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Yamaha EAD10 hands-on review

Yamaha’s EAD10 drum module is an innovative piece of tech that offers a whole new sound for your acoustic drum kit, allowing you to imitate your heroes and play with digital effects or compression, all without costly studio gear.
February 12, 2018
Yamaha EAD10 review

Vibes Audio Vibrox review

Why carry an extra portable Bluetooth speaker when you can just snap one to the back of your phone? Read about the pros and cons of its flat-out cool design in our Vibes Audio Vibrox review.
December 12, 2017
Vibes Audio Vibrox review

Fret Zealot hands-on review

In our Fret Zealot hands-on review we investigate one of the most interesting pieces of technology to hit guitar education in decades, an LED system that finally brings visual learning to the instrument.
November 2, 2017
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Our Fender Mustang GT hands-on review showcases Fender's most advanced amp ever

Our Fender Mustang GT 200 hands-on video showcases the massive tonal possibilities of Fender's most advanced guitar amp ever, with the help of professional jazz guitarist Ryan Meagher.
August 6, 2017
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808 Audio Hex Encore portable speaker and PA system review

Our 808 Audio Hex Encore review digs into the portable party system which boasts a built-in light show and PA, along with pulsating visuals to your music, and 50 hours of battery life for karaoke with friends till dawn.
July 3, 2017
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House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable review

With good sound, great looks, and numerous playback options, the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable is among the best tools for your new vinyl obsession.
April 20, 2017
House of Marley Stir It Up turntable review

Vizio Smartcast Crave Pro review

Good looks, solid controls, and massive volume are all on the side of Vizio’s affordable Sonos competitor, but a hefty helping of bass clouds the picture.
March 1, 2017
Vizio Crave Pro review

Crosley C200 review

The Crosley C200 offers listeners solid sound for a fantastic entry-level price -- time to toss that suitcase-style turntable in the closet for good.
December 15, 2016
Crosley C200 turntable review

Hands on: Sony LSPX-S1 glass speaker

It's easy to miss Sony's beautiful Glass Sound Speaker, because it looks more like a space-age candle lamp than a speaker, but there's no mistaking the crisp 360-degree audio. We've been listening to it.
September 27, 2016
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Hands on: Yamaha TransAcoustic guitar

Yamaha’s latest musical innovation comes in the form of its new TransAcoustic guitar line, which allows you to add real-time reverb and chorus effects anytime, anywhere -- without plugging into an amp.
July 31, 2016
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Sonos vs. Denon HEOS: Which wireless speaker system stands supreme?

Two years and one lawsuit into its wireless hi-fi market battle with Sonos, Japanese audio giant Denon is proving itself to be tenacious, adding new features like Bluetooth and hi-res audio and several new devices to its HEOS product line. But is it enough to unseat Sonos from its perch as the king of wireless audio?
July 19, 2016
Denon HEOS 1 (left) and Sonos Play:1 (right)

Hands on: Marantz Premium 10 Series amp

Marantz 'Legendary' reference series hardware is more than a decade old, but in the new Premium 10 Series hardware, it has a spiritual successor that boasts the same attention to detail when it comes to the sound, but with a modern, miniaturized design. We've listened to it.
June 14, 2016
Marantz Series 10 cables

Hands on: AC Worldwide Star Wars speakers

Forget about the endless, and disappointing, Star Wars merchandise that arrived with The Force Awakens, these awesome Bluetooth speakers are something else. Beautifully made, and with startling attention to detail, they're what every collector will want.
April 11, 2016
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Astell & Kern AK Jr review

Astell & Kern folded stellar sound and impeccable design into its most affordable hi-res music player, proving you don’t have to blow your life savings to get quality portable audio.
July 8, 2015
Astell & Kern AK Jr

Hands on: Apple Music

Previous Next 1 of 17 Apple calls it revolutionary. I disagree. The concept of radio is as old as … well, as radio. But no one’s made a curated streaming online service quite like this. With the forthcoming Music service, Apple will turn the music world on its ear. Apple Music is an overhaul of […]
June 9, 2015
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Songs to stream this week: Incubus returns and Father John Misty writes a love song

