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You won’t get the bass thump of earbuds built for boom, but what you will get is accurate sound reproduction. The hf3 can reproduce frequencies from 20Hz up to 15kHz, and we had no problems with ear fatigue when using them for extended listening.
In spite of a few kinks, Wings of Liberty is an incredible start to the StarCraft II saga. The story draws you in, expands on the game’s universe, and leaves you wanting to see how it ends via the upcoming expansion packs. Which hopefully will be out before that 12-year-old kid learns how to drive. StarCraft is back.
The iPhone 4’s impressive leaps in performance, its hefty roster of new features, and that lovely screen cement its position as a powerful pocket computer and camera that also makes phone calls. Whether you just bought a 3GS last year or you’re considering your first iPhone purchase, it’s the kind of essential, must-own device that you’ll delight in using every day.
We’ve seen some fairly ridiculous iPhone and iPod accessories in our day, so it’s extra refreshing when we find one as useful, well designed, and...well, sane as the P-Flip. It ably fills three roles: a dock for charging and syncing to your Mac, a travel stand that works in landscape or portrait, and a powerful external battery.
Bowers & Wilkins’ MM-1 are solidly built and sound spectacular. They’re intended for the desktop, but they’re powerful enough to pump music to a decent-sized room as well.
AmpliTube for iPhone is a collection of five virtual amplifiers, clearly based on (but not licensed versions of) classic tones by Marshall, Fender, and Mesa/Boogie. Each amp suits a different tonal purpose--clean, crunch, lead, metal, or bass--and offers your choice of cabinets and microphones to tailor the sound. You also get a collection of 10 stompbox-style effects, including specialized units like an octave pedal and an envelope filter.
Reading RSS feeds in Times is a delight. Between the iconic, attractive presentation and the ability to set up your own sections of your “newspaper,” it makes RSS feeds both fun and useful to read again. And if you want to save something for later, you can call up a “shelf” where you can permanently save links to stories. You can also share them via email, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and Delicious.
BassJump turns your MacBook up to 11. If you listen to iTunes while you work, it offers a significant boost in sound quality with minimal cable mess. It’s hard to find fault with BassJump--it performed well with minimal fuss. If you do a lot of listening at your desk, the BassJump is a great alternative to the innumerable iPod speaker docks crowding the market at about the same price point.