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Grace Digital Audio Victoria Retrowriter

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

If you want to convert your vinyl collection into a digital format, then here’s another option. The Victoria Retrowriter from Grace Digital Audio will do the job while looking perfectly retro.

The device is a multi-functioning music system that allows you to record your music from vinyl or from auxiliary RCA inputs to blank CD-R/RW’s. The Grace Digital Audio Victoria Retrowriter will cost you $158.88. It won’t fool anyone into believing that it’s an actual vintage piece of hardware, but it looks cool.

Brick Pic: I love my records…

Posted in Brick Pic by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

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Briefcase USB Turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

On the way to the party it’s all business with this Briefcase USB Turntable, but once you arrive and open your briefcase, that’s when the funk has arrived. Time to party with some old school vinyl. The party is wherever you are as the Briefcase USB Turntable allows you to carry and play your favorite vinyl albums on the go.

But it isn’t just a turntable. It will also convert vinyl albums into digital formats via USB. Some other features include built-in speakers and the Audacity Software Suite for recording and editing audio.

Best Buy may sell vinyl records soon

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Best Buy may sell vinyl records soonIf you’ve been paying attention to the gadget world you know that we’ve featured many turntables. Companies are making more and more. Seriously, people are spinning more vinyl. And according to the New York Post, Best Buy is thinking about selling vinyl records in their stores. Yes, it’s hard to believe.

Vinyl albums’ sales are growing. As much as 15 percent in 2007 and 89% more in 2008. The 2009 forecast is even better. And so Best Buy has started a pilot program in 100 stores. The results were good. So good that they are thinking about using as much as eight square feet in each of their stores to sell vinyl records.

Denon launches USB vinyl recorder

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2009

Denon launches USB vinyl recorderCheck out this sexy looking automatic turntable from Denon. Available in silver or black, the DP-200USB comes equipped with a USB port and an integrated MP3 encoder that will allow you to transfer all of your vinyl collection to MP3 audio tracks without using a computer.

It’s pretty easy to use. Just need to push a button and it does the rest. The Trans Music Convertor will create MP3 files in 192kbps quality and the Gracenote metadata services will add info to your files. It will cost you about £199.99.

Retroreflective vinyl turns stuff from black to white

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2008

Retroreflective vinyl turns stuff from black to whiteHere’s a great idea. If you ride your bike at night, hopefully you have reflectors attached so cars can see you and you don’t get ran over. Thing is, there is now a better type of reflector for your bike, as in making the entire bike a reflector. Did I mention that it’s invisible?

Impossible you say? Not anymore. It’s made possible by retroreflective vinyl. The material looks black under normal light, but turns completely and utterly white and reflective when a bright light, like headlights shines on it. It also gives you a two-color chameleon-like bike. You can actually buy it and do it to your own bike.

Headphonies are cute 3 inch portable speakers

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

Headphonies are cute 3 inch portable speakersIf you need some friends for your desk to help you crank out the tunes, check these little guys out. These limited edition Headphonies are cute and eye-catching. The set includes 5 figures created by different artists and 2 blank versions that you can do up yourself any way you like.

You might expect that the sound wouldn’t be too good with such little speakers, but people who have heard them are saying that they are “surprisingly good.” Each vinyl speaker will be sold in 500 to 1000 limited quantities beginning on November 30th. Thankfully, they won’t break the bank at only $30 apiece

Sound Chaser also chases vinyl

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2008

Sound Chaser also chases vinyl
Remember that VW bus that drives around on records? Yeah, this is kinda like that. This one can go wherever it wants, wandering like a train on a track made of vinyl records.

Yuri Suzuki and collaborator Yaroslav Tencer are quick to point out that the records they used are just cheap finds from used record shops, so don’t worry, nothing rare or priceless was sacrificed. They’re creative, not nuts. Imagine what you could do with this thing. You could have it zipping around every which way, in and out of other stuff while it makes it’s music. Check out the video below.

Grace Digital delivers new digital turntables

Posted in Turntables by Nino Marchetti on May 12th, 2008

Grace Digital Victoria Classic

Grace Digital has come out recently with a number of new products to help convert vinyl to digital music, such as the Victoria Classic shown above. These new models – the Victoria Tunewriter, Victoria Classic and AVPUSB01S – price at around $300, $170 and $90, respectively.

All of these devices are designed to let you digitize your old records (LPs) and cassettes. Modes of digitizing include letting you record directly to CDs or digital music files which can be stored directly on an attached USB thumb drive. You can get the full details after the jump.

DIY vinyl video game cabinet

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

DIY vinyl video game cabinet
Here’s an interesting way to spice up your cubicle or workspace. It’s a miniature blank slate of an arcade gaming cabinet that you can decorate any damn way you please, using markers or pens or probably even paint.

You could have office contests to see who can make the coolest game machine. Of course you won’t actually be able to play it, but you can display it anywhere. You have to love the names of these products. Soopa Coin Op. Bros.? You can get the Soopa for $30.

Sony offers vinyl to MP3 converting solution

Posted in Turntables by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2008

Sony PS-LX300USB turntable converts vinyl records to MP3 through a USB connectionSony today launched a solution for easily converting all of those classic vinyl records to MP3s with this PS-LX300USB turntable. The turntable connects to a computer through USB and comes with Sound Forge Audio Studio software for editing the tracks and saving them as MP3s to play on your PMP.

Sony’s record player spins at 33 and a third and 45 rpm’s with a quite belt drive system. It also has a built-in pre-amp that makes it directly compatible with A/V receivers to listen to that nostalgic static between tracks direct from the record. Now you can finally get those old obscure songs from the Animals plus your original Grease soundtrack onto your iPod without having to pay to download.

Turntable watch: vinyl on your wrist

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2008

vinyl on your wrist
Here’s a great watch for DJ’s or record enthusiasts that want to proclaim their undying love for vinyl. Designed by FludWatches, the TableTurns watch sports a face that looks like a miniature Technics 1200 turntable. The visual details are all there in retro glory, but it won’t play tiny records, much to my sadness.

The clock hands rotate, so in a way it may look as if the record is spinning…very slowly. Each watch ships in it’s own miniature flight case for added coolness. The watch comes with either a black leather or stainless steel band, and is available from TurntableLab for only $59.This is definitely one of the cooler watches out there right now. If it actually played tiny records, I’d be sold, but for now I’ll stick with hoping someone comes out with an actual mini iPod watch.

Ion Audio debuts new USB turntables

Posted in Digital Audio,MP3,USB by Nino Marchetti on July 16th, 2007

Ion Audio iTTUSB10 USB turntableIon Audio gets how important it is to back up your vinyl collection to a digital format. The company announced today two new USB turntables designed to help convert your LPs into MP3s.

The Ion Audio iTTUSB05 ($150) and iTTUSB10 ($250) turntables come with a USB port for single-cable connection to a Mac or PC and allow for playing albums while at the same time copying them. Both come with software for copying music off the vinyls, including a program for converting tracks directly to iTunes. Other features of the new USB turntables include dust covers to protect the record, stylus and slip mat; built-in pre-amps eliminating the need for an audio receiver with phono-in jack; integrated RCA cables; and 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM playback speeds.