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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 ]

Bang and Olufsen Create New Portable Speaker Line

By Ryan Nill

Danish design company, Bang and Olufsen, have unleashed a new line of modular, portable speakers; the Beolab 3. Despite the exceedingly odd shape, the Beolab 3 is being marketed on extreme versatility and portability. They can handle up to 250 watts and include three drivers; a mid-range driver plus two passive radiators that give a much need bass boost to such a small unit. Also new and/or interesting is the tweeter, which sits on top of the speaker from a retractable silver stand; marketed as “Acoustic Lens Technology,” it is supposed to disperse the sound and lead to a more pleasurable listening experience.

The Beolab 3 is made from solid aluminum and measures 6.4? x 5.2? x 8.8? and comes in black, gray, red or blue. This is about the size of standard PC speakers, unlike standard PC speakers, it doesn’t come cheap: the Beolab 3 speakers retail for about $3,200.

[ Bang and Olufsen ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Audiophiles Unite: RISE Modulated Music Source


By Ryan Nill

For the (single-CD) DJ on the go, SIGMA audio concepts presents the RISE music source. Yet another beautiful concept in the world of sound, this RISE project features modulated components. This particular model RISE music source features three main components, each painstakingly wrapped in its own individual aluminum case, so as to completely eliminate any sound interference. This setup utilizes a Phillips CD reader, power box and a mixboard/equalizer. The only questions yet to be answered are what type of connections this thing is using, how long it operates using independent power and why on earth doesn’t this beauty play vinyl?

Custom made and pricing on a need to know basis. So its probably horrible expensive.

[ SIGMA audio concepts ] VIA [ gizmodo ]

Swan’s Ultimate Ribbon System 2.3HT Both Frightens and Inspires

By Ryan Nill

Swan’s new 2.3HT system packs an unbelievable 1500 watts. They boast that this is the current end of all of personal sounds systems; a claim that I might have heard a few times before. After a quick glance of the 2.3HT’s specs, I’m starting to believe them. The 2.3HT is comprised of several sections, two front speakers (Swans 2.3F), a center speaker (Swans 2.3C), two surround speakers (Swans 2.3R) and two Swans 2.3 Subwoofers.

Swans gives us a bunch a technical jive, which we’ve kindly included after the jump for those of you so inclined. But the gist of their claim to fame is the use of a total of 165 drivers, in a 630-pound mammoth system. And while their description sounds awesome (and slightly dangerous), the chances of losing your hearing are significantly mitigated by the exacerbated price of $30,000. Yes, it will cost you $30,000 to own the home sound system that will make Mr. Jones finally give up in disgust.

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The Earbuds of the Gods

snipshot_e4be2rbig1a.jpg By Ryan Nill

Ultimate ears, known for exceedingly good headphones and exceedingly opulent prices, has completed their magnum opus. The UE-11 Pro has four individual speakers in each ear; a dual driver subwoofer, a dedicated midrange and separate tweeter all harmoniously melded by a three-way crossover. They boast a frequency response of 10Hz to 16,500 Hz, -26dB of noise isolation, and input sensitivity of 119dB at 1mW. Running 1150$, you would probably have to be a god to afford these.

iLounge also adds:

“That it will offer the user’s choice of custom colors and artwork for the UE-11 Pro—typically costing up to $200 above the price of its standard custom earphones—at no additional charge for the first 60 days of the product’s launch, ending September 30, 2007.”

[ ultimateears ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Panasonic’s Nanotech Excites Big Bass From Little Speakers

Panasonic Bass Speaker

By Evan Ackerman

While bass is undoubtedly one of the most visceral components of music, it also takes the most effort to produce. Good bass requires moving big volumes of air, which is why little speakers in portable devices can’t cut the mustard when it comes to low frequencies: there’s just not enough room for the air to move. Panasonic has developed an ultra-porous carbon-based material (out of bamboo, maybe?) full of little nanoholes that can physically absorb air molecules. By building speaker cabinets out of this material, Panasonic says they can effectively double the volume of air that is available to speakers at low frequencies. Larger speaker systems will benefit proportionally, but this technology could still mean improvements in the low end fidelity of portable electronics and headphones.

[ Read More ] VIA [ Digital World Tokyo ]