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Speaker Buddies are creepy children

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2008

Speaker Buddies are creepy childrenWhoever it was that said that children should be seen and not heard probably didn’t own any Speaker Buddies. These creepy kids are seen and heard. And for some reason they look like Kenny from Southpark. It’s British designer Alex Underwood’s idea for turnig your hi-fi into some sort of creepy ode to Kenneth, he who dies alot. There they sit in ominous judgment of all who enter your home, blasting sound out of their hood. Thankfully they remain a concept at the moment, but that could change.

I-MU Vibro Speaker turns surfaces into speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

I-MU Vibro Speaker turns surfaces into speakersThe I-MU Vibro Speaker claims to turn just about any hard, flat surface into external speakers for your iPod or compatible mp3 player. It does this with ‘patented super-energy crystals’. Wow. That’s a new one. The device will presumably give you a very loud desk. No comment on the shape and how this device could potentially be misused in other situations. If you’re a big believer in ‘patented super-energy crystals’, why not give it a go for £29.99.

New Canton loudspeakers have ceramic dome tweeters

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on September 16th, 2008

Canton Reference 3.2 DC

Canton is now shipping it said its first flagship “Reference” line of high-end loudspeakers. This particular model is the Canton Reference 3.2 DC and you’ll find it retailing around $16,000 per pair.

The Canton Reference 3.2 DC, according to its maker, includes the first use of the company’s new ceramic dome tweeter and TCC (Triple Curve Cone) midrange and bass drivers. The loudspeaker is a large floor-standing three-way bass reflex system, with the enclosue housing a two-chamber “monocoque structure with curved side panels formed of five pressure-laminated layers of acoustically inert fiber-board.”

Altec Lansing’s Moondance GLOW: the new iPod speaker system of choice for hip hippies

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on September 10th, 2008

Altec Lansing inMotion Moondance GLOW

One of Altec Lansing’s newest digital audio docking speaker systems is the inMotion Moondance GLOW. This hippie-sounding bedroom system will cost you around $180 when it emerges from a cloudy haze in October.

The Moondance GLOW is called as such because you can choose a color and intensity and then project it onto the wall. It is a strange feature but, if it gets you some bedroom action, so be it. Besides lighting the night bedroom sky, this compact digital player-plus-alarm clock has two 3-inch full-range drivers to produce sound and a dock for your favorite compatible iPod.

New Altec Lansing speaker system looks cool

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on September 10th, 2008

Altec Lansing Expressionist BASS (FX3022)

Altec Lansing is giving itself a face lift today, unveiling a fresh logo and some interesting new products. One of these is the new Expressionist BASS desktop speaker system, priced around $130.

The Expressionist BASS system is what is called the industry’s first 2.2 desktop speaker system. Altec Lansing deems it such because the speaker housings host dual down-firing, radiating subwoofers built into each base. These 4-inch long throw subwoofers radiate sound off hard surfaces and reflect audio in a 360-degree field. They are teamed as well with two 1½” (40mm) drivers for mid- and high- frequencies.

A new spin on sound: Sphere sound system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2008

A new spin on sound: Sphere sound systemIt’s still a concept, but the latest Sphere Sound System rocks it’s name. Obviously aliens are designing gadgets on this planet. The entire music system is round, not just the speakers. It is copletely and utterly spherical. Even those backwards tin hat wearing believers that the Earth is flat can not deny the roundness of this thing. Plus every piece is designed with maximum function in mind.

The subwoofer has the largest speaker and the speaker cone is flanked by two tri-channel speakers, which can be used as a 2.1 surround-sound system. The holes on the sides of the speakers are not ears, but allow deeper vibrating sounds out, which helps to generate ultra deep bass. Every sound is emphasized in the spheres. When using the unit, the main function buttons and the drive glow green. When it’s off, the power button glows red. The LCD screen also glows as the system plays music. Not only is it super functional, but just look at the decorative statement it makes.

DJ Mobile could be the loudest car ever

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2008

DJ Mobile could be the loudest car everOne look and you can tell that this vehicle is all sound. It would probably drive down your street one early morning and break every window so that when you woke up, window replacement companies would be on the move and busy all week. That’s not what it was designed for however. It’s the creation of Dutch artist Olaf Mooij, who prefers his sound loud and on the outside of his car rather then inside.

The DJ Mobile is designed to be used as a mobile PA system. It houses two turn-tables and as you can see, a rear full of speakers. Find a party, park this monster, then operate it from a DJ platform while you stand through the sunroof. All I can say is, anything driving behind the DJ mobile best not tailgate as it could surely make you deaf.

Harmon Kardon see-through speakers are ice cool

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Harmon Kardon see-through speakers are ice coolHarmon-Kardon offers the latest in the speakers that look like ice trend. At last Superman has many speaker options to choose from, for his Fortress of Solitude. Wonder Woman is pretty happy too, because these match her invisible plane.

