The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been out on the market since 2011, but Google’s ever-changing upgrades to the Android operating system allow the Nexus to outshine many of the newer contenders on the smartphone market today. Especially true is the newest upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which undeniably makes the Nexus perform like a whole new gadget. No wonder there are still so many users holding onto their Galaxy Nexus. To prolong its life and keep it scratch-free, casing for the Nexus is a must. Today, we are going to review the latest revision of the TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethan) casing from Diztronic.
Coming from high-end headphones, I’ve always held back on getting desktop speakers. Most consumer 2.0 or 2.1 set-ups are either not powerful enough or their sounds are simply not what an audiophile is looking for. In recent years, with the spur in amateur, home-based studios, audio manufacturers have been racing to come up with affordable studio monitor speakers in compact sizes. The major difference between studio monitors and consumer speakers is that the former seeks to reproduce the cleanest and the most accurate sound as originally intended by a track’s sound engineer. Companies like KRK Sys, Polk, and Dynaudio all have produced compact studio monitors that can effectively compete with speakers many times their sizes. M-Audio, one of the most favourite brands among amateur musicians and recording artists, has revamped a very successful model of their mid-line compact studio monitor series – the BX5a. Its successor, the BX5a Deluxe, is what I have been auditioning in my system for more than 3 weeks. It’s time for a verdict.
With the success of their flagship PS200 and the first half in-ear design PS210, Phiaton adds one more model - the PS20 - to the line up. The newcomer PS20 is geared towards lower end users, and is tagged at an attractive $99 price point, $20 cheaper than its bottom-end predecessor. The PS20 comes in black or white, and is available with a noise cancelling option. So, what do we think of the PS20? Keep reading to find out.
We have reviewed many brands of professional headphones here at Compudio. However, German-based Ultrasone seems to be a brand we have neglected to investigate in. Thanks to the support of Ultrasone’s Canadian distributor, ADI, we managed to acquire the HFI-2400 to sample Ultrasone’s high fidelity series. As the flagship of Ultrasone’s hi-fi lineup, let’s see what the designers and engineers at the company were able to achieve on a price tag of $329.
Every year, the staff at Compudio Gadget Reviews puts together a top 10 gift guide to help those in need of some inspiration on what to get for that geeky loved one (or yourself!). This year, we've put together a great guide, with ideas ranging from high performance luxury items to some of the best bang-for-the-buck gadgets. All of the items are hand picked from the hundreds of products we looked at and they best represent what we think our readers would enjoy the most. Take it away!
Monster has been the leader of audio cables, speaker wires and signal cables for over thirty years. While there is no doubt that the company makes quality wires, many of Monster’s cables are known to be over-priced. In early 2009, Monster joined the audio industry in making earphones by releasing its first, the Turbine. Since then, Monster has released several new earphones to the line varying from professional to consumer use. We have with us today the Jamz In-Ear Speakers, the second most affordable in the line. Priced at $119, let us see whether the performance of the Jamz will stand up to its cost.
Every year in Canada, hearing loss is the fastest growing and the most common chronic condition affecting individuals at nearly any age. The main cause: over exposure to external noise ranging from rock concerts to white earbuds on exploding volume levels. We simply couldn't let the problem slip by anymore. Save the Hearing is what we have come up with.