Browsing Archive February, 2012

The Parrot Asteroid: An Android Powered Car Stereo

If you’re in the market for a new stereo for your car, maybe it’s time you overlook the rest and step into the world of Android. The Parrot Asteroid is an intuitive in-dash receiver with many features that make your life easier on the road. Android is an open source operating system, meaning you can expect many updates with new features, even after the Asteroid is installed.

Conveniently Packed with Features

Expect more for your money with this digital media receiver. If you’ve got an iPod or iPhone, you’re in luck; use the included iPod connector cable to plug in your Apple device for full access to your music and other media at the tip of your fingers. If you are ever on the verge of getting lost, use the built-in navigation that displays clearly and beautifully with up to date maps on the display. For the talkers out there, hands-free Bluetooth by Parrot allows you to take and make calls with your hands comfortably on the steering wheel. There are a total of 4 USB inputs on the back of this receiver that can be used for your iPod, the included GPS antenna, and 2 additional devices that such as a flash drive or other storage device.

  • Built-in Bluetooth Technology
  • Pandora Internet Radio Support
  • Map application offers advanced navigation

Do It All with Android Apps

The Parrot Asteroid receiver has a multitude of apps available to you. For example, with the TuneIn radio you may listen to one of 50,000 different radio stations. There is even an app to lookup information on your destination before you ever leave the driveway. If you’re worried about being disconnected from the internet, this receiver is for you. With tons of updates to come, the Asteroid can only get better. As the first official Android OS car receiver, the Parrot Asteroid is revolutionizing the industry. To read more about the Asteroid, check out our product page.

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Hear What You’re Missing With Infrasonic’s Blow4D Nearfield Reference Monitors

Apparently, Infrasonic owns a trademark on the phrase, “Hear What You’re Missing.” They’re certainly justifiably confident in holding that trademark. Infrasonic makes a variety of products, including reference monitors, FireWire/USB/PCI audio interfaces, MIDI controllers and microphones, and as far as this blogger can tell, they’re all top-notch. These monitors, the Blow 4D, are a fantastic example:

Infrasonic Blow4D

Bi-Amplified Nearfield Studio Monitor Speakers w/ Built-in 24-bit/192kHz DAC, Bass Reflex & Much More

The Infrasonic Blow 4Ds are a pair of 55-Watt, 4″ bi-amplified near-field studio monitors. They feature a two-way design, a bass reflex system and natural silk dome tweeters in order to reproduce the broad frequency response and overall stellar-quality sound that they do. Their high-strength MDF composite cabinet design also contributes to that.

Infrasonic Blow4D back

The Blow 4Ds have both analog AND digital inputs, with a stunning 24-bit/192 kHz DAC built right into it.

Don’t be fooled by the “BLOW4″ you see in the picture. It’s easy as pie to tell the difference. The difference (and, if I may, what a beautiful one it is) is that the Blow 4Ds come equipped with a DA-912 digital interface module, allowing users to utilize a number of digital inputs such as AEU/EBU(XLR), S/PDIF(RCA) and an RCA thru connector.

The DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) in the DA-912 has an astonishing 24-bit/192kHz resolution which translates to 123 dB of dynamic range. Keen observers will also notice the variety of filters above the DA-912 module that help control low and high frequencies in a wide variety of ways. Truly, the Infrasonic Blow 4Ds are some of the most outstanding near-field studio monitors on the market today. With speakers this accurate and powerful, you’ll surely “Hear What You’re Missing.™”

Make sure to click one of the images or this link to check out the Blow 4D product page for further information!

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Aerial7 Arcade Series, Designed for the Safety of Children

With the proliferation of iPods, tablets, and laptops, quality audio technology has never been as widespread and accessible as in today’s world. Yet no other demographic is more often overlooked than children. Products that are safe for adults are not always safe for children; this is especially true when in regard to headphones. The standards for safe listening for children are dramatically different than those for for adults. For instance,  a child’s sensitive ears are damaged at levels beyond 85db– a level considered safe for adults. Headphones designed for adults can easily exceed 85db and are generally capable of reaching levels over 100db. Such blaring sound levels could do considerable, perhaps irreparable damage to a child’s ears .

Arcade Series Asteroid

In response to the pressing needs of children and the concern of parents, few manufacturers have addressed the issue as directly as AERIAL7 has with the introduction of the Arcade Series designed specifically for children. Unlike many headphones assumed to be used by adults, the Arcade Series features a unique Automatic Volume Reduction (AVR) technology. The AERIAL7
Arcade Series with AVR prevents children from reaching unsafe sound levels by automatically lowering the maximum volume within OSHA recommended levels for children. AVR technology is unique to AERIAL7 and cannot be found with any other company, making AERIAL7 the leader in child headphone safety.