Not sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks and albums dropping this week that are are worth using your bandwidth on. Up this week: Father John Misty, Incubus, JD McPherson, Charli XCX, and many more.
February 14, 2015
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Spotify’s Touch Preview feature debuts on iOS devices

With a long press of your finger, Spotify's Touch Preview feature now allows iOS device users to preview any song from Spotify's library.
January 22, 2015
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Sony turns up the volume on hi-res audio with its latest Walkman

Sony unveils its flagship portable hi-res audio player the NW-ZX2, which boasts an intuitive Android-based operating system, several proprietary technologies, and a boatload of premium audio components in a hefty little package.
January 6, 2015
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I left Spotify to find the limits of Sony Music Unlimited, and I’m ready to run back

Find out what happened when a long time Spotify user switched to Sony’s Music Unlimited service. How does it fit into the music streaming landscape? Learn all about the highs and lows in this review.
December 21, 2014
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Hate the free U2 album? Watch Team Coco’s hilarious take on the U2 backlash

Ok, Apple gets it, you hate the new U2 album. But is deleting it from iTunes enough? In this hilarious new video from Team Coco, ungrateful iTunes users demand restitution beyond the removal of the free album from their phone.
September 19, 2014
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Bose bolsters its Soundlink line with Color Bluetooth speaker, on-ear cans

Bose has churned out a few new pieces in its Soundlink line of Bluetooth gear, including the new Soundlink Color Bluetooth speaker, and the new Soundlink on-ear headphones. Both new pieces will be available this month.
September 15, 2014
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iPhone 6 may come with Lightning jack headphones: Here’s everything we know

A report from 9to5Mac in June revealed specs for manufacturers for the design of two new Lightning-connected headphone models. The plan raises more questions than answers as users eye their headphones' 3.5mm jacks with suspicion ahead of the iPhone 6 launch tomorrow.
September 8, 2014
Apple lightning connected headphones

Quiet shoes to fill: Bose’s QC25 ANC headphones will replace the ‘legendary’ QC15

Bose takes a gamble and replaces its extremely popular QC15 with an all new model. The upgraded design has a new look, and promises better performance across the board, including better sound and noise-canceling than its stalwart predecessor.
September 5, 2014
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Why Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers won’t back down on HD audio

As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers prepare for the release of Hypnotic Eye, veteran producer and engineer Ryan Ulyate has been there every step of the way, capturing it all in high definition.
July 29, 2014
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Damson’s bone-conduction speaker tech will go to your head (literally)

Damson's new Kickstarter headphones use a huge bag of tricks, including bone conduction technology paired with noise-canceling ear buds in a bid to be your one-stop sonic solution.
June 16, 2014
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Blue Microphones Spark Digital review

Blue Microphones’ latest effort takes the best of its Spark condenser mic into the fast lane of mobile versatility, adding both Lightning and USB connectivity, and an easy-to-use onboard control system for all of your on-the-go recording needs.
June 7, 2014
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TuneIn is doing for radio what Spotify did for music, and we love it

The TuneIn app has reinvented itself as a social network for radio listeners, in an effort to compete with streaming music apps such as Spotify. The latest version makes finding new content easier, and adds the option to share your finds with friends.
May 7, 2014
TuneIn

Hands On: Rdio’s free app offers more control than Pandora or Spotify and is ad-free to boot

We put Rdio's new ad-free personalized radio app to see how it stacks up against the likes of Pandora and Spotify. As it turns out, this late bloomer on the streaming music scene brings it own unique perks.
October 7, 2013
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MySpace and Jimmy Kimmel partner up to stream live concerts

Now that MySpace is reborn and attempting to win over the hearts of the Internet's music lovers, the social network's teamed up with ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' to stream exclusive concert series.
June 18, 2013

