Music System

Sony intros iPad compatible all-in-one Hi-Fi systems

Sony intros iPad compatible all-in-one Hi-Fi systems

iPod docks are a dime a dozen, and who better to buy one from than the original inventor of the Walkman? Sony has introduced a new compact Hi-Fi system that is compatible with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. You’ll be able to pop your iDevice into the dock to pump your tunes through the Magnetic Fluid speakers, but if you’re a retro kind of guy there’s a CD player lurking inside as well.

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Sonos drops own controller for smartphone apps

Sonos drops own controller for smartphone apps

Sonos has decided to discontinue its own controller hardware with sales of the Control CR200 to stop on May 31. The popularity of smartphones and free controller apps on both Android and iPhones for the Sonos networked audio system has led to the inevitable demise of the Sonos dedicated controller hardware.

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It’s a “Beats” World, We Just Listen To It

It’s a “Beats” World, We Just Listen To It

Did you see this product announced, back on March 5? I didn't think so, but if you've been watching American Idol, you should have seen ads for Beat's audio "Beatbox portable," which is, "an AT&T exclusive." I have been trying to wrap my head around the idea that a wireless carrier would want to procure exclusive distribution for a portable speaker, and then spend millions of dollars advertising it (a 30 second spot on American Idol costs approximately $500,000). Oh, and the price of the speaker itself? $399.

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Clarion Mirage puts Android in your dashboard

Clarion Mirage puts Android in your dashboard

Clarion has taken the wraps off a new, Android-powered in-car head unit, the Clarion Mirage, a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom UI from Intel owned Wind River. The double-DIN player lacks support for physical media like CDs or DVDs, Paul Tan reports, but does have USB ports and an SD card slot along with Bluetooth for streaming.

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Pioneer RMX-1000 is one-stop DJ device

Pioneer RMX-1000 is one-stop DJ device

Pioneer has revealed its latest double-punch hardware/software combo for budding digital DJs, with the new RMX-1000 controller that also doubles as an effects and sampling station. Operating as a tactile USB controller for Pioneer's VST and AU DJ software, and as a standalone effects/sampler system when you're out of your studio, there are multiple preset effects banks that can be user-programmed or loaded up with celebrity DJ configurations.

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Teenage Engineering Oplab makes music mangling easy

Teenage Engineering Oplab makes music mangling easy

Synth manufacturers Teenage Engineering are best known for their OP-1, a compact instrument the sounds from which belie its toylike exterior, but the company has also revealed Oplab. Intended to make experimenting with audio more straightforward and flexible, the MIDI-enabled Musical Experimentation Board allows you to hook up both traditional and unusual sensors - including pressure, CV and more - and outputs and create suitably offbeat audio.

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Pioneer N-30 and N-50 Elite Networked Audio Players revealed

Pioneer N-30 and N-50 Elite Networked Audio Players revealed

It would seem that Pioneer has a few surprises before the big events next week, today revealing their line of networking devices will expand with two new Elite branded audio players by the name of N-30 and N-50. Both of these players will be equipped right out of the box with AirPlay and DLNA 1.5 wireless technologies, with vTuner Internet radio as well as both Android and iPhone control apps in tow. Your lovely 2.5-inch full-color LCD display will be showing off all the action right up front as your whole room is filled with explosive sound.

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Epiphany Acoustics EHP-1 headphone amp is packing

Epiphany Acoustics EHP-1 headphone amp is packing

If you're an audiophile, prefer headphones to speakers and gain particular pleasure from visitors complimenting you on your shapely knob, Epiphany Acoustics might have the headphone amp for you. The British-based startup is kicking things off with the walnut-fronted EHP-1, a compact hand-made amp promising minimal noise and distortion along with a distinctive aluminum volume control.

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