This upcoming waterproof mp3 player by Freestyle Audio isn’t much of a looker, but it’s the tech we’re digging: it has a color e-paper display. Translation: it can be easily read in direct sunlight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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’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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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