DEMOCRACY Bluetooth portable speakers(0)
Not all wireless speakers are built the same. Some of them have specs that are above and beyond its traditional usage. Case in point: DEMOCRACY Bluetooth portable speakers.
These wireless speakers connect to your media player via Bluetooth by up to 33 feet. You can leave your smartphone running your Thanksgiving playlist in your bedroom while you take your DEMOCRACY Bluetooth speaker in your bathroom as you shower. You can even talk on the phone and let the music play on the background, which the speaker blares out as well. It works with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, BlackBerry phones, Windows Phone devices, laptops, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The DEMOCRACY Bluetooth speaker features a patented Revolving Axis System that moves the speaker into three positions just by twisting it from its base. No need to place your speaker in awkward positions that do not stand long.
This wireless speaker not only plays music from your media device, but can also be used as a speakerphone. Its built-in microphone makes it a convenient tool for crystal-clear conference calls whether in your office or at home. You can use it with video chat apps like Skype and Google Hangouts. It also has NEOMAG technology, consisting of a neodymium motor structure within the speaker’s 50mm driver. This holds a much stronger magnetic field compared to ceramic magnets found in other speakers and leaves high-quality audio with the least possible distortion.
This gadget also comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last for up to 8 hours in a single charge, so there is no need to plug it into a wall outlet while playing. It also comes with a built-in 3.5mm AUX cable that you can plug into non-Bluetooth devices. All of these are encased in weather-resistant polyurethane coating.
The DEMOCRACY Bluetooth portable speakers is available online for $69.95. It comes in three models: black, white, and pink.
Zune Marketplace shuts down November 22(0)
The Zune, Microsoft’s attempt to beat the iPod, is slowly becoming irrelevant. The company has announced it will stop selling and renting media content on Zune Marketplace beginning November 22, and will no longer allow the remaining Zune users to browse TV content as well.
The only trace left of Zune after the Marketplace shutdown would be the remaining hardware that Microsoft tries to sell and the Zune desktop software. Microsoft confirms to TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm that Zune users could still keep using both and listen to music they outright own.
Meanwhile, if you have remaining Microsoft Points in the Zune Marketplace, you can convert it into local currency and spend it in Xbox Video and Music stores.
The Microsoft Zune had a lot of promise when it was first released in 2008. However, not only it became a victim of the iPod, but also of the iPhone and its built-in media player. The launch of streaming apps such as Spotify further crushed Zune and its Zune Marketplace.
On that note, it has been nice to know you, Microsoft Zune.
Flips Headphones instantly turn into speakers with a flip(0)
There have been countless headphones in the market from cheap plasticky to the luxe models endorsed by rappers. However, all of them cannot do what this pair of headphones can do. The Flips headphones has a unique “Solo 2 Social” feature that instantly converts into a pair of speakers by just flipping the audio cups.
This transforming feature enables you to instantly turn up a party without having to bring a separate pair of speakers. The audio quality also changes without having to adjust the volume, as it blares throughout the room when Flips headphones is in social mode.
Flips sports a pair of neodymium magnet speakers measuring a 40-millimeter diameter. The vented audio cups are coated with memory foam on every contact surface. It runs up to three hours (in speaker mode) on a 3.7V, 500mAh lithium ion battery, and can be charged via micro USB.
These cans work with any media device with a standard 3.5-millimeter audio jack, which includes smartphones, tablets, and iPods. It folds up when not in use, and comes with a carabiner, audio cable, and micro USB charging cable.
Flips headphones are available online and on Wal-Mart stores across the United States, costing $120.
Nokia Guru leaked: Looks like iPod Shuffle(0)
Nokia apparently has something up its sleeve, if this latest tweet from @evleaks is true (which we think it is).
Evan Nelson Blass has leaked what he claims as Nokia’s upcoming audio gadget called the Nokia Guru. The device has glaring similarities to the iPod Shuffle with its volume buttons at the side, the belt clip, the microUSB port, and the absence of a display screen.
Evleaks also claims the Nokia Guru also comes with near-field communication, which allows owners of Nokia devices to connect with it wirelessly. The leak also shows the gadget in neon blue, a possibility that the Guru will be available in different colors (most likely yellow, black, and white).
