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Plugzee Gives Old Speakers Bluetooth Functionality

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There’s a very good chance that somewhere in your house there’s a set of speakers that haven’t played a note in a few years. Maybe it’s an old set of PC speakers that you haven’t touched because now you use a laptop? Well, just hook them up to Plugzee and start streaming music back to them from up to 33ft. away. It even works with your car audio system, as long as you have an AUX-in plug. And yes, that means you can make handsfree calls now, since there’s even an integrated mic on the device. It works with any device that has Bluetooth, and will keep pumping your tunes out for up to 18 hours on a single charge. A $49 pledge gets you two, while $30 gets you one. Shipping in July.

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Parting Fools From Their Money: $5,500 AudioQuest Diamond Cat-6 ‘Directional’ Ethernet Cable

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You want that MP3 to sound even better? Got some crazy sound system and you want to make sure you get the best possible sound from it? Why not turn to AudioQuest’s Diamond line of Ethernet cables? Their CAT-6 cables come with silver-plated plugs are actually directional! Wowsers!

AudioQuest’s Diamond RJ/E is a directional Ethernet cable made with the same hallmark materials, philosophy, care and attention that is applied to all their interconnects, whether it’s an entry level introduction to hi-fi or a died-in-the-wool music connoisseur. Another upgrade with Diamond is a complete plug redesign, opting for an ultra-performance RJ45 connector made from silver with tabs that are virtually unbreakable. The plug comes with added strain relief and firmly lock into place ensuring no critical data is lost.

All audio cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest audio cable. Arrows are clearly marked on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality. For best results have the arrow pointing in the direction of the flow of music. For example, NAS to Router, Router to Network Player.

Directional cables… right. Because we only need to send data, and never receive any. Because bits of data can be “lost” at the interconnect. Sure.

Ugh… this is so depressing, because you know full well that some poor sod is going to buy some of these, and then totally “hear” the difference. And you know how much he’ll pay? How about $5,500 for 26ft. of the thing? And if you think that’s a lot, you should check out the company’s $13,500 52ft. HDMI cable.

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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On Bluetooth Audio Beanie

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Have you looked around lately? Everyone seems to be wearing a beanie! It’s winter too, so you can say that it’s not just a fashion thing, right? So if you’re going to be wearing one, why not make it one that plays back your music and lets you take phone calls through Bluetooth? The Bluetooth Audio Beanie doesn’t cost much more than a regular beanie, but gives you a “60-hour standby time with 6 hours of continuous music/call playback” Normally costing $59, it’s $34.99 with today’s deal.

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Sharing Is Caring: 5-Way Headphone Splitter

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Sitting in a bus for 8 hours with 4 of your friends? You can all listen to the same exact music, at the same time, with this Belkin 5-way Headphone Splitter. All it does is plug into your music device and offer 5 jacks to stick other audio cables in.

It’s too late to buy this for this Christmas, even as a stocking stuffer, since it won’t be delivered on time. But you might feel the urge to be social anytime, so don’t let that stop you. It’s $10.

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Deal of The Day: 25% Off On the New Soundfreaq Double Spot

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The new Soundfreaq Double Spot has most of what you’re looking for in a speaker: it’s portable, simple yet classy, and gives you award-winning sound quality. The speaker’s two custom-designed stereo drivers were positioned slightly outward in order to optimize sound projection and stereo separation. You won’t be able to tell just by looking at the speaker, but the sound should speak (or play) volumes.

The Double Spot comes with a built-in rechargeable battery (which makes it perfect for road trips and beach outings) and can be charged via USB. It works with Bluetooth-compatible devices and comes with a line-in option, too, for your non-Bluetooth players. The speaker is normally priced at $150, but it’s currently on sale at $112.

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Deal Of The Day: 52% Off On AquaCube

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Groove to your favorite beats and sing along to your favorite tunes with the AquaCube. It’s a water-resistant bluetooth speaker that you can take with you in the shower without fear of getting yourself electrocuted. And wouldn’t you agree that showers are a whole lot more fun with your favorite songs playing in the background?

The AquaCube comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to four hours on a single charge. It also comes with a suction cup so attachment is a breeze. Durable, good sound, easy to use, and currently on sale at 52% off for just $23.99.

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Telephoto MegaFon Loudspeaker Lets You “Yell” at One Person Only

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So near, yet so far. You might be able to see the person you want to talk to, but the din of the outside world won’t allow him to hear your voice. That and the fact that what you want to keep your message private makes yelling out of the question. Addressing this first world problem is Fuji Xerox.

After a lot of detailed R&D, they’ve created the Telephoto Megafon which is basically a targeted megaphone of sorts. The 3D-printed gadget will let the user “speak” to someone far away by simply pointing the Megafon towards that person.

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Sound Cloud: Interactive Cloud Lamp Speaker

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It’s raining beats. Well, sort of. That man-made cloud up there might loos like an art installation of some sort, but it’s actually an interactive lamp and speaker. Its name? Yep, you guessed it: Cloud. Designed by Richard Clarkson, the Cloud reacts to nearby movement and lights up to the beat of the music that you’re playing.

Put Icona Pop on and turn out the lights, and you’ve got a thunderstorm of a completely different sort, right there in your room.

This smart little creative lamp is replete with lights, motion sensors, microphones, and a powerful speaker system. A remote control allows user to set it to different modes, getting it to act like a simple thunder cloud, to respond to movements in its surroundings, or to respond to sounds or music that it hears around it.

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Paper Speaker is Feather-Light But Offers Heavyweight Sound

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Get ready for some sweet sounds the next time you step into a room and see this. No, that’s not a paper fan or some flimsy-looking decor. That’s actually the Phonon Kamome and it’s a speaker made from paper. It’s shaped in the form of a feather and the cool part is that it’s feather light too, weighing in at only 129 grams.

So how does it work? The Phonon Kamome uses micro vibrations technology between the paper to generate sound. It’s connected to an amplifier with an output connection, which you can use to hook the speaker up to your MP3 player or phone/

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