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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.