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One Week out from CES: Nine Things to Look For

With only a week to go until it begins, John Mulhern III's attention is now solidly on CES 2020 in early/mid January, and he writes about nine areas he's watching at the Consumer Technology Association's massive annual trade show in Las Vegas.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/29/2019

Mac Edition Radio Digital Stocking Stuffers 2019 – Kingston SDXC Flash Memory Cards & HyperX Gaming Products, Amber from LatticeWork, Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe SSD, SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDHC™, G-Drive Mobile, Seagate IronWolf Pro NAS Hard Drives

We found some wonderful Digital Stocking Stuffers for Digital Storage, NAS, and Pen Displays. Read on for our review of; Kingston SDXC Flash Memory Cards & HyperX GamingAmber NAS from LatticeWorkWestern Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe SSDSanDisk Extreme PRO® SDHC™, G-Drive MobileSeagate IronWolf Pro NAS Hard Drives, & Wacom Cintiq Pen Displays.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, Jonathan Fogel, Frank Schramm, and Ken Kramar, Posted 12/6/2019

Mac Edition Radio Audio Stocking Stuffers 2019 – Audio-Technica ATH-ADX5000, HIFIMAN Jade II, HELM Audio True Wireless 5 Bluetooth Earphones, Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, and Qobuz

We found some wonderful stocking stuffers for the best of class headphones and earphones for 2019. All are wonderful products, and in the case of the Audio-Technica ATH-ADX5000 dynamic headphones, the HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphones, and the HELM Audio True Wireless 5 Bluetooth earphones, all are notable for a variety of reasons, but the one thing they have in common is superlative sound. Add in Qobuz and the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, and you have a very happy audiophile holiday season.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, and Frank Schramm, posted 12/5/2019

Mac Edition Radio Holiday Gift Guide 2019 – Minelab Go-Find 66, myCharge, TikiTunes, Luxi, Breadcrumb, SmartFit SoleMate, Adobe Creative Cloud, Lexip Ceramic Glide Feet, Kanex, OWC ClingOn, iRig Micro Amplifier, & Piper Computer Kit

Tis the time of year that stockings need stuffing, dreidels need spinning, and tech needs are at the top of that list. Here is a list of some great choices guaranteed to generate smiles. We look at the Minelab GO-FIND 66 Metal Detector, TikiTunes Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, myCharge Hub Turbo 6700mAh, Luxi Incident Light Meter Attachment, Breadcrumb Bluetooth Location Marker, Kensington SmartFit® SoleMate™ Pro Ergonomic Foot Rest, Lexip Ceramic Glide Feet, Other World Computing ClingOn Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C Connection Point Stabilizers, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 2020 9.1 Release & Creative Cloud Updates, Kanex GoPower 50W USB-C Wall Charger with Power Delivery, iRig Micro Amplifier, and the Piper Computer Kit.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, Jonathan Fogel, Frank Schramm, and Ken Kramar, Posted 12/1/2019

Review – ZVOX AV50 Noise Cancelling Headphones with AccuVoice Technology

Noise Cancelling headphones are a dime a dozen, with most boasting similar technology. And most of them look the same; have varying degrees of noise-cancelling effectiveness and features. So, what makes the ZVOX AV50 Noise Cancelling Headphones with AccuVoice Technology unique? It’s their AccuVoice Technology, which promises to highlight vocals while reducing ambient noise. Read our full review to find out.

Frank Schramm, with editorial assistance by Harris Fogel, Posted 11/25/2019

Review – Let the soothing sounds of SleepPhones® ASMR Edition guide you toward better rest

We’ve been dedicated SleepPhones® aficionados for a few years now, making them a part of our nightly bedtime routine. The original version of the comfy headband with small, slim-profile speakers inside can be plugged into or paired with personal devices or smart speakers to provide whatever sound the listener prefers to hear while falling off to dreamland. So when we had the opportunity to check out their new SleepPhones® ASMR Edition, we sleepily jumped at the chance. See how they can help guide you toward better rest or relaxation.

Nancy Burlan, posted 11/24/2019

2019 Holiday Gadget Guide

From John Mulhern III's perspective, the end of 2019 is a time to re-examine technology categories that have quietly improved over the last few years.

He's got four suggestions for investigation of potential upgrades in this holiday season: multi-function printers, noise-cancelling headphones, mesh networks, and considering a new iPad.

John Mulhern III, posted 11/24/2019

Album Review – “Losst and Founnd” by Harry Nilsson, Omnivore Recordings

Fans of Harry Nilsson are excited about a recently completed collection of his final tracks. “Losst and Founnd” by Harry Nilsson, released by Omnivore Recordings, and produced by Mark Hudson, comes 25 year after Nilsson’s death in 1994. How does it measure up to the rest of the maestro’s catalog? Guest Critic, Adam Sohmer, is known far and wide as a rabid Harry fan, so read his full review of this important new release from reissue experts Omnivore Recordings.

Adam Sohmer, posted 11/23/2019

Review – HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphones, Pangea True Balanced™ Premier SE Analog Interconnects, & Delkoni Audio Nuggets – Part 2 of 3

In Part One of our review of the HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphones, we started by describing the headphones, amplifier and power supply. In Part Two, we explore using True Balanced™ Premier SE Analog Interconnects by Pangea Audio to connect the analog output of the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ to inputs of the Jade II amplifier, and some tips on achieving the best fit and performance, using Delkoni Audio Nuggets. We review a lot of audio gear at Mac Edition Radio, but few pieces of equipment attracted more interest than the new Jade II Electrostatic headphones and Amplifier. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, with Nancy Burlan, posted 11/19/2019

Review – iRig Micro Amplifier from IK Multimedia

Are you looking for the perfect small practice amp for your dorm room, apartment, or bedroom? One that has a wide-range of audio signatures and modeling? Do you want it to be small, portable, and able to operate on batteries or AC power? If you want a small amp that can model a large range of amps, from a Marshall stack to a Fender Blues Deluxe, all controlled by your phone, then look no further. As readers know, we are fans of the iRig product line, so we were curious how their new iRig Micro amplifier performed. To answer that question, read our review of the iRig Micro amplifier, by ace guitarist and college student, Jonathan Fogel.

Jonathan Fogel, Posted 11/1/2019