The TR Podcast 104: The rundown on CES 2012

The Tech Report Podcast Date: January 22, 2012

Time: 1:58:46

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, and Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes

Footsore and skull-numbed, our panelists join us in this extra-long episode of the podcast to unload their collective brains of all they saw at CES 2011. The gang runs through everything from the mood and attendance at this year’s show, to the latest and greatest in the cult of clicky keyboards, to whatever coolness Razer has to show this time around. As a bonus, Jordan reviews a slew of earbuds for smartphones.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. –

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Listener mail/tweets:

To quality podcasting (0:01:11) – from Luke:

“I thoroughly enjoy your podcasts. They are informative, comprehensive,
and interesting. The effort and care you put into them really shows.

I sometimes listen to a computer hardware podcast from one of your
competitors, and their show appears to differ from yours in two ways:
First, they don’t pick out their topics until after they click record.
And second, they consistently sound drunk.

So here’s to quality podcasting, Luke

P.S. With all the talk about smoking and barbecuing over the last few
months, don’t you dare call this too off-topic to read on the show. =]”

32gb of RAM?(0:03:04) – from JMC:

“Ram is cheap enough now that I want to go for 32 gigs of ram. X79 sabertooth motherboard/3930.

I thinking that I have a better chance of compatibility with 4 sticks of 8gig compared to 8 sticks of 4gig.
Seems to always be iffy when you fill all ram slots.

Have you heard of very many ram compatibility problems with X79 boards or am I probably quite safe buying a name brand like G-skill or Corsair?quot;

Tech discussion:

    Transformer Prime’s 1920×1200 display is more than meets the eye – (0:08:43) – Read more

    Nvidia and Asus aim for $249 Tegra 3 tablet – (0:19:05) – Read more

    Industry marches ahead with plans to copy, counter Apple – (0:24:02) – Read more

    Lenovo’s Yoga bends over backward to please us – (0:28:14) – Read more

    Razer’s ‘Project Fiona’ brings PC gaming to a tablet format – (0:34:01) – Read more

    Razer brings Switchblade UI to standalone keyboard – (0:41:59) – Read more

    7-series motherboard roundup – (0:46:35) – MSIGigabyteZotac

    Sandy Bridge upgrades come to Zotac mini PCs – (0:48:22) – Read more

    Cooler Master expands clicky keyboard lineup – (0:50:48) – Read more

    Thermaltake brings rubber domes back in style – (0:54:41) – Read more

    Jordan’s smartphone/iPhone earbud roundup – (0:59:07) – Beats by DreBose IE2Klipsch Image S4iV-Moda Vibrato

    Corsair adds quiet, budget additions to case lineup – (1:12:38) – Read more

    Thermaltake Level 10 descends to budget territory – (1:16:39) – Read more

    Trinity due mid-year in 17W, 35W variants – (1:19:58) – Read more

    AMD fights thunder with lightning – (1:24:31) – Read more

    OCZ, Marvell scale Kilimanjaro with PCIe SSD – (1:30:23) – Read more

    OCZ demos next-gen Indilinx SSD controller – (1:35:19) – Read more

    Lucid reaches for the clouds with GPU virtualization – (1:38:01) – Read more

    CES 2012: the shape of things to come? – (1:48:56) – Read more

That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

Comments closed
    • grantmeaname
    • 8 years ago

    Man, the sibilants are so hissy in this one. I don’t know if it’s my earbuds or what, but they’re killing me…

    • sdghjyukty
    • 8 years ago
    • safghtjrtj
    • 8 years ago
    • bluepiranha
    • 8 years ago

    Just a couple corrections for Jordan:
    “Earbuds” are the term used for earphones that sit just outside your ear canal, e.g. the traditional Apple iPad earbuds. Most of what you mentioned (Bose IE2, V-Moda Vibrato, Klipsch S4i) are actually called “canalphones” or “in-ear monitors” (IEMs) because integral to the way they work is their physical insertion into the ear canal.