A spokesperson for Nokia opts not to comment on the leak.
There is some grain of truth to it, however. Nokia recently unveiled the Nokia Music+ service for its Lumia devices, which serves as an add-on to the phones’ existing radio capabilities.
The Nokia Guru leak comes just hours before Nokia’s upcoming press event in Abu Dhabi, wherein the phone manufacturer is expected to unveils the Lumia 1520 phablet.
Source: PC Magazine
Vibroy portable vibration speaker(0)
There are a lot of portable speakers available in the market, catering the people who love to bring their music wherever they go. Most of these speakers, however, are not pocket-friendly.
Thankfully, this little thing can bring in the loud and sweet tunes in a nifty kind of way. Vibroy is what they call a “portable vibration speaker”. Created by South Korea-based Xenics Creative, this pocket-sized device turns any object into a loud speaker and we mean any… thing. Got empty milk cartons? Slushie cup? Small table? Business card? Good! Just stick the sound-emitting mobule into any surface and the track is amplified ten fold. You can even use the box that goes with the Vibroy as your speaker!
Once you are done with your sound tripping, just pull the module off at a 45-degree angle and wind the capsule body to put the wiring into place before sticking the speaker end into its original form. You can use the sticky speaker over and over again!
Based on demonstration videos, this portable vibration speaker works best with open boxes or small laminated cards as they emit the music loud and clear at the same time.
The Vibroy comes with a wrist strap, USB power cable, 1/8-inch extension cable, and two extra magic stickers in case the sticky speaker wears out. It works in two AAA batteries and is compatible with any device that uses a 3.5mm headphone jack. (Of course, you need a media player to blare that vibration speaker with, whether it is your smartphone or your desktop computer.)
Korg KR Mini: Your portable back-up band(0)
You cannot help it but feel sorry for one-man bands, doing all those instruments by themselves. I mean, don’t they have musically-inclined friends to lighten his load? You can hand him this Korg KR Mini and that loner musician may be inspired enough to write a song about you.
The Korg KR Mini rhythm controller provides back-up beats that adds spice to one’s guitar session. It features nine presets namely 8-beat, 16-beat, rock, R&B, pop, metal, Latin, jazz, and dance, therefore covering most genres of contemporary music. You can tell that sad musician he can chain the presents together and create his customized backing track.
The device’s 16 velocity sensitive pad can also perform finger drumming, so he can create more layers of loops. It is like having a full band by himself without the misery. He can also plug effects pedal boards and foot controls if he is into that. Oh, and its small size makes the Korg KR Mini very portable and convenient to carry anywhere.
It also comes with built-in speakers and can be powered with just three AA batteries, in case the rinky-dinky bar has no wall outlet available.
The Korg KR Mini will be available starting November for $79.99.
Djoclate II Portable Music Mixer(0)
Wanna be a DJ, but don’t have enough funds to purchase bulky turntables and mixers? Might as well pledge on this Kickstarter campaign. The Djoclate II (that’s “chocolate” pronounced with a Dutch accent) is a portable music mixer that easily fits a large pant pocket.
It enables wannabe Tiestos and Guettas to turn any house party into a VIP club by mixing tunes from any portable music storage device, whether it is a laptop, a smartphone, tablet or MP3 player. Everyone in the party can pitch in by plugging their devices into the Djoclate II, so you can be sure there is no sick tune left unplayed. You can blast the party mix either by plugging a stereo speaker or transmit to a Bluetooth-receiving sound system.
The Djoclate II sports two 3.5mm jacks to connect with two different music storage devices, as well as an input for the headphones so you can pre-listen to the next track before blasting it to the speakers. The virtual record box also has two faders and a bass kill on each channel. It will be shipped with two 70cm 3.5mm jack cables and a mini-USB cable to charge the device itself.
As its name suggest, the Djoclate II is the second generation of the virtual mixer. The first iteration of the device was released for retail last December and over 2,000 units have been sold in The Netherlands as of this posting.
Pepperdecks, the creators of Djoclate, wishes to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter to bring the second version to a bigger market. They have raised close to $15,000 with only 21 days to go. The creators are also asking its backers to suggest a name for their new mixer, as they plan on shipping it as “Djoclate (new name)” instead of Djoclate II.