Hands on: MixShape dishes out tunes for the right mood

MixShape wants a peak into your Spotify playlists so it can improve them, increasing your music DJ cred along the way. The art of the mixtape might be back.
March 26, 2013

iRiver Astell and Kern AK100 Review

The AK100 is a first-effort HD player from iriver, and it feels like one. If premium sound is your guiding priority, and you have the cash, this digital music player may be worth taking a chance on, quirks and all.
January 27, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Muse Review

Samsung is promoting the Muse as a companion to the Galaxy S3, but it has much wider appeal than that.
January 7, 2013
Samsung Galaxy Muse review

SoundCloud rolls out site redesign with focus on music sharing and discovery

At LeWeb, SoundCloud today announced and rolled out the much-awaited New SoundCloud, a redesigned platform focused on sharing, curation, and discovery.
December 4, 2012
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Razer Electra Review

Razer’s Electra headphones make a bold impression with their huge size and green highlights, but maintain a surprisingly balanced and pleasing sound for both gaming and music.
September 18, 2012

Antelope Audio Zodiac Review

Antelope’s cream-of-the-crop Zodiac digital-to-analog converter (DAC) brings out the best in music of any quality thanks to an almost obsessive attention to design.
May 27, 2012

Outdoor Technology’s rocks us with a preview of its OT Rocks touch interface, wireless earbuds

We got a chance to preview Outdoor Technology's upcoming wireless earbuds dubbed the OT Rocks at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Expo.
January 12, 2012
Outdoor Technology's rocks us with a preview of its OT Rocks wireless earbuds

Google Music hands on: Better than beta, still no iTunes

Google Music has officially arrived. But is it worth moving your entire collection over to a new service? Take our hands-on walk-through to find out.
November 17, 2011
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Gibson Firebird X review: A digital guitar for the 21st century

Not all digital guitars are game controllers. Gibson’s Firebird X is a real guitar with a chameleon-like ability to drastically alter its sound with digital effects, and even automatically tune itself with the flick of a string.
November 16, 2011
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Spotify tested: Does Europe’s Pandora live up to the rave reviews?

Patience is a virtue, and ours was tested. But now we've gotten our hands on Spotify, and if first impressions ring true, we're never letting go.
July 14, 2011
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SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ Review

We review SanDisk's Sansa Fuze+ MP3 player, which features a sleek, lightweight design, a 2.4-inch LCD screen, and an easy to stomach price point.
October 1, 2010
Sansa Fuze+

Creative Vado HD (3rd Generation) Review

We review the pint-sized 3rd generation Creative Vado HD mini-camcorder and put it to the test against some strong competition.
March 15, 2010

Microsoft Zune HD 16GB Review

The Microsoft Zune HD 16GB has the same features as the 32GB version, with the same pros and cons.
September 16, 2009

Microsoft Zune HD 32GB Review

The Microsoft Zune HD 32GB takes on the iPod Touch hits hard with video capability, but falls short on multitasking.
September 16, 2009

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Review

SanDisk's Clip+ makes an already cheap, practical player even more attractive with a microSD slot.
August 31, 2009

SanDisk Sansa SlotRadio Review

SanDisk's crippled MP3 player emulates radio so closely, it's only a baby step forward from FM.
April 17, 2009

Microsoft Zune 120GB Review

The Zune offers a viable alternative to Apple's iPod, especially for those who spring for Zune Pass.
February 20, 2009

Cowon O2 8GB Review

The Cowon O2 has a lot going for it including a large display, SDHC slot and lots of file compatibility.
December 16, 2008
cowon o2 8gb review

Sansa SlotMusic Player Review

SanDisk's slotMusic Player uses microSD cards for music playback replacing the traditional CD.
October 28, 2008

Creative Zen X-Fi 8GB Review

Despite its crippled WiFi, the Zen X-Fi has a lot to offer your ears.
September 11, 2008
creative zen x fi 8gb review

Nextar T30 Review

The Nextar T30 won't win any awards for features, design or compatibility, but the price is right. Or is it?
June 30, 2008
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