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Remember that classic look of radios from the late 80s and 90s? Relive the past in three colors along with the ability to stream from your Bluetooth device. That’s right, the Geneva WorldRadio lets you listen to FM, wakes you up, belts out Pandora via your smartphone, and even supports DAB+ if you are in Europe. It’s a bit on the pricey side at $300 but it sure is versatile and stylish.
Looking to spew music, audio from your video off your Camera Roll, or even from your Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad? Well, dude, you’re in luck because TuneLink Home is here and it’s pretty much amazing. More than just a way to get audio from your iOS device but also an amazing universal remote the TuneLink Home is very much worth a look and a purchase if not finding high placement on your Christmas list. Read the review and find out why.
I was just thinking the other day how cool it would be to shove my Plex video to my AppleTV that is connected to my projector and the audio to a Bluetooth receiver connected to my Denon AVR-5803 system for optimal sound. But alas, I couldn’t since the Denon is too old for Bluetooth (even though BT existed upon is release) and there was no accessories to be found to stick into the Denon’s Line In RCA input. Until today.
New Potato Technologies has welcomed the brilliance of Bluetooth and brought to us the TuneLink Home using the same great technology it has applied to its auto product. Coupled with the iPhone or Android app, you will be able to do much more than just shove audio to your receiver but also get a universal remote that does not require a dongle or IR blaster. Score! For these two sweet features alone, you could pay nearly $200 but New Potato is bringing it home for half that cost. I’m thinking of scoring this myself. Take a look at the release below.
New Potato Announces TuneLink® Home, Simplicity for Your Connected Lifestyle
WILMINGTON, NC–(Marketwire – Aug 14, 2012) – New Potato Technologies, an innovator and developer of app-enabled accessories for mobile devices, introduces TuneLink Home for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.
TuneLink Home provides a wireless link between the user’s device and home entertainment system providing both hi-fidelity streaming audio and universal infrared remote control functions. TuneLink connects audio via analog or digital output to the entertainment system and includes a powerful infrared blaster that broadcasts commands from your device to your media equipment.
TuneLink Home allows users to experience their music or audio from ANY APP in their home without the hassles of wired connections or the complexities of other solutions. Just like TuneLink Auto before it, TuneLink Home includes a best-of-class Bluetooth transceiver that operates over ranges of more than 120 feet to deliver crystal clear audio to your entertainment system along with unique auto connecting and sharing features not found in other products.
TuneLink Home device is also a powerful programmable universal remote control and includes a comprehensive and growing database of over 80,000 pre-programmed remote control codes, the ability to learn new codes, and allows the user to create custom macros, personalize their remote skins, layouts, and functions. Equipped with a wide angle infrared LED array and an IR extender port, user commands reach their intended control target.
The TuneLink Home device is controlled by a free application that can be downloaded today from the iTunes App Store and soon from Google Play. It is a snap to setup, and is the only simple-to-use connected accessory that provides BOTH crystal clear streaming audio link and full featured dongle-free, battery-free, and truly powerful universal remote.
“Finally, the mobile device in your grasp is both your player and your remote, so stream your tunes and take control!” says Bill Leland, Chief Marketing Strategist of New Potato.
“Our mobile companions have become the center of our universe and we rely on them to provide our communications as well as our entertainment. These amazing devices hold all of our stuff and as users we want really seamless ways to access them within our connected lifestyles. TuneLink Home provides a simplified solution for connecting to and controlling your home entertainment system from your mobile device,” says Stuart Ross, CEO of New Potato.
TuneLink Home works with all A2DP Bluetooth capable iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phone and tablet models. For more information on TuneLink Home, please visitwww.newpotatotech.com. The TuneLink accessory is available now at www.newpotatotech.comand in select retail locations for $99.99.
San Diego, Calif. – (August 16, 2012) – Grace Digital’s newest creation, the Matchstick Speaker Dock for Kindle Fire, has been approved for Amazon’s “made for Kindle™” program. The Matchstick becomes Grace Digital’s first speaker dock to be added as an official member. Now shipping, the Matchstick is available on Amazon.com.
Grace Digital’s “made for Kindle” Matchstick is engineered specifically for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The Matchstick accommodates the unique USB port, headphone jack and power button, all located on the bottom of the tablet. While most universal 3.5mm speaker docks don’t charge devices while in use, the Matchstick speaker dock for Kindle Fire not only charges while on AC power, but the optional (sold separately) lithium-ion battery-pack allows for maximum portability. Precisely sized for the Kindle Fire, the rotating cradle securely holds the 7–inch tablet, while accommodating horizontal and vertical viewing angles.
