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'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.
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.
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'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.
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.
B&W's C5 In-Ear Headphones offer good sound quality and impressive design, but bass is emphasized enough to detract from the overall performance. Still, if you like C5’s design, have had trouble with in-ear-canal headphones falling out, or want good sound with an abundance of bass, the C5 is worth a look.
HeadRoom's Micro Amp and Micro DAC together make very good headphones sound even better, and do so in a small package that’s perfect for use on your desktop as the heart of a computer-based audio system.
If you're a closet bass-head—or you just appreciate visceral reproduction of lower frequencies—but you've been depriving yourself because you don't want to sacrifice the bass detail and higher-frequency performance of good canalphones, the Atrio could be your new favorite.
Jays’ a-Jays Four offers a nifty design, mixed ergonomics, and a relaxed, smooth sound, along with an iPhone-compatible inline remote/mic module. The company's t-Jays Three gives you an attractive design and great sound but at a price that makes it more expensive than a number of quality competitors.
The NS200 is a thoughtfully designed set of canalbuds that will appeal to minimalists.
The Vibrato, the successor to V-Moda's Vibe II, offers clear design improvements over the Vibe II, as well as over its V-Moda sibling, the Remix. It also bests the Remix when it comes to audio quality. However, the Vibe II, which sounds very similar, is still available from some retailers at a substantial discount over the Vibrato and may be a better value, even if it's missing a few of the Vibrato's features. You may also prefer some of our less-expensive favorites.
Articles by R. Matthew Ward