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R. Matthew Ward lives in St. Louis. He writes (occasionally) about audio, Apple, and other cool stuff on his personal blog.

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Automatic app review: For $99, the truth about your car and your driving

Plug the Automatic Link dongle into your car, fire up the iOS/Android app, and get the goods on how your driving affects your fuel efficiency; how your car's feeling today; and more.

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USB DAC review: Six compact components for upgrading your computer’s audio

The speakers and headphones you've spent hard-earned money on don't sound as good as they could, because your computer's audio hardware is likely mediocre. These compact accessories are easy audio upgrades.

Review: Four full-size headphones for affordable audiophile luxury

Your ears deserve better than the cheap cans you've been using all these years. Luckily, $300 or so can buy world-class quality.

Review: MEElectronics’s A161P In-Ear Headphones are a best buy

MEElectronics’s A161P looks modest, but it offers impressive headphone value at $129 (and even more so at street prices). It’s easy to recommend for just about anyone.

Review: Four stylish on-ear headphones worth hearing

Comfortable, portable, on-ear headphones aren’t hard to find, but ones that sound and look great are. We tested four head-turning models that claim to satisfy your ears.

Review: Three amps for building your own desktop audio system

If you've got a set of traditional bookshelf speakers gathering dust, it's time to pull them out of the closet. We take a look at three compact amplifiers for creating your own desktop audio system.

Review: Arcam rPAC is a quality headphone amp and USB DAC at a nice price

At just $249, Arcam's rPAC is a reasonably priced combination of a dedicated headphone amplifier and a USB digital-to-analog converter, and it performs incredibly well for the price.

10 great headphones for your ears and your eyes

Finding headphones that both sound and look great can seem like an impossible task. We've uncovered these headphones that will please both your ears and your eyes.

iLuv iEP515 Earphones are easy to recommend for those on a budget

The iEP515 is a great candidate to replace Apple's earbuds, or if you're just looking for something that will be inexpensive to replace if lost or damaged. At $20, the iEP515 is very easy to recommend.

Review: Apple EarPods

Apple's new headphones, called EarPods, ship with the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod models, but they're also available for purchase separately. Are they worth your money? Here's our full review.

Hands on: Apple's new EarPods headphones

Apple's new headphones, called EarPods, ship with the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod models, but they're also available for purchase separately. Are they worth your money? Here's our first look.

Review: Velodyne vPulse headphones offer big bass without offending

The vPulse is the first headphone offering from subwoofer specialist Velodyne, and as you'd expect, it offers big bass. But as with its subwoofer siblings, the vPulse's bass is high quality and doesn't get in the way of the rest of the music. Combine that low end with a lovely midrange and a functional design and you get a headphone that's easy to recommend in the $100 price range.

Logitech Ultimate Ears 350vi Noise-Isolating Headset run heavy on bass

The Ultimate Ears 350vi's $60 price tag (and even lower street price) makes it an attractive buy, especially given its three-button remote and headset functionality. However, the 350vi's domineering bass makes it difficult to recommend it for many listeners.

Crayola MyPhones and Ety-Kids 3 earbuds let kids listen safely

Griffin Technology's Crayola MyPhones and Etymotic's Ety-Kids 3 Headset + Earphones are specifically designed to let your child enjoy music, movies, games, and educational software while maintaining their hearing health (and your own peace and quiet).

Nocs NS400 in-ear headphones offer good sound, Apple-inspired design

Nocs' NS400 offers a considerable improvement over the company's NS200 in-ear headphones for just a $30 premium. The NS400 will appeal to anyone looking for good headphones that match their Apple products, especially at street prices.