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Torq MixLab

A good beginner’s mixer, with some room to grow. With an incredibly cheap entrance fee of $130, M-Audio’s Torq MixLab gives you the core tools you need to make mixes, sans vinyl records and turntables. The package includes the X-Session Pro USB MIDI hardware mixer and Torq LE, a paired-down version of M-Audio’s Torq DJ software.

Massive 1.1

Massive's main editing screen is a study in intuitive interface design, offering stellar internal signal routing options. With a name like Massive, you'd expect this software synthesizer to have an extremely expansive sonic presence. And that's exactly what this beauty delivers. Even though it's deep enough for the most devoted sound programmers, it's easy enough to use that you can start doing some serious damage right out of the gate.

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doPi Karaoke and iKaraoke

The iKaraoke can connect to your stereo via cable, or transmit your voice to your FM radio over the airwaves. When you've been dumped, there's nothing quite as cathartic as belting out a rendition of "Love Hurts." In fact, we're pretty sure that's how some of the first-round contestants on American Idol got their start.

Fill a room with sound with the right iPod speaker stand.

AirPort Extreme Base Station

Speed up your Wi-Fi to the 802.11nth degree.

Xmod

Restore the audio glory of digital music and video files that have been compressed. Creative's Xmod can put the sparkle back into compressed MP3 or AAC audio, as well as enhance the overall quality of movies, CDs, and any other audio content. Unfortunately, it can also introduce distortion when you least expect it.

World of Warcraft - The Burning Crusade


Tease a Blood Elf about her ears? You're just asking for trouble.

 

It's been over two years since World of Warcraft took over the MMORPG world, which means that thousands of gamers have hit the progression ceiling. Finally, the wait for a WOW expansion pack is over - with The Burning Crusade, the feeling of excitement and discovery you felt when you first played WOW is back.

TruePower Extended-Life Battery

Give your 15-inch MacBook Pro a little more juice for a little less dough.

Fujitsu ScanSnap S500M

This high-speed document scanner is a boon for the busy office.

Toast 8 Titanium

Toast's DVD-burning options aren't nearly as comprehensive as iDVD's, but they're great for quick burns. Toast 8 Titanium nails all of our disc-burning needs with support for nearly every format and situation we can imagine, but it almost loses focus, including several utilities and features that you may not need. As multitalented as Toast is, we wish we could buy it with just its robust burning options.