Thursday, July 2, 2015

Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 In-Ear-Monitor Review

If you like music, you like good sound. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like music. Most of us also take our tunes with us on the go. This usually translates into needing a good pair of earbuds, or IEM’s (In Ear Monitors). You will want to turn to a company who knows audio. Enter the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. Their Aurvana series is designed for good sound!

Features and specs:
  • SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wearing StyleIn-ear
  • Weight15g (0.5oz)
  • Main FeaturesInline Control, Volume Control
  • Driver SizeDual Balanced Armature
  • Frequency Response10Hz ~ 17kHz
  • Cable Length1.3m / 4.2ft


 The Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 came shipped in a nice looking printed box with its specs and features listed. And I really liked the clear plastic enclosure on the top so you can see the product. They are mostly made of plastic, and the housing has a shiny mirror finish that almost looks metallic. The cables covered in a braided nylon for durability,, helps to keep them from getting tangled and has in line controls. The tip at the end is gold plated.  The quality of materials used appeared very good, as was the fit and finish. They seemed to be a well made product. Also included in the box were owner’s manual, carry case, additional sized tips, was loop and airline adapter.

I really liked the design and functionality of the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. They feature dual balanced armatures for improved sound. One of them handles the highs and the other one handles the low frequencies. And the tip comes out of the housing at an angle for an improved fit in your ears, and it really works well! The in-line mic and volume controls are designed to work with Android, iOS and Windows. I also liked the inclusion of multiple sized tips, so you can get the best fit. The better the fit, the better the sound. They advertised 98% noise isolation. That seemed high for a passive product, but a good fit did give great isolation that was closer to that than I expected.

They have an MSRP of $149. With that aggressive of a price point, I was excited to hear how well they sound. That is a great price for having dual drivers. Especially with in line controls, and all of the included accessories. Let’s see how well they sound.


I was very impressed with the entire package that you get with the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. They are a well made product, and include all the accessories you need to get the best use of them. And the sound they deliver was very good. Based on their design, features, quality and performance the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 has earned our Recommended Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.us.creative.com.



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Friday, June 26, 2015

KICKER® Country Stampede to Feature Chart-Topping Artists This Week

KICKER® Country Stampede to Feature Chart-Topping Artists This Week

STILLWATER, USA – The KICKER® Country Stampede Music Festival has again filled its roster with award winners, chart toppers, and music legends to entertain the nearly 170,000 fans that attend the four-day event. This will be the third consecutive year KICKER has sponsored the country-music and camping festival that rocks Tuttle Creek State Park and Manhattan, Kan., June 25-28
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KICKER is the title sponsor of the festival, and just as in previous years, the performers will be presented with a collection of KICKER products during the show to fill their tour buses with great sound. The artists will receive their giveaways in front of everyone on the massive Starscreen, displaying to the crowd at five times larger than life.

“This event is a great way to have some of our sales reps and dealers observe and connect with music-loving consumers,” said Kevin Campbell, KICKER Director of Global Marketing. “If they aren’t already, these are our future customers.”

The KICKER XRV (Xtreme Recreational Vehicle) tractor-trailer will be in attendance, fully loaded with product, vehicles and prizes to give away to lucky concert-goers. The XRV will also be engaging music fans with its unrelenting “Boom Room” filled with subwoofers that will knock them off their feet.

Blake Shelton, winner of the CMA’s Male Vocalist-of-the-Year and coach on TV’s “The Voice,” will be headlining Saturday night following a performance by country powerhouse Sara Evans, who is touring for her new album Slow Me Down. Mega-star country duo Florida Georgia Line will bring its creative musical blend to headline on Friday night. Returning to the Stampede will be rising-star Thomas Rhett, who has performed two straight years at the festival. Travis Tritt is no stranger to the stage and is a welcomed addition to round out an already impressive lineup.

For more information on the KICKER Country Stampede, fans can follow KICKER at facebook.com/kickeraudio, twitter.com/kickeraudio, or Instagram.com/kickeraudio. They can also visit countrystampede.com.


KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

EVGA SuperNOVA 850, 750, and 650 P2 Power Supplies – Platinum Performance

EVGA SuperNOVA 850, 750, and 650 P2 Power Supplies – Platinum Performance
 
24 June 2015 – The unbeatable performance of the EVGA SuperNOVA P2 power supply line is now available in 850, 750, and 650 watt versions. Based on the award-winning P2 power supplies, these units feature 80 Plus Platinum rated efficiency, and clean, continuous power to every component. The ECO Control Fan system offers fan modes to provide absolutely zero fan noise during low to medium load operations. Backed by an award-winning 10 year warranty, and 100% Japanese capacitor design, the EVGA SuperNOVA 850, 750, and 650 P2 power supplies offer unbeatable performance at an unbeatable value.
 
·         80 PLUS Platinum certified, with 92% (115VAC) / 94% (220VAC~240VAC) efficiency or higher under typical loads
·         Unbeatable 10 Year Warranty and unparalleled EVGA Customer Support
·         Highest quality Japanese brand capacitors ensure long-term reliability
·         Fully Modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow
·         NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire Ready
·         Double Ball Bearing fan for exceptional reliability and quiet operation
·         Heavy-duty protections, including OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), and SCP (Short Circuit Protection)
 
Learn more about EVGA SuperNOVA 850, 750, and 650 P2 Power Supplies, here:
 
 
About EVGA 
EVGA is the #1 NVIDIA authorised partner in channel sales throughout North America and UK. Based on the philosophy of intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and the real time operation, EVGA continues to identify the need in the market place and providing the solution to that need. By offering product differentiation, 24/7 tech support, a 90 day Step-Up programme, and other customer focused programmes, EVGA is a clear leader in all categories: etail, retail, distribution, and system integration. With headquarters in Brea, CA, EVGA’s global coverage includes EVGA GmbH in Munich, EVGA LATAM in Miami, and EVGA Hong Kong. For further information online about EVGA, visit:  http://eu.evga.com/


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Get in the Game: Audio-Technica Is Now Shipping Its ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 Premium Gaming Headsets


 
Get in the Game: Audio-Technica Is Now Shipping Its ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 Premium Gaming Headsets
 
STOW, OH, June 22, 2015 - Audio-Technica is now shipping its ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 Premium Gaming Headsets, two high-performance closed-back and open-air headphones that combine immersive sound quality with gaming-centric features like swiveling detachable microphones and compatibility with computers, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (with adapter).

"When it comes to gaming headsets, it's all about being drawn into the gaming experience," said Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica Consumer Marketing Manager. "Our ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 are designed to place players completely into the virtual sonic reality of the playing environment with deep bass and superior midrange and treble definition, while providing the gaming-specific features and cross-platform compatibility that serious gamers demand."
 
The ATH-PG1 features a closed-back design for sonic isolation and total immersion into the gaming soundspace. Its 44 mm drivers deliver powerful sound with exceptional clarity, precise imaging and extreme dynamic range. The headset is constructed from lightweight materials and features a soft leather headband and earpads for total comfort even during long playing sessions.

The ATH-PDG1 is ideal for listeners who prefer the natural sound and feel of open-air headphones, thanks to its 40 mm drivers with CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) voice coils, tuned to reproduce all the lively sonic detail today's games have to offer. The headphones' lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing provides a spacious yet impactful, three-dimensional sound field and the ATH-PDG1's soft leather earpads and headband assure long-wearing comfort no matter how long players are in the game.

The ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 both come equipped with a built-in flexible, 6-inch boom microphone (with locking mute capability) for crystal-clear in-game voice communication with other players. The mic, with its 4-foot cable and in-line volume and mute control, can be detached and replaced with a 4-foot smartphone cable, which includes its own mic and portable-device controller. This cable transforms the headphones into a standard pair of on-the-go headphones that are perfect for answering calls and controlling audio and video on smartphones and other portable devices.