Early backers can still pledge for their own Djoclate II for as low as $55.
Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 Wireless Speaker(0)
Wireless speakers are becoming the standard speaker now that they become more widely available in the market. More and more people now prefer them since they are able to provide the same quality audio as many wired systems but not the inconvenience of dealing with cables and wires. And as wireless speakers continue to abound, they become more affordable as with this new Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 Wireless Speaker.
The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 Wireless Speaker provides wireless convenience for your audio enjoyment. It comes with a pair of 100mm or 4-inch Class D Balanced Mode Radiator drivers capable of providing up to 100W power output. It comes in a compact design that is rigid enough to withstand the booming audio without vibrations and rattling affecting audio quality. Even its carrying handle acts as a bass port to improve the deep tones coming out from the speaker. But what makes the Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 Wireless Speaker ideal is its wireless connectivity.
With many people increasingly store their music collection on their smartphones, tablets and laptops, the need for a wireless streaming option becomes in demand. The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 Wireless Speaker offers this feature as users can stream their favorite tunes wirelessly to this unique speaker with a compact profile. It supports both AirPlay and Bluetooth streaming to accommodate the needs for both iOS and Android devices. It also doubles as a Bluetooth speakerphone so that users can take calls even while they sync up their smartphones into the unit. This powerful compact speaker also comes with a built-in Internet radio as well as connection options for wired systems. The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 Wireless Speaker is available at Amazon for US$449.
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Anakonda KAN200 Flexible Speaker Module(0)
When you talk of audio speakers, you usually picture a box-shaped gadget that houses the set of speakers inside. Big or small, this is the standard design for most speakers today. Due to its size and shape, these speakers need sufficient space for set up. But what if you need a speaker system that works on very tight spaces that a typical speaker box cannot fit in? This is where the Anakonda KAN200 Flexible Speaker Module may be of use.
The Anakonda KAN200 Flexible Speaker Module features an innovative design unlike any other speaker in the market today. Instead of the usual box speaker, the Anakonda looks more like a special audio cable than speaker. But this is where its design has its advantages. It is flexible enough to be coiled on pipes or placed on tight spaces where speaker boxes will not fit. You can easily set it up just like you would with any audio cable.
The whole 2-meter length of the Anakonda KAN200 module houses the speakers. It is possible to connect up to 32 speaker modules as a single sound system with a total length of 64 meters. This setup allows for a continuous sound line that is perfect for certain applications such as a PA system. Sound is evenly distributed along the length of the set up, providing a more efficient audio solution. The Anakonda comes with integrated male and female speakon NL4 connectors that hides all the connections within the speaker body, creating a seamless line of speakers.
The Anakonda KAN200 also comes with two fabric socks of black and white, not only to protect the speakers from dust and other foreign objects, but also to change the color of the speaker system to suit a particular application. The Anakonda KAN200 Flexible Speaker Module is designed and developed by K-array and is available for US$900 per 2-meter speaker module.
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Pioneer SP SB23W Speaker Bar System(0)
Setting up a home theater system involves not only having a good HDTV but also a sound system that complements the visuals. Many companies have now created may sound system options to address the need to capture stereo sound when listening to music concerts or watching movies at home. Not only that, the sound system setup is made even simpler and more convenient with speaker systems like the new Pioneer SP SB23W Speaker Bar.
The new Pioneer SP SB23W Speaker Bar System provides homeowners with a simple way to add an excellent sound system into their home theater set up. The Pioneer Sound Bar is composed of a bar containing six powerful speakers driven by individual amplifiers and integrated by an active digital crossover network. It is also complemented by a wireless subwoofer to provide the bass boosting audio output.
The Pioneer Speaker Bar is encased in a genuine wood composite housing, which offers more controlled resonance to the sound output. It comes with Bluetooth support so you can synchronize your Bluetooth-enabled devices in order to use the sound bar. Based by its design and setup, the Pioneer Speaker Bar cannot provide that 3D surround sound that many audiophiles may be expecting. It might be better off if they look for a different speaker set up where positioning is important and essential. But for those who look to boost up stereo sound to complement their HDTV, having the Pioneer SP SB23W Speaker Bar will more than ideal for a convenient home theater setup. The Pioneer SP SB23W is available at Pioneer for US$400.
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