Music System

Rockridge Sound’s VTS-384 Tube Amp for iPod

Rockridge Sound’s VTS-384 Tube Amp for iPod

When iPod was first introduced to the market, I hardly imagined that it would become the most popular in the market with tons of accessories. Now you can see devices that are designed for your iPod everywhere, but if you’re looking for something with a “classic” look, a new iPod speaker dock from Rockridge Sound is the answer for you.

The VTS-384 has a trio of tubes per stereo channel delivered “full analog” sound out a pair of 2x2W (8ohm) speakers. And nothing is better than the analog sound from tubes. The kit comes with a remote for controlling the iPod, wire protectors for those tubes, and RCA and USB jacks for sourcing non-iPod music or connecting USB speakers. When it hit in February, this gorgeous dock can be yours for an expected MSRP of $604 to $777.

Rockridge Sound's VTS-384 tube amp and speaker dock for iPod [via engadget]

Home Experiments in Audio/Visual Mayhem

Home Experiments in Audio/Visual Mayhem

A true gadget-head knows that the more cryptic knobs and switches a device has, the better it is.  That's why an iPod, although commercially popular, will never be as cool as this little box of tricks.  The vs001 is, according to its maker, an Analogue Video Synthesiser, capable of sucking in a VGA signal together with audio feeds and mangling it all up into the artistic version of an acid trip.

DIY Touchscreen Jukebox

DIY Touchscreen Jukebox

Whenever I think of bars I can't help but imagine bowls of much-fingered peanuts smeared with urine and the slight atmosphere of desperate, hormonal people.  Perhaps instead I should try thinking of jukeboxes - flickr member ericjeff19 obviously has some woodworking skills, as he's converted an old Zenith Radio into a modern touchscreen-operated jukebox for his parent's wedding anniversary.

Never mind Musical Chairs, how about a Musical Table?

Never mind Musical Chairs, how about a Musical Table?

Like that cheerleader everybody fancied back at your highschool, I just can't get enough... only I can't get enough of concept tables that light up and react to stuff that gets placed on them.  Rather than the football team.  This is the latest, a "tangible user interface" that "constructs different audio topologies" as a "graspable flow-controlled programming language".  Or, in words our gum chewing, mini-skirt wearing cheer-friend might understand, you move the toys on the table and the music gets made.

Gryphon Mirage delivers audiophile distributed audio

Gryphon Mirage delivers audiophile distributed audio

If you're an audiophile who wants distributed audio around the house you've got plenty of choice of manufacturers to favour.  Well, Gryphon would like to add them to their list, and their Mirage amplifier is just the product they're planning to lure you in with.  A pre-amp main box with detachable control section that can communicate wirelessly, as well as a chunky aluminium remote that they're insisting on calling a wand, it takes advantage of the AMX and Crestron interface software (sold separately) that Gryphon have developed to integrate as a multi-room audio system.

B&O Beocenter 4600 iTunes mod

B&O Beocenter 4600 iTunes mod

I still feel guilty about letting my grandmother give away a huge wood & aluminium Bang & Olufsen radio a few years back.  It had happily sat in her kitchen until she decided she'd rather have the space, so of to the charity shop it went; we actually saw someone buy it as we walked back to the carpark.  A few years on, and courtesy of MAKE: I saw a great hack that turned that exact model into a gorgeous iPod speaker dock.  One of life's little ironies, I suppose.

Bose Announces New Acoustic Wave Music System II and Bose Companion 4

Bose Announces New Acoustic Wave Music System II and Bose Companion 4

Bose is shipping the Bose Acoustic Wave Music System II and Bose Companion 5 on September 7.  The Wave II is listed at $1079, while the Companion 5 will cost $399.  The Wave II features a CD player, and FM/AM tuner, two strong tweeters, a 4.5-inch low-frequency driver linked to 80-inch tube called waveguide.  There’s even an easy option for you to connect the iPod (with remote-controller) and a five-CD changer to the system.  You get all these new features for the same price of the previous model.  The second announcement is the Companion 5, which is a pair of small satellites and a Bose Acoustimass subwoofer.  This new system is ideal for connecting your laptop or pc through the USB.

Bose Makes Waves With New Speaker Sets [via Gizmowatch]

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