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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

A Warning on Upgrading to Apple's macOS 10.15 Catalina

On October 7th, Apple released macOS 10.15 Catalina. John Mulhern III suggests that readers refrain from upgrading until they are confident they have no 32-bit applications that will be affected. Could this requirement affect you? Read John's report to find out.

John Mulhern III, posted 10/7/2019

Report – SIGGRAPH Conference 2019 – Los Angeles Convention Center

As members of the tech, animation, computer graphics, gaming, software, and hardware developers expected, the SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference proved to be an energetic gathering for global innovation in computer graphics, animation, VR, gaming, and emerging technologies. This annual summer event returned from Vancouver to Los Angeles, its more regular site, and although the number of exhibitor booths seemed lower than in previous years, the innovation level continued its upward trend and overall attendance of 18,700 global professionals was at its highest since 2014.

Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, posted 8/12/19

Review – Wacom Cintiq 16-inch Creative Pen Display

In this guest post, professional photographic retoucher and post-production artist Amber L. Kirlyak takes a serious look at the recently introduced Wacom Cintiq 16-inch Creative Pen Display. Billed by Wacom as “The Most Universal Tablet for your Budget”, it provides an affordable entry into the use of Creative Pen Displays. How did it perform for Amber, a no-compromise post-production expert? Read her review to find out!

Amber L. Kirylak, with editorial assistance by Nancy Burlan and Harris Fogel, Posted 7/16/2019