oh, and they have to sound good too. Right? The new SMS Audio Street by 50 On-Ear-Wired Sport Headphones are comfortable, …

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August 3, 2014 • Reviews

Bayan Audio SoundBook X3 Review – Great Sound and Fab Design

We have reviewed quite a few portable speakers that offer excellent audio and multiple ways to stream or connect, but with few exceptions it seems like most could be described as more utilitarian and less refined. The $299.99 Bayan Audio soundbook X3 is one portable speaker that not only sounds fantastic, it also looks terrific. Bayan Audio, a UK company founded in …

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August 2, 2014 • Reviews

Sony Stereo Microphone STM10 Review: Excellent Mic for Android Phones

One of the best features of the Sony Xperia Z2 phone and tablet is the built-in noise cancellation. It works great with Sony’s NC headphones, but it also does a good job if you pick up a Sony Stereo Microphone STM10. I got mine a few days ago, and I’m already impressed by the quality …

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August 2, 2014 • Reviews

Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones Review Offer an Affordable Custom Fit

A few years ago, I reviewed a pair of custom earphones of the type that only musicians usually get to use. You know, those earphones with a custom mold of each ear. The fit and finish are amazing but the price? Ouch. Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones is a new brand looking to bring an affordable …

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July 8, 2014 • Autos, News

Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit Makes Your Hooptie Hands-Free

My car is a 2008 Yukon Denali XL, and while it has tons of bells and whistles, it doesn’t have a hands-free bluetooth hookup for calls or audio. I figured I’d have to wait until we eventually upgraded vehicles (not any time soon!) before I had that feature, but with the $45 Kinivo Bluetooth Car Kit, there is …

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July 2, 2014 • Reviews

Monster 24k Over-Ear Headphones Review

The other day we reviewed the Adidas Original by Monster Headphones; I was impressed with both the comfort and the sound they offer. They are, however pricey. The Monster 24K Over-Ear Headphones make a statement and are even pricier, but they also sound great, and they offer superb comfort. Let’s take a look and then give …

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