Home Entertainment - Other Audio Gear http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/12/0 en Review: Velodyne Digital Drive DD-15+ Subwoofer http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22714 <p style="font-size: 140%"><strong>Expensive, but it delivers on its promise of outstanding performance.</strong></p> <p><img style="float: left" src="http://www.electronichouse.com/images/uploads/Velodyne_DD5Cherry_web.jpg" alt="Velodyne Digital Drive DD-15" hspace="10" vspace="5" /></p> <p>Velodyne has been producing their flagship <a href="http://www.velodyne.com/vproducts/series.aspx?seriesid=1235">Digital Drive</a> series since 2003. We were fortunate to have two of their DD-15’s integrated into the Audioholics Showcase Home reference system for the last few years. When introduced, the DD series of subs marked a first of many features not found in competing products including a fully digital interface with an onboard adjustable 8 band parametric EQ, adjustable crossover and subsonic filter slopes, phase and volume level. We found the configurability and interface of these subs to be excellent, sans the included measurement system which proved too coarse to make precision adjustments. Since the introduction of the DD subs, some of Velodyne’s direct competition have surpassed their products in sheer output and extension for the same given box size. It was time for Velodyne to raise the bar again. Enter the new Digital Drive Plus series of subwoofers - the successor to the venerable Digital Drive series. We wanted to establish if the new DD+ series offered significant performance advantages over the original DD series to truly accomplish this goal. This review directly compares the DD-15 to the DD-15+ sub to make that determination.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22714">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22714#comments Other Audio Gear Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:04:29 -0700 Administrator 22714 at http://www.hemagazine.com New Mini-but-Mighty Systems from Onkyo http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22583 <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo has just announced the release of two new home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) receiver-and-speaker systems. The 7.1-channel Onkyo HT-S5400 and 5.1-channel HT-S3400 offer an array of features typically not found at the announced price points.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">Some of those features would are: the latest implementation of the HDMI® connectivity standard with support for 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> video, lossless audio from Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio<sup>TM</sup>, and an Audio Return Channel. The latter feature sends an audio signal &quot;upstream&quot; from a connected HDTV's tuner, eliminating the need for a separate audio cable. Along with four HDMI inputs and one output, each receiver includes a selection of digital and analog A/V inputs to handle a wide range of playback devices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The amplifier sections for each of these receivers incorporates a massive transformer, optimum gain volume circuitry, and PLL jitter-cleaning circuitry to preserve signal accuracy. Other features include high-quality TI Burr-Brown audio DACs, a new Advanced Music Optimizer to enhance the fidelity of compressed audio files, and a convenient overlaid on-screen display for adjusting the settings. Both receivers also include Audyssey Dynamic EQ® and Audyssey Dynamic Volume®, two volume and equalization technologies that enable users to enjoy audio content with greater control. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22583">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22583#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:42:40 -0800 MarkE 22583 at http://www.hemagazine.com Denon Announces Major Hardware and Firmware Upgrade http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577 <p><strong>3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> Pass-Through, Audyssey and Dolby Upgrades Added</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">Denon Electronics is offering owners of its flagship AVR-5308CI A/V receiver and AVP-A1HDCI MultiMedia preamplifier a major hardware and firmware upgrade that will provide full 3D pass-through capability, as well as Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Audyssey DSX and Dolby PLIIz.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;We are very excited to bring these leading-edge features to owners of our flagship products, noted Jeff Talmadge, Director, Product Development &amp; Systems Integration, Denon Electronics. &quot;Early adopters who purchased these components nearly 4 years ago bought them with the confidence that they would experience the very best home entertainment for years to come. This upgrade opportunity is yet another example of how Denon is committed to ensuring that our customers are ‘future ready' and remain at the leading edge of all the latest performance-enhancing technologies.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577#comments Tech Talk News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:22:26 -0800 MarkE 22577 at http://www.hemagazine.com Power in a Tiny Package For A Little Traveling Music http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22542 <p><strong>JL Audio's Ultra-Compact 3-Channel Amplifie</strong>r</p> <p style="text-align: justify">JL Audio is now introducing the XD500/3, a three-channel, 500-watt amplifier designed to power a component speaker system plus a subwoofer system. JL Audio's efficient NexD<sup>TM</sup> switching amplifier technology allows the XD500/3 to produce huge power from a very compact package. The main channels produce 150-200W total, giving high-quality component speakers plenty of clean power, while the dedicated subwoofer channel can produce up to 300W of clean, low-frequency power. