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Kenwood SP0001 transparent speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2009

Kenwood SP0001 transparent speakersLooking for a pair of speakers to impress your friends with? These Kenwood SP0001 transparent speakers should do the trick. Maybe. I’m not sure. They’re cool, but something about them is very washer/dryer like. If you like transparent washers/dryers then this is gold.

They must look better than they sound however, with a disappointing 10Wx2ch, with 8Ω power, yet costing €765. It comes with a matching pair of stands with white and blue LEDs.

Kenwood Squeezophone 360° speaker delivers sound everywhere

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2009

Kenwood Squeezophone 360°I know what you’re thinking. You’ve never seen such a fine specimen of speaker technology merged with Wiffle ball design. I couldn’t agree more. Kenwood’s Squeezophone 360° speaker is similar to the insanely expensive Sony Soutina speakers, pumping music in all directions with acoustic technology.

We don’t know much else because it’s still in the development stages. We feel pretty confident it won’t be cheap. Making things look like Wiffle balls is an expensive business. I applaud their creative genius and their willingness to venture into such uncharted territory.

Aqua Sounder provides music for the pool party

Posted in Speakers by Shane McGlaun on April 6th, 2009

aquasounder-sbSummer is almost here in many areas. Spring may have only just officially begun, but in the south, the summer heat will be here in mere weeks. That means that many people are already getting their swimming pools ready for the summer.

If you are looking for a way to get some music outside during your pool party without risking shock or frying your MP3 player Grace Audio has a new waterproof speaker system that is pretty slick called the Aqua Sounder wireless speaker. The Aqua Sounder is a round orb speaker that floats on the surface of the water pumping out the tunes from a wireless transmitter up to 150 feet away.

GenevaSound creates largest sound bar, with largest price tag

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2009

GenevaSound creates largest sound bar, with largest price tagGenevaSound’s Home Theater system sound bar is the longest sound bar ever designed but it’s yet to be tested. The sound bar sports a 700-watt amplifier and seven speakers which include a 12-inch subwoofer.

All of that, with just 2.1 virtual surround sound. With those speakers and a $4000 price tag, I want 7.1 with a Blu-ray drive and a lot more. What this bar includes? A CD player, radio, and an iPod/iPhone dock to play all your favorite music when not watching TV.

QPD speakers are motorized

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2009

QPD speakers are motorizedMost speakers, though they may deliver great sound, just sit there doing nothing more than sounding off. These QPD speakers however do a little more. They’re motorized so they can do things like park themselves back into the ceiling or wall and disappear from sight.

That way when you aren’t using them, no one knows they are there. Pretty cool. And they won’t take up any extra room in your environment, while letting you add as many as you want, anywhere you want.

Calvin Klein MP3 speaker bottle

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Calvin Klein MP3 speaker bottleLooking for a gimmicky new scent other than your usual BO? Calvin Klein has you covered. Their “We are One” campaign, which starts next month, has Calvin Klein offering bottles of CK One & CK Be with a removable MP3 speaker in the base.

This will allow you to smell better, more loudly. Or something. The limited-edition 100ml collector’s bottle and packaging for Calvin Klein CK one and CK Be are decorated with the “we are one” slogan in multiple languages, spreading the spirit of unity. While spreading foul smelling fragrances everywhere.

iBoobs combines rest, music and a soft bosom

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

iBoobs combines rest, music and a soft bosomRelaxation, music and boobs. What more do you want? Not all of us have an available bosom in our lives though. Whether your girlfriend is away or you just don’t have one, just rest your head on iBoobs and all will be right with the world.

It’s a boob inspired relaxation system that features soft padding with a velvet-type material, with nipples covering the speakers, (Not pictured) and it has a headphone jack wire with volume control to connect your MP3 player, mobile phone, computer, or TV. It also runs on batteries.

Tripod iPod speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

Tripod iPod speakerWe’ve covered our share of cheap crap gadgets ’round these parts, but sometimes what looks like a cheap gadget can surprise you. Like this Tripod MP3 speaker for instance. Yeah, iPod/MP3 speakers are a dime a dozen, but they aren’t all created equal. I picked up one of these Tripod speakers because although my laptop has great sound, it could be louder, so I figured I would take a chance on this one.

