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Halo 3 Legendary Review - a Journey, a Way of Life

Halo 3 Legendary Review - a Journey, a Way of Life

Ok, there are a hundred other reviews out there that are surely very informative as to the content of this game. I am a home theater enthusiast so I want to touch on the good and bad of the game from an audioholic perspective. I know, when you look at my mini blog up there, it looks like I am some kind of fanboy, but rest assured that I am as critical as the next guy...

Ok, there are a hundred other reviews out there that are surely very informative as to the content of this game. I am a home theater enthusiast so I want to touch on the good and bad of the game

— September 27, 2007 20:59 in AV Gadget Reviews

Next Generation Home Products TM0402 HDMI Matrix Switcher

Next Generation Home Products TM0402 HDMI Matrix Switcher

The Next Generation Home Products TM0402 True Matrix HDMI switcher is one of the first matrix switcher on the market capable of discrete routing of 4 independent HDMI inputs to either or both HDMI outputs. Matrix switching means that you can literally have the same program material mirrored on both HDMI outputs, or use the switcher to send two different sources to two different rooms - all at the same time. This is all about functionality and convenience and allows a truly versatile environment where a single rack of equipment can supply content to two independent rooms.

The Next Generation Home Products TM0402 True Matrix HDMI switcher is one of the first switchers on the market capable of discrete routing of 4 independent HDMI inputs to either or both HDMI outputs.

— September 17, 2007 12:20 in AV Gadget Reviews

Booq, be.ez & Lowepro Laptop Bag Roundup

Booq, be.ez & Lowepro Laptop Bag Roundup

As the annual CEDIA Expo rolls around again I find myself getting ready for another trip across the country with my laptop and accessories. I thought this would be a great time to take a look at a variety of laptop bags to find out what is on the market. For my review, I decided to cover three new bags from manufacturers offering three distinct styles. Each has it's own appeal and function, not to mention unique styling. Times have changed - these aren't your nerdy computer cases from yesterday, but rather colorful and functional totes that get the job done in style.

As the annual CEDIA Expo rolls around again I find myself getting ready for another trip across the country with my laptop and accessories. I thought this would be a great time to take a look at a

— September 04, 2007 11:31 in AV Gadget Reviews

Delphi XM Premium Sound System Review

Delphi XM Premium Sound System Review

My first XM radio was a Delphi SkyFi, and at that time I also bought a portable speaker unit to go with it. It was sort of a modern boom box that allowed me to use my XM radio outside of my car. Delphi has updated that speaker system with the new Delphi Premium Sound System, which they recently sent me for review.

My first XM radio was a Delphi SkyFi, and at that time I also bought a portable speaker unit to go with it. It was sort of a modern boom box that allowed me to use my XM radio outside of my car.

— August 21, 2007 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Magellan CrossoverGPS Review

Magellan CrossoverGPS Review

Like most of us, my first experience with GPS-based navigational systems came while renting a car with one of the units installed and I immediately fell in love. I was enthralled by the thought of being able to land in a heretofore unvisited locale and immediately be able to get where I wanted to go without consulting the slack-jawed yokels at the counter. And while I will never lose my love of the paper variety, the electronic version of the road atlas certainly does offer some enhancements (insert obligatory map folding joke here).

Like most of us, my first experience with GPS-based navigational systems came while renting a car with one of the units installed and I immediately fell in love. I was enthralled by the thought of

Kent Coughlin — August 20, 2007 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack Review

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack Review

As a semi-professional photographer I have learned that there is no substitute for having access to ALL of your camera gear. I primarily shoot local sports photography, but also often need to travel with my gear. In either case it seems there is one thing you can count on - the piece of gear you need for that perfect shot is the gear you decided not to carry with you to that particular shoot.

As a semi-professional photographer I have learned that there is no substitute for having access to ALL of your camera gear. I primarily shoot local sports photography, but also often need to

— August 06, 2007 14:04 in AV Gadget Reviews

Logitech Wireless DJ Review

Logitech Wireless DJ Review

The Logitech Wireless DJ System is, in essence, a device that streams music and Internet radio from your computer to your home theater. While there are plenty of devices that do this (including Logitech's own Squeezebox) the Wireless DJ has enough unique qualities that it more than holds its own in very full market. The remote is the strong point with a great interface and a high "cool" factor. Dropouts were an issue though a fairly infrequent one.

The Logitech Wireless DJ System is, in essence, a device that streams music and Internet radio from your computer to your home theater.

— August 03, 2007 06:40 in AV Gadget Reviews

Griffin Accessories for iPhone Review

Griffin Accessories for iPhone Review

Do you have your iPhone yet? If so, are you worried about scratching it up or dropping it? How about battery life? Are you worried about running out of juice while on that cross-country road trip just as you have begun to read the latest review posted at Audioholics.com? Well just as was the case with the iPod, throngs of accessories for the iPhone have begun to hit the market, and I am here to report to you on three of them.

