(image credit: Samsung) Samsung D8000 & D7000 | US$tbc | www.samsung.com
when it comes to LCD TV, one of the thing that bothers me most is the bezel. although, bezel does nothing to the picture or audio quality but having a thick bezel is certainly not an aesthetically pleasing sight. unlike TV thickness, bezel is always seen. while we can’t have true bezel-less TV just yet, Samsung has taken a huge step closer in saying goodbye to those thick ugly bezel with the premier of two premium models, namely the D7000 and D8000 series Smart TV, spotting ultra slim bezels.
these models have bezels which is as thin as 0.2-inch (0.5-cm) with most part of the 0.2-inch are in fact clear plastic, making them virtually bezel-less. wow. i’m totally sold. aside from the awe-inspiring ultra thin bezels, both TVs are 3D capable and being a Smart TV means they will be web-capable and of course, DLNA certified. both models will be available this year, however no details on exact time frame and the pricing.
(image credit: Bowers & Wilkins) Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air | US$tbc | www.bowers-wilkins.com
the new Zeppelin Air gives you freedom to play music from your iOS devices wirelessly without docking your devices. the speaker system makes use of Apple’s AirPlay technology to wirelessly stream music from your iOS device to the Zeppelin Air and it also works with your PC or Mac running iTunes. essentially, the exterior of Zeppelin Air looks much like its predecessor but has a revamped innards comprising of a redesigned drive unit, upgraded amplifiers and added two amplifiers on each of the five speakers which are separately driven. another notable features is the improved signal processor and an added audiophile digital to analog signal converter.
the Zeppelin Air also supports multi-room setup where more than one Zeppelin Air can be placed in different part of the house. user can choose to play from one or all Zeppelin Air placed around the house. besides ipod/itunes music, it is capable of streaming from wide variety of audio such as itunes video stream, youtube video stream, internet TV stream, including music making apps. while streaming from a computer, the iOS devices also function as a cool touch-screen remote control to control your playback, and for multi-room setup, user can select one room or all rooms to fill with music from the Zeppelin Air.
strangely, B&W still keep the physical dock on the speaker which, i thought, looks rather awkward without iOS device docked. perhaps, the provision was made for those who still prefer to dock their device to the speaker. a provision which kind of redundant since you can put your iOS device anywhere other than on the Zeppelin Air itself. the Zeppelin Air AirPlay works with iPad, iPhone 3GS/4, 2nd to 4th generations iPod Touch with at least iOS 4.2 and iTunes 10.1 installed on your iOS devices and computer, respectively.
(image credit: EOps/Michael Young) EOps i24R3 Extreme Limited Edition Wireless 2.1 Digital Speaker System | US$na | www.michael-young.com
there are myriad of options for iPhone dock with speaker systems but there are nothing out there that looks like the EOps i24R3 Extreme Limited Edition Wireless 2.1 Digital Speaker System (quite a mouthful, i know), a collaboration between EOps and industrial designer Michael Young. like its name suggest it is a digital speaker system, and it is also an iPhone dock with wireless USB audio transmitter for PC/Mac that works in-sync with your iTunes Music Library, iPhone and TV audio. Continue reading using gestures to adjust volume with this designer speakers
(image credit: Marshall Headphones) Marshall Headphones Minor | US$59.00 | www.marshallheadphones.com
finally it is here. Marshall Headphones has announced the availability of the long awaited Minor in-ear headphones, along with detailed information and photos. the Minor features a patented EarClick ear buds that touted to “ingeniously secures the earphone into position in your ear.” Continue reading Marshall Headphones announced the long awaited Minor
(image credit: Monster Cable) Miles Davis Trumpet earphones | US$349.00 | www.monstercable.com
in the recent CES 2011, Monster Cable unveiled the new jazz-inspired Miles Davis Trumpet in-ear headphones. the design of the buds drew inspiration from Mile’s very own trumpet which features a striking gold/brass finishes. there’s even a Miles Davis silhouette and etched signature on its cord.
