The Sonos Playbar is an exciting piece of gadgetry coming from one of our favorite companies, and it's now been announced that it ships on March 5. The Playbar connects to your television using a digital optical cable, offering massive sound through its nine drivers. Since it's a Sonos device, you can also play all your music through it as well. Throw in a Sonos SUB and a pair of Play:3 units, and you've got yourself a 5.1 surround sound system. March 5th is the date, and you can pre-order it now for $699.
Finally, an MP3 speaker system that can do more than one function at a very inexpensive price. The TuneLight is compatible with any iPod or MP3 player and connects via headphone jack. Available in silver or black, the lamp comes with an energy-efficient 20W halogen bulb. The 2 organizer trays and 2 pencil/pen/scissors holders will help to keep your desktop neat and tidy, not to mention safer. The Tunelight is only $19.99.
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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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Bose’s newest amplified neodymium speaker system is also their smallest and will gladly make itself at home on your desktop. Working with your PC or almost any portable audio source, the Computer MusicMonitor features switching amplifier technology with a new acoustic design and their noted digital signal processing. With a one cable hookup, it also has a remote for controlling power and volume. The MusicMonitor speakers are encased in aluminum with a metallic silver finish, and carry a price of $399.00.
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TDK’s latest speaker system is multi-functional and looks stylish as well. Featuring two 2.5 W flat panel speakers with NXT technology and Blue LCD display, the iSlim comes with an iPod dock with adapters, clock, alarm and FM radio. There is a AUX input for other audio players, a video-out jack, a one button equalizer, and menu and select keys. A remote and antenna are also part of the deal. For $149.00, we definitely prefer this to the Jukebox/Dock as a holiday gift, hint, hint.
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You can think of this either as a throwback to the old RCA mascot or as a work of art. Two porcelain dogs contain a co-axial speaker system. Designed by Buro Vormkrijgers, the Woofers (pun intended,) are each 20 x 11.5 x 17-inches and made of polyester. Available in black or white, they will deliver 60 to 180 watt RMS with 4 ohm impedance and can be yours for $900.00 for the pair, if you really want a pair of decapitated canines hanging around the house.
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Logic3 has come up with what they claim to be the iPhone’s first speaker system. In black gloss with silver trim, the i-Station Traveller measures 170 mm across, has a 4 watt output, and 35 mm neodymium drivers. It works with your phone vertically and horizontally, and comes with adapter and four AAA batteries. The speakers will be available for £29.99 (~$59.40) through retailers or Logic3’s online store. Because the i-Station is compatible with other media players through its 3.5 mm jack, it begs the question, which came first, the iPhone or the i-Station?
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