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Kisai Xtal LED Watch is modern and mysterious

Kisai Xtal

What is it that drives a person to wear a wristwatch? Did they get it from a loved one, and therefore have sentimental value placed on the object? Does it have extra functions such as the smart watches we’ve seen in the past? Most people sport one because they did so before they had a phone to constantly check, and now would feel naked without one.

If you’ve been wearing the same watch for a long while, then you might be in the mood for an upgrade. Of course, those of you who are a bit more adventurous in your time piece selection might be interested in the most recent TokyoFlash option, which is the Kisai Xtal LED Watch. It’s fairly straightforward if you want it to be, but switch it to cryptic mode and it looks like a piece of alien technology.

When the blue, red, white, or green LEDs are not lit, it looks like a continuous band around your wrist. You will have the option of gold, or black trimmed with silver. There are date and alarm modes which you can set, as well as animations that can be turned on or off. This is a fairly pricey watch at around $139+, but these are well-made, and very unique. While it may not have a minute and hour hand like the one your grand-pappy used to have, it will still communicate the time just as effectively.

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Marshall Major FX Headphones offers quality audio with a classic look

marshall-major-fxSerious audiophiles would always want nothing but the very best for their ears, and when it comes to a good pair of headphones, I would like to think that brand loyalty does play a very important role, although there are times when it would be good if one could expand one’s horizons and settle for something different. Who knows? Your ears might just thank you for it. The $99.99 Marshall Major FX Headphones could be your next purchase if you are on the lookout for a new pair of headphones, where it comes with classic Marshall styling and technology for that added touch of class.

It is the ideal pair of headphones for classic rock audiophiles, where it features a 40mm moving coil dynamic speaker to boot for that enhanced audio quality. In-ear headphones would no doubt be a whole lot more subtle, and those who are behind you will tend not to realize that you are wearing a pair, but when it comes to over-ear headphones, they are an obvious enough sign that you should be left alone, and do not want to be disturbed. The Marshall Major FX Headphones would play nice with majority of the devices out there which use a 3.5mm standard audio plug (in-line volume/call control only works with iOS devices), and within the adjustable headband, you will find the words “London England 1962″ inscribed for that added touch of authenticity.
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Marshall Hanwell Hi-Fi Speaker delivers that classic rock sound

marshall-hanwellA good pair of speakers are always more than welcome to any living room, especially if you are a huge lover of music. After all, music is food for the soul, where it is capable of elevating your emotions whenever you are down, or rousing your inner spirit to deliver courage and face whatever potential dangers and pitfalls that come your way. Well, for some much needed quality audio pumping through a compatible player, the $599.99 Marshall Hanwell Hi-Fi Speaker might just fit the bill perfectly.

This particular Marshall Hanwell Hi-Fi Speaker is extra special, since it comes branded with a numbered 50th Anniversary Edition commemorative badge apart from the standard capability of delivering quality audio, of course. One thing is for sure – if you are someone who loves to live out a wireless lifestyle, then the Marshall Hanwell is not the Hi-Fi speaker for you, as it caters for this particular group that cares more about quality sound than about losing the wires. These are not exactly the most portable speakers in the world, either, since it tips the scales at a whopping 23 lbs., but when your ears greet the sound, you know for sure that it is well worth the effort in dropping some serious coin for it. You can now have the classic rock Marshall concert experience in your living room with the room-filling audio capable Marshall Hanwell Hi-Fi Speaker. To roll back the years even more, it comes with analog controls for volume, bass and treble in addition to a classic power switch.
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iPlay Piano will let you get a feel for the ivories

iPlay Piano

Playing an instrument always seems so appealing until you actually start practicing. You can’t just go from beginner to professional in one day, or one year for that matter. It takes a lot of learning, messing up, and try, try again mentality. Getting a teacher is pretty expensive, and thankfully we now have YouTube, where there are tutorials galore. However, getting your hands on a beginner instrument can be expensive. If you’re wanting to play piano, you also have to worry about it taking up a lot of space.

The time, money, and space sink it requires might be a bit daunting to first-timers. Of course, if you’re just wanting to get a feel for it and make some tunes, then something like the iPlay Piano might be a better purchase. While it is flat, you’ll be able to learn which keys mean what, and how to piece things together. It pairs up with an app on iOS, where you can learn to play along with songs.

This has no texture, and won’t give you the same tactile feedback that a real piano would, but it is a starting place. It folds up, which means you can pack it and practice anywhere. While it promotes that it will help strengthen your fingers, I would think it’s more of helping you learn the muscle memory of playing as you’re not actually pressing anything down. This will cost you around $70, and would be perfect for those who have to write a song the moment the inspiration strikes them.

