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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

Review - OS X Mountain Lion: An Analysis

OS X Mountain Lion [10.8] is the eighth significant update to Apple's OS X desktop operating system. It was formally announced on February 16, 2012 and became available exclusively from the Mac App Store on July 25, 2012. Read on for our analysis of Apple's ideas on what a desktop operating system should be in 2012.

John Mulhern III, posted 8/26/2012

Review – Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset & “Moderna Series” MS 400 Headphones

Bluetooth earphones didn't impress us much over the years. Many looked good but didn't sound great, and others were difficult to use. Audio manufacturer Phiaton wasn't happy with the choices, either, and their new Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset conquers the hurdles by combining style, ease of use, and great sound. We also looked at their MS 400 headphones, designed for travel with style. Read on for our full review!

Harris Fogel & Frank Schramm, posted 6/19/2012

Article – Yikes! Zapped By Apple Thunderbolt Software Update

I got zapped by the recent Apple Thunderbolt Software Update... Here are a few facts and tips to consider when updating your system, which may help you avoid a Kernel Panic and OS reinstall. Before you blindly hit "Ok" when that System Update is offered, read this story of an Apple Update gone wrong!

Ken Kramar, posted 6/14/2012

Review - Remotely accessing your Mac from iOS using Mochasoft VNC, iSSH and LogMeIn

Sometimes you're away from your Mac, either downstairs or down the road. These iOS apps can easily provide remote access to your computer with little effort using your iPhone or iPad. Consider adding Mochasoft VNC, Zingersoft iSSH and LogMeIn to your iOS IT toolbox. This is a practical and reliable trio. Read the full review!

Ken Kramar, Posted 6/12/2012

Review – Speck HandyShell & iGuy – Pelican HardBack – Davis Technologies e-Handle

We love our iPads, iPhones, laptops, tablets, and other portable devices, and we want them to stay in tip-top shape. We look at cases from Speck and Pelican, plus the e-Handlefrom Davis Technologies - an easy way to hold your devices.  Read on for our Mac Edition Radio Review!

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, posted 5/24/2012

Review –Wrapsol Protective Films

We love protective films and skins, and the toughest we have found are from Wrapsol which fit most laptops, phones, tablets, and more. Protection that is almost invisible, but with more resiliency and grip then most "skins" are some of the features that Wrapsol touts. How does it work in real life? Read on for our Mac Edition Radio Review!

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, posted 5/10/2012

Review – Otterbox Defender Series

Have a phone you need to protect? Trying to find a balance between style, toughness, and your own clumsiness? We look at cases from Otterbox and put them to the test. Otterbox is a Colorado-based company whose goal is to make bombproof cases, a reputation that users have come to expect. Read on for our Mac Edition Radio Reviews of their Impact, Commuter, Reflex, and Defender series cases!

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, posted 4/14/2012