I like the angles on these. They look vaguely alien. Harmon Kardon unveiled the GLA-55 see-through speakers at IFA 2008. They offer a 100-watt bi-amplified digital amplifier coupled with DSP equalization along with proprietary tech like the Atlas AL drivers and woofers and a CMMD tweeter, plus optimization for digital sound. They sport touch sensitive controls and they do stand out. They should be available in autumn 2008 worldwide. No word on pricing.

New Polk Audio speakers look like garden accessories

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2008

Polk Atrium

You want outdoors audio to compliment your peaceful garden but you don’t want something pumping out sound which looks like your dad’s subwoofer. Polk Audio thinks it has an answer to your prayers with its new Atrium outdoor speaker system, consisting of the Atrium Sat 30 satellite speaker and Atrium Sub 10 subwoofer, priced at around $180 and $330, respectively.

The Atrium Sat 30, according to Polk, looks like an outdoor light fixture in shape and style. It can be mounted in a variety of spaces, looking like it was made to fit into your garden. The Sat 10 subwoofer, meanwhile, resembles something like that of a plant stand or pedestal table. Both reportedly “are constructed from sealed, weatherproof designs,” meaning you should be able to enjoy them even in the pouring rain.

Hive outdoor audio system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2008

Hive outdoor audio systemThis simple and rugged speaker known as the Hive Audio System looks like it’s popping out of the ground and doing a bad Darth Vader impersonation. The Hive was specially designed for outdoor environments and comes with a sound tube that prevents the elements from damaging its precious innards, while amplifying sound.

The base gives it added stability, and since it’s wireless, the speaker can be linked to other units to form a “hive”. You know, these guys pride themselves on being the Borg of sound. Cool as the idea is, it’s just a concept. No word on when it may become something more.

Crystal USB speakers for your desktop

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 15th, 2008

Crystal USB speakers for your desktop
Speakers that look like ice aren’t just for the desktop in Superman’s Fortress Of Solitude somewhere in the arctic. They’ll look good on your desk too. And they are extremely portable and said to be the smallest performance stereo USB speakers you can get for your desktop and notebook.

They only have a 1 watt per channel rating, but hey, they’ll look good on your desk. Like icy bling. They’ll probably make you feel cool on a hot day just looking at them. They’re powered via USB, and acoustically engineered to direct sound waves towards an adjacent chamber for $39.99.

The ultimate bike sound system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2008

The ultimate bike sound system
You don’t want to leave this bike sitting unattended on the sidewalk. Anyway, it’s not like you can secure this thing with a standard lock chain. You’d need a lot of chain. Clearly, this bike was built by a man who loves sound and wants to pedal down the street like the ultimate speaker pimp, tipping his hat at people, acting like the booming bass doesn’t phase him, while his leg muscles burn from moving these mammoth speakers. Ain’t nothin but a G thing yo. G as in geek. Word.

See, a group of Trinidadian teenagers in Queens are customizing their BMX bikes. They all have one of these speaker bikes. I would imagine that it’s great exercise. Nicholas Randall and Joe Stevens made a movie about it it called Made In Queens. Check it out below.

Elecom MS-130 wood speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2008

Elecom MS-130 wood speakers
Elecom has some new wooden speakers that are fairly clean looking and cheap. Which I guess is appropriate, since they look like everyone’s cheap prefab entertainment centers etc. They Measure 80mm × 110mm × 130mm and weigh just 1.15Kgs. The new MS-130 amplifier speakers also have an output of 3 W × 2ch with a frequency of 20 Hz to 20kHz. Some other features are a stereo mini input, microphone input and output for headphones. The Elecom MS-130 should be available in Japan later this month for the price of $45.

Donkey Kong would love the USB Beer Barrel speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2008

Donkey Kong would love the USB Beer Barrel speaker
If Donkey Kong were created today instead of hundreds of years ago, this is what Donkey Kong would throw at Mario. Since it’s a speaker, the Donkey Kong theme music could play right from the barrel as Mario jumps over it. But never mind the weird connections that my brain associates with certain gadgets.

This beer barrel thing is a portable speaker for your phone or laptop. For some reason. Very portable and a great accessory to bring with you when you travel, since it will fit in your suitcase easily. You can get it for $14.00 from Brando. If any Princess-napping apes are reading this, buy these and throw them at Mario. Because I’d really like to see that.

Tikitoonz Tiki speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2008

Tikitoonz Tiki speakers
Summer will be over before you know it, so enjoy your pool by cranking out the tunes in these Tikitoonz Tiki speakers. They’ll add a touch of tropical paradise to your pool area, while sitting sternly in judgment over all.

They’re based on Polynesian carvings and feature 80 watts per channel and they’re also weather-resistant. Just do not anger the Tiki Gods. Remember what happened to the Brady Bunch in Hawaii. This pair of speakers will cost you $149.95, but you’ll be partying in style and rocking the Luau as you listen to Tiny Bubbles for the millionth time.