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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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Airpiano: No Longer Just A Cool Concept, Available For Order Now

Airpiano: No Longer Just A Cool Concept, Available For Order Now

Over two years ago, an interesting instrument of sorts jumped on our radar called the Airpiano. At the time it was an interesting concept by Omer Yosher presented at the Berlin Design Festival that allowed you to play music just by moving your hands around in the air over a motion-sensing board. Now, the concept has finally become a commercial reality, with the first limited trial batch ready for order and newer video demos after the cut.

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Korg Monotron meets iPad iElectribe & Wii Nunchuk for music mangling [Video]

Korg Monotron meets iPad iElectribe & Wii Nunchuk for music mangling [Video]

Take a Korg Monotron analog synth, throw in an iPad running Korg's excellent iElectribe app and then use an Arduino to tie the whole thing together: you're not only hitting some of the geekiest keywords around these days, but getting an awesome, glitchy, electronic music mangling setup.  YouTuber Denkitribe has been circuit bending his Monotron, coming up not only with the system described above, but one in which the accelerometer and joystick of a Wii Nunchuk are used to control the battery-powered synth.

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Sonic Emotional Pulse of Music concept exposes spinning disc

Sonic Emotional Pulse of Music concept exposes spinning disc

I have seen a lot of home stereos that have a clear cover letting you see the CD or DVD spinning around inside it. This Sonic Emotional Pulse of Music concept takes that idea a bit further and exposes half the disk completely.

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LEGO Sequencer mixes Steampunk, toys, electronica [Video]

LEGO Sequencer mixes Steampunk, toys, electronica [Video]

Take LEGO, add pseudo-Steampunk style and throw in glitchy electronic music and you might end up with something like Yoshi Akai's wonderful LEGO Sequencer MR II.  A hand-crafted 8-step sequencer, the bizarre instrument uses LEGO bricks to build up patterns of different sounds.

Video demo after the cut

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Philips SoundSphere with free-floating tweeters

Philips SoundSphere with free-floating tweeters

Philips is heading into the hi-fi game, with its new SoundSphere home stereo lineup.  The MCi900 and MCD900, will both set sail with two speakers, 100 watts of ample amplification, and “free floating” tweeters that are physically outside of the speaker enclosure, for better acoustics.

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Music Bot can name any song

Music Bot can name any song

A robot designed and built at the University of Malaga can tell you the name of any song at all. You can sing it, play it, whistle it or really convey it however you would like, and the robot can tell you the name of the song. Being able to tell you the name of the song is a pretty cool trick but that's not all it can do: the bot can tell you the gender of a singer and how many participants of each are singing at any given point in the song, together with suggesting music you may also enjoy based on the music it "hears".

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Pass Labs X260.5 Power Amp promises even less distortion

Pass Labs X260.5 Power Amp promises even less distortion

It can be hard getting your product to stand out at CES, so one good way of doing so is pretending it's January 7th and pushing out a press release prematurely.  Pass Labs are bringing their new X260.5 Power Amplifier to the show, a 260W mono-block amp which boasts the company's Super-Symmetry circuit that - as far as we can tell - promises to more accurately synchronize a stereo pair of the units.

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Technics 1200 & 1210 turntables not facing axe; 2009 vinyl sales up 35% on 2008

Excellent news, old school vinyl lovers.  Despite earlier reports from Technics Australia suggesting that parent company Panasonic were planning to axe the Technics 1200 and 1210 decks in February 2010, the company has issued a statement saying they have “no current plans” to discontinue the iconic turntables.

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Creative ZiiSOUND D5 iPod speaker dock eschews anything ZiiLABS

Creative ZiiSOUND D5 iPod speaker dock eschews anything ZiiLABS

Looking for a guaranteed way to confuse press and customers alike, and dilute your new brand?  Creative have a good example: they've called their latest iPod speaker dock the ZiiSound, which you'd expect to thus include some of the clever ZiiLABS "StemCell Computing" magic they've been discussing this week.  Instead it's a bog-standard speaker dock, with nary a whiff of a Zii processor.

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Harmon Kardon GLA-55 glass computer speakers are horrendously expensive

Harmon Kardon GLA-55 glass computer speakers are horrendously expensive

Harmon Kardon have been known for putting out some unusually shaped speakers in the past, but we can't help but think that the company have gone slightly too far with their GLA-55 system.  A two-piece setup intended to look like chunks of ice, the Harmon Kardon GLA-55 pairs the company's Atlas woofers and CMMD tweeters for what they claim is the best sound out of 2.0 speakers.

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