Bookshelf speakers play from most sources

The KurbisBT from German audio manufacturer Thonet & Vander is an affordable set of bookshelf speakers that can play the full range from your music sources.

The speakers are made of wood and have removable mesh covers that pop off to expose a 5 ¼-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter in each box.

Music can be played wirelessly, via Bluetooth, from up to 30 feet away. When you power on the speakers, they enter pairing mode for a few minutes. There's also a 3.5-millimeter input and a pair of RCA jacks to connect virtually any other source of music.

The Bluetooth receiver, power supply and sound controls are built into one of the speakers.

The second speaker is connected to the main speaker with a simple speaker wire. A 6-foot wire is included, which is enough for most bookshelf installations, but you can certainly use a longer wire if you like.

At a time when small, mobile Bluetooth speakers are all the rage, it's nice to get to listen to a well-built set of speakers that are designed for a more permanent placement.

The KurbisBT provides quality sound, looks nice and doesn't take up a lot of room on your shelves.




Scanner makes job effortless

Four years into the market, the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S50 color document scanner in Epson's WorkForce line is more like a workhorse.

It has done a flawless job scanning thousands of documents — for the most part, effortlessly.

It has the ability to scan to cloud backup services that deliver to all devices.

The software for both Windows and Mac that comes with the Epson scanner is simple to use. Choose whether the document is one-sided or two-sided and the resolution you want for the scan.

I also can perform scans using other software, including most PDF programs, such as my favorite, Nuance's PDF Converter Professional.

Some details: The document feeder holds up to 75 pages, the maximum width of documents it can handle is 8½ inches and the maximum length 36 inches.