Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
Although it's packed with useful, fitness-oriented features, the RCA Lyra RD2212 is disappointing overall, thanks to a flawed design.
The Lyra RD1080 is the best of RCA's current crop of flash-based MP3 players.
Television recordings play back fine, but viewing purchased and downloaded video is tougher.
The all-inclusive RCA Lyra X3030 is a solid video playback and recording device, despite its poorly designed menu interface. Yet there are still PVPs on the market that perform better.
Spiffy looks and good battery life can't compensate for this player's mediocre sound and typical feature set.
If you're looking for an inexpensive MP3 player for the gym, the RCA Jet--FM tuner, armband, stopwatch, and all--is a solid choice, but the interface will take some getting used to.
If you are looking for a technologically outdated, awkwardly designed, excessively expensive digital audio player, then look no further than the JVC XA-A50CL.
What it lacks in grace the M25 makes up for in performance.