This week’s pick of the latest iPod speakers is Grundig’s Emanate. With a rechargeable battery that delivers up to 8 hours of music, the device is cordless, portable with its own handle, and water-resistant. Available in black or white, it features a 2 x 15W Output (RMS) and comes with a remote control and AC/DC adaptor. At a size of 240 x 230 x 230mm and a weight of 3.2KG, it also has a 3.5mm jack for the iPodless. The Emanate carries a MSRP of £99.99 (~$195.00.)
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Download podcasts without a PC with the Castgrabber. Get yourself a network, plug in your iPod, Zune, or other MP3 player via USB cable. The device magically and automatically downloads. We are not sure exactly how that happens although the company says that it is similar to TiVo and that installation is simple when you select through iTunes software or any other Net sites of your choice. It also acts as a recharging dock while it does its thing. We found the Castgrabber at the online Home Depot for $119.95.
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Busy Honlai has another mini-projector to add to their line. On display at Computex Taipei 2008, the QingBar MP101 was built for the iPhone and iPod and doubles as a dock. At a size of 76 x 102 x 54mm, it features a screen size of 15 to 27-inches, a VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with 16.7 million colors, a 2W speaker, and a 5W LED with a lamp life of over 20,000 hrs. Available in black or red, no word yet on price.
If you drooled at the thought of owning your own Private Ocean, then you might want more water-related accessories such as this USB Starfish Speaker to go with your MP3 player. At a mini-size of 85 x 85 x 50mm and a weight of only 70g, it features a Blue LED indicator, has a rechargeable Li-ion battery that needs charging for at least two hours, and an on/off switch. It also features non-slip arms in case it wants to escape off your desk. The speaker comes with USB charging and audio input cables and is available for a mere $12.00.
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If you are the type that wears a cap just to look cool, the iLogic Sound Hat will certainly add to your sophistication level. Plug in your iPod or MP3 player through its 3.5mm jack and listen to your tunes via the integral speakers located inside the cap. Made from polyester with a fleece lining, it is washable once you remove the speakers and is suggested for those over 8 years old. At the very least it is a lot more comfortable than earbuds and one less cord to tangle. The Sound Hat is available for £14.99 (~$30.00.)
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RAPHA has unveiled their multi-useful Speaker System. The SurroundXi will work with iPod/nanos, MP3s, MP4s, portable CD/DVD players, computers, and cellies. And if you don’t have one of those, just take your computer’s MP3 files and copy them to your USB flash key, then plug in. The speakers have Unique Weave technology that the company claims gives “brilliant crystal clear sound.” The SurroundXi is portable, comes in 6 different colors, runs on batteries (not included,) USB, or 6V adapter and carries a MSRP of $69.95.
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It’s JVC’s turn to come up with a new, portable iPod audio system. The RA-P30 features an alarm clock, FM radio, stereo speakers with 3D surround sound, remote control, and AC adapter. The system, available in silver or black, can also run on AA batteries (not included) and is expected out in June in Japan. We suspect that this one, like the myriad of others we show you, will be accessible in other locales by the next holiday season.
The orbitsound T3 is a device that you wear around your neck, plug in your MP3 player, iPod, music phone, PSP, or PMP, and you get what the company calls “music in the air.” Battery powered, it is about the size of a cellie, is portable and lightweight, and features full airSound stereo. We were a bit curious about how it worked and discovered that the gadget “uses your chest cavity as a resonator to reinforce the sound from the unit when worn around your neck.” Uh-huh. We understand it will also work with a PC, TV, or desktop stereo and suspect that this is not an inexpensive gadget, as no price was available. Contact orbitsound for more details.
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Oh, look! Another ET has landed. This Happy Alien Mini-Speaker can accompany your iPod, MP3, or MP4 player. With a USB rechargeable Li-ion battery, you can extend or retract its body to change the volume. At a size of 70 x 55 x 54mm and a weight of 60g, the speaker also features a 3.5mm stereo audio connector and comes in orange or blue with an MSRP of $11.90.
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Kleer has teamed with the Korean company DigiFi to create Opera, a cordless headset that wraps around your head and over your ears with an iPod adapter. They claim it has CD-quality audio with up to 10 hours of continuous play. The Opera also has multi-point Listen in technology so that four people, if they also have a set of the buds, can listen to the same audio stream. We would love to find a set of earbuds that are really comfortable and have no cords to choke on but might think twice at a MSRP of $98.00.