Music System

Earthquake Supernova MKVI flagship subs

Audio specialists Earthquake Sound have revealed their latest floor-throbbing subwoofers, the Supernova MKVI series.  Hand-made in the US, the MKVI slots in at the top of Earthquake’s subwoofer range and packs a 1200 watt dynamic and 600 watt RMS Class D switching amplifier together with a new room correction system for balancing the sound.  Unlike rivals, which equalize by adjusting the volume, the Earthquake system takes time reflections and refractions into consideration.


Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth speakers & speakerphone

If Sony’s Rolly portable speaker system is a little too unusual (and rich) for your tastes, then Logitech’s far more traditional Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth speakers might be a reasonable alternative.  Packing the A2DP Bluetooth profile for stereo audio, as well as a standard 3.5mm input jack, it will happily stream music from PMPs, cellphones or laptops.  Two microphones, however, mean the Pure-Fi Mobile serves double-duty as a portable Bluetooth speakerphone.


Sony Rolly dancing speaker robot comes to US

Sony’s Rolly dancing wireless speaker robot might be a relatively pointless frippery, but now it’s a pointless frippery you can officially buy in the US. The company has announced that the easter-egg-sized “Sound Entertainment Player” is now available in retail stores across the country, having been available exclusively in Japan for some time now. Not only does Rolly have stereo speakers, it can be programmed with specific dances via the included choreography software.

Check out the video of Rolly in action after the cut


Chimera BC16 Mini-Synth: bizarre, flexible analog modular synth

I’ve a weakness for odd, glitchy music makers, and Chimera‘s BC16 Mini-Synth looks like a perfect example of the breed.  The size of a CD (only thicker, obviously), the BC16 might look like a bedroom project but it’s actually being factory manufactured and finished by hand; the patch cables link up the VCO, LFO, Envelope, 24db filter, noise and ring modulator in any order you see fit, and then you can twiddle the knobs to your heart’s content.  First announced at the end of last year, it’s taken Chimera a little longer than expected to get them ready for shipping, but word on the street is that production has caught up with preorders.

Check out the video of the BC16 in action after the cut


Sony Xplod in-car CD receivers with USB

Sony has pulled the covers off two new Xplod in-car CD receivers, the CDX-GT920U and CDX-GT620U.  Support for CD and radio is a given, but they also have USB ports for playing music stored on memory sticks and Sony’s Quick BrowZer technology to speed tracklist navigation.  Both have fold-down, removable face-plates, which in the GT920U’s case is motorized.


Vita Audio R4 luxury iPod-ready CD & DAB radio

There must be something in the air; mere days after Sonoro’s luxury CD clock-radio went on sale in the US, Vita Audio have announced their own hand-crafted all-in-one audiophile music system.  The R4 is being described as “a traditional music player for the 21st century”, complete with walnut veneer or white piano lacquer finish, and comprises a CD player, DAB radio, iPod dock and USB port.  It also has Vita’s unusual remote control “rotodial”.


Sonoro luxury CD clock-radio available in US

German manufacturer sonoro audio‘s products will be available soon in the US. We first saw the company’s cubo range of CD/MP3/radio units back at CES 2008, where sonoro revealed they were working on internet radio and iPod dock versions of the media player. The cubo will be available exclusively from priced at a rather large $349.99.


Gear4 DUO iPod speaker-dock with removable speaker section

It’s tough to think of a new concept in iPod speaker-docks; most of the more reasonable (and some of the ridiculous) shapes have been done, and you can opt for a tiny speaker that clips like a barnacle to the bottom of the PMP or a towering plinth of musical splendour.  However UK firm Gear4 have gone for flexibility with their latest DUO system.  While it may look straightforward, the front speaker section actually unclips from the main body of the DUO and, courtesy of a rechargeable battery, can be used as a portable speaker setup in the garden or anywhere away from the mains.


Samsung intro compact HT-BD2S Blu-ray home cinema system

Samsung have announced a new, more compact Blu-ray home cinema system to accompany their existing HT-BD2T setup.  The HT-BD2S uses smaller satellite speakers and has a accompanying smaller price: $1,000.  What’s the same is the central box, complete with its 7.1 channel, 1,100 W output.


iLuv i168 & i169 HD Radio alarm clocks

iLuv have announced its first two HD Radio alarm clocks, the i168 and i169, which include stereo speakers, standard AM/FM radio, an auxiliary input and, in the case of the i169, a dock for your iPod.  Both also feature dual alarms, which can rouse you with the radio, tracks from your iPod on the i169, or a boring old buzzer if you’re a traditionalist.  The reasonably-sized displays are compatible with HD Radio’s text-on-screen feature, that displays station name, track title and artist information.


Naim HDX multi-room jukebox for picky audiophiles

Hi-fi specialists Naim have released their latest assault on the wallets of audiophiles, with the HDX music jukebox attempting to persuade them that ripping CDs isn’t the work of the devil.  Of course, since this is Naim we’re talking about, what they’re actually suggesting is about as far away from MP3 as you can get while still residing on a hard-drive platter.  The HDX creates uncompressed WAV files from a double-reading of each CD, ensuring an identical, bit-for-bit copy.  The primary 400GB hard-drive can store around 500 CDs in this manner, cataloguing them automatically.


Pioneer AVIC-F car entertainment – voice recognition, Bluetooth & XM radio

Pioneer have released a number of high-end in-car entertainment systems for their AVIC-F range.  The three models – AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and Premier branded AVIC-F90BT – all feature XM and satellite radio compatibility, Bluetooth with conversational voice recognition that can be used to control navigation, voice control of a connected iPod and a 5.8-inch WVGA touchscreen.  The latter two models also have DVD playback and a built-in MSN Direct tuner.


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