Tascam has updated their CD-160 player with the appropriately named CD-200. Utilizing a TEAC CD-5020A transport that has a smoother loading drawer for less clamping noise, the player also has an improved internal clock for better sound and less jitter. The CD-200 features the same phono outputs and S/PDIF digital out as its predecessor, can play MP3 and WAV files and comes with a wireless remote. Contact Tascam for pricing information.
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The Muji Wall-Mounted CD Player is a combination of retro style and human power. The player is wall mounted and works by a pull-string, like Mattel’s See ‘N Say. Volume and playback control is on top and speakers are integrated into the main body. At a size of 6.9 x 1.6 x 6.9-inches and a weight of 1.2 lbs, the device comes in either black or white for a price of $178.00. A bit high, but think of the savings by not using batteries.
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Consonance’s Droplet CDP3.1 is an elite CD player with 24bit oversampling, a smaller non-tube version of its CDP5.0. The mini Droplet comes in dull red, cherry wood, or multi-layer dark wood, and can process signals up to 768 kHz. It also features minimal master clock jitter with a digital buffer. The CDP3.1 doesn’t come cheaply. Expect a price tag of over $3,000.00 for something that should sound better than it looks.
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Marantz has a new mini-audio system. The M-CR502 comes with a CD player and amp, and has speakers with RMS output pf 50W each. The system has a frequency response of 5Hz-20kH, a signal to noise ratio of 86dB, a dome shaped tweeter and a 130mm aluminum subwoofer. It comes with a USB port for playing MP3s or WMAs, and has a AM/FM radio and equalizer with five presets. The M-CR502 amp is available for ¥59,850 (~$600.00) with the speakers sold separately for ¥49,350 (~$490.00.)
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LG is launching its PC12DAB iDock with built-in speakers. The gloss black device features red ambient lighting, an integrated slot loading CD player, DAB radio, and audio jack for the iPodless. It will also function as an alarm and can copy music for CDs with its USB port. Equalization controls feature, pop, classical, jazz and flat settings. Available sometime this month for £200 (~$394.00,) we think that a subtle blue would have been much more serene.
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There are two types of people in this world: those who are drooling over the accompanying photo, and those who just aren’t. And the photo says it all….a CD boom box with AM/FM radio in the shape of Spider-Man‘s head. Just remember that if you want to show Spidey off outdoors (and you know you do), he requires a whopping eight C batteries. Don’t worry, an AC adapter is included. Available for $50 USD.
Wingspan’s iLoad has a very simple mission. Connect your iPod to any media source, such as cable TV, satellite box, cell network, or CD player. iLoad will transfer musical content, as well as data, directly to your iPod at high speed without the use of a PC or the Internet.
Wait, there’s more. Here comes the iLoad+, an add-on that will download audio and video to your iPod, USB storage device, or flash disc. Pre-order at the iLoad site and you will receive free priority shipping (a $20.00 savings) and a free 3-year extended warranty (a $29.95 value.) iLoad is priced at $249, while the iLoad+ will set you back an additional $100. Shipping begins in early November.
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This little guy was just too cute to pass up. The Changhong Panda TV/DVD/CD combo was unveiled at Berlin’s IFA. The electric company’s CH1320DV pet has control buttons in its paws and its nose is the power button.
Other specifications and features:
- Screen Type:Round
- TV System: NTSC-M
- Loading Capacity:620 Units (40HQ)
- Power Supply: 120V AC, 60HZ
- Aspect ratio: 4:3
- Picture Modes Selection: (normal, movie, sports, ser)
- Compatible with DVD/MP3/Picture CD/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW
- Multiple Angles
- Parental Lock
- Digital Audio Output
- Screen Saver
- OSD: Trilingual (English/French/Spanish)
- Full Function Remote Control
- On/Off Timer
- Channel Scan
If this isn’t lovable enough for you, they also have a Penguin (CH1321DV) combo. You can tell us that you are getting this for your kids for Christmas, but we know better. Check with Changhong for price and availability.
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