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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.

Imagining a future free of data caps

You can’t build fast networks and expect customers to perform slow-network tasks on them because doing otherwise breaks the bank. Christopher Breen weighs in on what can be done to satisfy customers and carriers.

Scosche BassDock is a solid speaker, stand, and charger for iPad

The BassDock is a very good iPad charging stand, and the integrated speaker is plenty powerful, too.

iMainGo XP iPad speaker case is good for watching video

The iMainGo XP is an iPad case that doubles as a speaker. It's a clever idea, and it works well for video-watchng, but it's bulky and it doesn't sound great for music.

Logitech's Bluetooth-enabled Wireless Boombox is slim and portable

The Wireless Boombox from Logitech is slim and portable, but you may be better served by its sibling, the S715i.

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 is impressive and expensive

The Beolit 12 is lovely, portable, and sounds great. But boy, is it expensive.

Pioneer's X-SMC4-K Elite Music Tap AirPlay Music System is feature-rich but fares poorly

Pioneer's X-SMC4-K supports Bluetooth, AirPlay, iPhone and iPod docking, Internet radio, FM radio, and more. But it's clunky to use and exhibits numerous flaws.

Griffin unveils Twenty, an AirPlay amp

Griffin Technology has announced the Twenty, a powered AirPlay amp to connect to non-powered speakers.

Focal XS Book provides great sound at moderate price

The Focal XS Book is a 2.0 desktop speaker system that provides rich sound without a lot of extras.

AirPlay speakers you can actually buy

AirPlay-enabled speaker systems are finally widely available.

Creating the perfect Pandora holiday station

Why spend a nickel on music that you won't listen to 11 months out of the year? With Pandora you can fill your home with the right holiday jingles.

Review: Denon RCD-N7 Network CD Receiver with AirPlay packs a lot of functionality into a compact package

The Denon RCD-N7, an AirPlay-enabled receiver, packs a heck of a lot of functionality into a compact package.

Oh, and about those iPods...

Does October 4 spell the death of traditional iPods? It makes a good headline, but the reality is, probably not. Here's what Chris Breen expects to see.

Grace Digital Bookshelf Micro System doesn't quite gel

Grace's Bookshelf Micro System offers audio from a fair number of streaming sources but navigation, control, and the sound of the bundled speakers aren't very good.

First Look: Spotify

Spotify has come to the U.S. Christopher Breen takes a first look at the subscription music service.