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Netgear Nighthawk x10 Smart WiFi Router Pros and Cons

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe Netgear Nighthawk router is an 802.11ad router with a lot of power. In the short while I’ve had it, I have been impressed with the connectivity, along with the fact it actually can pull more bandwidth off my Internet modem. Let’s geek out over all the pros and cons. PRO of the Nighthawk x10 The Nighthawk x10 has a WiFi speed of 7.2 Gbps at the 802.11ac and ad levels. You can connect up to 20 devices, along with 6 Ethernet ports connecting up to Gigabit Ethernet, and 1 10 Gbps LAN port. 2 USB 3.0 ports allow for external drives or other device to enhance the router’s storage and power. 4 High-Performance Active Antennas allow for a large splay so you can access the Internet from a good distance. Performance to your Internet connection might see a small boost. I...

VIZIO Smartcast M50 Ultra 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Video Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWith a 4K resolution, 4 HDMI port connection, integrated Chromecast, and Android remote control, the VIZIO M50-D1 is an HDTV for families looking to upgrade at a sub $700 price. But with a missing TV tuner, it may not work best in all situations. Pros of the VIZIO M50-D1 Ultra HD 4K Home Theater With 120 Hz refresh rate, a viewable angle of 176 degrees, and 1.07 billion colors, you can get a clean image when watching your favorite shows in 4k or even HD resolutions. The audio speakers in the VIZIO include DTS StudioSound and TruVolume. Therefore, if you don’t purchase a soundbar or connect to a system, you will still get a decent audio experience. This VIZIO has a 64.2 W power consumption and under a .5W on standby mode. The 4K TV powers up and changes resolutions fast, allowing you...

Monster Elements Hybrid Over the Ear Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI’ve had many pair of headphones since the 80’s. I’ve had dollar store phones to high-end audio driving sound. So when it came to reviewing these Monster Elements over the ear headphones, I was sure I’d get a great sound. I wasn’t disappointed. About the Monster Elements Over the Ear Headphones Monster has created a set of headphones for your need. Wired when you’re working on music or battery is low, wireless Bluetooth for those times a cord gets in the way, and even USB audio so you can connect that headset up to the computer. Elements headphones are not noise cancelling, but they do have plush ear cushions that knock out a lot of sound. There are also dual sound modes and echo suppression technology inside to deliver great sound, from music on the bus, to a movie on the plane....

Rowkin Bit Charge Wireless Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWith the iPhone 7’s loss of headphone jack, you might be looking at wireless headphones for your music or movie listening needs. While I was on travel last week, I checked out the Rowkin Bit Charge. This is a Bluetooth headset that will give you about 2 hours of music and recharge in an hour. I can even use this for phone calls and as a headset microphone. While the latency won’t let you create music in Garageband, it will let you listen to music and watch TV or movies without issue. Pairing the headset is easy and it can pair with multiple items. The headset also has a microphone, so it can be used to answer phone calls, talk to Siri, or even record on Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope and more. I recorded a couple Instagram stories using the headset in...

Magix Vegas Pro 14: Comparing with Sony Vegas Pro 13

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn May 2016, Sony sold audio products ACID, SpectralLayers Pro, Audio Master Suite, and Sound Forge. They also sold video products DVD Architect, VEGAS Movie Studio, and VEGAS Pro software. In September, Magix released their updated version of VEGAS Pro 14. Since I use VEGAS on the majority of projects, I updated to the new version. Being a $250 upgrade ($599 purchase outright), I wanted to find out how Magix improved the software. Also Check Out: Vegas Pro 14 vs. Movie Studio Platinum 14 Three Versions of VEGAS Pro 14 64-bit There are three versions of the new software. Pro Edit, Pro, and Pro Suite. Each version supports 4K, 2D and 3D rendering, and capture from SD or HD-SDI devices, multi-track audio and video. VEGAS Pro adds image stabilization (through Mercalli V4), Titler Pro Express (NewBlueFX), and DVD and Blu-Ray disc authoring....

Saramonic Smartmix for iPhone, Android, DSLR Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI always try to find a good solution for audio when recording out. When I am portable, I need a rig that has a small footprint but can do much more. When I first saw the Saramonic Smartmix, I thought it could be a great video companion for my smartphone. Yet, it does a lot more. The Smartmix is a microphone preamp that allows you to record up to 3 microphones to your camera or smartphone. The mixer also gives those DSLR cameras a headphone jack so you know what type of sound is coming out. The Unboxing First part of the video is the unboxing, which unveils the main unit, clamp and handle for most Smartphones (iOS or Android), two position-able microphones, mini XLR to XLR adapter cable, and two cables to connect to your smartphone. The Specs: Saramonic Smartmixer The...

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