    All of the earphones you tested don’t have “noise cancelling” per se. “Noise isolation” is the correct term, and it comes about because the IEMs you tested generate a seal with your ears via their included silicone rubber eartips (or foam tips if your set has them). Noise isolation works as a passive method of attenuating outside noise. By contrast, “noise cancelling” as used by most people involves some sort of active, electronic anti-noise signal generation to counter outside noise. The Bose QuietComfort series of circumaural headphones are the poster children for this technology, although there exist quite a few noise-cancelling IEMs as well.

    I hope this helps 🙂 Good podcast as always.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    Jordan, I like ya, but you gotta stop that Optimus Prime impression. Fingernails against the chalkboard.

    Also: WOW, thanks for that earbud roundup! You described my exact same usage habits and comfort-preferences. As it so happens, I *also* happen to be in the market for an iPhone-compatible set of earbuds as the ones I was using have recently crapped out (left channel missing). The set I was using before were from Skull Candy, and they were great for the ~3 months I was using them up until they stopped working. Durability is also an important issue for me since this seems to happen with all the earbuds that I use, so I will look into your Vmoda recommendation. /[That said]/, I think you said that you only had the Vmoda for a month. How can you be so sure about the durability if you’ve only had it for a month??

      • jdrake
      • 8 years ago

      Ha! Noted.

      At this point, you are correct, I haven’t had the V-Moda’s long enough to know for sure that they are the most durable. But comparing them directly to my favorite pick – the Klipsch – it’s the difference between a paper napkin and a cloth napkin, you can just feel the durability of the nylon coated cable in comparison with the rubber coating on the Klipsch buds. The problem areas for the Image S4i’s have always been down at the mini-plug and around the controller (where the rubber gets pulled back revealing bare cabling). The V-Moda’s have really substantial sections of rubber insulation at the controller and at the headphone jack – so I’d be surprised if I start experiencing any failure issues from use. That said, if I do, I’ll be sure to report in.

        • glynor
        • 8 years ago

        I came here to post the same thing, basically (well, not the Optimus Prime bit, keep the faith, Jordan!)

        Anyhow… Your criteria was perfect for me, and the timing was good because I just lost (to breakage) yet another set of Apple earbuds. I’d heard about the others you listed (but had concerns), but I hadn’t heard about the V-Moda’s before. I’m going to check them out.

        So… Thanks!

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    Hey Jordan, I was listening to the MP3 version on my Stitcher app and there was dead air roughly between 41 and 43 minutes.

    • clone
    • 8 years ago

    it would have been funny if you guys popped some bottles and clinked em “cheers” right after talking about someones comment that website podcasts are drunk.

    on a side note for whatever reason I’ve got nothing but good things to say about G.Skill, was surprised you knocked them.

    purchased at least 10 sets of dimms from them over the years.

    OCZ on the other hand 80% of the time problems back when they sold Ram.

    p.s. it was funny how long you guys got wrapped up into talking about keyboards and tactile response.

    I had to skip it at the halfway point because it was dragging but still funny.

    • Silus
    • 8 years ago

    No bloopers 🙁

    Good podcast though!

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      I think Jordan learned his lesson from the last one. (Though lesson should’ve been: bloopers are fine as long as they don’t involve R&P topics)

    • alexsabree
    • 8 years ago

    Finally! I’ve been waiting with anticipation for this podcast.


    • DrDillyBar
    • 8 years ago

    I’m convinced that you have to make Jordan beta test your Windows 8 Tablets.
    And Geoff too as another perspective.

    • green
    • 8 years ago

    at the 42 minute mark the sound disappears
    just as scott says “they’re going to make something that will evoke this in some way, but…”
    sound comes back at around 43mins 25 seconds with geoff saying “or not”
    both in mp4 and m4a versions

      • jdrake
      • 8 years ago

      Thanks for spotting that! I had some terrible rendering issues at the final stage of production and I now realize how that gap in audio occurred – working on it now:-)

      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      You can make the difference between them? You need a badge for that…

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