Both headsets are also supplied with an additional 6-1/2-foot extension cable that terminates in two 3.5 mm mini-plugs for headphone and mic and works with either of the two 4-foot cables to provide increased cable length when gaming on a computer.

The ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 are compatible with the PlayStation® PS4 TM, iPad®, iPhone TM, laptops and desktop computers. They are also compatible with the Xbox One using the Xbox one Stereo Headset Adapter found at www.xbox.com.

The Audio-Technica ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 Premium Gaming Headsets are currently available at a suggested retail price of US$199.95 for either model. Also available are the ATH-AG1 and ATH-ADG1 High-Fidelity Gaming Headsets both at a suggested retail price of US$299.95. All gaming headsets come with a two-year warranty.
  
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Click here for ATH-PG1 and ATH-PDG1 profiles and downloadable high-res photos.

Also see more here:
- Audio-Technica Gaming Headsets Microsite
- Audio-Technica Promotional Video: "Always Listening to the Music That Moves Us"
- Additional News Releases
 
 
 
 
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Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is renowned worldwide for a broad range of consumer and professional audio products, including high-performance headphones, microphones, wireless systems, turntables and phono cartridges. Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica designs and manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for major concert tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, theaters, house-of-worship venues, and consumer applications. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB GPS Receiver Review by Jeff Roy

I can’t remember the last time I pulled out a paper map to find my way somewhere. GPS receivers have been the norm for finding your way around for many years now and while more and more vehicles come with GPS receivers built in, those are still not the vast majority. And while it’s easy to pull out your cell phone for that functionality, it’s not the safest.   Stand alone receivers also give more features. Enter the Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB.

Features and specs:

·  3D Buildings: Selected buildings and landmarks are rendered in 3D to provide a more realistic view of your surroundings
·  Bluetooth: The Bluetooth connection turns your GPS device into a hands-free speaker phone
·  Free Lifetime Map Updates: Real-time, traffic updates sent directly to your GPS unit to avoid traffic jams and other delays.
·  Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts: Real-time traffic updates sent directly to your GPS unit to avoid traffic jams and other delays.
·  Portrait/Landscape Mode: Two viewing modes adapt to your personal viewing preference. Landscape mode provides an improved peripheral view of your surroundings; while Portrait mode provides an extended view of the road ahead.
·  Junction View: Realistic images of freeway signs and arrows guide you to the correct lane to make driving easier, safer and less stressful
·  Best Parking: Provides parking garage locations, hours of operation and directions to the entrance
·  Landmark Guidance: Receive directions using landmarks as your guide versus street names, making it a more intuitive way to navigate
·  5” Touch Screen Display: Large display with day and night views for easy visibility.
·  Traffic Camera Alerts by PhantomALERT: Receive audible and visual warnings of red light and speed cameras along your route
·  Speed Limit Warning: Manage your speed along your route with optional settings for visual and audible alerts
·  OneTouch™ Favorites Menu: Personalize your travel experience with icons of your favorite places and searches. Magellan’s exclusive OneTouch user interface offers ease-of-use and the detailed touches that deliver a superior user experience
·  Spoken Street Names: Hear the names of the streets called out in the voice navigation
·  Quickspell: Magellan's patented method of helping you enter in addresses correctly - even if you are not sure of the spelling
·  7 Million Points of Interest: Make it easy to find gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, coffee shops, and much more
·  Highway Exit POIs: Find gas stations and rest areas along your route while you are navigating
·  Multi-Destination Routing: Plan your entire afternoon or driving vacation with all your stops in one route
·  Built-in Maps: A wealth of detail in millions of points of interest as you travel the 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico
·  Automatic re-route: Missed the turn? It happens to the best of us. Quickly get back on track with auto re-route
·  Customizable Route Method: Select shortest distance, fastest time, most use of freeways, or least use of freeways
·  Address Book: You can definitely get there from here! Create and store personal points of interest and skip repeated address entry.
·  Auto Night View: Adjusts color and contrast for easy night viewing

