I’m really glad I’m not of the 70’s generation, some of things that went on during then worry me a little, and those worries are based on outcomes, rather than actually things that happened. The Stylophone was an outcome of the 70’s and though it kind of died it is making a comeback and I’m not quite sure why.
Interactive Toy Concepts, the people that brought you half a ton of flying gadgets and toys were showing of a yet to be released new product the other night at CES Unveiled. It was a small shelf stereo that had 8 GE Vacuum tubes backed by some digital amps, some really nice, moderately high end speakers attached to it and the whole set sounded pretty amazing.
No, not a medical device for ageing Ibiza veterans, the Pacemaker is actually a 120GB-packing PMP capable of playing two tracks simultaneously, allowing users to mix the two together, beat-match and add effects. Pacemaker can automatically work out the BPM (beats-per-minute) of each track and display it on the 45mm 262k colour TFT screen, letting you match the speeds for a professional mix. Two output channels are provided, one for headphones and the other a line-out for external amplification, and the Pacemaker is compatible with MP3, AAC, OGG Vorbis, FLAC and WAV files.
With Sonos' popular but expensive multi-room media streaming system in their sights, Logitech have launched their new Squeezebox Duet system at CES 2008. A scrollwheel-enabled remote with 2.4-inch colour screen can display tracklistings, album art and even RSS feeds, together with personalised wallpaper and internet radio information.
When ‘musical fruit’ just isn’t soothing enough in the bathroom, the Toilet Tunes Automatic Bathroom Entertainment System will step in. Your bathroom experience will never be the same.
The Toilet Tunes system works with two units. One will be placed in an area of your choosing and the other on the back of the lid so that when it’s raised a sensor will let the other unit know to start its magic. You can choose from several different musical tastes including jazz, latin guitar, techno/pop or even various nature sounds.
Sure, it’s a tube amp, a single ended one, and it will give you the audiophile quality sound you have been looking for. I mean, it has a frequency response of 10Hz all the way up to 100kHz, input impedence of 100kohms, input sensitivity of 2.7V RMS to get the full power output, and gain of 22.5 dB when using 8ohms.
You can also switch between 4 and 8 ohms. It has a 6N1P-EV, a 6N30P-DR, and the big ass tube is an Eimac 450TH. All that, and they still manage to give you a lot of power output at 160 watts, for a tube amp, that’s an amazing amount of power.