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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The NPD Group has a new report that states that in 2008, 87% of all digital music buyers in the U.S. used iTunes while 16% were purchased through Amazon MP3. Analyst Russ Crupnick says that being in second place is encouraging considering that it has only been around for 18 months.
“It used to be that iTunes was first, and second was practically nobody,” Crupnick said. The survey also reported that many of the consumers are older and still purchase CDs.
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It’s about time that someone made a portable media center in a shape that seems more natural than your average rectangle. This PMC has an 8-inch swivel 16:9 LCD widescreen, stereo speakers, a DVD, CD, MP3 and MP4 player, as well as video gaming capability. The device can run off an internal Li-ion battery or its AC adapter. It can also play files from SDcards, USB flash Drives or other PMPs. The multi-media entertainment center carries a MSRP of $175.60.
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ION’s LP Dock allows you to transfer your old records directly to your iPod. With a standard USB connection, turn your music into MP3s and send them to your player, burn them to CDs or listen on your computer. It also features a line-level input to connect other music sources such as a cassette deck. The LP Dock works with both PC and Mac, and EZ Vinyl Converter with Gracenote MusicID can be downloaded to edit and clean up your tunes. The dock is available for $249.00.
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These may look like ordinary speakers, but there is a spy cam with a 3.7mm wide angle lens cleverly concealed. The Computer Speakers not only work with your PC, but with MP3 players, CD and DVD players as well. They have simplified power and volume control as well as a headphone output jack. Each camera includes a free wireless 2.4 GHz receiver (a $160.00 value.) Available in several models, prices start at $126.00.
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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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Still have some old records and cassettes lying around? Turn them into CDs with the uRecord Vinyl and Cassette Ripper. Connect the device to your PC by USB then use the RCA inputs to attach to tape deck, turntable or other musical device. The built-in preamp eliminates having to use a stereo system. The EZ Vinyl Converter (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) software automatically places your tracks in your iTunes library. Say goodbye to the pops, clicks and hiss for $49.99.
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Headphonies are perfect for anyone with an MP3 player, CD player, PC, or other electronic audio device. Each limited edition vinyl speaker comes with a charge cord, headphone cable, and keyring clip. Collections vary between 100 to 1000 pieces. They were designed by Eran Weinberg with other artists adding their input. You get four hours of play after a one hour charge by USB. The Headphonies will be available in late November, but you can sign up now for notification of their arrival.
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EMI has decided to offer their music directly to consumers with an online Web portal. Not only will they offer tracks and videos, there may be some freebies and non-EMI artists as well. The label says that it is doing this to collect customer behavior data and may use something akin to Pandora, which recommends tunes based on what music the user already prefers. We find this a fine idea, not only because it might cut costs in the overpriced and ailing CD sales market, but also isn’t it nice that someone may actually be listening?
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