Quirky is infamous for offering up gear that really lives up to the company name. Most of the gear isn't stuff you can just order and have show up at your house in a few days. Typically, stuff from Quirky is in the concept stage and the company takes pre-orders until the interest is high enough that the product gets built. The most recent of the products from the company is called the Perch.
The Perch is a docking station for charging your iPhone or other gadgets that also has an integrated wireless speaker. The speaker has Bluetooth connectivity for wirelessly streaming music from any compatible device. The base of the speaker has an alarm clock and can charge just about any USB device there is.
The Perch will work with the iPhone, Android devices, and anything else. The speaker even has a mic built-in to allow for hands free calls. You can pre-order the Perch right now for $179.99 and before the thing goes into production 1600 of them have to sell. So far, only 12 have been spoken for so it may be a long time coming.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - If you need any proof that Android is going into all sorts of products, this one is the proof you need. The OS is finding its way into all sorts of gadgets and tech for cars and lots more. The latest product to surface from Parrot has Android inside and is one place that I never considered seeing Android land. The product is called the Asteroid and it is a car stereo or head unit.
The device runs the Android OS and comes with a GPS dongle. When you connect the head unit with your own 3G dongle, you can get access to Parrot Maps for navigation, those maps can get traffic, and construction alerts on them. Parrot says that it will also be offering more apps for the Asteroid device later.
The head unit can play music and files from all sorts of inputs included SD cards, USB, iPhone, iPods, and Bluetooth devices. The radio also works as a hands free device for calls on the road. The coolest feature is voice search for music while you drive and if you have the Asteroid on a 3G network it will search the web for you as well. It has integrated AM and FM tuners with RDS support. Pricing is unknown and the device will hit the US in Q2 2011.
I don't listen to the radio much in my home because there aren't that many stations in my area and the ones we have tend to play music I don't like. In the car, I listen to CDs and digital tracks mostly. If you have the same issue and you don't want to move your CDs in and out of the car one of the internet radio devices from Grace Digital Audio would be perfect. The company will be unveiling three new devices at CES next week that all have color screens.
One of the devices is the Solo Touch that is a compact tuner with a big 4.3-inch touchscreen color display. The device also ships with a remote control and has an Ethernet connection in addition to the WiFi connectivity built-in. It also has headphone port and RCA outputs with a MSRP of $249.99. The Bravado X is a WiFi enabled tablet top radio with a 2.7-inch color screen.
It packs stereo speakers, RCA inputs and outputs, USB port, and a headphone port. It will sell for $179.99. The final new device is called the Mondo with a 3.5-inch screen and full alarm clock functionality. The device has snooze and a remote control. It sports WiFi, Ethernet port, RCA outputs, and a USB connection. The MSRP is $169.99. Exactly when the three new products will be available to purchase is unknown.
If you're a Sony fan and looking for the next big thing in earphones, they have a new product for you. The MDR-EX1000 earphones have just been released, boasting big time features and a big pricetag to match.
These earphones include 16mm drivers built from a liquid crystalline polymer, magnesium housing, and a response range between 3-30,000Hz for full clarity at all levels. These bad boys are only available in Asia currently, but can be imported through Audiocubes; that is if you've got the $799 that Sony is asking for this product.
There are tons of choices when it comes to whole home audio. You can get very expensive systems that require a music server, professional installation and thousands of dollars and you can get cheap systems with speakers that you just plug into a wall. Aluratek has unveiled a system that is cheap and looks attractive as well called the Bump.
The Bump system includes two parts with a digital MP3 player boombox and a wireless remote speaker. Each of the parts can be purchased separately and the Boombox section will support up to six remote speakers. Each of those remote speakers has a wireless range of 60-feet and individual aux inputs and volume control. The speakers connect with 2.4GHz tech and have 2W per channel and a bass radiator.
The Bump Boombox is compatible with most devices with a 3.5mm output and has a FM tuner and a SD card slot for direct playback. The battery inside is a Lithium polymer unit and it has a USB port for playback of tunes as well. The bundle with the speaker and boom box is available right now for $99.99.
Auzentech is well known among PC audiophiles for producing some of the best soundcards in the business. They are looking to build off of the popularity of the X-Meridian card with their newest release, the X-Meridian 7.1 2G.
Upgrades include Auzen's new new Advanced Driver Software Architecture (ADSA ) for the C-Media CMI8788 Oxygen HD PCI Audio Processor and Xear3D sound technology. The card still boasts the Dolby Digital Live™ Real-Time Content Encoder and DTS CONNECT functionality as well. The 2G is available now for $159.99.
