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Category: Audio

Soundmatters Slimstage40: Virtual Surround Slims Down

Soundmatters Slimstage40: Virtual Surround Slims Down
Soundmatters is best known for their all-in-one surround sound systems which cram an entire 5.1 home theater into a single small box. Up until now, their designs were still a bit too unwieldy for placement anywhere but on a shelf or on top of rear-projection set.

Crosley Keepsake Retro Turntable Adds USB Ripping

Crosley Keepsake Retro Turntable Adds USB Ripping
Crosley portable turntables have been around since the 1950’s. Now they’ve added a modern spin to their briefcase-like record players by adding the ability to easily rip tracks to your Windows PC or Mac. The Crosley Keepsake USB Turntable not only lets you play back and listen to your old albums through its built-in stereo speakers, but includes a USB output.

Vestax S-1 Turntable Lets Djs Roam the Stage

Vestax S-1 Turntable Lets Djs Roam the Stage
Until now, Live DJs have been relegated to standing behind their turntables when they want to spin some tracks. This funky-looking controller from Vestax changes all that. Looking more like an uber-modern electric guitar than a turntable, the Vestax S-1 Premium lets DJs move around the stage just like other members of the band.

Amadana Bookshelf Stereo: Retro Looks, Modern Features

Amadana Bookshelf Stereo: Retro Looks, Modern Features
This stereo system from Japan’s Amadana may look like something out of the 1970s, but it’s actually quite contemporary under the hood. Amadana’s DDA-134 compact stereo system has decidedly retro-looking walnut wood enclosures for the speakers, receiver and DVD player, but on the inside, the system is reasonably modern (although certainly not cutting edge).

Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech

Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech
Everyone remembers Atari for their famous video game consoles, arcade games and even home computers. Being a child of 1970s and 80s technology, I’m surprised that I don’t ever remember seeing this oddity. The Atari Video Music was released in 1976 and was an analog video synthesizer that could generate a kaleidoscopic light show on your TV screen when hooked up to your stereo.

More Speakers From Outer Space

More Speakers From Outer Space
Is it just me, or have alien life forms abducted the workers in speaker factories lately? In recent days, I’ve come across some otherworldly radial speakers, dramatic communication towers, and even some that look like the aliens themselves.

Britz Rosetta Speakers Offer Beauty, No Brawn

Britz Rosetta Speakers Offer Beauty, No Brawn
If you’re in the market for some dramatic looking speakers, and can’t afford the $50k radial loudspeakers I told you about yesterday, you might want to check out these ones from Britz. They may not be the biggest or most powerful speakers out there, but they sure look purty.

Radialstrahler Speakers: Dramatic Design + Sound

Radialstrahler Speakers: Dramatic Design + Sound
I’ve written about some out of this world speaker designs in my time, but never anything quite like these speakers from Germany’s MBL. Their 101 E Radialstrahler Reference speakers offer a striking sculptural design that makes them look more like something you’d see at a power plant than something that would crank out world-class audio.

Dice Itpa-220: iPod Tube Stereo on a Budget

Dice Itpa-220: iPod Tube Stereo on a Budget
Many audiophiles will tell you that there’s nothing quite as sweet as the sound of a good old analog tube-based amplifier. While there are a handful for tube amps for the iPod already out there, most of them are quite expensive.

Chromatone 312 Key Synth Laughs in the Face of 88 Keys

Chromatone 312 Key Synth Laughs in the Face of 88 Keys
Here’s an interesting tidbit of recent history for any electronic musicians out there. A couple of years back, a strange little company called Chromatone thought it was time for an overhaul of the traditional 88 keys on pianos (or less on many synthesizers.)

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 3: Speakers From Another Planet

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 3: Speakers From Another Planet
I came across these dramatic little speakers from Bang & Olufsen and they really caught my eye. Not only do they look like no other speakers I’ve ever seen, they’re supposed to sound pretty amazing too.

Cat Speakers: Play, Pause and Paws

Cat Speakers: Play, Pause and Paws
A while back, I told you about some fun speakers for dog people. Now, feline fanatics can get in on the action with these cat-inspired desktop speakers. Brighton Net’s CatSpeaker set is a full 2.1 channel amplified speaker setup, complete with cat-shaped subwoofer and satellites.

Sonoro Cubo: Compact, Colorful Sound

Sonoro Cubo: Compact, Colorful Sound
I really like the simple colorful design of these compact music systems from Germany’s Sonoro Audio. The Sonoro Cubo is a compact, all-in-one sound system, complete with FM radio, CD player and auxiliary input for your portable media player.

Music Orb: Portable Music Goes Back to Nature

Music Orb: Portable Music Goes Back to Nature
Ok, I’ll say it now. This music player only plays one tune, “Voi Che Sapete,” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, but it sure looks cool doing it. The Music Orb is a perfectly smooth wooden globe that contains a tiny mechanical music box.

Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater Does Away With Receiver Box

Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater Does Away With Receiver Box
The latest surround sound system from Pioneer gets rid of the typical “receiver/amp” module that most home theater systems require. From what I can tell, they’ve hidden all the amplification and hookups inside of the subwoofer.

X-Mini Capsule Speaker: Tiny Package, Big Boom

X-Mini Capsule Speaker: Tiny Package, Big Boom
This pocket-sized speaker may look like nothing much, but it has some unique design properties that help it crank out some serious low-end. The XMI X-Mini Capsule Speaker features a special vacuum chamber which opens up like an accordion.