On my desk are 3 Logitech products we reviewed and that have been there for ages and are in daily use still: the X-530 speakers (12 years old!), the G-15 Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse, both 10 years old.
Message: buy a Logitech product and expect a long and good life together...
So, even though it wasn’t time to replace the X-530 speaker system when Logitech came out recently with the Z337 Bluetooth 2.1 speaker system I was keen to try. My only concern was the low price. Does this mean that the sound would also be low end?
Ear-buds and headphones, all of us must have at least one of these lying around. Think of all those absolutely awful ear-buds that were once bundled with every phone for a while. iPhone users would still get them, yes they are white, and no they are not great. There are plenty of alternatives ranging from affordable to house mortgage range - Sennheiser, Denon, Bose, Beats just to name a few, but Avantree? This one is new to me so I put my hand up when MobileFun offered to send a set my way. Thanks guys!
Disclosure time, I am not an audiophile. More accurately I am not an audio fanatic. I am surrounded by them all my life and have an appreciation for good gear and pure sound, it is just that instead of spending my money on some serious sound gear at home or in my car, I use the money to travel and indulge in my other just as expensive hobbies. My taste in music is eclectic enough to be a challenge for any headphones to deliver quality sound across the range - from classical to heavy metal depending on my mood.
Wireless speakers are all the rage: just visit your local Harvey Norman or similar store and there is plenty of choice.
Today we are testing the biggest sibling in this range from Ultimate Ears, the Megaboom. It is arguably one of the better Bluetooth speakers around and it is not unreasonably priced either. (Officially well over the $300 mark but online as low as AUD255).
They may be the bane of our existence but alarm clocks are an important part of our modern lives. With built in Bluetooth and elegant wood styling, the Olixar Qi-Tone aims to make the whole morning experience a little more bearable.
Read on for our review of the Olixar Qi-Tone Bluetooth alarm clock.
Portable sound has come a long way since the days of the 'ghetto blaster'. Now it's easier and cheaper than ever to play some tunes anywhere you like. All you need is a phone and some wireless bluetooth speakers. And there are plenty of bluetooth speakers to choose from.
4Cabling has just issued a new and very cheap model, the T1, which it claims is the thinnest bluetooth speaker in the world. Not only is it very thin at 12mm, but it's smaller than most smartphones, measuring a tiny 100mm by 50mm, not much bigger than a credit card. Priced at $25 they certainly are very affordable too.
The big question is: how is the sound quality?
Have a look at the findings of Roel Verhoeven below.
How often do you find yourself drumming on a tabletop or other piece of furniture when the mood strikes you? Maybe it's a guy thing but ever since my teen years I would drum along some good music on any bit of furniture or cardboard box that would sound good.
If only it would sound like a real drum!
Fret no more: from the famous house of KORG becomes a diminutive egg-shaped electronic drum kit which will literally allow you to drum on anything that you can clip the leads onto, hence the very appropriate name ClipHit.
Sometimes you just want to be in your own personal space when you are watching TV and don't want to disturb others who might want to sleep or are engaged in conversation. At other times you may not be able to follow the dialogue on TV because of your hearing problems.
In both these cases TV Ears comes to the rescue with their latest implementation of a wireless system with voice clarifying circuitry.
We have put the TV Ears 5.0 Digital to the test over several months and these are the results.
This review is written by our Audio Specialist Charlie Marraffa
Here’s another chance I get to enjoy something that I like doing, reviewing more cans. This time it’s the iFrogz Earpollution CS40s headphones that arrived today. I would like to extend an apology to the T.N.T courier driver that was chased by my dog when they were attempting delivery of the headphones. He was finally coaxed out of the truck when I held up my dog and confirmed that it was about the size of a coke can with legs.
Lets get one thing out of the way first – the question of why do we need a headset? If you are listening to music only, you would simply go for a pair or headphones or earphones. Most of us would use the microphone which comes built into our laptops, mobile phones and other devices today. Almost all mobile devices now come with built in speakers and microphones, so why get a separate unit to clutter our lives further still? But these alternatives do have their drawbacks. Stereo headphones will enable you to listen to everything, but have you really tried talking at the same time? I think more often you will be repeating loudly to all in the vicinity – “CAN YOU HEAR ME?” And, the built-in mics of most devices today are usually just added on as after-thoughts and don’t really perform as you would expect.
And not to mention too, this is an essential piece of weaponry for the armchair warrior who spends countless days on his gaming machine, with the only social life being chatting with his online gaming clan. Indeed, such a sociopath cannot afford to have his headset break down or fail on him. It is his only link other humans out there.
So, there is still a need for a device which can do both – listen and talk. In this respect, the NX70 Multimedia Headset from Noisehush works well and satisfies these needs. Let me elaborate a bit more.