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Creative Zen Wav

Posted in Creative,Digital Audio,MP3 by Nino Marchetti on August 9th, 2007

Creative Zen WavCreative has quietly brought to American shores a Zen MP3 player which has built-in speakers. The Zen Wav is on sale through Wal-Mart in 2GB and 4GB sizes.

The Creative Zen Wav, announced earlier this year, lets you play your standard MP3 and WMA music files as well as view AVI files and digital images on its 1.5-inch color display. The player gets up to 30 hours of playtime through headphones or 20 hours through its speakers before needing the battery recharged. You also get a FM radio to entertain you when really bored.

Pure Evoke 1-S DAB Radio

Posted in Digital Audio,Radio by Chetz on August 1st, 2007

Pure Evoke 1-S DAB RadioThe Pure Evoke 1-S is a DAB digital radio that marries old school technology with the new. Its retro design gives it a look like it emerged from a portal straight from the mid 20th century, but the OLED display identifies it as modern all the way.

As one of the company’s third generation digital radios it comes with an auxiliary input for your iPod or MiniDisc player, USB upgradability, built-in FM reception for areas with reduced DAB coverage and Pure’s Intellitext and textSCAN features. There are also station presets, the display can be brightened, a kitchen timer feature and it uses minimal power consumption.

Pure also constructed the Evoke 1-S from materials from recycled and sustainable sources while you can select the wood casing to come in either cherry or maple veneer colors. While you can plug it into any wall socket …

An iPod Karaoke Player?

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,iPod by Chetz on July 20th, 2007

iPod Karaoke PlayerThe nosy sleuths (and we like nosy) at Unwired View discovered a very interest patent application filed yesterday by Apple Computer for a “Dynamic lyrics display for portable media devices.” Apple’s filing explains that “The text being displayed is associated with and synchronized to the media content being presented.” Hmm, doesn’t that sound a lot like what a karaoke player does? Essentially Apple is claiming the patent on karaoke functions on a PMP but there is at least one device out there that does exactly that, Asus’ Z801 flip phone.

Even if Apple doesn’t wind up getting the copyright the paper shows that they are at least thinking about giving us a iPod style karaoke machine, for those of us that like to sing to ourselves and without any amplification to our voicebox.

British Talksports for Sports Lovers

Posted in Digital Audio,Radio by Chetz on July 16th, 2007

Pure talkSPORT DAB digital radioOur British readers can now head on down to their closest Currys or Currys Digital outlet and buy one of the new Pure talkSPORT DAB digital radios available exclusively at these two chains. The impetus for owning a talkSPORT DAB is that with the press of one button listeners can tune in to the United Kingdom’s biggest commercial sports station (which also goes by the name of talkSPORT…hmm.)

The Pure ONE talkSPORT Edition (£49.99) gives you DAB and FM radio reception along with a pair of features named textSCAN (essentially it’s scrolling DAB text) and Intellitext, which stores your text messages so that you can read the latest news, results and headlines later on. The Pure Move talkSPORT Edition (£89.99) doesn’t have the text abilities of it sibling but it does give you extra battery charge power for up to 40 hours of …

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.

AirDrives put sound outside of your ears

Posted in Digital Audio,Earbuds by Nino Marchetti on July 12th, 2007

AirDrivesIf you worry about your child blowing out his eardrums as he rocks out on his iPod, Mad Catz is preparing to debut earphones which could remedy this problem. The company will begin selling in September the AirDrives.

The AirDrive earphones are based upon the designs of a company Mad Catz acquired in 2006 called InAir Technology. These earphones “were created with speakers that lay on the outside of the ear, which helps to deliver rich, natural sound and makes them more comfortable than conventional ear buds and earphones.” The AirDrives have a magnesium design for lightweight, directional sound control and come in standard ($100) and small ($70) sizes.

Torq Xponent from M-Audio

Posted in Digital Audio,M-Audio by Darrin Olson on June 20th, 2007

Torq Xponent from m-Audio is a computer based DJ systemThis computer-based DJ system looks cool, if for no other reason, because it has a whole lot of dials and switches and lights all over it. In fact it has a nice advanced MIDI control surface of mixer and player controls with over 76 different buttons, sliders and knobs, two scratch wheels and one touchpad. It also has LED volume and progress meters for easy monitoring.

The Torq Xponent is designed to be an all inclusive package of hardware and software that’s compatible with Mac’s and PC’s which allows users to create their own mixes without too much difficulty. It supports multiple file types to cue, beat-match and mix including MP3, AIFF, WAV, WMA, Apple Lossless and AAC and integrates with your iTunes music library as well as your local files to support searching. Serious mixers only please, as …

Twinbird SD ZABADY Waterproof MP3 player

Posted in Digital Audio,MP3,Twinbird,Waterproof by Darrin Olson on May 26th, 2007

Twinbird SD ZABADY Waterproof MP3 playerTwinbird is known for it’s waterproof gadgets and the latest they’ve brought to the market is an MP3 player with some pretty cool underwater-able features.

The SD ZABADY is the latest from the company and provides a measly 128MB of internal storage for your audio media, however it does have an SD card slot capable of handing cards up to 2GB. It has an LCD screen to show what’s playing and for navigation, connects and transfers files via USB 2.0, and has built-in speakers.

TAVI 030 PMP

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video by Chetz on April 24th, 2007

Tavi 030 PMPThis cute as a button little gizmo is the Tavi 030 Personal Media Player, a bundle of joy just waiting for a good home to go to. Now out in America, underneath its clamshell flip-top is a 3.6-inch display screen that can show 16 million colors via its TV tuner, its video recording options or through whatever you beam at it through your WiFi connection.

