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Astell&Kern AK240 MQS Portable Player

for the select few audiophiles who have inexplicably demanding sound holes, Astell&Kern has just the portable media player for you. meet the uber high-end, pocket-sized media player AK240 MQS Portable Player. we do not know exactly how much this ultimate opulence in music enjoyment will cost you, but the last we have seen from A&K, the AK120 is now going for $1,299 a pop and considering the AK240 is several steps up from the firm’s previous offerings, we are not surprised if it cost in a region of between 2-3 grand. shocking? that’s why only richie rich needs to apply. Continue reading Astell&Kern AK240 MQS Portable Player

Sony Sells Waterproof Walkman in Bottles of Water

how better to proof a product is really waterproof than to sell them already immersed in water? well, folks, this ain’t no marketing bragging at works; this is exactly what the Japanese tech giant did: selling the Sony NWZ-W27 Waterproof Walkman, the 4GB MP3 players, contained inside bottles of water, instead of conventional product packaging made from materials such as corrugated cardboards. these specially packaged, or should we say bottled waterproof MP3 players is the result of a campaign by Auckland-based agency DraftFCB and they can be found in vending machines across New Zealand in various public places such as gyms and pools, where the product’s core targeted consumers are commonly found. Continue reading Sony Sells Waterproof Walkman in Bottles of Water

The Dash Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones

and we thought wireless in-ear headphones can never be realized, but here it is, the world’s first smart wireless headphones, The Dash Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones, is ready to get in the hands of those who are willing to drop a few hundred bucks for a pair. not only did Munich-based Bragi, the maker of The Dash, made wireless in-ear audio buds a reality (in size of regular earbuds, of course), but it also managed to pack it to the brim with features like an embedded 4GB (good for up to 1,000 music files) music player and a fitness tracker that keeps tab on your movements like pace, steps, cadence and distance, measures your heart rate and more. the device will provide audible feedback even without being tethered to the smartphone. Continue reading The Dash Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones

Sony 3-in-1 Walkman WH Series Headphones

a walkman headphone? it definitely is. the Sony 3-in-1 Walkman WH Series headphones are the definitive gadgets for anyone who is almost always undecided about the source of the music (smartphone or walkman?) and mode of listening (headphones or speakers?). it is one gizmo that is set to eliminate your music dilemma once and for all by offering three different ways of listening: wear it as a pair of headphones and enjoy the tunes from the built-in digital music player; let the sound out through its surround sound speakers; or use it as a regular headphones with your smartphone or other portable music players with the supplied audio cable. two models are offered, the NWZ-WH505 and the NWZ-WH303. Continue reading Sony 3-in-1 Walkman WH Series Headphones

2013 Apple iPod touch 16GB

just when we thought Apple is going into a product hibernation, but here we are, witnessing an soft attempt to keep its market share alive, well, at least on the portable music player segment. there isn’t any official PR for this (read: probably not an important thing) for this new 5th-gen iPod touch sporting 16GB storage capacity which popped up on Apple online store. perhaps the original duo of 32GB and 64GB capacity are on the high side of pricing that the Cupertino folks decided that a 16GB version would be a more attractive proposition? anyway, that’s just a wild guess. not only did this new iPod touch has a reduced capacity, it also does away with the rear-facing camera, leaving with it the FaceTime HD camera that takes 1.2MP stills and does HD videoing at 30 fps. and it only comes in just one colorway: black and silver as pictured here. Continue reading 2013 Apple iPod touch 16GB

Astell&Kern AK120 MQS Portable Player

go ahead, prove that you are a true audiophile by acquiring this pricey little gadget called the Astell&Kern AK120 MQS Portable Player. and when we said ‘true audiophile’ we seriously mean true audiophile, as its associated price tag of $1,300 is certainly not for the faint hearted. the AK120 retains the high-end look and feel of its predecessor with its beautiful brushed black metal chassis and a similarly styled oversized, knurled volume knob (note the interesting design element at the volume knob), but at a slightly larger form factor. so what do you get for a high-end portable music player that cost over a grand? well, expect nothing but the best such as a 2.4-inch IPS touchscreen, two DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) with independent outputs for a true dual monaural setup, dual Wolfson WM8740 DAC chips (one for each channel), and 64GB of onboard storage and two microSD card slots, each supporting up to 64GB cards for a total of 192GB of storage. Continue reading Astell&Kern AK120 MQS Portable Player

Cowon D20 All-in-One MP3 Player

in this age where smartphone virtually does it all, do we really need a standalone MP3 player? probably not, but that hasn’t stop Korean consumer electronics maker Cowon from launching the Cowon D20 All-in-One MP3 player. and their pitch? a pretty look and a massive lithium polymer battery that packs up to 90 hours of music playback (or 13 hours for videos) per charge that takes around 6 hours to fully juice up. that kind of fantasy battery life is what smartphone dreams of. so if you rely heavily on on-the-go entertainment to survive your long daily commute, you might want to leave your smartphone alone and give the D20 a thought. at 16.6 mm thick, it may seems a little too thick by today’s standard but it’s weight is anything but hefty – it tips the scale at a mere 86 grams or about 3 oz. Continue reading Cowon D20 All-in-One MP3 Player

Astell&Kern AK100 MQS Portable System

Astell&Kern AK100 MQS Portable System by iRiver
Astell&Kern AK100 MQS Portable System | US$699.00 | www.iriver.com

if you are a serious audiophile, we are guessing, a regular iPod isn’t going to cut it for you. in such case, you might need a portable audio system that packs some real oomph – one such as the Astell&Kern AK100 MQS Portable System by iRiver. the AK100 is touted to be the “ultimate portable high-fidelity portable audio system” that supports high-resolution audio track playback up to 24bit/192kHz which is about six and half times better than those of a regular CD and natively, it has pretty much all the current popular audio file types covered, including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3, WAV and APE, with support for AAC to be available soon. Continue reading Astell&Kern AK100 MQS Portable System

Apple iPod touch and iPod nano

Apple iPod touch and iPod nano
as far as the Apple September 12 Event goes, we are not entirely thrilled by the new iPhone 5 cos’ we thought what we had witness a few hours ago was merely an official confirmation by Apple on what we have heard and read so far (rumors can be such a spoiler, don’t they?). however, the other two products announced did managed to tickle our fancy. what we are referring to are none other than the new 5th-Gen iPod touch and 7th-Gen iPod nano – both devices sporting an all-new design – inside and out. Continue reading Apple iPod touch and iPod nano

The MakerBot Mixtape

The MakerBot Mixtape
The MakerBot Mixtape | from US$25.00 | www.makerbot.com

long before the digital music revolution, we have mixtape which we curate our favorite tunes from various sources, including other tapes, vinyls and even the radio, and compiled them into a cassette tape. it was a long, tedious process that involves an audio system that has a double deck cassette tape player and lots of button pushing. digitizing has made consolidating our favorite songs a whole lot easier but in the process, the magic of a mixtape was lost. playlist on iTunes is cool but it is never the same without a tape. Continue reading The MakerBot Mixtape