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Review: Asus Xonar Essence One USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier delivers audio ecstasy

This lovingly crafted DAC and headphone amp delivers a stellar audio performance rivaling that of much pricier audiophile gear.


The CD player turns 30

Believe it or not, the first CD player was released on October 1, 1982. Benj Edwards looks back on 30 years of the compact disc.


CyberLink Director Suite: Prosumer video, photo, and audio editing with great features and effects

The vast majority will find all the features they need in this collection of linked photo and video editors. It shields you from the complexity of many tasks, but still manages to provide near pro-level power.

Ashampoo Music Studio 4 has better cataloging, easier navigation

Ashampoo Music Studio 4 adds cataloging and a neater interface to an already nice suite of audio tools.

Podcasting: All you need to know

We tell you everything you need to know about producing your own pro-caliber podcasts.


Zooka's Bar-Shaped Speakers Crank up Gadgets' Sound

The Bluetooth speakers from Carbon Audio bring impressive quality -- and a microphone -- to smartphones and tablets.


Free Media Player VLC 2.0.2 Plays Almost Any Video File

VLC's default interface is slightly clunky, but its ability to play virtually any file type without external codecs and cornucopia of controls makes it a must-have download.


Apple iOS 6 Rumored to Include Podcasts App

Getting its own turf will likely be a boon to both the people who consume Podcasts, as well as those who broadcast them.


AirPlay Speakers You Can Actually Buy

AirPlay-enabled speaker systems are finally widely available.


Last FM Tells Users to Change Passwords After Suspected Hack

Security companies have reported that the number of Last FM passwords stolen could be as high as 2.5 million.