VUUM Audio introduces a vacuum tube amplifier stereo system featuring iPod docking station. VUUM VTi-B1 comes in a beautiful cabinet and the kit also includes 27-button remote control, dust brush, glove cleaning kit, RCA cables and a pair of high quality speaker’s cables with banana ends. All these things make it perfectly suitable for your iPod. It provides you with a high sound output with its vacuum tube amplifier (15W x2) with dual inputs. The sound quality is really good as it is amplified including bass output. This multi functional system also ensures charging of your iPod. Now you can use your iPod just as your surround sound system with this device for just $700.
The Battle royal has begun with the Zune enjoying first day sunshine in the market. As it is launched the other discussion that will hot up is its comparison with iPod. Off course we were ready for reviews now when it has hit the market but the first day sale suggest no blazing sale for Zune but a slow and sluggish start. With it Microsoft has entered the MP3 market and now will look up to eating some share of the 75 % market share of Apple in this segment. One thing Microsoft should be credited for is its 30 GB entry level MP3 as it has certainly raised the bar for future entries. Microsoft is still itself apprehensive about Zune and says it is only the first generation and there are lots of improvements that need to be done if they are to challenge iPod. IDC analyst Danielle Levitas said, ‘Apple will not feel any bit of discomfort from Zune, certainly this holiday season and a good part of next year”. Microsoft itself feels that it investments in Zune will take at least a year to bear fruits. Meanwhile this $249 worth of MP3 (Apple’s iPod with same configuration also sells for same price) has got criticized for basically it poor color selection for models and for being too bulky. One more aspect that is being criticized is the songs and tunes download features (Zune Marketplace) which the critics are saying is too complicated. But here we should remember that we have been using iTunes and Microsoft is now introducing a new feature and it will take time for people to adjust and understand all its features. The other thing that is difficult to swallow is that this Zune does not have playforsure feature which is a mystery as Microsoft has its copyright protection The battle has just begin and war is certainly not over we are likely to hear more from the supporters of Zune and iPod in the days to come.
After undisputed ruling of the globe for quite an era, in the field of mini music players, Apple is all set to conquer the skies as well. In an attempt to increase the potential uses for its iPod and to battle the Zune digital music player (launched yesterday) by the arch rivals Microsoft, Apple is exploring new dimensions to expand its products, especially ipod and nano. Now, airline travelers, of at least four foremost movers, i.e. Continental Airlines (CAL.N), Delta Air Lines (DALRQ.PK), Dubai’s Emirates (EMAIR.UL), and UAL Corp.’s (UAUA.O) United Airlines, will be proffered with the iPod seat connections that charge the iPods during flight, allow in-flight entertainment systems and video content on the ipod to be sighted on seat-back displays, without worrying their battery endorsements. This is a very smart move by Apple, for most of the airlines are looking to advance their amusement systems, especially for distance flights, and exploring new means to keep clients intact, which will not only help Apple to expand its market but will help airlines’ to grow their customers as well.
Intra-auricular audio headsets by JVC! Now this one definitely gives a breather for the people like us. These ultra cool headsets are now an important part of our present. They definitely look cool as well stylish and in vogue too. They have two variants, the HP-KX22 (a standard type) and the HP-NX22 which comes with a sting on strap so that they may be used with the DAP or rather a mobile phone. The functionality trait of these headsets have a bandwidth of 10Hz to 23kHz and they weigh a mere 4.2g. Via: Akihabaranews
This is one of the coolest Apple iPod accessories you’d like to pep-up your list with. iKaraoke consists of a microphone that when attached to your stereo sends only the music to the stereo, eliminating the vocal track and leaves you with opportunity to test you sound. You can turn the vocal track on when desired. It gets connected to your stereo very easily through its connecting cables so that you can play your tracks in it. The device also features pause, fast-forward and rewind buttons to help you with reverb.
This is a serious blunder by Microsoft. Why are two products from the same company not compatible with each other? Windows Media Player DRM and the Zune DRM will not work with Vista as its software’s and devices only play protected music files from Zune market place. With this scenario, people are left only with a choice either to choose a Microsoft Zune or to go for latest edition for operating system Vista. This may be a hit for Microsoft product market. Until now, the company has not declared anything related to the problem. The solution should come up fast before the business launch of Vista on November 30. The company should introduce a patch or update enabling the Zune to work with Vista.
Chinese DAP-maker Ramos announced its Q10 (top), Q12 (bottom left), and Q15 (bottom right), a trio of new digital players. While details are scant at this point, we may smell that Q10 and Q15 are capable of playing video, whereas the Q10 imports its styling from the second-gen iPod nano. No words on pricing. It is better to wait and watch till clouds fades away from the horizon.
MAKE’s Daisy MP3 Player Kit is a cool bunch of devices that certainly will pull a creative geek out of you. Fundamentally, it’s not a fully developed player but just an open-source setup, comes in fractions, capable of running MP3 and 48 kHz WAV files out of single minute chip board and facilitates as good audio quality as an iPod. All you have to do is pull the kit together and give a power source in addition to casing according to your likings. Capable of accessing about 65,000 tracks, the Daisy includes the Make Controller and you will be able to integrate it with kiosks, displays and art installations as well. One can’t expect better than this. The entire kit is available from MAKE as well as straight from its Oakland-based designer for $115.
Hardly a day passes when we do not find a company announcing some accessory or supporting device for iPod, the mighty product from the giant Apple. The Maxell Japan has come up with its MXSP-1000, dock for the speaker and iPod nanos, 3G iPods and other mini music players. Featuring a 3.5 mm stereo connector for connecting other audio devices, the long tube shaped dock delivers an output of 4.8w x 2 ch and comes in an attractive aluminum case. The wall-mounted dock also presents a remote control for usual volume control, play and track change. The MXSP-1000 comes in a 600x50x50mm dimension, just weighs 810 grams and is available in three colors: silver, black and white for 10,000 Yen ($ 85), and once again, in Japanese market only.
The iFi-01 aka mStation Stereo Tower is a PMP docking system by Intempo for all the dock able pods or PMP’s. Built in aluminum it has been designed vertically to save space and give some uniqueness to the design. It’s sleek and integrates two 15 watt speakers with a 30-watt subwoofer to give that bass effect to your music. The system also has a 2.1 surround sound Hi-Fi system and the speakers can be rotated for directional sound. It has been designed in such a way that you can easily integrate it with your existing home theater system. The price ranges from $300 in US to $425 in UK and come with a full function remote and adjustable bass and treble.