(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 $10,481 for the special liquid-rubber coating. apparently, finishes can be custom too, at a higher price, of course.
(image credit: LG Electronics) LG Smart TV Upgrader | US$tbc | www.lg.com
i always find it intriguing whenever some ‘odd’ functions device comes into the market. it makes me think “is there really a market for the new device?” i have the same thought when i read about the LG Smart TV Upgrader ST600, a little black box that promised to give any old HDTV a new lease of life. Continue reading LG Smart TV Upgrader refreshes your outdated HDTV
(image credit: Samsung) Samsung 3D Glasses | US$tbc | www.samsung.com
hot on the heels of LG’s fashion-chic 3D glasses, is this new 3D glasses from Silhouette and Samsung. weighing just 28 grams, this 3D glasses is possibly the lightest 3D glasses ever made and it looks pretty fashionable too. to be officially unveiled this week at the CES 2011, this pair of 3D glasses will feature Samsung Wireless Charge Technology and automatic on/off system. wow. looks aside, wireless charging is indeed a welcome feature cos’ we are kind of tired of charging cables snaking around for the endless devices we have. Continue reading fashion-statement: the lightest 3D glasses ever made
(image: B&O) Bang & Olufsen Home Integration | US$POA | www.bang-olufsen.com
another effort by Bang & Olufsen in an attempt to make your life easier, so to speak. introducing the Home Integration with BeoLink. BeoLink is not your ordinary universal remote. in a nutshell, the system consists of a few components that brings together your home entertainment and home automation system into a single point of control. ‘working harmoniously’ is the key for this system where it attempts to, for example, dim the lights, close the curtains and turn on your TV and home theater for a movie screening in your home. Continue reading Bang & Olufsen introduces Home Integration with BeoLink
(image credit: Westone) Westone 4 Earphones | US$449.00 | www.westone.com
product differentiation is not an easy task for earphones manufacturer. given the tiny size of earbuds, there’s really little real estate for added electronic circuitry to improve it’s performance. perhaps, that’s why physical appearance takes priority for manufacturers to differentiate their earbuds with the rest. but that was then. recently, Westone announces the Westone 4 which managed to pack in four drivers in these tiny earbuds.
Westone claimed that the Westone 4 is the “world’s first four driver balanced armature universal fit earphones” which is designed specifically for “serious audiophile and music enthusiast.” aside from the four balanced armature drivers, these buds also features a passive three-way crossover network and on the comfort department, it is treated with Westone’s True-Fit technology which offers superior ergonomics and comfort for wearer. being a world’s first and targeted at audiophile means it won’t come cheap. the Westone 4 will set you back at a tidy $449 and will starts shipping “early in the first quarter of 2011.”