When the new iPod nano launched with its touchscreen and the face that could be a clock, there were geeks everywhere that had the same though. The new nano would make a really cool and geeky watch with the right case. So far, we have seen a number of watchbands for the nano surface and some were cooler than others were. Griffin has jumped into the game with a new nano watchband called the Slap.
My kids will recognize right away that this is one of those slap bracelets that they play with. The Slap from Griffin Technology is a silicon case with a flexible metal inside. Once you put your nano into the area that holds it all you have to do is slap the thing onto your wrist. The band will wrap around your wrist automatically making for a snug fit.
I am sure that we are all familiar with wireless headphones. Typically, we are talking about headphones that use Bluetooth or headphones that use special 2.4GHz dongles to connect to computers and other things from across the room. Elecom has unveiled a new set of Wireless headphones for the iPod shuffle that are far from what you would expect in wireless headphones.
The headset doesn't need wires, but it is not what you would expect to find. Rather than having Bluetooth gear or 2.4GHz wireless connectivity inside, the thing has a 3.5mm headphone jack on one of the earpieces of the headphones. Rather than having to run a wire from the headphones to the shuffle, the Elecom headphones - called the Actrail - have a headphone plug and the shuffle sticks to the side of the earpiece.
Apple has come to terms with one of their long time foes and Beatles fans everywhere who use iTunes are rejoicing. Apple, EMI, and Beatles-founded company Apple Corps have come to terms and now all 13 of the Beatles studio albums are now available on iTunes.
If you've visited Apple's homepage today, you've already noticed the Beatle-centric flavor that their site has taken. In addition to the studio albums being available, iTunes also has links to the Beatles box set, video highlights, and even a Ping page for those using the new function. "It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we've had since we launched iTunes ten years ago," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Most Bluetooth headsets tend to look the same with black and silver designs that are more for function than fashion. The average Bluetooth headset is fine for many of us, but there are some out there that want their headsets to work well and look really good. For these folks there are are some fashionable headsets out there such as the offerings from Jawbone that put a lot of focus on looks and functionality.
Jawbone has unveiled a new product called the Jambox that is a Bluetooth speaker and hands free system that will work with any Bluetooth device including music phones, computers, and more. The speaker has a pair of drivers and an ultra small dome that claims to make a spectrum of sound almost as wide as the human ear can hear.
When it comes to headphones and earphones, anything will do for some users. For some listeners they want a set of headphones with good sound and the ability to control music. If these listeners are on a music phone like the iPhone, most folks also want headphones that have a mic and the ability to take calls without having to unplug or use speakerphone. Urbanears has unveiled a new set of headphones that is specifically for the iPhone.
The headphones are called the Urbanears Plattan Plus. The headphones have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a remote integrated into the cable. They are made for iPhone certified meaning they function perfectly for controlling the music on the device and for making and receiving calls. The Plattan Plus headphones have controls for answering and ending calls and for adjusting the volume of the tracks.
Audiophiles won't be caught dead using the earphones that came with their MP4 payer or music phone. They are always out for a set of earphones or headphones that offer better sound quality and look cool while sounding good. Future Sonics sells a line of earphones that are certainly aimed at the audiophile and the companies latest are called the Atrio Special Edition.
The ASE earphones use a new MG7 transducer and have TrueTimbre audio quality to deliver rich, full sound to the listener. The earphones use multiple drive earphones have no crossover allowing them to be used on stage, in a studio, or plugged into your iPod. The earphones also have noise-isolating tips and come with several tip sizes for a custom fit. The drivers are also designed to deliver quality audio for a rich sound at lower volumes to protect the wearers hearing. Future Sonics earphones have been used by musicians like U2 and Phil Collins.
If you are an audio fan that has dreamed of playing a guitar instead of just listening to your favorite tracks or playing games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero Rockmaster is for you. This new stagekit is from Peavey Guitars and Wicked Audio and it packs in everything an aspiring musician needs to start playing the guitar for realz.
