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Category Archives: Portable Audio

iJesus Frightens And Dismays

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By Ryan Nill

Chinavision, a wholesale electronics dealer famous for its startlingly worthless products (Skype Mouse-Phone, Handheld USB Paper Shredder, Laptop Cooling Pad), has decided to bring us a wonderful cross-shaped digital music player. Boasting 1, 2 or 4GBs of internal memory, a two-color LCD, a built-in speaker, a FM tuner, an integrated mic, seven equalizer modes and a multi-language menus, the crucifixion inspired MP3 is promised to make a “fashion statement.” Oddly enough, it was apparently designed to be given away at youth groups or while on a mission. It costs between $22.47 to $48.14, but you can save (zing!) even more by buying in bulk.

[ Chinavision ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Cassette Culture Lives On, Apparently

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While probably not “the real bleeding edge,” this MP3/digital cassette has managed to awe me, at least slightly. Chinavasion has created an MP3 Cassette Player, accepting songs from SD/MMC cards while still allowing the owner to play it over a standard tape deck. Yes, it is both an MP3 player and a cassette. This has many ramifications: has the cassette player, like Jesus or Kurt Cobain, risen from the dead? Will the Blu-Ray vs. HD wars be rendered irrelevant due to 8-tracks, vinyl and cassettes? Probably not, but its still nice to have something to play in my ’65 Pony Mustang. [You do mean your pimping ’88 Ford Escort, right? -Ed.]

The revenge of the 80’s is available in the future, from Chinavasion wholesale electronics, for an unknown price.

[ Chinavasion ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Balisong Styled Concept Music Player

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By Ryan Nill

This concept MP3/CD player, by Yong-Seong Kim, was apparently inspired by a butterfly knife. And an overwhelming need to have a CD player that is not the actual size of a CD. You just extend the “legs” of the MP3 player, pop in your CD, and you’re golden.

Also, this is merely a concept project and will probably never ever make it to real life. Which sucks because it looks so dangerously cool. And dangerously useful! Did I mention dangerous? I can totally see myself losing a finger with this thing.

VIA [ techeblog ]

Stereo Bluetooth Gets Cheap, Collapsible

By Evan Ackerman

BluPhonesGear4 is selling a new set of stereo bluetooth headphones, which offer many of the same features as other sets of stereo bluetooth headphones (works as a headset, pauses for calls, has buttons that do stuff, mediocre battery life), albeit in a relatively cheap (at £49.99) and relatively foldable package. It’s the foldability that especially interests me. The BluPhones have a bendable piece of memory wire across the back, which lets you wad them up and messily stuff them away while not in use.

I have to say that the on/in-ear bits don’t exactly look comfortable in the picture, but then, I’m a fan of around-ear headphones, because they help me all the more legitimately ignore the rest of the world. And while having to have battery powered headphones is never a good thing, the lack of wires more than makes up for it.

[ Gear4 BluePhones ] VIA [ Tech Digest ]

OhGizmo Review: Playaway Digital Audiobook Player

By Evan Ackerman

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Playaway, makers of a single-serving digital audiobook player, kindly sent us a review unit last week. Being a fan of audio and books (and free stuff), I volunteered to write it up. The particular audiobook that I’m listening to for this review is The Worst Case Scenario Handbook, read by Penn Jillette and Burt Reynolds. It retails from the Playawaydigital.com website for $34.99. Click on through for a brutally in-depth review.

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iSkin’s Cerulean F1 Bluetooth Headphones (Obviously) Ditch The Wires, Get Hit With Ugly Stick

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By David Ponce

We suppose that one man’s beauty is another’s monstrosity, but to this editor’s eyes, the Cerulean F1 from iSkin looks marginally more interesting than a can of porridge. Not that there’s anything wrong with the product itself: the company claims the Cerulean F1 to be the world’s smallest and lightest stereo Bluetooth headset on the market. We have no reason to doubt them, even though throwing a superlative around is hardly enough to guarantee explosive sales. Still, if you look at the specs (Bluetooth 1.2 or 2.0+EDR cellular phone support, 15mm drivers with rubber coating for added comfort) and the price ($130), it’s not a bad deal… well, it’s not a great deal either because the pictured Cerulean TX Stereo Bluetooth Transmitter for iPod is actually not included in that price.

The headphones will be “available soon”.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Xataka ]

Dock Adapter For 2G iPod Shuffle

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By David Ponce

You can bet that the iPod Shuffle (2G) is feeling a little left out. Not having the same connector as all the other iPods seriously crimps its ability to use all those nice docks on the market. You know, all the ones with a lowercase “i” that sell ten times faster than the ones without the “i”. Right. But with this Dock Adapter for the iPod Shuffle from Griffin, the little boy can play with the big guys. Its use is pretty self-evident, but we’ll indulge you all the same: you plug the Shuffle on one end, and the other goes into whatever Universal Dock you might have put a regular iPod into.

We don’t know how much it is, nor when exactly it will be released, but it’s nice to know that the iPod HiFi is now compatible with a bunch more player. It’s great, really, because maybe now Apple will be able to sell at least a dozen of them overpriced music boxes.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmologia ]

iPod Dock Extender Lets You Dock With Your Skin On

ipod dock extenderBy David Ponce

If you’ve decided to protect your iPod with a skin that’s any thicker than a thin sheet of paper, you’ve undoubtedly found out that docking your music player can become quite a pain. If it’s wearing leather, or something equally thick, it’s pretty much impossible without peeling the skin off first. So, leave it to the Sendstation guys to come up with an elegant solution. The Dock Extender simply connects to your iPod on one end, and to any dock on the other via an included standard size Dock Insert. There’s even a removable metal support for added stability. And, no need to remove your akin anymore.

It’s a simple gadget, but one that promises to make your life marginally more comfortable; at least, your music-listenin’, iPod-totin’ pampered life, that is. There’s no word on price or availability, though we don’t expect this to be too far away.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

Creative And Playskool Launch MP3 Player For Infants

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By David Ponce

Either the digital music player market is getting really saturated, or a mob of angry toddlers went berserk in front of Creative’s offices, demanding they be included in their marketing efforts. Whatever the case, Creative partnered with Playskool and is attempting to service a questionable niche: MP3 players for infants. The players are part of a new line called “Made For Me”

Creative and Playskool will sell a 2-in-1 Infant Gym, which resembles a typical mobile above cribs. A separately sold “Digital Music Player” will be docked into Gym and play either preloaded songs or songs downloaded from a computer. Parents can also record their own voice and have it played back.

It seems the dockable music player will sell for $80, while other elements of the line will go between $30 and $40.

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