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Saturday Night speakers bring back disco, afros

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2008

Saturday Night speakers bring back disco, afros
Disco Stu doesn’t rock just any speakers. They have to be Disco-licious and authentically groovy like these Saturday Night speakers that resemble a south park character. Put on your boogie shoes and your finest polyester and get ready for some funkadelic tunes pumped through two afros.

They won’t connect to your 8-track or Hi-Fi, but they will connect with any MP3 player or computer with a standard 3.5mm mini stereo jack, and they charge via your USB port. Perfect for those who have iPods full of Barry White and the Bee Gees.

Speaker turns your iPod into a ball and chain

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2008

Speaker turn your iPod into a ball and chain
If you’ve ever been married or held prisoner in a dungeon, you are probably very familiar with the ball and chain concept. This is kinda like that, but for your iPod.

It’s a speaker that stands out by being an odd looking ball. ZumReed’s Sound Ball speaker is designed to hang out on your key chain or book bag, and when you want to hear some tunes, just plug it into the audio jack on your iPod or other mp3 player. Comes in pink, lime green and purple flavors and the battery is built-in and rechargeable via USB. It will get you some odd looks. Say, I wonder why they don’t come in pairs, that wouldn’t look weird at all.

New Mint 220 iPod speakers do wireless double duty

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

Digital Signature Mint 220

A company calling itself Digital Signature has unveiled its latest wireless audio/integrated iPod audio device. The Digital Signature Mint 220 prices around $180.

The Digital Signature Mint 220 makes use of TI’s PurePath Digital audio technology and its own proprietary 2.4GHz USB wireless transmitter to let you listen up to 45 feet away. There’s also a built-in iPod dock/charger and a universial line in for connecting other audio devices.

Oh by Tutondo multiroom sound system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2008

Oh by Tutondo multiroom sound system
Those of you that have your pads decked out in a 2001: A Space Odyssey theme will appreciate these speakers from Oh by Tutondo. They’ll fit right into your Sci-Fi theme and they’re also equipped with a centralized system so the whole house can enjoy the sound quality.

You can attach the speaker to any wall or ceiling, thanks to it’s multi-position design. Pricing starts at about €400 for the speaker with ground support and will cost you as much as €2500 for a home theater system consisting of 2 speakers with ground support, 3 speakers with multi-position support, and 1 active subwoofer.

AGA raises 78-inch Reference 5LS loudspeaker

Posted in Speakers by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2008

Anthny Gallo Acoustics Reference 5LS loudspeakerAnyone in the market for a high-end loudspeaker should take a moment to check out the latest release from Anthony Gallo Acoustics. The company has announced an upgrade to the Reference 3.1 loudspeaker with the Reference 5LS, measuring 78 inches tall but just 7 inches wide and 11 inches deep.

According to AGA, this loudspeaker, which has all speakers inline vertically, has come closer than any other of its kind to becoming omni-directional with a 300 degree dispersion. The vertical speaker arrays consist of seven of AGA’s CDT II tweeters alternating with eight 4″ carbon fiber mid-range drivers. The back side then holds a set of twelve 4″ subwoofers that equal the surface area of a single 15″ driver, but speedier due to the smaller size.

Klipsch expands spendy Palladium speaker line up

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on July 9th, 2008

Klipsch Palladium P-312W

Klipsch is expanding its line of upscale Palladium speakers by adding the P-38F and P-37F floorstanders, P-17B bookshelf speaker, P-27C center channel, P-27S surround and P-312W subwoofer. These new speakers are pricing at around $12,000 (per pair), $8,000 (per pair), $4,000 (per pair), $3,500, $4,000 (per pair) and $4,000, respectively.

These new speakers join the Palladium P-39. Klipsch had this to say about its new speakers:

Canton does up some, sort of, budget speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on July 2nd, 2008

Canton Chrono 511The folks over at Canton really love to do up classy speakers which push our credit cards towards the limit. The latest are the Chrono 511 DC tower and the compact Chrono 501 on-wall speaker, priced a little more reasonably at around $1,400 and $425, respectively.

Canton said both speakers make use of the “ADT-25 aluminum-manganese dome tweeter. The tweeter employs a one-piece aluminum-manganese dome and voice coil former.” What this reportedly does is provide better sound performance.

