In a world that is changing so rapidly, we tend to think of a gadget as “old” after a year or so when something better comes along. It’s a rare occurrence when you see someone still using an HTC DROID Incredible (my first-ever smartphone) or a laptop from the Windows XP days, but it got me thinking about how many people out there still use old technology on a daily basis. While you could technically count a microwave (for which my parents still have the same one after 20 years), my focus is aimed at consumer electronics, like phones, laptops, TVs, speakers, etc.
There's a brand new method for blowing the minds of your music-loving constituents, DJs of the world, and it's been set up with projectors, a set of turntables, and some Wii remotes. What you've got here is a user interface which uses projected light unto your turntables to bring an interactive experience unlike any other, both enhancing and expanding your party rocking experience. Have a peek at how definitive this rocking experience is going to be for the future of in-person plate spinning, and note that the music comes from no less than Mark Morris.
We like a good concept product around here and a cool one has turned up over on Yanko Design today. The concept combines old school with new high tech gear in a way that looks modern and retro at the same time. The device is a handmade turntable that is constructed from wood and has an aluminum turntable for your old vinyl records. The concept reminds me of a giant turntable that my mom had when I was a kid in the 70's.
This is the saddest day ever. Why? Because we just found out that starting a little over a week ago, Panasonic decided to par down and then stop production on SL-1200MK6 analog turntable, the SH-EX1200 analog audio mixer, and RP-DH1200 and RP-DJ1200 stereo headphones due to "challenges in the marketplace." Panasonic issued a statement to The Tokyo Reporter saying: “Panasonic decided to end production mainly due to a decline in demand for these analog products and also the growing difficulty of procuring key analog components necessary to sustain production." Waaah!
When I was a kid, my mom had a huge collection of vinyl records that she played on a big old record player. Today we all listen to digital tracks for the most part or CDs, but they are still some that like to listen to vinyl. If you are one of the vinyl lovers and have been looking for a new portable turntable Crosley has an interesting offering.
Still listening to vinyl? Got some spare cash lying around, or a credit card you don't mind maxing out? Have some suitably reinforced shelves? Then head on over to DaVinci Audio Labs, whose new UniSon MK II turntable promises to scythe out noise or vibration from your audio pleasure, separating the motor and its control unit from the platter, and coming in at a massive 160lbs.
The digital juggernaut continues its mindless destruction of analog classics, with the latest brand to throw in the towel being venerable club favorite Technics. Manufacturing parent Panasonic has apparently issued a statement blaming "low sales globally in analogue turntables" for the demise of the Technics 1200 and 1210 decks, which it will cease producing in February 2010.
Audio-Technica has been making audio products like headphones and turntables for a long time. We may be in the midst of the digital music revolution with most other music formats becoming an afterthought to many consumers, but there are still those out there who like the old school sound of vinyl.
One thing that I haven’t really been interested in since I spent a week being grounded for trying to scratch with my dad's Thriller album was being a DJ. If you are the DJ sort looking to take your game to the next level, Pioneer has unveiled a pair of new digital turn tables.