The kit includes a 5-in- bundle with a guitar, internal dual channel headphone amp, cable, integrated digital tuner, a strap, picks, and a GT-5 amplifier. That GT-5 amp has an MP3 input that will let the player plug in a MP3 player to play along with their favorite tunes on a real guitar. Wicked Audio also adds a set of its black Jaw Breakers earbuds to the kit.
Audiophiles will spend a lot of money on high-end hardware to be able to listen to their music with better quality. You can be that an audiophile wouldn't be caught dead listening to their music on the go using the headphones that ship with their MP3 player or music phone. Audiophiles have a new brand to choose from with French EarSonics earphones now in the US at Sound Earphones.
Among the Earsonics, offerings are the new and high-end SM3 earphones that sell for $379 and include free shipping. The earphones use a 3-way triple driver design with a driver for mids, a driver for highs, and a driver for lows in each earpiece. The 3-way design makes for an extended frequency response.
Creative has been known for its line of sound blaster sound cards in gaming circles for years. The company did for audio what ATI and NVIDIA do for graphics in gaming computers. Over the last year or so, things have been quiet on the sound card front with few new products coming to market. Creative has unveiled a couple new Sound Blaster sound cards for the Australian market today.
The new sound cards include the PCI-E X-Fi Titanium HD discrete audio card and the USB Sound Blaster Digital Music Premium HD digital audio system. Both of the devices have THX TruStudio PC audio tech inside to add quality to audio listened to on the PC. The X-Fi card has audiophile grade DACs and has a 123db signal to noise ratio.
The home theater fan has a huge number of speakers on the market today to choose from. There are offerings that are affordable enough for the average Joe, but lack the quality that high-end fans want in speakers. A company called Aperion audio has unveiled a new line of home theater speakers that are aimed at high-end shoppers that have the budget for quality.
The line is called Aperion Versus Grand Home Theater Speakers and the line is matched to provide quality sound. The series has tower speakers, a center channel, and bookshelf speakers for rear channels. The 5.0 system can be turned into a 5.1 system with the addition of the Aperion Bravus subwoofer.
Geeks can be some of the hardest people to shop for. Many of us tend to already have the latest gadgets and the best computer gear so finding gifts for birthdays and holidays is challenging. If you know a geek that likes music, and most do, Pandora has a cool new gift subscription offering that is working right now that will make an excellent gift.
The service will let you purchase a gift subscription for a year's worth of access to anyone you want. The gift price for a year is $36 and you can give the gift as a printable gift card or as an email gift card. The email option will be perfect for people who want to give someone a gift that lives far away. Another cool feature of the email option is that you can schedule the gift to be sent up to a year in advance.
Pioneer Electronics has been in the audio world for as long as I can remember. My dad had a Pioneer stereo when I was a kid. Today the company makes all sorts of electronics for audio fans and home theater users. Pioneer also has an entire line of gear that is specifically aimed at the professional or aspiring DJ. That gear runs the gamut from turntables and controllers to the headphones and mics a DJ needs during a performance.
The latest product to be added to the Pioneer DJ line is aimed at DJs, but can be used by anyone and is a special edition of the HDJ-1000 DJ headphones. The headphones have previously been spied in a chrome finish, the new gold version is metallic looking, and a new black version is available as well and shares the same specifications. The headphones are designed to fold away for portability and storage and have a mono or stereo selector switch.
Aluratek has released a pretty versatile looking product called the Internet Radio Alarm Clock(IRAC). With a WiFi connection, this little device can stream content from over 11,000 radio stations worldwide with no monthly subscription fees.
The IRAC does really function as an alarm clock, allowing you to wake up to your choice of alarm tones, radio stations, or even music from an external USB device such as an Ipod or flash drive. An FM tuner is built in for local radio service, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and dual RCA plugs to connect some beefier speakers than the onboard 2x2W stereo provided. The Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock retails for $99 and is available now.
It's been a while since I saw a new PMP launch with a traditional HDD for storage rather than flash. Flash is generally used in portable devices because it needs less power and can survive the drops and bumps that come with life on the road better than a HDD can. The downside is that you get less storage with flash for the same money than you would with a HDD. Cowon has unveiled the X7 PMP in Korea and it uses a HDD for storage.