Yamaha YSP-3050 does a sound bar good

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on July 2nd, 2008

Yamaha YSP-3050

The new Yamaha YSP-3050 certainly isn’t the first sound bar speaker system we’ve previewed, but its features show it may be one of the coolest. It will cost you though at around $1,400.

The Yamaha YSP-3050 is described by its maker as a digital sound projector and it is designed to work in conjunction with a HDTV. It can be wall mounted or placed on a shelf for this purpose. General features include 1080p HDMI support, multi-channel surround sound and video up-conversion.

Loiminchay Audio does up trendy laminate speakers

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

Loiminchay Audio DegasDesigner speakers don’t necessarily do much to add to the high quality audio they produce, but they still look good doing what they do. A case in point may be the recently announced Loiminchay Audio Degas, price unknown.

The Loiminchay Audio Degas are handcrafted in a design technique described as layer by layer using Birch MultiPly laminate. The speaker cabinets are bored out then finished with sixteen coats of hand-polished lacquer. Lamb’s wool filling is even reportedly used in the speaker enclosure as well.

No more buzzing speakers: iPhone anti-interference shield

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2008

No more buzzing speakers: iPhone anti-interference shield
You probably know this already, but the iPhone and unshielded speakers don’t mix very well when they are close. It always ends in a buzzing noise. Well, one clever person came up with a solution that’s nothing more than a hand cut Red Bull can and double stick tape.

Of course it’s possible that it will hurt your reception, but it doesn’t seem to be that noticable. Red Bull is optional, any flavor drink would probably work. I think I would prefer a Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper.

Genius 2.0 Touch Speaker System gives music the finger

Posted in Genius by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2008

Genius 2.0 Touch Speaker SystemThere is something a bit cheeky about a company who calls itself Genius. Still, I have looked at several Genius products over the years and for the most part they tend to perform well. The latest product from Genius has been announced and it is called the SP-T1200 2.0 Touch Speaker System.

As you might surmise from the name of the product, the speakers are controlled with the touch of a finger. Users are able to control the volume, bass, and treble by sliding a finger across the front of the speakers. The slide bar illuminates as you move the finger across the bar to show what level settings are at.

Sony shows off Bravia Theater Micro System

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on June 6th, 2008

Sony HT-IS100One of the worst things about a home theater aside from the wires is that the speakers tend to be big and bulky. Larger speakers often sound better, but they are hard to hide and can really mess up the looks of a room (so says my wife).

To go along with the new line of Sony Bravia HDTVs I wrote about this morning Sony has released a HT-IS100 Bravia Theater Micro System. The system is designed around five tiny speakers that are each about the size of a golf ball or a strawberry.

Klipsch goes classy with new speaker series

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on June 5th, 2008

Klipsch WF-35Klipsch announced today some great looking new speakers which it says put out extremely great music. The speakers are the new W series and you’ll find them pricing as follows when they become available later this month – around $1,500 for a pair of WF-35 floorstanders, $1,200 for a pair of WF-34 floorstanders, $600 for a pair of WB-14 bookshelf models, $500 for each WC-24 center channel and $750 for a pair of WS-24 surrounds.

Klipsch said the speakers in the Icon W Series will be available in solid wood grain with two different finishes and that they will also sport new horn engineering. You can get the full details of these new speakers after the jump.

New JBL speakers make installation easy

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on June 3rd, 2008

JBL Control Now

JBL has rolled out some new speakers it says are uniquely shaped to provide multiple installation options depending upon your space. They are called the Control Now speakers and they are priced at around $250 each ($280 for an outdoor version).

The JBL Control Now speakers sport a curved, quarter-round shape to let them be corner mounted, placed on a shelf or hung in a variety of places by themselves or joined to create half-round, three-quarter-round, or round configurations.

iHome drops world’s first iPod computer speakers

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2008

iHome drops world’s first iPod computer speakers
iHome, announced the iH69 and iH70 speaker systems for Mac and the PC. Now, you can dock, charge, play and sync your iPod directly to the computer via the actual speakers, which is nice for convenience and because it eliminates some wires extra wires. The all in one speaker solution will also save you space.

The speakers are compatible with all docking iPod models, and are designed with high-fidelity Reson8™ speaker chambers for premium power output, sports a computer port, sync switch, volume controls and a headphone jack for private listening. Both models are currently available for pre-order on iHomeaudio.com and will be available soon nationwide for $99.99 and $129.99.