“After reviewing the quality and interoperability of the Grace Matchstick, we are very pleased that Amazon has selected Grace Digital to be a provider of ‘made for Kindle’ audio solutions”, says Greg Fadul, CEO of Grace Digital Audio. “Early customer feedback is awesome and the Matchstick currently has more than a 4 star rating, which is key to product success on Amazon. We look forward to growing our ‘made for Kindle’ product line to support the current and up and coming Kindle solutions.”
Matchstick Speaker Dock for Kindle Fire features include:
• Rotating cradle sized exclusively for the 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet accommodates horizontal and vertical viewing angles
• Tailors to Amazon’s unique USB port, headphone jack and power button, all located on the bottom of the tablet
• Adds crystal clear stereo sound to video & audio including Netflix, Pandora Internet Radio and Amazon’s audio books
• Charges Kindle Fire while in use, powered by AC power or optional lithium-ion battery pack for ultimate portability (sold separately, available in August 2012)
The Matchstick for Kindle Fire is available now on Amazon.com.
Los Angeles, CA (August 20, 2012) – MTV Geek! called it “simply a great idea!” when it was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this past January. Now consumers can see, and hear, for themselves as Boomphones officially launch August 28th, 2012 with their Phantom model – the world’s 1st headphones that can transform into a boombox with the push of a button. Boomphones are now available for pre-order exclusively online at www.boomphones.com.
Boomphones have the portable power and multifunctional appeal to revolutionize the way people listen to, and share music. Designed with four speakers – two on the inside and two on the outside – Boomphones are the ultimate two-in-one audio experience, perfect for traveling, parties, exercising and anything in-between. LED lights show which mode is in action: glowing white when Boomphones are internally amplified, red when the bomb icon is pressed to blast the external speakers in boombox mode.
Two audio cables are included, one with an integrated microphone, volume control and push-to-talk capability. Users can easily make and answer phone calls, listening privately or switching to speakerphone. For those who use their phones to listen to music, there’s no need to switch cables, to talk directly into the phone or to remove the headphones. Turn your Phantoms into a portable amp by plugging into your computer, electric guitar (with adapter), keyboard, beat machine, etc.
Available in Matte Black and Polished White, Boomphones use a built-in lithium battery that’s easily rechargeable through a mini-USB, providing 10 hours internal and 5 hours external use. Boomphones retail for $149.99, will officially launch on August 28th, and will be available online (www.boomphones.com), at Sportie LA and other retail outlets in the coming months.
With a mutual love for music, videogames and gadgets, visionary entrepreneur Ira Strasberg teamed with music industry professional Ohad Einbinder to co-found Boomphones. Strasberg and Einbinder then brought Mike Camello, partner and head of business development for Boomphones, on board from Anderson Merchandisers. Says Strasberg, “With Boomphones, our goal is to change the way people listen to, and share their music. They are a boombox… around your neck!”
Alpine is bringing it on with a slew of new head units for your vehicle. From the Double-DIN Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) INE-Z928HD that features built-in Bluetooth, GPS, HD Radio, and full Pandora control connected to your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry to the premium CD CDE-HD138BT receiver that allows ease of system building with its 4 Volt pre-amp outputs, to the advanced Bluetooth CD receiver CDE-W235BT that will add some pazazz to your OEM stereo yet look at home in your 2-DIN chassis, you already have some great choices before you. The slew of Spring scheduled audio marvels will appear between February (ya, I know, not really spring) to June. Alpine will also be showcasing its Perfect FIT Kits helping you slide your INE-Z928HD into your car without cutting up your fingers and making you wish you hadn’t taken on the job of installation yourself.
It’s great to see Alpine finally give you the Bluetooth instead of requiring an additional purchase and its inclusion of such technologies as Pandora shows that Alpine is getting the next-generation of music. Thumbs up to that, boys!
Full read and deets in the press release below.
INE-Z928HD 8-inch AVN DVD Receiver and Perfect FIT Installation Kits
The INE-Z928HD AVN (Audio/Video/Navigation) DVD receiver is a landmark product for the 12-volt aftermarket. It is the first AVN system with a full 8-inch WVGA screen, yet its chassis fits into a standard 2-DIN opening. The INE-Z928HD won a 2012 CES Innovations Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category.
