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IonAudio introduces Job Rocker

Posted by Alan at 5:03 PM on February 22, 2013

ion audio job rockerIf you are in the market for serious portable speakers for a job site or a backyard party the Ion Audio has you covered. When I say serious, I mean industrial size and strength.

Bars not only protect the speaker, but also make for easy transport. The device batter powered and Ion Audio claims up to 50 hours of battery life. It has both wireless, Bluetooth and auxiliary inputs, the side acts as a power strip, AM-FM radio and is rugged enought to withstand a job site with sawdust, dirt and more.

The speaker weighs just over 20 pounds and pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

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Boss Audio provides whole-car integration

Posted by Alan at 7:30 PM on February 20, 2013

Doug Kern from Boss Audio System dropped in at the TPN booth during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The copany has been at CES for a number of years, but this year it wanted to make a bigger splash with a new home audio line.

The car audio products introduced are made to integrate with iOS products. Te latest device integrates iOS, but also all sorts of other inputs — USB, auxiliary, SD card and more. It docks your device allowing you to, not only control media, but also apps and navigation software. It also provides Bluetooth wireless communication when a call is made or received.

This is aftermarket hardware that replaces in-dash systems sold by car makers. It starts at $149, which is surprisingly cheap for such a product. Head over to Boss Audio for more information.

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Spider Audio unveils new products

Posted by Alan at 7:48 AM on February 20, 2013

spider logoSpider Audio may not be a household name, but you should certainly know them if you are in the market for audio gear. Headphones, speakers and a lot more.

In the video below you will see such innovations such as a tiny device you can carry with you and use to get audio in full Dolby. The device has input and output for both audio and video. This means you can use it with a tablet or smartphone and watch movies or listen to music with full Dolby quality.Bettery life in claimed to be ten hours.

The company also showed off bluetooth speakers and studio quality headphones headphones.

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Audio Control adds new mobile amp

Posted by Alan at 1:24 PM on February 18, 2013

audio control logoLooking for a high-powered 100-watt amplifier to use with a digital media box such as Sonos? You may be in luck. This device allows you to add high-end speakers to a portable device.

Customers can hook the device to a portable system and then speakers to that and drive that 100W of power for a much bigger an richer sound.

The company has been in business for 35 years, so there is some learned technology behind this product. The unit comes in black or white depending on your tastes. If you would like more information then you can head over to Audio Control. The device does not come cheap, but audiophiles out there likely already knew that. MSRP is $799. It was announced as shipping “next month”, which means any day now.

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Rednote

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 12:54 PM on February 17, 2013

Rednote Rednote enables a user to embed a snippet of audio within a text note. Similar to how you would embed a image, only instead of a photo its is a bit of audio. Rednote has a list of categories including sad, happy, romantic and each category has a list of appropriate songs underneath it. You tap on the song you want to use and it gives you a 5- 19 second clip which you can embed into a text note. At this time you can not create your own clip. It took Rednote over 2 years to get the licensing rights to the clips of the songs they have available.

Rednote just announce a partnership with the Heywire texting app.  Rednote currently works directly within the Heywire Android version only. Heywire is working to upgrade their iOs version so Rednote will soon be included in it also. Rednote will also work with native SMS programs such as iOS Messages, where song snippets appear as a link that leads the receiver to a sponsored landing page that will play the clip.

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I-Mego unveils new headphones

Posted by Alan at 5:50 PM on February 13, 2013

i-megoI-Mego was at the recent Consumer Electronics Show to show off a new line of headsets. The company unveiled  couple of different models — the Throne and the Ztone.

The Throne is an over-the-ear model that comes in two different colors. That may seem like taste and it is, but not in teh way you may think. The different colors are tuned differently depending of the music you like — they vary from rap to acoustic to rock.

The company also unveiled an in-ear model that won a CES Innovation Award for the tremendous build quality and attention to detail brought to the product. It comes in different sizes to fit your ear. That particular model is called Ztone by the company.

I-Mego also showed off a new prototype, but you will need to watch the video below to see that one.

The Ztone retail for a very reasonable $99 — a bargain for molded in-ear pieces. The Throne ranges from $79 to $129. You can check everything out at I-Mego.

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Able Planet’s “health improving” headphones

Posted by Alan at 7:42 AM on February 9, 2013

Able PlanetAblePlanet is an audio company that makes a lot of hearing hardware, aids, microphones and more. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company showed off personal sound amplifiers —  which is not, strictly speaking, a hearing aid, but more of a boost to sound that will help in environments where listing can be an issue.

However, the new headphone line was the most interesting thing — the company claims that its headphones allow the customer to listen at a lower decibel rate than standard versions, meaning that the user is saving their hearing, or “improving health”.

You will need to watch the video below to really understand how AblePlanet is making all this happen, but it is really fascinating technology.

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Nuvo Tech introduces a new wireless home audio system

Posted by Alan at 9:34 AM on February 7, 2013

Nuvo Tech is known for high-end, professionally installed home audio systems. Now the company is making a move to become more friendly to the masses with a wireless, consumer-based home audio system to compete with devices like Sonos.

The new setup is not weak either — it can simultaneously stream to up to 16 different locations. To do this, the system uses a dual-WiFi system with antennae. There are two different models of players, depending on the wattage you want. The higher-end version also has bluetooth for streaming content from a phone or tablet. The base station plugs directly into your router.

Prices start at $199 and head up, depending on the setup you want. For more information you can watch the video below and also head over to Nuvo Technologies.

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Zooka Bluetooth Speakers

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 8:31 AM on January 30, 2013

Zooka Anyone who has a tablet, or smart phone knows that their one weakness is their speakers. One solution is to use a speaker dock. The problem with this solution is that it requires an outlet to plug the dock into. This is not very useful if you are in a park or on a beach, the other solution is to use Bluetooth Speakers. This is where the Zooka speakers by Carbon Audio Inc come in. They are Bluetooth speakers made of medical grade silicon. There are no mechanical moving parts and no dock. It slides on to a tablet or top of a notebook. It was designed so it doesn’t hide the iSight camera. There is a kickstand which tucks away into the side and screws into the back. It includes:

  1. Two 30 mm speaker drivers at either end of the Zooka
  2. 30ft Bluetooth Range
  3. Rechargeable battery, providing up to 8 hours of playing
  4. Frequency response of 150 to 20,000 Hz

The Zooka is available at Target, Best Buy Amazon and at Carbon Audio Inc. It comes in a variety of colors and is priced at $99.00

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Griffin MicConnect for iOS at CES 2013

Posted by Andrew at 5:51 AM on January 26, 2013

Griffin MicConnectJeffrey Powers goes all Pop Idol when he chats to Jackie from Griffin Technology about the newly announced MicConnect, which connects iOS devices to XLR mics with phantom power.

The Griffin MicConnect is a small brick adaptor with an XLR socket (input) on one side for the microphone and a 3.5 mm jack on the other to connect into an iPhone, iPod or iPad. A 3.5 mm socket provides for headphone monitoring of the sound source and for condenser mics, the unit takes two AA batteries to provide phantom power (48V).

(As an aside, I’m not 100% clear if this is iOS only – the 3.5 mm jack looks pretty standard and there’s no reference to special apps being required so if Android is your OS of choice, it might be worth contacting Griffin directly.)

Included in the interview is Griffin’s updated Mic Stand Mount, which is now compatible with all iPad models (not Mini), and unsurprisingly holds an iPad on a mic stand. Jeffrey reckons the MicConnect and the Mount are a great combo for the mobile podcaster. Pricing-wise, both the MicConnect and the Mount are $39.99 but the MicConnect won’t be available until June.

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