eCoustics.com http://www.ecoustics.com Consumer electronics reviews and tech news Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:34:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Apple iPhone & iPad Specifications Compared (2014) http://www.ecoustics.com/articles/apple-iphone-ipad-specifications-compared/ http://www.ecoustics.com/articles/apple-iphone-ipad-specifications-compared/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:09:09 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/?p=127728 This chart compares all the feature and specification differences between iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 (all 2014 Apple iOS models). Price comparisons reflect the Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads and full MSRP iPhones (no carrier subsidies). If a feature is not mentioned it is because they all either have it […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/articles/apple-iphone-ipad-specifications-compared/feed/ 0 iOS 8 Review http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ios-8/ http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ios-8/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:14:00 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/uncategorized/ios-8/ Update: iOS 8.1 is available to download. Our iOS 8 review reflects the bug fixes that solve many of the launch problems. There’s a lot more to iOS 8 than meets the iPhone. Sure, it doesn’t usher in a dramatic new look like last year’s mobile operating system makeover from Apple. Instead, it rounds out […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ios-8/feed/ 0 Sony MDR-1ADAC Hi-Res Headphones with USB DAC Amp http://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-mdr-1adac-hi-res-headphones-usb/ http://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-mdr-1adac-hi-res-headphones-usb/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:45:11 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/?p=127675 Sony announced $400 hi-res headphones, which integrate a digital-to-analog converter/amplifier, model MDR-1ADAC. The built-in USB DAC amp takes the digital output of your PC or mobile device and converts the signal to an analog output for amplification. The MDR-1ADAC can play both PCM (at up to 192 kHz /24-bit) and DSD (at up to 5.6 […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-mdr-1adac-hi-res-headphones-usb/feed/ 0 CTL X2800 Review http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ctl-x2800/ http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ctl-x2800/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:24:10 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/uncategorized/ctl-x2800/ CTL’s X2800 features 4K at a reasonable price, and it has more to offer than high resolution too. (8 out of 10) Pros Well built Plenty of video inputs Good value Cons Stand only tilts Poor on-screen controls Dell, Asus, Acer, HP, and Samsung are the brands most people turn to when looking for […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ctl-x2800/feed/ 0 Sony MDR-Z7 Hi-Res Stereo Headphones http://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-mdr-z7-hi-res-stereo-headphones/ http://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-mdr-z7-hi-res-stereo-headphones/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:07:33 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/?p=127672 Sony just released their flagship hi-res stereo headphones for $700, model MDR-Z7, which claim to reproduce subtle high frequency sounds up to 100kHz — a first for headphone technology. The MDR-Z7 audiophile headphones meld ultra-responsive audio performance to bring you closer to a live performance. The relatively large 70 mm HD drivers deliver a sound wave […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/products/sony-mdr-z7-hi-res-stereo-headphones/feed/ 0 Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-tab-s/ http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-tab-s/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:48:00 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/uncategorized/samsung-galaxy-tab-s/ Update October 20, 2014: If you’re considering either the 8.4 or 10.5 Samsung Galaxy Tab S, it’s worth noting that the Nexus 9 is now available for preorder. If you can wait about two weeks, it will ship and become available for general purchase on November 3. The benefit of having the Nexus 9 will […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-tab-s/feed/ 0 Amazon Kindle Voyage Review http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/amazon-kindle-voyage/ http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/amazon-kindle-voyage/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:00:15 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/uncategorized/amazon-kindle-voyage/ This is, without question, the best Kindle ebook reader yet. Between the improved specs and Amazon’s reading ecosystem, it’s the best E Ink reader you can buy. (9 out of 10) Pros Great Screen Slim Profile Cons Expensive No expandable storage This time last year, Amazon seemed content to rest on its ebook reader […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/amazon-kindle-voyage/feed/ 0 Apple Ranked #1 in Smartphone Satisfaction http://www.ecoustics.com/news/apple-ranked-1-smartphone-satisfaction/ http://www.ecoustics.com/news/apple-ranked-1-smartphone-satisfaction/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:59:30 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/?p=127670 A new JD Power study says the smartphone operating system is the key differentiator in customer satisfaction. Among tier 1 wireless carriers, Apple ranked highest in overall satisfaction among customers of AT&T (855), followed by customers of T-Mobile (848) and Verizon Wireless (846). Among customers of Sprint, Apple and Samsung tie for highest rank (845 […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/news/apple-ranked-1-smartphone-satisfaction/feed/ 0 Kyocera TorqueXT Ultra-Rugged Smartphone http://www.ecoustics.com/products/kyocera-torquext-ultra-rugged-smartphone/ http://www.ecoustics.com/products/kyocera-torquext-ultra-rugged-smartphone/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:41 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/?p=127667 Kyocera and Sprint announced the release of an ultra-rugged 4G LTE Android smartphone, Kyocera TorqueXT, capable of surviving in the most extreme conditions. Built to Military Standard 810G, TorqueXT withstands dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, water immersion and extreme temperatures. It is also certified for IP67, providing dust-tight defense and protection against water immersion for […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/products/kyocera-torquext-ultra-rugged-smartphone/feed/ 0 Denon & Marantz add Auro-3D Multi-dimensional Sound http://www.ecoustics.com/news/denon-marantz-add-auro-3d-sound/ http://www.ecoustics.com/news/denon-marantz-add-auro-3d-sound/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:32:40 +0000 http://www.ecoustics.com/?p=127637 Beginning in December 2014, Denon and Marantz will release firmware upgrades to bring Auro-3D sound to their latest A/V Receivers. The upgradable models are the Denon AVR-X4100W and AVR-X5200W, Marantz SR7009 A/V Receivers, and Marantz AV7702 A/V Preamplifier. By fully immersing the listener in a cocoon of life-like sound, Auro-3D creates the sensation of actually […]]]> http://www.ecoustics.com/news/denon-marantz-add-auro-3d-sound/feed/ 0