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Review – Blue Microphones Tiki model

Audio quality matters. When using your computer for audio and/or video chat and conferencing it is crucial that your voice comes through clearly and background noise is kept to a minimum. For years we at MER have used and reviewed Blue Microphones, one of the best-known manufacturers of quality microphones, from the Snowball to the Yeti. The Tiki is one of their latest products. To learn how well the Tiki works, our crack investigative team takes a look and a listen, and spends time checking it out.

A. D. Coleman, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, Posted 6/6/13

The Compleat Writer: Backing Up, Part 2 (a)

Here's a hard truth: Your computer's OS can fail at any moment. Any backup strategy should include a bootable copy of your internal drive on an external disk or drive, complete with such salvage tools as Carbon Copy Cloner and Disk Warrior. A. D. Coleman narrates the steps by which those apps, and a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro portable drive, helped in an emergency.

A. D. Coleman, Posted 6/1/13

Review – The HRT microStreamer External Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) for your computer from High Resolution Technologies

In this review we look at the microStreamer, the successor to HRT's excellent HeadStreamer external Digital to Analog (DAC) Converter and see what's different in the new unit. With a new industrial design, new components, and a line-level output, the microStreamer ups the ante in this suddenly populated product space. Curious if this still-affordable DAC/Headphone Amp will deliver even better audio? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 5/28/2013

Review – The Dropcam HD Wi-Fi Digital Webcam

At the end of the night after a Digital Experience event for the press we finally had a chance to stop by and chat with the nice folks from Dropcam, manufacturers of a palm-sized wireless webcam that promised a quick no-fuss, no-muss setup and installation. They promised we'd be streaming video wirelessly in a few minutes. Wondering if this affordable webcam actually delivered on that promise? Could it really be possible to have a 24/7 live feed of your cat sleeping or your dog barking in a just a couple of minutes? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 5/20/2013

Review – NEC 23” NEC MultiSync P232W LCD LED Display

In this review we look at the NEC 23” NEC MultiSync P232W LCD LED Backlit Display. NEC has a long tradition of leadership in the display industry, and this affordable new display is no exception. With an IPS panel, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a unique integrated ambient light sensor, could this be a display for your digital imaging workflow? Read our review to find our thoughts on the new unit.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 4/16/2013



Review – Magellan Updates Legacy RoadMate GPS units to Mac OSX Compatibility

We have previously reviewed Magellan GPS units and found them to be well-designed, nicely crafted units. However, we discovered that they lacked one important feature.  What was that notable exception? Macintosh compatibility. Recently Magellan quietly revealed an important change – native Macintosh compatibility even for older units. Read our review to find out what this means for you!

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 3/18/2013

One Month Later: 10 Thoughts From 2013 International CES

It's now about one month since Mac Edition Radio returned safely from 2013 International CES and we've taken our measure of this year's massive show. More stories and product reviews will follow, but here are ten thoughts from this year's CES.

John Mulhern III, posted 2/29/13

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