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;This is a perfect amplifier for powering simpler systems in pickup trucks, sports cars or any application with a single component system plus a subwoofer.&quot; said JL Audio's VP-Marketing, Manville Smith. &quot;Because of its tiny size, reasonable price and efficiency, we expect that it will also become very popular for Powersports applications.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22542">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22542#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:43:06 -0800 MarkE 22542 at http://www.hemagazine.com Onkyo Proves Everything Old is New Again http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508 <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo, the 60-year old audio manufacturer, has announced a new range of elite hi-fi separate components with a style reminiscent of the company's classic stereo models of the 1980s. All three models, the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player, incorporate Onkyo's new Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry (DIDRC) to counteract unwanted high-frequency interference.Despite being beyond the normal range of human hearing, frequencies above 100 kHz are susceptible to clock pulses and other forms of distortion from digital devices., Such distortion in the super-high frequency range can generate &quot;beat interference,&quot; which in turn affects the character or atmosphere of the original sound.</div> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Thu, 03 Feb 2011 10:32:47 -0800 MarkE 22508 at http://www.hemagazine.com Grace Digital Audio’s First Wi-Fi Internet Radio Bookshelf System with 802.11n Connection http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22467 <p><strong>Radio Content From All Over ze Vorld</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">Grace Digital Audio has announced the immediate availability of the Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System, the world's first internet radio system to incorporate two bookshelf speakers and 802.11n connectivity. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">Grace's micro-system, model #: GDI-IRMS300 includes two bookshelf speakers featuring 3.5&quot; full range drivers, 1&quot; tweeters, and a 16 watt RMS Class D digital amplifier. The compact micro-system provides an inexpensive way to combine Internet radio with the home stereo experience. 

The Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System provides access to over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts. Compatible with Pandora, Sirius XM Internet Radio, CBS Radio, iheartradio, Live365.com, MP3Tunes, NPR, National Weather Service, and new for 2011, WeatherBug and Rhapsody the number-one premium on-demand music service that provides access to 11 million songs for less that the price of an average CD. Users can connect their iPod, CD player, PC or any additional audio source providing access to other music collections. 

Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System features include:</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">
•    10 station presets, up to 100 saved favorites, displays song/artist info, alarm clock radio, and </div> <div style="text-align: justify">remote control with Pandora controls </div> <div style="text-align: justify">
•    Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n card connects directly to any 802.11 b/g/n wireless router</div> <div style="text-align: justify">
•    RCA input/output, headphone connection, and USB port
</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Now Shipping</div> <div style="text-align: justify"><a href="http://www.gracedigitalaudio.com/micro-system-p-119.html" target="_blank">Available direct from manufacturer</a> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Digital-GDI-IRMS300-Internet-Stereo/dp/B0040NPHLA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1295892611&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>    and various retailers around the country </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">MSRP: $249.99</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22467">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22467#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:30:58 -0800 MarkE 22467 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sherwood Unveils Two New High-Performance Components http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22435 <div style="text-align: justify">At the recently held Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sherwood announced the introduction of two new high-performance audio/video components, branded with the Sherwood Newcastle designation: model R-876 network A/V receiver and BDP-876 Internet-enabled Blu-ray Player.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>Sherwood Newcastle R-876 Audio/Video Receiver</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">
