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Lowepro CompuDaypack & CompuRover AW Backpack Review

Lowepro CompuDaypack & CompuRover AW Backpack Review

Being an Audioholic does not limit us to audio and video. We all love gadgets and gear. And I would guess that if you are reading this, chances are you have a camera and probably a laptop computer. I always travel with both. And when your Audioholic team travels to trade shows such as CEDIA and CES, we are all armed with digital cameras and laptops - often on the show floor so we can capture and post as much of the action possible.

Being an Audioholic does not limit us to audio and video. We all love gadgets and gear. And I would guess that if you are reading this, chances are you have a camera and probably a laptop computer.

— June 03, 2007 15:46 in AV Gadget Reviews

TrekStor Vibez MP3 Player Review

TrekStor Vibez MP3 Player Review

It seems the market continues to be flooded with portable MP3 players chasing the iPod. And although Apple dominates the market share, their popularity encourages competition, and with competition comes choice, which is always a good thing. Germany's best-selling brand of digital portable media players, TrekStor, has introduced their first hard drive based MP3 player for the US market, and it is large capacity portable called the Vibez.

It seems the market continues to be flooded with portable MP3 players chasing the iPod. And although Apple dominates the market share, their popularity encourages competition, and with competition

— May 10, 2007 15:10 in AV Gadget Reviews

Philips PMC7230 Portable Media Center Review

Philips PMC7230 Portable Media Center Review

The portable audio/video device market is flooded with choices. Take a walk through any big electronics retailer and you will find everything from tiny flash-based MP3 players to mini-laptop sized DVD player/screen combos. But one emerging class seems to be the personal portable media player. Philips has brought to market an interesting device that they bill as a Portable Media Center - the PMC7230.

The portable audio/video device market is flooded with choices. Take a walk through any big electronics retailer and you will find everything from tiny flash-based MP3 players to mini-laptop sized

— May 04, 2007 15:55 in AV Gadget Reviews

Samsung YP-T9 MP3 and Video Player Review

Samsung YP-T9 MP3 and Video Player Review

Walk into any big box store these days and you will find a flood of portable media players on display. There are many shapes, sizes and prices vying for your attention. While Apple continues to lead the pack, there are plenty of options worth consideration. I have recently had a chance to review several of these devices, and the Samsung YP-T9 has proven to be one of my favorites. Similar in form factor to Apple's Nano, this glossly black multimedia player sports a larger screen, as well as a ton of features.

Walk into any big box store these days and you will find a flood of portable media players on display. There are many shapes, sizes and prices vying for your attention. While Apple continues to lead

— April 10, 2007 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Apple iPod Shuffle Review

Apple iPod Shuffle Review

There is a reason that Apple owns the market when it comes to portable MP3 players. Not just the fact that the iPod wrote the book, but how every new iPod continues to pave the way. The completely redesigned shuffle continues the Apple tradition of trendsetting. Ultra-light, ultra-small, ultra-cool, and less than $100. You have not seen anything like it.

There is a reason that Apple owns the market when it comes to portable MP3 players. Not just the fact that the iPod wrote the book, but how every new iPod continues to pave the way. The completely

— April 10, 2007 12:50 in AV Gadget Reviews

Slappa d2i Hardbody CD Storage Review

Slappa d2i Hardbody CD Storage Review

At what point do you decide you need a storage solution for your CDs? After you buy 10? 20? Maybe it is when you buy your first car with a CD player (I’m showing my age)? If you’re smart, and you really like your CDs, you’ll want to start protecting them after your first purchase. Well, Slappa's new d2i line of HardBody cases combines the convenience of a sleeve-based solution with the flexibility of jewel cases. With the d2i system, the sleeve moves in and out – not the disc. With the d2i (i=interlocking) each sleeve has a male and a female interlocking slide that allows the sleeve to be connected to the spine of each case or to another sleeve. Just slide out the sleeve with the CD you want and slide it in to the other case. No more handling of CDs (with the possibilities of scratching/dropping). No more fumbling with locations – just grab and go. Slappa has always provided the looks, with the d2i system; they’ve taken functionality to a whole new level.

At what point do you decide you need a storage solution for your CDs? After you buy 10? 20? Maybe it is when you buy your first car with a CD player (I’m showing my age)? If you’re smart, and you

— April 03, 2007 10:42 in AV Gadget Reviews

Boston Acoustics MicroSystem CD Review

Boston Acoustics MicroSystem CD Review

When one gets used to great audio, it is hard to stomach little else. After spending thousands on a home theater setup, a two channel rig, a decent pair of cans (headphones) and a headphone amp… well, perhaps your finely tuned ears are just too delicate for a simple Wal-Mart special clock radio. You need something a little more… refined. The Boston Acoustics MicroSystem CD is much more than just a clock radio, this unit purposes to be able to take “tabletop performance to the next level, with big, rich sound you never thought possible in a system this size.” Gee, I think I’ve heard this one before… but where? Hmm… Well, we’ll deal with that later. What is most important here is 1) how it sounds, 2) How it looks and 3) how well it works.

When one gets used to great audio, it is hard to stomach little else. After spending thousands on a home theater setup, a two channel rig, a decent pair of cans (headphones) and a headphone amp…

— March 15, 2007 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Slim Devices Transporter Digital Music Player Review

Slim Devices Transporter Digital Music Player Review

Slim Devices took the world by storm with its Squeezebox series of players. Now the Slim Devices Transporter moves it even further ahead by ramping up the quality and adding more functionality and "pizzazz". But is the CD player dead? Can we replace a digital transport with a supercharged DAC to decode our lossless CD content into our listening rooms? After a thorough review and dissection of the Slim Devices Transporter, its functionality, and its ability to fit in perfectly with audiophile grade equipment, I have to say the answer is a resounding "Yes" - provided you don't mind having a networked computer on in your system.

