Samson Introduces Bluetooth-Enabled MediaOne Active Monitors

Samson Technologies is expanding its MediaOne line of active monitors with three new models that are Bluetooth enabled. The company is also giving away a pair of MediaOne speakers (as well as an Apple iPad mini and an iTunes gift card) in a contest that runs now through August 16, 2013. The new MediaOne monitors more »

Now Playing: Freshman Orientation on The Farm — Bonnaroo 2013

Well, how was it? That was the question on everyone’s mind when I returned from my first Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this year. My answer: Bonnaroo was 25% miserable and 75% fun. But the truth of it is, that only really applies to the festival itself, which was really only the beginning of the experience for more »

Now Playing: Django Was Born To Run

Welcome to a semi-regular* column here at HomeTechTell called simply: Now Playing. Think of it as a stream-of-consciousness forum to highlight the albums that are in current heavy rotation at home, at work, or in my car. Some albums might be new. Some might be old. Others might be remastered or re-released. Or not. And more »

Kwikset Introduces Second Generation SmartCode Deadbolt

The name Kwikset is everywhere, stamped on practically every key or door lock manufactured since  1946. The brand has even expanded to the HomeTech world with a series of smart locks designed with home automation in mind. Its latest high-tech offering is the second generation SmartCode deadbolt, which boasts the smallest interior footprint of any more »


Meridian DSP520 In-Wall Loudspeaker Now Available

Meridian announced this week that its DSP520 in-wall loudspeaker is now available. The 520 is a more budget-friendly model in the same line as the DSP640 in-wall that Chris Schaaf first reported on during CES. Meridian has designed the DSP520 for discreet installations, but has also given customers the flexibility to pair the speaker with freestanding models such more »

Edifier Introduces Bric Connect Bluetooth Speaker

Edifier has added the iF335BT Bric Connect Bluetooth speaker to its growing lineup of portable-but-high-quality speakers. The Bric Connect includes a built-in microphone for hands-free phone communication and multiple-listener conference calls. The Bric Connect’s Bluetooth connectivity also allows for wireless streaming of music on the go. The iF335BT Bric Connect ships with a wireless remote that offers several options: more »


Sceptre Introduces SB301523 SoundBar 2.1

Sceptre is introducing a new soundbar. If you’re already reaching for the “back” button on your browser, no hard feelings. I get it. The soundbar was a novelty a few years ago, a  lower-cost alternative to a full-blown surround sound system that in some cases, hey, sound pretty darn good. But now soundbars are everywhere. more »

SAVANT Introduces SST-W100 WiFi-Enabled Thermostat

If you’re in the market for a WiFi-enabled thermostat that’s not The Nest or Ecobee, a new offering from  Savant might fit the bill. The SST-W100 controls HVAC systems within residential or commercial systems and works with one- and two-stage control of forced air, radiant, and heat pump systems. The SST-W100 needs only standard wiring more »

Emotiva Pro Announces Stealth 8 Precision Bi-Amplified Active Studio Monitor

Emotiva Pro introduced a new reference studio monitor at the 2013 NAMM Show. The Stealth 8 is a precision, bi-amplified active studio monitor that features a high frequency driver very similar to those found in speakers from GoldenEar and MartinLogan’s Motion line. Dubbed airmotiv™ when Emotiva does it, the high-frequency transducer tech is quite cool: the more »

Quirky Introduces Pivot Power Mini

Remember the Pluck Egg Separator from Quirky I wrote about last week? Remember how snotty I sounded while calling the company out for releasing an unnecessary product? Well, I still stand by that  assessment of the Pluck, but I apologize to Quirky, because it turns out they do have a number of useful products. One of more »

Quirky Introduces Pluck Egg Separator

What the Pluck? Sometimes technology brings us amazing solutions to problems we never knew we had. Other times, it seems like we’re living in a world of high-tech solutions to incredibly low-tech problems. Take the Pluck Egg Separator from Quirky, for example. The Pluck lets you quickly, easily, and neatly separate the yolk from the more »

Love Hz: Metal (EP) by Newsted

We interrupt these regularly scheduled CES announcements for a Love Hz Special Report… Yeah, that Newsted. For some folks, Metallica died along with Cliff Burton on a supposedly icy road in Sweden in 1986. But for me, The Four Horsemen lost their soul when Jason Newsted departed the band in 2001. To say that Cliff Burton more »