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Marantz Network Audio Receiver with USB Support

Marantz, a premium set-top audio manufacturer, introduces a new Network solution for home audio.  The M-CR603 is a combination of all good things. Featuring a built-in amplifier, a receiver, a CD player, an AM/FM radio and the ability to stream music from Rhapsody, Pandora or Napster. In addition, the Marantz unit includes a USB port for iPod / MP3 docking, but what we really like about the unit is the ability to stuff a 64GB flash drive in there loading with MP3 files and you’ve now got one hot audio box!

Marantz with USB

No pricing yet, so I’m assuming the executives and sales guys are hammering out those details.  Check Marantz for more info on pricing / availability. Continue Reading

Wireless USB Media Stick

wireless usb media

It’s very common these days to see a media player with a USB port.  Whether it be a Blu-ray player or a set-top box, chances are, a USB port is somewhere in the front or back. At first glance you say to yourself, “sweet, a USB port so I can play content off my flash drive” but then you think a bit more and wonder if you can hang a wireless dongle off the media player and stream content to your media box from a source computer? stream via USBWell, Home Server Technologies Inc is one step ahead of you.  Their new Wireless Media Stick will do exactly that; stream digital content to your media player. Whether it’s a laptop, TV, DVD player, Stereo or game console the Wireless Media Stick can stream the content and your media player will play it.  There is no limit to the type of format, music, audio or video. Currently the USB Wireless Media Stick will only stream saved content from the source computer, but future updates will include the ability to stream internet content to your wireless setup, so now you’ll have the best of both worlds. The Wireless USB Media Stick is $99 USD. Continue Reading

Get USBDealz – USB Turntable For $49

We have talked about USB turntables for years now.  One’s which rip directly to your iPod, one’s which rip vinyl and CDs, hoods, no hoods…it goes on and on.  Today I was tipped off about a $49 system made by Innovative Technology, the ITUT-201.

USB turntable

Encode your Vinyl Albums to MP3’s. The USB Turntable takes your favorite vinyl records and seamlessly converts them to MP3 digital format. Enjoy your music on your laptop or iPod, wherever you go! Easy to record with and use on any computer.
  • Records Vinyl to PC via USB connection
  • 3-Speed Turntable (33, 45, 78 rpm)
  • One-Touch Play / Stop Control
Features Records Turntable to PC via USB cable 3-Speed Turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm) Ceramic Pick-up One-Touch Play / Stop Control Built-in Equilizer RCA Line-out for Audio Amplifier USB connection to enable Recording with PC Transparent Dust Cover Audacity Audio Editor and Recording Software Turntable supports all version of Win 95, 98, 2000, XP and Vista as wells as MAC Get the USBDealz now.  Get the USB turntable for only $49 bucks! Continue Reading

DTS Sound From USB Vacuum Tubes

The Japanese firm Hanwa’s announced today their solution to putting DTS digital sound on your computer via their USB Vacuum Tube dongle.

usb vacuum tube

I seriously doubt the vacuum tube brings any value to enhancing the digital sound, but rather put a nestaligic look to a high tech product. The USB vacuum tube will retail in Japan for $45 USD and include the USB dongle with DTS technology along with the headphones which support DTS sound.  After all, the dongle doesn’t do you any good without some speakers for enjoyment.

usb dts sound

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usb vacuum dts

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GetUSB Dealz: Chestnut Hill iPod Speaker System $249

Chestnut Hill has long put out their sound systems as a premium product.  If you are in the market for a premium iPod player, then consider the George Audio Speaker System – CHS40001.  Currently it’s available for $249 and free shipping!

Chestnut Hill George Speakers

All of GEORGE’s functions are controlled from the remote, meaning you can set an alarm, pick a song, or turn on the radio within a thirty-foot radius of the base unit. Great for desktop or bedside control, GEORGE fits anywhere. Show off your mixing skills using GEORGE’s Jukebox feature, take requests and build a playlist, without ever leaving the party.

George remote

With 24 presets spread across four pages, you can mix your Continue Reading

Ion Audio USB Tape Express

If you are old enough to remember those ‘Foreigner’ pre-digital cassettes, you’ll also remember making your “Top 40” by duping the Saturday morning radio show with Rick Dees. That’s why you’ve got a box of C60s collecting dust in the cupboard. So why not set them free with the USB Tape Express.

