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The Gear You Missed

This Week in Gear: August 16, 2014

This Week in Gear: British performance cars, classy shoes, high-end audio gear and much, much more.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: August 15, 2014

Today in Gear: Torch Apparel’s FLUX backpack, Harry’s shave gel & lotion, Pioneer’s innovative Performance DJ Controller, a new line of Swiss Army knives by Victorinox, DSPTCH’s Ballistic Nylon bags and more.

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Moving on up

Kit: Sophomore Year

A year’s worth of college puts you on a separate plane than the eager fresh faces that’ve just been let off the parental leash for the first time in their lives. There’s a wisdom that comes with knowing the ropes — like avoiding classes that meet more than twice a week, or where to find grease at any godforsaken hour. You’ve also made friends (some probably for life) and finally have a say over where you live and who you live with. Craft a smart plan, lean on your parents, and with a little bit of luck your new home might actually be a house. You’ve earned the extra space, now make it your own.

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Bounding and Booming

Sound and Fury: The Best Sports Headphones

We put dozens of headphones through their paces on long runs, bike rides and bodyweight exercises to find the ten best sports headphones.

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Today in Gear: April 22, 2014

Today in gear we examine Pioneer’s new DJ ear buds, Cool Hunting’s latest collaboration, a sous vide machine from the future, Blue Lounge’s handy accessory for iMac owners and Nike’s latest summer release.

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Today in Gear: March 17, 2014

Today in Gear, we look at an ultra-thin gaming laptop, curved coins, a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout, faucet-fast water filters and more.

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Music to His Ears

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

Thought purchasing a Christmas gift for your in-laws was tough? Try shopping for someone who knows everything about media gadgetry and can’t abide anything but the best. The Mediaphile’s affinity for films, games, music, and yes, eBooks, goes beyond the bounds of reason and continues to expand as the consumer market welcomes the latest tech innovations daily. Best believe he’s on top of everything from next-gen gaming consoles to popular subscription-based apps. This presents a problem, because you think HDMI, DSLR, DAC and WAV are medical tests and/or prerequisite exams for grad school applications. Don’t run to the Geek Squad yet. We’ve pulled together some awesome media-primed options worth your coin this holiday. He’ll thank you — and then you won’t see him for a couple months, save for Doritos runs and the rare bathroom break.

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Today in Gear: June 13, 2013

Pling Pling is a new app for iOS and OSX that allows groups of people to communicate via quick voice-based messages. Record a simple message and Pling it to others who can listen to your comment and add to the conversation. Anyone else feeling compelled to send some ironic — and hilarious — You’ve Got…

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Staff Favorites: Ben Bowers

Our third installment of Staff Favorites turns to Mr. Ben Bowers. Second aboard the GP express and the reticent co-founder of Gear Patrol, Mr. Bowers is first and foremost an inquirer — using his battle-hardened eye of skepticism while monitoring the pulse of the internet, et al.; typically, he does so while reading a pantheon of feeds and bookmarks on his mobile device du jour.

At GP HQ, Ben is also the catalyst, and prizewinner, of often heated culture debates, where his insatiable appetite for music, movies and other media provides him with a panoply of pop-culture knowledge, particularly in early hip-hop and independent films. Beyond the walls of media and analytic thinking though, Ben’s interests are far less studious. A fair-weather sailor, patron of cocktail mixing and a die-hard Nets fan, Ben is also a proud Baton Rouge native — undoubtedly the reason behind his occasional son-of-Creole outbursts in an otherwise self-composed nature.

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Today in Gear: April 11, 2013

Gibson Min-ETune The Min-ETune mounts to the back of a guitar’s head and uses gears to tune each string based on 12 popular tunings or a custom setting. Just pick up the guitar, turn on the Min-ETune, strum, and it does all the work. Much like autotune, it makes things easier but undercuts credibility —…

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Air superiority

The Best AirPlay Speakers

Originally designed to play music on only their own products, Apple’s AirPlay technology now allows users to stream multimedia from iPhones, iPads and computers to any enabled HDTV or speaker system via wi-fi. Because Apple now allows third parties to use their tech, myriad standalone speaker systems designed specifically for AirPlay are on the market: some are better than others, and they all span the price and design spectra. Here are our 10 picks for some of the best AirPlay speakers available.

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Completing your set

Pioneer DJM-2000nexus Mixer

The Pioneer DJM2000nexus Mixer ($2,999) is in many ways just a slight tweak of the already outstanding DJM2000 released in the spring of 2010, refreshed to match the brand’s advanced CDJ 2000nexus turntables. The most notable changes found in this nexus version are two additional Beat Slice and Sync Master functions that expand on Pioneer’s…

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Canned Goods

Roundup: Best Over-Ear Headphones Under $250

The headphone market is packed tighter than Chris Farley in a navy blazer, thanks in part to the explosion of digital music — salud, iTunes, Spotify and The Pirate Bay — not to mention the business savvy of a few enterprising rhyme spitters (what up Dre?). Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the headphone market in…

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Spin it all

Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus

Pioneer’s newest CDJ-2000nexus flagship gets everything right but the name — and we’re not referring to the potential confusion with Android products. That’s because the newly integrated Wifi compatibility allows the pro turntable to play everything from streaming music on computers, iPhones, iPods, and iPads to USB thumb drives, SD memory cards, and yes, even…

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Cut cables, keep the beats

Pioneer XDJ-Aero Wireless DJ Controller

Slowly but surely, the DJ world winds up head bobbing to consumer audio trends. Pioneer’s newly minted XDJ-Aero Wireless DJ Controller ($1,399) is the first controller of its kind to support wireless streaming from phones, tablets, and laptops out of the box. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, the XDJ-Aero can also create its own wireless access…

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Everything is a remix. Remix everything.