The INE-Z928HD is feature-packed. Audio features include Pandora® Internet Radio control and station creation from iPhone®, Android™, and BlackBerry® smartphones; built-in HD Radio™ receiver; compatibility with SiriusXM (separate tuner and subscription required), and iPod® music playback from an iPod® or iPhone®. The INE-Z928HD makes every source sound better with its 4-volt preamp outputs and easy car-specific sound setup.
Additional technology features include:
• Built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology, with audio streaming, call waiting and fast phone book search
• Completely new 3D WVGA navigation platform, with over 6 million Points of Interest (POI) and free lifetime TMC traffic monitoring
To accommodate the 8-inch screen into vehicles, Alpine will offer multiple Perfect FIT (Factory Integration Technology) installation kits for the INE-Z928HD. Installation kits for ten vehicle platforms, representing popular models accounting for over 2 million annual U.S. vehicle sales, will be available (each kit sold separately). Besides being cosmetically matched for each vehicle platform, the kits also come with vehicle-specific wiring harnesses and installation accessories for direct plug-and-play connection to the INE-Z928HD.
Availability for INE-Z928HD and Perfect FIT Kits: June
CDE-HD138BTAdvanced Bluetooth® CD/HD Radio Receiver
The CDE-HD138BT is a premium CD receiver engineered to enhance the sound of multiple audio sources. Designed for compatibility with Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphones, users get wireless Pandora® Internet Radio control with station creation and thumbs up/down ratings. Other audio sources include a built-in HD Radio™ receiver and compatibility with SiriusXM programming (separate tuner and subscription required), both capable of iTunes® Tagging. Music playback from an iPod® or iPhone® is also available. The built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology provides audio streaming, simple phone pairing, and call waiting, plus Alpine’s exclusive DSP-tuned audio both for improved sound quality of streaming audio and hands-free phone calls. System building is easy with the CDE-HD138BT’s 4Volt pre-amp outputs and advanced sound tuning features.
Availability for CDE-HD138BT: March
VPX-B104R VPASS (Visual Parking Assist Sensor System)
& HCE-C104 Universal Rear Camera
Further expanding Alpine’s Drive Assist category are two new products, a parking sensor and universal rear camera. The VPX-B104R VPASS (Visual Parking Assist Sensor System) consists of a black box brain and four sensors that mount on the rear bumper, and it works with Alpine rear camera systems such as the HCE-C104 Universal Rear Camera. The VPASS system is designed specifically to help when backing into parking spots, by providing audible and visual warnings of objects behind and next to the vehicle. When the rear view image is projected onto an in-dash screen (sold separately), visual warnings are displayed as a three-color grid (green/yellow/red) overlaid onto the parking space lines to indicate the distance between the moving vehicle and its surrounding objects. When used with the HCE-C104, the VPASS system automatically switches the camera from normal to ground view when within one foot of an object behind the vehicle.
Availability for VPX-B104R: March
Availability for HCE-C104: February
2-DIN Advanced Bluetooth® CD Receiver
The CDE-W235BT is a great choice to upgrade an outdated or technologically-challenged OEM radio. The CDE-W235BT’s 2-DIN chassis is an easy fit for most vehicles, and the large faceplate means larger controls along with a two-line, 14-character display that shows the audio source and song metadata (provided the metadata is available from the source). The built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology provides audio streaming, simple phone pairing, and call waiting, plus Alpine’s exclusive DSP-tuned audio both for improved sound quality of streaming audio and hands-free phone calls. It’s a CD receiver that meets the specifications for “Made for iPod® and iPhone®” compatibility, providing access and control of music libraries on these devices via its front USB input, and other media devices can be played via the 3.5 mm front panel jack.
Availability for CDE-W235BT: April
I’m sure you’ve seen the iTunes gift cards at Costco or Sam’s Club for a few dollars off. Sam’s has them for $10 off if you purchase $100 of a four pack of $25. That’s a pretty good deal on any Apple product as the Designed in Cupertino company rarely discounts anything in its catalog. But Sam’s Club parent, Wal-mart, has just gone one better and for half the initial cost, you will get double the percentage off. For $40 you can nab yourself $50 in an email delivered iTunes gift certificate. That’s a 20% discount which I have yet to see anywhere else and it’s an instant purchase!
If you want to treat yourself or you’ve forgotten a present or just need a bonus gift, this Wal-mart $50 iTunes gift certificate for $40 with instant delivery is your ticket to a Merry Christmas!
