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Neil Young Pono music player out on Monday – web store (high) prices announced

January 8, 2015 by Tom in Audio, PMP with No Comments.

The much-discussed Neil Young Pono music player will finally make it to general release on Monday. It'll launch in 80 locations at $399. Pono's well known for being a conduit for high fidelity digital music, but high fidelity comes at a high price. The Pono music store has launched and while the music is offered at 24-bit, 192kHz, albums sell for around $25, compared to the regular fidelity $11 on iTunes. The Pono has 128GB storage, which'll fit 100-500 hi-res albums, and is expandable via a memory card. Via gizmodo

Cowon Plenue 1 silver and gold audio players out before Christmas

December 14, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Cowon, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

Cowon will release the Plenue 1 portable media player in silver and gold editions on December 19 in Japan. The audio player supports playback of hi-res audio and has an impressive 128GB storage, expandable by up to another 128GB via microSD. It runs on a Burr-Brown DAD chip (PCM1792A DAC) and has a 3.7-inch AMOLED touch-screen display. Compatible data formats include PCM (24bit/192kHz), DXD (352.8/384kHz) and DSD128 (5.64MHz). It weighs 173g, offers eight hours playback and costs the hefty sum of 128,000 yen (US $1,075). Via akihabaranews

Cowon M2 MP3 player offers a marathon 90 hours of playback

November 28, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Cowon, MP3, MP4, PMP with No Comments.

Cowon's still fighting the good fight for portable media players and its latest device offers a huge 90 hours playback on a single charge. The Cowon M2 is out on December 12 and is available in 16GB and 32GB options. It has a Samsung 2.8-inch 320x240 pixel touchscreen, backed up by buttons on the side for playback control. The M2 supports MP3/WMA/OGG/FLAC/APE and WAV formats and has 48 JetEffect 5 Equalizer presets. It also plays AVI/WMV/ASF video formats and supports XviD SP/ASP/WMV codecs. It weighs 75g and costs ¥14,800/US $124 (16GB) and ¥17800/US $150 (32GB). Via akihabaranews

AMD A10 Mullins processor appears in BungBungame Photon2 tablet

October 28, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The AMD A10 Micro-6700T Mullins processor has popped up in a tablet from BungBungame. The BungBungame Photon2 tablet is a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display model that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. There's also an accompanying Bluetooth keyboard cover and stylus. The AMD processor is a 4.5 watt, quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. Performance should match that of the Intel Atom Bay Trail chips, with the added bonus of the Radeon R6 GPU. Elsewhere on the Photon2 you get a microHDMI port, a microSDXC card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support and NFC. It's expected to debut around $550. Via liliputing  

Shure steps into lower end market with $40 SRH range

October 4, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Shure's latest SRH on-ear headphones range comprises the SRH144 model, which offers a balanced sound with improved high-frequency response, and the SRH145 model, which are for bass hunters. There is also an iOS-specific model, the SRH145m+. They both sport a lightweight, foldable design and are an attempt to offer to a larger market the expected quality associated with the brand. The 144s have a semi-open design and the 145s are all about closed-back for bass. Via gizmodo  

Limited edition audio-technica fluffy earmuffs headphones

October 3, 2014 by Tom in PMP with 1 Comment.

The ATH-FW55 audio-technica fluffy earmuffs headphones are the perfect winter warmers for music-lovers. They will be released in Japan on October 17 and will be available in brown and grey. The headmuffs weigh 104g, sport a 1.2m cord and pack in 30mm drivers for the 20?23,000Hz frequency range. Via akihabaranews

New Wu-Tang Clan album to be released in special edition Bluetooth speaker

October 2, 2014 by Tom in PMP, Random with No Comments.

Rap heroes Wu-Tang Clan have teamed up with Boombotix to release upcoming album A Better Tomorrow in a special edition boombox-style speaker that'll also transmit the album via Bluetooth. The name of the speaker? Wu-edition Boombot Rex. Yep. The Wu-edition Boombot Rex will be out on November 28th for $79.99. Also on the Boombot Rex you'll find Cher, doing her guest spot with the Wu. Weird. Via theguardian

NVIDIA Tegra 4-powered QOOQ V3 kitchen tablet is overqualified kitchen porter

September 29, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Developed as a kitchen companion, the 10-inch QOOQ V3 boasts an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, so it's a little overqualified to just be left on the sideboard for the occasional flick through the free recipes on the Jamie Oliver app. On the cooking front, the QOOQ V3 comes with a kickstand for easy reading, and a plastic shell to protect against splashes and cuts. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and, as mentioned above, packs an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.9GHz. There's 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage and a 5800 mAh battery for eight hours of continuous cooking. Via tablet-news

Cheapo PiPo Work-W4 Windows tablet could be entry level trial

September 25, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

If you're not sure how you'd get on with a Windows tablet but are curious to find out, the $80 PiPo Work W4 could be the cheap and easy way to find out what Windows offers over Android or iOS. The Work-W4 is an 8-inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel display. It runs on an Intel Atom Z3735F processor and comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage. The battery's a basic 4500mAh model and it has a 2MP rear camera. Via gizchina

Xiaomi strip it down with $7.50 ‘In-Ear Headphones Basic’

September 15, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The Xiaomi 'In-Ear Headphones Basic' RM 25 will launch in Malaysia on 16th September. These earbuds are a stripped-down version of the Xiaomi Pistons IEMs and are said to be close on quality. While the Pistons sport gold plating, these are bog-standard earphones but at a nice price that makes them worth checking out, at least to have around the house as spares. Via gizchina

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