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November 30, 2016 • Reviews

iClever BTS-05 and BTS-07 Bluetooth Speakers Offer Good Sound and Great Value

Bluetooth wireless speakers have burst onto the scene like gangbusters. Recently I received a pair of BoostSound Bluetooth speakers from iClever and after spending some time with each I can see the attraction and need for items such as the iClever BTS-05 and BTS-07.

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November 28, 2016 • Reviews

The BRAVEN BRV-1M Is a Mid-Size Bluetooth Speaker Ready to Rock Your next Adventure

We recently reviewed the waterproof BRAVEN 105. It is a fine speaker at a great price, but for under $50 you can’t expect to get amazing sound. By spending a bit more you can up your game and get the BRAVEN BRV-1M. At $99.99 it is double the price but, as the saying goes, you …

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November 27, 2016 • Reviews

The Audioengine HD3 Wireless Music System Is Only Small in Size

As I’ve previously noted, I’m a huge fan of Audioengine products. The HD6 are among my favorite speakers and the B2 resides in our bedroom. So color me surprise that I think the HD3 Wireless Music System is AudioEngine’s best offering yet. These may look like simple desktop speakers, but they’re a complete music system packing …

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November 25, 2016 • Reviews

Audeeze’s Sine Over-Ear Headphones Are a Sign That You Don’t REALLY Need a 3.5mm Headphone Jack

If you have an iPhone 7, one thing that you’ve missed the most is the headphone jack. There have been countless times I’ve grabbed a pair of headphones out of my drawer to try to listen to a podcast only to remember that they have a 3.5mm jack at the end, and they now no …

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November 25, 2016 • Reviews

The BRAVEN 105 Is a Small Speaker That’s Built to Go Places

Over the past few years, we’ve reviewed a number of speakers from BRAVEN. INCIPIO’s acquisition of the brand clearly hasn’t slowed the pace of development. If anything, the exact opposite has happened, and there are a host of new products being rolled out. The BRAVEN 105 is the first of three we’ll be looking at …

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November 22, 2016 • Reviews

I Use JLab’s DJ Headphones in the Gym, and They Sound Awesome

Do you frequently work out but find yourself wanted a pair of over-the-ear headphones that won’t cost you a fortune but look and sound like they were expensive? Are you tired of wearing in-ear headphones that will dangle on your shirt and annoy you as you lift?

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November 18, 2016 • Reviews

Griffin’s iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter Is Ready for the iPhone 7

So you got your shiny new iPhone 7, And you love that they came with Lightning EarPods AND an adapter. But you’ve already lost the adapter, and your favorite headphones have a 3.5mm plug. What are you to do? That’s where Griffin’s iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter comes in. At just $19.99 it fits any …

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November 18, 2016 • Gift Guides

Harman for the Holidays: Give the Gift of Amazing Sound with Something for Every Budget!

Everyone enjoys good music, and with a little bit of help from our favorite Harman brands, you can stay within your budget and brighten someone’s holidays. Take a look at these items from Harman, JBL, and AKG …

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November 17, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

The Crosley Nomad Turntable: A Great Gift Idea for the Vinyl Lover

As a child, I remember watching the record spin ‘round and ‘round on the turntable at home – and Dad yelling at us to stop making it skip. Vinyl albums went the way of the Dodo bird decades ago but wait – there is a new resurgence in long-playing albums, and Crosley Radio is at …

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November 12, 2016 • Reviews

The Parrot Zik 3 Headphones Are an Incredible Sounding Pair of Headphones

The Parrot Zik 3 are a pair of Bluetooth headphones that were heavily talked about during CES 2016 due to their great sound and even better build quality, so when the company sent me over a pair to review I was not surprised at how marvelous the headphones themselves would be.

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November 10, 2016 • Reviews

The Raumfeld One S Speaker Review

Your home can never truly be complete without a great speaker, and there’s one in particular out there that won’t take up much space, but it will certainly fill a room!

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November 7, 2016 • Reviews

Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds with Portable Charger Are the iPhone 7 Accessory You Want

It is old news that the iPhone 7 dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless Bluetooth connectivity. That would be okay, except Apple has delayed the release of their AirPods Wireless Earbuds. Fear not, however, because the Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds with Portable Charger are available now! They are tiny and …

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November 3, 2016 • News

TCL Xess Tablet: The 17″ Amazon Alexa Connected Home Hub

We’ve got two TCL 4K Roku-enabled televisions in our house, and I feel like TCL is one of those brands that isn’t yet well-known, but they should be. TCL products are extremely well made, they work exactly as promised, and they are generally well priced.

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November 1, 2016 • News

Introducing Master & Dynamic’s Latest Wireless Headphones

Master & Dynamic is a favorite here at Gear Diary, at least a personal favorite of mine. I think their headphones are awesome, and after just reviewing their ME05 headphones, they continue to amaze me with their latest pair of headphones that became available today.

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November 1, 2016 • Reviews

Master & Dynamic’s Brass ME05 Headphones Are Sleek and They Sound Awesome

Having an iPhone 7 means I had to surrender one thing I’ve been used to since birth, the headphone jack. Luckily Apple included an adapter so I can still enjoy a good pair of headphones when my Bluetooth headphones are charging. But when those are charging, the in-ear headphones I enjoy using are the Master …

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October 31, 2016 • Reviews

Keep a Pair of Bluetooth Headphones in Your Gym Bag That Refuse to Die

One thing that seems to be a constant struggle for those of us who frequent the gym is finding a decent pair of gym headphones that won’t sound distorted due to sweat after three runs. And then after that, it’s the actual price of the headphones.

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October 31, 2016 • Reviews

Get Yourself a Truly Wireless Listening Experience with Skybuds

If you are looking for a truly wireless experience to your audio, you should really be checking out Alpha Audiotronic’s Skybuds.

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October 26, 2016 • Reviews

iFrogz PLUGZ and IMPULSE Wireless Earbuds Are Ready for Your iPhone 7

If you bought an iPhone 7 you know that the loss of the 3.5mm earphone plug means a new learning curve and new ear. Thanks to iFrogz there are some great choices that won’t break the bank. The $29.99 iFrogz PLUGZ Wireless and the $39.99 iFrogz IMPULSE Wireless are two of the choices.

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October 22, 2016 • Reviews

Yatra Aquatune 5712 Is Ready for Your Next Journey

If your life is a journey, Yatra wants to tag along. The technology product company prides itself in designing creative yet rugged items to help bridge our active, tech-forward lifestyles. Yatra itself is an ancient word for journey or voyage passage and Yatra products, like the Aquatune 5712 waterproof Bluetooth speaker we just tested, want …

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September 29, 2016 • Reviews

Chant Sport from House of Marley Brings Big Sound

Crisp, clean audio is something I love and demand while listening to my favorite tunes. The new era of Bluetooth connected audio devices not only makes us wireless, but they can also sound pretty good. I recently had the opportunity to review the Chant Sport from House of Marley. The speaker costs $89.99 and doesn’t …

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September 23, 2016 • Reviews

ROAM ROPES Wireless Earphones & EQ Engine: Music the Way You Want to Hear It

Not that Bluetooth earphones and headphones weren’t already growing more and more popular, but Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has all but ensured that this is the direction mobile audio has headed. Do you have a favorite set of Bluetooth earphones or headphones yet? I’m still trying to decide. Lately, I’ve been using ROAM …

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