• After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

    After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

    After attempting to regain contact for nearly two years, NASA has finally reestablished communications with the sun-studying satellite, STEREO-B. At 6:27 p.m. ET, NASA received a downlink signal from the spacecraft using the ground-based communication antennas in the Deep Space Network. STEREO-B is one of two spacecraft that orbit the sun and make up the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory… Read More

  • The Hidden Radio: A Bluetooth Speaker With Cloistered Virtue And Some Obvious Flaws

    The Hidden Radio: A Bluetooth Speaker With Cloistered Virtue And Some Obvious Flaws

    Many of my Kickstarter dreams have come tumbling down in disappointing or non-shipping products, which isn’t a knock against the site; that’s a risk I fully accept and take with every project. But without a doubt, the Hidden Radio Bluetooth speaker was one I was really looking forward to. Now, I’ve spent some time with it, and I find myself with mixed feelings about this… Read More

  • Google (Doesn't Quite) Introduce The Google Stereo

    While this device may look like an old Fisher-Price Tape Player, what we have here is a bonafide music playback device designed for Google (probably as some sort of Tchotchke/giveaway) by Chord Electronics. The stereo is a variant of Chord’s Chordette Carry with inputs on the back for multiple devices as well as Bluetooth support. Read More

  • DIY: Stereo Cooler

    Here’s a clever yet simple DIY project for you, just in time for the weekend. You could probably even through this thing together before the next camping trip, even if you are heading out tonight. It’s that simple. Read More

  • SoundPad speakers sound like… well, anything

    Since I just wrote up a post about some insanely expensive speakers, I thought it only fair to visit the other end of the sound (and wallet) spectrum.

    SonicImpact SoundPads turn any (well, most) surfaces into a speaker itself. The little 4.2” speaker (parts) turn any “thin-walled high-transmission surface into permanent stereo speakers”. Just stick ‘em, plug ‘em… Read More

  • Hands on with the $188K Steinway Lyngdorf stereo: For the oligarch in you

    Steinway & Sons, the famous piano maker, has been working with high-end Danish audio manufacturer Lyngdorf to produce co-branded stereo systems that you would probably sell your first-born for. The model I demoed today, the Model D, is a massive speaker and head combo that costs $188,000 — up, due to the current economic crisis, from $150,000. That’s right: for the price of a… Read More

  • Jaybird stereo Bluetooth headset

    [photopress:jaybird.IMG_1559.JPG,full,pp_image] We can expect the Jaybird to hit our shores this summer. I don’t really see a market for standalone stereo Bluetooth headsets because so few devices have stereo Bluetooth. Luckily, the Jaybird comes with a Bluetooth iPod adapter and mini-stereo adapter and offers the user some degree of wireless control, depending on the device, via the… Read More

  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-501 Review

    I know I’ve called Bluetooth headset users tools before, but that’s because I’m a jerk and this is the perfect place for me to call people names. I keed, I keed. Just to be clear I think the tools are the ones who keep their headsets on when they’re obviously not going to be getting any calls like on the subway. It’s not cool looking anymore. You don’t look… Read More