Audio Visual Gear

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.


V-MODA Forza In-Ear Headphones Offer a Custom Look and Great Sound

V-MODA has consistently created some of my favorite headphones. That includes their over-the-ear, their on-the-ear and their in-the-ear models. It’s no small feat to succeed at all three approaches to headphones and yet V-MODA has done just that. It is no surprise then that I was excited to check out their Forza in-ear headphones. Do the extend V-MODA’s winning record?




The RHA Dacamp L1 DAC and the CL1 Ceramic In-Ear Headphones Sound Divine

To be honest, it is increasingly tough to impress Judie and me when it comes to audio products. It’s not that we have such discerning ears (although we do… lol) but that we have been privileged to listen to some amazing headphones and speakers in recent years. That noted, RHA more than impressed Judie during her visit with them.


808 Audio Announced New Products For Music Lovers at CES 2017

One of the fastest growing audio brands out today, 808 Audio unveiled their newest wireless collection that are sure to set off 2017 in a major way. “We continue to improve and expand our collection of Bluetooth speakers and other audio solutions so we can cater to every listener’s needs, no matter the occasion,” says President of 808 Audio, Ian…





Samsung Electronics’ QLED TV Series Is a Feast for Your Eyes

Samsung Electronics’ unveiled their new QLED TV Series QLED TV today at CES 2017. Judie was there for the reveal and to say that it is “the world’s first television to reproduce 100 percent color volume thanks to new and advanced Quantum Dot technology.” Just doesn’t cut it. These displays are freaking gorgeous.



Como Audio Announces Two Hi-Fi Audio Products You’ll Want on Your Shelf in 2017

One announcement I have been waiting for is from Como Audio. After seeing a clip from Electronics Legend Tom DeVesto’s two new products, I’m fully anticipating purchasing one of the smartest music systems to date. Tom DeVesto has invested most of his adult life making a mission of getting music to music lovers in any way he could, and that…






FABRIQ Is a Smart Speaker at an Even Smarter Price

To call the FABRIQ speaker cute is a fair assessment. It is fair… but it is incomplete. Because while the FABRIQ is a small, cute, Bluetooth speaker, it is also a smart speaker that integrates with Amazon Alexa, has an affordable $49 price, and offers multi-speaker connectivity. Those last two points, price, and multi-speaker connectivity are an especially nice combination.


The Honeycomb Sound Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

Of all the Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed, the Honeycomb Sound Wireless Bluetooth Speaker has to be the most unusual — in looks, anyway. The honeycomb body is made of ABS plastic (I thought it was aluminum at first) with iron speaker grilles; the design is beautiful, but how’s the sound?