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Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

The Floating Record vertical turntable launches to a surprisingly enthusiastic crowd-funding audience. With a $50k funding goal in place at its morning launch, this project reached a cool $85k by the time the afternoon rolled around. Instead of another digitally-enthusiastic piece of "high-res audio" nonsense, this piece of equipment works with audiophile-grade materials for vinyl records. And it plays these records on their side - because any person willing to take the time to pull a record out of its sleeve to play music can also appreciate the awesomeness of seeing said record play on its side.

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V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA announce their team-up with 3D printers to bring the most uniquely customizable headphones ever to the public. These headphones will have custom-designed shields made of a wide variety of materials, making them anywhere from $200 to $40,000 apiece. While V-MODA have been making laser-engraved shields for their headphones for many years, now they're going the extra mile. Now you're going to have the ability to make some of the strangest designs ever, in full 3D, in materials you'd never otherwise have jammed in a pair of cans.

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Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify faces some big competition from newly unveiled Apple Music, but for now things are looking up: the service has revealed its latest subscriber numbers, and they show good things for the company. Millions of new subscribers are on board with Spotify, and that includes a substantial number of users subscribing to Spotify Premium, the ad-free for-pay service that gets rid of ads and certain other limitations like being restricted to shuffle play. The numbers come shortly after Spotify's successful funding round.

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Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton has introduced its new BT 100 NC headphones, a pair of wireless earbuds designed for those who need to listen to music in loud places, or who want to use the headphones while being active. The set is wireless and able to deliver notification alerts using vibration (which is felt through the band). There’s also NFC joining the Bluetooth, and noise cancellation functionality that can be toggled on and off. The run time will depend on whether that noise cancellation feature is being used, but up to 12 hours on a charge is available, placing it toward the high-end in the market in terms of battery life.

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Aumeo audio device tailors the listening experience to you

Aumeo audio device tailors the listening experience to you

With many personal audio devices like smartphones and MP3 players, you can change the sound you hear based on different EQ settings. A new device has turned up that slips into the system between your smartphone and your headphones to help tailor the listening experience specifically to your unique hearing ability. The device is called Aumeo and it claims to be the first device of its type in the world.

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SMS Audio headphones tap into Black Widow, Cap, Iron Man

SMS Audio headphones tap into Black Widow, Cap, Iron Man

This week the folks at SMS Audio have revealed their next collection of headphones - Marvel Comics style. This set will have the same quality sound and feel to the previous releases of SMS Audio Sport headphones - of which these are models in the family - but here will have unique designs based on the characters they represent. The first three headphones revealed in this collection are Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow. Embellishments are not only color-accurate with the characters they represent, they're boosted up in full 3D.

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This is what Apple Music looks like

This is what Apple Music looks like

Apple has introduced its anticipated Apple Music service, something it bids as the next evolution in music -- something as important as the introduction of the iPod itself, the company suggests. Even better, and quite unexpected, the service will be coming to Android users, too, with all it has to offer being contained in a single app. The service will make recommendations, show recent releases, provide music videos in high definition, and a whole lot more. This is what Apple Music looks like.

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Here Active Listening ear buds help control what you hear

Here Active Listening ear buds help control what you hear

Usually when we see ear buds, the point of the device is to allow you to listen to your favorite music or other audio source in private. A set of ear buds called Here Active Listening have turned up and they aren't designed for music playback. The Here system consists of a smartphone app and a pair of wireless ear buds that allows the wearer to control what they hear in the real world.

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OpenEars earbuds record binaural ‘3D’ audio

OpenEars earbuds record binaural ‘3D’ audio

Binaural recordings different from the recordings you get with a standard stereo microphone, in that they result in so-called ‘3D audio’. This is due to the two microphones’ placement — on the head at each ear or on an object in the same arrangement as you’d get from ear-placement. Making binaural recordings has traditionally been difficult, but a new pair of earbuds aims to change that — they’re called OpenEars, and they can be used to record 3D audio that sounds more true-to-life than commonly recorded audio.

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Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Audio has introduced a new loudspeaker called Square Root, and it is designed to be a high end speaker for musicians and others who want quality speakers that eschew common design problems. The Square Root is built upon the foundation the company built with its Square One loudspeaker, which it says was high quality but beyond the budget of most musicians. Square Root is said to have benefits over competing speakers, including a lack of "crossover introduced distortion" and more.

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SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud is home to a massive library of audio content, some of it from casual users, others from independent artists, podcasters, and more. There has been pressure on the service for a long while now to get squared away with official licensing deals and, under them, to pay out royalties where royalties are due. Today the service announced a big step toward that, with it having struck a large deal that covers about 20,000 indie record labels with the organization Merlin.

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Spotify’s data shows more loyal ‘metal’ than ‘pop’ fans

Spotify’s data shows more loyal ‘metal’ than ‘pop’ fans

Given the proliferation of pop music, one might feel it is the most popular music genre around — you can't be in a store, in the car, or just about anywhere else without hearing a pop song at least in passing. Spotify, though, has released some details that show all might not be as it seems - among the service’s own users, at least, metal is in fact the #1 most popular music genre with pop slipping in at a close-but-no-cigar #2 ranking.

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