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Author Archives: Josh Ray

Nixichron GPS Tube Clock

Nixichron

By Josh Ray

Retro-fab, baby. The Nixichron clock forgoes nasty LEDs and uses old-school Nixie tube lights that glow oh-so prettily. The Nixie tubes were, alas, overcome by cheapo LED many years ago but the Nixie is alive and well through Resonant Industries. The Nixichron clocks in at $499 and is available in chrome, red, blue or green.

The most interesting feature is non-other than GPS. Yes, the Nixichron sports satellite uplinking to make sure your Nixies are running in sync with Norad’s atomic clock buried deep in the Rocky Mountains. The Nixichron also includes adjustable light levels, programmable display and a Morse code alarm setting. Wild stuff.

[Nixichron GPS Alarm Clock] via [SonicFlare]

James Bond Gardening Tool

Garden Tool

The Telescoping Tool Set masquerades as a regular old fan rake until you need, say, a 41″ crack weeder and, presto, you’re in like Flynn. Other transformations include a soil rake, trowel and extension from 25″ to 41″.

At $22.50, The Telescoping Tool Set is a perfect gift for that garden ninja in the family who actually knows what a “crack weeder” is.

Story via LeafyLife.

Kalista CD Player Takes on Vinyl

Kalista

By Josh Ray

Audio nuts world over know CDs are ultimately inferior to vinyl. CD players have gotten better and better in the 20 years since the silver disc’s debut but, alas, they’ve never reached the level of high-end turntables…until now.

Pictured is the $23,000 Kalista CD transport made by Metronome Technologie. By enlisting the help of French military and aerospace manufacturers, Metronome is said to have finally created a CD player that achieves vinyl-quality sound. While trivial things like, oh, a car and college tuition may be more important to you, for certain crazy individuals, vinyl-like CD playback is a big, big deal. Go here for more info and a review of the Kalista.

Metronome Technologie [via SonicFlare]

Fubar USB Audio Connector

 Firestone Fubar

By Josh Ray

Computer audio is all the rage these days and Taiwanese company Firestone is hot on the trend with their “Fubar” USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter). You plug one end in your computer, the other into your stereo and, viola, your audio is “funked up beyond all repair.”

This genuine audiophile product is a steal at only $120. Similar products like the Wavelength Brick go for $1750. And, yes, with lossless files instead of muggle mp3s, a USB DAC can sound as good, if not better, than a high-end CD player.

[Firestone Audio] via [SonicFlare]

Onix ERT Super Tweeter

Onix ERTBy Josh Ray

No, it’s not an electric dog whistle. The $349 Onix ERT is a super tweeter that goes all the way up to 45kHz, blowing right past the 20kHz human hearing limit. What’s the point? Audiophiles world over know that the brain can process information up to 100kHz, even if you don’t respond to it the way poochie does. And, yes, it does make a big difference, big enough for the first two runs of the ERT to be completely sold out.

To take advantage of the ERT, you simply stick the black box on top of your speaker, connect the cables to your speaker binding posts and crank up the volume. The super tweeter sound is claimed to: “make the music more alive” and “give Rover epilepsy.”

To get in on the ERT action, visit AV123. For more on the ERT and the super tweeter phenom, check out Sonic Flare.

Continuum Caliburn – World’s Most Expensive Turntable

Continuum CaliburnBy Josh Ray
Vinyl is far from dead, kiddies. The Continuum Caliburn turntable system is the last word in spinning wax and, priced from $90k to $112k, is another product for rap superstars only. But don’t even mention scratching lest you sound like a fool: the Caliburn is only about achieving God’s-own sonic nirvana.

For those who don’t know, LPs give the audio Who’s-Your-Daddy to CDs and in the audioholic world, squeezing the best sound from the record comes down to vibration control. This is where the Continuum takes off the gloves, in part due to its 80lb magnesium allow platter.

For more on electron gyroscopes, vacuum pressurized oil and other NASA-approved technologies in the Caliburn, check out SonicFlare.com. You could, of course, also check out the manufacturer’s website

World’s Most Powerful Subwoofer!

Super SubwooferBy Josh Ray.

No, it’s not a fan. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the world’s most powerful subwoofer: the Eminent Tech TRW 17. Rather than your garden variety 10 or 12 inch paper cone pulsating back and forth, this subwoofer creates a wall of air as big as your living room. In other words, the entire room becomes a resonating box!

By rotating the fins and modulating the speed, frequency goes all the way down to 1Hz, the territory of jet engines, nuclear explosions and plate tectonics. By comparison, your typical sub hits 20Hz on its best day.

With a price of $12,900, the TRW 17 is for rap superstars only. Rumor has it smaller versions are in the works as well as one model specifically for cars — naturally, you must present your rap superstar ID at time of purchase.

Click here for more info on the most revolutionary boom machine this century. Story via SonicFlare.com, the web’s source for audio insanity.

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