this new pair of audiophile buds should appeal to any Jazz-audiophile as it will come specially packaged with Miles Davis album “Sketches of Spain” in a specially remixed, remastered version in Monster high Definition Stereo and High Definition Surround Sound. Continue reading new Miles Davis Trumpet earphones unveiled by Monster
(image credit: Beverley Neilsen/Chang Sung-Ching)
what do legendary motorcycle brand has to do with sound? no, we are not talking about the magnificent growl of the 865cc engine or the throaty exhaust note from Triumph motorcycles but a pair of speakers complete with a digital dock for iPhone/iPod, dubbed the Omni-Bang. the speakers, designed by Chang Sung-Ching, was part of the collaboration between MA Product Design, BIAD, and Triumph Motorcycles to create a series of prototype lifestyle accessories for Triumph Motorcycles. Continue reading Omni-Bang is the sound of Triumph Motorcycles
(image credit: ETON) ETON Soulra XL | US$tbc | etoncorp.com
if you are a tree-hugging gadget geek, the new Soulra XL from Eton should appeal to you. moving away from the rugged, radiator-like designed of the former Soulra, the new Soulra XL has a triangular side profile with a flip-up monocrystal solar panel to harness the power from the sun to power this portable iPod/iPhone speaker, and it also charges your iPod/iPhone when docked. the Soulra XL has an integrated carrying strap to let you lug this eco-friendly speaker around. no words on the pricing yet but i am guessing everything will come to light after the CES 2011. Continue reading Eton’s new solar-powered sound dock for iPod and iPhone
(image credit: Metronome Technologie) Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server | approx. £50,000 | www.metronome-technologie.com
it is hard to believe that at this age of digital music, there would be any CD player going around, not to mention one that cost a whopping (approximately) £50,000. new from French firm, Metronome Technologie, is the Kalista Ultimate SE CD Transport – a top load CD transport which features the Philips CDM12 PRO 2 pickup mechanism with custom modifications and a new clamp.
wow. unbelievable. not the specs, but the price tag. then again, there are some who still swear by cassette tapes today, so why not the Compact Disc? for those who have extremely, ultra, super-duper deep pockets and swear by CD technology, this is the one for you.
(image credit: Sonneteer) Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server | US$tbc | www.sonneteer.co.uk
this week, we celebrate the holy matrimony between Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server and Morpheus Music Center. may we wish them a harmonious and happy days ahead. nah. obviously, both Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server and Morpheus Music Center are not humans but are the latest products from British luxury music systems brand, Sonneteer. hand made in UK, the music server will be showcased in this week CES 2011 working harmoniously with the music center and hand-crafted loudspeakers, Penaudio.
lets bring our attention to our groom.. i mean the music server. the Morpheus Music Server rips music CD and stores them in its 3TB hard drive. for those who experienced corrupted hard drive will appreciate that this music server employs two drives which mirror each other (i.e. RAID technology), therefore in the event that one of them should fail, your stored music will still be safe and sound. the ripped contents are catalogued with essential info such album name, artist, song titles et cetera and Morpheus Music Center ready.
this hand crafted, engraved aluminum coated music server, sits silently in on corner while the music center pull off music from it and if you have more than one music center, other music centers can also pull off music from the music server at the same time. it also has a Bluetooth option which enables streaming of music from iOS devices, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and devices. so how much will it cost? no words yet, but i am sure it will be announced this week at the CES 2011.
(image credit: Book of Music) Book of Music TETi Extreme Loudspeakers | from US$9,920.00 | www.book-of-music.com
unconventional speaker enclosure is not new, specially for the high-end, down-right ridiculously expensive loudspeakers. but the TETi Extreme Loudspeakers from Book of Music takes unconventional with a twist – literally. according to Book of Music, the twist of the speaker is intentional and it is a result of “careful design and experimental refinement to maintain a proper phase relationship between the two drivers.”
the TETi Extreme Loudspeakers feature a two way no conventional enclosure and spots a 6.5-inch paper cone woofer. price for being unconventional starts from $9,920 (each – not pair) for a stock finish and $10,481 for the special liquid-rubber coating. apparently, finishes can be custom too, at a higher price, of course.