The cat is out of the bag and Google announced it’s out of beta and in the production mode with Google Music. Accompanying the Mountain View-based search giant was T-Mobile and it is offering free music every week until the end of the year to celebrate the new digital music store. Featured artist giving away the free tunes include, “Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Ryhmes, and others,” per the T-Mobile email we received, in it’s entirety below.
So, if you’re on T-Mobile, enjoy. If not, hey, maybe this is your reason to move over, music fan.
Today, T-Mobile joined Google at a press conference in Los Angeles to launch Google Music, a new platform where you can upload your personal music collections for free, discover and purchase songs from your favorite artists, and stream your music to your devices and the Web.
To celebrate the launch of Google Music, T-Mobile will offer millions of T-Mobile customers using smartphones and tablets running on Android 2.2 and above exclusive free Google Music content from featured artists including Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Ryhmes, and others.
Each week through the end of the year, T-Mobile will introduce new, free tracks via the Android Market Music Store – look for the T-Mobile Free Tracks section to find them. Free content for T-Mobile customers will also be shareable with friends via Google+.
Additional details on today’s news along with stats on the increase we have seen for streaming music on 4G devices among our customers is available on T-Mobile’s blog. As reference, I’m attaching a screenshot of the T-Mobile Galaxy S II device with Google Music.
Hey, it’s headphones news day. We earlier reported about Marshall’s new cans and now here’s V-MODA filling out Inbox with some limited sweetness. The limited edition Crossfad LP2 comes in matte black metal that come with 12 interchangeable colored ear shields allow you to customize your V-MODA experience. The detachable Kevlar reinforced cables with 24k gold-plated plug comes equipped, “with a 3-Button remote control optimized for Apple products including iPhone, iPad and MacBooks.” The headphones also work well with BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. Between the 2-year warranty and hard exoskeleton carrying case, this $200 pair of cans seems like a pretty sweet set up. Read the release below for more details.
Los Angeles – November 16, 2011 – V-MODA, the multi-platinum seller of the world’s finest headphones, unveils the latest in its “Live PlayTM” series – the over-ear Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones. Fine-tuning the design and customization options of the now legendary Crossfade LP, the special edition Crossfade LP2 brings legendary DJ-approved acoustics, virtually indestructible military-grade durability and customization options out of the box.
“The original Crossfade LP has become number #1 headphone of choice for professional performers, DJs, celebrities, and sound-minded individuals by virtue of its tank-like durability, live sound and variety of finishes” says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and DJ. “LP2 transports this philosophy to another dimension by removing virtually all of our own branding and focusing on what matters most – you.”
In a carbon copy world of “celebrity” headphones, V-MODA’s endorse yourselfTM customs program gives customers and performers the option of expressing themselves. Users can choose from an array of over 12 colors of interchangeable ear shields that can also be professionally etched with their own artwork and logos, letters or numbers. V-MODA’s endorse yourselfTM program is also available to existing V-MODA Crossfade series customers.
Details of colors and options are at V-MODA.com/endorse-yourself
Live PlayTM Sound
A refinement to the critically acclaimed sound of the Crossfade LP, the heart of the Crossfade LP2’s Live PlayTM sound signature is its patent-pending and biggest-in-class 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers and V-PORT 3D staging. This innovative driver displacement is energy efficient yet can recreate the sound of multiple drivers with the quality and consistency of a single driver. The driver’s diaphragm is constructed of a harder inner ring for mids and highs and a soft outer ring dedicated to deep bass extension so you can actually feel the music, even with low powered sources.
V-MODA’s labs, over years of research, found that many headphones artificially spike the highs above 8kHz to make up for older recordings, hearing loss and for users who listen at lower volumes. The Crossfade LP2, is however, fine-tuned with a 31-band EQ, which plays a vital part in creating it’s unique Live PlayTM sound signature while protecting the ears from permanent hearing loss or damage.
The Crossfade LP2 is tested under strict MIL-STD-810G military testing and V-MODA’s even tougher VMQA guidelines, of which a few are listed below
• Kevlar® reinforced detachable cables and 45-degree plug strain relief can each bend over 1 million times, over 100x industry standards
• Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet, approximately 3x the industry standard
• Headband can bend 10+ times flat, not break and retain its memory and shape
• Virtually inaudible sound variances across the spectrum of less than 2dB from unit to unit versus 10-30dB+ of inferior products
• MIL-STD-810G environmental tests including high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure
Essential Ergonomic Comfort
Replaceable supple memory foam ear cushions isolate noise and immerse you into your own world of sound. Relentless research went into the precise shape and materials of the headband and ear cushions, resulting in a tailored, fashionable fit without unsightly gaps and minimal pressure on the head and ear. Although they deliver big sound, the Crossfade LP2 is extremely lightweight in design and perfect for hours of immersive listening.
