Sunday, November 17, 2019

Gourmia GPS-650 Smoker Pressure Cooker and Steamer Review

Have you ever walked down the street and smelled the most amazing smell in the world…smoked bbq cooking and not for you. I don’t know about anyone else, but I always tell myself that I will someday plan ahead far enough to devote the 10-12 hours needed for one of those wonderful smells, and then never actually do. But there is good news for all those fellow procrastinators out there. Up for review today is Gourmia’s 1-hour smoker pressure cooker model #GPS-650.  It’s a game changer in all sense of the word!

Features and specs:

Combining a Programmable Pressure Cooker, Steamer and a smoker all-in-1 appliance.

Digital display shows time temperature and status.

3 Adjustable Pressure control settings. Cooks food up to 70% faster.

Variable two-level rack which holds up to 4 lbs. of food in the aluminum, thermal-coated inner pot.

Automatically switch to warm feature. ETL Certified. Size: 6.5QT. Product Dimensions: 12 x 16 x 12.5.

The Gourmia GPS-650 came securely packaged in a nice looking color printed box, with photos and specs printed on the outside. Opening the box revealed the cooker securely packaged with a fitted Styrofoam holder. Materials used in the construction was both metal and plastic.  Quality of materials used was excellent as was the fit and finish.  The cooker came with its power cord, a smoker cube, a rack and the instruction manual.

The cooker has several pieces to it: the outer casing, the lid and the inner cooking pot. These can be used for a variety of cooking possibilities. There is the pressure cooker setting, the smoker setting and the steam setting. It does not have the sauté setting that typically appear on a regular instapot. This is partially because the heating element sticks up in the middle of the cooking pot and so it doesn’t heat up quite like a typical instapot. It is possible to slow cook in this pot using the steam setting.

While there wasn’t a recipe book included with the GPS-650, they do have a recipe book on the product page of their website. The instructions on how to prepare to use were clear and easy to follow. Our first attempt at smoking was bbq pulled pork for a football game. We had perfectly cooked and seasoned meat after only an hour in the pressure cooker. They were yummy! We were out before we had eaten our fill! We also tried a roast and employed the cold smoker option to add some flavor to cheese. Everything turned out perfectly. One word of caution, do NOT forget to include liquid in the bottom of the pan before cooking, it ensures that there is enough steam in the pot to adequately cook and to keep everything tender and at its best. We did forget to add water one time, and the meat did shrink some.  Definitely add the water! The smoke flavor can be a bit intense if you eat food directly after it’s done, but this mellows fairly quickly, so don’t worry too much if you take a quick taste after it’s done and it seems a bit strong.

And when I stated before that it is a game changer, I cannot emphasize that enough!  Just think about what this does……smoked meat in 1 hour.  That’s right….smoked meat in just 1 hour!  No longer will it take hours and hours!  I love my instapot, and I use it regularly. The GPS-650 fits right into my kitchen needs and will be loved for many seasons to come. We are planning on using it to smoke the turkey this Thanksgiving!   And I plan on telling my bbq buddies how I can now smoke meat in just an hour.  

At the end of the day, the Gourmia GPS-650 is a great smoker as well as pressure cooker and steamer.  But the real magic is in the smoker, both as a hot and cold smoker.  And the smoked cheeses were also great as well!  It’s also a well made quality product that should provide years of use.  And with an MSRP of $259 it is also well priced.  Based on design, features, quality, and performance, the Gourmia GPS-650 has earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Escort Max 360c Premium Radar Detector Review

Some people, myself included, have what we jokingly call a medical condition…lead foot syndrome. As Sammy Hagar said in his song, I can’t drive 55.  Some of us, myself included, would prefer to be able to go over the speed limit. And since speeding tickets are pricey, it’s easy to turn to radar detectors. There’s a lot of different options. One of the premium brands is Escort. You tend to get what you pay for, and up for review today is their top of the line portable model, the Escort Max 360c. MSRP is $649.

Features and specs:


The ESCORT MAX 360c is the first radar and laser detector designed for the connected car. With built-in Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only), the MAX 360c updates through the on-board Wi-Fi connection, alerting the driver to the latest ticket threats in real-time.

360° Directional Alerts

Forward and rear facing antennas pinpoint threats around your entire vehicle. Intuitive on-screen arrows display the direction of the threat relative to you.

AutoLearn™ Technology

GPS intelligence, IVT filtering, and AutoSensitivity come together to eliminate false signals by learning your route and varying sensitivity with vehicle speed.

