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Creative TravelSound portable speaker, now for the iPod nano

Posted in Speakers by Darrin Olson on May 23rd, 2008

Creative Travelsound portable speaker for the iPod nanoCreative has launched a new addition to it’s line of portable speakers with the TravelSound for the iPod nano. This one-piece speaker attaches to the docking port of Apple’s nano and pumps out the sound to share with others. This new TravelSound speaker appears very similar to the TravelSound i50 that we saw last fall for the iPod nano, and the design is no doubt inspired by it.

The new TravelSound portable speaker is relatively small and lets the 3rd generation nano fit right into the design giving it an overall thickness of less than an inch with 3.9 inches in total height. It also comes with a little plastic stand, and if you can keep from losing it since it’s not attached, will provide a safer rest for the speaker with your iPod in it.

Radioraft iPod dock pumps up pool parties

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2008

Radioraft iPod dock pumps up pool parties
Pump up the volume during your next pool party, with this floating system. The waterproof Radioraft will have your tunes pumping and jumping a full 360 degrees with five speakers and a built-in ipod dock.

It’s a completely submersible radioraft, with 400 watts of power, that will give you 8 continuous hours of play time, with 6 stainless steel cupholders, a watertight glove box to protect your iPod with controls on the top. So, yeah, they basically took a bouy and put in some cup-holders and speakers. Oh, and an iPod dock. All for the outrageous price of $2000. Your pool party guests had better be paying at the door.

Hello Kitty phone includes speakers system

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2008

Hello Kitty phone includes Speakers System
For those of you who love Hello Kitty, check out this new pink Hello Kitty themed mobile phone which includes a Hello Kitty-themed speaker system. It runs on GSM 900/1800 networks and comes with a 2.2-inch 260k color screen with 176 x 220 pixels, 1.3-megapixel camera, microSD expansion slot (512MB), integrated MP3 player, 16-LED flash sidebar, USB connectivity and preloaded with games that will brainwash you into thinking “pink” and buying more stuff with a kitty on it.

The phone even has a shake control feature for the music player where you can shake it for the next track. No word on pricing and availability. Yeah, I know, another damn Hello Kitty product. What are ya gonna do? Resistance is futile at this point. I put a bullet in a Hello Kitty MP3 player once and it just reformed, got up and spawned a new product. I ran for like 2 days and they just kept multiplying. They finally left me alone when I bought my Hello Kitty toaster. They just wanted me to conform. That’s all. It’s cool now.

Canton updates Karat speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on May 8th, 2008

Canton Karat Speakers

Canton is pumping new life into its high-end Karat loudspeakers with the introduction of six new models. The new Canton Karat 795 DC, 790 DC, 770 DC, 755 DC, 730 DC and 720 replace, respectively, the previous Karat 711 DC, 709 DC, 707 DC, 705 DC, 703 DC and 702 models. Prices range from $2,400 per speaker for the top-of-the-line Karat 795 DC, to $600 each for the two-way Karat 720.

Canton has said its new Karat speakers “incorporate upgraded drivers and crossovers, subtly refined cabinet aesthetics, and new high-gloss finish options.” One example of the technology upgrade “is a refinement in the integration between the tweeter and midrange drivers accomplished through improvements in the aluminum diaphragm, soft rubber surround, and associated crossover circuits of the midrange drivers used throughout the line.”

Klipsch goes eco-wood with new floor speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on May 8th, 2008

Klipsch Palladium P-39F speaker

Klipsch is taking what it calls an environmentally friendly approach to the development of its upcoming flagship Palladium P-39F floorstanding speaker. This speaker is currently due out this summer.

The Klipsch Palladium P-39F speaker will be using a style of zebrawood veneer, which is reportedly common in select luxury goods. Klipsch’s approach, however, will instead be a “Linia” veneer, described by the company as real wood source from trees which were part of a government sanctioned controlled harvest.

Easter Egg Speakers wobble but won’t fall down

Posted in Speakers by Darrin Olson on April 30th, 2008

Easter Egg Tumble SpeakerWe’ve seen our share of portable speakers and so far our favorite so far has to be the X-Mini Capsule speakers, mostly because they are compact and they went wireless recently. Close behind would probably be the Easter Egg Tumbler Speaker. This device, like the X-Mini, pops open to extend out the chamber a little bit and add some more bass into the pint-sized speaker (or about as much base as you can expect from something like this.) It also comes egg-shaped and heavy at one end so that it can’t be tipped over when being bumped around on your desk

Each comes as a single speaker with an audio cable for input and a USB cable that powers and charges in the internal battery. No word on exactly how much juice the speaker puts out but we’re guessing 1W, and it’s pretty hard to say on the battery life if you wanted to use this with your media player.

Sony SRSZX1 2.0 speaker system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Sony SRSZX1 2.0 speaker system
Sony’s SRSZX1 2.0 Speaker System is for the average desktop computer user that does not need or want huge-ass bass. It claims to have “an enriched sound range and fuller bass sound reproduction”. It’s best for casual use like PC gaming, audio and DVD playback etc. Design-wise it’s not Earth shattering, but it has a nice aluminum finish and comes with a compact wireless remote controller.

