The "Sound Box Waist Bag" not only carries your personal effects but also blares music from its sewn-in speaker. And if that's not enough reason to draw attention to your midsection, Red Ferret notes that it comes in bright orange. But we can't get past its name, which sounds disturbingly medical.
It's not enough for Star Wars memorabilia to launch a ground attack. Now they're coming at us by air too.
The assault of data-repelling gadgets from the monster franchise continues unabated, with the latest being a set of Tie Fighter speakers spotted by Engadget. The pair is made by Nikko, whose R2-D2 Webcam was a big hit at CES earlier this year. We wouldn't have recognized the speakers as Ties, were it not for the Star Wars logo on the subwoofer. But that, come to think of it, is actually a good thing.
The latest entry into this apparently growing market is the "Soundbug," which Gadgetizer says resulted from a "British moment of inspiration." The $70 device, which is supposedly compatible with anything from media players and laptops to game consoles, has a suction cup designed to ensure proper conductivity for "wicked sound output"--as well as allowing it to work with walls, ceilings or anything else it'll stick to. … Read more
This is one piece of sound equipment that will make a huge statement without ever being turned on.
The "iTower Omega" iPod system stands nearly 4 feet tall, housing four stereo speakers in its black vertical case. The monolithic design dwarfs the iPod itself, which sits atop in its dock like a bird perched on the tip of a giant redwood.
The height is practical for another reason. As Gadget Review points out, the system lacks a remote--so the iPod will be relatively close to eye level when you need to walk over and fiddle with the … Read more
The whole idea of turning a tabletop into a speaker has always sounded weird to us, but apparently there's a market for it.
A few months back we saw the "Nimzy Vibro Max" (sounds like an adult toy from Jabberwocky), and now we get word of the "I-mu Magic Audio Frequency Singer." Both claim to play music or other sounds through any hard surface.
In the electronics industry's twin obsessions of products that are flat or small, what could be better than something that's both? TDK's Xa-10 mobile speakers, which are planned for the Japanese market, are not only flat but can also fit in your pocket with the approximate dimensions of an index card (but not quite as thin). MobileWhack says the thickness--0.63 inches, to be exact--is necessary to house a battery compartment, though the speakers can also be powered through a USB connection. The best part, other than their orange, lime and silver colors, is the price: $25.… Read more
How quickly things change. Barely a couple of months ago we were whining about the dearth of wireless audio systems on the market; now it seems as if our cup runneth over.
The latest to join the fray is a new home theater system from Acoustic Research, a subset of Audiovox, which promises "CD performance" in its sound. The wireless setup includes five "voice-matched" satellite speakers that the company says uses a special channel so it won't conflict with the frequencies of phones, computers, microwaves and other household devices, according to Electronic House.
All this … Read more
If you've got teenagers in your house, you've got loud music. Lots of it. But be aware, it could be worse: They could have a bed that plays music too.
The "Tune-In Bed" from PBteen essentially turns an entire headboard into a sound system with two 4-inch stereo speakers and a control panel for connections to an iPod or MP3 player. (Maybe there's a way for parents to hack the volume levels.)
If you take a '70s boombox and digitally morph it into the future, you'd have this iPod speaker system. It even takes the same kind of power supply as its forefathers--eight D-size flashlight batteries, which means it's not something that can be tossed easily into your messenger bag.
Harman Kardon's "Go + Play" does bring the concept into the 21st century with a 120-watt amplifier, twin Atlas drivers and twin Ridge drivers. But iLounge observes "one serious oddity"--it doesn't include full support for the Nano. And at $350, that could be a … Read more