I'm a big fan of M-Audio's desktop monitor speakers. Their build and sound quality standards, even for their near entry-level models, are exceptional. The new BX5 Carbon retails for $149.99 each.
The vinyl-wrapped, medium-density fiberboard speaker measures 10x7x8 inches. Around back there's a large bass port, so don't plan on placing this guy up against a wall. Each 11-pound speaker has two built-in amplifiers: a 40-watt unit for the 5-inch woven Kevlar woofer and a 30-watt for the 1-inch silk dome tweeter. Rather than use the more common Class D amps, M-audio engineers opted for … Read more
As of CES 2014, seemingly every electronics manufacturer is taking a shot at wireless audio -- from Panasonic to Samsung to Bose. While Sonos and Squeezebox have been around since the start of the millennium, it took until the last year for the rest of the industry to decide that wireless, multiroom audio was worth developing.
The M7 ($350 street) is the first of Samsung's new Shape wireless audio platform, which will include a smaller streaming speaker (M5) , a surround-sound system, and a Blu-ray player. The Shape M7 is a well-built, versatile streaming speaker that sounds better than the … Read more
The GSMA, an organization that represents more than 800 mobile network operators, is excited about the Internet of things.
The GSMA has spent years overseeing mobile phone standards, but now expects major growth in the technology for hooking other devices such as environmental sensors, cars, door locks, and power meters to the network, an idea called the Internet of things or machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
In a report announced Monday (PDF) ahead of its Mobile World Congress show, the GSMA said it predicts growth from 195 million M2M connections in 2013 to 250 million this year. Seeing new markets besides the … Read more
A list of purported hardware details for the upcoming HTC M8 Mini have found their way online, thanks to omnipresent source evleaks. Should the specifications prove accurate, though, the "Mini" experience won't exactly be small.
According to the tipster, the handset will run Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC's Sense 6 UI; both are expected in the flagship version of the handset as well. The Mini also should have a Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB, 16GB internal storage, and microSD expansion. And like the M8 (or the HTC One 2, if you will), it may use … Read more
The successor to the HTC One may offer not one, but two rear cameras, at least according to an alleged photo tweeted on Tuesday.
Served up by a Twitter account called @HTCFamily.ru, the photo purports to show the rear casing of the HTC M8 with two camera lenses clearly on view near the top. Assuming the image is accurate, this means the upcoming new phone, codenamed the HTC M8, should be more adept at keeping your photos in focus.
HTC may not roll out its next major phone until the end of March. At least, that's the latest tidbit spilled by renowned leaker @evleaks.
In a tweet posted Sunday, @evleaks said: "Starting to look like a late March, NYC launch for HTC M8." Rumored to also go by the name of the HTC One 2 or HTC One+, the phone will reportedly come in a dual-SIM version, according to documentation discovered by Boy Genius Report. Little else is known about the phone at this point, though in a later tweet, @evleaks said that the M8 looks strikingly like the M7 … Read more
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In the latest Apple Byte, host Brian Tong covers the week's juiciest news and rumors, including whether or not Iris scanning tech could play key role in Apple's future product lines. Plus: we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mac! That's right, the PC that started a revolution and really put Apple on the map was first introduced 30 years ago on January 24, 1984. Were some of you even born yet?
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Take a look at BMW's newest M car, the M4. It's got a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six, and over 430bhp. It's going to be pretty special, this one.
Like the Vizio M551 before it, the Vizio M01 is a competent budget television with a high level of performance. It forgoes some features -- like MHL and touch-panel remotes -- and sometimes others don't work, like learning remote codes, but what the Vizio doesn't do you don't need.
Picture quality is very good for the cash, with darker black levels than some plasmas, but on the other hand the backlight's local dimming effect can be obvious. There is blooming evident on contrasting images, and it's something that more expensive local dimming TVs like the … Read more