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Every time I go to the gym and see someone wearing headphones, it never ceases to amaze me that I can hear their music with them wearing earphones from 10 feet away. I can only imagine how loud that must be in their ears and how bad that must be for their hearing.
If you worry about your hearing or the hearing of your kid or another loved one that wears earphones a lot dB Logic has a new set of earphones that will be perfect for you. The earphones are called the EP-100 and are shipping now for about $30. The headphones have special SPL2 technology inside that protect the user from hearing damage associated with listening to music too loudly for a long time.
The circuits inside the headphones regulate the volume without causing distortion and other issues with the music. The technology needs no batteries either and is transparent to the user. The earphones come in silver, red, blue, pink, green, and orange colors and are available right now on Amazon and directly from the manufacturer.
There are a lot of companies in the home theater and audio business that make some really nice speakers and other audio gear. One of the companies that many people really like is Klipsch. Klipsch makes some seriously high-end speakers for home theaters that will run you $30,000 or more and the company has much cheaper offerings for us normal folks.
Klipsch used to be in the PC speaker market and my favorite set of surround sound speakers ever for a PC came from them. Audiovox is a company that used to be big in the consumer electronics and radio market and is still part of the market; I just rarely hear about them or see their products today. Audiovox has announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Klipsch.
The deal will cost Audiovox $166 million and will make Klipsch a wholly owned subsidiary of Audiovox. The Klipsch brand will live on and the company will be run separately and remain in its current US headquarters. The deal is expected to close in the next 30 days. I would bet that the move would see some new tech coming to Audiovox gear.
Sonance makes a wide range of speakers for different uses. Most of its speaker offerings are designed to be hidden away inside the walls or ceiling inside your home so you can hear your music without having to see speakers. Sonance has announced a new line of outdoor speakers called the Landscape Series. The line includes satellite speakers and a subwoofer.
The satellites include very similar LS67SAT and LS47SAT offerings. They both have 0.75" tweeters and up to 25W of power handling. The difference in the two offerings is in price and woofer size. The LS67 has a 6" woofer and the LS47 has a 3.5" woofer. The speakers have several mounting options.
They are designed to be mounted in a tree and they can be stuck in the yard with stakes as well. The company has also unveiled the LS10SUB with a 10" woofer and 100W of power handling. It is designed to be buried or covered with a brown canopy that is included to hide it in the yard. The LS47SAT sells for $380, the LS67SAT sells for $720, and the LS10SUB sells for $2500.
If you are setting up a multi-room audio solution, you may need an amp of some sort. What sort of amp you need really depends on the complexity of the system you are designing. If you have a big home or a business that you want music in with a bunch of rooms, SAVANT has the amp for your system and it's called the AMP-1640.
The 1640 has 16-channels of sound and provides 40 wpc at 8 ohms or 50 wpc at 4 ohms. The amp is a big unit that is rack mountable and takes up three slots in the rack. SAVANT designed it to work with any of its whole room audio systems. The frequency response of the amp is 20H to 20kHz.
Each of the channels has its own level control and has inputs for RCA and screw terminal jacks for speaker wire. The amp has no fans and has an overload protection circuit on the front panel. Configuration options allow the amp to support stereo and mono applications. The device is available now at an undisclosed price.
Razer are really pushing their gear lately, most of it being reviewed by sites, magazines and actual people, all loving it. Today is another day, another release from Razer with an impressive looking Ferox portable gaming system.
The speakers are described as "sophisticated, modern day boombox for gamers," they also promise to deliver room-filling, 360 degree omni-directional sound, 12 hours of battery life from the built-in rechargeable batteries and the best bit? Full compatibility with any device with a 3.5mm jack.
If you live in an area where the radio stations are not to your liking and you want to listen to something other than your own music collection internet radio is a good option. You can find just about any music genre you want on the web and stream those tracks all you want. Since you have to be web connected for internet radio most folks can only listen via their computer.
If you are a serious web radio fan, you may want a way to get your radio preferences in a room with no computer sitting around. Grace Digital Audio has a new internet radio system that is just what you want. The system is called the Micro System Wi-Fi Stereo Shelf system. It has integrated WiFi and can directly tune internet radio stations without a computer. The system has 15W of power and a pair of speakers with 3.5" mains and 1" tweeters.
The system supports Pandora, NPR, Rhapsody, and local stations via FM, AM, and HD tuners. The device also supports Sirius online so you can listen to your subscription service inside without having to get a new tuner. The system is also compatible with WEP and WPA wireless security and has an LCD on front for viewing stations and a remote for controlling from across the room.
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.