If you have, an MP3 player or other device and you need a cool speaker to use to play your music on the go that looks cool and sounds good you might like the new speaker from Pyramid Distribution. The new speaker is called the Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker. The little speaker has a carved wooden case that looks really nice and it is smaller than the iPhone 4.
The speaker is handmade and has all sorts of features. The internal rechargeable battery allows the speaker to be played away from a power outlet. It supports the iPhone and all other 3.5mm input devices. It also has a USB port and a SD card slot for playing media as well.
Other features include a FM receiver inside, and it has a lithium-ion battery good for ten hours when used with earphones, and five hours as a speaker. It measures 40 x 61 x 24mm and weighs 60g. You can order one up right now for $59.99 and the case is made from apricot wood.
Back earlier this year pioneer launched some cool black DJ gear that was just like this white gear that you see here. The only difference is that this white gear has a distinctly Storm Trooper look to it and is cooler than the black in my book. Other than looks, the gear is the same on the inside.
The hardware includes the CDJ-350-W multi-media player. It support digital files like MP3, AAC, WAV, and AIFF formats played from different media types including USB mass storage, memory cards, and CDRW discs. The device also has a BEAT display function to help the DJ find the perfect spot for a loop or other effect. It also has auto beat loop functions along with beat loop, loop divide, and hot loop.
The DJM-350-W mixer has a USB port, four effect types like noise, short echo, filter, and jet. The device converts analog files to digital and more. It has all sorts of other features like peak level meters, cross fader curves, and lots more. The DJ system will ship in January 2011 with a pair of the CDJ-350-W players and a single DJM-350-W mixer for $2245.
If you are an old school sort that grew up listening to music on records, you might miss the sound vinyl offered when you listen to new digital tracks. If you have a big vinyl collection that you need a new turntable to play Audio-Technica has a new offering that will do the trick and will make digital tracks out of your vinyl if you want. The turntable is called the AT-LP240-USB.
The new turntable used a direct-drive high-torque multi-pole motor and an S-shaped tone arm. The tone arm has adjustable tracking force and anti-skate adjustment and a removable cartridge mount. The platter the records sit on is cast-aluminum and has a felt slip mat.
The turntable supports 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records and can be connected to all sorts of audio systems for listing including home theaters and more. Software to turn the vinyl into digital tracks is included for PC and Mac called Audacity. The vinyl tracks can be converted to MP3, WAV, and other digital formats. The turntable is a J&R Music and Computer World exclusive for $499.
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Monster teamed up with rapper Dr. Dre a long time back to create a line of headphones that promise good sound and cool style. The line has sense branched out with other beats by Dr. Dre offerings that are branded by other artists like Lady Gaga and now Justin Bieber. If you are a fan of the Beeb you will be glad to know that Best Buy is the exclusive seller of the Justbeats for the holiday season.
You can hop over to Best Buy and pick up a set of these things, and leave your manhood behind at the same time. Best Buy only has the earbud iBeats listed on its site right now with the ControlTalk cable. They are selling for $119.95 and the ControlTalk cable will work with most iPods and the iPhone for controlling tracks.
Speakal is well known for making some crazy speaker docks for the iPhone, iPod and other MP3 players. The company has the iPig, iPanda, iBoo, and other docks that look like flowers or soccer balls. I have used Speakal products before and they actually sound good even if the look a bit strange. Speakal has announced a new device today called the Cool iPig.
The Cool iPig is a lot like the original iPig but with a different design that is a bit edgier. The new Cool iPig gets elongated eyes that look like sunglasses to me. Those eyes are the speakers and the nose has the controls for the tracks and more. The ears on top have motion controls for volume and other functions. The device can dock the iPhone and dockable iPod devices.
The product tie ins for the new Tron: Legacy flick are so widely varied that it's hard to see the tie in with some of the stuff. I have seen some clothing that looks like it was meant for strippers and all manner of toys and video games. We are also seeing audio gear and other electronics surface that tie in with the movie. Monster has unveiled a seriously high-end set of headphones that are the Daft Punk Edition Tron: Legacy headphones.
The headphones are very high-end with a price tag that will make many geeks blush. If you want a set of the headphones, you will need to cough up about $350 to get them. The headphones are on Amazon and at other locations right now and have a cool design that is inspired by costumes worn by Daft Punk in the movie cameo. In addition to the Tron design theme and white color, the headphones also light up like stuff in the Tron world.
I really like ThinkGeek. The site has some of the coolest stuff for geeks including toys, stuff you can eat or eat out of and clothing. I am particularly fond of the awesome Star Wars gear that they have. I also really like the cool drum kit shirt and guitar shirt that they have offered for a while now. ThinkGeek has announced that a new shirt is now shipping that goes right along with the other playable shirts. The new shirt is called the Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt.
The shirt is offered in sizes for adults from Small to XXL and all sell for the same $29.99. The synthesizer on the front of the shirt can actually be played and you can press up to eight different keys at one time. The instrument has five different instrument sounds you can choose from and the sound comes out of a box that looks like a speaker you wear on your belt.
When it comes to high-end headphones and headsets, Sennheiser makes some of the coolest around. The company has all sorts of headphones from units for audiophiles to headphones made for use with your gaming system or iPod. Sennheiser also makes a lien of headphones that are just for the DJs out there. The latest set of headphones form Sennheiser is the HD 25-1-II and they are branded with Adidas.
The headphones are over the ear style and they are offered in black and blue color scheme with the three stripes that Adidas is famous for. The headphones have value ear pads that help block out room sounds and are padded for long-term ear and comfort. The transducers are dynamic closed units with a frequency response of 16 - 22000 Hz.
When most of us want to listen to our favorite music or watch a movie, we want to hear the audio not the noise in the room around us. This is particularly true for the user that travels a lot in a car, plane, or train where things can be noisy. Noise cancelling headphones are also a great way to block out noisy spouses and kids so you can get some work done. Audio-Technica has unveiled two new sets of noise cancelling headphones.
The new offerings include the ATH-ANC27 and the ATH-ANC25. The ANC27 set claims to block up to 85% of the noise in the room around you and the ANC25 version will block up to 80% of the noise. Both headphones use active noise cancellation and use high-efficiency drivers inside. Both of the headphone models are compatible with the iPhone and iPods as well as computers and in-flight entertainment systems.
The weather has finally turned cool here in Texas so thinking about swimming right now is enough to give me chills. If you live where it is warm all the time or have an indoor pool you like to use, H2O Audio has a new set of waterproof earbuds that will also stand up to sweat without breaking on you. The new earbuds are called the Flex All Sport buds and they are offered in four different colors.
You can get the things in Super Hero Blue, Envy Green, Onyx Black, and Power Pink. They look nice and the Super Hero Blue ones remind me of Superman. The Flex earbuds promise clear and rich sound in up to three feet of water and the ability to stand up to the sweatiest of workouts without breaking down. They ship with three different earplug sizes for a comfortable fit and you can pick up a set in any color right now for $29.99.
I have never felt the need to have the artificial sound of crickets, waves, or anything else to fall asleep or stay asleep. I really don't need any colored lights to sooth me into dream land either. I guess some folks need that sort of stuff though and if you are one of the Pure has a new audio device for you called the Twilight. The thing might actually be a pretty cool radio for a kids room.
The white dome on top of the radio hides a light that changes between several colors. The light can be white, blue, green, purple, red, or orange. It also has built-in lullabies for kids including 'twinkle, twinkle, little star' and 'rock-a-bye baby'. It also has a built-in FM receiver that will let you listen to your local stations and you can plug in an iPod or MP3 player via the aux input.
I have a few friends that always want to go somewhere and sing karaoke. One of my hard and fast rules of life is that I don't dance and I don't sing in public. I will humiliate myself with some Rock Band at my house, but singing in front of drunken people at the local Mexican food restaurant isn't my idea of fun. If you like to sing karaoke and want a portable system that will let you belt out your favorite songs and can be used for meetings and more Samson has a new product for you.
The new product is called the Expedition 40iw Portable Pa system. It has an integrated iPod dock and a wireless microphone. This is the first system to feature a wireless mic with an integrated rechargeable battery from Samson. The system can be used for karaoke, meetings, pool parties or any other task where you need to be heard by a group.
I have tried out a bunch of different earphones over the years. I have grown to love the lightweight and compact ones the most. Heavy earphones tend to fall out of my ears when I am moving around a lot at the gym and it drives me crazy. The lightweight earphones are much more comfortable and stay in place with exertion much easier. A company called Lift Audio has pulled the covers off a new set of earphones that it clams is one of the smallest in the world.
Looking at the earphones, it's easy to see that Lift Audio is telling the truth. The tiny 6mm earphones have a case that is smaller in diameter than the ear tips on the Icon by default. The tiny 6mm drivers are encased in an aluminum alloy case that weighs only 1.6 ounces. The ear tips are made from silicone and are snug fitting. The Icon earphones ship with small, medium, and large ear tips.