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,, iLounge, PCMag, and Amazon customers. Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Canceling Headphones ($300) Top … [Read more...]

The Top Rated SLR Cameras Under $700

The Best SLR Cameras Under $700

The best SLR cameras under $700 offer a lot of bang for the buck for the amateur photographer ready to take things beyond a point-and-shoot. Though the most technologically advanced SLR cameras tend to run over the $700 mark, these budget-friendly SLR cameras still deliver high quality photos and the ability to upgrade lenses. These cameras are also perfect for the beginner with many featuring on-board user guides to show the way. We surveyed reviews on Consumer Reports, CNET, Digital … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Mini Camcorders Of 2011

The Best Mini Camcorders Of 2011

Mini camcorders, sometimes called shoot-and-share or pocket camcorders, offer portability and simplicity with minimal features and a lightweight, compact design. Mini camcorders are convenient for websharing and handy for on-the-road adventures. Though you won't get the video quality of a full-blown camcorder, most mini camcorders now offer HD capability and have been much improved over the past few years. The top review sources for this article were Consumer Reports, CNET, Amazon, PCMag, and … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Earbuds For Sports


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 Bike Lights Of 2011

NiteRider MiNewt

Bike lights have made leaps and bounds in technology offering a wide variety of styles for the night cyclist to choose from. Today's high-efficiency LEDs have taken over the market from yesterday's halogens, outshining and outlasting them. Though most of the LED bike lights available are powered by alkaline batteries, more manufacturers are now using Li-Ion batteries with the handy USB port charging feature. These top rated bike lights were chosen by studying bike forums and bike blogs such … [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


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 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 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...]