Leslie Shapiro

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Leslie Shapiro  |  Mar 02, 2015  |  0 comments
It’s rare to be able to mention a feature that’s found on an Android device that wasn’t featured first on an iPhone, probably with a sleeker presentation. Somehow, however, IR remote control ability seems to have been left out of iPhones, even though it was rumored to be included on the iPhone 6. Samsung, LG and HTC all have managed to include IR blasters on their phones, yet Apple devotees have been out of luck if the want to control their home theaters, until now.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Feb 16, 2015  |  3 comments
I was recently working in an anechoic chamber for a few days and the ambience in there (actually, the lack of any) really got me thinking about ambient sounds. Anechoic chambers aren't just silent—it's the absence of any return energy that makes them so unnatural, and after a few hours, downright uncomfortable. You become aware of sounds your own body makes, especially your heart beat in your ears. It’s such an unusual space because it doesn’t really occur in the natural world. Standing on the sandy plain of a desert comes close, but even there, one would hear the movement of air over the ground, and distant ambience. A true anechoic experience almost never happens in our daily lives.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Feb 02, 2015  |  0 comments
It’s rare for a product to “wow” me right out of the box. So I surprised myself when I let out an audible “Ohh” as I opened the box containing the Harman/Kardon Soho Wireless headphones. They just oozed class and elegance—in fact, I’m reminded that I had a similar reaction to the Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini Bluetooth speaker. Black leather, stainless steel, and a hefty dose of panache. Could the Soho Wireless possibly sound as good as they look?

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 26, 2015  |  0 comments
Ever since I left the world of car stereos, Pyle Audio has fallen off my radar. When offered an opportunity to listen to their latest soundbar, the PSBV600BT ($300), I have to admit that I was intrigued. I knew this company had a long history of making good speakers for the automotive world, but haven’t heard any of their home products. This was going to be interesting.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  4 comments
Two weeks ago, I had two friends ask me to recommend an MP3 player for them. “No problem, “ I replied. I was heading to CES, showcase for all that is bright and good in the world of electronics. “I’ll make a list of all the MP3 players I’m bound to see.”

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  1 comments
If your home is filled with an array of Bluetooth speakers, you know the challenge of introducing “new” technology into your system. Since everything old is new again, Ion Audio has just introduced a vinyl turntable with a Bluetooth output so you can wirelessly break out your old LPs and 45s.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
If you’ve gone through the trouble of creating a kick-ass boombox, why scrap it and start from scratch every time you want to create a new or different style or look? The FUGOO Bluetooth speaker core comes with three different “sleeves” that all share a ton of great features and all sound good, but they have very different applications.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
The audio world has recently faced a dichotomy that seems to force listeners to choose between wireless convenience or good sound quality. Thankfully, German manufacturer Raumfeld has produced a line of speakers and receivers that blend Hi-Res Audio with wireless ease.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
The new 2.1 desktop system from Edifier has been named a 2015 CES Innovations Awards Honoree, and one look makes it clear that it truly is innovative. The e235 Luna Eclipse Apollo is a 234-watt system with a stand-alone wireless Bluetooth subwoofer.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Divoom is showing off a few new portable players at CES, but none more rugged and outgoing than the Voombox-Party, a weather-proof player with a 3” subwoofer who’s not afraid to play outdoors.

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