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  • Solid State vs Tube Amps

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:03AM
    Every so often I'd post one of my 'rants' here but I've tended to stay away from that format. Basically I give you my 2 cents worth but not in a review of a particular product. Lately all the mail I've been getting are "why don't you test this amp" or "you seem to have a bent against solid state...
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    3.5

    BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 1, 2013 at 10:05AM
    A pedal I got recently after my son's praise was this BBE Sonic Stomp. I've heard  BBE's rack mount sonic maximizers so I wondered if this pedal could capture what one of those does.

    How does it work? 

    What's a sonic maximizer? I'll let this quote from BBE's website try to explain it:

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    5.0

    ISP Decimator Noise Suppression Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted April 26, 2013 at 09:24AM
    As my son's pedal board kept growing it became painfully obvious he needed a noise suppressor. Without it there was always the noise that is a byproduct of many effects pedals - whooshing sounds, hum, even feedback. The standby pedals I've always used are made by Boss (Roland). One problem I've...
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    4.5

    Vox Ice 9 Overdrive Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted April 11, 2013 at 09:07AM
    I've been using the same Boss overdrive pedal for almost 25 years. When you find something that works for you that's how it goes. I also have an Ibanez distortion pedal on my board that I've had for even longer. While my son was using the Boss overdrive for a performance recently the pedal went...
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    4.0

    Hartke A70 Bass Combo

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted March 25, 2013 at 09:59AM
    Normally the words bass and combo together means a small amplifier used for practice without many of the features professional musicians desire for their needs. Today we are looking at a possible solution from Hartke. Combos offer a lot of convenience - the speakers and amplifier are housed in a...
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    Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted March 7, 2013 at 09:04AM
    Today we have a rare treat for a review product. I've been using the Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones for some time now. These headphones aren't the type you use for unrealistically high bass but rather for natural pure sound. Let me explain:

    Although we interpret sound as merely what we hear...
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    3.5

    Peavey Valveking 100 watt Tube Amplifier

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:26AM

    I recently came across this amplifier on a fluke – a Craigslist ad with an unbelievable price. If the price is right I’m always willing to try new guitar gear out even if I already have equipment that fills that role. Enter the Valveking which I found in fantastic condition – one...

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    5.0

    Monoprice 7.1 Gaming Headset

    By Victor Oshiro, Quincy Oshiro | Posted January 5, 2013 at 02:42PM

    Monoprice just sent in their Dolby Digital Amplified Gaming Headset. Wow – that’s a mouthful. Most gamers are using headsets to chat during gaming with their teammates. This headset offers much more than that. Imagine all the sound coming from a headset that also lets you communicate...

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    3.5

    Dayton Audio B652 Bookshelf Speakers

    By Adel Khalaf | Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:03AM
    Recently I tested a small solid state amplifier from Dayton Audio that put out impressive sound for its size. Today we are looking at Dayton Audio's B652 6.5" bookshelf speakers. I set these up in my music room in various locations and had some surprises along the way.

    Construction

    Out of...
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    5.0

    Hauppauge HD PVR2 Gaming Edition

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted December 1, 2012 at 07:00AM


    The Christmas shopping season always brings on a slew of new games. Halo4 is out an you’ll be sure to see many more games hitting the shelf to be put under Christmas trees. Of course every game has tips and tricks that go with it but how to publish these videos on YouTube?

    Hauppauge’s...

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    4.0

    Dayton Audio DTA-1 30 watt Amplifier

    By Adel Khalaf | Posted November 27, 2012 at 12:14PM

    Dayton Audio was kind enough to provide us with this test unit just as I had a need for it. I recently upgraded my guitar amplifier to a 33 watt tube amplifier that has several modifications to it. Previously I had used a Line 6 amp with a 1/8 plug in to hook up my IPod. I could play music...

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    Vox AC30 Hand Wired Head

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:24AM
    We're always trying to expand our coverage and it goes with audio we like to do more than computer audio. Home audio as well as audio reproduction have been added along our way. In that vein, here is our first guitar amplifier review. Vox is a company famous for its roots in the '60's with bands...
  • Here comes Microsoft's Xbox Music service

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:16AM
    The XBox gets a music service today. At first this doesn't sound like much until you realize they plan to get into streaming music, song purchases and will be available on iOS and Android. It will eventually be available on devices running Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems.

  • Logitech Unveils New Harmony Touch Universal Remote Control

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted October 4, 2012 at 12:22PM
    Logitech's line of Harmony universal remote controls are some of the most popular universal remotes out there. The Harmony line is notable for being easy to program rather than having to type in long numerical codes for devices. Logitech has announced a new addition to its Harmony line of...
  • Audio Reproduction Systems

    By William "Bill" Yaple | Posted September 30, 2012 at 12:35AM

    Ever wanted to know all about audio reproduction, but were afraid to ask? Do Watts and SPL sound like terms normal people would never use in public? You're in luck! The head audio geek at TargetPC, or Bill as I'm known to some, has decided to put fingers to the keyboard to demystify the...

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    4.0

    V7 Display Mounts

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 24, 2012 at 03:31AM

    V7 is the exclusive house brand of Ingram Micro, one of world's leading technology distribution company targeted towards cost effective computer accessories and supplies to value added resellers and integrators. V7 products includes keyboards, mice, notebook carrying cases, cables, notebook...

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