Nikon's D200 DSLR is a flexible, high-performance Digital SLR, suited for both pros and serious amateurs.
For quite a few years now, a combination of several small satellite speakers and a subwoofer has been the standard solution for multimedia audio, and has even made inroads into home listening. The question now is whether you can still get quality sound from just a pair of speakers? Two competing products from Creative and Klipsch say "yes", but are they right?
Apple's iPod Hi-Fi commands a premium price for what's essentially an amplified speaker system with iPod dock. But when Jean-Pierre Roche compared it to Klipsch's iGroove and iFi, he found that it held its own pretty well.
Bridge cameras look like SLRs but use a fixed lens and electronic viewfinder. They are popular with many amateurs, but are also often criticized for the small size of their sensors, which makes it hard to control depth of field and results in noise at high sensitivity settings. Sony is the first manufacturer to go beyond those limitations with their R1. Should you rush out to buy one?
How often have you read an MP3 player review that suggested ditching the earbuds that came with the player? We tested eight earphones suitable for portable use and came up with four recommendations that can definitely provide some higher quality listening.
So you can't afford a blow-your-neighbors away, full-blown 5.1 sound system for your PC. No need to fret: 2.1 PC speakers can be just as satisfying in many cases. We look at two systems from Altec Lansing and Logitech to show you what less than $100 can buy.
Until now, there has been a gap in Creative's speaker line, between the superb GigaWorks 750 system and the maker's much more consumer-oriented products. With the ProGamer G500, that gap has now been filled, the new system promising power and quality at a price that's still affordable. Have those promises been kept? Is the G500 the best deal currently available for hard-core gamers as well as for music buffs?
Enough already! That tangle of miscellaneous cables and leads building up bit-by-bit behind the PC is already alarming - but when it threatens to take over the room, something's got to be done! The new Logitch Z-5450 speaker set is a great solution, but going cordless isn't without its compromises.
Digital single lens reflex cameras (SLRs) are produced in various price ranges and models by the major manufacturers, and are now being sold widely to the general public. With so much interest, it's only logical that models are appearing that are aimed at a broader market. The Nikon D50 and Pentax *istDL are two examples of SLR models that are more accessible.
Headphones are often an indispensable part of your listening experience, especially for MP3 players. Yet this product category often gets overlooked. MM Gear's EDS-200FW is why you should really care, especially considering its $34.99 retail price.
For many music lovers, an MP3 player is now a "must have," letting them take sound with them to listen to anywhere. But that normally means using headphones or earphones, and all the limitations that go with those devices. There have been no lack of attempts to come up with a listening system that combines amplifier and speakers in a small footprint, but the results often don't meet expectations. Has Saitek found the magic formula?
The summer stage of the heated race between Canon's Rebel XT (EOS350D outside the US) and Nikon's D70s for supremacy in the prosumer digital SLR category has arrived. Both are solid performers, and our extensive review shows where they each have their advantages.
Touted by its maker as a revolution, with specifications that are admittedly mouth-watering, does the new X-Fi audio processor from Creative really deserve our attention - and yours? The answers to that question are starting to appear, as we get the opportunity to test pre-release versions and read the technical documents supplied by X-Fi's designers.
The Audigy 2ZS Video Editor packs the best of Creative Labs' sound card and video editing technology in a standalone box. Powered by an LSI Logic DSP, the unit is designed to serve as a complete and affordable system for editing sound and video on a PC. We look at how easy - and difficult - the unit is to use and set up.
Terratec's Noxon wireless streaming device for audio files purportedly offers a hassle-free setup and quality sound. We put the vendor's claims to the test and see whether or not the system is worth your money or destined for the crowded media streaming graveyard.
So you want 5.1-quality sound without the clutter of rear speakers - and the hefty price tag? Altec tries to the job with its Altec Lansing GT 5051R. We weigh the system's advantages against the inevitable compromises.
Superior sound is something that laptop users have been screaming out for. But thus far, vendors' attempts to deliver have mostly cost a lot or left much to be desired. For $130, does Creative's Audigy 2 ZS Notebook get the job done?
PC speaker vendors are also taking a minimal design approach for small-form-factor PCs, flat panel displays and the like. But can a great listening experience be had without the clutter of a large woofer and speakers? Creative takes a stab at this with its I-Trigue 3600.
The 5.1 surround sound experience is a growing must-have for gamers and film buffs who demand life-like resonance for gun shots, explosions and the like during Doom III or DVD play. We look at three entry-level systems to see if a quality 5.1 speaker listening experience can be had for less than $100.
Logitech's Z-5500 5.1 speakers should shed any lingering doubts about the vendor's ability to make a play in the world of big, loud and powerful speakers. The speakers are also big on options, but before delving into technical specifics, let's just say that your neighbors better get out their earplugs.
Logitech revamps its Z-2200 speakers in an attempt to offer best-in-class 2.1 sound. But is Logitech Z-2300's new features enough to separate it from the rest of the pack in this very competitive market? At least we can say that the speakers have enough power to keep your neighbors awake at night.
PC audio vendors pack a lot more wallop in the punch of value-segment 2.1 Hi-Fi audio. So you say you don't want to spend your paycheck on PC speakers but still want great sound and other features? See what the Fall crop from Altec Lansing, Logitech and Creative has to offer.
Altec purports to have packed its latest Lansing FX 6021 speakers with sound technology that enabled the company to establish a legacy stake in the professional sound reproduction world. Does Altec's high-end 2.1 speaker system live up to the company's marketing pretenses?
High-end PC stereo systems complete with subwoofer speakers are finding their way into the mainstream. THG looks at the Altec CS21 and the Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1, which offer high-end sound for less than $200.