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Data, data, data, where to store it all? With digital cameras creating 40MB files on a routine basis, it doesn’t take long until you are pushing data storage to its limits. We look at storage solutions from three well known suppliers, Other World Computing, Seagate, and SanDisk Professional. Fast, reliable storage is imperative for everyone from everyday consumers to professional content creators. Our 2022 Storage Product of the Year is the OWC Gemini. Read on for our full report.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, and Frank Schramm, Posted 12/8/2022

As audiophiles, we are always on the lookout for new products that advance the state of audio reproduction. Recognizing that few of us can justify ultra-expensive products, no matter how amazing, we try to concentrate on more the affordable options. In 2022, we looked at the Equipment Vibration Protectors from AV RoomService, Ltd., the LSA HyperDrive2 Hybrid Stereo preamplifier/headphone amp, Cables from Audience, the TB-10D Class D Amplifier from Fosi Audio, the FiiO Jade KA1 DAC/Headphone Amplifier.

Harris Fogel with Nancy Burlan and Frank Schramm, Posted 12/8/2022

Good tools are what make our work lives run more smoothly, and we routinely rely on web cams, docks, and soundbars. We looked at a variety of products and found two sets of solutions we think will please most folks and their budgets. From Poly (formerly Plantronics), a line of superb webcams and accessories, and from CyberAcoustics, affordable webcams, docks, and soundbars. Finally, we look at the new Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 tablet, and mophie – GaN chargers and accessories.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, Posted 12/7/2022

This holiday season, we highlight some very cool lifestyle products that range from warm socks to automated drink systems. Along the way we look at the Donner Silent Guitar, bev by BLACK+DECKER™ Cocktail Maker, Urbanista Los Angeles Solar Powered Headphones, Trombe Airborne Dust Cleaner TR-600TB, VKTRY Performance Insoles, Heat Holders socks, Speck iPhone Cases, Catalyst iPhone and iWatch cases, TWT Audio Headphones, and the Vintage Home Power Plant.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, Thomas Fogel, Frank Schramm, Posted 12/6/2022

This holiday season, we highlight some books from authors and small, independent publishers that touch on personal and tightly held and defended passions. Elizabeth Waterman tackles the age old conundrum of exotic dancing, while Joni Sternbach’s dogged pursuit of the perfect wave concentrates on the tool of choice, the surfboard. We look at Sandy Sorlien’s treatise on the wetlands and forgotten water systems of the Schuylkill River region, and Peter Goin’s encyclopedic compendium on Lake Tahoe. Penny Wolin created a sympathetic view of a small hotel in the Los Angeles of the 1970s, the inhabitants of which unabashedly understood what it meant to have a roof over their heads. Jessica Hines’ book is intensely personal, a result of her brother Gary’s suicide – an all too common after-effect of the Vietnam War. Maura Sullivan displays her work, somewhat shorn of her fashion sensibility, filled with darkness and mystery, with more delicacy than I thought possible. Renée Jacobs has been creating erotic images of women for years, which seems pretty benign until you realize it really isn’t. Colin Smith’s updated treatise on drone photography and videography is the only how-to book in this list.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, & Frank Schramm, Posted 12/5/2022

At The New York Audio Festival, the folks from TreeHaus Audiolab were exhibiting one of the audio world’s most instantly identifiable speaker designs, essentially a beautifully-finished live-edge slab of black walnut wood with open-backed speakers mounted on them, including a field-coil midrange driver. Treehaus also created the vacuum-tube electronics, featuring complimentary wood enclosures. and the room was constantly busy with visitors.

Part Three of a three part article.

Harris Fogel, originally published in Copper Magazine 175, 11/6/2022

Even though Manhattan is the center of the photography universe, amazingly, its never had its own major photography festival. Sure, there are events like PhotoPlus Expo, held each fall at the Javits Center, which offers a combination of a trade show, lectures, seminars, and workshops. However, a dedicated conference in Manhattan just for photography didn’t exist, until the creation of Photoville a few years ago in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. By the same token, for a very long time, New York hasn’t had any audio shows to compare with AXPONA, or the late great Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, or the ever-more-important Capitol Audio Fest. The New York Audio Show was the antidote.

Part Two of a three part article.

Harris Fogel, originally published in Copper Magazine 174, 10/23/2022

NAMM is the music industry's premier conference. Each year thousands of musicians, engineers, manufacturers, sound reinforcement experts, teachers, music programs, mastering, mixing, and every other kind of role in the music industry gather in Anaheim, California for a rollicking good time. Read on for our full report on the 2022 event.

Part Two of a two part article.

Harris Fogel, originally published in Copper Magazine 173, 10/9/2022

The Pivo Pod is a tripod mount AI powered gimbal for your cell phone that lets you track movement during video capture, hands free. What can you use it for? As it turns out, just about anything! From tracking yourself riding a horse or skateboarding to making video calls, or even to record yourself hands free, without the need for a camera operator. Do we think the Pivo Pod would be a nice gift for the holiday season? Read our full review to find out!

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 10/7/2022

The New York Audio Show returned after a bit of a break, and it was nice to get back to a local event I had attended for the first time in 2017. It was NYAS that inspired me to fly to Colorado for one of the last Rocky Mountain Audio Fests. RMAF was huge with many rooms, and even with a two-day stay, I was unable to see everything. The recent New York show at Manhattan’s Martinique Hotel on Friday September 9th was a very different affair: 15 systems could be evaluated and revisited in a single day.

Part One of a three part article.

Tom Methans, with Photographs by Harris Fogel

Originally published in Copper Magazine 172, 9/25/2022