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Sensory Overload

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

There’s a word for someone who appreciates the finer details in digital entertainment. (There’s also another word for someone who takes appreciation to a level of obsession, but we’ll focus on the positive one -- it's the holiday season.) After all, anyone worth buying for probably deserves a bit of downtime, and there’s nothing like a splash of A/V newness to stimulate the senses. It’s true that a screen is a screen and a speaker is a speaker, but buy with that mentality and all you'll get is the "I love the knit sweater!" forced smile. Nobody wants that. So start here, with our recommendations to suit the media fanatic in your life.

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Gift Guide
Sensory Overload

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

There’s a word for someone who appreciates the finer details in digital entertainment. (There’s also another word for someone who takes appreciation to a level of obsession, but we’ll focus on the positive one -- it's the holiday season.) After all, anyone worth buying for probably deserves a bit of downtime, and there’s nothing like a splash of A/V newness to stimulate the senses. It’s true that a screen is a screen and a speaker is a speaker, but buy with that mentality and all you'll get is the "I love the knit sweater!" forced smile. Nobody wants that. So start here, with our recommendations to suit the media fanatic in your life.

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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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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.

Gift Guide
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

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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

Staff Favorites
Bowers' Essentials

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-Gear-Patrol 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

Roundup
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cornerstone of the Home Theater

Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH

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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

Pioneer's New 3D Compatible Receiver

Pioneer VSX-820K Home Audio Receiver

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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

The Next Evolution in Mixing

Pioneer CDJ2000

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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

2008 Pioneer Kuro Elite Plasma HDTV

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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

Pioneer DEH-P6000UB CD Receiver with USB

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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

Pioneer VSX-1019TXH-K

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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

Pioneer Elite Kuro Concept [CES 2008]

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50" plasma television aren't really that big of a deal anymore. A 50" plasma that weighs 41 lbs and the thickness of an iPhone... well, that is a big deal. Too bad it's only a concept right now. You're looking at the Pioneer