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We’ve been dedicated SleepPhones® aficionados for a few years now, making them a part of our nightly bedtime routine. The original version of the comfy headband with small, slim-profile speakers inside can be plugged into or paired with personal devices or smart speakers to provide whatever sound the listener prefers to hear while falling off to dreamland. So when we had the opportunity to check out their new SleepPhones® ASMR Edition, we sleepily jumped at the chance. See how they can help guide you toward better rest or relaxation.

Nancy Burlan, posted 11/24/2019

Fans of Harry Nilsson are excited about a recently completed collection of his final tracks. “Losst and Founnd” by Harry Nilsson, released by Omnivore Recordings, and produced by Mark Hudson, comes 25 year after Nilsson’s death in 1994. How does it measure up to the rest of the maestro’s catalog? Guest Critic, Adam Sohmer, is known far and wide as a rabid Harry fan, so read his full review of this important new release from reissue experts Omnivore Recordings.

Adam Sohmer, posted 11/23/2019

In Part One of our review of the HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphones, we started by describing the headphones, amplifier and power supply. In Part Two, we explore using True Balanced™ Premier SE Analog Interconnects by Pangea Audio to connect the analog output of the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ to inputs of the Jade II amplifier, and some tips on achieving the best fit and performance, using Delkoni Audio Nuggets. We review a lot of audio gear at Mac Edition Radio, but few pieces of equipment attracted more interest than the new Jade II Electrostatic headphones and Amplifier. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, with Nancy Burlan, posted 11/19/2019

Are you looking for the perfect small practice amp for your dorm room, apartment, or bedroom? One that has a wide-range of audio signatures and modeling? Do you want it to be small, portable, and able to operate on batteries or AC power? If you want a small amp that can model a large range of amps, from a Marshall stack to a Fender Blues Deluxe, all controlled by your phone, then look no further. As readers know, we are fans of the iRig product line, so we were curious how their new iRig Micro amplifier performed. To answer that question, read our review of the iRig Micro amplifier, by ace guitarist and college student, Jonathan Fogel.

Jonathan Fogel, Posted 11/1/2019

On October 7th, Apple released macOS 10.15 Catalina. John Mulhern III suggests that readers refrain from upgrading until they are confident they have no 32-bit applications that will be affected. Could this requirement affect you? Read John's report to find out.

John Mulhern III, posted 10/7/2019

As members of the tech, animation, computer graphics, gaming, software, and hardware developers expected, the SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference proved to be an energetic gathering for global innovation in computer graphics, animation, VR, gaming, and emerging technologies. This annual summer event returned from Vancouver to Los Angeles, its more regular site, and although the number of exhibitor booths seemed lower than in previous years, the innovation level continued its upward trend and overall attendance of 18,700 global professionals was at its highest since 2014.

Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, posted 8/12/19

In this guest post, professional photographic retoucher and post-production artist Amber L. Kirlyak takes a serious look at the recently introduced Wacom Cintiq 16-inch Creative Pen Display. Billed by Wacom as “The Most Universal Tablet for your Budget”, it provides an affordable entry into the use of Creative Pen Displays. How did it perform for Amber, a no-compromise post-production expert? Read her review to find out!

Amber L. Kirylak, with editorial assistance by Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, Posted 7/16/2019

The middle of the summer is usually a quiet time at Apple. However, the last few weeks have been unusually busy. John Mulhern III analyzes the current changes within Cupertino and attempts to read some tea leaves regarding the future.

John Mulhern III, posted 7/7/2019

In Part One of our article on the Emotiva BasX TA-100 Stereo Preamp/Dac/Tuner with Integrated Amplifier and Airmotiv B1 two-way bookshelf monitor loudspeaker, we looked at the system as a low cost bargain with great sound. In Part Two we were curious what adding Emotiva’s flagship tower speakers, the Emotiva Airmotiv T2 speakers, to the system would sound like, and to do so, we had Alan Lewine, well-known jazz bassist, to critically consider the Emotiva Airmotiv T2 speakers as he used them to mix his newest album.

Alan Lewine, Harris Fogel, and Nancy Burlan, posted 6/22/2019

We fondly remember our first-generation digital music players, most of which featured a small amount of storage, no display, no controls other than a volume control track forward or back, and a play button. But at least they played MP3s. Next came the first Apple iPod, which was the real revolution, but the problem has been that there are limited numbers of players that can work with un-compressed FLAC files, or other formats. Each year brings a new crop, and among the best this year, is the new FiiO M9 Digital Audio Music Player. Read on for our review.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, and Frank Schramm, posted 6/17/2019

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