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We like to focus on products that we think are the cat’s meow. So when we had the chance to check out ökocat’s premium plant-based clumping litter, we pounced on it! We learned about ökocat, when we met with a representative from ökocat during one of Alyson Dutch’s Consumer Product Event in Los Angeles. We chatted about cats, and she said, you need to try this litter, it’s really special. So we did! Was she right? Read our review to find out.

Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, with assistance from Grayson and Sandy, Posted 10/17/2021

During the long months of the lockdown, folks found many ways to pass the endless hours at home. Many became obsessed with bingeing TV shows and movies, baking bread, Zoom birthday parties, clearing out the garage, and organizing around the house. A few of those activities we’d like to leave in the past, but cleaning and organizing are good habits to bring along to post-pandemic times, and YouCopia’s line of organizers can help. Read on to learn how you can catch the good vibes that come with an organized home.

Nancy Burlan, Posted 10/12/2021

It's not often that we refer to cleaning albums as fun. But the unique Vinyl Record Cleaning (VRC) System and VRC Restore! vinyl record cleaning film, provided more excitement than we expected. In previous articles we've looked at different approaches to cleaning LPs, all of which used the same process – get the records wet, wash the dirt out, then dry. In part one, we looked at a new process from The Vinyl Record Cleaning Company of Australia. In part two, our own vinyl loving Frank Schramm listens carefully to before and after tests, and we discuss the process after having had time to spend with it. Read on for our take on this unique process. Part two of a three-part article.

Frank Schramm and Harris Fogel, with editorial input from Nancy Burlan, Posted 10/6/2021

HIFIMAN’s reputation is built upon its pioneering use of planar magnetic driver technology throughout its product line. Into those flat drivers a bit of dynamic drivers must fall, and the recently released HIFIMAN HE-R10D Dynamic Headphones with Bluemini Adapter is their new top-of-the-line dynamic offering. Visually, it’s a clone of the HE-R10 Planar Headphones, which tip the scale at $5,499, whereas the HE-R10D Dynamic models are a mere $1,299. How good are these new headphones? Read on to learn more!

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan and Frank Schramm, posted 9/22/2021

Coffee has become a ubiquitous component of daily life that we too often take for granted. Many of us have come to appreciate the aroma, taste, and of course energy boost we get from our favorite blends. Unfortunately, we also tend to expect there might be a downside to the uplift – the unpleasant side effects of acid on sensitive stomach linings. Thankfully, that’s not the case with low-acid trücup coffee, Read on to find out more about this new entry into the coffee market that is both delicious and drinkable.

Nancy Burlan, posted 8/22/2021

The audiophile's holy grail has long been great sound on a budget. Recently, the word around town is that a Chinese companyTopping, is delivering solid products, at extremely affordable price points. Two products, the TOPPING E30 DAC and L30 Headphone Amplifier are inexpensive, yet boast a feature set of far more expensive components. They meet just about every possible spec wish list on the books (with the exception of MQA) to high-resolution audio. We used the ensemble to put the new HIFIMAN HE-R10D dynamic headphones to the test. When Apos Audio offered us the opportunity to live with this affordable duo for a while, we couldn’t say no.  Read on to learn more about this dynamic duo.

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 7/26/2021

There was a point last year when it became obvious that the pandemic was not going to be over in a few weeks as everyone hoped, and we would instead continue working from home for the long haul, most often hunched over a laptop at the dining room table. After a month or so of sore necks and backaches, we discovered a solution to our problem: the minder® Laptop Tower Stand from obVus Solutions. Read on to see how an elegant solution helped us maintain a healthy, comfortable posture while working from home!

Nancy Burlan, Posted 6/23/2021

It's not often that we refer to cleaning albums as fun. But the unique Vinyl Record Cleaning (VRC) System and VRC Restore! vinyl record cleaning film, provided much more fun than we expected. In previous articles we've looked at different approaches to cleaning LPs, all of which used the same process - get the records wet, wash the dirt out, then dry them. We've also commented on the strange (but not recommended) trend of using wood glue to “clean” albums; an interesting but peril-fraught technique. So, when our colleagues recommended that we take a look at a new process from The Vinyl Record Cleaning Company of Australia, our interest was piqued. Read on for our take on this unique process. Part one of a two-part article.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, and Frank Schramm, Posted 4/7/2021

On the heels of the successful and popular Electronic Frontier (EFF) Foundation Pixel-Recycling Program of 2018 comes a new unprecedented initiative to rid the planet of important but unnecessary data. Recycle Important Data (RiD) 2021 Initiative is the solution to an urgent and vexing environmental challenge: pesky self-important data that doesn't need to exist and should be recycled to make room for the next decade of seemingly important data. These unwanted bits are creating a visual and spiritual degradation of important natural environments threatening habitats, fauna, and flora. Read on for the full story.

Nancy Burlan & Harris Fogel, with editorial guidance from A.D. Coleman & Frank Schramm, Posted April 1, 2021

Do you remember when we were promised that our lives would be wireless? No cables, all our devices magically communicating, charging, printing, and so much more. The reality has been anything but. We seem to need more cables and adapters then ever. While our phones can do amazing things, at some point we need to charge them, transfer data, and attach peripherals. And so much more. Two of our favorite manufacturers are Accell, and Kanex. Both have earned a reputation for solid engineering, with first rate products. USB 4 Type-C got you down, no problem! Read on for our recommendations.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, Posted 2/21/2021

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