Device
·         Dimensions (English):  5.6" x 3.4" x .59"
·         Dimensions (Metric):  142 mm x 86 mm x 15 mm
·         Weight (English):  6.1 oz
·         Weight (Metric):  173 grams
·         Battery Type:  Li-ion (integrated)
·         Battery Life:  2 Hours
·         Speaker:  Yes
·         Temperature Range (F):  14F to 158F
·         Temperature Range (C):  -10C to 70C
·         Audio/Video Input:  Yes
·         SD Slot:  Yes
Screen
·         Display Resolution:, WxHWQVGA
·         Screen Size:  5.0"
·         Display Type:  Color, Transmissive
·         Touch Screen:  Yes
GPS & Sensors
·         GPS Accuracy:  3-5 Meters
·         High-Sensitivity GPS:  Yes
·         Antenna Type:  Multidirectional Patch
Mapping & Navigation
·         Preloaded Maps:  US, Canada, Puerto Rico
·         Points of Interest:  7M
·         Turn-by-Turn Routing:  Yes
·         Lifetime Traffic Alerts:  Yes
·         Highway Lane Assist:  Yes
·         Map Updates:  Lifetime
·         Multi-Destination Routing:  Yes
·         OneTouch Favorites Menu:  Yes
·         Speed Limits:  Yes
·         Spoken Street Names:  Yes
·         Branded POIs:  Yes
·         POIs Along Route:  Yes
·         Smart City Search:  Yes
·         Smart Detour:  Yes
·         QWERTY/ABCD Keyboard:  Yes
·         Find Your Car:  Yes
·         Landscape/Portrait Mode:  Yes
·         Landmark Guidance:  Yes
·         Junction view:  Yes
·         Best Parking:  Yes
·         Traffic Camera Alerts by PhantomALERT:  Yes
Camera
Transmitter
Receiver
User Generated Content
Training
Interface & Communications
·         USB Port:  USB 2.0
·         PC Compatible:  Yes
·         MAC Compatible:  Yes
·         Bluetooth:  Yes

  


The Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB came in a nice looking, color printed box. Opening the box revealed all the accessories including the owner’s manual, power cord, and window mount. The construction was mostly plastic, a very good quality and very good fit and finish. Build quality was very good, as it appeared and felt solid while holding it in my hand.  The layout was very functional and easy to use. On the top is the power button. A single speaker was on the back with other connections on the side. The connections were for; power, AV and micro SD card. This allows you to use it as a stand alone longer for video or for photos.

I really liked the features on the Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB. All GPS receivers will give you the ability to find locations as well as points of interest. Many will also include lifetime free map updates. The Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB also includes this feature. But a less common feature that is also found on the Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB are the red light and speed cameras warnings. Unless you like getting tickets, this is a very handy feature to have!

I was excited to put the Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB to the test.  Having reviewed their products in the past, Magellan has yet to disappoint. And having now reviewed their 5375T-LMB,  I can say that is still true. The speaker was sufficiently loud, even at it’s preset level, so I didn’t have to adjust it at all. The audible directions were easy to understand and follow, although some of the pronunciations were amusing. I used it on a trip to Vegas, and in one set of directions I was told to take the Reno exit, but it was pronounced like Re-Now exit. Nothing against the product, just an amusing twist. Lane guidance was also very nice. The audible directions told us which lane to be in and the display will also clearly tell you which lane to use for where you need to go. I also completely forgot about the stop light camera feature, until once approaching a stop light, I received an audible warning, “stop light camera ahead.” I never had a problem with misdirection after entering in an address and setting it on task to get me there. And for a GPS receiver, that’s one of the best complements you can give.


I guess you could say, I was pleasantly unsurprised with the Magellan RoadMate 5375T-LMB.  Magellan makes an excellent product that works well and as advertised. That is what I have come to see with present and past Magellan products. Their reputation is important and they don’t just sit on past laurels. They are a company I would consider a safe bet. If you are looking for a particular product and don’t know who to buy, Magellan is always a safe choice. That is why I said I was pleasantly unsurprised. It is what I have come to expect from Magellan. Based on their design features, quality, and performance. They have earned our Highly Recommended award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.magellangps.com.



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