Audio Visual Gear

Plantronics Backbeat 500 Series Wireless Headphones Are Inexpensive but Not Cheap

It was already happening but Apple removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 advanced the case for wireless headphones significantly. Plantronics set out to make a pair of affordable wireless? headphones that didn’t make you compromise. The result? The Plantronics Backbeat 500 Series Wireless Headphones. At under $80 they are affordable. But are they any good?



JBL Cinema SB450 Soundbar Delivers Killer Sound for Music, Movies and More

My living room offers a great media experience thanks to a large 4K Vizio display and full surround-sound audio system via Sonos. The bedroom has the 55” Vizio display I reviewed. (Read the review) Thanks to the JBL Cinema SB450 Soundbar, our bedroom offers a great audio experience; this is an impressive audio system, and I am a huge fan.



SmartOmi Boots Mini: A Truly Wireless pair of Headphones for Under $100

If you’ve been looking for a pair of truly wireless headphones, chances are you’ve seen some of the brands that are available out there but were scared away by the outrageous prices. But there’s hope as a company by the name of SmartOmi wants to take down the competition with their SmartOmi Boots Mini earbuds.


The FUGOO Go Portable Speaker Is Great on the Go

Sure it’s only February, but Summer is right around the corner which can only mean one thing… pools will be opening soon. And who wants to enjoy sitting on the beach or poolside all afternoon without some tunes? Chances are you’ll need a Bluetooth speaker. FUGOO wants to be the company that you go to for that.


Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones Are a Treat for Your Ears!

Tiny, barely there Bluetooth earbuds have been all the rage so far this year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for big, powerful, immersive headphones. Skullcandy asked us to take a look at their new Crusher Wireless headphones, which eschew the skinny in favor of bold, powerful sound. Do they live up their promises?


Hercules WAE Outdoor 04Plus FM Portable Wireless Speaker Review

It would be easy to go into this review with a list of negatives, simply because the Hercules WAE Outdoor 04Plus doesn’t have the depth and power of some of the other portable Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed. But let’s back up for a sec and acknowledge that this is a multi-featured, water-resistant, and versatile portable speaker that only costs $79.99!



Skybuds Cut the Cord for Good

After owning an iPhone 7 plus, no longer having the 3.5 mm headphone jack has really changed my listening habits. I do not want to use dongles, so my search is for everything wireless. I recently got a chance to try out Skybuds truly wireless earbuds ($219.99) and they are a good entry into the world without wires. 


Pioneer Rayz Are Lightning Smart

Pioneer describes their new Rayz earphones as “Lightning smart” and “The iPhone’s perfect accessory.” After using them since Judie brought me a pair from CES, I would agree with that and add they are “brilliant at noise cancellation” and “among the best deals around.” Priced at just $99.99 and $149.99, they are worth every penny.




Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 SE Headphones: The Best Pair for the Money

I recently reviewed the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 headphones; now I’ve got their slightly more upscale brother, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 SE, in hand. Everything I enjoyed about the BackBeat PRO 2 is present (do check out their review if you haven’t already), but with the PRO 2 SE headphones, there is even more to love.



Pyle Wi-Fi Soundbar Review: A Great Start to Your Home Theatre

If you’re looking for a good soundbar for your home but don’t want to break the bank, you should check out the Pyle Wi-Fi Soundbar. After mounting my television, one thing that I was truly missing was a good soundbar. I searched around a bit, looking for what would not only take up too much space but would look elegant with my…



Plantronics BackBeat FIT Second Look: Still Impressive

At CES 2016, Judie and I had a chance to check out the Plantronics BackBeat FIT. We were impressed and said so in our review last February. (Read the review.) Fast forward a year, and the BackBeat FIT is still going strong. A few things have changed, so we thought we would take a second look.


Scosche BoomBuoy Rockstar Pocket-Sized Speaker Floats Like a Butterfly

The Scosche BoomBouy Rockstar Pocket-Sized Speaker is a small speaker that clips to a backpack and goes wherever you go. In fact, “goes wherever you go” even includes a pool, river or lake if that is where your travels take you. The small speaker is part of Scosche’s Rockstar sub-brand, but a quick look at it will make that fact clear.


Marshall Mid Headphones Bring Big Sound with Style

As a guitar player, I’ve been aware of the quality of Marshall products for most of my life. The fact that they are not just a guitar amp company, but they also make speakers and headphones is great. I recently received the $199 Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones to review. The styling is cool as heck, but what about the sound? 


Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker: Feel Free to Bring It Along

Aren’t we getting spoiled by all of the portable Bluetooth speakers that are waterproof? The days of having to jealously protect your portable speaker while outdoors or at the pool are gone! If you still don’t have a speaker that you can bring along without second guessing yourself, take a look at the Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker.