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Review — OPPO PM-3 Headphones and HA-2 Headphone Amplifier

OPPO has recently released their PM-3 closed-back planar magnetic headphones and HA-2 portable headphone amplifier and DAC. John Mulhern III reviews these products, both independently and in combination, and looks at whether OPPO has managed to score yet another win with the audio enthusiast.

John Mulhern III, Posted 3/22/2015

Analysis – Apple's New MacBook Is A Lesson In Vision And Market Power

On Monday, March 9th, 2015, Apple announced the first new MacBook in four years. John Mulhern III believes that this new MacBook, the lightest notebook that Apple has ever made, is a lesson in vision and market power.

John Mulhern III, Posted 3/15/2015

Review – Seagate NAS Pro 16TB Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Does Mac Edition Radio’s digital life sound familiar? We have lots of data to deal with, so we need multiple hard drives strategically placed around our homes and offices, and of course, tangled webs of different interfaces and cables. Some storage devices are portable, while others might be AC-powered external desktop drives. Either way, most of them aren’t secure, nor are they accessible to others or remotely. Enter the NAS, or Networked Attached Storage, which has been growing in popularity as an affordable, secure, fast, and increasingly easy-to-configure solution to how to store all that precious data. In this first of a multi-part article on NAS devices, we review the recently released Seagate NAS Pro, 16TB Network Attached Storage, powered by the LaCie NAS OS 4 operating system.

Harris Fogel, with additional research by Ken Kramar, Posted 2/26/2015

Review – Wacom Cintiq Companion – Someone finally Smushed my Laptop and Sketchbook together!

Ideas for creative people happen quickly, in some moments unexpectedly. We need tools that allow us to pursue those ideas with precision and confidence. The Wacom Cintiq Companion delivers on those “tools” and instantly upgrades any creative person’s arsenal.  And everyone knows the old saying, “you need the right tools for the job” and in today’s completive market for artistic designers and photographers creating digitally is not another means to end, but a must to keep up with the every growing pace of the creative world. Is the Cintiq Companion the right tool for you? Read our review to find out!

Michael Mann, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, posted 2/13/2015

Mac Edition Radio’s The Best of 2014 Top Ten High-Resolution Audio and Musical Picks To Start The New Year!

We love the holidays – they bring stress, commotion, travel headaches, and joyous times with family and friends. But they also bring exciting new products, music, and tools to soothe our transition to the new year. Here is a quick list of some High Resolution Audio and Music highlights from 2014 to consider as 2015 approaches! Music from HD Tracks, Blue Coast Records, Society of Sound, Pure Blu-Ray Audio, AIX Records, Capitol/Universal Music, Chesky Records, Real World Records, and music software from Channel D and Sonic Studio.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, Posted 12/24/2014

With just two weeks to go until International CES 2015 begins, the excitement is building and the communications are coming fast and furious. John Mulhern III writes about some of the things he and others at Mac Edition Radio are looking for, including Bluetooth 4.2 and the Internet of Things, good and inexpensive 3D printing, and more 4k content options.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/21/2014

Review – Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver & B2 Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth audio has earned a somewhat well deserved rap for a somewhat degraded audio experience. Audioengine didn’t think that we should settle for this, and recently introduced two products to provide a higher quality experience. The B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver adds Bluetooth capability to any audio device, and the B2 Bluetooth Speaker is Audioengine’s take on a small compact audio system. Will these products allow wireless music to fill your life? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, posted 12/21/2014

Review – A. D. Coleman's Top Ten Digital Devices & Software of 2014

It's the Holiday Season, so here are my Top Ten Holiday items of digital hardware and software that I either added to my toolkit this year or relied on heavily and will add cheer to your digital holidays! From Logitech to Sabrent, from BlueAnt to ioSafe, from Polaroid to FileMaker Pro, and Calibre to Macility, here are a few of my favorite things!

A.D. Coleman, Posted 12/18/2014

Review – Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 816 4G LTE & Samsung Galaxy S5 4G LTE

In the era of big screens and phablets, phones seem to be getting bigger and bigger. The all-new Desire 816 from HTC has the largest screen Virgin Mobile can offer yet. But does bigger necessarily mean better? Worried about keeping up with the Joneses? Virgin Mobile also offers the Samsung Galaxy S5 4G LTE. Read our review to find out which is right for you!

Thomas Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 11/28/2014

Review – Distance Learning with the Logitech Wireless Headset and Webcam

Distance learning has become a staple of 21st-century education. Teaching online requires hardware that combines functionality with comfort. A. D. Coleman tests a Logitech HD Pro C920 webcam and headset in his seminars, connecting them through a Sabrent USB 3 hub and charging them via a Sabrent charging unit

A.D. Coleman, Posted 11/19/2014