The R-876 features Trinnov Optimizer Room Correction system, which performs a unique 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> spatial correction by recreating the original soundfield heard by the sound mix engineer and remapping sound images to their proper location, both horizontally and vertically, even when speakers are not ideally placed in the listener's room.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Sherwood's first Control 4 certified A/V receiver, the R-876 can directly integrate into Control 4 home control systems. 3D ready, the receiver features two HDTV displays can be used simultaneously and can connect wirelessly to home networks. Internet Audio streaming is available through the Pandora, Rhapsody and Aupeo interactive music services, in addition to Internet Radio from Reciva and ShoutCAST. The receiver also supports Windows 7 'Plays To.' The R-876 provides seven channels of discrete amplification, rated at 125 watts per channel with no more than 0.05% THD with all channels driven. 192KHz/24 bit Digital to Analog converters ensure audio purity, and lossless audio playback of DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD is on board. Additional decoding includes DTS 96/24, DTS ES and Neo6, along with Dolby Digital and Dolby ProLogic IIz. WMA and MP3 audio playback is also provided, and for non-surround sources, eight synthesized DSP surround modes can be selected. A 1080p bypass is available for purists.Three zones of playback are available to accommodate remote listening, with all audio and video sources available in all zones. The R-876 is also iPod and Sirius-Ready. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22435">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22435#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Other Video Gear Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:12:04 -0800 MarkE 22435 at http://www.hemagazine.com Meridian Introduces New Compact Active Loudspeaker, Controller System http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22423 <p>Meridian Audio has announced the introduction of two new products, the DSP3200 Compact Digital Active Loudspeaker and the Audio Core 200 Stereo Audio Controller. The DSP3200 Digital Active Loudspeakers are designed to echo the lines of Meridian's flagship DSP8000 and are the most compact Meridian loudspeakers designed to date.</p> <p>DSP3200 Active Speakers<br />The manufacturer touts its Meridian's Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies as &quot;delivering powerful, room-filling sound with the performance of a conventional system many times the size.&quot; Featuring a wide-range driver that allows the DSP crossover frequency to be well outside the speech band, the DSP3200 delivers an effortless, open and spacious sound, even at high listening levels, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the DSP3200's digital signal processing provides dynamic bass protection with accurate transients. The DSP3200 is designed for a wide range of room positions - on or in furniture, on floor stands or on wall brackets and is offered with two high-gloss paint finishes; high-gloss white and high-gloss black.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22423">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22423#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Speakers Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:30:59 -0800 MarkE 22423 at http://www.hemagazine.com Anthem’s First Receivers Now Shipping http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22315 <div style="text-align: justify">Anthem, manufacturer of high-end electronics for music, home theater and distributed audio systems, has announced shipping of their first receivers. Both models in the MRX series feature seven channels of amplification, four HDMI in/one out and the ability to play music from a flash drive, USB disk drive or the Internet. MRX receivers are also equipped with award-winning Anthem Room Correction (ARC) system. Known for their separate amp/preamp components, Anthem's new MRX receivers deliver high-end performance in a more convenient package and at a more modest price point. Anthem MRX receivers include support for the latest audio formats including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, and DTS-HD Master Audio. Internet radio is available on both models while HD Radio is supported by the MRX 700 only. </div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22315">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22315#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Receivers Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:57:27 -0800 MarkE 22315 at http://www.hemagazine.com It’s All Happening at the Zu: New Omen Def Speaker Unveiled http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22291 <div style="text-align: justify">At first glance, it's clear that Zu is not your average speaker company. Company literature is chock full of text, like &quot;Omen Def defines state-of-the-art without all the pussyfootin' of hi-fi, just hook 'em up and let the music and party happen... Omen Def are without rival, if the price fits get 'em.&quot;</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;Our objective for Omen Def is simple, create and build a loudspeaker that can go toe-to-toe with the best loudspeakers in the world, is happy with the vast majority of amps, looks spectacular, and at a price that most working music heads can afford (without having to sell their car)&quot;, says Chuck Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Sales.