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Ultimate Ears 700 Earphones Announced


By Shane McGlaun

I have tried lots of earphones over the years that are available in the aftermarket to go along with my iPhone. The earphones that came with my iPhone sucked. They were uncomfortable, lacked bass, and generally just irritated me when I tried to use them.

It didn’t take long for me to get myself a decent set of aftermarket headphones. I have used Ultimate Ears earphones before and so far found them to be very good. Logitech owned Ultimate Ears has announced its latest set of earphones called the Ultimate Ears 700 noise isolating earphones.

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Monster Announces Price and Ship Date for Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones

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When it comes to headphones there are lots of differ products to choose from. Of all the headphones of various styles that I have ever used, they tend to always have one thing in common—lack of bass. Monster announced a set of headphones at CES back in January called Beats by Dr. Dre that promised to bring new technology and a new level of sound quality to consumer earphones.

At CES Monster didn’t give a clear idea of when the headphones would be available, but it did say they would retail for slightly under $400. That price is a serious chunk of change for headphones. Monster has announced that the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones will be available starting July 25 at the Apple store, Best Buy and from

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Surround Sound Heaphones With Style

By Jonathan Kimak

Headphones have always been a good friend of the gamer. They keep the parents, girlfriend, neighbors or pets from ruining a perfect moment by shouting/barking “Turn that damn game down” just as you were about to execute a perfect headshot. Many times you had to sacrifice comfort for functionality or vice-versa. But the AudioFX Pro 5+1 gaming headset hopes to give you everything you need, including comfort.

They do look rather comfy and the 5.1 surround sound is a really nice feature. Bonuses to the design are the included force feedback effect and LED lights on the side that indicate the volume level. It’s a USB headset and has a price tag of $79.94. Be sure to use the mute mic button if you still live at home and you don’t want to be caught on YouTube being chastised by your mom and laughed at by millions of others.

[ eDimensional ] VIA [ Everything USB ]

Solar Powered iPods: Will They Soon Be a Reality?

By Jonathan Kimak

The solar powered iPod is minutely closer to becoming a reality. Back in April of this year Apple filed a patent for solar cells on portable devices. What’s interesting about this patent is that it describes having the solar cells on the surface of the device.

So instead of having a solar charger that you have to attach to the iPod, you would just have to let your iPod rest in the sun. With no charger you can save valuable real estate in your pocket for things like your wallet, which is once again empty because you just bought another iPod, even though you already have an iPod Classic and an iPod Touch and you promised yourself you’d wait at least a year for the price to drop.

This is purely in the hypothetical, and could take years for it to actually be developed. So don’t go lining up for one yet. But if you do, save me a spot.

[ Patent Application ] VIA [ CNET ]

Monster Cable Threatens Blue Jeans Cable, Gets Ass Handed Back

Cable Lawsuit

By Evan Ackerman

I’m not an especially big fan of Monster Cable. I’m sure they produce quality equipment and stuff (not that it really matters), but they have a nasty habit of suing people, including Monster Garage (the TV show), Fenway Park (home of the Green Monster), Pixar (over Monsters, Inc.), and a variety of smaller audio companies. Most recently, Monster Cable has sent a cease and desist letter to Blue Jeans Cable, claiming patent infringement on its RCA connectors.

Happily, the president of Blue Jeans Cable, Kurt Denke, spent 20 years as a lawyer and knows how to respond to what are apparently frivolous threats:

“My observation has been that Monster Cable typically operates in a hit-and-run fashion. Your client threatens litigation, expecting the victim to panic and plead for mercy; and what follows is a quickie negotiation session that ends with payment and a licensing agreement… I do not compromise with bullies and I would rather spend fifty thousand dollars on defense than give you a dollar of unmerited settlement funds.”

You can read Kurt Denke’s entire response to Monster Cable, which makes them out to be a bunch of amateurish jerks, after the jump. It’s long, and if you have a short attention span, the best parts are the last few paragraphs… But if, like me, you enjoy watching smart people stand up to gigantic companies arrogantly trying to muscle their way around, you’ll get a kick out of the whole thing.Continue Reading

Vox amPlugs; Stop Annoying Me, You Filthy Hippies


By Ryan Nill

Your guitar is far too loud and no one really wants to hear your rendition of Freebird. Plug this into your guitar and along with a pair of headphones and save us all a little bit of suffering.

The little amps run off two double A’s and come in three new and exciting sounds; Classic Rock, Metal and AC30. Sadly, they all look roughly the same, but its still a pretty nifty music gadget for 70$. Available now from the rather British looking Vox site.

[ Vox Amps ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

DigiDJs unite, produce DN-HC4500 Media Player and Controller

By Ryan Nill

Goodbye vinyl, hello MacBook! Denon unveils the DN-HC4500 Media Player and Controller, the “first USB / MIDI audio interface designed exclusively for computer performance club and mobile DJs.” No longer will we be forced to have various computer parts (or entire computers) spliced into our decks. The DN-HC4500 features both PC and Mac support, 24-bit processing, BU4500 drive support, real time displays, touch-sensitive jog discs (for all your scratching needs), and comes integrated with Reflex LE software. And it looks sexy. Incredibly so.

But for a price, of course; your immortal soul or your Technics 1200. Go with the soul: much less regret. Or, alternatively, you could wait a month and pay £399.99 (about $540 US).

[ Denon ] VIA [ Techdigest ]

Watts In The Tiny MicroVee Sub? 1200

By Evan Ackerman

VeloDyne MicroVee

I’m not sure exactly how, but this tiny (about 8 inches on a side) aluminum subwoofer cube is capable of pumping out a staggering 1200 watts (600 RMS) of earth-shaking bass. Inside the MicroVee is a built-in amplifier and three 6.5 inch drivers. I have a bit of trouble understanding how such a small sub can move enough air to make all of those watts worth hearing, but it’s got some kind of software distortion control that should help. It’s got speaker level inputs, weighs about 20 pounds, and is available in black or white for £575 in November.

[ Velodyne ] VIA [ What HiFi ]

Nike Amp Watch Leaked

NIKE.jpg By Ryan Nill

The new iPod compatible line of Nike watches has been (strategically) leaked on the Internet. The AMP+ comes as a stylistically minimal watch, complete with trendy red undertones and a LED based face. When the AMP+ is linked to a Nike+ compatible iPod nano, it becomes something more than just eye-candy; the AMP+ can display information and be used to remotely control your iPod nano. All from your stylish wristband.

13 of these beauties have been seen out and about, and they are due to hit the retail market in a couple of months.

VIA [ Josh Spear ] and [ ubergizmo ]