Tape Express Ion Audio

Utterly ingenious, the sleek Ion Audio Tape Express cassette player lets you rediscover the precious sounds trapped in your cupboard cassettes. Lets take that a step further, Ion Audio uses the Tape Express to convert those “Glory Days” and set them free in digital format. Simply USB the Tape Express into your computer and idiot-proof EZ software will start converting your recordings, so you can burn them onto CD, archive them in iTunes or transfer them to your MP3 player. There is something Back-to-the-Future-esque about listening to old chart countdowns, forgotten mix tapes and piece-milled favorites. Because the Tape Express functions Continue Reading

Sliders for your iPod

We know the Nano and iPod Touch don’t come with speakers, so it was nice to see the latest product roll-out from Green Power.  Their sliding speaker system is quite nice, compact for the iPod line. A miniUSB port makes the connection between the iPod and the speaker system.  Green Power reports a long playback of nearly 12 hours, but I find that hard to believe because my iPod barely stays charged for 12 hours using the ear buds.

ipod slider speakers

The slider speakers are 1.5Watts which should carry a fairly good sound for desktop use at the office or maybe a quite pool side background music. No report on price, but if they tag it more than $25, you wont see many takers. Continue Reading

USB Hub With Portable Microphone

Most use a headset for Skype and MSN chat, but for some the headphones are too cumbersome or you feel strange wearing them [the older folks].  So in the later case, you might opt for the 3 port USB hub that includes a microphone.

USB hub microphone

The USB hub with microphone has a frequency response of 20-16kHz so you’ll get the lows and the highs.  The convergence of technologies means you can ditch your external hub and USB microphone for this all-in-one unit.

It’s got some cool blue LEDs as well.  All this for just $14.

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LaCie USB Speakers – Sweeet

LaCie nailed it again with their new USB speakers, the Sound2 Speakers.  I thought their previous design was sweet, but this is sweeeeet.

Lacie USB speakers

LaCie teamed with Cabasse to produce a high quality USB Speaker product at a low price.  With a Class D Digital Amplifier, magnetic shielding, a bass reflex system, and a 30W total peak system output, the Sound2 Speakers provide amazing sound quality. Cabasse’s own Wide Band Driver comes Continue Reading

We Say Thank You to Thanko For Their USB Record Player

GetUSB has seen the Record to USB players from Ion Audio before and we’ve seen these filter into Costco, Wal-Mart and even Urban Outfitters, and now Thanko has joined the ranks with their new USB Record Player.

USB record player

Granted, it’s not designed with the same conversion tools that Ion Audio has, but it does work with Windows Sound Record or Mac’s Garage Band, so conversion of vinyl to MP3 is totally possible.  In fact, many might prefer their standard apps to do the conversion rather than deal with a 3rd party software package. Either way, the Thanko USB Record Player is a nice addition to that old-school sound for just $100 bucks.

USB vinyl record player

Thanko hasn’t released a US version yet, but you can get one now from Japanese retailers here. Continue Reading

You Can Do What With This USB Car Cassette Case?

Converging technologies collide.  At first, I thought this to be just another MP3 player, but it does more than just play music.

USB car cassette

The USB MP3 cassette player also works as a car stereo adapter to connect your iPod or iPhone, CD player or a different MP3 player.  Or simply insert a loaded SD card with MP3 files and your car will play that too. If that isn’t enough, connect the USB cassette player to your PC via USB cable and turn it into a SD, micro or miniSD card reader. It may seem over simplistic or gimmicky to you, but to me it’s a nice mix of converging technologies.  Believe it or not, I’m buying one right now. Brando product page. Continue Reading

The Most Portable USB Vinyl Recorder Player We’ve Seen

Albiet a concept design, this is one portable looking USB vinyl record player.  Comprised of just two parts, a base and top, the USB vinyl record player is meant for table top play back.  Granted, you’ve got to ask yourself who’s in such need of a portable solution, but for the die hard vinyl fan who just can’t stand MP3 this is a sure bet.

USB vinyl record player

Published on Pyott Design they give you 3 easy steps: 1)  Carry around & store as needed.  To play separate base and player via side button.2)  Place record on base spindle and reattached top player

USB vinyl

3)  Plug in power jack to USB port and additional audio jacks if needed.  Will play 35/45 RPM 4)  Place needle head on desired track and play.

play vinyl record

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