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Entries in Audio (3)


Pure Wireless Digital Audio: WaveJamr from RadTech

Updated on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 12:56PM by Registered Commenterjf

Updated on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 3:29PM by Registered Commenterjf

I love my Apple TV. Not just because of the video it allows me to watch, but the music it lets me play from our iPhones or Macs using Airplay.

I really want whole-house audio (a la Sonos, without the ridiculous cost) and Apple's Airplay can help me do that.

I have a bunch of high-quality stereo speakers from a variety of sources (PC speakers, home stereos, etc.) that I can place all over my house, but the only way that I can get whole-house audio is to purchase and install an Apple TV in every room while outputting audio to each via the TOS (optical) audio connector on the Apple TV.

But I really don't want to spend $99 per room to make this happen - plus an additional $30 for a TOSLink adapter for each set of these analog speakers.

I got to thinking: how small can Airplay device really get? Maybe someone makes one?

So, I started trawling the Interwebs and here's what I found: nothing. (At least as far as Airplay goes.)

What I did find was a product in the form factor that I wanted, but one that uses Bluetooth instead of Airplay.

It's called the WaveJamr from RadTech.

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Making Skype Comfortable

I use Skype. A lot. Not only do I use it as my office phone, but I use it to record remote callers for podcasts, so the quality needs to be really good. The best way to accomplish this is usually with a good USB headset.


I've gone through more USB headsets than I care to think about mostly due to the lack of comfort but also due to obsolescence - they just die out after awhile.

A year or so ago, I bought a pair of Shure SE110 headphones for my iPod and I love them.

When my current USB headset suddenly died, I had an immediate need for a headset for a series of conference calls. I've got half a dozen Griffin mics laying around so this is what I came up with.

Using the USB dongle from another pair of headphones, I plugged my SE110's into the headphone jack and the Griffin mic into the microphone jack and voila - great, portable setup.

Geek Note: the USB dongle acts as a analog-to-digital converter for the audio-into your computer and a digital-to-analog converter for the audio-out of your computer. Your computer probably has a sound card that can accomplish this but a USB dongle is basically a device dedicated to this purpose and usually provides better performance.

This setup sounds great and I can wear the headphones for hours in comfort. As for the microphone, Griffin stopped making them but you can find them on eBay, usually new and in their original packaging.


Steve Garfield Tests a Variety of External Mics on the Kodak Zi8