Category Archives: AUDIO/VISUAL

Everything that lets you enjoy audio and visual entertainment ranging from home entertainment systems to media players to TV and more.

zip up those ear buds: Zipbuds By DGA

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(photo credit: dgastore.com) Zipbuds By DGA | US$39.99 | www.dgastore.com

if you are looking for a tangle-free earphones, and you need something more than just fabric cords then Zipbuds by DGA could be it. the highlight of the Zipbuds is the tangle resistant zipper integrated cable. tangle-free? makes sense to us, cos’ we can’t really tangle a zipper, can we?

while it may seems quite bulky looking (as compared to traditional cord), but the concept of zipper makes it a style-statement. the zipper portion only runs up to a few inches before the noise-isolating stubbed ear buds, so you won’t look ridiculous wearing it. other features of the Zipbuds include Dupont Kevlar reinforced cabling, braided nylon cable, gold plated audio jack, 8mm driver with a rated output of 2mW (max input: 5mW).

the Zipbuds come in 5 different color and includes three custom fitted ear tip sizes, two sport ear clips and a storage pouch. pretty neat huh? just don’t confuse with your jacket’s zipper.

i thought the Zipbuds is suitable for those who’s looking for tangle-free earbuds and at the same time, doing it with style.

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now showing on your TV: Boxee Box by DLink

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(photo credit: dlink.com) Boxee Box by DLink | from US$200 | www.dlink.com

DLink has joined the flock of media players in the market with Boxee Box. yes, it is a box that looks as though a quarter of the box has sunken onto a flat surface. last month we reported on the Western Digital TV Live Hub and we go ‘wow’… however the Boxee Box definitely had us go ‘Wow… wow…”

not only did this Linux-based Boxee Box look gorgeous but it is packed with features. first off, the box offers full 1080p playback via the HDMI, optical out, two USB ports, Ethernet port and standard audio out. the biggest boost for Boxee Box perhaps is the content it promise to deliver.

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something that caught our eye is the remote which doubles up as a QWERTY keyboard. we completely understand the pain of trying to scroll through the (on screen) alphabets just to make some searches, thus we welcome the implementation of QWERTY keyboard with open arms. the QWERTY definitely will be make users feel more at home when using this set top box. those who gone through the onscreen input ritual (Playstation 3, WD HD TV Live etc) will know what we mean.

we certainly love the Boxee Box and hope it will land on out shore soon. for those in North America, you are are just so lucky! and with HULU and NETFLIK in the pipe line, couch potatoes will be totally spoilt for choice!

mini-size sharing: Verbatim MediaShare Mini

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(photo credit: verbatim.com) Verbatim MediaShare Mini | US$90 | verbatim.com

Verbatim proves that Network Attached Storage or NAS doesn’t need to be big with the new MediaShare Mini, albeit some trade off. the Mini has no internal storage, instead it lets you connect any existing external drive to your network.

the Mini supports up to four USB-connected external drives which you can access via your home network or the Internet. it is strange that Verbatim decided to head this way. i mean isn’t having a basic storage with addition of USB port(s) to accept any other external drives a more ‘cuts both ways’ solution?

maybe we would be able to save some desktop space, but putting a hard drive or in this case, up to four would undoubtedly clutter the space too. in anyway, this could be good for those who need to have high turn over of drives. the Mini offers the same features as the full-size counterpart such as remote access, photo album sharing, mobile device supports, social web integration and media streaming.

seriously, i thought the Mini can’t be considered as a NAS proper as it has no built-in storage. it’s more like a network attached bridging solution. don’t you think so?

sophisticated docking: the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 dock

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(image: B&O) B&O BeoSound 8 Dock | US$999 | www.bang-olufsen.com

you can always trust Bang & Olufsen (commonly known as B&O) to come up with product that make you exclaim ‘wow’ and the BeoSound 8 is no exception. finally we have a sound dock that docks the iPad as well, not just your iPods or iPhones. the new BeoSound 8 can be hanged on the wall, and place anywhere as long there’s a power outlet to power it. Continue reading sophisticated docking: the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 dock

cooking up to the sound of DAB: DUALIT DAB Lite Radio

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(photo credit: dualit.com) DUALIT DAB Lite Radio | approx. US$194 | www.dualit.com

if you think cooking and music can’t go together. think again. the DUALIT DAB Lite Radio features a 6-watt, 3-inch speaker with a in-built charger so that you can cook up a storm in the kitchen while listening to any of the 20 preset stations.

of course, you can use it anywhere but with a 99 minute kitchen egg timer as part of its feature, why would you use it anywhere else? having a BBQ party? lug the DUALIT DAB Lite outdoor and the rechargeable NiMH battery has enough juice to power it for the day on one single charge. it can also run off 6 x AA batteries (not included) or via the mains.

among the features include bass port for rich sound, alarm with snooze & sleep options, 3.5mm headphones jack – all these clad in a sexy contemporary chrome body with a LCD white on blue display (which automatically dims to save power). well, i gotta say the DUALIT DAB Lite is definitely an eye-candy but my worry is… it’s going to be a fingerprint magnet.

serving up the music without busting your wallet: Olive O3HD Music Server

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Olive O3HD Music Server | US$999 | www.olivehifi.com

when Olive O4HD was introduced last year, it was a range topping music server that was beyond the reach of many. now Olive introduces the O3HD, basically its an entry level music server for audiophiles who don’t have such a deep pocket to dig in. folks who are less technically incline will be glad to know that O3HD is a ‘plug and play’ music server. no complicated configurations. if you know how to hook up a standard CD player, you will know how to hook up this machine.

operations of the O3HD is via a 4.3-inch wide-aspect ratio touchscreen which we should be all-so familiar, thanks to Apple. the O3HD features a 500GB hard drive which should be good for 1,500 CDs or 5,000 HD Tracks. the hard drive incorporates a 4-layer noise-canceling padding and the whole system is fan-less, thus giving a virtually noiseless operation.

input department comes in a form of TEAC CDRW which imports and plays music CDs and also burn music, MP3 and data CDs. the O3HD features 24-bit/192Khz High Resolution Cirrus Logic Digital-to-Analog-Converter (DAC) that handles up-sampling so audiophiles can experience higher quality music than the original CDs.

with the O3HD, there is only one audio out – which is the RCA connector. there is no video out or any digital audio outputs. however, it has a USB 1.1/2.0 port and gigabit Ethernet connectivity. connecting to the Internet via the gigabit Ethernet port, allows you to access a myriad of Internet Radio stations carefully compiled by Olive. the O3HD also support simultaneous streaming to multiple rooms. supported audio formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 and AAC.

design and concept wise, the Olive O3HD is definitely up on the chart of cool-factor but browsing through the thousands of music via a tiny touchscreen can be rather tedious. just think about searching for an artist without keyboards.

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Olive O3HD - 4.3-inch touchscreen and the slot-in TEAC CDRW drive
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Olive O3HD - power switch, power connector, RCA connector, USB port and Gigabit Ethernet port
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Olive O3HD - view from the top. those wordings are a nice touch but might not appeal to all.

luxurious sound for your ears: Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones

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(photo credit: bowers-wilkins.com) Bowers & Wilkins P5 | US$299.99 | www.bowers-wilkins.com

instead of going all plasticky with a pair of cans, this pair from Bowers & Wilkins are made of New Zealand sheep’s leather and metal. that means they are sheep’s skin going into the making of this pair of cans. animal rights won’t be quite please to hear this though. that aside, the B&W P5 certainly look stunningly beautiful.

the P5 was designed by team led by Morten Warren, the man behind the beautiful Zeppelin sound dock. the P5 is supplied with two cables, one of which is the MFI cable. the MFI cable provides extra functionality such as track changing and volume control for users of Apple IPod and iPhone. the MFI cable also enable answering of calls when used with iPhones.

if only every part of life sounds this beautiful…

sweet audition: Pioneer XW-NAS5 dock for iPod/iPhone

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(photo credit: pioneer.com.sg) Pioneer XW-NAS5 Dock | S$699.00 | www.pioneer.com.sg

Pioneer has several docks for iPod and iPhones but this audition series dock looks the most stunning. the XW-NAS5 is a 2.1-Channel Speaker System with two 15 watts front facing speakers and a 30 watts down-firing subwoofer. it is Bluetooth-ready for wireless music transmission from A2DP profile Bluetooth-enabled PCs and mobile phones (requires an adapter).

the XW-NAS5 is certified with “Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” which means it will work with any recent models of iPod and iPhones. some docks go the analog way but the XW-NAS5 features a true digital connection to your iPod and iPhones. if going wireless via Bluetooth is your choice, then there’s a good news: it will work with A2DP enabled mobiles including iPhone, Blackberry, Android handsets and other smartphone.

other features include a double-isolated enclosure that eliminates cabinet resonance, FM radio with 10 presets, ambient soundscapes and LED clock with alarm functions. this metallic silver clad sound dock has a credit-card sized remote. connectivity include component and composite video out, mini-stereo plug and Bluetooth adapter port.

not only we have tons of iPad cases going around, looks like sound docks are plentiful too. we are just so lucky, don’t you think so? the only thing left to do now is to consult our wallets.

fashion statement with personal 3D glasses: LOOK3D glasses

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(image credit: look3d.com)LOOK3D glasses | US$tbc | www.look3d.com

everyone is going 3D these days – everything from cinema to home theater system to camera. 3D has never seen such a rage before (still remember JAWS 3D?), until now. since everything is going to be 3D, why not grab a pair of personal 3D glasses? having your own pair means no nasty surprises if the cinema didn’t get those 3D glasses cleaned properly.

LOOK3D has a huge collections of 3D glasses – with a fashion statement. there are the “designer collection”, the “movie collection”, the “directors collection” and last but not least, the “disposable”. it caters to all forms and taste, ranging from retro-chic to funky-styled. go ahead, take your pick.

the LOOK3D glasses are compatible with any cinema using RealD 3D technology. no words on the prices though. strangely, on their website’s main page, there’s a “out top selling frames”. may i ask, top selling to who? in anyway, there’s an upcoming online store to watch for.