Meridian is a legendary British company; I think of it as the Mercedes-Benz of audio, and the gear is priced accordingly. Meridian's engineering was always ahead of the pack, and it was the very first to market a high-end CD player in 1985. The company developed the original high-resolution lossless compression technology, MLP, that debuted in DVD-Audio players, and is now used in Dolby TrueHD-encoded Blu-ray discs.
I never heard of Lepai until about a year ago, when Parts Express sent over a Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier for review. Well, it didn't take long to see it was a steal, and it has been my go-to amp for anyone on a super-tight budget, it's just $25, and for that kind of money the sound is pretty special. The 20-watt-per-channel stereo amplifier is a tiny thing, it's just 1.5x5.5x4.5 inches.
Mrs. Cheapskate's minivan doesn't have Bluetooth. I don't even have a line-in jack. I know: the horror! Thankfully, there are gizmos that can bridge the gap between smartphone and car stereo, thus making it possible to enjoy playlists, Pandora, audiobooks, and other audio treats.
And one of the best such gizmos is now available at a Cheapskate-exclusive discount. Through Wednesday, you can get the Accessory Genie GoGroove FlexSmart X3 Bluetooth FM Transmitter for $44.99 shipped when you apply coupon code FLEX3 at checkout. Regular price: $59.99.
Like its predecessor, the FlexSmart X2, the X3 plugs … Read more
I'm always on the lookout for great sounding products in all price ranges, so when an Audiophiliac reader suggested the almost too good to be true JVC HA-RX700 full-size headphones, I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did, first the HA-RX700 doesn't look or feel like a cheap headphone. Better yet, it delivers a clear, highly articulate sound, with a wide stereo image, and it's the most comfortable budget headphone I've tried in years. Comfort is crucial, because even if a headphone is a top performer, but hurts your ears after a while, you're … Read more
Cassettes, like LPs are enjoying something of a "comeback," but I can't say I was ever a big fan of the format. Sure, with a great Nakamichi or high-end Pioneer cassette deck the sound of recordings made from LPs could be pretty decent, but the prerecorded cassettes put out by record companies were always iffy. The main advantages cassette had over LPs and CDs was they were a little cheaper, and considerably more portable. They were the MP3s of the 1970s, '80s, and early '90s, and were as fragile as LPs. I mostly used the format to … Read more
As the iDevice universe moves away from 30-pin connectors and toward Lightning technology, users of older iPhones and iPods can look forward to scooping up some killer deals on 30-pin-powered accessories.
Like this one: For a limited time, you can get the Fluance FiTSD600 2.1 Speaker Tower for iPod/iPhone for $199.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code FITSCNET at checkout. Regular price: $349.99. This Cheapskate exclusive just saved you $150, baby!
This is not your average speaker dock. It's a tower, a piece of furniture, something you can stand in a corner to blast … Read more
Most of today's bands view recordings as promotional tools for their concerts, they have to stay on the road to make a living. That's just the way it is, but they make a lot fewer records than bands did before, and since most recordings lose money, studio time is limited and budgets are shrinking. That's too bad, recordings are the bands' only tangible legacy, and the great bands of the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and early '90s have substantial back catalogs that continue to earn income long after the band breaks up. Performing is an important element in … Read more
My kids are seriously into music these days. Seems like every other song on the radio is met with, "Dad, I want this on my iPod!" So I'm starting to think a music-subscription service might make sense, as it would give them unlimited access to unlimited songs, without all the piecemeal buying.
Of course, most of those services charge $10 per month. That's not unreasonable, but it's yet another monthly bill I'd rather not have. Thankfully, for the next three months, I can avoid it: For a limited time, you can get a three-month Rhapsody Premier subscription for $1. … Read more
I'm back! Did you miss me as much as I missed you? Nah, I'll bet I missed you more. So much so, in fact, that I've put together an exclusive deal on a product I seriously dig.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the Fluance FiSDK500 iPhone/iPod speaker dock for $99.99 shipped when you apply coupon code FICNET at checkout. It's new, not refurbished, and it normally sells for twice the price. And it was $169.99 the last time I covered it!
Unlike a lot of bookshelf speakers … Read more
I'm always on the lookout for great cheap headphones, so when CNET's Matthew Moskovciak suggested I try Sony's MDR-ZX100 I jumped at the chance. We were both knocked out by Sony's MDR-V6 and MDR-7506 headphones, so I bought a pair of MDR-ZX100s on Amazon for $15. I had no expectations it would threaten those two amazing Sonys, but at less than 20 percent of those headphones' current prices I was curious to see how much of the magic trickled down to the MDR-ZX100. The MDR-V6 and MDR-7506 were both designed more than twenty years ago, when … Read more