Music System

ION LP 2 FLASH transfers vinyl to SD or USB drives direct

ION LP 2 FLASH transfers vinyl to SD or USB drives direct

Turntables with USB connections are nothing new - we've covered quite a few before - but this is the first I've seen that can not only record into your PC but directly onto a PMP or even an SD memory card.  Made by ION, one of the first names in USB turntables, the LP 2 FLASH can be connected to an external hard-drive or flash memory stick via the USB port, and also has a built-in SD slot; tracks can then be recorded straight onto that removable storage.

 

Numark MixMeister, OMNI CONTROL & NS7 USB DJ control surfaces

Numark MixMeister, OMNI CONTROL & NS7 USB DJ control surfaces

If you're more reliant on your computer for your digital music than Numark's standalone DJ products would allow, the company has three new control surfaces to offer.  The MixMeister, OMNI CONTROL and NS7 all offer varying degrees of hands-on tweaking for use in both studio and live situations.  The MixMeister Control is a USB-powered surface that comes with MixMeister's Fusion software; all 94 knobs and buttons correspond exactly with those on-screen, with Fusion handling the technical side of beat-matching, setting cue points and re-pitching.  Power and connectivity is handled by a single USB cable.

Numark HDMIX & ARC 3 digital DJ systems

Numark HDMIX & ARC 3 digital DJ systems

Numark have taken the wraps off of two new digital DJ products, the HDMIX and the ARC 3.  The former is a complete DJ system in a single box, requiring only powered speakers to complete the setup; sources include an onboard DVD drive also compatible with MP3 CDs and DVDs, an internal hard-drive in a removable caddy, and connections for hooking up an iPod or a USB storage device.  Tracks can be ripped directly from CD to the hard-drive, and setup is straightforward with the full-color display and included USB keyboard.

Pea Speaker concept is a pod full of Bluetooth balls

Pea Speaker concept is a pod full of Bluetooth balls

It's not often we see concepts based on peas, but there's a first time for everything.  Designer Lu Le has borrowed the idea of a pea-pod for this wireless "dynamic audio environment" Pea Speaker system: seven Bluetooth-enabled speaker spheres, that can be distributed around a room for unusual stereo separation.

Logitech Squeezebox Boom wireless network music player

Logitech Squeezebox Boom wireless network music player

Logitech have introduced the Squeezebox Boom, in effect the company's Squeezebox network music player with built-in amplification and speakers.  Setup is straightforward - plug into the mains, enter your WiFi password - and then you have the pleasure of bi-amped 3-inch woofers and 3/4-inch tweeters (with a 24-bit Burr Brown D/A converter behind the scenes) to enjoy either music stored elsewhere on your network or streaming from Rhapsody, Last.FM, Slacker, Pandora and Sirius.

Sony SACD player promises best quality yet

Sony SACD player promises best quality yet

Sony has announced a new high-end SACD player in Japan, the SCD-XA5400ES, catering to wealthy audiophiles still with a fondness for the technology.  Based on a twin R-core transformer and D/A system - individual components rather than rolled into the general chipset - Sony are calling the parts the best the company has produced to date. 

Sonos ZP120 & ZP90 with MIMO for double range plus free music downloads

Sonos ZP120 & ZP90 with MIMO for double range plus free music downloads

Sonos have announced upgrades to its wireless music streaming range, including two new ZonePlayers - the ZP90 and ZP120 - and new software, both firmware for the ZonePlayers themselves (introducing support for SonosNet 2.0) and version 2.6 of their computer app.  Perhaps most interesting of all, both new and existing users upgrading to v2.6 will receive $200-worth of music from various download services.

ADA Suite 8200 8-zone multi channel distributed amp

ADA Suite 8200 8-zone multi channel distributed amp

Custom distributed audio specialists ADA (Audio Design Associates) are promising marital bliss with their latest multi-room receiver, the Suite 8200. Supporting eight stereo sources and eight separate output zones, it's a single chassis pre-amp and class-A/B amplifier, all in a 2U rack-mount box.

A.M.P. music-playing gyroscopic-dancing companion robot

A.M.P. music-playing gyroscopic-dancing companion robot

Looking, frankly, malevolent at your taste in music, Tiger Electronics' A.M.P. Automated Music Personality robot is meant to "revolutionize how and where you listen to music."  Standing 29-inches high, the A.M.P. uses a piezoelectric gyroscope to stay upright on his twin-wheels (with a flip-out kick-stand for stationary use) and lets you plug in any MP3 player, stow it in his back compartment, and then watch in astonished horror as it "dances" to the music's beat, flashing its 49 LEDs and adding any of more than 62 sound effects.  Playback is via the built-in 12 watt amp, through a 5-inch mid-range speaker and two high output tweeters.  On the A.M.P.'s hands are touch-sensitive mixing pads, the left controlling music effects and the right controlling the audio itself. 

Musical Tesla Coils play classic 70s electro

Musical Tesla Coils play classic 70s electro

Did you know that Tesla coils can sing?  ArcAttack, an AV-DJ group, certainly do, and they're behind the world's first Singing Tesla Coils High-Voltage DJ system.  Basically, the electrical arcs shot out by the coils actually create audible square waves, similar to original analogue synthesizers. 

Check out the video of the Singing Tesla Coils in action, after the cut!

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