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The obsolete cassette tape turns 50

The obsolete cassette tape turns 50

The high-tech 80s cassette tape has had its 50th birthday. I can remember growing up my dad had an old car that had an eight-track tape player. I have vivid memories of him getting angry every time I touched his 8-track tape collection and I recall how big those tapes were. The next big move in technology was from 8-track tapes down to the traditional cassette tape that anyone who grew up in the 80s will remember.

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Harman AKG K845BT and K545 over ear reference headphones aim at mobile users

Harman AKG K845BT and K545 over ear reference headphones aim at mobile users

Harman has a complete line of audio solutions and confusingly, sometimes the audio gear is only Harman branded, other times it's Harman Kardon, and other times it's JBL. That means pretty much all that gear is the same, just the name on the product changes. Harman has unveiled a couple pairs of headphones aimed specifically at mobile users looking for reference quality sound. The products include the AKG K845BT and AKG K545 headphones.

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Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

The iPod, and generally most MP3 players, has revolutionized to some extent the way we enjoy and consume music, but has also somewhat lowered the taste for high-quality audio, a problem that musician Neil Young is seeking to solve with his new Pono portable music player and online store. And, if his optimism gets translated to reality, we might be seeing the products really soon.

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