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Nexx NF-810 Personal Media Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Nexx by Quagmire on October 29th, 2006

Nexx NF-810

Coming off strikingly similar to the iPod Nano, the Nexx NF-810 is a slender Personal Media Player capable of playing your favorite music and video.

Measuring 39mm x 88mm x 7mm and weighing just 38 grams, the NF-810 is a handy multi-function device. In addition to its standard duties as a personal media player it operates as a JPEG photo viewer, FM radio, and voice recorder.

The NF-810 is capable of playing video in the form of SMV files and Nexx provides the necessary software to convert existing MPEG/WMV/AVI movies into SMV. The 1.66″ TFT screen is capable of 65k colors.

Other features include a multi-lingual interface and digital equalizer with battery life rated at ten hours.

While the NF-810 certainly borrowed a page from the Apple design book, it is a sharp-looking player packed with features.

Nexx will be offering the NF-810 in 512MB, 1GB, and …

Tiny Black Pearl Mobile Phone

Posted in Bluetooth,Digital Audio,Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Black Pearl GSMThe Black Pearl GSM from Haier weighs in at only 64g and is 3.5 inches at it’s longest point which makes this probably the smallest mobile phone I have seen (aside from Zoolander of course).

The Black Pearl GSM is comparable to the size of a lipstick case, and aside from the world phone GSM capabilities the tiny mobile device also contains an MP3 player, FM Stereo tuner, a voice recorder and a nice 1.1″ color OLED display at a 96×96 resolution.

With the small Black Pearl GSM, you can also transmit that FM signal, use it as a USB memory drive with it’s existing 128MB (it charges via the USB interface, by the way) and add additional storage up to 1GB with the Trans-Flash slot or use wireless Bluetooth to transfer your data from this small, almost thumb drive size mobile phone.

The Black Pearl …

Ultra-Versatile Music and Video Player from TrekStor

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,TrekStor by Paul Patterson on October 22nd, 2006

iBeat Vision DM

TrekStor, German designer and manufacturer of external hard disks, USB sticks, and portable digital media players, has released its first portable music and video player in the U.S. The glossy-black i.Beat vision DM is not only aimed at the music and video fanatic, but at those who also want to view JPEG photos, listen to FM radio, or record conversation or dictation.

At less than three inches long and an inch-and-half wide, the i.Beat vision DM features a sharp 1.3″ LCD Screen for displaying colorful menus, viewing photos, or watching videos.

The player incorporates an FM radio which has the capability to record directly off the radio or you can record all of your great ideas with the built-in voice recorder. You can also play your favorite podcasts or audio books making it a flexible solution for you to manage your photos, audio books, videos, and …

Samsung K5 MP3 player is Mini Boombox

Posted in Digital Audio,Samsung by Paul Patterson on October 20th, 2006

Samsung K5 MP3 PlayerAre you looking for an MP3 player that allows you to listen to your tunes with or without headphones? The Samsung K5 MP3 Player features slide-out stereo speakers that turn this player into a mini boombox, giving you the freedom to listen to your library free of your headphones when the need arises.

This player is great for people who travel frequently as it also serves as a travel alarm clock, waking you up the next morning with your favorite song. The built-in Li-Poly rechargeable battery gives you 30+ hours of playback without recharging and the 1.71″ OLED screen displays your favorite photos making you feel right at home.

The K5 is available in 2GB and 4GB model and is available now for $259 (USD).

Some Sick iPods

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2006

iPod VirusYes, I think the iPod is pretty cool, but we are talking about the more common use of the word “sick”.

Apple said yesterday that it had discovered that a some of its Video iPods shipped with a Windows virus on the player.

“Less than 1 percent” of the Video iPods sold after Sept. 12 were infected with the Windows RavMon.exe virus, Apple said.

“This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it,” Apple said in a statement on it’s web site. “So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy …

Agile Audio with Belkin TuneCast 3 FM Transmitter

Posted in Digital Audio by Quagmire on October 13th, 2006

Belkin TuneCast 3Belkin has released its new universal FM Transmitter, the TuneCast 3. With the TuneCast 3 you can enjoy your music and movies through any FM stereo receiver.
Listen to any of your gadgets with a 3.5mm headphone jack such as: MP3 players, portable DVD players, PSPs, CD players, and laptop computers.

