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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

Few pieces of equipment attracted more interest in our office than the newly announced Jade II Electrostatic headphones and Amplifier from HIFIMAN. Working with technology that seems light years away, the reintroduced Jade II Electrostatic Headphone and Amplifier offers a new awakening to the electrostatic model for 2019 for HIFIMAN. Part one of a two-part review.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 6/10/2019

We always count on Opening Tap to kick off Philly Beer Week with good fun, and this year’s festivities were no different. As in previous years, the evening was presented by Philly Loves Beer, a Philadelphia-based organization whose mantra is “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that Philadelphia is America’s best beer-drinking city.” 

Thousands of thirsty attendees had their fill of sample sips from the more than 60 breweries on hand. Read on to learn more about the week dedicated to all things hoppy that has become a tradition in this city.

Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, posted 6/1/2019

Not that long ago, a full-featured audio system in your automobile meant AM/FM radio with a CD player, or heck, maybe even an 8-track player. Nowadays, new cars ship with built-in GPS, digital tuners, USB interconnectivity, sophisticated displays, mobile phone connectivity, and a multitude of features. However, as the quality of cars increases, Americans are holding on to their autos longer and longer, so upgrading to an audio system like the flagship Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX makes a lot of sense. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 5/30/2019

The elegant and historically rich Museum of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania was a fitting backdrop for the 4th Annual American Whiskey Convention. History and whiskey have a long history in Pennsylvania. The infamous Whiskey Rebellion took place in the western end of Pennsylvania in 1794, when the young U.S. government began taxing whiskey to pay for the Revolutionary War, so it’s only fitting to set this premier whiskey event in the Keystone State. Now in its fourth year, the convention showcases premium whiskeys from throughout the country, as well as local vendors and craftspeople.

Harris Fogel and Thomas Fogel, posted 4/10/2019

The Huawei Band 2 Pro All-in-One Fitness Activity Tracker can help you get moving and in shape for Spring! After the festivities and relaxation of the winter holidays had passed, we were looking for a little extra help to reach and measure daily fitness goals. The Huawei Band Pro 2 proved to be a simple, elegant solution, at a great entry-level price point. Keep reading to learn more about how the Band can help you boost your fitness and keep track of your progress.

Nancy Burlan, Posted 4/6/2019

Most Emergency Room visits have one thing in common. It's not lightning strikes, shark bites, zombies, or national emergencies. Thom Disch's book, Stop the Slip: Reducing Slips, Trips, and Falls makes clear that E.R. visits are caused by common incidents that occur in your own home and workplace. We install two of their products, People Treads, the self-adhesive clear stair treads for inside the home, and Handi Treads to keep you safe outdoors. Read this before you or the people you love become a statistic.

Harris Fogel, Thomas Fogel, and Nancy Burlan, Posted 2/25/2019

Every CES has its particular flavor, and the 2019 edition was no different. With that in mind, John Mulhern III has five trends and observations from January's huge show—after a few weeks to think this through.

John Mulhern III, Posted 2/4/2019

Every year, CES has two things to watch: overall trends and individual products. Here's John Mulhern III's first look at what he see as the top 10 products of CES 2019.

John Mulhern III, Posted 1/13/2019

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