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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.

Read More | Questo Design

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Bethesda’s WET gives you a Shot at Love and prizes

Bethesda Wet

Well, okay. Maybe not a shot at love, but something you will love—prizes. released a music video called “Shot At Love”, which depicts victims of Rubi Malone, WET’s leading lady, singing about love (yes, really). To help spread the word, Bethesda is giving out prizes to those that share the video. Simply watch the video, register and you will be given a link to distribute among your friends and any of those lovely social media sites. The more people watch the video from you, the more chances you have to win prizes. This is what you will get:

  • 5 video shares: 3 exclusive wallpapers
  • 50 video shares: Exclusive WET poster signed by Eliza Dushku
  • Grand Prize: Custom WET bundle

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start sharing! WET will be available for the and Sony , September 15th.


Bleeding Edge TV 313: Sonos Controller 200 CR200

Tom Cullen of stopped by to give us a first-hand look at the new Sonos Controller 200 remote control. A marked improvement over the original Sonos Controller 100, the CR200 is a full touchscreen device that allows you to interact with music from a vast amount of sources and services, both on your network and from the Internet, with relative ease. We give you a look at how it all comes together in this episode.


Interview: Pint Shot Riot

Posted by Drea Avellan Categories: Site Features, Rock,

Pint Shot Riot

Although the name Pint Shot Riot might not ring any bells for most Americans, EA is working on fixing this issue – pronto. Pint Shot Riot is a British Rock band that has had their fair amount of publicity on BBC Radio, BBC Band of the week and even made the UK Indie charts at #7. Their first single, “Punches Kicks Trenches And Swords,” had an appearance on The Sims 3, giving the band some international exposure. Pint Shot Riot currently holds a publishing deal with EA and their partner company, Artwerk, to license their songs to appear on games developed by EA. If you are big into EA games, get familiar with the name – you will be hearing it a lot more.

I had the opportunity to chat with Baby Dave, the bassist, and talk about the band history, video games and try to dig up any glorious dirt.

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Glee Episode 2 Premieres at Comic-Con

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Drama, Music, Prime Time, FOX, Gossip,

Glee cast

A standing-room only crowd of fans enjoyed a treat at Comic-Con on Saturday, where FOX premiered the entire second episode of . The pilot episode of the series showed in an early premiere in May, with remaining episodes in the season scheduled to air in the fall.

Fans responded enthusiastically to the episode, which included remakes of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” and Salt N Pepa’s “Push It.” Future episodes will include tunes originally recorded by Barbara Streisand and The Rolling Stones.

Read More | LA Times

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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Blinx LED Sound Responsive Headphones

There is no question that most headphones are made the same, but Blinx comes with blue LED lights.  These lights are sound responsive, and will blink along with the music. 

So even though no one but you is hearing the music, everyone else around you will see a somewhat impressive lightshow.  The Blinx work with any standard 3.5 headphones, and cost about $42.

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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

iLuv iMM9400 Audio System with iPhone, iPod support

iLuv iMM9400

Nothing that I love more than seeing new products from iLuv, and it has been a while since we covered anything from them.  This time, it is a CD/MP3 Hi-Fi audio system known as the iMM9400. 

It comes with a universal dock for and iPod, and also features a 4-CD/MP3 audio player, two channel speakers, an SD card slot, as well as an AM/FM radio with PLL digital tuning technology.  It should be available next month, and will retail for about $250. 

 

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Ryan Seacrest’s Historic Paycheck

Ryan Seacrest American Idol isn’t letting it’s sandy-haired host go anywhere…not for the next 3 years, at least. has finished his contract negotiations and is now the highest-paid host in the history of all reality TV.

Not bad for someone who’s very best catchphrase is “Seacrest out.” Ryan went up from $5 million a season to a staggering $45 million, signing onto the reality powerhouse until 2012. As an added perk, Seacrest’s production company (imaginatively named Ryan Seacrest Productions) will claim more power in the 19 Entertainment family. Seacrest will be working more with Idol creator Simon Fuller as a result.

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Read More | E! Online

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