The TuneCast 3 is perfect for long car rides, especially when there are kids in tow. Families with multiple MP3 and audio devices will find it a perfect solution to keep everyone entertained – just plug your portable DVD player into the TuneCast 3 and the whole car can listen to the movie. Once everyone has fallen asleep, connect your MP3 player to the TuneCast 3 to listen to your music and enjoy a moment of solitude.

Other features include:

Transmits on FM channels 88.1MHz 107.9MHz with 2 memory presets.
Cable management and status …

iPod is Ultimate Stereo Remote with Belkin TuneStage II

Posted in Bluetooth,Digital Audio,iPod by Paul Patterson on October 12th, 2006

TuneStage IILooking for an easy way to listen to your iPod through your home stereo? The Belkin TuneStage II turns your iPod into the ultimate remote control so you can play the music from your iPod through your home stereo wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. You can have complete control over all iPod functions: change playlists, search for artists or individual songs, and adjust volume – all with the iPod click wheel.

Featuring advanced Bluetooth v2.0 technology, TuneStage II provides enhanced audio quality, improved rejection of interference, and lower power consumption. TuneStage II is fully backward-compatible with Bluetooth v1.2 and v1.1.

Some of the features of the TuneStage II include:

Bluetooth Version 2.0 with EDR
Access your playlists and all iPod features from up to 30 ft. away
Makes your iPod into a wireless remote
Up to 7 hours of playtime on a fully charged iPod3
Requires no batteries, …

Sony Walkman Noise Canceling Headphones

Posted in Digital Audio,Sony,Walkman by Chetz on October 12th, 2006

Noise Canceling Sony Walkman

The noise canceling feature is what is being boasted by Sony’s new NW-700 series Walkman‘s, but there is more in this new offering than just that.

First things first, the new MP3 player Walkman has a tiny specialized microphone in the ear bud that it uses to pick up external noise and apply noise canceling sound. This is great when in a plane, car or in a busy place so you can better hear just want you want to hear. Noise canceling headphones are great, and ear bud styles make it even better.

The NW-700 Walkman Noise Canceling headphones come in an array of colors including black, brown, a couple shades of blue and pink, and you can get it with capacities of either 1G or 2G.

One really neat feature on the new Walkman’s aside from the noise canceling feature is the Electroluminescence display. This …

Take Your MP3′s For a Ride via Sony Xplode

Posted in Automotive,Digital Audio,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 8th, 2006

Sony CDX-GT510 CD/MP3 Car Receiver

Pictured here is the Sony Xplode CDX-GT510 CD/MP3 Car Stereo Receiver. If you are one of those who want to take their digital music collections on the road in their car, Sony released some new car receivers that will make this a lot easier. Sony announced the release of 4 versions of the Xplod in-dash CD car stereos. These car stereos give you more options for playing burned CDs, MP3 and WMA files in your car. How it works is that the stereo has an auxiliary input port on the faceplate so you can plug in your portable music player into the stereo with a standard 1/8-inch mini jack. When I first saw this announcement I was hoping I would be able to upload my music into the car stereo itself, but this is not the case. It simply allows you to …

iTunes Users to Hear Starbucks Music

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio by Paul Patterson on October 6th, 2006

Starbucks Hear MusicStarbucks and Apple today announced the availability of the Starbucks Hear Music catalog on the iTunes Store. This is great news for iTunes users as they will now have the ability to preview, buy and download a wide variety of Starbucks popular Hear Music tunes.

Hear Music produces a wide range of albums which showcase both new and classic artists. Popular collections like the Artist Choice series, Opus Collections, and Debut Series releases make this a popular brand among coffee and music aficionados. The iTunes Store will showcase the Starbucks Hear Music offerings in a special new Starbucks Entertainment section.

