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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2013 0 comments
Swiss company mo°sound offers passive ceramic-clad spherical speakers that are destined for a classy desktop. The standard version MO°SPEAKER (€760/pair) comes in black and white as well as upgraded finish options including gold and silver.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2013 0 comments
The Dali Kubik Free speakers are sold as singles with an active version (€769/each) and a passive version (€349/each) so you can go mono or stereo and you can do so in your choice of nine colorful colors. You connect to your Kubik Free via aptX Bluetooth 3.0, USB, Toslink, RCA, or 3.5mm minijack, and their output comes courtesy of a 100W internal amp driving two 5" woofers and two 25mm soft dome tweeters.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2013 0 comments
Amphion was showing off some colorful versions of their Ion+ speakers (€500/each) that were hand painted by Danish artist Kristian Hornsleth in a limited edition (€3,000/pair). For those looking to brighten up their listening environment with aural and visual art, these speakers fit the bill on both counts.
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Jon Iverson Posted: May 10, 2013 57 comments
Register to win a Moon Audio Blue Dragon Custom USB Cable (MSRP $100.00) we are giving away.

$100 for 3 foot version USB A to USB B or USB A to USB Mini B (choice of winner depending on what they are connecting to). Moon will create a custom cable depending on what the user needs / user will be in communication w/Moon to get the connectors they need.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 10, 2013 0 comments
The NuForce Cube ($99.00) is a speaker, headphone amp, and 16-bit/48kHz-capable USB DAC all stuffed into a 2" cube. There's a rechargeable lithium battery for up to 8 hours of play, a 3.5mm minijack analog input so you can connect your phone or portable music player and use the Cube as a headphone amp or take advantage of its larger-than-your-phone's speaker. The Cube comes in your choice of black, silver, red, or blue and was on silent display so I cannot attest to the manufacturer's claim that the Cube, "...blows cheap plastic, low-quality portable speakers out of the water."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 09, 2013 5 comments
I couldn't resist sharing this even though its not "computer audio" but it certainly more than fits the big theme. The Opera Only amplifier is rated at (and I cut 'n paste this directly from the Pivetta Project Only Creative website) 2 x 60.000 watt RMS Class A (that's 60,000W in English) with a max power output rating of 160,000W. I did not get a price on this amp, but the previous version, the Opera One, was less powerful and cost $650,000, so I figure if you have to ask...When the Opera Only is powered off, it closes up into a 12-sided black monolith.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 09, 2013 2 comments
The Munich High End Show - so big you can drive cars into it

Don't blame me for this translation (blame Bing) or for simply pointing out the facts; Munich is big. I mean really big. When you walk into the M.O.C. and see all that there is to see, it can feel a tad overwhelming. But that's why man invented bier.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 07, 2013 0 comments
Last night The Breeders, Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, Jim Macpherson, and violinist Carrie Bradley splashed down at Webster Hall in NYC and played their platinum-selling album Last Splash before a sold out crowd. This tour represents the first time this band has played together since 1994 and its hard to believe 20 years have past since we were first treated to "Cannonball" which opens with Josephine Wiggs unforgettable bass line. The band and their songs were as tight as ever and as loose as can be, playing their hook-laden music that had the crowd singing along and some thrashing about like it was 1993.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 06, 2013 1 comments
Dry is PJ Harvey's debut LP and I couldn't help but being reminded of it by last week's Download of the Week, Jenny Hval's Innocence is Kinky. And I couldn't help but want to see them back to back. Originally released on Too Pure in 1992, Dry captures a raw, unfiltered, and forceful voice that feels as fresh today as it did when new. PJ Harvey, like Jenny Hval (or really vice versa), is not afraid to take on issues like sexuality head on, bending traditional gender roles so far they break. The band's sound is stripped down bare to the bones guitar, bass, and drums with touches of strings and keyboards and Harvey's positively stunning vocals delivering more raw emotional power and energy than most boy bands can muster.
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Ariel Bitran Posted: May 06, 2013 0 comments
Thomas Helton of Genoa Township, Michigan wins's V-Moda M-80 Headphone Sweepstakes. He says the M-80s "are extremely well built." Why so short? Well this is Helton's first set of headphones! Welcome to the club, Tom. Prepare to form opinions.


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