Pioneer RMX-1000 Remix Station

If “crushing a playlist” is on your bucket list of things to do before you die, you might want to get your pen ready. The Pioneer RMX-1000 Remix Station ($999) is the tool du jour to craft your very own soundtrack-of-the-century. Multiple remixing functions empower DJs with complete control of their tracks, equipping them with…

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Sound Choice

Pioneer VSX-822-K Receiver

Pioneer’s 2011 VSX 1021-K was the first receiver to integrate AirPlay. The company’s latest crop of 2012 receivers continues to chase the cutting edge, bringing AirPlay to all but the lowest end of the lineup. While all of the four midrange models have their own appeal, the sweet spot in our opinion is the VSX-822-K…

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Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we’ll continue to highlight gadgets revealed there on a regular basis, one of the best parts about being on the ground at…

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Android or iOS? It's all good.

Pioneer AppRadio 2

Android owners continually get the short end of the stick compared to their iPhone counterparts when it comes to the accessory world. Pioneer’s new App Radio 2 does its part to remedy the situation, by adding support for MHL capable Android handsets, in addition to the iPhone 4/4S compatibility the of the original version. That…

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Audiophile AirPlay

CES 2012: Pioneer N-50 & N-30 Audiophile Networked Audio Players

Did you lust after Widealab’s Aurender S10 music server, only to have your heart crushed by its $6,800 price tag? Pioneer’s newly announced N-50 and N-30 streamers might be just the substitute for those with more humble budgets and who couldn’t care less about internal storage. The N-50 ($699) is the higher-end model and features…

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Got To Guetta One

Pioneer DDJ-T1

Don’t feel like shelling out for a Pioneer DJM Nexus, but still want proper Pioneer DJ gear? Vault the Pioneer DDJ-T1 ($899) to the top of your list. A lower price doesn’t mean a half-baked controller though. Pioneer has infused the DDJ-T1 with pro performance jog wheels that are both ruggedized and responsive, touch search…

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Sound Off (the Hook)

Pioneer Elite SC-57 Receiver

The Elite SC-57 receiver’s ($2,100) biggest claim to fame is power. Its proprietary D3 digital amplifier assumes the throne as the most powerful amp of any multichannel A/V receiver in the industry and is the only one of its kind to receive THX Ultra 2 Plus certification. From a capabilities standpoint, this unique power plant…

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Making Master Control Look Weak

Pioneer VSX-1021-K Receiver with AirPlay

The Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver ($550) has iPhone and iPad integration oozing out of its amplified pores. First and foremost, it’s the first midrange receiver out of the gate to ship AirPlay ready — which allows iOS and Mac users to stream music wirelessly to their main home theater system, as well as…

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Mix Master

Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus

Wannabe bedroom DJ’s may like the idea of using an iPad as a cheap & easy way to get their mix on, but the pros still turn to Pioneer’s DJM line when it comes to sound processing. The DJM-900 Nexus ($2,400) is the company’s latest tour-friendly mixer that stands on the shoulders of the supremely…

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Cornerstone of the Home Theater

Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH

Pioneer Elite has a long standing relationship with the audio/video world. Most notably, they have produced some highly recognized standouts in their plasma monitors and televisions. However, their line of receivers is definitely not to be overlooked. While searching for a replacement to a trusty (but tired) receiver which had manned the controls of my…

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Pioneer's New 3D Compatible Receiver

Pioneer VSX-820K Home Audio Receiver

Sony beat Pioneer to the punch when it announced the STR-DN1010 3D compatible home audio receiver early in February, but that doesn’t mean Pioneer’s out of the fight. In fact the recently announced VSX-820-K has many features at least on paper that make it a better option if you can accept having just a 5.1…

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The Next Evolution in Mixing

Pioneer CDJ2000

Just as the Pioneer Kuro dominated the plasma television field during its production tenure, Pioneer’s Pro DJ equipment reigns supreme in the industry as the ultimate hardware for the world’s top spinners. For years, it’s top of the line CD turntable the CDJ-1000MK3 has been a staple of professional club setups, and been used by…

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2008 Pioneer Kuro Elite Plasma HDTV

Say hello to my massive friend. The newly announced 60 inch Pioneer Elite Kuro Plasma and it’s smaller siblings, rolling into our hearts and living rooms this June. The second-generation Kuro plasmas will have 5x deeper black levels than the previous dark-as-hell Kuro plasma units. The 50 and 60 inch standard Kuro PDP-5020FD and PDP-6020FD…

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Pioneer DEH-P6000UB CD Receiver with USB

I’ve got at least three or four 96 disc Case Logic cases sitting around in my car at any given time and frankly the thought of ripping them all to iTunes and putting them on my iPod sounds like far more effort than I have time for. The Pioneer’s DEH-P6000UB CD receiver is perfect, it…

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Pioneer VSX-1019TXH-K

First, Pioneer wins no awards for the name of this receiver, but they do should be awarded for packing this much technology into a mid-range receiver. It’s got three HDMI inputs, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, HDMI HD upscaling, six digital inputs, microphone based multi-channel acoustic calibration, Digital iPod input, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio,…