Nikon's D200 DSLR is a flexible, high-performance Digital SLR, suited for both pros and serious amateurs.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recognized name in multimedia equipment, Altec Lansing now faces stiff competition. Will the release of a new high-end loudspeaker system bring Altec get back into the lead?
USB sound cards have changed from peripheral devices to essential must have equipment, aided in part by eroding laptop prices and the emergence of new and popular multimedia applications. By reviewing five new USB sound cards, THG shows USB external audio's limits and possibilities.
PC speakers no longer represent a poor man's stereo system. Long confined to the bride's maid category of stereo sound, PC speakers have seen considerable quality jumps commensurate with the rising popularity of home cinema and 3D games. Speaker systems we review include offerings from Creative, Logitech and Terratec.
Many have been called, but few have been chosen that can come up with the cash to become a DJ pro, or even to play DJ at a frat house keg party. Now, Hercules claims it offers an all-in-one, PC peripheral that replaces the traditional DJ gear of turntables, vinyl records and the like, all for less than $250. We took Hercules' DJ Console into our labs to see if it fit the bill.
Altec, Creative and Logitech have attempted to appeal to form factor and space constraint concerns PC users have when it comes to PC sound systems. But while these new PC speakers were obviously designed to address interior-decorating concerns, delivering on sound quality in such a small form factor poses challenges.
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