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Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Drive is a Solid Choice

As one of the first portable Thunderbolt drives on the market, the bus-powered Buffalo Mini-Station Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 external hard drive is a well designed product. It comes in 500GB & 1TB capacities, it has both Thunderbolt and USB ports, it includes a 18-inch Thunderbolt cable (as well as a USB 3.0 cable) and has a reasonable price point. Read on for our full review.

Ken Kramar, posted 2/28/2013

Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays – High-Resolution Music Downloads from HD Tracks, Society of Sound, and Reissues of Jethro Tull, the Beatles, and Real World Records

One of the joys of the digital age is the portability of music. Admittedly, the earliest form of portable digital audio, the ubiquitous MP3 file, quickly became the subject of audio lovers‚Äô derision due to the audible downgrade in audio quality. Apple's iPod introduced a format (AAC) that promised better sound quality with smaller file sizes, but at the same time there was an explosion in audiophile-grade headphones and earphones capable of revealing the quality of the material. What to do? The best way we know is to treat one's self to some high-resolution downloads to find out how the music actually sounded in the studio the day it was created.  We look at releases from HD Tracks, Society of Sound, Linn Records, and reissues from The Beatles, Real World Records, and Jethro Tull.

Harris Fogel, posted 12/22/2012

John Mulhern's Quick Hits for the Holidays – Epson Artisan 837 printer, JUD 500 Docking Station, Targus Dual Video Docking Station, Roku 2, Apple TV, and Onkyo AV systems

John Mulhern III weighs in with some quick recommendations for the holidays. In this list he looks at the Epson Artisan 837 printer, JUD 500 Docking StationTargus Dual Video Docking StationRoku 2Apple TV, and Onkyo AV systems. Read on for his quick commentary!

John Mulhern III, posted 12/22/12

Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays – Data Storage from Seagate, Buffalo, and WiebeTech, and Memory Products from Kingston & Newer Technology

The holidays are a wonderful time for giving and receiving data, be it from a digital camera, an audio file, a hard drive, or in the form of chips. Here are a few of our favorite gifts for the holidays and the New Year. For hard drives we look at the Seagate Backup PlusBuffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt, and WiebeTech ToughTech Duo portable RAID. Need RAM or Memory? We have had great experiences with Kingston Memory, and remember - you can never have enough RAM! Are you worried about using your E-SATA drives on a new system without E-SATA? Fear not, Newer Technology to the rescue! Read on for our quick reviews!

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/22/12

Review – FiiO E17 Alpen Portable External Digital to Analog Converter/Headphone Amp (DAC) for your computer and high-resolution audio files from HD Tracks and Society of Sound.

In Part Three of this multi-part series on external DACs, we look at the FiiO E17 Alpen external Digital to Analog (DAC) Converter. It promises to deliver that missing sound, along with a slew of features no other products at this price point can match. Just how good is this affordable DAC from China that won't stress your budget? Read our review to find out! Need some high-resolution audio files to take advantage of your audiophile-grade gear? We look at some recent titles from Paul Simon and Herbie Hancock from HD Tracks and new releases by Gonwards and Peter Gabriel from B&W's Society of Sound to fill your empty stockings with high-resolution audio!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/3/2012

Review – Virgin Mobile HTC EVO V 4G Cell Phone

Yet another Android falls into prepaid territory. But can the Virgin Mobile EVO V 4G cell phone avoid the pratfalls of its brethren and break free from the usual cheap phone constraints? Can it actually take photos in 3D? Why is there a "V" in the name? Is it time to consider jettisoning your contact? Read our review to find it all out!

Thomas Fogel, posted 10/14/2012

Review - Lantronix® xPrintServer™ – iPad® & iPhone® Printing Made Easy

We've been using Apple's iOS for several years in our house on multiple iPhones and iPads. When AirPrint® was included in iOS 4, I looked forward to printing to my HP printer. But alas, I'd bought my All-in-One a little too early, apparently it was one iteration behind the crop of printers supporting the technology. Also, Apple removed the ability from iOS to print to a shared printer queue on my Mac. I found a capable utility to replace that function -- but it meant my MacBook Pro always needed to be running in order to act as a print server. Otherwise, I couldn't justify replacing my perfectly fine printer simply for the perk of printing from my iPhone & iPad. Enter Lantronix, developers of the xPrintServer...

Ken Kramar, posted 10/30/2012

Review – A Tale of Three External Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) for your computer from High Resolution Technologies – the HRT iStreamer, Music Streamer II, and Head Streamer

In Part One of this multi-part series we asked "Did you buy that dream set of earphones you always wanted? Or that set of headphones that promise fantastic sound?" Have you wondered "Am I getting all the sound I deserve?" In this review we look at three external Digital to Analog (DAC) Converters from High Resolution Technology that promise to deliver that missing sound, the HRT Music Streamer II, the iStreamer, and the HeadStreamer. These are affordable DACs that won't stress your budget, but will they deliver better audio? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, posted 10/7/2012

Review – Thinking about DACs, or How an External Digital to Analog Converter Can Transform Your Mac or PC’s Audio on a Budget!

Let's say you bought a dream set of earphones you'd always wanted, or a spiffy set of headphones that promised fantastic sound. Great - you deserved them! Then, once you plugged them into your computer, phone, or iOS device, you wondered, "Am I getting all the sound I deserve?" If you can't think about better software than iTunes, or better hardware, you aren't getting your money's worth! This time, start with an external Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), some dedicated software such as Decibel or Pure Music, and suddenly a new world beckons! Read on for Part One of this multi-part review.

Harris Fogel, posted 9/23/2012

Mac Edition Radio: Review - IK Multimedia AmpliTube Fender™ for iOS

Sound modeling for guitar has become popular on desktop & laptop computers, it's being built in to amplifier hardware (e.g. Line 6 and Marshall), and is now available on mobile devices. In the 1980's, Tom Scholz's Rockman was an expensive little box, worn on the belt like a Walkman with headphones and a guitar jack that allowed a guitarist to play electrified music anywhere with effects & amplifier modeling. Twenty years later, apps like AmpliTube with an iRig guitar interface adapter affordably place this capability into any iOS user's reach. In this review, we take a listen to how the Fender® sound stacks up on the iPad.

Ken Kramar, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, posted 9/17/2012

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