The Slim Devices Transporter isn't just a music server - the Transporter is high-end DAC for your music. But is the CD player dead? Read on to find out.

— March 06, 2007 09:10 in AV Gadget Reviews

Impact Acoustics Digital RapidRun Cable Review

Impact Acoustics Digital RapidRun Cable Review

Thought you couldn't terminate HDMI and DVI in the field? Guess again. Impact Acoustics' Digital RapidRun cabling system solves a huge problem for the DIY home owner or CE installer. The RapidRun Digital Cable System provides faultless high resolution HDMI signal transmission even under extreme circumstances and in different types of installations. We think its excellent shielding properties, overall great build quality, and clever engineering make it a grand slam for both the consumer and the custom installer.

Thought you couldn't terminate HDMI and DVI in the field? Guess again. Impact Acoustics' Digital RapidRun cabling system solves a huge problem for the DIY home owner or CE installer.

— February 07, 2007 10:15 in AV Gadget Reviews

Impact Acoustics Digital RapidRun Video

Impact Acoustics Digital RapidRun Video

RapidRun is an award-winning interconnect system designed, from the ground up, to evolve with the components of any AV installation. Featuring a new one-of-a-kind connector technology and incredible flexibility, RapidRun is able to handle whatever signal you need wherever you need it; this versatility allows easy customization of any system.

RapidRun is an award-winning interconnect system designed, from the ground up, to evolve with the components of any AV installation. Check out our video showing you how it works.

— January 04, 2007 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Axion 2.5" LCD TV Review - ACN-5327

Axion 2.5" LCD TV Review - ACN-5327

Portable TVs were always a draw to those on the go, looking for a way to take the ballgame or local show with them. Within city limits, reception is usually very good and it's just the thing for “roughing it" with the guys. In the past, the problem with portable TVs was their bulk, weight and sizeable power needs. Enter the Axion ACN-5327 portable LCD television. Finally, LCD screens have become the new defacto standard in portable TVs - and we'd expect no less. Axion's 2.5" TFT offering is unique in that it is built into a very small form factor and also allows for some flexibility such as built-in rechargeable circuitry and an A/V input jack for the ultimate flexibility.

Portable TVs were always a draw to those on the go, looking for a way to take the ballgame or local show with them. Within city limits, reception is usually very good and it's just the thing for

— December 07, 2006 11:45 in AV Gadget Reviews

PureLink HDS-41R 4x1 HDMI Switcher Review

PureLink HDS-41R 4x1 HDMI Switcher Review

The PureLink HDS-41R 4x1 HDMI Switcher works as advertised. It switches HDMI inputs without a hitch and maintains HDCP copy-protection so you won't have any problems using it for DVD playback or high definition cable channels. Importantly, the PureLink HDS-41R pays attention to one area that others fail to recognize: the custom installer. With RS-232C support this is a professional-grade product that integrates with AMX and Crestron (and other RS-232C-based controllers) and allows for solid 2-way communication with those systems. Overall, this is one product I can highly recommend.

The PureLink HDS-41R 4x1 HDMI Switcher works as advertised. It switches HDMI inputs without a hitch and maintains HDCP copy-protection for DVD playback or high definition cable channels.

— December 07, 2006 10:50 in AV Gadget Reviews

Miglia TVMini HD Review

Miglia TVMini HD Review

Hello, I’m a Mac. And many of you are probably a PC. And while I am sure that some of you PCs have tinkered with a HTPC or even purchased a media center system based on Microsoft’s Windows Media Center operating system, there are still many Mac users who also happen to be TV enthusiasts who have not yet mixed HDTV with their personal computers. The TVMini HD system is a very simple and effective way to add high-def TV to your Macintosh. The system promises to allow you the ability to watch, pause, rewind and skip forward live HDTV, as well as the ability to schedule, record and edit your favorite shows. Miglia recently sent me the system to try out, and I am here to tell you it delivers. Within minutes of opening the box, I was watching full screen HDTV on my widescreen MacBook Pro laptop. Like most software and hardware developed for the Mac OS, it comes out of the box working.

The Miglia TVMini HD system allow you the ability to watch, pause, rewind and skip forward live HDTV, as well as the ability to schedule, record and edit your favorite shows on your Mac

— October 31, 2006 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

VidaBox SLIM Media Center Review

VidaBox SLIM Media Center Review

When I was contacted by Steven Cheung, one of the co-founders of VidaBox, about reviewing one of their units, I was less than thrilled. I’d already reviewed a machine running MCE (Microsoft Media Center Edition) so I didn’t see what the big deal could be. But as I browsed their site and looked a little closer, I saw some unexpected things. First, there was a media center the size of a shoebox. Second, there was one that looked like a DVD player. But mostly what I noticed was the severe lack of configurations available. Wait a second, I thought, aren’t these just PCs? Aren’t they able to be configured however you want? It seems that VidaBox has taken a different tact. Rather than letting the user slap together whatever accessories and options they want and hope that everything meshes together the way it should, they pre-configure the system and test it extensively to make sure it is stable and solid out of the box. Supposedly, these means that once you set up the system, it should need little to no maintenance. No unexpected crashes, no driver conflicts, just solid performance. You know, the kind of performance you’d expect from a DVD player or a receiver. Well, we’ll just see about that.

The VidaBox SLIM is still a PC and it still does stuff occasionally to remind you of that. But as media centers go, this one is pretty great. The VidaBox Slim is sleek, elegant, and stable.

— October 18, 2006 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews