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Headphones are perfect if you are wanting to listen to your favorite music on the go without bothering others and without having to hear all the noise going on around you. If you want to let your pals hear your tunes too, you need a speaker for your phone not headphones. A company called Spider Cable has unveiled a new portable speaker that is perfect for the geek looking for some mobile jams.
The speaker is the Spider Pocket Speaker E500 and it has an internal battery good for about eight hours of play per charge. The speaker also has a resonator chamber that expands like an accordion to make the sound better and still keep a very portable design. The speaker will connect to devices with a 3.5mm headphone port like the iPhone, smartphones, and computers.
The speaker has a port for daisy chaining other speakers along with it for more sound. Charging of the internal battery is done via a USB port on your computer. The speaker measures 68.5mm x 68.5mm x 42mm and has a 40mm speaker driver. Output power is 3W and it has a frequency range of 180Hz-16KHz.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - It's been awhile since I've needed to wear headphones while gaming but while at CES I passed through the Sennheiser booth and listened to their PC 360 gaming headphones. The PC 360's reminded me of the companies high end audiophile headphones with the soft cushion surround that keeps your ears from sweating and helps to block out background noise.
Here we see the PC 360's hanging out in the booth.
Sennheiser had several different gaming headphones on display as well as several of their standard headphones in other sections of their booth. If you get a chance take a pair for a test drive. The PC 360's have an MSRP of 299.95 so bring a stack of cash with you because they aren't cheap.
The gadget geek in me really wants to get my hands on one of these cool Pioneer DJ controllers. I spent my fair time scratching up my dad's records as a kid trying to scratch like RUN-DMC and never succeeded. The new line of DJ controllers is digital today with jog wheels that let you scratch with digital files.
The latest controller for DJs for Pioneer is the DDJ-S2 for Serato ITCH. Serato ITCH software is included with the machine to allow you to play music using the controller from a laptop without having to use the keyboard. The S1 has a balanced XLR input/output for connection directly to professional PA gear and a microphone for talking over tracks. Other features of the controller include various other inputs and outputs.
The thing has a huge number of controls and buttons. It features an optimized audio circuit in the master output area to allow high sound quality. The controller also has needle search function to let the DJ skip through a song to a preferred playback point. The S1 will land in the UK soon for £1099.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Last month iWatchz unveiled its first new watchband for the new iPod nano called the Q Collection and the bands were pretty cool. You could buy them online or at Apple retail stores. At CES last week, the company pulled the wraps off two new watchband lines for the nano including the Jelly Collection and the Carbon Collection.
The Jelly Collection is a line of translucent bands made from silicone with bright colors. The bands come in pink, orange, red, green, blue, white, and gray. The Jelly Collection will ship starting in January and will be offered at retail locations as well for $24.95. The cooler of the new offerings to me is the Carbon Collection.
The Carbon Collection has a watchband that looks like carbon fiber pattern. The bands are decorated with brightly colored stitching in six different colors. These bands have a matte black clip for securing the Nano to the band. The Carbon Series will be offered in February at Apple retail stores and directly from iWatchz for $49.95.
Logitech's Squeezebox line of WiFi music players have been around for longer than the devices have been part of the Logitech company. These wireless music players use the WiFi network in your home to shoot music to just about any room without having to run wires or buy lots of hardware. Logitech has announced that it has a new update to the Squeezebox that users will like.
On the Squeezebox Touch and Radio devices, users can now get access to a library of over 10 million tracks including any playlists that the Spotify user has set up using the service anywhere in the home. Spotify is offered in free and paid versions. However, a subscription is needed to use Spotify on the Squeezebox hardware.
The premium subscription gives users access to CD quality 320 kbps digital tracks and more. The Spotify service is beta right now and the full release will be rolled out "in the very near future" according to Logitech. The bad news for US geeks is that Spotify is still only in Europe.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Wicked Audio had some very interesting and unique audio solutions on display at CES 2011, and we spent a few minutes with them to take a look at what they've got coming around the bend.
More and more people have smartphones that are doubling as their mp3 players, and the Tour lineup of headphones is a solution for them. The in-line mic and answer/hang up button allow you to receive calls without having to pull your phone from your pocket or armband if you're on a run or working out. The Helix sets below have a wraparound, in ear setup for those that have problems keeping regular in ear headphones in.
Wicked also has a "3D Headphone" lineup for surround sound listening. With their three designer options, these will make a statement as you walk down the street. Keep an eye out for this lineup coming soon.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - When it comes to DJ gear that we see from some companies like Hercules and Pioneer the gear can get to be very expensive. The gear is also very complicated making entry into the world of spinning your own tunes costly in time and money. Hercules has unveiled a new DJ device for the home user that is cheap and promises to be easy for the user to pick up in a few hours rather than days.
The device is called the DJ 4set and it has a pair of large backlit 12cm jog wheels that can be used to scratch and for other things. The backlighting can be changed between green or red depending on what you want. The buttons are backlit as well.
The device has 4-channels including two for mixing and a stereo headphone output for previewing tracks. The four virtual decks allow loops and all sorts of other features. The device has 60-controls in dual deck mode and 112 controls in 4-deck mode. It comes with VirtualDJ LE DJC Edition software. The DJ 4Set will ship in April for $249.99.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - SteelSeries wasn't finished when they announced the Siberia neckband. They've also got a wireless gaming headset on the horizon. Take a look at the upcoming SteelSeries 7XB. This headset is geared towards both the PC and Xbox 360 gamer with its 360-friendly wireless controller plugin.
This wireless headset has a ton of bells and whistles, including 50mm drivers, exchangeable earcups, intelligent wireless which automatically switches frequencies if it detects too much interference, and a sleep mode which automatically shuts down the headset if you lay it down too long. There are three different settings depending on your game: Performance, which focuses on things like gunfire and steps for FPS fans, Immersion for background music, and Entertainment for use during things like TV and movie watching.
The headset takes two AAA batteries that last about 20 hours. Expect it in Q2 of 2011 for $149.99
CES 2011, Las Vegas - SteelSeries has some really cool gaming peripherals and accessories that include speakers and headphones as well as mice and keyboards. The company makes quality gear that gamers around the world use on a daily basis. SteelSeries has added a new headset to its line at CES called the Siberia Neckband that will work with any 3.5mm input device.
The Siberia Neckband is designed to fit behind the user's neck rather than over the head for comfort. If you hate getting your hair smashed, this might be the perfect headset for you. The headphones are aimed directly at Apple users with support for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The inline controller gives control over the track and volume of your music and phone calls.
A retractable mic on one side of the headset allows the user to make and receive phone calls as well. The headset is adjustable to fit a wide range of users and the sound is optimized for bass that is deep and balanced according to SteelSeries. The headset will sell for $79.99 and availability is unknown at this time.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - One of Corsair's big announcements at CES this year is the introduction of their very first PC speakers.
You may know Corsair has a newish audio group within its company that has a range of headsets and now Corsair continues its long lasting transition from being just a memory company, to one who I reckon wants to eventually buildup a big enough product portfolio that it can make its own high-end gaming PC systems from its own parts. Alright, so I might be getting ahead of myself here, but this is happening bit by bit.
Back on track, we hooked up with Dylan who is in charge of Corsair audio and he gave us a look at the SP2500 2.1 speaker system. It comes with plenty of neat features I won't begin to pretend I know about, but if you are an audio enthusiast and want a solid set of new PC speakers for your desk, it seems like Corsair is right on the money here.
Dylan from Corsair told us we couldn't turn up the volume, but after just getting done telling us that even at 100% volume there is little to no distortion, he didn't need much arm twisting when we told him we had to crank it up. It sure did get the attention of everyone in the hall. Watch above.