Who should buy the Sound Devices MixPre-3 or MixPre-6?

Sound Devices recently announced two new portable audio recorders that are remarkably affordable: the MixPre-3 and the MixPre-6 (products like these from this manufacturer historically cost several thousand dollars). If you’re trying to decide between one of these Sound Devices recorders and the Zoom F4, F8, and the Tascam DR-701D, this post will hopefully help you figure it out. Continue reading Who should buy the Sound Devices MixPre-3 or MixPre-6?

Hands-on review of the Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa

The Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa is a brand new, inexpensive battery-powered shopping and information device for the home. It’s similar, in a way, to the popular Amazon Echo smart speakers, but it’s different in lots of ways, too.

Amazon Echo devices are primarily used to listen to music, but, the new Dash Wand isn’t capable of playing music. It runs on two AAA batteries, and would quickly burn through them if it were tasked with playing Adele all day. Continue reading Hands-on review of the Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa

How to fill your home with virtual Ikea furniture [episode 39]

Woah. The final episode of season four! Join us for the party:

We talk about augmented reality Ikea apps and ELON… Continue reading How to fill your home with virtual Ikea furniture [episode 39]

The new Amazon Echo Show + Tesla Solar Roof pricing [episode 35]

Whoops! We didn’t mean to take last week off. We’re back now:

We chat about the new Amazon Echo Show and Tesla roofing… Continue reading The new Amazon Echo Show + Tesla Solar Roof pricing [episode 35]

How to fill a giant blimp hanger with a brand new blimp [episode 33]

This week we hand-squeeze a bladder of juicy podcast goodness…

We talk about dumb smart juicers and blimps! Continue reading How to fill a giant blimp hanger with a brand new blimp [episode 33]

Hands-on Review of the Canon 7D Mark II

There are lots of reviews of the Canon 7D Mark II that lean heavily into its specs, but that’s not what you’ll find here. I shoot photos and videos primarily to indulge my interests. It’s a hobby, and I make purchases largely based on emotion. These are the primary forces that drove me to buy this beefy camera.

After years of looking at images from other photographers, I found that always appreciated and desired the punchiness of photos shot with pro-level Canon DSLRs, Canon L-series lenses, and high-end Canon flashes. I wanted to use these creative tools myself, so I grabbed them. Continue reading Hands-on Review of the Canon 7D Mark II