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Omen Def, like all Zu products, is built around the critical human voice range (55Hz, through and all the possible harmonics, to approximately 10kHz). To this end, Zu is using their 4th generation (standard motor) 10&quot; paper coned full-range driver. The Omen Def's dual 10&quot; full-range drivers include high frequency diffusion &quot;phase plug&quot; in the face of the pole piece extension, giving Omen Def a more linear management of high frequencies and broader dispersion from the directly-coupled-to-voicecoil inner cone. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">One of the technologies utilized in Zu speakers is ZuRG Acoustic Loading - a cabinet / driver / room acoustic impedance architecture. The technology was developed from motorcycle / automotive engine systems for improving power output through pulse and pressure management with wider power band.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22291">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22291#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Speakers Thu, 23 Dec 2010 08:12:50 -0800 MarkE 22291 at http://www.hemagazine.com Revolutionary Aelius Hybrid Power Amplifier by Ypsilon of Greece http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22285 <div style="text-align: justify">Aaudio Imports, an importer of esoteric audio products, will be exhibiting the Aelius, a new high-performance push-pull hybrid monoblock power amplifier by Ypsilon of Greece, at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Capable of driving any loudspeaker, the hybrid Aelius combines single-ended triode (SET) amplification with the power of push-pull amplification. According to Aaudio, SET amplifiers help instruments and voices retain their natural presence, making listeners feel they are hearing real music played by real people. Music flows in a way that happens only in live unamplified performances. Operating in Class A, where current flows independently of the audio signal, they deliver a sound that makes it easier to feel music's inherent drama and momentum. The Aelius is said to provide a tonal palette of immense width, producing clear, undistorted music that brings listeners as close as possible to the actual music event.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22285">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22285#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Wed, 22 Dec 2010 07:51:46 -0800 MarkE 22285 at http://www.hemagazine.com Autonomic’s 2-Source Cloud-Based Media Server Now Shipping http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22280 <div style="text-align: justify">Autonomic Controls, Inc. has begun shipping the MMS-2, a two-source digital audio player designed to stream local and online media to a broader reach around the globe.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">Scaled for smaller and secondary locations, the MMS-2 delivers the same functionality as Autonomic's five-source Mirage Media Server (MMS-5), which received CEDIA's 2010 Manufacturer's Excellence Award for Best New Product. Both models support for Pandora, RadioTime and SiriusXM Internet Radio, as well as iTunes, Windows Media and other popular audio formats. The MMS-2 features 500GB of internal storage, two independent audio outputs-one 5.1 digital output for the home's resident audiophile in the main listening room, and one analog output for a multi-room distribution system-and one video output for displaying metadata and photo slideshows. The MMS-2 is suited as either a synchronized satellite in a vacation home or the sole server in a condominium or yacht.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22280">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22280#comments Hot Products Multiroom Audio/Video News Other Audio Gear Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:04:24 -0800 MarkE 22280 at http://www.hemagazine.com Multi-Taskers Unite: Audio Stream While Swiping, Flinging, Pinching http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22276 <div style="text-align: justify">Soundfreaq's recent announcement of Sound Platform represents the company's first product: a wireless, hi-fi speaker, developed with LA-based design firm, Boombang. The Bluetooth-enabled Sound Platform is equipped out-of-the box to support multiple devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android and Blackberry.The Sound Platform allows users to multi-task - surf the internet, check emails and text message - while streaming audio directly to the dock. With Bluetooth-enabled devices, users can listen to high quality sound while keeping their iPad or Smartphone exactly where they want it: in their hand.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22276">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22276#comments Home Automation &amp; Remotes Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:27:58 -0800 MarkE 22276 at http://www.hemagazine.com Yamaha Unveils New Slimline, Height-Adjustable Digital Sound Projector http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22264 <p><strong>The YSP-2200 Delivers 7 Channels of Cinema Sound from a Single Sound Bar (subwoofer makes it 7.1)</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify">Yamaha Electronics Corporation today introduced the YSP-2200 Digital Sound Projector<sup>TM</sup>, the latest addition to its award-winning sound-bar series. With a height of 3½ inches, the YSP-2200 has height-adjustable feet to allow for use with virtually any tabletop-mounted flat-screen video display without blocking any of the picture. The YSP-2200 comes with a compact, 100 watt subwoofer that can be positioned either vertically or horizontally, thereby maximizing space. &quot;Most consumers want the benefits of 7.1 surround sound, but don't want to compromise the look of their living room,&quot; said Tom Sumner, President, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. &quot;Yamaha's YSP-2200 technology allows for the enjoyment of surround sound without additional speakers, unsightly cables and stands.