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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

SpeckTone Retro iPod Speakers

Retro junkies rejoice. Speck Products just announced a top-loading iPod stereo speaker system called the SpeckTone Retro. Sure, there are hundreds of iPod speaker systems on the market. What makes this system unique is the design.

The designers of the SpeckTone Retro have succeeded in making a product that looks modern and retro at the same time. The way they've paired clean modern styled lines with the nostalgic elegance of the 1950's is very impressive. The end result is an iPod speaker system that doesn't replicate or compete with the modern, sleek look of the iPod itself. These speakers almost feel like they could be in Lucy & Ricky's living room.

The SpeckTone Retro sells for under $150 and has the following features:
  • 28 watt output
  • 4 inch subwoofer
  • two 3 inch drivers
  • 1/8" mini plug auxiliary input
  • Sleek & Stylish Retro design
  • Analog Circuitry for rich, deep tone
  • High-gloss lacquered wood cabinet
  • Includes 2 free iPod skins (video & nano)
  • Backlit 'green glow' volume knob
  • compatible with the following iPods: 4G, 5G, nano and mini
The SpeckTone Retro comes in 3 high-gloss lacquered color finishes, black, white and green, and is available from

Thanks to the guys at iPastudio for turning us on to this.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Sony Vaio Media Centre: VGC-VA1

The amazingly versatile Sony VGC-VA1 combines a PC, Hifi, Television and DVD player into one sleek and unique space saving design.

It features a powerful Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHz processor, 1024MB RAM and a generous 250GB hard drive for all your music and photos. You can also watch and burn DVDs and CDs with the front loading double layer DVD±RW drive.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Speakers hidden behind an artwork

Artcoustic speakers offer excellent sound quality from their speakers which are hidden behind a painting or an artwork. The speakers also matches the decor and interiors of the house.

Artcoustic hand-picks artists from around the world and invites them to create exclusive artworks for the Artcoustic Artist Portfolio. The Artcoustic Artist Portfolio is available for viewing at all specialist Artcoustic dealers. Each artwork design is produced as a digital print and hand made into a screen.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Little earphones...Big sound

Sony employee Masayo Endo displays a new high-performance in-ear headset called the MDR-EX90SL in Tokyo on May 1. The product has a diagonal earpiece with a large 13.5-millimeter driver unit to deliver smooth bass and clear treble sounds. It will hit the market May 10 for $104.


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Friday, May 12, 2006

iTTUSB Turntable

Need a reason to pull your records out of storage? A company called ION has created a USB turntable called the iTTUSB. The company claims that this is the world's first USB turntable.

The iTTUSB allows you to convert your old vinyl collection directly to CD or MP3 with the included recording software (Mac/PC) and is a must have for people who don't want to deal with clumsy adapters or mismatched audio formats.

The iTTUSB comes with Audacity, a recording application that works with both PCs and Macs, as well a trial version of Bias Soundsoap 2 to clean and restore vinyl recordings.

As an alternative, the turntable also works with any other software that supports USB audio input sound cards. Once connected, the turntable transfers both 33-1/3 rpm albums and 45 rpm singles to digital formats in mere minutes.

The iTTUSB is great for all those obscure releases that never made it to CD.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Not Your Daddy's Onkyo: The D-302 E

Japanese audio manufacturer, Onkyo, has jumped back into the high-end audio ring with a stunning new loudspeaker that has them scratching their heads. Not bad, not bad at all.

For now, you'll have to visit your local high-end audio store to get a peek at these. But you can find tons of great Onkyo products here.

On a personal note, I learned a great tip from Kari Nevalainen, the author of the review:

"Orchestral music from the middle ages performed with authentic instruments is the ultimate test material for choosing speakers. The timbres of the instruments are rich and often hard to reproduce. The sound in general can intensify up to nasty aggressiveness. No cottony-voiced crooners here. A speaker that passes the test must be revealing enough and retain the aggressiveness of the sound, and yet not make it unpleasant. Sufficiently competent all-round speakers frequently do well in this type of test, and so did Onkyo D-302 E."

Based on that advice, we recommend testing ANY speaker with any of the following:
American Wired's Conclusion

"Is Onkyo D-302 E a musical speaker? If being a musical speaker means possessing sonic properties that help to carry the listener closer to music’s message what ever that is, and contribute to musical satisfaction, then yes, D-302 E is a musical speaker. But it’s not a euphonic speaker. Its strategy is more subtle. It serves music by being a quick-moving reproducer, by having a pure and distortionless sound, and by exhibiting certain sonic sophistication and class not common to this type of speaker.

Onkyo D-302 E may not be a fantastic speaker but in many ways it is a fabulously good one. Had the sound been more effortless and open, and less opaque, just a little bit, it would have been almost perfect."

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