Some technological advances include Mobius Duct technology that ‘minimizes wind noise’, Turbo Shift technology for extended bass range and a Sigma-Type magnetic circuit for upgraded sound reproduction. Nothing on pricing yet, but I’m sure it won’t be very expensive.

Targus Speaker Book portable speakers

Posted in Speakers by Darrin Olson on April 23rd, 2008

Targus Speaker book portable speakersTargus has introduced something new for the portable speaker market called the Speaker Book. Creating a good set of portable, battery-operated speakers seems to be quite a challenge, and although we’re not sure how it sounds quite yet this one at least looks like a pretty cool solution.

The Speaker Book, like the Targus SonicPak backpack, uses the super-thin NXT Balance Radiator speaker technology and pumps out the tunes from your portable player through a standard 3.5mm jack. Also it can be powered by either three AAA batteries or from a USB connection if you want to run it from something like your notebook computer.

Gais Lisire 2.1 aluminum speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2008

Gais Lisire 2.1 aluminum speakers
If you are looking for some speakers that look totally different, check out these tubular Gais Lisire 2.1 aluminum speakers. The Gais Lisire Series 020 is a complete 2.1 channel sound system with aluminum cylindrical styling. The Lisire’s aluminum covered ported subwoofer tube is 12-inches wide and is accompanied by a pair of matching satellite speakers.

The sub is powered by a built-in 6-watt amp and the satellites output 2.5-watts per channel. Perfect for your PC or a small stereo. These are now coming to the states for $199.99.

Optimus Prime Transformers iPod dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

Optimus Prime Transformers iPod dock
This is what you get when you combine two things that we have enough of, Transformers and iPod docks. But it does have far more personality then your typcal iPod dock. It features built-in speakers and can actually transform to and from a robot.

The trailer section of Optimus Prime is the dock. Sorry, Shuffle owners, the iPod Shuffle is not compatible with this system. It stands 6″ tall in robot mode and will kick the ass of any other iPod dock you leave it alone with. I think my only complaint would be the total lack of color. The iPod Transformer Dock will cost you $149.95 and is available from Amazon.

JBL pushes out new loudspeakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on March 24th, 2008

jbl-es.jpgJBL is out today with news that it is now shipping its line of ES Series loudspeakers. Multiple units are being made available with prices ranging between around $330 and $1,200 per pair.

The JBL ES Series loudspeakers include a wall-mount/bookshelf monitor (ES10); two bookshelf loudspeakers (ES20, ES30); two floorstanding speakers (ES80, ES90); a center channel speaker (ES25C); and two subwoofers (ES150P and ES250P). The company said all offer new styling with tapered enclosures and a front baffle that curves into the top surface.

X-mini Capsule speakers lose the wires

Posted in Speakers by Darrin Olson on March 22nd, 2008

Wireless X-mini capsule speakers from XM-I.I have to admit that we thought these little X-mini speakers from Singapore’s XM-I were pretty nifty to begin with, but now XM-I says the speakers are going wireless. The X-mini’s are small (around 52mm wide) speakers that can fit in your pocket and be used to pump out the sound to share from your PMP.

When you want to use the speakers, they will pop open accordion-style and product sound with a special bass chamber through a high-fidelity 2.4W speaker. Now, with a limited amount of power we really can’t imagine the X-mini will really be pumping a whole lot of sound, and a wireless version would probably have even less juice but they are still a pretty neat solution.

Monster ships new speakers for home theater crowd

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on March 19th, 2008

Monster StreamLine 100 SpeakersFirst off, sorry about the photo – that backside shot is the only one we could find. It belongs to the center speaker of a new series of speakers Monster announced today called the StreamLine 100. Prices vary between $300 and $600, depending upon which speaker component you need.

Monster designed the StreamLine 100 speakers to be integrated into a home theater. In this series you have a pair of towers, one center and a subwoofer. All offer interchangeable side panels with five color options, depending upon the colors lying around your room or your desire to be neurotic and change them every other day.

A backpack for Stormtroopers

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

A backpack for Stormtroopers
When you work for the Empire, you have a ton of gear that’s required. You know, spare blasters,a change of armor,lunch, plus assorted entertainment to help pass the hours of boring guard duty on the forest moon of Endor. The point is, you need a backpack and it’s got to match your armor.

That’s where the Reppo II boombox backpack concept comes in. One look and you know it’s not for rebel scum. These have the added feature of a built in pair of full-range speakers and an amplifier, so you can listen to tunes while you are on patrol. For the moment, it’s a concept design that has gotten as far as a functional prototype. No one is sure yet if they will see mass production. So for now, you’ll just have to cram all your stuff in your Imperial locker.

Dolby enhances PC sound options with new features

Posted in Digital Audio by Nino Marchetti on March 12th, 2008

dolby-home.jpgDolby wants to make your next PC sound experience more pleasant and to that end it’s updating its PC Entertainment Experience program with new audio features and more. This program was first launched more than four years ago.

The Dolby PC Entertainment Experience program consists of several Dolby audio post-processing and connectivity technologies. The company specifically put into second generation Dolby Home Theater and Dolby Sound Room. New features of the former, geared towards a surround sound experience, include a sound stage enhancer, bass enhancement and a virtual 7.1 surround sound experience.