In keeping with AERIAL7’s commitment to advanced technology and style, the Arcade Series is as appealing as it is safe. With color combinations including the  Asteroid (pictured right), the Pakman, and the Angel, there is a concept to satisfy the unique sense of style of any child.

Moreover, the Arcade Series is constructed of only the strongest material to withstand the intense lifestyle of children. The headband and cushions have been designed to provide the most comfortable and enjoyable fit for children.

Although technology has broadened the domain of children beyond the playground, the AERIAL7 Arcade Series and its innovative AVR technology proves that responsible parenting in the technological age is not a lost art.

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Charge up while On The Go with Powerbags

Powerbag Backpack
Have you ever been out with any of your gadgets and needed an emergency charge up? Powerbag by ful has your back, literally. These backpacks are perfect compliments to anyone who uses their gadgets on the go. Let’s face it – if you’re going to be carrying your expensive smartphone and tablet around, you’re going to want an actual bag to conceal it in. If you want a bag that not only carries your devices but charges them as well, the Powerbag will fit the bill.

The concept of the Powerbag is simple – although it’s completely mobile, it features a complete built-in charging system consisting of a battery, Apple connector, Micro- and Mini-USB connectors and an on-board USB port. Powerbag is able to charge up to 4 devices at once anywhere, anytime. In order to get your Powerbag ready for portable charging action, you’ll need to charge up the bag first. After the Powerbag has been charged it’s completely ready to go. Put your gadgets into the Powerbag’s convenient compartments designed for mobile devices and your ready to go. The Powerbag is ideal for students, businesspersons, commuters, and anyone else who’s sick and tired of dead batteries.

Gray Powerbag Messenger

Just one example of the diversity of the Powerbag design is the Gray Powerbag Messenger

Best of all, you won’t find the Powerbag in just one flavor, these awesome gadget-holders are available in a variety of colors and styles from backpacks, messenger bags and briefcases. If the words “stylish” and “practical” mean anything to you, you’ll want to carry your gadgets in a Powerbag.

 

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Make Your Creative Voice Heard With Technical Pro’s PM-21 Podcast Mixer Kit

PM-21

The PM-21 comes with everything you need to get up and running, including a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that leads you all the way through to hosting your podcast on Podbean.com

This digital, social networking age in which we live has granted us the ability to communicate with each other through a broad variety of mediums. However, since nearly everyone has access to these mediums, now we’re faced with sifting through oceans of piffle to find worthwhile and/or intellectually stimulating content, especially on Twitter and Facebook. With Technical Pro’s PM-21, one faces the question “why not create your own?” Why not, indeed.

PM-21 Box

Now on sale at Sonic Electronix!

In this blogger’s opinion, one of the most thoroughly exciting things about being human, nay about being alive, is our boundless capacity to create. Unfortunately, it seems that many of us forget that due to a wide variety of reasons, but with this all-inclusive podcast mixer kit, you can rediscover your creative voice with greater ease than ever before. As stated in the picture caption above, Technical Pro’s PM-21 comes with a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that leads you from the installation of the software, to the connection and proper setup of all components, to the actual audio recording process and finally through to setting up a free podcast hosting account on Podbean.com

PM-21 Mixer

You'll find you won't need to compromise very much desk space at all with the PM-21's delightfully compact mixer.

If you’ll permit me to get a little “Technical,” I should mention here that this mixer has two gold-plated 1/4″ microphone inputs and two 1/8″ headphone outputs, making it an ideal solution for any talkshow podcast, or any podcast that might feature guests from time to time. The kit also includes a male-to-male 1/8″ cable and the mixer has a standard 1/8″ input, making it fantastically simple to connect in your iPod, iPad, iPhone or any other personal media device and add music to your podcast. You can even fine tune the bass and treble of each input to make your podcast as crisp and professional as possible.

Now, certainly there are countless ways to get yourself properly set up for podcasting. However, I dare say it would be quite difficult to find a collection of quality components like these at the price we’re offering right now. This kit spectacularly defies that negative old adage, “you get what you pay for,” also. If you have something important to say, the Technical Pro PM-21 Podcast Mixer Kit will help you say it well and will help you be heard by audiences all over the world. Inspiring all-in-one packages like these don’t come around very often, so be sure to pick yours up soon before they’re gone!

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