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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.

Doxie Go a handy document scanner

The Doxie Go document scanner is a great idea, and a very handy tool, although there are still some rough spots in its hardware and software that need to be addressed.

Spider Realvoice headphones are a pleasure to listen to

Spider's Realvoice in-ear-headphones don't give you the clearest and most-detailed audio available, but the Realvoice makes music a pleasure to listen to.

Scosche's IEM856md In Ear Monitors offer great sound

At the $250 list price, Scosche's IEM856md and IEM856m canalbuds aren't cheap, but they offer great, well-balanced sound with no glaring weaknesses. Their substantially lower street prices make them potentially great values.

Review: Four desktop amplifiers/DACs

We tested four desktop amplifiers, each with a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), aimed at turning your Mac into a quality desktop audio system.

Shure SE315 earphones shine, headset adapter is convenient

Shure's SE315 features design and ergonomics that are as good as it gets for in-ear-canal headphones without stepping up to custom models, and audio quality is excellent. The company's $60 CBL-M+-K-EFS cable option adds headset functionality.

MEElectronics A151 is a quality headphone at a reasonable price

The $75 MEElectronics A151 is a canalphone that uses balanced-armature technology to provide accurate, balanced sound. It's a strong performer, especially given its price.