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.

spying with fashion: ThinkGeek electronic spy camera shirt

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(image credit: ThinkGeek) Electronic Spy Camera Shirt | US$39.99 | www.thinkgeek.com

i hardly think anyone would dream to be James Bond in this era. just in case you still do and you don’t have a Mr. Q to churn up wonderful spy gadgets, you can start it off with the Electronic Spy Camera Shirt.

basically, it is a cotton tee with a camera behind it, at your chest level. with a retro-chic looking graphic that speaks ‘From Tokyo with Love’ and a what looks like James Bond character (we are sure, it’s just a coincidence) in his suit with a camera held to his eye. don’t underestimate the camera that Mr. Bond is holding on to. behind it is a real spy camera that can take up 150 still images of 640 x 480 resolution. Continue reading spying with fashion: ThinkGeek electronic spy camera shirt

world’s most narrow bezel LCD display by LG

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(photo credit: Techon!)

television has come a long way since it’s introduction in the late 1920’s. a simple box that shows moving pictures has evolved into plasma, then to the fluorescent-backed Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and more recently, LED-backed LCD.

while most manufacturers are going on a diet competition by making their displays thinner (thanks to the LED edge lighting technology), LG has developed a 37 inch LCD panel that has the narrowest bezel in the world.

measuring just 1.5mm on the left and right edges and 2.5mm on the top and bottom edges. its almost not noticeable with respect to the screen size. when multiple units of this panel are put together, their seams are hardly visible.

we are compelled to post this news which was announced last week by LG, simply because we are anti-ugly-thick-bezel geeks. don’t you think the glorious 1080p should not be be distracted by some huge black plastic trims?

awesome. hope we can all go bezel-less one day.

via TechOn!

7.1 channel right next to your ear: Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX 21

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Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX21 | US$149.95 | www.turtlebeach.com

there was a time when we only have 2.1 sound system (two speakers + one sub-woofer). then we progressed to 4.1, then 5.1… 7.1. audiophiles and tech-head should be familiar with these terms or configurations. how about bringing the 7.1 channel right next to your ear? the new Ear Force DPX21 from Turtle Beach aims to do just that.

the DPX21 combines two items into one combo package: the Ear Force DSS, a 5.1/7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor for stereo headsets and the ‘battle-tested’ Ear Force PX21, a Playstation 3 Chat with Stereo Amplified Game Audio. so now you get to communicate with your band of brothers with the wholesome goodness of Dolby 7.1 surround sound – all hugging on your ears. Continue reading 7.1 channel right next to your ear: Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX 21

Creative new tablets and media player running on Android announced

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Creative ZiiO Pure (from S$359) | Creative ZEN Touch 2 (from S$279) | www.creative.com

its been quite a while since we last heard from Creative. just yesterday, Creative surprises us with the introduction of a pair of tablet dubbed the ZiiO Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet and a new portable media player, the Zen Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device. both of these will run on Android 2.1.

ZiiO Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet
the tablet is available in 7-inch and 10-inch screen size with screen resolutions of 800 x 480 px and 1024 x 600 px respectively. both screen sizes will be available in 8GB and 16GB capacities. that’s kind of limited storage space for a tablet. to compensate for the limited storage, there’s a SD expansion slot that support up to 32GB.

the touchscreen is of 262k color TFT, resistive touch and powering the ZiiO is the ZiiLABS ZMS-08 processor. perhaps the main (and only) selling point for the ZiiO is the Creative’s X-Fi technology. since it’s an Android tablet, emails, surfing of web will be part of it’s basic functionality and interestingly, users can download “exciting content ranging from fun apps and games to eBooks” from the Creative ZiiStore. with that statement, i supposed Creative will be opening their own online apps store as well? i can’t help but to wonder how many apps and developers Creative will be able to garner.

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Creative ZiiO Pure Wireless Entertainment Tablet 7inch - looking suspiciously like the Kindle without the keyboard

other features include front-facing VGA camera, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g, HDMI out, accelerometer, 3.5mm stereo jack and mini-USB. supported audio formats include MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, ADPCM, MIDI, WAV and Audible Format. as for video, it will support H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MJPEG, MOV, AVI and MKV. according to Creative’s website, requirements for this tablet are Microsoft Windows (XP SP2/64bit, Vista or 7) and USB ports. no mention of Mac, so i guess Apple users will be left out in the cold.

besides the obvious screen size difference between the 7-inch and 10-inch models, the 7-inch utilizes microSD expansion slot supporting up to 32GB, instead of the standard SD size.

ZEN Touch 2 Wireless Entertainment Device
the ZEN Touch 2 comes in 2 version: one with GPS and one without GPS. this 3.2″ screen size media player has a resistive touch 262k color TFT touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 320 px. both version is available in either 8GB or 16GB storage capacity which pretty small for a media player these days. to compensate for the lack of storage, both models has an microSD expansion slot supporting up to 32GB.