IVT Filter™

Automatically reduces false alerts from In-Vehicle Technology like collision avoidance systems and adaptive cruise control.

Defender™ Database

Gain access to the largest, most up-to-date resource alerting drivers to speed cameras, traps, and red light cameras. Plus, create hot spots and mark locations.

Intelligent Speed Sensitivity

Automatically adjusts sensitivity based on your speed to eliminate false alerts and maximize precision.

Directional Alert Arrows

Arrows indicate the direction of the radar source for 360° protection

Immediate Response

Digital signal processing provides best-in-class range and lighting fast response.

Connected Car Compatible

Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) connectivity allows for instant crowd sourced alerts and software updates.

Defender Database

Get a bird’s eye view with red light and speed camera alerts in advance.

AutoLearn Technology

Intelligent GPS-based technology learns your route and rejects false alerts.


Real-time alerts from a community of over 3 million drivers.


X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz

K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz

Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz

Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth


Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO

Scanning Frequency Discriminator

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)


Quantum Limited Video Receiver


Highway, Auto, Auto No X, Auto Lo K


Graphic Multi-Color OLED

Bar Graph



5 Levels of Brightness with Full Dark Mode


12VDC, Negative Ground

Escort SmartCord USB Included


1.38” H x 3.25” W x 5.15” L


User Mode: Advanced / Novice

Pilot: Scanning Bar / Full Word

Arrow Mode: Single / Multiple / Band

Display Color: Blue/Green/Red/Amber

Speed Display: On / Off

Cruise Alert: Off / 20 – 160 mph

Over Speed: Off / 20 – 160 mph

Over Speed Limit: Off / Spd Limit / 5 over / 10 over / 15 over / 20 over

Meter Mode: Standard/FR1/FR2/Spec/Expert/Simple

Tones: Standard / Standard+ / Mild

AutoMute: Low / Med / High / Off

AutoLearn: On / Off

Units: English / Metric

Language: English / Spanish

Voice: On / Off

GPS Filter: On / Off

Auto Power: Off / 1-8 Hours

Bands: X/K/KN1-KN4/Ka/KaN1-KaN10/Ka-POP/Laser/TSR

Markers: Other/RedLight/RedLight & Speed Cam/Speed Cam/Speed Trap/Air Patrol

Clear Locations: Marked/Lockouts/Defender/Format

Wi-Fi: On / Off

Bluetooth: On / Off

Auto Update: Off/Database/Firmware/All

Perform Update: Firmware/Database

The Escort Max 360c came in a nice looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the product. Opening the box revealed a zipper case. Opening the case showed two internal compartments. One held the radar detector, the other held the accessories. The accessories comprised of the windshield mount, and power cable. Materials used in the construction of the radar detector and the accessories was mostly plastic with some metal. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish was excellent. The Escort Max 360c is a premium product and it shows, not only in the quality of the product but also in the presentation. Also included was the quick reference guide, and warranty card.

One of the features of the Escort Max 360c is the ability to work with the new iDatalink Maestro RR2. With the Maestro RR2 incorporated into your system, the information and alerts will also show on the stereo receiver. Since our reference receiver is the compatible Kenwood Excelon Reference DDX9905S, we will be reviewing the functionality of the Escort Max360c with the iDatalink Maestro RR2 and the Kenwood Excelon Reference DDx9905S, once the Maestro RR2 is ready for release.

Installation and setup was very easy. The Quick Reference Guide was very easy to read and follow. Once the app was downloaded on my LG V40 ThinQ Smartphone, pairing the Max 360c with my LG V40 was very quick and easy. Going through the settings and making any changes was also very simple. The magnet system used to connect the Escort Max 360c to the windshield mount was also very cool and easy to use.

The layout of the Escort Max 360c also made it fairly simple to use. All of the buttons were on the top in a central location. They were also logically laid out. This is a good thing, because at the angle it was at, and being mounted right under my rearview mirror, it was a little difficult to read. It may have been a little simple to use in some install locations if some of the buttons were located on the sides, but that’s just a personal preference. I also did really like the 4 LED lights on the front, to show where the radar was coming from, when it detects radar. And now that it’s set up and installed, let’s see how it performs!

