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Headphonies

Headphonies

Similar to Marka’s Mini-Gods, Headphonies are portable speakers with an urban vinyl twist; they’re actually made with ABS plastic and will be released in limited editions of 500-1000 in November.

Video: Monome

Video: Monome

A mix of open-source goodness and flashing lights, Monome is like a mixer that interacts with you; its buttons are largely trivial, but that hasn’t stopped it from developing an active community.

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Pioneer XMp3 Radio

Pioneer XMp3 Radio

Mixing satellite radio with a bit of TiVo-like tech, the Pioneer XMp3 is a portable satellite radio that’ll record up to five stations simultaneously; it also has a 30-min buffer for rewind.

Hobnox Audiotool

Hobnox Audiotool

So advanced it requires Flash 10, Hobnox’s Audiotool is essentially a virtual Roland synthesizer that allows you to create your own electronic music; it looks and sounds freakin’ awesome.

Onkyo Wireless Headset

Onkyo Wireless Headset

Forget bluetooth: Onkyo’s MHP-UW2 wireless headset uses a 2.4Ghz wireless connection in order to deliver CD quality audio; the transmitter will work with all current iPods.

Sony Marine Headunit

Sony Marine Headunit

Sony’s CDX-H910UI is a splash-proof headunit, and is the first to work with iPods or iPhones via a USB port; part of their Marine line, you’ll of course need a boat for this to be useful.

Sleek Audio Kleer

Sleek Audio Kleer

Made by Sleek Audio, Kleer is a wireless transmitter that hooks up to their existing SA6 headphones; if the batteries run out, simply remove it and hook the SA6 back to its original cable.

AKAI XR20 Beat Station

AKAI XR20 Beat Station

AKAI’s XR20 is a portable “beat production center” loaded with 700 drums, bass and other sounds so you can make hip hop whenever inspiration hits you; it’s both battery and AC powered.

Jabra BT8030 Headphones

Jabra BT8030 Headphones

Mostly known for their cellphone headsets, Jabra’s BT8030 is a pretty sweet headphone — not only are they bluetooth and therefore cordless, but they also fold out to double as speakers.

Peachtree Audio Decco

Peachtree Audio Decco

Pumping out 50 watts per channel, Peachtree Audio’s Decco is a versatile vacuum tube amp with digital to analog converter, along with USB, coax, optical and two analog inputs.

International Dance Machine

International Dance Machine

International Dance Machine is a portable DJ that with doppler radar, ultrasonic proximity sensors and a freakin’ disco ball; while the trailer’s music is meh, the concept is “sound.”

Book: Indie Band Guide

Book: Indie Band Guide

Know anyone in a garage band? We recommend The Indie Band Survival Guide; it’s got great tips on everything from marketing to merch. The website is an awesome resource, too.

SteelSeries Siberia Headset

SteelSeries Siberia Headset

Known for their gamer friendly hardware, SteelSeries’ Siberia Headset is a solid, goodlooking headphone; we like the mic, which can be detached if you just want to listen to tunes.

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Starpex Guitar

Starpex Guitar

Tired of stock Guitar Hero and Rock Band controllers? Peak’s Starpex Guitars mimic the real thing; they’re heavier, feature muted strum buttons and get three awesome color schemes.

BoomCooler

BoomCooler

The BoomCooler is one of the stranger mashups we’ve seen, with Sony’s Xplod audio system (600-W amp!) built into its cover. Oh yeah, it’ll store food too, but it’s gotta be dry.

Korg DS-10

Korg DS-10

Korg’s DS-10 transforms your Nintendo DS into a virtual MS-10 synthesizer, with a six track / 16-step sequencer, as well as note entry via touch screen, keyboard or matrix screen.

Video: Solar

Video: Solar

Robert Hodgin’s Solar video has already made several rounds on the interwebs, but it’s so amazing we’ll share it again. It’s cued to Goldfrapp’s “Lovely Head” and made with Processing.

iPod Boombox

iPod Boombox

Old school/80s fanatics will love Lasonic’s iPod boombox, usurping the cassette player with an iPod dock. It also has an SD/MMC card reader, AV output and runs on 10 D-sized batteries.

Griffin AirCurve

Griffin AirCurve

Griffin’s AirCurve is essentially a transparent display stand with a coiled waveguide within that acts as an amplifier: in short, this polycarbonate speaker doesn’t need power to operate.

Zelda with Tesla Coils

Zelda with Tesla Coils

Like Ruben’s Tube, these musical Tesla coils by Steve Ward and Jeff Larson are designed to be seen and heard. Above: listen to them play the Zelda theme song. Even crazier: Lightsabers.

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2B Radio

2B Radio

Jonas Damon’s 2B Radio is a retro minimalist’s dream come true, with a matte black case and three vacuum tubes in place of transistors. It’ll hook up to your iPod or MP3 player, too.

BEO Aston Martin Speakers

BEO Aston Martin Speakers

Bang & Olufsen’s saucer-shaped speakers (link: BeoLab 5) are now available in the Aston Martin DBS and DB9; each car will have two of these tweeters which retract when not in use.

NeKo LUX Keyboard

NeKo LUX Keyboard

Awesomest. Keyboard. Ever. NeKo’s LUX Keyboard is dipped in 24kt gold, packs 4GB RAM, a 4 Terabyte hard drive, Blu-Ray burner, 10 audio ins/outs and 100,000 preset sounds.

JVC HXD77J

JVC HXD77J

JVC’s HXD77J isn’t for the faint of heart–this monstrous boombox features separate amps for the woofers, tweeters and subs, all of it blasting 540 watts to its 4-way speakers.

Onkyo TX-NR906

Onkyo TX-NR906

The Onkyo TX-NR906 is a top of the line receiver (with the price to match): this 7.1 channel receiver has 1080p video upscaling, 145 watts per channel and can stream audio.

Metallica Headphones

Metallica Headphones

You don’t have to be a greying rocker to appreciate these limited edition Metallica headphones, made in collaboration with Skull Candy. Choose from two designs: Hesh or Lowrider.

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