It’s also got external speakers, a microphone, FM tuner, S/PDIF audio connector, TV tuner connector, DivX/Xvid/WMV 9/IPTV support and a USB port. It can be an alarm clock, a dictionary, am MP3 player or a movie player thanks to its 30 GB or 60 GB internal disk drive (your choice of course.)

It looks like something from the next decade and if it’s as user friendly as it looks, could give Mr. Steve Jobs and his iCreation a run for …

Panasonic D-Snap SV-SD850N MP3 player

Posted in Digital Audio,Panasonic by Chris Weber on April 8th, 2007

Panasonic D-Snap SV-SD850N digital audio playerPanasonic will be leading out its new line of D-Snap players at the end of April with the D-Snap SV-SD850N digital audio player.

The 12mm thick player has an FM tuner, supports AAC, WMA and MP3 files, has a line in recorder and a 4 line text display which makes the player somewhat interesting, but none of those features really stand out to us. One of the features that do increase our level of interest is the impressive battery life. The D-Snap SV-SD850N is boasting 80 hours of music file playback on a single charge. That number drops significantly with the FM tuner or recording, but nevertheless is impressive.

Another interesting point of this new D-Snap is a noise canceling feature, which according to the press release can cut ambient noise by up to 83%. The noise canceling can be turned on or …

Bath Blues with the Victor XA-AW33

Posted in Digital Audio,JVC,Waterproof by Chetz on April 3rd, 2007

JVC Victor XA-AW33 digital audio player floats in waterFor those times when you want to lounge in a nice hot bath but don’t want to reach all the way up to flick on your iPod shower speaker unit, take a look at this floater.

This is the Victor XA-AW33 from JVC, a digital audio player (DAP) that floats serenely around you in your tub as you rest and relax. The XA, or as JVC has christened it, the “healing player”, has 256 MB of memory and a SD port and weighs just 260 grams so it won’t displace much water.

The 4 AA batteries that you need to run it will give you about 15 hours of play time. Supported file formats include MP3, WMA and WMA DRM and it also has a built-in radio too so you can hear your local stations. Dimensions are …

ARCHOS 704 WiFi Introduced

Posted in Archos,Digital Audio,Digital Video by Reuben Drake on March 7th, 2007

Archos 704 WiFi portable audio and video player announcedWe had a sneak-preview of the ARCHOS 704 WiFi via the FCC last month, and now ARCHOS announced the new ARCHOS 704-WiFi. Boasted as the only portable media player with a 7inch screen and full WiFi capabilities, the 704-WiFi also has a very high quality screen with a resolution of 800×480 with 6 million colors. Just as the older 604-WiFi model, the 704 comes with video, music and photo playback, as well as full internet access whatever your needs may be. Along with these features, the 704 also has an 80GB hard drive, touch screen navigation for use with your fingers or a stylus, and video editing capabilities.

If you happen to have a wireless network in your home, the 704-WiFi will allow you to browse your vast media collection in the comfort of your living room. …

Sony Launches Video Walkman

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Sony by Darrin Olson on March 2nd, 2007

Sony NW-A800 Video Walkman released in UKOn Thursday Sony launched its latest gadget in their line of Walkman products, adding a video player to the mix this time. The NW-A800 Video MP3 player marks the first Walkman from Sony that incorporates a video player with an MP3 player, according to the press release.

“The new WALKMAN Video MP3 player combines the best visual experience with the ultimate in Sony sound technology. The new WALKMAN is compact, stylish and affordable without compromising on screen size which is incredibly important for consumers.” said a Sony spokesperson in the press release.

This new video Walkman looks to be a viable competitor for Apple with the iPod through supporting some very similar features. The player has a 2″ QVGA LCD display at 320×240 pixels, comes in memory capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB and comes in 4 different color options of violet, …

Sony doubles dictation storage in new voice recorders

Posted in Digital Audio,Sony,Voice Recorders by Reuben Drake on February 28th, 2007

Sony Voice Recorders with double the memoryIt’s always been hard to remember the small details wherever we may be. While some prefer to write it down, Sony has recently released a new line of digital voice recorders allowing you to store all the juicy details whatever the situation.

Totaling 6 models, each offers special features for a specific purposes as well as being ‘perfect’ for taking dictation. These special features include: capturing high-quality sound, creating MP3 files, and converting voice to text. Naturally all models will allow recording and playing records back without having to connect to a PC.

All 6 models come with 5 different modes. This includes Stereo High Quality (STHQ), Stereo (ST), Stereo LP (STLP), Standard Play (SP) and Long Play (LP). Each mode can be suited for your purpose. The nifty thing is that recording stops during those silent pauses, and automatically reactivates …

Wolverine Data Releases 160GB Wolverine ESP

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Media Players by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2007

Wolverine Data releases a new 160GB media player called Wolverine ESPWolverine data has released a new media player to their ESP line with a whopping 160GB capacity. You can do the math on this one, but at a quick glance we’re talking tens of thousands of MP3 files or hundreds of hours of video all on the portable device.

The Wolverine ESP can download FM radio, TV programs, and DVDs and play them back on a television, computer and of course right on the media player itself through the 3.6″ LCD. Files from memory cards can also easily be transferred into the device through a built-in 7 in 1 card reader.

The ESP supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC (MP4-audio), CDA, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, WMV9 and Xvid as well as viewing JPEG, Bitmap, TIFF and RAW image files. Actual dimensions of the portable player are 5.3″x2.8″x0.9″ in. (W x …