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22264">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22264#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Speakers Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:30:25 -0800 MarkE 22264 at http://www.hemagazine.com iQuake-52 Powered Speakers Play & Charge Docked iPods, iPhones, iTouch & MP3 Devices http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22260 <div style="text-align: justify">Earthquake Sound is introducing its new and improved iPod docking speakers, iQuake-52, in a multitude of colors. iQuake's interior components can now charge the newest iPhone and iTouch models as well as other brands of MP3 players while they are playing. Designed for TV, computer or bookshelf use, the eye-catching iQuake speakers incorporate carbon fiber 5.25&quot; woofers, silk dome tweeters and a 200-watt amplifier. Other features include subwoofer and S-video outputs as well as USB port to sync iPod devices to computers. Available colors: bright pink, red, silver, white and piano gloss black</div> <p style="text-align: justify">Shipping ETA January, 2011. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">To locate a dealer, <a href="http://www.earthquakesound.com/index.php?option=com_sobi2&amp;Itemid=84" target="_blank">click here:</a></p> <div style="text-align: justify">MSRP $525 pair (black,white), $550 (silver, pink, red)</div> <div style="text-align: justify">Docking adapters extra</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22260">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22260#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Speakers Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:40:26 -0800 MarkE 22260 at http://www.hemagazine.com Typo Caught: Thank You Readers http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22256 <p>Alert readers picked up on the mistake of the manufacturer's suggested price of the Olive 06HD server, which was corrected from $499 to $4,999. Good eyes. Thanks. - Home Entertainment magazine</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22256">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22256#comments Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:17:32 -0800 MarkE 22256 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Vinyl Corner: Parasound Ships Halo Phono Preamp http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241 <div style="text-align: justify">Parasound, the San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, has announced that it is now shipping the first production run of its much-anticipated John Curl designed Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier. Nearly 20 years ago Curl also designed the Vendetta Research SCP2B that is still regarded by many audiophiles as the preeminent phono preamp. As of this writing, the JC3 is so new, we beat the Parasound website to the punch; we could find no reference to it yet.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">The new Parasound Halo JC 3 is a high-performance dual-mono phono preamplifier. Like all phono preamplifiers, the JC 3 must multiply the tiny audio signal generated by a high-end low-output moving coil or moving magnet phonograph cartridge and make it strong enough to deliver to the input of a line level preamplifier. The JC3 uses the smallest possible amplifier circuit and the least amount of copper to reduce potential noise and distortion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:38:53 -0800 MarkE 22241 at http://www.hemagazine.com Rock-Star Sound Quality for iPods, MP3 Players http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22237 <div style="text-align: justify">Do you notice those in-ear monitors that musicians wear onstage? Known for exceptional noise isolation (-26dB), comfort and superior sound quality, your favorite Rock Gods rely on brands like JH Audio to let them hear everything that the band is pumping out. Now you can have your very own custom pair of Pro Series in-ear monitors for your iPod or other mobile music delivery system.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22237">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22237#comments Headphone Reviews Hot Products Other Audio Gear Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:39:44 -0800 MarkE 22237 at http://www.hemagazine.com Street Tech – http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22227 <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>From the DJ Culture Comes a Clever Device called <a href="http://www.playbutton.co/" target="_blank">Playbutton</a>, a Wearable Pin with an Earphone Jack.</strong></div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">A few weeks ago, Dublab, the L.A.-based DJ collective and online radio station, tweeted a little note about one of their upcoming mixtapes, and announced its release on Playbutton. The pin itself is an MP3 player that can provide long enough playtime for say, an entire full-length mixtape. Just pin it on, plug the buds into your ears and, bingo. Playbutton is powered by a rechargable lithium battery within its stainless-steel casing. The button is 1.75 inches in diameter and .3 inches thick. The exterior can be designed as album art. According to Playbutton's website, the music on the pin is pre-recorded, and can't be downloaded or changed. Main controls are play, pause, skip and volume.