I recently had the opportunity to test out a new addition to Jabra’s headset range – The Jabra Sport Corded. Jabra claim that they are a high quality headset built to military specs’ with wind and rain resistant components that are still being able to offer a comfortable fit. So you can power on exercising while listening to music or being on the phone, all during a lovely tropical shower… But we’re not taking their word for it!
Following up on our previous review of the Samsung Series 6 LED Smart TV we now complete this write-up with our 3-D experiences and the installation and testing of the most popular home theatre option, the Series 5 Home Entertainment System.
In the words of George Lucas, the renowned filmmaker, a good sound makes up 50% of the whole viewing experience. How true this is we all know from visiting a movie cinema where surround sound dramatises the special effects of the film. It is somewhat surprising then that we could be satisfied with a few tiny speakers on a large but very flat LED screen, speakers that are also downfiring, meaning the sound is not aimed directly at you. A good sound system, compared to that on a TV, already can be had for a few hundred dollars. We are going slightly higher with a system that retails for $899. Again, as I mentioned in the previous review, I'll be surprised if you actually have to pay this much in your local shop.
The HT D5550 model from Samsung that we are reviewing today is a popular home theatre option with four so-called tallboys plus the centre speakers and a subwoofer.
Audioengine is a unique company that brings premium sound to the home and the office. Their products are primarily bookshelf speakers, but they also have a portfolio of complementary audio products such as a wireless audio adapter or a subwoofer. Today we will be taking a look at some of Audioengine's latest offerings: the P4 Speakers as well as the N22 amplifier. While these are two separate products that stand on their own, you will notice that they complement each other quite well.
There are many options available when it comes to earphones. We can expect to easily find some available from the big brand names, but there also seem to be quite a few offerings from smaller companies as well. It seems like many of the big brand name earphones are more focused on their higher end models, leaving their ‘budget’ products somewhat neglected and end up being mediocre at best.
Today, we will be reviewing two products from a ‘smaller’ company called MEElectronics. You may or may not have heard of the company, but their portfolio of earphones range from $11.99 to $89.99 with the majority being somewhere in the middle. With their diverse product line that is affordable and seems to raise the bar for ‘budget’ earphones, they are definitely a company to consider when buying your next pair of earphones. Today, we will be reviewing two earphones from MEElectronics, the M31 and RX11.
This is the second AKAI set-top box that we are reviewing. This is a big brother to the earlier model we reviewed here. Please have a quick read of that review as a lot of aspects of the new model are the same.
These are the highlights of the AKAI AD173X:
As a PVR it allows you to record your favourite TV show directly to a USB storage device. It can also act as a media centre playback unit. It’s 5.1 digital compatible via HDMI and coaxial and basically allows you to timeshare, pause and rewind live TV. Yes, and it has a DVD player built in.
These are all good reasons to have a good look and play with this full HD set-top box.
We’ve just reviewed a decent set of USB speakers and these types of external speakers are generally quite all right compared to what’s built into your laptop and certainly compared with the tiny one in your phone. And every time, it never fails to amaze me how much difference they do make. So it is with this diminutive set of speaker cubes from the well-known Arctic brand, the Sound S111. Unpack, plug in, enjoy!
It’s that simple or do you want to know more?
Most of the time the team here at DigitalReviews get to write about the latest and greatest gadgets and equipment. We even have a scoop or two every once in awhile but today we are reviewing a sound system from Akai that has been on the market for over a year and a half. Why? Funnily enough things don't change all that much in the audio and sound world when it comes to Hi-Fi systems. The Micro Music System we are writing about now has all that you need in a modern system: an iPod dock, MP3 capabilities through USB and card reader as well as all the other standard things like CD player, FM and AM tuner, alarm clock and remote control. So let's turn up the volume and let's see what this particular model is made of.
Our latest test platform is an ASUS laptop with an Intel core i7 CPU and, for the purposes of this review, an internal Altec Lansing SRS premium sound system. That's a pretty decent set of speakers for a medium to large laptop. And I've been pretty pleased with the results until...the folks at Audion sent me the latest USB speakers from Ravon! I’ve often been frustrated by the lack of speaker output on note- or netbooks. In particular my previous ASUS VJ1 business notebook suffered from lack of oompf in that department. You could not enjoy audio without some headphones! So as my current computer provides a good improvement for listening. I might not have looked for even more improvement but, like I said, the importer for Ravon insisted we review these slim USB speakers. So how did we fare?