portable audio

  • RD-R2: JVC's Portable Audio Recorder Targets Street Musicians

    RD-R2: JVC's Portable Audio Recorder Targets Street Musicians

    JVC Japan announced [JP] the RD-R2 today, a portable audio recorder designed for “street dancers” and musicians. The device lets you store music on microSD/SDHC cards (4GB to 32GB), records music through a built-in stereo mic and plays MP3/WMA/linear PCM (WAV) and AAC files through its 2.5Wx2 speakers. Read More

  • Say hi-Sun to the Towel/Speaker

    Say hi-Sun to the Towel/Speaker

    Here’s something for the upcoming independence day weekend, and no it’s not from Skymall. It’s a towel to take to the beach. It’s pretty nice and loaded with features. Fold it into a backpack, look cool lying on the built in pillow, listen to music on it. Wait what?! Yes, listen to music. Read More

  • Dr. Dre fights AIDS. At least $5 at a time.

    Dr. Dre fights AIDS. At least $5 at a time.

    New set of headphones coming at you today. Well, not really new, but certainly more globally minded headphones. The Beats line from Dr. Dre is being bolstered with a special RED edition of the Solo HDs. Read More

  • Rockbox open-source MP3 player firmware hits 3.0

    Rockbox open-source MP3 player firmware hits 3.0

    For those of you who don’t care for the stock interface or firmware on your digital music player, there’s the Rockbox firmware, which works on many Archos, iRiver, iPod, iAudio, Gigabeat, and Sansa devices. The firmware features extended codec support (OGG, Flac, etc.) plus enhanced audio magic, MPEG video support, tagging, plug-ins, playlist creation, games, and more (see the… Read More

  • MP3 headphones getting cheaper, slightly less fugly

    MP3 headphones getting cheaper, slightly less fugly

    I’ve been seeing a lot of these headphones with built-in storage and digital audio playback today. They’re almost everywhere, staring at me as if I’d tried to date their sister. Leave me alone, hundreds and hundreds of similar headphones! This pair, in particular, is made by a company out of Hong Kong called Majesty Industrial. They come in a myriad of storage sizes running up… Read More

  • Slacker Player: It's here at CES, lighter than I thought

    Slacker Player: It's here at CES, lighter than I thought

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf So I groped the Slacker Portable last night. I’ve been hard on Slacker about how delayed its portable player has been. First it was supposed to be here by the end of the summer, then it was supposed to be here in December, then it got delayed again until the end of January. I hope it launches in the end… Read More

  • JBL On Stage IIIP for iPod and iPhone

    JBL On Stage IIIP for iPod and iPhone


    Product Name: JBL On Stage IIIP
    Description: The On Stage IIIP is a ring-shaped portable speaker for the iPod and iPhone. It’s very small and cute at just only 6 inches by 1-3/4 inches, and it can run on AC power or on six AAA batteries (for up to 12 hours). The four drivers put out a combined 6 watts per channel, and JBL claims their Slipstream port design increases bass output… Read More

  • New Mini-Speakers from JBL

    New Mini-Speakers from JBL


    Product Name: JBL On Stage 200ID/400ID, Duet 200
    Description: The JBL On Stage 200ID and 400ID are a pair of iPod speaker/docks. (Please try to stay awake for this anyway.) Both have a universal iPod/iPhone dock on top, and the 200ID has two full-range drivers while the 400ID has four plus a tweeter. The Duet 200 is identical to the On Stage 200ID but it lacks an iPod dock and instead takes… Read More

  • Slacker Portable delayed, delayed again

    Slacker Portable delayed, delayed again

    Aaaaaaand, I’m done. That’s enough for me, thank you. I give up. First it was the end of summer, then it was mid-December, now it’s the end of January when the Slacker Portable is supposed to ship. I have no faith that it’ll ship on that date. Sorry. I’d been waiting to buy this thing since the moment it was announced. I had custom searches and RSS feeds set up… Read More

  • Slacker Portable: Better late than never?

    Slacker Portable: Better late than never?

    Well it’s here (almost). Although promised by the end of the summer, the Slacker Portable is now available for pre-order and should ship in mid-December. You shouldn’t think of it as an MP3 player, per se, although you can load MP3 and WMA files onto the device. Think of it more as a personal portable radio. You listen to songs and rate them. The ones you hate never show up again… Read More

  • Microsoft mulling direct-to-Zune downloads?

    Microsoft mulling direct-to-Zune downloads?

    Microsoft apparently intends to purchase a French mobile music service company called Musiwave, according to Electronista. The technology would be implemented into "Microsoft’s more portable hardware and software services, including Windows Live, the Windows Mobile OS for smartphones, and the Zune media player." Read More

  • Sleek 'S3' apparently has a clarity-enhancing finish

    Sleek 'S3' apparently has a clarity-enhancing finish

    If you’re in Korea, you’ll soon be able to pick up ACELAB’s new S3 portable media player which, according to a company official, is surrounded by a special finish that’s supposed to “enhance the clarity of the LCD for better viewing experience.” Clarity-enhancement aside, you’ll get a built-in speaker, FM radio, voice recording, an image viewer, FM… Read More

  • New Zune accessories zoon

    New Zune accessories zoon

    Microsoft’s Zune Home AV Pack is expected to retail for $99.99 Just in time for the November 13th launch of Microsoft’s next batch of digital music players will be a virtual cornucopia of accessories like docks, speakers, armbands, cases, FM transmitters, docks, and more docks — more than 60 new products in all. Read More

  • Creative Zen Review

    Creative Zen Review


    Creative’s Zen line of media players hasn’t stolen much thunder from the iPod, but it has been more successful than many. The latest, dubbed simply the Creative Zen, is a flash-based player that does video on a 2.5-inch screen and rocks a full-size SD card slot. It’s not bad-looking, and it resembles the Zen Vision in many of the right ways. But its boatload of features… Read More