Mike Kobrin

Mike Kobrin is PC Magazine's lead analyst for audio products, including headphones, MP3 players, and speakers. He is also a working trumpet player in and around New York City.

iPod Evolution

The Apple iPod burst onto the scene in October 2001 and quickly became the most popular portable music player on the market. The general trend has been toward smaller form...

Creative Aims for Your Ear Canal

Creatives new Zen Aurvana noise-isolating earphones ($99.99 direct) fit nicely into a category inhabited by products such as the Etymotic ER6i, the Shure E2c, and the Ultimate Ears Super.fi...

An Elegant Audiovideo Player: Toshiba Gigabeat S

The new Toshiba Gigabeat S is one slick-looking MP3 player. Available in a white 30GB model (S30, $299.99 direct) and a black 60GB model (S60, $399.99), it sports a sharp...

Wireless Surround Headphones

The LTB WR-51 Cinema 1 wireless headphones offer true 5.1-channel surround sound. The package consists of the headphones and a base station that transmits over the 2.4-GHz radio frequency...

A Bargain-Basement MP3 Player

ZIFFPAGE TITLEAt A Glance> ZIFFPAGE TITLEFull Review The SanDisk Sansa c150 is a flash-based MP3 player available in 1-gigabyte (model c140, $109.99 list) and 2-gigabyte ($169.99 list) models. It runs on...

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