I had high expectations from Escort on their Max 360c, and they did not disappoint with its performance.  Installation was a breeze, and I especially liked the magnetic mount. Setup was also a breeze pairing it to my LG V40 ThinQ.  And performance of its primary function as a radar detector also worked excellent.  There were several times when it warned me of upcoming officers checking speeds of oncoming vehicles.  There was one time when it was just one of those speed signs showing you your speed to tell you to slow down.  But the other times I was glad of the warnings.  I also really liked access to the Escort Live database, as there were also multiple times that I got warnings of an upcoming speed trap location.  The Directional Alert Arrows was also a really cool feature, showing you the direction of where the radar was coming.  They offer a Limited Ticket Guarantee, and seeing how well it performed I can see how they can offer it.  I would have no problems trusting the Escort Max 360c.

The Escort Max 360c is a premium portable radar detector.  While its price point is not for all at $649 MSRP, you do get what you pay for.  It offers a premium design as well as premium quality.   And it performed very well.  And with the high price of some tickets, you want to have a product that you know you can trust.  If you are in the market for a radar detector, the Escort Max 360c deserves to be on your short list.  Based on its design, features, quality, and performance the Escort Max 360c has earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at   

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

2019 Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

Halloween is over, and fall is upon us. This means it is time for our annual Holiday Gadget Gift Guide. As usual, we have some excellent products from some great manufactures. First up is Beyerdynamic with their Xelento Wireless, followed by the Creative Nova, Emotiva BasX A-500, Escort Max 360c, Gourmia GPS 650 multicooker, iBeam 360 Degree 3D, JBL Link Bar, JBL Link View, Revel C263, and SoloQi 360. Below is a description of all of the products as well as the review schedule, for when reviews of the products will be completed.  Some reviews are already completed.  But for those that are not yet completed, come back for the review when it is scheduled. And while we list the MSRP of the product, often times you can find them cheaper.

Beyerdynamics is a great headphone manufacturer from Germany. Whether you are looking for over the ear or wireless, they have you covered. Their top of the line best of the best is their Xelento Wireless. Not only does their sound have to be heard to be believed, they are also absolutely gorgeous looking and can be worn as jewelry. If you have a loved one who loves great sound, they will love the Beyerdynamics Xelento Wireless. MSRP is $1,199.  Check out their review here:

If you’re a computer user, you’ve probably heard of the SoundBlaster line. It’s a product line of computer sound cards and computer speakers, from Creative Labs. But Creative Labs is more than computer sound cards and computer speakers. One of their other great products is the Creative Nova. It’s a portable multi-room smart speaker with lights. It’s even water resistant, so it can be used outdoors. And employing multiple drivers and a woofer ensure quality sound. MSRP is $179.  Review is scheduled for the week ending 12/1/2019.

If you like movies, one of the best ways to enjoy them is with a great home theater system. And to take your home theater to the next level, a dedicated amplifier will help get you there. And if you are needing a big bang for your buck, you’re covered there as well. Emotiva has great products, and they provide a large bang for the buck. The BasX A-500 five channel home theater amp is a perfect example with an MSRP of only $529. Check out the review here:

Like Sammy Hager has said with his song: I can’t drive 55. If you also suffer from what many jokingly call lead foot syndrome, you may also know how expensive speeding tickets can be. A radar detector can help with that. And Escort makes some of the best available. Their premium top of the line portable product is the Escort Max 360C. MSRP is $649.  It’s review will be completed the week ending  11/17/2019.

It’s so easy to get busy with our daily lives. One thing we tend to always wish we had more of is time. This can also be the case with meals and meal preparation. If you are looking for some great time savers, Gourmia has you covered. Some of them are great time savers, such as pressure cookers. And if you like BBQ, they even have a pressure smoker that will smoke your meats in only an hour! It’s their Gourmia GPS650, with an MSRP of only $259.  It’s review will be completed the week ending 11/17/2019.

When you look at new or newer cars, they have a ton of safety features. One of those are back up cameras. But you can also get side cameras as well as front cameras. Thanks to iBeam, these are also available in an aftermarket product. Their iBeam 360 3D is a four camera system that can be installed on a vehicle with a car stereo receiver that has a camera input. MSRP is $1,032.  Check out for the review of the iBeam 360 3D for the week ending 12/01/2019.

The quality of sound from flat screen TV’s have came a long way. But the sound is not great. Thanks to sound bars, the quality can easily be improved. Sound bars have also been greatly improved. There are now smart sound bars, where you can connect to them through wi-fi. And JBL has a great one with their JBL Link Bar. So now not only can you get great sound from your TV, you can also enjoy your music and more through the built-in Google Assistant.  MSRP is $399.  The review is scheduled for the week ending 11/24/2019.