The design is cool because it pumps the music in three directions. And as far as loudness, it doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s surprisingly loud and I haven’t had any sound problems at all, like crackling etc. Just attach your MP3 player via the headphone jack, plug it into your USB port and you’re good to go.

Canton tunes up new Reference Series speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on February 3rd, 2009

Canton Reference Speakers

Canton is adding three new loudspeakers to its flagship line of Reference speakers. These new models, the Reference 5.2, 7.2 and 9.2, price for around $10,000, $7,000 and $4,000 per pair, respectively.

The Reference 5.2 and Reference 7.2 are three-way floor standing loudspeakers, and the Reference 9.2 is a two-way monitor speaker designed for pedestal mounting. Canton says these speakers are most notable for their aluminum oxide ceramic dome tweeters. This offers “a smaller dome radius and significant improvements in power handling and distortion characteristics.”

Orb Audio unveils stylish new speaker stands

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on February 2nd, 2009

Orb Audio TOSS

Speaker systems manufactuer Orb Audio today added some new high grade speaker floor stands to its line up. The new TOSS model runs for around $220 a pair.

The Orb Audio TOSS (Tubes of Sculpted Steel) floor stands are handcrafted and consist of a diamond-shaped steel tube which is combined with a gentle curve for a nicer look. The 4-lb. radius laser-cut base is crafted from cold rolled steel sourced from what Orb says are U.S. mills. Speaker wire runs through the curved steel riser to the top and is hidden.

Trek up your desk with this 3 in 1 speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Trek up your desk with this 3 in 1 speakerBack in October we told you about this cool looking retro speaker that sports Star Trek looks and gives you 3 gadgets in one. Speaker, 4 USB ports, and a clock. We had a chance to check one out in person recently. The good news is that it looks just as awesomely Trek in person. The design is really cool and you can easily see this on the set of the original Star Trek.

As soon as you power it up, the one thing that hits you is how bright the LED lights are. Blindingly bright. Almost annoyingly so. It will bother some people, while others won’t mind, since having a good looking hub on your desk is the trade-off. The lights do make it look more Sci-Fi if you have that kind of decor. The clock is pretty cool. No problems there. And as a hub it does it’s job.

Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS3 speaker system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS3 speaker systemIf you’re in the market for a new speaker system for your iPod or iPhone, you might want to give Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS3 a look see. It features 100 watts of stereo sound and will keeping your iPod/iPhone charged when connected. The “soundbar” has a 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer that features a downward firing enclosure design and frequency response of 35Hz-150Hz.

The mini remote control will keep your lazy butt well away from the i-DS3. Connectivity options include S-video, composite video output and auxiliary input. The Horizon i-DS3 will be available in March.

Polk Audio PSWi225 Wireless Sub Woofer

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Polk Audio PSWi225 Wireless Sub WooferWires stink when it comes to having a bunch of audio equipment. That’s why Polk Audio is offering the PSWi225 Subwofer that uses 2.4Ghz wireless transmission to deliver a 40-180 Hz response from anywhere in the room.

Measuring 12 inch x 13 inch x 12 inch, the PSWi225 can be positioned wherever the bass response is most effective. The enclosure features a rugged Long-throw Dynamic Balance® co-polymer driver with Butyl Rubber surround for maximum performance and reliability. The Polk PSWi2255 will be released in March 2009 for $399.

Mr. and Mrs. Radio Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Radio SpeakersThey must be newlyweds because we haven’t seen them before. Speakers or no, they’re an odd couple from Profit Charm. The pair is available in different colors. Mr. Speaker apparently has no shirt and proudly shows off his name on his chest. Mrs Speaker on the other hand wears a shirt and nothing else. So, I’m guessing they can’t make up their minds about being nudists or not.

Both speakers will work with your iPod or computer, laptop etc and they also play FM Radio. They’re powered by USB and I’m assuming their creepy faces light up.

Parrot showcases deluxe iPod/iPhone wireless speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 23rd, 2009

Zikmu

Parrot recently teamed with designer Philippe Starck to unveil some stylish and rather pricey wireless iPod speakers. These speakers are known as Zikmu and they will price around $1,500 when they become available this spring.

The Zikmu set of wireless speakers make use of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies. Bluetooth is used for both wireless audio transfer between speakers as well as audio streaming from compatible devices using A2DP stereo wireless technology. Wi-Fi allows one to wirelessly stream audio from a user’s PC or Mac.