Music System

DIY Vacuum Tube iPod Amplifier and Speakers

DIY Vacuum Tube iPod Amplifier and Speakers

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.

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CES 2009: Linksys Wireless Home Audio

CES 2009: Linksys Wireless Home Audio

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.

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Goldenote Stibbert Tube CD player: luxury vibration isolation

Goldenote Stibbert Tube CD player: luxury vibration isolation

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.

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Nuforce Icon Mobile headphone amp & USB DAC

Nuforce Icon Mobile headphone amp & USB DAC

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.

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iLuv i9200 quad-CD iPod speaker dock

iLuv i9200 quad-CD iPod speaker dock

Looking not a little imposing (I'm thinking evil manga robot butterfly, for some reason), iLuv's new i9200 media player wants to take pride of place on your wall.  As well as a somewhat B&O-inspired four CD player, capable of reading MP3 discs, there's an iPod dock and AM/FM radio. 

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Parrot by Starck Zikmu WiFi & Bluetooth speakers with iPod dock

Parrot by Starck Zikmu WiFi & Bluetooth speakers with iPod dock

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.

 

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Tivoli Audio NetWorks luxury wooden WiFi radios

Tivoli Audio NetWorks luxury wooden WiFi radios

Tivoli Audio have announced a new range of WiFi radios, available with or without digital FM tuners and in mono or stereo setups.  The wooden NetWorks radios connect via your wireless network and can either stream internet radio stations or music stored on a networked computer or hard-drive.

 

Tivoli Audio NetWorks demo video after the cut

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Redpoint Model A Testa Rossa Racing Red edition

Redpoint Model A Testa Rossa Racing Red edition

It's almost Christmas, which means just about everything goes red for a special edition.  If you're going to pick up one festive-themed gadget this year, might we suggest the Redpoint Model A Testa Rossa Racing Red edition - the company's classic audiophile turntable.  Built upon a solid aluminum billet base with a silicone-oil-damped composite Teflon platter, the Model A would make the ideal gift for someone who refuses to give up their vinyl.

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Onkyo HDC-1L Audio nettop

Onkyo HDC-1L Audio nettop

Onkyo Japan have announced [pdf link] new entry-level versions of their HDC-1.0 Audio PC.  The new range now takes advantage of Intel's Atom 230 1.6GHz processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard-drive, DVD burner and six USB 2.0 ports.  However there are several missing features compared to the full HDC-1.0 system, of which the most noticeable is the integrated audiophile amplifier.

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Creative Zen Moo MP3 Players are cow-tastic

Creative Zen Moo MP3 Players are cow-tastic

In case you're on the hunt for a totally unique MP3 player, then you might want to consider the Creative Zen Moo MP3 Player. Yes, you read that right. These little MP3 players are designed in the shape of a cow and are feature-filled.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5 digital music system

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5 digital music system

Bang & Olufsen have officially announced the BeoSound 5, a digital music system intended to bridge the gap between the company's high-end hifi systems and music stored digitally.  The main interface is the BeoSound 5 controller, a 2.65kg table-top or wall-mounted remote dominated by a 10.4-inch 1024 x 768 LCD and an aluminium scroll wheel.  Providing the power is the BeoControl 5, a 500GB music server with internet connections.  The whole system runs MOTS (More Of The Same), B&O's new intelligent playlist system.

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Teac LP-R500 is a blast from the past

Teac LP-R500 is a blast from the past

As we move into the future, more and more people are looking to the past for ideas. Especially when it comes to the form factor for some bits of technology. Let's face it: some gadgets of the past looked pretty cool. That's what Teac has in mind with the LP-R500 audio system.

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