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B&W: Concert For One

Concert for one

Been loving my B&W P3′s, or as they call them ‘A Concert for one…’

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Fantastic design and form factor, and works great with all my iOS devices for entertainment and calls.  They come with a great hard case to keep them save in your hand luggage when you’re on the go. If you’re shopping, these are worthy for consideration.

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins has long been one of my favorite audio brands. If it’s good enough for Abbey Road Studios (hello, Beatles), it’s good enough for me.

I’ve had a lot of experience with previous B&W products– and the Zeppelin Air truly redefined what was possible with beauty and elegance around the design of audio products and iPhone accessories. Not to mention the incredible AirPlay technology built in.

Next up, a few hours with the P5 Headphones and they have not disappointed my tastes. They’re comfortable as ever with virtually no plastic parts. They’re built entirely out of stainless steel, aluminum and New Zealand Sheeps leather. Completely luxurious on the inside and out.

Clearly built with the iPhone in mine, the P5′s have everything you need to easily switch between your iPhone or iPod tracks built right into the wire.P5 Black ON

The sound isn’t artificially created with ‘Enhanced’ this or ‘Deep’ that nonsense. They actually engineer for natural sound, and true sound– something which makes you reconsider playing ripped (or streamed) tracks off the web. Play high quality, high bit-rate songs and you’ll see the difference.  They sound full, clear, crisp and they’re not trying to ahem, hide anything, like most headphone brands attempt to do. Shame on them.

Incase Audio

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Great addition to the Incase product line– Incase Audio makes total sense. I hope they sound as good as they look!

They will soon be available in the four styles shown above. Coming September 2011.

A complementary extension of our product offering, the new headphones will reflect our expertise in designing and developing products that provide enhanced mobility and user experience. Employing an integrated development approach we call Incase Soundesign, the audio collection reflects a synthesis of precision sound engineering and minimal design.

Sound Advice Project

As much as they might want to, parents can’t keep their children at home all the time. Eventually, they grow up and start experiencing the world as adults — a state in which they’re likely to forget their ‘rents words of wisdom. That’s what the Sound Advice Project is allegedly for, to transform your mom reminding you not to take drugs or pick up some milk into a plastic bracelet. But like our friends at Gizmodo, we say that tangible sound waves make a nice anniversary gift. If you said, “Let’s do that freaky thing you like,” is anyone going to stop you? No. But on second thought, since this is a project from parents to their kids, the FBI might.

via Gizmodo

RITHM

When an aeronoautical engineer puts his mind to work on a speaker system, the finished product is no less than an audiophile’s wet dream. Danish designer Paul Schenkel, through his Davone project, brings us floor speakers that produce sound so refined it takes a master’s degree in acoustics to understand the ear pleasure you’re experiencing. While the RITHM speakers were the talk of CES 2009 for their performance, that’s not the only punch they pack. RITHMs appear outlandish and futuristic–yet warm–in their wooden exterior. This isn’t just a sound system, it’s architecture.

Moses Nornberg x Soundboard

Throughout our childhood countless cassette decks and stereo components came and went from our lives. We imagine the majority of them, now somewhat useless, are piled up in some heap at the local landfill. However, since catching a glimpse of Moses Nornberg’s “Soundboard” installation in the latest issue of ReadyMade, we’ve begun to hold out hope that our trusty tape players and transmitters have found a better home. Nornberg‘s super stereophonic masterpiece features 180 nearly ancient stereo’s from the 1950′s to the 1970′s piled high in arresting fashion, proving that while old technologies may fade, art always finds a way to rescue that which is obsolete. “Soundboard” isn’t the only sonic wonder that Nornberg has created. The St. Louis-based artist’s creation is part of a larger collection of works entitled “The Audiophile Series” consisting of extra large, over-the top sound systems comprised of everything from turntables to trucks.

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Parrot x Zikmu Wireless Speakers

If you’re a fool for your audio gear, you probably feel entangled in wires. That jungle of insulated black and gray is slowly being diminished by wireless options for any sound system. Parrot wireless speakers utilizes WiFi and Bluetooth technology, allowing you to set up your Philippe Starck-designed speakers anywhere in the room and stay in control of the music from your computer, iPod, or any Bluetooth enabled source.

Gift Guide: Audio

iSkin Brazil: Read JS Review | Buy It ($8)
Instead of choosing from the same old selection of iPhone cases, check out these mini pieces of artwork. Chances are it’ll be the most international thing in that stocking.

Coosh Headphones: Read JS Review | Buy It ($20)
These will be good for anyone who’s still rocking the headphones that came with their MP3 player. Best of both worlds: Ear-cup sound quality, ear-bug comfort.

Victoria EVO: Read JS Review | Buy It (Around $5400)
These speakers are hand-crafted, don’t require a sub, and (most importantly) pack killer sound quality. Just the way they look will make any audiophile faint upon unwrapping.

Samsung YP-P2JCB P2 8 GB Touchscreen Bluetooth Portable Media Player: Buy It ($180)
I’m sure you know someone like me who refuses to use an iPod. Whether it’s for technical reasons or just plain wanting to be different, Samsung MP3 gear is the best alternative out there, and this new one lacks nothing.

KRK RP5 G2 Monitors: Buy It ($150)
After extensive research and testing I bought a pair of the previous model of these monitors. They are the best piece of music gear I have ever owned. Then these new and improved ones came out. If your gift recipient works with sound, these are sure to please. (Note: These are the smallest of several sizes in this series)

Rane Serato Scratch Live: Buy It ($570)
I’m a vinyl loving DJ and I still lug my crates around. I’m waiting for someone to gift me this and change my life. Get it for someone who still uses records, even if they say they would never abandon their collection.

Korg Mini Kaoss Pad: Buy It ($150)
The price is just right on this fun little effects box for anyone who screws around with sound, whether they are serious or just want to record a trippy voicemail greeting.

The Dilemmas Project

Say your co-workers or significant others are a bit exhausted hearing you talk about moral hangups and problems. They'd like you to pontificate … well … anywhere else. They can thank Bay Area documentarian Chip Rees for putting your quandaries to use with The Dilemmas Project, an audio collection covering the problems people face in everyday life. It’s easy to upload your stories and generate a dialogue about the issues you're concerned about. The collection is starting as an audio platform, but could move to illustrated, written, and, of course, apparel form. Witness The Way We Live, the company behind the project, has the philosophy that we become better people by listening to one another. Electronic Arts, Ray Ban, and other companies have taken the filmmakers up on their invitation to listen to people's predicaments — a great example of multimedia storytelling as a compelling model for bringing consumers to the table.

Chasing Waterfalls: Victoria EVO

Normally when we crank up our stereo to eleven, it’s our precious glass windows and not our eardrums that we worry about shattering. However, since we took a gander at the Victoria EVO, the new flagship clear-glass loudspeaker from Waterfall Audio, we’ve began to rethink our stance on the durability of glass and our of eardrums when it comes to withstanding blasts of anthemic rock ‘n’ roll. Named for Victoria Falls in Africa, one of the eight natural wonders of the world, these eye catching 40″x 10″ towers of cascading sound are individually hand crafted and designed with sophisticated glass-cutting machinery, that when coupled with Waterfall’s exclusive glass-fabrication technique turn these sonic skyscrapers into nearly invisible towers of audible power. However, these speakers don’t get by on just looks alone, the Victoria EVO can perfectly reproduce the entire frequency range without the assistance of a subwoofer. So if you’re in the market for a speaker that’s looks as dynamic as it sounds…look no further, though if you look past it it’s probably because it blends in so well with everything else.

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