January 29, 2009

Zebra DMX-306 Wireless Mic For Closet Karaoke Singers

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We don't mention karaoke around here much, but we know you fans are out there. Zebra has a wireless mic set for perfect for your neighborhood tavern or those who want to keep it at home. The DMX-306 has professional VHF/FM transmission quality with low noise and distortion, and a wide frequency range. The pair of mics were recently marked down to $39.52 from $51.37. That equals out to less than $20.00 per voice.

Via Zebra DMX-306 Wireless Microphone

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January 23, 2009

Polk miDock10 Perfect for Travel

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Polk's miDock10 can handle almost all docking iPods. At a size of 6 x 14 x 4", the audio system has two 3.25" full range drivers, a headphone jack so others won't gripe about the noise and an auxiliary input to connect to other music sources such as an iPhone or iPod touch. Plug it into your USB port and you can sync to iTunes. Of course, it also recharges your iPod. Plug it in or use batteries (not included) for traveling with its carrying handle. The miDock 10 comes with three cradle adapters, a remote and AC adapter. Grab one now for $179.99.

By the way, Polk has two miDocks that they previously released. Their Studio Portable Audio System is available for only $49.95 and their mini-sized Portfolio Dock for iPod with a price of $55.00.

Via Polk Audio

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January 7, 2009

Linksys Going After Sonos with the Wireless Home Audio System

Linksys_by_Cisco_WHA_family.jpgLooks like Linksys is taking on Sonos with it's announcement at CES of the Wireless Home Audio System. Gizmodo has a list of the individually priced components that look it'll definitely nickel and dime you to death. Still you can check out the bundled packages:

As far as bundles go, there will be three bundles offered--the Premier Kit, the Trio Kit and the Executive Kit. The Premier includes 1 Player, 1 Director, 1 Controller and 2 IR remotes for $1000. The Trio includes 2 Players, 1 Controller and 2 IR remotes for $850. The Executive includes 1 Director, speakers and an IR remote for $550. The entire Wireless Home Audio system, except the Conductor, should be available immediately. The Conductor is slated for a Q1 release.

Although pricey, the system looks pretty sweet. We'll try to get a hold of a review unit and let you know what we think.

At Gizmodo.com [image: Gizmodo]

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December 8, 2008

Holiday Gift Idea of the Day: Grace ITC-IR1000 Wireless Internet Radio with Pandora Radio Support


Product: Grace ITC-IR1000 Wireless Internet Radio with Pandora Radio Support
MSRP: $199.99 Purchase: Amazon.com
Related Article or Review: Hands-on Review: Grace ITC-IR1000 Wireless Internet Radio with Pandora Radio Support

Description: We here at NAV think one of the greatest inventions ever is internet radio. While we can stream radio over our computer, we prefer a stand-alone device that's easy to use and set-up. One of our favorite devices that accomplishes those goals is the Grace ITC-IR1000 Wireless Internet Radio with Pandora Radio Support. Be sure to read our full review at the link above and if you're looking for a gift for the music lover on your list, you can't go wrong with the ITC-IR1000.

Feature Details from Grace Digital:

  • 11,000+ internet radio stations in any room of your house. You can choose to play internet radio stations, podcast, or even stream your MP3's from you PC or MAC.

  • Pandora Radio Streaming now available. Stream your Pandora personalized stations to any room in your house. With song bookmarking you can purchase songs directly from iTunes or Amazon via the Pandora website.

  • Want to hear what's going on in your home town, state or country? Using your radio browse stations by location. Listen to music and talk radio from Europe, Asia, Africa...virtually every country in the world.

See the Entire: Networking Audio Video 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

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October 21, 2008

Denon Introduces the DP-200USB USB-Enable Turnable

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Just a few days ago, I was thinking about copy my vinyl over to my computer for safe keeping but that just seems like a chore. I may just wait a while to see if the Denon DP-200USB turntable hits the states anytime soon. According to Engadget:

The DP-200USB enables deep-pocketed DJs to rip vinyl straight to MP3, and you can even save the digital files to a USB drive thanks to the built-in USB socket. The unit will be available in Japan early next month for ¥31,500 ($310), though it's hard to say if or when Denon will see fit to bring this Stateside.

A turntable with USB may be a bit much for hardcore vinyl lovers but it sounds like pure heaven to us.

