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Unboxing Live 086: Monster Gratitude in-ear headphones

We give you a look at the Monster Gratitude in-ear headphones, a collaboration between Monster CEO Noel Lee and the band Earth Wind & Fire. Some of the highlights of the Gratitude in-ear headphones include unique noise isolation to keep the music sounding good and outside noise out. The headphones are tuned to make live music and instrumentals sound amazing, and fans of that style of music will love the Gratitude in-ears. The headphones also feature a flat cable design that makes it so that the cables don't get tangled, a ControlTalk in-line mic and volume control so you can use them to take calls with your smartphone, a premium rose gold finish, and two protective carrying cases. You can pick up the Monster Gratitude headphones on Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 424: Monster Inspiration headphones - over-ear, noise canceling

We give you a look at Monster's Inspiration Headphones in our chat with Noel Lee. This is Monster's first noise-canceling over-ear headphone. The Inspiration headphones are fashionable, and will be available in black, white, and a limited edition silver color. The headbands are interchangeable if you don't like any of those colors. Expect to pay $279 for a pair of Inspiration over-ears when they begin shipping this spring. This was recorded at CES 2012.

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Monster Inspiration is its first noise-canceling over-ear headphone

Monster Inspiration Noise canceling headphone

The folks at Monster are on a roll with the CES 2012 announcements this morning, and we've got the scoop on another - feast your eyes on the Inspiration over-ear headphone. This is Monster Cable's first noise-cancelling over-ear headphone, and we're actually pretty surprised its taken the company this long to release something like this. These are ideal for frequent travelers, commuting, home use, or really anywhere you want the noise of the outside world to be drowned out. The Inspiration headphones are fashionable, and will be available in black, white, and a limited edition silver color. The headbands are interchangeable if you don't like any of those colors, with eight different style to choose from for $29 each. Expect to pay $279 for a pair of Inspiration over-ears when they begin shipping this spring. Also, the Inspiration Lite, an on-ear alternative, will be available in June for $229.


Gratitude in-ear headphones from Monster and Earth, Wind & Fire

Monster Gratitude headphones earbuds

Today at CES 2012 Monster Cable unveiled its new Gratitude in-ear headphones. These earbuds were created in alliance with Earth, Wind & Fire, and are specifically tunes to reproduce the nuances of live music and bring out the details of each instrument being placed, with the end result being a more natural, immersive sound. The physical design of the Gratitude headphones features a rose gold finish, and a new design that allows the earpiece to to rest deeper in the ear canal without being uncomfortable. A custom carrying case is also included with each pair. Look for them to hit stores soon for $229.


Jawbone Jambox Software Update 2.0 includes LiveAudio

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Handhelds, Music, Software

Jawbone Jambox liveaudio

Jawbone has released the Software Update 2.0 for its Jambox stereo Bluetooth speaker, which adds the company's new LiveAudio technology to the device.

According to Jawbone, LiveAudio "enables a spatial listening experience previously only available through headphones for binaural recordings." It's a processing feature that applies crosstalk cancellation features to produce better and deeper imaging, letting artists better create emotional connections with their audience, the company says.

In reality, LiveAudio is a processing feature that seems to boost the high end of the Jambox. Since higher frequencies are easier to locate directionally than lower frequencies (bass), this boost can give the impression of better spatial imaging, especially when used with close walls on either side to reflect the noise. LiveAudio won't necessarily improve your listening experience, but depending on the music you play and the dimensions of the room where you listen to it, it could offer a chance you might find preferable.

The update is available on Jawbone's Web site, and is free to any user with a Jambox. You can pick one up from Amazon for 20% off.


Unboxing Live 071: Sonos PLAY:3 wireless Hi-Fi speaker system

In this episode we open up the Sonos PLAY:3, the latest wireless Hi-Fi speaker system from Sonos. The PLAY:3 is the smallest wireless speaker system that Sonos offers, allowing you to plug it in and set it up just about anywhere, but still getting big sound. You can pair two of them together for a wide stereo sound stage, and you can also turn it vertical and it will automatically go into mono sound mode. We open up the PLAY:3 and show you how it looks - be on the lookout for our PLAY:3 review over on Bleeding Edge TV!

