We're music fans here at Gear Live (seriously, check out the Gear Live Rdio channel!) so we wanna make sure to include great music gadgets in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. This year, we're kicking it off with the Sonos PLAY:3. If you're unfamiliar with Sonos, it's basically the best way to get music from just about any location (your computer, your iPhone, the web, the cloud, etc.) to play in any room in your house. It's super intuitive, and even years after using Sonos, the technology still blows us away. The Sonos PLAY:3 is a wireless all-in-one music system that lets you jump right into the Sonos experience. If you have an iOS or Android device, you can download the Sonos remote control app, and you can also control the system with a computer using the Sonos Desktop Controller. Here are some other Sonos products that go nicely with the Sonos PLAY:3, which itself you can get for $299 from Sonos, or order from Amazon and get a free Sonos Bridge included with purchase!
You can use a pair of Play:3 or Play:5 units to create wide stereo sound as well!
iHome has been synonymous with iPod and iPhone alarm clocks for years now, and they recently released their new iP90 dual alarm clock system for the Apple devices. If you’re an owner of an iPhone or iPod and you are looking for your next clock radio, should the iP90 be your next purchase? At $99.99 (or $85.30 on Amazon) it isn’t an impulse buy. Journey with us as we review the iHome iP90 after the break for our thoughts.
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.
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The latest electronic gadget to show off with LED lighting are these Chinavasion Stereo Earphones. A string of blue lights on each earbud keeps track to the beat of the music to impress your friends or irritate those at work. Lightweight, they can be used for any audio device, portable game system or laptop. You will have to go in with a couple of buds for these as they are available in a 3-pack for $41.13 ($13.71 each.)
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Now you can skip the middle
gadget and record your old cassette tapes directly to PC or Mac. The Grace TAPE2USB is fully functional and has a built-in 2.5-inch speaker with volume adjustment. The plug and play device has a counter, RCA connections for plugging into your home stereo and Audacity software included for editing. Once you download, you can listen to your tunes via any media player, burn them on a disc or upload to your MP3 player. The TAPE2USB has a $129.99 price.
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Aerial 7 has released some really garish Street Series headphones. Fortunately, they also have some plainer ones as well. Available in the styles of Tank (that comes with an extra cable and microphone,) Matador and Chopper, the company promises DJ quality sound. Each style has variations for those who want multi-color and those who prefer basic. Compatible with iPhones, MP3 players, handhelds and cell phones, each has an adjustable headband and thick cushioned earpads. Prices vary from $49.99 to $79.99.
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Verbatim’s 96668 Keyboard is perfect for people who have now have external speakers with no on/off switch. It features integrated dual stereo with volume and bass keys. It also has back lighting for nighttime illumination with play and pause control on the media console, connects by USB and is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The Speaker Keyboard generally sells for about $79.00, but we managed to find one on Amazon with a $20.00 rebate if you purchase before December 23.
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iLuv has unveiled the iSP100 Mini Portable Stereo Speaker. It is compatible with iPods, iPhones, and MP3 players. Powered by 3 AAA batteries, the speaker has what the company calls “720° Surround Sound.” It comes with a retractable cable with 3.5mm jack for headphone or audio output and traveling case. Look for the speaker’s debut in the next few weeks with a price tag of $34.99.
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We have long been a fan of Kenwood, so it is nice to see they are offering a compact system. The UD-E77WSD has a CD player and SD slot for 32GB cards and a USB port for downloading tunes from your other SD cards or DAP. The system supports AAC, WMA, MP3, and WAV files as well as 24bit DAC high resolution sound. The player features Kenwood’s Supreme Technology and comes with a remote that is probably more difficult to use than the system itself.
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PURE has unveiled its i-10 for iPods and iPhones. Available with 9 different adapters, it can be used with all of the company’s speaker systems with its auxiliary input or others with 3.5mm stereo input. Needless to say, it doubles as a dock. The i-10 comes with remote for easy control and navigation and comes with a black and silver finish. Available at PURE’s online store in October, pre-order for a £29.99 (~$53.00) price tag.
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