Do you have your iPhone yet? If so, are you worried about scratching it up or dropping it? How about battery life? Are you worried about running out of juice while on that cross-country road trip

— July 31, 2007 11:10 in AV Gadget Reviews

Franklin 12-Language Speaking Translator Review

Franklin 12-Language Speaking Translator Review

One of the more interesting devices I saw at this year's Consumer Electronic Show was a pocket translator from Franklin. Well known for electronic dictionaries and Bibles, Franklin also has a series of translators. The new device being shown off at CES was a speaking translator that is compact enough to throw into your coat pocket or briefcase during your next trip overseas.

One of the more interesting devices I saw at this year's Consumer Electronic Show was a pocket translator from Franklin. Well known for electronic dictionaries and Bibles, Franklin also has a series

— July 17, 2007 06:31 in AV Gadget Reviews

Impact Acoustics HDMI Selector Review

Impact Acoustics HDMI Selector Review

If you find yourself with digital cable, a Playstation 3 or one of the newer Xbox 360's, and a high def player you're going to appreciate that Impact Acoustics has come out with two HDMI switchers to meet your needs. When working with multiple sources, a switcher is your only option. But what if you just want to extend the life of your display or receiver? For $130 bucks you can have an HDMI switcher that will allow you to use your 5 year old receiver for a few more years as you wait for the prices of HDMI receivers to come down.

If you find yourself with digital cable, a Playstation 3 or one of the newer Xbox 360's, and a high def player you're going to appreciate that Impact Acoustics has come out with two HDMI switchers.

— July 16, 2007 15:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Apple iPhone Review

Apple iPhone Review

If you are one of the legions of Apple-haters out there, stop reading now. This is my final warning, because the iPhone is a great product. Not perfect, but a great piece of gear that is nothing short of revolutionary. Read on for my first day of use review.

If you are one of the legions of Apple-haters out there, stop reading now. This is my final warning, because the iPhone is a great product. Not perfect, but a great piece of gear that is nothing

— July 03, 2007 12:33 in AV Gadget Reviews

Garmin nuvi 360 GPS Review

Garmin nuvi 360 GPS Review

I am a directionally challenged man. But true to my gender, I still hate to ask for help. But I have had a GPS in my car for the last twenty years or so. Her name is Christine and she’s my wife. The girl has always had a great sense of direction, which has allowed me to drive and daydream, and only make a turn when she breaks my reverie with a slightly annoyed “get in the left lane“ kind of reminder. Well, Chris can’t come along on every errand, so when I had an opportunity to test the new Garmin nuvi 360, I was thrilled.

I am a directionally challenged man. But true to my gender, I still hate to ask for help. But I have had a GPS in my car for the last twenty years or so. Her name is Christine and she’s my wife. The

Scott Dente — June 19, 2007 00:53 in AV Gadget Reviews

DVIGear DVI-3531a HDMI Converter Scaler

DVIGear DVI-3531a HDMI Converter Scaler

DVIGear's new DVI-3531a AV-PC to HDMI Converter / Scaler is targeted towards custom installers and integrators who need a one-solution product to convert incoming audio and video signals to a single HDMI stream. This rather versatile unit can take either DVI-D, component or VGA (PC) input, along with an audio source, and convert the output to a single HDMI stream (with integrated audio). The system can also scale the video input to various output resolutions up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz. It includes 3D motion-adaptive deinterlacing as well as high-quality analogue to digital converters to maintain audio fidelity throughout the conversion process.

DVIGear's new DVI-3531a AV-PC to HDMI Converter/Scaler is targeted towards custom installers who need a one-solution product to convert incoming audio and video signals to a single HDMI stream.

— June 14, 2007 12:45 in AV Gadget Reviews

Impact Acoustics Multi-Function Converter with Tuner and Picture in Picture Review

Impact Acoustics Multi-Function Converter with Tuner and Picture in Picture Review

The first thing I thought when I saw the Impact Acoustics Multi-Function Converter with Tuner and Picture-in-Picture was, “Wow, that’s a mouth full!” I knew two things, first, that I had no idea what it was and what it did, and two, that there had to be a better name. Well, I now know what it is but I can’t say I’ve come up with a better name. In short the MFCwT&PnP (I don’t think that acronym is going to catch on) stands between your computer and your display. When activated, it mutes the volume from your computer, overlays a TV signal on your display, and sends the audio to your speakers. But how well does it work?

The Impact Acoustics Multi-Function Converter stands between your computer and your display. It replaces the computer volume and image with one from you TV signal. But how well does it work?

— June 06, 2007 13:10 in AV Gadget Reviews