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Nero MediaHome review

Nero MediaHome is a neatly organized media manager that quickly retrieves and plays many forms of audio and video. The friendly design and reliable support make using this application easy and enjoyable. Many interesting features are available with this software, but the price of some add-ons may not be worth it.

Pros

Great interface: Nero MediaHome has a very neat and orderly layout that is quite intuitive. Regardless of your skill level, you will easily find what you're looking for because of the organization tabs and clean interface. Customizable themes are also available for free, which gives you the … Read more

Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 review

Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 offers easy audio recording, powerful editing, noise and vocals removal, and audio enhancements, as well as plenty of audio effects. It impresses with its capabilities and pleasing design, but may alienate users because of its price tag.

Pros

Complete package: Whether you want to produce a final audio edit for CD tracks or record a karaoke song, Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 will not disappoint you. It basically turns your PC into a one-stop recording studio with all the features you can ask for. Support has been extended to 32-bit 192kHz from the … Read more

Sony CD Architect review

Sony CD Architect enhances your audio tracks to meet Red Book specifications. This professional quality app hosts a bevy of features that you can use to fine-tune your audio and add fresh new effects. In fact, there are so many features and options that it can be overwhelming.

Pros

Comprehensive: Sony CD Architect unleashes a plethora of features, including ripple editing, allowing you to edit multiple events simultaneously, and autosave crash recovery, which saves a backup of your file every five minutes.

Easy to customize: The Playlist, Tracklist, Trimmer, Mixer, and Media Pool windows are all fully customizable. You can … Read more

Poll: What's the worst audio format?

Moving forward from the earliest days of Edison cylinders in the late 1880s, there is a long list of consumer audio formats that garnered popular support, while many others disappeared without a trace. The 78 RPM record, 45 single, and LP all enjoyed mass acceptance. Reel-to reel tape never took off, but 4- and 8-track cartridges had a good run, then the cassette hit the big time. A higher-quality analog cassette format, the Elcasette, arrived with much fanfare yet never caught on. Later, the two consumer digital tape formats, DAT and DCC, fizzled. The CD almost killed the LP in … Read more

EZ CD Audio Converter Free review

EZ CD Audio Converter Free provides a number of powerful tools to rip music from CDs, convert files to different formats, update audio metadata, and more. The result is flexible, accessible, and generally fun to use, allowing you to have unfettered control over every track in your collection with the click of a button.

After installation of EZ CD Audio Converter, which only takes a few minutes, you can start using its many conversion tools right away. The software is completely free so none of the powerful resources available in this software are blocked or locked by trial restrictions. That … Read more

IQmango Audio CD Burner review

IQmango Audio CD Burner provides a number of powerful tools to quickly and easily create CDs and DVDs with your machine's burner. With a clean interface, limited options, and a responsive wizard that helps you get the files to your discs quickly, the app is a useful tool for anyone that needs to create audio CDs, video DVDs, or image files on your machine. While Windows can create data discs with the click of a button, audio and video require third-party software and IQmango gets the job done.

Installation of the software is relatively quick, though you will want … Read more

IQMango CD Ripper review

IQMango CD Ripper allows you to take music from any CD in your collection and convert it to one of many audio formats for playback on your mobile devices. With a clean interface, plenty of tools to customize the files you create after ripping, and a faster ripping process, this is a useful tool for anyone with a large CD collection not yet converted to digital format.

If you have a lot of physical CDs and want to create digital files from them, you need software that will do it quickly and accurately. IQMango CD Ripper provides just such an … Read more

Is surround sound for music and home theater on its way out?

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, surround-sound music looked like the next big thing, but in the intervening decade and a half, precious little rock, jazz, or world music has been recorded in surround. True, in the early days of SACD and DVD-Audio formats there were hundreds of remixes of older stereo recordings, and some were recycled on Blu-ray, but the number of newly recorded 5.1 titles remains paltry. Looking back, the early 2000s should have been an ideal time to launch surround music; multichannel home theater was peaking, so there was a large number of households … Read more

The Satechi CD Slot Mount makes car CD players useful once again

If you use a smartphone in the car, your CD player probably doesn't get much use anymore. The Satechi CD Slot Mount makes use of that legacy feature to hold your smartphone in an easily accessible and viewable spot.

This Satechi mount consists of a fat plastic base in matte black, a two-inch arm on a vertical hinge, and a smartphone clamp, in glossy black, mounted on a ball joint. Rubber fins, meant to stick into the CD player, extend from the base.

To lock the mount into the CD slot, Satechi includes a lever on the base that … Read more

2014 Pioneer car audio line supports Android over USB

Pioneer joins the all-too-short list of car audio manufacturers to support media playback and browsing on Android phones with the announcement and launch of its 2014 lineup of CD receivers: the DEH-X6600BS, DEH-X6600BT, DEH-X5600HD, DEH-X4600BT, DEH-X3600S, DEH-X3600UI, DEH-X2600UI, and FH-X500UI.

All eight models in the new 2014 lineup of Pioneer single-DIN DEH receivers (and the double-DIN FX-X500UI) are able to browse media stored on a USB-connected Android phone with the aid of the media transfer protocol (MTP), which has been adopted by the Android operating system as of version 4.0 to handle all file transfers. (Older Androids made use … Read more