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Most USB or iOS cables do one thing, charge your phone, and depending if plugged into a computer, they can be used to backup data. You can always backup your phone to the web via different cloud solutions, but this isn’t always ideal, and restoration can be more complicated then you might expect, and slow. Enter the MEEM, a unique bright green cable that combines automatic data backup with charging. How did it work? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel & Frank Schramm, posted 10/9/2017

If you ask most consumers to name a consumer electronics brand, the chances are most will come up with Monster Products on their list. Starting in 1979 Noel Lee, working in his garage created his first set of Monster speaker cables, and grew those cables into one of the best-known audio video brands in the world. No longer just cables, over the years they have diversified into a wide variety of markets, from speakers, headphones, earphones, cables, music, etc. In this interview recorded at the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia we discuss their new products including their new Monster Firecracker™ High Definition Bluetooth Speaker, their ongoing litigation with Apple over its acquisition of Beats for $3 billion, and their new retail strategy.

Harris Fogel, posted 10/7/2017

The 4K video revolution, now trickled down to TVs that are under a few hundred dollars, needs to be fed content to really take advantage of that higher resolution. Enter high-resolution Blu-ray players and it was only a matter of time that Oppo, the respected manufacturer of reasonably priced audiophile grade gear would make the leap. Their newest model is the UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc Player, and if you are wondering if this new unit is for you, wonder no more.

Harris Fogel, Posted 9/17/2017

Apple's event on September 12th was officially called "Let's meet at our place," but John Mulhern III is willing to bet that a couple of years from now it will be remembered as the iPhone X event. He has ten quick observations.

John Mulhern III, Posted 9/13/2017

In Part One of this Two-Part Article, we explored the new AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones, and in Part Two we explore their new DragonFly Red and DragonFly Black DAC+Preamp+Headphone Amp units. To audition them we listened to the newly released Neil Young – Decade, and Jaco Pastorius from HD Tracks both in High-Resolution, and “The Beatles Sgt. Peppers 50th Anniversary Edition” from EMI. Part Two of a Two-part article.

Harris Fogel, Posted 7/9/2017

AudioQuest helped start the portable USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier revolution with its original DragonFly model in 2012. Now with an expanded line of DACs, the newest units the DragonFly Red & Black are MQA equipped. Two years ago they took the step from electronics and cables to produce their first headphones, the open-ear NightHawk, and the closed-back NightOwl Carbon. How did these perform with the newly released Neil Young – Decade, and Jaco Pastorius from HD Tracks, and The Beatles Sgt. Peppers 50th Anniversary edition from EMI? Read our review to find out. Part One of a Two-part article.

Harris Fogel, Posted 7/4/2017

So, a few years ago there was a techie dream, that one day there would be one connecter to rule them all, and it would be named Thunderbolt. Fast forward to USB Type-C, another dream of a connector and standard to rule them all. Sound familiar? Unless you have a brand new computer with Type-C, and only a few of them exist, you have an adapter conundrum ahead! We tested products that might prove your solution; the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Kanex e-SATA to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, LaCie d2 10TB Thunderbolt 3 Hard Drive, and the Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter to make sense of things. Read on for our story of Type-C pain and salvation.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, with additional research by Ken Kramar, posted 6/20/2017

At this week's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, Apple gave macOS hardware some attention, revising four separate product lines and pre-announcing a new offshoot. John Mulhern III describes and analyzes Apple's announcements.

John Mulhern III, Posted 6/10/2017

The purpose of a DAC (Digital Analog Converter) sounds disarmingly simple. To convert digital signals to analog. Every aspect of modern life depends on them, even if few are aware of it. So, when Oppo Digital announced their new Oppo Sonica DAC – Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer, the audio world took notice. What would their take on creating a DAC for the age of streaming audio, high-res files, and NAS devices? Read our full review about the decisions that created this new component.

Harris Fogel, with additional editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, posted 5/23/2017

In Part Three of our Three-part article on a new recording from Chesky Records featuring Camille Thurman’s “Inside the Moment”, and using the new 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones, and the Astell & Kern AK Jr for high-resolution playback – we continue with our review of the Astell & Kern AK Jr Digital Audio Player. Read on for our full review. Part three of a three-part article.

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, posted 5/18/2017