The Best MIDI Keyboards Under $500

MIDI controllers have become more loaded with features in recent years, a far cry from the simple keyboard-only controllers from several years back. Now many MIDI models feature full mixing controllers, such as knobs, faders, and even transport controls. Some models also have integrated effects, vocoder microphones, and drum pads for a wider range of options overall. There are only …

The Best Bookshelf Speakers

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The best bookshelf speakers provide a full fidelity experience from a small package. These speakers are often used as studio monitors, depending on their build, but they are also at home on a shelf in a home theater setup. They usually are built with high quality tweeters and woofers and provide a decent representation of the frequency spectrum. Here are …

The Best Two-Way Radios

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Right in time for the summer, two-way radios will be popping up all over the country in the thickest forests. Appropriate for everything from camping to large music festivals, two-way radios allow users to connect without worrying about cell phone signal or any other radios listening in. Many of these newer two-way radios provide weather proofing, as well as longer …

The Best Digital Voice Recorders for 2010

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The best digital voice recorders are chock filled with more features than most users will even need. From students looking to record lectures, to businessmen and women trying to capture a meeting for later reference, digital voice recorders have become more and more useful. Some of the best digital voice recorders even feature MP3 capability, as well as a built-in …

The Best Wireless Headphones for iPod

Earbuds just aren’t for everyone. They can be uncomfortable and many simply don’t offer the same sound quality and noise-cancelling benefits traditional, of over-the-ear headphones. While the concept of wireless headphones has been around for years, they have long taken a backseat to earbuds, mainly due to portability issues and an overall lack of quality sound reproduction.

The Best Wireless Speakers

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The best wireless speakers on the market have been given a bad wrap for several years because of their overall instability and poor sound quality. Fast-forward to today, and users still  wireless speakers, but there are certain models that are more reliable. Basically there are two kind of cable-free setups, there are the actual wireless speaker sets, and then there …

The Best iPod Car Stereos

If you’re a music lover who spends a lot of time on the road, you don’t want to fumble with an iPod’s controls to enjoy your music. So what’s the solution? An iPod stereo receiver for the car. And there’s no need to break the bank – here are four of the best options available for under $150.

How To Build A Deep Bass System For $750

In this article I will describe how to build a high-fidelity, bass-intensive sound system for under $1000. The secret ingredient of the system is the use of tactile transducers. These transducers effectively eliminate the need for expensive woofers or subwoofers. It’s an efficient method of producing deep, high-fidelity bass for a fraction of the usual cost. Many of the ideas presented here …

Best Portable iPod & MP3 Speakers

A few months ago, MetaEfficient profiled an energy efficient home speaker system for the iPod. But what if you want to bring your music with you on the go – and share it outside your headphones? You’ll need a set of portable speakers that are just as mobile as your MP3 player. Following are six of the best portable speaker …

The Greenest Audio Systems Of 2009

This has been a breakthrough year for green electronics, but audio equipment is lagging behind a bit. As you’ll soon discover in our review below, there’s only a smattering of products that are Energy Star certified. Fewer still are those products certified to be free of toxic materials, or packaged in green manner. Perhaps audio manufacturers need to take a …