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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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