You can get the Sonos PLAY:3 now for $299.

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Deal of the Day: Save 55% on Yamaha 5 speaker theater package

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Home Entertainment, Hot Deals

yamaha ns-ap540

eBay is featuring a 55% discount on the Yamaha 5 speaker home theater system. The NS-AP540E speaker system typically sells for $199, but for the next few hours, you can get it on eBay for just $89.99. Not a bad deal for an entry-level speaker system that's been positively reviewed. They've got limited stock, so the may run out before the three hours is up, so if you're interested, head on over:

Save 55% on Yamaha 5 speaker home theater system

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.

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Tivoli introduces new iPAL - now available in yellow

Posted by Finnian Durkan Categories: Design, Home Entertainment, Music

Tivoli iPALI love listening to my . Everywhere I go, I have it plugged in - on the road, in my car, on the bus, at work; everywhere.  But no matter how much I love having all of my audio/visual media right at my fingertips, there has always been one thing that has bothered me about iPods and all of their associated paraphernalia - they all look the same. 

They all resemble something that Eero Saarinen carved out of a block of plastic, polished to a shine, and made available to the public.  This is all well and good if you have a condo chock-full of Jetsons furniture, eschewing any and all hard lines in favor of the Apple standard of soft eggshell curved products.  I, on the other hand, am a pretty typical guy and have a living space peppered with very angular, semi-broken furniture and accoutrements that make a proto-futuristic iPod docking station look a tad out of place.

Enter Tivoli’s iPAL docking station.  Resembling something that would be right at home on a WWII submarine or knocking around in the jungle on a National Geographic expedition; it is the perfect addition to my jumbled, yet spartan living situation.  Stacked next to my hotplate and the Zenith TV that I use as the base for my coffee table, it looks perfectly natural - like it was meant to be there.  Despite its rugged and retro appearance, it offers amazing sound quality, and also comes with an AM/FM auto-tuner and a NiMH battery pack that recharges in three hours and offers 16 hours of continuous play.

While its price, at $274.04 (192.40 Euro) makes it far more expensive than any of the rest of my furniture, it still looks mighty fine sitting atop my bookshelf made of cinder-blocks and 2x4’s.

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Sonos announces the Sonos Controller 200 CR200 touchscreen remote

Sonos Controller 200 CR200

We’ve been waiting on this for a long, long time, and we are happy to share the news that Sonos has officially announced the Sonos Controller 200 CR200 remote. Why is this news to be excited about? Well, if you’re a Sonos owner (or a potential owner,) this means that you get a touchscreen Sonos remote, rather than the old-school click wheel version of the remote. Like the rest of the Sonos gear, this will work anywhere in the home, is meant to be a shared device that can be left in a common area, is more intuitive, turns on instantly when picked up, and has a nice capacitive VGA touchscreen. It even has a replaceable battery. The only thing that the old remote has that this new one doesn’t is that the new one isn’t water-resistant and splash proof. The Sonos CR200 goes on sale tomorrow, and will sell for $349, $50 less than the older model. Even better, the Sonos Controller 100 will be heavily discounted until they are sold out, so if you do want a splash-proof Sonos Controller that you can take to the hot tub, now’s your chance.

We’ve played with the new remote (video coming shortly!) and we can very easily recommend it - it makes finding music from the vast number of libraries and services that Sonos can connect to a breeze, because when you have that much music, a clickwheel just won’t measure up. Be sure to check out our Sonos Controller 200 gallery for a bunch of images of the new remote.

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Gallery: Sonos announces the Sonos Controller 200 CR200 touchscreen remote


Olive Opus No. 4 2TB music server

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Home Entertainment, Music, Storage

Olive Opus

According to the dictionary, and opus is considered “one in a series of musical works”.  In the case of the Olive Opus No. 4 music server, this thing is capable of holding 2TB worth of musical works. 

That’s room enough for 6,000 CDs, which can be accessed from the full-color display, stored in a lossless FLAC format. In the back is a WiFi adapter, a left and right analog output, optical/coaxial digital audio outputs, as well as a USB socket and Ethernet port. 

Now how much would you pay?  Try $1,799, buddy. 

Read More | Press Release

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