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SoundFlow Soundboard Portable Speaker from VOXX kisses goodbye to wires

soundflowThe folks over at VOXX Accessories have just announced the launch of the SoundFlow Soundboard portable speaker, so if you have been on the lookout for something like it all this while, now might be the time to check this out. The SoundFlow Soundboard Portable Speaker would be able to let you enjoy smartphone audio instantly in a big way, where there is no need for pesky wires which tend to get all tangled up, all the while doing away with having to pair up or to connect to another device. All you need to do is to place any smartphone on top of the Soundboard, and the SoundFlow wireless audio will get the rest of the job done.

When it comes to brand compatibility, you can more or less say that the SoundFlow Soundboard Portable Speaker will be able to support virtually all brands and models that you can find in the market today where smartphones are concerned. In fact, just about any portable device that has a built-in speaker will be able to get the job done with the Soundboard. If you are interested inwhat the Soundboard is able to do, it will arrive in a trio of different colors and models, and they are SP20WHBK (white top, chrome trim and black bottom), SP20WDBK (woodgrain top, chrome trim and black bottom), and SP20BKGR (matte black top, lime green trim and black bottom).

Just like how all good solutions tend to come about as a result of a problem in the past, so too, the same applies with the SoundFlow wireless audio technology. It was developed by VOXX because they realized that nearly 80% of smartphone users who listen to music from their phones rely on the integrated speakers 55% of the time, so the SoundFlow Soundboard was developed in order to introduce an easy solution for smartphone users to enjoy enhanced sound quality and amplification without breaking the bank.

After all, with an asking price of just $29.99 a pop, not buying the SoundFlow Soundboard Portable Speaker does sound criminal indeed.

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On a tight budget? The X3 HiFi Digital Music Player with built-in AMP/DAC lets you enjoy the best audio experience possible

x3_hifi_digital_music_playerI know that times are still difficult for a fair number of people in the world at the moment, as the economy is not really picking up in the manner that most of us would like it to. Having said that, the eternal search fro the best bargains possible continue, even when it comes to the highly competitive tech sector. For those who want a digital audio player that delivers when it comes to sound quality, I guess things do not really get any better other than the $199.99 X3 HiFi Digital Music Player.

This puppy will be able to offer lossless playback from a digital audio player, where among the bevy of audio formats supported include WAV, APE, FLAC, MP3, WMA, OGG, ALAC(M4A), AAC, AMR, and MP2. Tell, your Star Trek loving audiophile that “resistance is futile” when it comes to adding to their collection of audio enhancing products and devices. The 3,000mAh lithium ion battery is touted to offer a wee bit more than 10 hours of non-stop playback, and best of all is, you will be able to perform a recharge using the included microUSB cable. All purchases will feature a silicone case, a couple of additional screen protectors, a co-ax converter cable, and a manual.
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Cambridge Audio delivers Minx Air 100 and Air 200 in black

minx-airCambridge Audio, long famous for rolling out quality audio devices that are also affordable to the masses, is now back with a brand new look to their hugely successful and highly acclaimed Minx Air 100 and Air 200 models by introducing a sophisticated black design. This is a new finish which will accompany the current white Minx Air 100 and Air 200’s, where it will also be able to deliver powerful Hi-Fi sound that will be combined with the latest wireless streaming technology, all crammed in an elegant, compact design. Not only that, the Minx Air series also carries the bragging rights of being the first wireless speakers that offers AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Internet Radio.

Specially designed to play music from just about any phone, tablet or computer, the Minx Air’s patented BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) speakers results in a rich sound which is touted to be able to fill up a room far more than similar-sized traditional speakers. Not only that, it was also designed to deliver maximum possible detail from stored tracks and streaming services. The speakers themselves will feature a custom-developed digital amplifier that Cambridge Audio guarantees will deliver heart-thumping performances which will put other portable systems to shame.

The AirPlay wireless system from Apple would enable the Minx Air speakers to hook up over Wi-Fi to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in a jiffy, in addition to computers that have iTunes. Apart from that, the Minx Air 100 and 200 will also be able to play nice with any Bluetooth enabled phone, tablet or computer, letting everyone share their music as part of a social experience. The brand new Minx Air Black 100 and 200 will retail for $450 and $600, respectively, and are already available for order. Would you be interested in getting one of these puppies?