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22227">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22227#comments News Other Audio Gear Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:19:56 -0800 MarkE 22227 at http://www.hemagazine.com Olive 06HD Music Server – Designed for Audiophiles http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22225 <div style="text-align: justify">The new Olive 06HD music server, according to its manufacturer, merges the best of analog quality with the latest digital technology. Searching for that special track or browsing through the album covers becomes an enlightening experience via the 10.1&quot; color touch screen using glass-on-glass technology. Fanless cooling and eight layers of internal padding makes operation virtually silent.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">The 2TB hard drive can hold almost 20,000 HD tracks or 6,000 CDs in original quality. Other features include wireless networking, sampling frequencies of 10kHz - 200kHz.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The 06HD is available online only through Olive and will be shipping within the next 2 weeks. Pre-orders are now being accepted.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP $4,999       To learn more <a href="http://www.olive.us/products/music_servers/olive6hd/overview.html" target="_blank">click here:</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22225">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22225#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Fri, 10 Dec 2010 08:16:24 -0800 MarkE 22225 at http://www.hemagazine.com Arcam’s Wireless r-Cube Goes Wherever http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22213 <div style="text-align: justify">British audio specialty manufacturer Arcam invites you to take their act on the road with the r-Cube, mobile, wireless all-in-one audio system. Weighing only eleven pounds and including a rechargeable battery, the portable r-Cube can be used outdoors in the garden, patio or on picnics as well as in the bath, office, kitchen or anywhere else you chose. It's loud enough for you party people but engineered for clarity at low volume. You can connect the rCube to an extra audio source via the aux input and output video from files stored on your iPod or iPhone when it is docked. Signal sources include FM, iPhone, iPod, PC or cube-to-cube streaming.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP: $799 or $849 (including rWand iPod adapter or rWave USB dongle)</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Click here for the Arcam <a href="http://www.arcam.co.uk/_ugc/file/rcube_webbr.pdf" target="_blank">r-Cube brochure:</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify">Click here to <a href="http://www.americanaudiovideo.com/wheretobuy.htm" target="_blank">find a dealer:</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22213">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22213#comments Hot Products Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:11:17 -0800 MarkE 22213 at http://www.hemagazine.com The End of CD? High Resolution Technologies Debuts the iStreamer http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22205 <p><strong>Delivering high performance digital audio playback directly from an iPad<sup>TM</sup>, iPhone®, or iPod®.</strong><br /> <p style="text-align: justify">HRT (High Resolution Technologies), a high-end audio company specializing in high performance USB-based audio devices has announced the introduction of the iStreamer to the HRT family of products. Simply connect the iStreamer in between your iPad / iPhone / iPod and your home entertainment system. HRT touts CD quality sound with the convenience of those devices acting as a music server, storing all your music for your home system.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">For additional information <a href="http://www.hirestech.com/" target="_blank">click here:</a> </p> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP $199</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22205">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22205#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:40:43 -0800 MarkE 22205 at http://www.hemagazine.com Forget Air Guitar - ThinkGeek Plays the Body Electric http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22201 <p><strong>ThinkGeek's Synthesizer shirt completes the band. We don't think this is what Walt Whitman had in mind.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">So, you and your boys can't play a note of music but you haven't given up your wanna-be dreams. Fear not. ThinkGeek's musical shirts let you play your choice of band instruments: guitar, synthesizer, drums, even lead singer. These are all playable, merely by pressing keys implanted in the shirt. You'll crank out some of the best synthesizer heavy classics like Thomas Dolby's She Blinded me with Science and Van Halen's Jump. Pre-recorded samples include 1984 (sounds of the 80's), UFO (Close Encounters music), Dark Star (evil synth sounds), All Your Bass (slap bass) and Chopsticks (grand piano). Each of the 25 playable keys represents a different note played in one of the five designated styles.  The shirt allows for eight keys to be played at once giving it an eight-voice capability for harmonies. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Personal Soundtrack shirt comes with an auxiliary port for you to plug in a microphone. The included wearable mini amplifier attaches to any belt or pant pocket and will assure that all your friends and family can hear the sweet tunes blaring from your shirt.  