trueHERTZTM – The Revelation of Headphones
Most headphone marketing simply does not tell the whole truth. Headphones often break too fast in and every unit sounds different due to quality control variance and individual fit. Upon this revelation over five years ago, V-MODA invested heavily on quality engineering and its own R&D labs to create a rugged product that provides the greatest sound for the greatest amount of people. Follow the trueHERTZ blog to learn more at http://v-moda.com/truehertz
Crossfade LP2 Features
• Stylish interchangeable shields (matte black installed and gunmetal colors included)
• Detachable Kevlar®-reinforced cables with 24k gold-plated plug
• One 3.5mm fabric cable with a 3-Button remote control optimized for Apple products including iPhone, iPad and MacBooks
• One 3.5mm fabric audio cable universally compatible with all audio, tablet and smartphone products with a 3.5mm port including Android, BlackBerry® and Windows Phone
• Hard exoskeleton carrying case, ensuring headphones are protected in style
• 2-Year V-MODA Premier Warranty
• Immortal Life Program – 50% off lifetime discount to replace consumer-damaged headphones
The Crossfade LP2 is available today at V-MODA.com and select retailers worldwide including Amazon.com, Microsoft Store, Guitar Center, and Newegg for $199 including two sets of plates. An additional set of color shields is $25 and can be customized with your own logo for $45. For more information and a brief video demonstration, visit www.v-moda.com/lp2.
V-MODA is the maker of the finest professional quality and modern audiophile products. It’s products are distinguished by an extreme passion for music, materials, fashion-forward design and unparalleled quality. Led by professional DJ and Chief Visionary Officer, Val Kolton, V-MODA products blend the inspiration of Italian design, the essence of music, and the charisma of Hollywood. Together with design extraordinaire Joseph Bucknall, the world’s most influential producers, musicians and DJs, V-MODA is constantly challenging the norm and forging the remix revolution. For more information, please visit V-MODAʼs website, V-MODA.com.
The iMac is a pretty ingenious computer and I’m always pleasantly surprised how good the speakers sound for such a small footprint for them to live in. But truth is, if you want to be rockin’ the iTunes or pumping the Steam, then you need real speakers. XtremeMac agrees and yet, keeps it small and complimentary to the iMac with its new Tango Bar. The bar sits right under your iMac or Apple Cinema Screen and plugs into an available USB port. Snug tight in this bar are six speakers configured with dual dome tweeters and midrange/bass drivers. Oh yea, the passive radiator takes care of those 808 lows, too. And if you caught that USB mention, then you’ll understand that this baby will also work on any laptop or PC as well. Drop in the fact it also comes with a line-in jack and this baby pretty much can be used on any audio device. Too loud? Jack into the headphone port, then.
Price, availability, and deets in the press release.
Oakdale, MN – November 16, 2011 – XtremeMac, a leading designer and manufacturer of accessories and audio solutions for Apple devices, is excited to announce the U.S. availability of the Tango™ Bar. The powerful 10 watt amplified USB powered sound bar features a sleek and stylish design while delivering high quality sound.
The Tango™ Bar enhances audio from any computer (Mac® and Windows® compatible) through its cutting edge technology that delivers twice the output of most traditional USB speakers. The six speaker configuration with dual dome tweeters, midrange/bass drivers and passive radiators provides for best in class audio. The Tango™ Bar sports a clean and modern design featuring a simple plug and play USB connection, and an amber backlit volume control that provides added style and functionality.
The slim Tango™ Bar is built to fit perfectly beneath an iMac® or Apple® Cinema Display. The single USB connection for both power and audio cleans up any workstation area by reducing cord clutter. Additional connections include a headphone output, line-in jack and optional sub-out port for an additional subwoofer.
Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, XtremeMac is a portfolio brand of Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN). Founded in 2001, the same year Apple introduced the first iPod™, XtremeMac provides innovative solutions to protect, power and play Apple devices. The brand’s award winning cases, speaker docks and charging solutions incorporate leading edge design and advanced technology to enhance customer experience with Apple products. Additional information can be found at XtremeMac.com, Facebook/XtremeMac and Twitter/XtremeMac.
XtremeMac, Tango and the “X” logo, are trademarks of Imation Corp. iPod, Mac, iMac, and Apple are rtrademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries.