Speaker

  • Portable speaker turns your iPhone into an electric guitar (sort of)

    Japan-based Bird Electron has announced [JP] the Ezison 100 today, a quite unusual speaker for the iPhone (or iPod touch) that’s supposed to turn those devices into some kind of electric guitar. The Ezison 100 is (hand)made in Japan, with Bird Electron saying they used mainly wood and acrylic fiber in the production process. Read More

  • iHeart: "Jewelry Box" speaker and dock for your iPhone/iPod

    This one is for the the ladies: A cute, heart-shaped active speaker box for the iPhone or iPod that doubles as a dock and also offers a mirror that pops up when you open it. Aptly named iHeart [JP], the “Jewelry Box Speaker” is the brain child of a Japanese company called Marubeni Infotec. Read More

  • Tube amplifier-shaped USB speaker

    Tube or valve amplifiers are electronic amplifiers that make use of vacuum tubes to boost the power of a signal. They’ve been around for decades, and some audio freaks still love the sound they help to produce. And they look kind of pretty, too. Reason enough for Hanwha Japan to come up with the US-0498 [JP], a PC speaker that looks like a tube amplifier (but isn’t one). Read More

  • D’Egg: Egg-shaped speakers for $3,580

    Here’s the right thing for all audio freaks out there who happen to be ready to shell out a lot of cash for a very unique product: Japan-based tech company BifrösTech (what a name) is selling egg-shaped speakers [JP] that are priced at $3,580 for a pair. The so-called D’Egg TGA-2R1 is sized at 140×140×235mm and weighs 2.6kg (including the stand that’s included in the price). Read More

  • Music Card: Credit card-like MP3 player with built-in speaker (video)

    Japan-based gadget maker Strapya is offering the so-called Music Card MP3 Player (the link leads to their English store), an MP3 player that houses a speaker and an earphone plug but is still just 5mm (0.20″) thin. Sized at 5.4×8.6cm, the player weighs 20g. Strapya says the headphone jack is just 2.5mm and ships fitting earphones with the player itself, but they’ll also… Read More

  • Victor JVC announces a very pretty, very thin home theater sound system

    Victor JVC has announced [JP] a new home theater sound system for the Japanese market today, consisting of a set of two speakers (SP-FT1/FT2) and the corresponding amplifier (AX-FT1/FT2). And the system is very pretty, mainly because the speakers are just 30.8mm thin and weigh 0.85kg each. Read More

  • Wooden speakers with integrated digital clock

    A Japanese company called Evergreen is selling wooden speakers with a built-in digital alarm clock. Two versions are available: The DN-WSP1802 (pictured above) is the double speaker model, while the DN-WSP1406 is one unit only. Both versions will play your music in stereo (3.5mm). Read More

  • The Bass Cannon: It is a cannon that sends out bass

    Anything that begins “I built this as part of an audio visual project for Burning Man 2007″ is automatically suspect, but this is actually cool. It’s basically a huge cardboard tube with a massive driver. The resulting noise, at about 30Hz, was loud enough to be heard around the creator’s block. Read More

  • Soundblock: Elecom to roll out cute mini-speakers for your iPod

    Japan-based Elecom today announced the Soundblack [JP], an iPod dock connector/speaker for use with a number of iPod models (iPod 5G, iPod touch 1/2G), iPod classic and iPod nano 1/2/3/4G). The 0.04W mini system doesn’t support the iPhone though. Read More

  • Puppy-shaped speakers prove not all USB dogs have to hump or crunch to be cute

    Humping or crunching USB dogs are out. The newest fad (at least in Japan) is owning puppy-shaped and USB-powered speakers [JP] for your computer. They are brought to you by Japan Trust Technology (what a name), a Tokyo-based Thanko competitor that has just released a USB-powered mini Zen garden. Read More

  • Review: Griffin Technology AirCurve Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone

    My initial thoughts upon receiving the Griffin Technology AirCurve to review were, “Great, a speaker that requires no power. That’s cool.” I thought about it some more and began to feel differently though. I came to a new conclusion that for all the coolness and “green-ness” of its lack of power consumption, that it may not be as realistic or as practical as it… Read More

  • New speaker system cancels its own noise to deliver better sound

    Toshiba, in collaboration with a university professor and a company called Actimo [JP], has developed the “accurate sound reproduction technology”, which might pave the way for better sound coming from speakers in the future. Read More

  • The $2,200 Bandai Ginza-themed diorama in full working action

    Bandai’s Ginza-themed diorama speaker broke cover days ago and most of us was like, “wha? A diorama speaker?” Really, that’s what we said. Anyway, the video after the break clearly shows that this thing should stay over in Japan where apparently it means something cause it does nothing for us here in the States. Read More

  • DIY: Ball o' sound

    Somewhere out there someone needs this 360 degree speaker. Sure, JVC and others make off the shelf solution but that’s no fun. Read More

  • Logitech drops omnidirection computer speakers; calls 'em the Z-5

    The latest speakers from Logitech employ omnidirectional tech to fill your room with beautiful music – or the Rush Limbaugh audio stream if that’s your thing. No power brick need, these puppies run of USB (OS X or Windows) and even come with a remote with dedicated media functions. The Z-5 speakers can be yours for $99 when the set drops later this month. Read More

  • Sony Sountina: A Vibrating Organic Cylinder

    The Sony Sountina is another 360° single speaker system.  This one uses a vibrating organic cylinder.  Insert obligatory double-entendre here.  The Sountina also has colorful LEDs to breathe “blue, amber and purple light into the space.” Read More

  • Harman Kardon breaks glass with GLA-55 speakers

    Indiana Jones or Superman prop; classy or just plain tacky? I can’t decide but I’ve to give the boys over at Harman Kardon for suck a clever name: GLA-55. ‘Cause it’s made out of glass. Get it?  Anyway, getting down to the details. Only two to three thousand are going to be made and priced at £500. Within the crystal speakers lay a 56 watt per speaker… Read More

  • New portable speaker/docking station for iPods released

    Japanese accessory maker Brightonnet announced yesterday the release of a stylish portable speaker/docking station for the iPod. The BI-SPVIVID is available in black, silver, pink and blue. The device features 2 speakers (2.2W each) and a USB port. It can also be used for other portable audio players via a stereo mini audio cable. Brightonnet promises 4 AAA batteries last for 10-11 hours of… Read More

  • New wooden cases and speakers for the iPod

    Tokyo-based Marubeni Infotec [JP] sells two new stylish accessories for the iPod classic/nano/Touch. At the beginning of next month, the so-called “Alle STACK for iPod” speakers (1Wx2) will be rolled out for prices between $93 (for the iPod nano) and $102 (for the iPod classic). Marubeni promises high sound quality because they used precious wood to manufacture the speakers… Read More

  • New portable Bluetooth speaker released in Japan

    Tokyo-based Retailcomm unveiled a new portable speaker. The BIT-STB2819 is powered by 3 AA batteries and measures just 160×48×48mm (weight: 180 g). Output power is 2Wx2. The speaker can be wirelessly connected to media players and mobile phones via Bluetooth. It is limited to 500 pieces and exclusively on sale on Amazon Japan for $57. Read More