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like the Apple iPod Touch, the ZEN Touch 2 allows user to surf the Internet using WiFi and play games which can be downloaded from the Android market. some of the goodies are 2MP rear-facing camera, bluetooth 2.1 EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, accelerometer, video out via composite cable (sold separately).

both model touted a 25 hours of continuous playback for audio and 5 hours for video playback. the ZEN Touch 2 runs on Android 2.1. physically, both model does not exhibit any difference, but with the GPS model, it comes with FM radio, GPS (of course) and E-compass.

hmmm, why does it sound so suspiciously Apple iPod Touch alike?

the ZiiO Pure and ZEN Touch 2 will be available via Creative online store from end-December and at the retail stores from January 2011.

new old vintage of the week: The Crosley Revolution CR6002A

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The Crosley Revolution CR6002A | US$149.95 | www.crosleyradio.com

with a tagline like “yesterday, today & tomorrow“, you know are going to get some serious twist out of a vintage gadget. introducing the The Crosley Revolution – it’s a turntable to satisfy your craving for vinyls’ sound and get this, you can bring it on a road trip, to a friend’s house for record swap… basically anywhere you desire.

sound unbelievable? not it is not. The Crosley Revolution is a portable turnable which is USB-enabled (compatible with PC and Mac), allowing you to transfer your precious vinyl sound into digital formats. if you insist on sticking on to the traditional vinyl sound, no worries, there’s a passive audio-out for you to hook up external speakers. no speakers on the road? no worries, again. it has a dynamic full range speaker to blast your vinyl sound. feel like scrutinizing every note from your records? just plug in your earphones or headphones to the headphones audio-out jack then. did I left anything out? i guess not, you are well covered for your next road trip (with vinyls).

The Crosley Revolution plays in 2-speeds – 33 1/3 and the 45 RPM records. other features include FM transmitter (well, you just can’t bring all the vinyls with you, can you?), a belt-driven mechanism, battery-operated and comes with a software suite for ripping and editing… ahem… audio from your vinyl. for this part to work on a road-trip, you gotta need a laptop… which is, of course, not in the package.

seriously, ripping is definitely a no-go, if you are such a hardcore vinyl fan.

teaser for Marshall Headphones The Minor released

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Marshall Headphones The Minor | US$tbc | www.marshallheadphones.com

last week, we introduced the yet-to-be release Marshall Headphones dudded The Major (probably) and today, Marshall Headphones released yet another teaser – The Minor and it looks like The Minor ain’t going to be a set of cans, instead, The Minor are, in fact, earphones. accordingly to Marshall, The Minor is set to be “an advanced and hardworking earphone model” and the design would “mimic a tele plug and the classic knobs of Marshall amps.” how’s that going to be, we will gotta wait till November 15th to find out. nothing was revealed except for a small carton box dangled on one end by a hand. Continue reading teaser for Marshall Headphones The Minor released

the color of sound: Yamaha MCR-140 Micro Component System

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(photo source: usa.yamaha.com) Yamaha MCR-140 | US$399.95 | www.yamaha.com

it’s hard not to integrate an iPod dock into any speaker system these days. there are probably more iPod roaming around then human beings… how’s that possible? ok, maybe i was exaggerating. the truth is there: iPod is everywhere. Continue reading the color of sound: Yamaha MCR-140 Micro Component System

headphones that works with iPhone & Blackberry, FREND’s The Classic

FREND The Classic
FREND The Classic | US$TBC | www.wearefrends.com

another cans coming soon to us. ain’t we’re lucky? a bunch guys decided to band together to create this brand called ‘FRENDS‘. that’s friends less the ‘i’. there is a line of personal audio products coming soon, ranging to headphones to clip earphones.

this particular model, dubbed The Classic is works with both iPhone and Blackberry, and features a multifunction mic (with play/pause, next, answer/hang-up)m, 2mm fabric cord (thank goodness), whip-stitched padded head band and ABS sleeved hardware.

on the audio hardware department, it has 40mm drivers with a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz. strangely, these cans are for use with smartphone which i find it rather odd. don’t we usually use earphones for that? if i wear this i might tempted to say ‘good evening passenger, this is your captain speaking…’ well, you know what i mean.

nevertheless, this looks like a pretty awesome set of cans and the best part: the fabric cord, yeah! finally, someone decided to relieve us of the tangles of cords of a typical headphones. woo-hoo!

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The Classic will comes in 5 colors.

1TB storage on the new Western Digital TV Live Hub

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(photo source: wdc.com)
finally, a new media player has been rolled out by Western Digital. the WD TV Live Hub (WD added a ‘Hub’ to this new iteration of their popular Full HD 1080p media player) now spots a 1TB networked hard drive. it’s definitely a much welcomed move. connectivity department remains largely unchanged with the usual Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4, Composite A/V, Component video and Optical audio. Continue reading 1TB storage on the new Western Digital TV Live Hub