2004 was a big year for Starbucks Hear Music as it was launched on XM Satellite Radio and also saw the opening of a Starbucks Hear Music Coffeehouse in Santa Monica. Visitors to the coffeehouse can …

Best Buy Opens Digital Music Store

Posted in Digital Audio,Services by Paul Patterson on October 5th, 2006

Best Buy Digital Music StoreBest Buy announced today the release of its Best Buy Digital Music Store. This new service will give music lovers yet another option in the increasingly competitive digital music domain.

The new digital music service is powered by the RealNetworks Rhapsody 4.0 music service, and features both a permanent download store and a subscription download service.

This announcement is great for consumers who will now have even more options for purchasing digital music. Best Buy has a long road ahead of them with competitors like the iTunes Music Store dominating with over 80% market share and the recent launch of the Microsoft Zune Marketplace.

Is it Live, Or is it Xmod?

Posted in Digital Audio by Darrin Olson on October 4th, 2006

Creative XmodAlthough it looks like it might be a music player itself, the Creative Xmod Xtreme Fidelity gadget is actually used to improve the sound of you music for your existing player.

If you really like your music to be crystal clear with the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity standard from Creative you might want to look into this. The Xmod device goes inline in between your player and the speakers or headphones that you are listening to, and actually improves the quality of the music beyond that of CD quality, according to the press release at Creative.com.

The Xmod works with a PC, Mac, ZEN, iPod or just about any MP3 player and will improve the sound of the digital audio files for MP3′s, WMA’s, iTunes or AAC. This allows you to hear your existing digital songs in an X-Fi format without having to actually …

COWON iAUDIO F2 Portable Entertainment Player

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Paul Patterson on October 2nd, 2006

iAUDIO F2Cowon Systems recently launched the sophisticated ultra-mini MP3P, the ‘iAUDIO F2‘. The iAUDIO F2 incorporates a stylish and unique design into a user-friendly and functional player.

You can play videos and view text or images with the 260,000-color high definition LCD – all while listening to music. The 1.3 inch TFT-LCD allows users to navigate all the device operations with ease. The 9 function buttons are integrated on the front control and can easily be operated with one hand.

The iAUDIO F2 can be used as a pendant as it weighs in at an unnoticeable 39g (including battery) ensuring for exceptional portability. The built-in lithium polymer battery provides up to 22 hours of continuous play with just 3 hours of charging.

You can record all of your great ideas with the built-in microphone or you can use the direct encoding to receive and record sound …

Keep the Beat with PP01 from Intempo

Posted in Digital Audio,Intempo by Paul Patterson on October 1st, 2006

Intempo PP01The PP01 is a digital radio that has been designed to complement and enhance even the most beautiful and sophisticated living and working spaces. The PP01 has a super-slim footprint which allows you to personalize it with your own design or photo. Intempo has teamed up with the folks at mybiggerpicture.com to print personalized speaker covers for Intempo customers.

The PP01 works by swapping the interchangeable speaker cover for one that suits your style or mood. You can choose from a variety of standard pop-on covers or use your creative energies to make your own designs or use your favorite picture.

Some of the features of the PP01 include:

Ultra-slim Radio with 2 X 2W Flat Panel NXT Stereo Speakers
DAB and FM (RDS) digital radio (DAB band III)
Truly portable with integrated Rechargeable battery pack giving 20 hours from full charge (DAB) – ideal for bathrooms …

Sony NW-S205 Walkman

Posted in Digital Audio,Exercise Gadgets,Sony by Chetz on October 1st, 2006

Sony Walkman NW-S205FSThis new MP3 player from Sony definitely has the athlete in mind when they designed it. When you look at the NW-S205 Walkman it has athlete written all over it, beginning with the small and sleek design.

The NW-S205 (part of the new NW-S200 series from Sony) is only 3.8 inches long and has a diameter of .6 inches. The trade off for having something this small is the interface. It only has a one line small visual interface for reading the information, and some small twist and rocker controls to navigate, but once you get it running you are set.

For transferring data to the Walkman, there is a small USB port on the end that you can hook up to your PC and use the supplied software (SonicStage) to manage the data transfer. Some features of the NW-S205 Walkman:

The NW-S205 can hold up …