We'll let you know when we get more details on the DP-200USB

At Engadget.com

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October 15, 2008

Steam Music from your Cellphone to your Stereo with the Chordette Gem

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Want to stream music from your cellphone to your home stereo? Well you can with the Chordette Gem from Cord Electronics. According to Chord's website:

The Chordette Gem is the first in a new range of lower cost products designed to integrate within any existing HiFi system. The Gem has our unique Bluetooth Audio receiver technolgy to allow the transfer of music from a Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA or personal computer. The addition of a USB port also allows direct streaming of audio from a PC.

Sounds like a pretty neat device especially if you rely on your phone for your musical entertainment. The only drawback to the Gem might be the almost $700 price tag.

Product Details at Chord.com [via eHomeUpgrade]

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September 23, 2008

David Weiner Ventures Unveils the Art.Suono Wireless Music Transmission System

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If you're into artsy electronic toys, you might want check out the Art.Suono Wireless Music Transmission System from designer David Weiner. According to SlipperyBrick.com:

Design house David Weiner Ventures has unveiled a wireless music broadcasting device which is iPod friendly. It is called the Art.Suono Wireless Music Transmission System and iPod Dock and it will be available for around $1,500.

Doesn't the Art.Suono look a lot like one of those explosive devices bad guys slide along the floor like in movies like Diehard?

We'd really be interested in the sound quality of such a small device. If we get a chance to check out the Art.Suono, we'll let you know.

At SlipperyBrick.com

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Panasonic Introduces the SA-BX500: HDMI Home Theater Receiver

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A properly wired home just isn't complete without a super-duper home theater system. Pansonsonic has just announced the SA-BX500 HDMI Home Theater Receiver which is the starting point for that super-duper system. The system sounds pretty sweet and according to BigPictureBigSound.com:

For multi-channel sources, the BX500 offers HDMI 1.3a-compatible HDMI audio decoding, with support for PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio. If you're limited by your listening environment to only five speakers, but you still want to reap the benefits of 7.1-channel surround, the BX500 can create virtual rear channel or virtual side channel speakers using proprietary 7.1ch Virtual Surround technology. Of course, the receiver also features support for true 7.1-channel mode, with all seven channels driven at 130 Watts/Channel An optional wireless kit (SH-FX67) allows you to add wireless speakers, either to the surround speakers or to a separate room

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We're really jazzed about the fact that the SA-BX500 comes with 3 HDMI connections. Sounds like a pretty capable system that has a sweet price-point that comes in under $800.


At BigPictureBigSound.com

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September 22, 2008

Review: Logitech Squeezebox Boom - Big Sound in a Little Package

Last month, we let you know about Logitech's announcement of the Squeezbox Boom. Well a review has already hit the streets and overall the Boom got high marks. According to the review at Engadget:

Let's address the most important point first: this is an excellent sounding radio. The R1000 was lauded for its sound quality, too, and while the Boom might (emphasis on "might") come just shy of the R1000 for bass response, it's still got a beefy low end and a crisp, full delivery across the range. You won't mistake it for a Transporter connected to $50,000 worth of amps and speakers, but for a diminutive radio chilling on your nightstand, it'll give you more volume than you need (and besides, if you're bleary-eyed enough to be in bed, do you even care how precise the sound is?). Anyone absolutely demanding more bass is in luck, anyway -- the 3.5mm jack on the Boom's backside can be switched between headphone and subwoofer out.

The biggest concern in the review is that the Boom is totally network based. Being the Boom is designed to be a bedside alarm, if you lose your network overnight you might have a problem in the morning. Still if you need internet radio in a small package, you might want to check out the Squeezebox Boom.

At Engadget.com

Logitech Squeezebox Boom at Amazon

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September 16, 2008

Logitech Announces the Pure-Fi Line of iPod Docks

logitechpure-fiexpressplus.jpgThere's currently about 8 billion iPod docks on the market, so it doesn't hurt to add a few more. Logitech has announced two new Pure-Fi iPods Docks. According to iPodNN:

The Express Plus works with all fourth-generation iPods, iPod minis, and later dockable Apple devices up to the very latest models and the iPhone 3G; an aux-in jack supports nearly all other portable media players. It surfaces in October for $100.

Logitech is also making its move into higher-end clock radio docks via the Pure-Fi Anytime. Apart from its new iPhone support, the AM/FM stereo also draws heavily upon motion sensing to simplify many tasks that would either require more light or awkward input. The backlight will only invoke when the user is close, guarding against having to turn on a nearby lamp; owners can also wave a hand over the Pure-Fi to trigger snooze mode rather than hit a button. A sometimes uncommon recessed dock design prevents users from hitting the iPhone or iPod in the morning.

If you're looking for an iPod dock, we still lean towards a wireless dock like the Mint 220.

At iPodNN.com

Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus at Amazon

Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime at Amazon

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