Naxa has released an ultra-slim Portable DVD Player with iPod dock. The NX-3300 has a 9-inch TFT display, a built-in stereo speaker with Virtual Surround Effect, USB and SD/MMC card slots, and audio and video input jacks. Of course, it charges your iPod while playing and is compatible with DVD/CD/SVCD/VCD/MP3/CD-R/CD-RW formats. The player comes with a rechargeable lithium battery, detachable battery pack, remote, and 3-way power cord. Contact Naxa for pricing.
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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 iHome iP99BR claims itself to be the first iPhone clock radio that will also dock, charge, and play tunes. The device is also compatible with iPods and features a buzzer alarm, AM/FM presets, snooze, and 3D stereo sound with Reson8 speakers. It also has a customizable playlist ability, a DST switch, an LCD display with dimmer, and comes with a remote. iHome says that it has been designed to shield TDMA noise which makes it even more desirable. Expect the iP99 to make its June 1 debut with an MSRP of $149.99.
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If you can’t afford your own Ferrari, you may be able to compromise with the F1 phone. The cellie features a 2.2-inch LCD with 260k colors, a camera with 1280 x 1024 max output, and does 3GP and MP4 video as well as JPGs, GIFs, and Midis and MP3s with a support equalizer and a single stereo loudspeaker. Available in several language choices, the F1 also has Internet capability, a phone book, games, calculator, and alarm at a price of £96.38 (~$190.00.)
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Boston Acoustics has a deluxe dock for impressing almost anyone. With AM/FM stereo and 15 station presets, you can listen to your tunes while charging your iPod or seek out noise-free stations worldwide on the Horizon Duo-i. It has dual 3 1/2-inch full range speakers, BassTrac audio processing, and a high contrast display that automatically adjusts to the light level. Add to that an alarm clock with sleep timer and snooze control, a remote, 2 aux inputs, and line and stereo headphone outputs, and you have one sweet music machine at a price of $199.99.
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Logitech has unveiled its first wireless headset, created specifically for Internet calls. The ClearChat made its debut today at the CeBit in Germany and allows users to move up to 33 feet from their PC or Mac. If you are in a small place, that means a quick snack or bathroom break without interrupting your call. The VoIP headset has 2.4GHz technology, USB connectivity, a noise-canceling microphone, and stereo so that you can hear clearly while rustling through the fridge. There are also volume and mic mute controls, a padded headband, and plush ear pads. Look for the ClearChat to hit the U.S. and Europe in May with a price of $99.99 (U.S.).
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In our quest for the most nauseatingly cute musical accessories, this one comes pretty close. The Speaker Monkey is a 7-inch full range stereo speaker that runs on USB or batteries. It is compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, CD and DVD players or any other gadget that has a standard audio jack. If the Monkey isn’t your style, we suspect that you can choose a Penguin or Turtle to appease your inner animal needs. Each one comes at a price of $6.88.
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For the ultimate in convergence check out Pioneer‘s latest in-dash GPS stereo unit. Like some other units the GPS the high-resolution 5.8” screen can pop out to provide GPS and tunes on the go, but unlike the competition this new head unit keeps drivers safe with voice activated navigation and music controls. When the GPS unit is popped out you can take it on the go for directions either while walking, or when driving another car.
Outfitted with Voicebox technology the driver can give commands verbally like “Play Honeycut - Aluminum City” or “Navigate to the Space Needle in Seattle” so as to not have to take their hands or eyes off the road. The Bluetooth capabilities also allow for hands free calling to further enhance the drivers safety. Music in WMA or MP3 format can be played from SD cards, or streamed from Bluetooth phones. The AVIC f500bt also provides strong iPod integration allowing for playback and control of iPod stored music.
Available soon for a yet unknown price. For the inconvenience and high technology packed into this car entertainment don’t expect it to be cheap though.
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We have found another entry under the classification “speakers that are unique, but not really.” The I Look Eyeball includes an amplifier speaker system that will work with your MP3 player or other music source. The “expressive” eye moves to the beat of your tunes with a gazillion colors and it will react to a hand clap. It comes with an audio stereo jack and runs on 3 x AAA batteries (not included.) Find the I Look for £14.94 (~$.31.00.)
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Pioneer Japan has designed the lightweight SE-M390 Stereo Headphones with a 40mm driver, a strengthened 3.5 meter cord, and a “free-adjust” headband. The phones carry a frequency response of 5 to 29,000 Hz, an impedance of 32 ohms, a neodymium magnet driver, and a mini/standard gold-plated plug. They also feature the company’s Bass Duct with a subwoofer outlet. The headphones are available for $55.00, with a freebie 1.5m extension cord included, at Audio Cubes.
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