JBL also has a great line of smart speakers. They feature Google Assistant as well, so you get a lot of great functioning. With the JBL Link View, they added an 8 inch high definition touch screen too. So now along with the great sound, now you can watch videos as well. Put it in the kitchen, and impress others with your culinary skills thanks to the help of cooking how to videos on YouTube.  MSRP is $299.  The review is scheduled for the week ending 12/8/2019.

If you like home theater, you want good sound.  And you may also need your speakers hidden in your ceiling. Whether you are looking for just mounting your surround sound speakers in the ceiling, or you have decided to add height channel speakers for the new Dolby Atmos surround format, you may need some good built-in ceiling mount speakers.  Not all ceiling mount speakers are created equal. One of the better brands available are Revel.  And I love their lifetime warranty! Even their entry level C263 model sounds great.  MSRP is only $175 each. Check out their full review here:

We rely on our smartphones for so much. Whether it’s calls, texts, photos or videos, even games, they are often a big part of our day. This means they can be used a lot every day. All this use takes an impact on battery life. Getting thru a full day on a single charge is not always possible. This means you may have to be able to charge your phone on the go. But why settle for just charging on the go?  SoloQi has provided a complete charging solution with their SoloQi 360. MSRP is $299. Review is scheduled for the week ending 12/8/2019.

The holidays can be a stressful time.  It’s a lot of fun, and a great time to spend time with loved ones.  But searching for gifts can be stressful.  We try to give a wide range of gift ideas.  Hopefully with the items in this years gift guide we were able to give you some good ideas.  And check back in for the full reviews.  These are all great products, with very good quality and built well.  Last thing that you want is to buy a cheap gift that breaks too quickly.  None of these should disappoint.  And from us here at Stereowise Plus, thanks for reading.  And Happy Holidays to your family from ours.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

AudioControl Brings Complete Lineup of High Performance Car Audio Products to SEMA 2019

AudioControl Brings Complete Lineup of High Performance Car Audio Products to SEMA 2019


Best-in-class DSP-enabled amplifiers, vital OEM integration tools and much more make ultimate sound quality attainable for nearly every vehicle  


Seattle, WA, October 23rd, 2019 AudioControl (, makers of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets has announced that they will be showcasing a full lineup of premium aftermarket car audio products at the 2019 SEMA tradeshow in Las Vegas, Booth 11665 North Hall. Highlighted new models include 5-channel amplifiers with 1300 watts of total system power and available DSP. Additionally, AudioControl will introduce several new Load Generating Devices (LGD’s) that enable technicians to add aftermarket audio components to a wide range of OEM entertainment systems from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Maserati.


"Our newest amplifiers and LDG’s open up significant opportunities for our dealers, and we are very excited to showcase them at the upcoming SEMA show,” stated Chris Bennett, National Sales Director - Mobile at AudioControl. “Additionally, these new products round out the most compelling full line of aftermarket car audio products available from any brand, including premium amplifiers from 1 to 6-channels, our legendary DM-RTA audio analyzer and OEM integration solutions that represent vital opportunities to deliver best sound quality for each customer."


New 5-Channel Amplifiers

Two new 5-channel amplifiers from AudioControl both offer 125 watts X4-channels RMS at 4-Ohm (200watts RMS X4 at 2-Ohm) and 500 watts X1-channel at 2-Ohm along with eight speaker level inputs with selectable summing capability. The D-5.1300 delivers onboard DSP control of all amplified outputs and a pair of low-level outputs as well. The DSP interface is managed by the highly intuitive DM Smart App designed for all of AudioControl’s DSP amplifiers. The LC-5.1300 offers the same outstanding specs and performance without the DSP features.


OEM integration with two new Load Generating Devices (LGD)

Most new vehicles use a class D amplifier platform in their factory sound systems. These amplifiers can become unstable when they are connected to aftermarket audio equipment, causing system noise and overall compatibility issues. In order to maximize the upgrade opportunity for 12-volt retailers, AudioControl engineers created the LGD series of solutions, which seamlessly interfaces these newer OEM systems with aftermarket amplifiers. The AudioControl AC-LGD20 was designed specifically for Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Maserati audio systems without an amplifier. The AC-LGD60 provides interface capability for these same vehicles that feature audio systems with an amplifier.



