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When last we looked at B&H as a fashion outlet (Dressing for the Tropics), we seemed fixated on the waist up. People would stop me and say: "But Mike, what about pants?" Everyone needs them, especially pros who benefit from extra padding around the knees and hips, pockets that zip and waterproof, breathable fabric. So, today we visit the changing room, virtual like the rest of our just-try-to-kick-the-tires site.

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There's no point knowing the answer if you can't hit the buzzer faster than your opponents. That's the premise behind such long-running TV quiz shows as Jeopardy! and It's Academic, the latter being a competition for high school students airing in a few cities. What better way to train than hooking up the Rolls GS76 Game Show? The system consists of a control unit and eight buzz-in remotes attached by 15-foot phone cables.

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Nothing beats floating in your pool or enjoying your hot tub unless you count the addition of music. The Grace Digital Aqua Sounder is a transmitting dock for your iPod, paired with a waterproof floating speaker. The speaker (left) can be up to 150 feet away. The transmitter is powered by four AA batteries or an included AC wall plug. The speaker seals in six AAs, good for up to 10 hours of your favorite sounds.

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With temperatures pushing into triple digits, the Northeast has become a sweltering steam bath, and no place for photographers or A/V pros to be working outside. But if you must, plan to dress for the heat. You want a lightly colored, brimmed hat like the Soundman Sun Hat from Koala (left), not a baseball cap. No matter the logo, a cap leaves your ears and the back of your neck exposed, a recipe for disaster under an unforgiving sun.

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It defies logic how a mouth-less white cat known as Hello Kitty could become a marketing phenomenon for 36 years. Introduced as a vinyl coin purse in 1974 in Japan, Hello Kitty may have reached the height of global popularity in 2007 when she debuted as a balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her likeness now adorns a dwindling range of products from lunch boxes to cameras.

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One of my earliest memories was arranging clothespins on a windowsill by a clothesline overlooking a courtyard in Boro Park, Brooklyn. It gave a 3-year-old a sense of productivity and a lesson in hand-eye coordination. It also gave me a lifelong love of spring-loaded wood, those uniform legions of easy-on, easy-off fasteners that are as all-purpose as Duct Tape but without the sticky residue. And they're reusable.

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Come April showers, street sweepers will clean better, umbrella salesman will clean up, and outdoor photographers will fret. That's when attaching a specialized umbrella to the tripod socket of your camera can be as vital as doing what your mother always said: if it's going to rain, take an umbrella! The Omega Probella Portable Protective Umbrella is made from water-repellant nylon. With slide bar, it weighs only 4.5 ounces.

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Though solid-state memory rules today, it wasn’t always that way. Removable discs for audio recorders and electronic still cameras were state-of-the-art during the decade before last. Such legacy technologies often go the way of the dodo bird, but if you thought you had to travel to Japan to scratch your ancient itch, guess again. B&H continues to offer MiniDisc devices including the portable Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder, two Tascam rack-mount models, and MiniDisc media.

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The endless summer is less boring when there's a soundtrack running between your ears—even when they're wet. Whether you're lying on the beach or doing laps in a pool, the H2O Man Swim Waterproof MP3 Player from Intova provides up to 13 hours of audio accompaniment.

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So, you skipped the prom to work on your valedictory speech? No problem. Practice with the On-Stage MY700 Multiple Microphone Bar. The metal holder accommodates up to six microphones on a single support such as the On-Stage MS7201B Round Base Telescoping Microphone Stand, adjustable from 34- to 60-inches. (Limbo, anyone?) Later, when you swap that dreadful brown suit for leather and a low-slung Martin, the MY700 will support your inner rock star.

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Sales don't always take place behind a store counter. In a wireless world, it's possible to check the validity of someone's intended credit card purchase from any place on earth in range of cell phone or Wi-Fi reception. The Macally SwipeIt Secure Credit Card Terminal is a one-pound accessory for an iPhone or iPod touch that lets you process payments from under a roof or out in the sun on the piazza.

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Ever since nanny-cams grabbed the spotlight, video surveillance has hardly been the monopoly of law enforcement. Cameras masquerading as common household objects can be bought by anyone. This raises the question: sure it's a hidden camera, but is the outward product functional? Can the clock with a clandestine camera tell time? As a value-oriented consumer, I want the cover story to be genuine, not a prop. It turns out the answer depends on the product.

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Just in time to thwart the heat and humidity of summer comes a USB-powered fan embedded in a bamboo stand for your notebook. Finally, you don't have to type fast to create a soothing breeze. The Macally Adjustable Bamboo Cooling Stand is made from bamboo, so no trees died in the manufacture of the product. Dual 2.5-inch fans are built in, the air circulating through the bamboo slits.

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4 years ago
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/node/3981/revisions/39451/viewEven if it looks like a prop from V, the Jellyfish Effect LED Light from American-DJ could become more than an alien visitor for the itinerant DJ shopping for a portable light show. The 5-pound, 12.5 inch-wide light generator, with handle for carrying or hanging, provides two types of effects: beams that drop down and bathe dancers (or an empty floor) in red, green, blue and white light and a color-changing, glowing case that can be admired from a distance.

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The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day might inspire some of us to conserve electricity by pulling AC adapters from wall outlets and curbing the excessive use of disposable batteries. While converting our homes to wind-or solar-power may be beyond our means, exerting a little elbow grease is within all our budgets. That's why the Sima CR-200 Crank Power Radio & Flashlight makes so much sense.

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