You want a wireless, connected speaker system, but don’t want to spend a lot to get there. You might also have an existing home theater system that produces amazing sound, but alas — no connectivity. Motorola has introduced a new product, the Moto Stream, which aims to help get your current system connected via the existing audio jack.
Home automation not only gives extensive control over one's home, but also enables features of it to work in ways not previously possible. One example is the StriimLight B-10 from AwoX, which combines a speaker and an LED light to enable music playback from wherever you have a light socket. Using Bluetooth technology, owners can control the speaker using their mobile device.
Thinksound has launched its first pair of "big" headphones, the wood-centric On1 supra-aural monitors with 40mm drivers and detachable audio cables. The company has enjoyed widespread success with its various earbuds, and as such the On1 have both company history and buyer expectations to live up to. This product has been a long time coming, and is now available from Thinksound for $299.99 USD. We recently got our hands on a pair of these cans, and we've put them through the acoustical wringer to see if they hold up for those particular about their music. Read our full SlashGear review to see how they fared.
Beats Electronics has announced a new, larger incarnation of the Beats Pill: the Pill XL. Measuring in at 13 inches long by 4 inches in diameter, the Pill XL will arrive in stores by early December, 2013. Both the original Pill and the Pill XL will also get some added features that should make for some interesting listening.
Taking tips from the likes of custom systems like the one Android Community showed off in-car last month, RCA seems to have created a stereo system that uses an Android tablet as its brain. While this system hasn't been formally announced by RCA as such, it does appear to be on store shelves in some remote locations in the USA. This machine works with a detachable Android tablet, Bluetooth speakers, and HDMI-out to work as a stereo or a full entertainment center.
Pyle Audio has introduced its latest audio offering, the Disco Jam Stereo Speaker System, a compact "party machine" that offers, among other things, an integrated disco ball. The setup is on wheels and comes with a handle, making it easy to wheel into a location and remove after the party is over, and is being aimed at -- among other consumers -- aspiring DJs.
This year at CES, audiophile company Behringer introduced the OMNI series of AirPlay-compatible speakers and other audio equipment. Of course, these products are all about networked playback and connecting all your home's audio together over the interwebs. We ended up getting our hands on the OMNI Link stereo receiver, the OMNI Amp amplifier, and the OMNI SP5i AirPlay speaker system.
This year at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Gracenote MoodGrid was revealed inside a Mercedes-Benz F125 research vehicle, this music-based bit of technology promising to change your automotive experience by matching your mood with tracks that'll do their best to compliment it. MoodGrid will allow the music in your car experience slick as a whistle with one-touch and/or simple voice commands, this improving both your ease in using the car's stereo and your safety in doing so. This is going to be perfect for those of you who'd normally be tapping on your iPods while carrying a hot cup of coffee and an Egg McMuffie in the other hand while driving with your feet on the regular.
When it comes to sampling percussion instrumentation for your hot beats, you've got more than a few options - Roland just made your decision easy for you with the brand new SPD-SX, a sampling pad which appears to not be holding back when it comes to versatility. What you've got here is 2 GB of onboard sampling memory, three effects engines, and a set of controls which make this unit a real replacement to the popular SPD-S, what Roland up until now called their "industry-leading" sampling pad. Inside you'll find top of the line pad-sensing technology, assignable click output and a wholly portable chassis. Is this your next thumptastic solution for the rhythm in your life?
Pioneer has announced a new line of consumer audio gear that is aimed at the dance community called Steez. The line of gear is aimed at the user that likes to have dance battles. Yeah I am serious. There are several products in the new line and they can all be used with a free PC software app that lets the user change the music tempo, set choreographed cue points, create smart playlists, and more.