The amp requires 4 AAA batteries (not included) and features an adjustable tone and volume knob.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">PS: This is not a paid advertisement. It's just so freakin' out there that we had to cover the story. Now let's if these guys can keep a beat and book some club gigs. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt is available now on ThinkGeek.com for $29.99 in adult sizes ranging from small to 2XL.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">To see the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6JjY-AKPIY" target="_blank">weirdest rock video ever, click here: </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">To learn more, <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/interactive/e1aa/?pfm=homepage_Featured_2" target="_blank">click here:</a></div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22201">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22201#comments Movies/Music/Games News Other Audio Gear Mon, 06 Dec 2010 11:31:22 -0800 MarkE 22201 at http://www.hemagazine.com Way, Way Way the Heck Back Page: The Polyphon http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22189 <div style="text-align: justify">First there was the tower clock, whose large hammers struck bells on the hour. We're talking way, way, way back. Using the same principle, but with much smaller hammers, the first automatic musical clock was presented to German Emperor Rudolph II in 1601. 1730 saw the first repeater cuckoo clock from Germany's Black Forest. As early as 1770, Swiss watchmakers were setting small musical movements into watch cases, using a small tuned-steel comb played by pins or pegs set in a cylinder or disc.  By 1880, they were making tiny music boxes with from 15 to 25 teeth tuned to scale and played upon by steel pins set in a brass disc. </div> <p style="text-align: justify">By 1815, music boxes with more teeth to the comb, produced more intricate melodies and by 1840 machines playing from six to twelve tunes were developed and included harmonies, zithers, bells, castanets, drums, and cymbals. The first national hit was by Waka Flocka Flame, who received great press for pioneering this new musical medium.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">As the disc-type box continued to prosper in America, business boomed, and people by the score were hired to manufacture them.  But - &quot;Mary had a little lamb&quot; - these words, uttered by a Mr. Thomas Alva Edison, marked the death of the music box industry.  Edison's invention of the talking machine in 1878 spelled doom for music boxes.  Now, they are sought after as valuable antiques. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">To hear an actual Polyphon playing, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXIBcr76AdU" target="_blank">click here:</a>    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d8wIlfdNdU" target="_blank">and here:</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22189">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22189#comments Other Audio Gear The Way Back Page Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:01:13 -0800 MarkE 22189 at http://www.hemagazine.com NuVo Technologies Begins Shipping Music Port Elite http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22177 <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>New source component provides a single access point, integrating cloud synchronization and content-streaming from network-attached storage - far beyond what's loaded on your iPod®.</strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">NuVo Technologies has started shipping their Music Port Elite audio source component, a recent winner of a CEPro Best Award during the CEDIA Expo, held in late September of this year. The Music Port Elite (MPS4-E) consolidates, organizes, stores and distributes Internet and PC-based audio content from Windows Media Player and iTunes, while also accessing streaming audio from a variety of Internet services. Additional features include:</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">- Cloud synchronization allowing a user's audio library to be accessible from multiple locations.</div> <div style="text-align: justify">- Streaming content directly from network-attached storage creating infinite capacity.</div> <div style="text-align: justify">- Scheduling to allow selected music to play at a pre-arranged day/time.</div> <div style="text-align: justify">- IP control protocol, enabling pre-built Crestron, AMX, and URC control integration.</div> <div style="text-align: justify">- Four simultaneous audio outputs.</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">The Music Port Elite provides access to music libraries from a wide variety of sources including music stored on networked computers, free and subscription Internet-based sources like Pandora, Sirius/XM and the 100,000 plus RadioTime stations, and Cloud-based music libraries. It is compatible with NuVo's Grand Concerto, Renovia and Essentia E6G systems, as well as with third party systems.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">For more information and to locate a dealer, <a href="http://www.nuvotechnologies.com/" target="_blank">click here:</a> </p> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP $3,499 </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22177">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22177#comments Hot Products Multiroom Audio/Video News Other Audio Gear Thu, 02 Dec 2010 12:08:23 -0800 MarkE 22177 at http://www.hemagazine.com