Changing Wireless Network on Victor Reader Stream New Generation

The Victor Reader Stream New Generation media player adds numerous wireless capabilities to the Victor Reader technology set. You can download firmware updates directly to it without a personal computer, play Internet radio stations, download talking books directly from the National Library Service for the Blind (NLS), get National Federation for the Blind (NFB) News Line … Continue reading Changing Wireless Network on Victor Reader Stream New Generation



Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) Pros and Cons

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is an aural bit stream compression technique that has supplanted other popular, yet older compression algorithms like MP3, and to date, it appears to be the best lossy audio compression standard. That is, for a given bit rate, you’ll experience the highest quality sound from AAC.  Indeed, it features excellent sound … Continue reading Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) Pros and Cons



Belkin Isolator Surge Protector F5C980-TEL Review

A diamond of surge suppressing power strips, the Belkin Isolator Surge Protector, model F5C980-TEL not only guards against voltage spikes and electrical noise arriving via the power line, but also reduces inter-device noise transfer, between devices,  plugged into it. The unit features eight 120-volt AC outlets, organized into four banks of two, and each bank contains hefty … Continue reading Belkin Isolator Surge Protector F5C980-TEL Review



Logitech Squeezebox Boom WiFi Internet Radio and Network Music System Review

Rich full stereo sound, thousands of Internet radio stations to choose from, numerous apps that play audio as well, and a full-function remote control. These key features describe the 2008 vintage Logitech Squeezebox Boom Network Music System, model X-RB2, with Internet radio.  This highly small, yet high fidelity system is a fully self-contained unit with an … Continue reading Logitech Squeezebox Boom WiFi Internet Radio and Network Music System Review



How to Clean DVD and CD Media Discs, Tips, Advice

We’ve worn glasses with anti reflective, anti glare coatings for many years, and also, own many thousands of CDs, DVDs, and Blu Ray discs.  Both glasses and discs become soiled or damaged from essentially the same dirt sources such as oily fingerprints, dust, and scratches, and both demand the same gentle cleaning methods to restore them … Continue reading How to Clean DVD and CD Media Discs, Tips, Advice



Apple Earpods Earbuds Earphones for iPod iPhone Review

Bought another set of natural-sounding in ear earphones that are a marked improvement over the Apple stock iPod / iPhone / iPad earbuds that came with iPods prior to 2014; those being the   Apple Earpods Earbuds. At roughly $30 per pair, these earphones cost about the same as Apple’s earlier stock model, but feature significantly improved sound and fit.  After having … Continue reading Apple Earpods Earbuds Earphones for iPod iPhone Review



iWorld Earbuds, Sonic Series, with Mic Review

We examine the iWorld Sonic Earbuds with Microphone in this iWorld earbuds review.  Once again, an offering like this has dubbed iWorld as a provider of highly affordable, decent over all quality accessory products for the iPhone/iPad and MP3 player markets. Many consider iWorld buds and earphones an acceptable alternative to the much more pricey, yet generally better performing offerings … Continue reading iWorld Earbuds, Sonic Series, with Mic Review



Victor Reader Stream First Generation Gripes

The first generation (original) version of HumanWare’s  Victor Reader Stream   portable player is great. But it has a couple shortcomings that surprised me. Disadvantages, Problems, Cons, and Limitations Very slow USB port.  For one, its USB port behaves as, and transfers data as slowly as a USB1.1 port, even though USB 2.0 has been the standard since around … Continue reading Victor Reader Stream First Generation Gripes



Discwasher D4+ Vinyl Record Cleaning Fluid Solution Review

We’ve kept our LP and single records nearly spotless for decades, with the Discwasher D4+ record cleaning solution. We’ve recorded much of our record collection into digital format through the years, and before digital devices, copied them onto cassette tape to avoid over-playing, and thus, prematurely wearing out, the records.  Through these experiences, it became … Continue reading Discwasher D4+ Vinyl Record Cleaning Fluid Solution Review



Stereo Headphones Earphones Earbuds Reviews

The list of   stereo headphone reviews   below details our personal experiences with each of these headphones and ear buds. The quest for decent-sounding headphones at decent prices has led to many dead-ends and wasted dollars unfortunately. We’ve spent a lot for a little for example, when we bought a set of needlessly extravagant Grado phones, and a little for … Continue reading Stereo Headphones Earphones Earbuds Reviews