Audio Devices

December 21, 2012

Freakin' Friday! Sony Cassette Players Discontinued

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We have an older version of one of these Sony Standard Cassette Players for over a decade and it is still running. And although we have mostly moved on to digital, we still occasionally drag it out. It seems that as of next month, Sony will be discontinuing several models of their TCMs, so this is your last chance to scoop one of these puppies up super-cheap. It has some great features for a portable cassette player including speed variance, voice activation recording, built-in mic and headphone jack.

Via Akihabara News

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December 19, 2012

Bose QC15 Delivers Excellent Sound

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If you have ever heard Bose in action, then you already know the fine sound that can come out of one of their players. They also manufacture headphones and their QuietComfort 15 is top of the line in terms of noise cancelling and fine acoustics. Designed for iPhone/iPad/touch, an optional Mobile Communications Kit makes them usable with other cellies. Features include an in-line, hands-free, detachable remote and microphone and it comes with an audio cable, airline adapter and carrying case. The QC15 needs a AAA battery (not included) for about 35 hours of play.

Via Bose Headphones

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November 7, 2012

Need Cash? EcoATM

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Although they have been around for over a year, there seems to be a plethora of EcoATMs cropping up for those seeking extra holiday cash. The good news - you get cash on the spot even if your cellphone or MP3 payer is broken. The bad news - you need to supply an ID and electronic thumbprint to ensure you are not fencing off something that somehow doesn't belong to you. The eco-minded will be glad to know that they will actually resell your ancient electronics to other vendors or disembowel for recycling.

Via EcoATM

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October 19, 2012

Freakin' Friday! Audio-Technica Headphones

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Those looking for a reasonably priced pair of headphones can look no further than Audio-Technica's closed-back dynamic Professional Headphones. We bought the ATH-M30 for less than $42.00 when we needed a pair that would have decent sound at very little cost. The 'phones manage to block a lot of exterior sound while capturing both treble and bass nuances. With a 20-20,000 Hz frequency response and an impedance of 65 ohms, they have a very comfortable fit, are lightweight and have a flexible 11 ft. cable. We wanted a 3.5mm connection and it also comes with a ¼" adapter.

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October 9, 2012

CDs Turn Thirty Years Old

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The CD turned 30 Oct. 1, and although it has been mostly replaced by digital downloads, we figured we should pay a bit of tribute. Long story short, Phillips released the audio platform in 1974, soon collaborated with Sony and the CDP-101 was released to the public in 1982. The first CD was Billy Joel's 52nd Street, his 6th studio album, that was re-launched as a disc. You can check out its history and learn all the details or you can do what we are doing, chilling out to "Big Shot" by the fine musician as a fitting homage.

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August 27, 2012

Stylin' With Klipsch Image Earphones

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Klipsch headphones continue to provide style and substance with their latest line. Their Image S4 and S4A (for Android) models look cool and sound great. They now have flat cabling for tangle-free usage in addition to 4.2 ft. bass response, 10 - 19000 Hz frequency response, three sizes of oval ear tips and each comes in a stainless steel carrying case. The elite S4i comes with 3-button iPhone/iPod control.

Via Klipsch

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August 16, 2012

Kenwood Audio System Multi-Versatile

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Since audio systems need the capacity to connect with all kinds of input these days, Kenwood makes this super easy. The CLX-30 Audio System plays tunes from CDs, SD memory cards, MP3 players and USB flash drives. Each input has its own button and the unit itself has two 64mm cone speakers for a crisper sound. The system includes remote, AM loop antenna and power cord, comes in three different colors and carries a price of $499.99.

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August 9, 2012

Philips DJ-Dock Literal Mix and Scratch

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Philips combines a speaker system and dual-deck docking station with two 5.25" subwoofers and 2" tweeters. The DJ-Dock allows the user to mix and scratch with iPhones and/or iPods while including glowing, pulsing speaker rings. Features include a cross fader, power boosting, treble/bass control and mic input. A USB port allows for flash drive control and an aux-in port means other MP3 players can be used. Available in the UK for now, it comes with a hefty £299.99 (~$469.00) price tag.

Via Argos

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August 7, 2012

AudioGlove Amplifies iPhone Audio

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The AudioGlove uses natural sound amplification technology to up the audio on your iPhone. The case claims to raise the audio by 10+ decibels, enhance tonality and improve the microphone with background diffuser. This means video chat and sharing media is available while not draining your battery. The durable polycarbonate case means extra protection and there are enough colors and styles available to please everyone.

Via AudioGlove

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July 30, 2012

Pioneer Redesigned Bookshelf Speakers

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Pioneer has a new line of affordable home theater and music speakers redesigned by their head engineer Andrew Jones. In addition to a center and floor-standing speaker, they have released the SP-BS22-LR 80 watt Bookshelf Speakers. Features include a 6 component cross over, a new structured surface to their 4" woofer and a custom wave guide to upgrade the efficiency of their Soft Dome tweeter. The speakers are an affordable $129.99.

Via Pioneer

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July 23, 2012

Sony Releases New Walkman Line

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Sony is covering all its bases with its new F800 Walkman. Powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, it comes with pre-installed apps for GPS, email usage and media listening/viewing. With a 3.5" display, it is both WiFi and Bluetooth compatible and comes with earbuds at a starting price of $264.00.

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The more affordable E470 is the slimmest Walkman yet at a mere 7mm thick. It features a 2" display, runs on Android, and comes with karaoke mode with lyrics as well as pre-installed games. Prices start at $79.00.

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July 13, 2012

Freakin' Friday! VEKTR Headphones

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Any company that goes through this much effort to introduce a product deserves our attention. After you get past the video promo you end up with a melding of Monster sound and Diesel design that includes foldability. The VEKTR headphones are as much about looks as sound. There is hands-free control of music/calls, silkscreened Mohican heads on its ear cups and even a special triangular section that keeps the cable from tangling.

Via Diesel By Monster

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July 2, 2012

Nexus Q Keeps The Beat

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Disguised as a sphere, Google's Nexus Q is their latest contribution for tuneful sharing. With a 4.5" diameter, it connects with Google Music and if you have an Android device you are good to go. There are 32 LEDs that dance to the beat and shift hues for a bit of whimsy. When used with Google play and YouTube apps, view movies and videos, play music and web surf without downloads or syncing. Music Manager allows for uploading of over 20,000 titles. Let's not forget the built-in amplifier and connection to AV receiver or HDTV. Pre-order now for $299.00.

Via Nexus Q

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June 25, 2012

iHome Audio Receiver Transforms Dock

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The iHome Bluewave Bluetooth Audio Receiver is an adapter that can transform an iPhone dock into a wireless speaker system for Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. With a simple and quick setup, it automatically turns on when the user comes within 30 feet. Play some tunes and games, check your email and tweet easily with your smartphone. The receiver is available for $39.99, you provide the dock.


Via Think Geek

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