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Feenix announces the 2014 Nascita gaming mouse

Feenix-Nascita-and-DimoraWhen it comes to gaming peripherals, there is quite a fair number of companies who have been churning out quality devices from time to time. Feenix is not exactly one of the more famous players out there, but that does not mean that they are unable to deliver the kind of reliability and performance that gamers love to have. Ashkon Shayani, Creative Director, shared, “Everything in gaming had always looked exactly the same; it was black with loud red or green lights around it. There was no simplicity or elegance to it. Our main goals at Feenix are design and quality. Our instruments deliver the best gaming experience possible and sleek designs that fit right into any home or office.”

The 2014 Nascita’s form factor is said to deliver a perfect ergonomic feel, which is a rather bold claim. After all, when it comes to holding a mouse, there are different ways of doing so, and gamers will tell you that they tend to fall into one of these three categories – palm, claw, or semi-claw gamer. However, the 2014 Nascita touts that it will be able to cater to all three types of gamers without missing a beat. The mouse itself will be 100% driverless, where gamers are able to perform hardware adjustments without having to make use of unnecessary software. Feenix has made use of the latest chipsets and sensor technologies for a 8200 dpi laser engine to deliver seamless accuracy and tracking.

There is also the state of the art Omron switches that paves the way for swift clicking with a 10 million click lifetime, while its in-mouse LCD technology lets gamers read information and are able to accurately adjust DPI on the fly. Just in case you happen to have sweaty palms during a fierce shoot-out, the mouse’s anti-sweat and anti-slip surface material will ensure you have a comfortable feel always.

All of the above can be yours for $97 if you are interested in the 2014 Nascita gaming mouse from Feenix.

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Logitech P710e is a portable speakerphone for those on-the-go

logitech-p710eThere are times at the office when all you want to do is to share a particular music video or video clip with the rest of your office mates. A good set of speakers would be a good way to make sure that the accompanying audio would do justice to the video, but sometimes, the office budget simply does not leave any more room for you to enjoy music flowing out from a pair of speakers (or more). What are you to do, then? Good thing there is this thing known as portable speakers, and the good Swiss-based Logitech folks have come up with the Logitech P710e, a portable speakerphone that will target those in the mobile workforce.

First of all, the Logitech P710e would be a compact speakerphone that is touted to come with enterprise-quality audio for the most life-like conversations. It has an internal rechargeable battery that is said to deliver up to 15 hours of battery life, where individuals as well as small groups are able to easily set up an instant conference room regardless of where you are.

Do expect a bunch of user friendly features to accompany the Logitech P710e. For instance, there is a sliding top section that reveals an integrated stand which holds a smartphone or tablet at the optimal angle for hands-free video calls. Whenever you are involved in an audio-only call, you would be able to place a tablet in the integrated stand, pair up the tablet with a compact Bluetooth keyboard and take down notes during the call, all the while enjoying the benefits of a streamlined workspace which should result in better productivity and communication.

Not only that, it will arrive with USB plug-and-play capability that makes it a snap to hook up to a compatible PC or Mac, which delivers the kind of flexibility required when it is needed most. No idea on pricing, but to have it arrive with NFC connectivity surely makes it a decent portable speakerphone.

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Braven 440 portable Bluetooth speaker

braven-440A portable Bluetooth speaker would always come in handy whenever you want to share your favorite music with a group of people simultaneously, and it would also be useful if you are holding some sort of dance or drama practice out in the open – as music can be pumped out in the middle of nowhere without the need for any nasty cables or wires which could trip someone up. Braven has answered this clarion call with their Braven 440, touted to be the “most talented and portable Bluetooth speaker yet”. We cannot really put this claim to the test, but we do know that the Braven 440 is water resistant for sure, as it pumps out room-filling stereo sound, in addition to juicing up your mobile devices while being highly portable thanks to an ultra-compact and lightweight design.

For the eagle eyed, the Braven 440 would come with similar features like those found on its predecessors, where among them would include a built-in noise-cancelling microphone for speakerphone functionality, the ability to deliver crystal clear sound and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity for a wireless experience. Not only that, it would also be able to feature the signature Braven “look”, as it highlights the clean lines with sleek curved borders as well as arriving in five fiery colors, which will include Lunar Black, Fiji Green, Rio Purple, Monaco Blue and Sahara Red.

Underneath the hood, the Braven 440 will be able to deliver up to a dozen hours of non-stop playback, ensuring that users will be able to enjoy music from just about anywhere without having to juice it up. Not only that, it will also be IPX5 water resistant rated, which makes it the ideal tool for both indoor as well as outdoor use, without the need to worry about accidental spills and splashes. The asking price for the Braven 440 stands at $89.99 a pop if you are interested.

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