Audio Reviews

Optoma NuForce BE Live2 Review: Budget earbuds with premium audio

Optoma NuForce BE Live2 Review: Budget earbuds with premium audio

Optoma has launched a new pair of wireless earbuds, an inexpensive model featuring a premium design and the promise of high-quality audio. As with the company's previous BE2 earbuds, the new BE Live2 cost $49 USD, packing a more attractive design coupled with support for AAC audio, ultra-long battery life, and more.

Continue Reading

Studio19 Solo E500X-EQ Review

Studio19 Solo E500X-EQ Review

Although Bluetooth speakers aren’t exactly new or novel, the rise of smart assistants and the depreciation of the venerable headphone jack have put them under a sometimes harsh spotlight. No longer was it enough for them to “just work”, they needed to sound great, look great, and still be affordable to the masses. Often, two or even three of these pillars go missing for the sake of the others. Studio19 has attempted to offer that trifecta of qualities in the Solo E500X-EQ. We give it a closer look and listen to find out if it is truly that balanced or if it falls short on one of its legs.

Continue Reading

iRig Mic HD 2 review

iRig Mic HD 2 review

There are likely tons of reasons you’d want a dedicated microphone. If you’re podcasting or producing voice-overs for YouTube videos, they’re a must have item. But there are still other reasons to get one, and the IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2 might just be the best of the bunch. While it has its limitations, it builds atop the company’s already solid reputation, and does so with aplomb.

Continue Reading

Beats Studio3 Wireless review: Eliminating the noise

Beats Studio3 Wireless review: Eliminating the noise

Beats, the Apple-owned lineup of audio hardware, has produced what might be their finest headphones to date. The Studio3 Wireless are (as you may have guessed by now) wireless, have noice cancellation and the Beats styling and sound profile many have grown to know and love. It’s not the first time the company has put all these features together in the same package, so how does the latest iteration hold up to scrutiny? We put a pair through their paces.

Continue Reading