The AudioControl DM-RTA is a sophisticated yet compact audio analyzer containing powerful analysis software designed to provide installers with the features of a fully functioning Oscilloscope, Voltage Meter, Real Time Audio Analyzer (RTA), SPL Meter and Polarity Checker. Because installers are often on-the-go and in cramped spaces when building a car audio system, the DM-RTA was designed to be light weight, compact and durable. Input/output options are staggering, including balanced XLR inputs, phono and RCA style unbalanced inputs as well as speaker level inputs designed to make OEM audio system interface a snap. Digital audio output options include Optical, COAX and USB. The DM-RTA is powered by a 5-hour rechargeable battery so that it can be effortlessly deployed anywhere.




About AudioControl 

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit  or contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or e-mail

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Kingston Digital Introduces New KC600 SATA SSD

Kingston Digital Introduces New KC600 SATA SSD

  • Remarkable Performance in Full Capacity
  • Hardware-based Self Encrypting Drive
  • Features the Latest 3D TLC NAND Technology

Fountain Valley, CA – October 21, 2019 –  Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is shipping the KC600 SATA SSD. Designed for use in desktop and notebook workloads, KC600 is a full-capacity SSD that provides remarkable performance. It comes in a 2.5″ form factor using the SATA Rev 3.0 interface with backwards compatibility.
KC600 is optimized for functional system responsiveness with incredible boot, loading and transfer times. It supports a full-security suite that includes AES-XTS 256-bit hardware-based encryption, TCG Opal 2.0 and eDrive, allowing users to protect and secure their data. KC600 will be available in capacities up to 2TB1 utilizing the latest 3D TLC NAND technology and has read/write speeds up to 550/520MB/s2, respectively. It is offered as both a stand-alone SSD or as a bundle kit which provides everything needed for an easy desktop or notebook upgrade installation.
 “Kingston is excited to release our latest 2.5″ SATA SSD with 3D TLC NAND. With full capacities up to 2TB, self-encryption and its impressive speeds, KC600 has exactly what consumers and corporate customers are looking for when they’re ready to upgrade their existing systems,” said Justin Karasek, SSD business manager, Kingston. “Our optional bundle kit that includes an enclosure, cloning software and cables makes it easy for customers to install our new drive.”
KC600 is currently available in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with 1024GB and 2048GB shipping soon. KC600 is backed by a limited five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit

KC600 Features and Specifications:
  • Form Factor: 2.5″
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards capability to SATA Rev 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities1: 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB
  • Controller: SMI SM2259
  • NAND:  3D TLC
  • Encrypted: AES-XTS 256-bit encryption
  • Sequential Read/Write2:
    • 256GB — up to 550/500MB/s
    • 512GB–2048GB — up to 550/520MB/s
  • Maximum 4K Read/Write2: up to 90,000/80,000 IOPS
  • Power Consumption: 0.06W Idle / 0.2W Avg / 1.3W (MAX) Read / 3.2W (MAX) Write
  • Dimensions: 100.1mm x 69.85mm x 7mm
  • Weight: 40g
  • Operating temperature: 0°C~70°C
  • Storage temperature: -40°C~85°C
  • Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10-2000Hz)
  • Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
  • Warranty/support3: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW)4:
    • 256GB — 150TB
    • 512GB — 300TB
    • 1024GB — 600TB
    • 2048GB — 1200TB

Part Number
256GB KC600 SSD (Stand-alone drive)
512GB KC600 SSD (Stand-alone drive)
1024GB KC600 SSD (Stand-alone drive)
2048GB KC600 SSD (Stand-alone drive)
256GB KC600 SSD (Desktop/Notebook upgrade kit)
512GB KC600 SSD (Desktop/Notebook upgrade kit)
1024GB KC600 SSD (Desktop/Notebook upgrade kit)
2048GB KC600 SSD (Desktop/Notebook upgrade kit)

1 Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash Guide at
2 Based on “out-of-box performance” using a PCIe 3.0 motherboard. Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, and usage. IOMETER Random 4K Read/Write is based on 8GB partition.
3 Limited warranty based on 5 years or “SSD Life Remaining” which can be found using the Kingston SSD Manager ( A new, unused product will show a wear indicator value of one hundred (100), whereas a product that has reached its endurance limit of program erase cycles will show a wear indictor value of one (1). See for details.
4 Total Bytes Written (TBW) is derived from the JEDEC Client Workload (JESD219A).

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About Kingston Digital, Inc.
Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please call 877-546-4786 or visit

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