Aurius

by Engineered Audio

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F5 Active Nearfield Monitor

by Adam Audio

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Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One

by Epson

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Shape M7 Wireless Audio Speaker

by Samsung

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Price Best Price: $200.00
Pros
  • Compact enough for travel use
  • Transmits audio from your computer to a stereo without wires
  • Good range and audio performance
  • Great sound
  • Compact size
  • Good for both music making and music listening
  • Impressive speed and print quality
  • Prints on specially coated CD and DVD media
  • Relatively easy to set up
  • Powerful amplifier
  • Good sound
  • $50 hub required for multi-room configurations
Cons
  • Audio transmission is all-or-nothing
  • Software has minor bugs
  • Same limitations as other FM transmitters
  • Power-saving mode slow to power speakers up
  • Output tray does not retract automatically and is awkward to reinsert manually
  • A printer this expensive should have cheaper inks than it does
  • User guide is available online only
  • CD/DVD printing process can be complex, and documentation can be confusing
  • Distorts when pushed too hard
  • Large physical footprint
  • $50 hub required for multi-room configurations
At A Glance

Adam Audio's F5 is a great compact, near-field monitor for those who take their music (and music making) seriously.

If you're looking for a big multi-room speaker, Samsung's Shape system is a viable alternative to what Sonos has on offer.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number     C11CD29201  

Requirements

Operating System Compatibility     Macintosh OS X 10.5 (Leopard)|Macintosh OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)|Macintosh OS X 10.7 (Lion)|Macintosh OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)|Microsoft Windows 7|Microsoft Windows 8|Microsoft Windows Vista|Microsoft Windows XP  

General Information

UPC Code     12502635710  

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces     USB  
Ethernet Type     10/100 Mbps  
Wireless connection     802.11b|802.11g|802.11n  
PictBridge     Yes  

Faxing

Fax page memory capacity     180.0  
Maximum Fax Speed     33.6 Kbps  
Transmission Time (Per Page)     3 seconds  

Dimensions

Width     15.4  inches  
Depth     13.3  inches  
Height     7.5  inches  
Weight     21.5  pounds  

Warranty

Warranty information     1 Year  

Media Handling

Standard Number of Input Trays     2.0  
Standard Input Sheet Capacity     100  
Optional Trays Available     0.0  
Automatic Duplexer     Standard  
Media Sizes Accepted     Legal|Letter  inches  
Paper Handling Support     CD/DVD/Blu-ray|Envelopes|Iron-On Transfers|Labels|Photo Paper  
Automatic Document Feeder     1.0  
ADF Sheet Capacity     30.0  

Storage Media

SD card     SD Card|SDHC Card|SDXC Card  
Memory stick     Memory Stick Duo  
Compact flash     Yes  

Scanning

Scanner Type     Flatbed with ADF  

Platform Support

Printer languages supported     GDI/Host-based  

Printer Type

Number of Colors     4.0  
Colors Available     Cyan|K (Black)|Magenta|Yellow  

Cost Per Page

Plain Text Page (Highest yield vendor ink)     4.6  cents per page  
4-color page (cheapest vendor ink)     13.4  cents per page  

Vendor Rated Speeds

Monochrome print speed     14.0   ppm  
Color print speed     11.0   ppm  
Color 4x6 photo speed     12  seconds  

Performance

Macworld Labs (Quality)

Print quality: Text

    Very Good  
Print quality: Color photo

    Superior  
Print quality:PDF

    Very Good  
Scan quality: Color photo

    Superior  
Scan quality: Line art

    Good  
Copy quality

    Superior  

Macworld Labs (Speed)

Print speed: Text

ppm

    9.7  
Print speed rating: Text

    Very Good  
Print speed: Color photo

seconds for 8X10 photo

    75.0  
Print speed rating: Color photo

    Superior  
Print speed: PDF

seconds for 4-page PDF

    155.0  
Print speed rating: PDF

    Good  
Scan speed 1

seconds for 8 x 10 color photo at 600 dpi

    42.9  
Scan speed 2

seconds 4 x 6 color photo at 1200 dpi

    76.0  
Scan speed rating

    Very Good