Designed in response to a Motorola cross-disciplinary studio task, Jose Tomas DeLuna's Motorola KRE-8 music cellphone is a curious mixture of PMP, portable music creation tool and 3G handset. There are three distinct music modes: instrument, record and mix.
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Hot on the heals of the Sony CMT-Z100iR comes another iPod dock with the same slot-loading CD drive and slightly-relaxed-obelisk styling. The Sony CMT-LX30-iR is a more compact speaker dock, but still offers USB playback, MP3 CD support, an FM/AM tuner, line-in and quick CD to USB sync.
Cambridge Soundworks - a subsidiary of Creative - have announced the MovieWorks HD, a docking station for the Apple iPod range that can output high-definition video and digital audio to a connected HDTV or audio system. The MovieWorks HD also has an integrated X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity chip onboard, together with Creative's X-Fi Crystallize and X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, and connects via HDMI.
Images of the upcoming Samsung M7600 touchscreen music phone have leaked, complete with details regarding the company's latest cooperation with audio specialists Bang & Olufsen. As you might expect, the M7600 takes a distinctly musical approach to mobility, with its 2.8-inch AMOLED display offering up a virtual DJ turntable for on-device editing of tracks.
There are great presents, and then there are truly awesome presents: this home-built vacuum tube iPod amplifier and speakers falls most definitely into the latter category. Given to Peter Redmer by his engineer father, the setup consists of a quad-tube custom amp in a hand-made wood and copper chassis, together with a pair of custom black lacquer speakers.
Linksys by Cisco have been demonstrating their new Wireless Home distributed media system at CES 2009, a Sonos-rivalling system that includes the standalone Conductor DMC350 with integrated touchscreen control and CD player, the Director DMC250 media player with integrated 50W-per-channel amp, and the Player DMP100 for connection to an existing amplified setup. Each can access media from across your home network or the internet, together with internet radio.
This is no ordinary dangling CD player, oh no; it's a CD player suspended by four conical springs, with a double-chassis the top-plate of which is shaped to resemble a Ferrari F1 steering wheel. According to creators Goldenote, the Stibbert Tube CD Player teases the very best quality out of your discs by virtue of its twin 6922 tube analog output stage, motor speed fluctuations of less than 0.0001-percent and, just to punish your back, an overall mass of three times its predecessor.
Nuforce's Icon Mobile is a headphone amp with a difference. Like most of its ilk, it starts with offering headphone amplification - in this case twin 80mW at 16-Ohm, with a signal to noise ratio of 0.054-percent at 25 mW, 1 kHz - for your PMP, though here to the Icon Mobile offers dual outputs rather than the traditional one. However it then includes USB DAC functionality, connecting to your laptop via USB and bypassing its audio outputs.
Parrot have teamed up with designer Philippe Starck to create a new set of wireless speakers. Called Zikmu, the speakers incorporate an iPod/iPhone dock together with WiFi and Bluetooth; the latter is used both to stream audio from mobile devices such as cellphones using A2DP, and to connect the two speaker columns themselves together.