September 16, 2009

Lady Gaga's Heartbeats

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Dr. Dre, move over. Monster, the company that came out with the singer's Beats, has now introduced "Heartbeats by Lady Gaga." Available in black, red or silver, the buds will be out in October and feature ControlTalk, a built-in mic and remote for the iPhone 3GS and iPod shuffle. The flat cord keeps them tangle-free and each comes in its own travel case. Prices will range from $99.95 to $149.95. We like the looks but don't quite get the hype:

"Heartbeats by Lady Gaga are holistically designed to deliver the soundtrack of your life with clarity and power, as well as satisfy your passion for fashion."

Via Heartbeats

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September 15, 2009

Tascam CD Player With iPod Dock

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Tascam has come up with a rack-mountable CD player with built-in iPod dock. The CD-200i has a TEAC CD-5020A transport, a smooth loading drawer, front panel navigation buttons and comes with wireless remote. The player has an S-video jack for video output and PDIF digital out and supports MP3 and WAV files.

Via Fareast Gizmos

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September 10, 2009

MP3 Player Disguised as Cassette

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This may look like a cassette but it is an MP3 stereo player that can be put in your car stereo and play tunes from an SD card. It can also work as a stand alone player or a SD/MMC card reader when attached to your PC. The player features auto music search, has a built-in rechargeable Lithium ion battery and can be charged via USB. It comes with mini USB cable, car charger and 3.5mm earphone at a price of $22.00.

Via Brando

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September 9, 2009

Onkyo Top O' The Line Receiver

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If you are thinking of investing in more advanced equipment, Onkyo has almost halved the price of their new Onkyo RC160. The 7.2-channel receiver has a one-cable connection and 5 HDMI 1.3a for Blu-ray, gaming consoles and set top boxes. The company's Audyssey equalization and Faroudja deinterlacing technologies are included in the package along with Dolby sound and connectivity for PMPs and HD Radio.

Via Onkyo Receivers


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September 3, 2009

NJ Retailer Gives Cash for Electronic Clunkers

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While cash for clunkers may be over, it didn't take long for Talk of the Town in New Jersey to offer credit on outdated electronics for the purchase of a plasma screen, LCD, projector, Blu-ray player, speakers, receiver or processor. Order some seating and they will haul that old Lazyboy away. Unlike the clunker deal, the company says that it will try to donated the discarded electronics. We hope other businesses will get the hint and do the same.

Via Home Theater Mag

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August 21, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Zune HD to Arrive Soon

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After it was inadvertently leaked on Amazon, Microsoft confirmed that the Zune HD will be released September 15. The media player features a has a 3.3" OLED touchscreen, HD radio, browser WiFi and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra chip ultralow-power HD processor. Preorder the 16GB model or the 32GB Zune if you just can't wait for the grand debut.

Via Zune Players

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August 14, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Turntables Are "In" Again

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Since we heard the news about the rise of vinyl sales, we decided to drag our old ones out of the cellar and seek something to play them on. For this Freakin' Friday, you do the same and pick the turntable of your choice.

Sony's PS-LX300USB USB Stereo Turntable System has USB audio output, is fully automatic, has a built-in phono preamp and a static balance tonearm.

On a budget? The Audio Technica AT-PL50 Belt Drive Turntable plays records at 33-1/3 and 45 RPM. It has a switchable preamp, an Integral Dual Magnet
stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus and is easily accessible with controls on the front.

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Even less expensive is the Jensen 3-Speed Stereo Turntable. This reeks of nostalgia and has an AM/FM Stereo Radio, built-in speakers, exterior speaker outputs, headphone jack and comes with a dust cover.

If you want the whole package, TEAC's GF450K7 has a 3-speed turntable, cassette player, an analog AM/FM stereo tuner with large horizontal scale and CD player/recorder and is supports CD-R/RW recording (phono to CD, tape to CD, AUX to CD.)

Via Turntables

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August 10, 2009

Vinyl Makes a Comeback Bigtime

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What goes around comes around, literally. While CD sales keep shrinking, there seems to be a resurgence of vinyl as 89% more LPs were sold last year as compared to the previous one. Nielsen says that the #1 seller was Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (which came out in January and therefore had a running start.) Second was the Beatles' "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" ranked 7th. We can honestly say that we are glad that a new generation is discovering the joys of a scratchy record. While digital audio may be crystal clear, it is still not the same as listening to some of the earliest Fab Four experiments in stereo.

Via LA Weekly

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August 7, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Apple AirPort Express

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Mac users who want send their media to other rooms or the Internet can do it quite easily with the wireless AirPort Express and for less than $100.00. Send movies, photos music and other files with the Base Station that features 802.11n technology and is compatible with most Macs and some newer PCs. At a size of only 3 x 1.1 x 3.7", the Express has encryption technology as well as a built-in firewall for protection.

Via Apple

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August 4, 2009

Razer Maelstrom Headphones - 7.1 Surround Sound

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Razer has come up with headphones that they claim have 7.1 surround sound designed for gaming with their Maelstrom audio engine. The Megaladon, (named after an extinct shark,) also features noise filtering, a remote for volume adjustment and amplified mic and is attachable by USB.

Via Megaladon Headphones

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