Music System

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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Sonos Controller app for iPhone & iPod touch, plus Pandora & Last.fm with 2.7 update

Sonos Controller app for iPhone & iPod touch, plus Pandora & Last.fm with 2.7 update

Sonos have released their first official app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which adds controller functionality to the touchscreen devices and allows them to manage the company's networked audio players.  The software, which is a free download through the AppStore, brings not only the full functionality from the official Sonos controller but adds touch-control and text-driven media searching. 

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High Water Sound four-arm turntable with multiple music personalities

High Water Sound four-arm turntable with multiple music personalities

Since vinyl purists are such, well, purists, it comes as no surprise that they favor different needle cartridges depending on the type of music they're listening to.  No problem if you only play, say, jazz, but if you're also partial to some reggae, string quartet and classic ABBA, that's a whole lot of switching and tweaking each time.  New York audio pros High Water Sound may have the answer: a modified TW-Acoustic Raven AC turntable with four separate, independent arms and cartridges.

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Sprint Samsung Highnote dual-sliding music phone Hands On

Sprint Samsung Highnote dual-sliding music phone Hands On

Sprint have announced another dual-sliding handset, the Samsung Highnote, aimed primarily at music fans.  The Highnote slides up to access the standard numeric keypad, or down to reveal a pair of stereo speakers; it also features the same One Click customizable GUI as on the LG Lotus.

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Altec Lansing inMotion MAX and GLOW; Expressionist BASS 2.2 desktop speakers

Altec Lansing inMotion MAX and GLOW; Expressionist BASS 2.2 desktop speakers

Altec Lansing have unveiled a number of new audio systems, including a high-quality portable speaker dock for the iPhone 3G, a combination speaker dock, FM radio and clock (with color changing mood light), and a desktop speaker system with integrated dual subwoofers.  The inMotion MAX Portable Digital Music System uses the company's proprietary ESS technology with XdB bass-enhancement and twin stereo speakers.  It's fully WiFi and cellphone shielded, so can be used with the iPhone 3G (or original iPhone) without needing to flip off the phone functionality.  Music is automatically paused if the phone rings.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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