Spring Gadget Roundup
Every now and again I get a pileup of gadgets that need a-reviewin’ and we tackle them en masse in detail in our Gunaxin Show podcast. Hear the in-depth reviews on all of the following products in this episode. Here’s a brief roundup if you just want the skinny.
Simply put, the Zoom H4n digital audio recorder is one of the best gadgets I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Offering 4 digital tracks, full stereo recording, multiple inputs of every imaginable size, oodles of recording formats and frequencies, the Zoom H4n is a must-have for anyone in a band, radio or podcasting who is even remotely serious about recording on the go. Totally worth it at $299.
Samson Meteor Mic
While looking something like a cross between an electric razor, an alien spaceship and a vibrator, the Samson Meteor Mic is a decent and simple-to-use USB condenser microphone, perfect for those new to digital recording. The sound is decent, although a tad lacking on bass, but makes up for it by being awesomely plug-and-play. It also comes with fold-up legs so you don’t need to waste extra money on a stand. A decent bet at around $99.
Grace Digital Audio WI-fi Bookshelf Music System
It’s the mini-stereo for the digital age. Grace Audio bring us the first ever bookshelf system with 802.11n wi-fi. Listen to Pandora, Rhapsody, satellite radio, Live365, podcasts or any of tens of thousands of terrestrial radio station streams and on-demand programming. For a quick example of it’s power, I typed in an out-of-town radio station’s call letters, and within seconds I had it streaming live, crystal clear. Grab one now for around $195.