The Top Rated Gaming Headphones Of 2011

Sennheiser PC 350

Gaming headphones are designed exclusively with the gaming enthusiast in mind with an integrated microphone and noise isolating features. Headphones for gaming allow for a more immersive experience to improve upon the game. These top-rated headphone were selected based upon studying reviews on CNET, Crunchgear, PCWorld, and Digital Trends, as well as user reviews from Amazon and Newegg.   Sennheiser PC 350 Collapsible Gaming Headphones ($175) Top Review Sources: Digital … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Portable Noise Canceling Headphones of 2011

The Best Portable Noise Canceling Headphones

The noise canceling headphones are different from "noise isolating" or "passive noise reduction" headphones. Noise canceling headphones feature tiny microphones to pick up outside frequencies and then counter those frequencies to cancel them out. The following list of top rated portable noise canceling headphones was chosen based on reviews from Consumer Reports, CNET, HeadphoneInfo.com, iLounge, PCMag, and Amazon customers. Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Canceling Headphones ($300) Top … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Earbuds For Sports

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MEElectronics M6 Earbuds Average Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (from 329+ reviewers)   These M6 Earbuds by MEElectronics are more durable and provide better sound that comparable earphones in their price range. CNET rated them 3.5 out of 4 stars saying "A great value for bass addicts". These earphones incorporate a "memory wire" and an angled ear tip, making them good earphones wear while  engaged in sports. You can get the MEElectronics M6 at Amazon for about … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Portable Headphones Of 2012

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Headphone

The Top Rated Portable Headphones Of 2011: Portapro Headphone By Koss ($32) HD238 Headphone By Sennheiser ($49) HFI-580 Headphone By Ultrasone ($189) P5 Headphone By Bowers & Wilkins ($299) To create this list, I examined some of the most comprehensive headphone reviews available online. I also scouted Hi-Fi forums for recommendations, and I tested many portable headphones myself. My top review sources for this article were: CNET, Consumer Reports, PC Magazine, Good Cans, … [Read more...]

Best Omnidirectional Outdoor Speakers

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A recent Reactual post profiled four of the top directional outdoor speakers, which are an excellent choice for a defined area like a small deck or patio. But if you have a large yard or an open outdoor space like a pool, managing volume levels and sound coverage from a pair of directional speakers is tough. Enter the “omnidirectional” speaker, which broadcasts uniform sound evenly around the source. Here are four of the best choices available to provide full sound coverage in these types of … [Read more...]

Review: Digital Stethoscope by ThinkLabs

Digital Stethoscope

I've been testing this Digital Stethoscope by Thinklabs. Unlike most digital stethoscope, this one has an audio out port, which allows you to connect it to a computer or MP3 recording device. … [Read more...]

A Wireless Speaker For Bikes: The Cy.Fi

Cy.Fi Wireless Sports Speaker

Wearing headphones while cycling can be annoying, or even downright dangerous if you can’t hear what’s going on around you. I recently tested the cy.fi Wireless Sports Speaker, a streamlined little gadget that lets you enjoy your music while staying aware of your surroundings, or even sharing your tunes with your friends. The cy.fi speaker weighs 3.7 ounces, and it’s slightly bigger than a deck of cards. Buttons on the face of the speaker unit control volume and track selection, so you can … [Read more...]

The Best Rated Outdoor Speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 45 Outdoor Speakers

When warm evenings beckon you outdoors, who says you need to leave your music in the house? Outdoor speakers let you bring your sounds with you, and you can enjoy high-quality audio with the convenience of a built-in system. We present here the four of the top rated directional outdoor speakers on the market. These outdoor speakers are best suited for maximizing sound quality in a defined space, such as a porch or patio. Most can be easily mounted on an exterior wall under an eave or … [Read more...]

Below 20 Hertz: The Rumbling Realm Of Infrasound

Artwork by Andy Gilmore

Infrasound is the realm of sounds in the frequency range of 20 Hz down to 0.001 Hz. According to Harry F. Olson in his book Maths, Physics and Engineering: 20 Hz is considered the normal low frequency limit of human hearing. The lower the frequency of sound, the more difficult it us for human to hear it. So, in order for us to hear a sound under 20 Hz, it must be powerful. We mostly hear infrasound through our ears, but at higher levels it is possible to feel infrasound vibrations in … [Read more...]

Is There A Real Difference Between MP3s and CD-Quality Sound?

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Since their appearance on the internet in 1994, MP3 files have made music much easier to transfer around the world. Because MP3 files are compressed, their file size is typically ten times smaller than the original, uncompressed audio file. This means quicker downloads, and the ability to store more music on an iPod. However, because MP3 files are compressed, the sound they produce is always going to be inferior to CD-quality sound. But does this really manner? Is there a meaningful … [Read more...]