Altec Lansing's Expressionist Plus Speakers, With 'Woofer

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Consider yourself blessed if you can't tell the difference between low-end speakers and Bose or Bang & Olufsen, because this sexy Altec Lansing setup will only cost you $100. The Expressionist Plus includes a pair of 2-inch, 4-watt speakers with adjustible bases for directing the sound, plus a 5.25-inch, 20-watt desktop subwoofer that can be stashed virtually anywhere. An auxiliary in jack makes...

Zune HD is Real, Real Pretty

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Zune HD - You know Microsoft's leak culture is bad when its announcement of a new portable media player is not really an announcement, but a "confirmation." Yes, the oft-rumored and even pictured touch screen handheld is real, and there are bare-bones specs and (more) pictures to prove it. Obviously rivaling the iPod Touch, the Zune HD -- we don't yet know if that name is...

Nintendo DS, iPhones Play in Gadget Orchestra

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[youtube _ug3f7jhztg 570 380] With the help of a Belkin Rockstar multi headphone splitter, one intrepid DJ has created a tapestry of digital sounds using a Nintendo DS Lite running Electroplankon, a DSi running Korg DS-10, an iPhone, an iPod Touch and a Kaossilator. The result is, well, meh. But think of the possibilities. I'd love to see what a talented chiptune artist like Nullsleep could do...

Kenwood Encloses Speakers in Glass

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The idea of glass speakers conjure imagery of opera, woman singing soprano, easiliy shattering every window pane in near proximity. Now, you can duplicate that anxiety at home with Kenwood's SP0001 glass speakers. Fortunately -- and perhaps for this reason -- the the SP0001 is weak on performance, with only 10W per speaker and 8? output. If you're in Japan, get a pair for 100,000 Yen (roughly...

Pandora Goes Stand-Alone With Livio

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Start thinking of all the places where you'd want to listen to Internet radio but don't have a computer. If you come up with a sizable list, the Livio might be for you. The little box has a built-in speaker and Wi-Fi connection for playing Pandora -- the Internet radio station that chooses music based on your preferences. As with the Web site, thumbs up and thumbs down buttons help weed out...

CD Turntables Are the Envy of 90s Rap Battles

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Every so often, we see an audio product that has us wondering, real or fake? (The AT-AT Walker Boombox comes to mind.) File Pete Verrando's CD Turntables under that category, because if an idea like this was practical, it would've been filed a while ago -- like, last decade. Still, there appears to be a patent on this thing, plus a few prototype photos in different colors, so perhaps...

DBeat Portable DJ Console Taking Pre-Orders

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Let's see, a full-featured version of Ableton Live inside a 20-pound aluminum casing with a touch screen and a plethora of buttons and knobs? No, I'm not surprised by the $4,000 price tag. Still, you've got to admire Open Labs' work here. The DBeat features a 12-inch touch screen and integrated trackball, plus drum pads, a DJ crossfader and an iPod-compatible cradle. On the software side,...

OP-1 Synth from Teenage Engineering Looks Dreamy

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Though it may create retro sounds, Teenage Engineering's OP-1 Synth has that "Apple White" look that's perfect for modern times. It's not in production yet, but the feature list makes this pocket synth seem like a blast. It's a perfectly functional controller and sampler when hooked up to software like Ableton Live or Reason, but it can kick out the jams on its own as a stand-alone device with...

Onkyo's Got High-End PC Speakers

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Japan will sound a bit richer next week when Onkyo's GX-500HD speakers become available. They use the latest generation of VL Digital technology and include two 40W cabinets. Made with the PC specifically in mind, control dials are placed conveniently on the front of one cabinet, and the speakers include both optical and analog-ins. The low end's a little bit high at 50 Hz, but there is a...

iStick Concept Puts Apple Minimalism to Shame

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As if the new iPod Shuffle isn't tiny enough, designer Alexei Mikhailov has some ideas of his own for the iPod's future. The appropriately-named iStick folds the aesthetic of the iPhone and iPod Touch into a finger-sized dongle. All four sides of this conceptual gadget are touchable, allowing for plenty of interface tinkering in a tiny package, at the expense of a little carpal tunnel from all...