The HDD is available in 80GB, 100GB, and 160GB varieties. We have the large 4.3-inch screen to thank in part for the high storage capacity and space to fit in a HDD. Just be sure you don't drop it or you might find your new PMP no longer works. That big 4.3-inch screen is touch capable and the resolution is a mystery for now.
There are tons of speaker docks on the market today that will work with the iPad and the iPhone. There aren't that many available that will work with the iPad though. If you want, a dock that will charge your iPad while you listen to music or watch video iLuv has a new offering for you. The new iMM747 speaker dock will support any dockable Apple device.
One of the cooler features of the dock is that you don't have to mess with those little cradles that you have to exchange to support different devices on some docks. The iMM747 has an adjustable back that will work with any dockable iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad without those trays. The speaker dock is larger and wider than many we see thanks to its ability to work with the iPad. The dock measures 14.3" W x 5" H x 3.7" D and weighs 2-pounds.
When it comes to headphones I want something that sounds better than the junk that ships with my iPhone, but I certainly won't spend hundreds of bucks, let alone thousands for a set of headphones. If you are an audiophile with money to burn or a new credit card to break in Ultrasone has a new set of headphones called the Edition 10 headphones.
The things are the first open back headphones to come from Ultrasone and are a limited edition. Only 2010 units will be made and each will have its own serial number. The Edition 10 headphones have a Zebrano wood stand and a wooden storage box. The drivers are paired for optimum sound and are 40mm each. Ultrasone also uses magnets that are 10% more powerful than others for higher sound pressure levels.
One day we won't need an outlet to power or charge our gadgets, the sun will do it for us. Today the average solar cell can't capture enough power from the sun to charge or power most of our gadgets in a reasonable amount of time. A new concept gadget has surfaced with the Sony brand that uses solar power called the Eclipse.
The Eclipse is a media a player that sticks to a window with a suction cup. The backside solar panels are able to capture power from the sun and apparently, the concept only uses solar power. The device would feature Bluetooth for connecting to a smartphone or PC for music streaming and getting other content and weather information.
When it comes to listening to your favorite music, where you live often has a lot to do with the types of radio stations in your area. For instance, my area has a ton of country music stations, but offers no modern rock station so you can either listen to pop or old 80's rock. For people in this situation, Sirius XM satellite radio is perfect.
Many new vehicles come with the hardware for satellite radio installed, but if you need an add-on radio to tune into the Sirius XM offerings the company has a new one that you might like called the XM Snap! that will sell for under $60. The Snap is set to launch this month and will be able to tune any of the content offered on the network.
I am a big fan of Klipsch speakers for many uses. The best surround sound computer speakers I have ever owned came from Klipsch and the company has some fantastic home theater speakers as well. Many of the speakers that come from Klipsch are very expensive, but some of them are not out of the reach of most of us.
The latest offering from Klipsch is a speaker that isn't too expensive at $199.99 and is designed to be used outside with the Klipsch LightSpeaker system. The LightSpeaker system isn't included with the AudioRock speaker though and if you don't have one it will set you back another $600. The AudioRock speaker is weatherproof and rustproof. Inside the speaker are dual 0.75" tweeters and a dual voice coil 5.25" woofer.
There are a lot of people out there who swim to keep fit. These folks would probably like to listen to some music while they work out, just as people who work out on dry land like to do. The catch for the swimmer is that water and your typical headphones and PMPs simply don't mix. Those that sweat a lot during workouts in the gym will also tell you that sweat can ruin your headphones. A company called H2O Audio has announced a new set of headphones that can survive in the water called the Surge 2G.
The new Surge 2G headphones are 100% waterproof and can be used up to 12-feet deep. The headphones are also completely resistant to being washed and to heavy sweating. Naturally, you will have to pair these headphones with some sort of waterproof case for your PMP or buy one of the several waterproof players that H2O audio sells. The headphones are designed for bass amplified sound.