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KitSound Voice One Smart Speaker: Better Than Any Echo

I purchased the first generation Amazon Echo thinking it was the best Alexa-enabled speaker available — at the time, anyway. While the Echo does all right in a smaller room, the speaker is anemic at best. But I’ve had the opportunity to check out the KitSound Voice One Smart Speaker recently, and I’ve found it to be much better.


JBL Link 20 Review: The Power of Google Meets Portability

For all my grumbling about switching from Android to iOS, it’s really not so bad. The one thing I really missed was Google Assistant, but the JBL Link 20 is doing an excellent job of filling that gap. It’s a portable Bluetooth and WiFi speaker with Google Assistant built-in, so I can take my “Hey, Google” obsession all over the…




Platinum Box Is a Classic “If It Sounds Too Good to be True…”

I have not had cable for almost three years. Instead, everyone in my house relies on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for their entertainment needs, all on a Roku 3. It works quite well, and we probably pay around $25/month for the three services. Platinum Box is claiming to do the same thing but for free …






SOUL Enters the True Wireless Earphone Market with the ST-XS Superior High Performance True Wireless Earphones

At $99.99 SOUL’s ST-XS True Wireless Earphones are yet another option for those who want “wireless wireless” headphones but don’t want to opt for Apple’s AirPods. The ST-XS lack the “tail” of Apple’s offering, but they are large enough that they won’t disappear into your ears when you wear them. Is saving $60 compared to the AirPods worth it? Maybe…


YEVO 1 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Review: Are They Worth the Buy?

There are plenty of “Truly Wireless” earbuds on the market that you could chose from, many with half-baked features like fitness tracking and glowing lights, but what if you just want a great sounding pair of wireless earbuds? If this is the case, you need to purchase the YEVO 1 truly wireless earbuds, and here’s why.


Rowkin Micro Are Small, Truly Wireless Earbuds Offering Big Sound

I reviewed the Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo Earbuds some time ago. (Read the review.) They weren’t perfect, but I liked them a lot. Now the company has released the Rowkin Micro. Similar to the Bit Charge, they also fall short of perfection but still, I do like them a great deal. Read on for the good… and the not-so-good.


Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones Review: iPhone Users Should Get These

Beats latest flagship headphones are available now in the form of the Beats Studio3. The Beats Studio2 were a significant improvement over the original Beats Studio headphones, but it has been four years since the Beats Studio2 were released, so it was due time for Beats to release a new flagship pair of headphones.




Naztech Alloy Advanced Magnetic Earphones Deliver

I am a huge fan of wireless earphones. One issue I often have with these products is what to do with them when not wearing them for a bit. Naztech has addressed this problem with the Alloy Advanced Magnetic Earphones. The $69.99 earphones add a new twist to wearing wireless, Bluetooth earphones. Let’s take a look.



Be Free with Optoma’s New BE Free8 Wireless Earbuds

Just a few short weeks ago, we covered Optoma’s NuForce’s latest BE2 wireless headphones, with a few constructive criticisms about things that could use a bit of improvement. And in the blink of an eye, NuForce releases their BE Free8, a new product that is not only better in every way, but they are true to their name.



JBL Pulse 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker: A Grown-Up Lava Lamp with Skills

From the beginning, the JBL Pulse line has been made up of excellent portable speakers which happen to include a light show. But it wasn’t until the Pulse 3 that the design became sophisticated. The JBL Pulse 3 looks like the love child of a portable Bluetooth speaker and a fancier lava lamp, and it’s one pretty baby.


FIIL CANVIIS Pro Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones Offer Tech, Tunes, and Much More

There was a time when headphone reviews focused on build-quality, design, comfort, and sound. Those remain relevant but headphones, particularly those with wireless and NFC, are now complex. That’s the case with the FIIL CANVIIS Pro Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones. They offer a ton of functionality and store up to 1000 songs in MaxWide 3D Audio; they’re awesome.