Wacom Nextbeat Lets DJs Go Wild

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Turntables and laptops running Ableton Live are fine, except they relegate the DJ to a shadowy corner, kicking out the beats in obscurity. Wacom, maker of touch screen interactive displays for designers and photographers, has the answer with its nextbeat touch screen console. It's got all the buttons and knobs a DJ might need, plus a touchable circular screen that acts as a turntable. The...

Funky Speaker is Wire-Free

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Much is left to the imagination with designer Erick Sakal's speaker concept. We're guessing, for example, that the big speaker hole in the front is the subwoofer, while the fins of this sea creature-like creation hold the midrange and tweeters. The speaker does seem to operate wirelessly, with a special iPod transmitter, but where's the power cord? The photo is tagged as "organic" so maybe...

Speakal iPig Dock Squeals Sound

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With stereo speakers embedded in its eye sockets, the iPig 2.1 from Speakal is positively thrilled to play your music. A gentle touch of the ears controls volume, but a remote control is also included. It supports all generations of iPod Classic, Nano, Touch and Mini, as well as the iPhone, and there's also an auxiliary jack for other sound sources. The four speakers (other two on the back,...

Kilpsch S2 and S4 earbuds and a moving coil design

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Kilpsch has released two hot new headphone models, the S2 and S4. The oval-shaped ear tips have a moving coil design with coil dampening, and the S4 rocks a "hot rod" dual magnet motor and comes bundled with a crush-resistant aluminum case and a cleaning tool. S2 owners only get a basic cloth case with the earbuds. The S4 is expected to be released in April for $79 with the S2 following in...

Apple's iPod Shuffle now talks to you

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Apple's newest iPod shuffle doesn’t just play your tunes, it also talks to you. The device has a new "VoiceOver" function that will tell you the name of the song you're listening to as well as the artist name. You can also get it to read you what tracks are coming up in your playlist (since the shuffle doesn't have a display screen). The 4GB music player is so small now that all its controls...

The iPod Speaker Teddy Bear

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If you're looking for an iPod speaker system for your girlfriend or child, this one might be a winner. This cute and cuddly teddy bear is actually an iPod speaker system in disguise. The system in concealed in the plush bear (so you don't see ugly speakers) and you can connect your iPod to it via a USB cord, much like when you connect your phone to your computer. The bear runs on batteries...

Muziic lets you stream tunes from YouTube

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Many online music streaming sites have been forced to shut down in recent months because of their inability to pay high licensing fees. One music player has come up with a way around all the fees, bu simple streaming tunes that are already uploaded to YouTube. Music streaming site Muziic (which was created by a 15-year-old by the way) takes music uploaded by record companies as well as users...

The Poly.Touch Tangible Synthesizer Concept

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Music's marriage to the modern computer has opened the doors of creativity to a new world of musicians.  The ability to create, record and edit sound once carried a heavy cost-- and can now be done for a few hundred bucks on your home PC or Mac.  But what is missing in this digital revolution?  Touch.  Music is best created in a tactile environment, one that is lost the world of a mouse...

Virtual Reality is Back and Better Than Ever

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Back in the late 80's/early 90's I was totally psyched for virtual reality. Virtual sex with Sandra Bullock [Demolition Man ] ? Count me in. It seemed like it was just around the corner, then it kind of fizzled out without much fanfare. What the hell happened to all that hype? Thanks to a team of British academics from York and Warwick universities, it's back with more...

Fly R/C Turntable For Party Pilots

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With Michael Marcovici’s Turntable Pilot, DJs need not lay a hand on the decks. The Italian inventor, author, entrepreneur and once-programmer has created a wireless turntable system that uses a standard R/C controller to activate a pair motors connected to the deck. One servo controls the pitch of the tonearm, raising and lowering it to the spinning platter below, while a stepmotor drives...