digital audio

Samsung ‘Litmus’ and ‘Diamond’ MP3 players

Recently announced by Samsung, the YP-U4 Litmus (above left) and the YP-Q1 Diamond (above right) MP3 players offer some unique features. The Litmus will pack a 1-inch OLED screen, DNSe (“Dense”) 2

Creative ZEN Krystal features built-in pedometer

It appears that Creative has released a new MP3 player in the ZEN Krystal. Unfortunately, it seems that it’s only available in Hong Kong at the moment but perhaps it’ll eventually make its way sta

Getting an X-Fi to play nice with your home theater system

So you have a Soundblaster X-Fi card with SPDIF-out. And a nice home theater system that you want to run your sound through. It’s okay. Everything’s going to be all right. It turns out it&

Review: Sony ICD-UX70 voice recorder (1GB)

I tip my hat to the excitement that is Monday morning with a hard-hitting review of a digital voice recorder. It’s the Sony ICD-UX70 with built-in USB connection and one-gigabyte of storage spac

MP3 players coming up on ten year anniversary

Oh wow, I guess I’m getting old. Did anyone else own this player — the Eiger Labs MPMan? This is the 64-megabyte F20 shown here but I had the 32-megabyte F10. Remember how it hooked up to

Sony 2GB Walkman Video MP3 Player hands-on

http://blip.tv/play/AauANw Here’s a quick look at the 2GB video-capable Walkman from Sony . These little guys cost $99 and have a pretty easy-to-use interface, FM tuner, album art, and up to 33

Newman two-in-one smooching heart MP3 player

Awww, will you look at that? Brought to you by a company named Newman (not to be confused with Newman, left), it’s two halves of a heart-shaped MP3 player exchanging a tender kiss. You and a lov

Amazon to add Audible.com to its downloadables

Amazon .com will reportedly purchase digital audiobook provider Audible.com in the second quarter of this year for $300 million. Smart, smart, smart. The purchase will allow Amazon to offer up Audbile

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. Leav

New Toshiba Gigabeat MP3 players

Will the impending Toshiba Gigabeat U series be the new Nano killer? No. And I’m ashamed that I even used that cheap, sensationalistic journalism tactic. I don’t know what got into me. The

Would you run 26.2 miles without music?

Many, many, many years ago, I made peace with the fact that I’ll never run a marathon. It was an easy decision because I find running excessive distances to be painful and boring. It’s jus

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

CrunchDeal: ZEN Stone 1GB MP3 Player for $35 shipped

Staples.com has the 1GB Creative ZEN Stone for $35, which includes free shipping. Not too shabby if you need a MP3 player for working out. Might make a good gift idea too. The rechargeable lithium-ion

iRiver Siren DP350 players launch in Japan

The currently-Japan-only iRiver DP350 replaces last year’s DP300 and will come in 2GB and 4GB flavors for $120 and $150, respectively. File support includes MPEG-4 and WMV for videos and MP3, WA

Ooh, Not Good: TrekStor Calls MP3 Player 'i.Beat blaxx'

Yikes. Not good. Not good at all. South Hessia, Germany’s TrekStor has launched a new MP3 player in its “i.Beat” series called the “blaxx.”  Put that all together an

Happy 25th Birthday, Compact Disc

I’m getting ready to move from Minneapolis to Boston and, upon cleaning out my house, found a treasure trove of old CDs that I’d shoved under the stairs along with my 3DO and Sega Saturn s

Declick Your Clicks With The Declicker From ELP

If you’re gonna digitize a large vinyl record collection, you might maybe wanna check out the declicker. Built by the same people that make that $9,900 LT-1LRC Laser Turntable, the ELP declicker

MusicGiants: WMA Lossless Music, DRM-Free

MusicGiants isn’t the most well-known online music download service out there, but they’ve been pumping out WMA Lossless files since 2005. Until a couple weeks ago, all of the super hi-res

ELP Laser Turntable Price Drops, Still Expensive

While we’re on the subject of expensive audio equipment, we figured we should mention a companion piece of equipment for the Hovland Stratos: ELP Corp.’s Laser Turntable. In case you’re not fami

EMI In Talks To Sell DRM-free MP3s

Hot on the heels of Apple’s Steve Jobs asking the music labels to drop DRM requirements for selling their digital downloads, London-based EMI (the third-largest record company) has whole-hearted
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