iPods are great, and we’re rarely without one. But sometimes a pair of
earbuds just isn’t enough--especially when you want some tunes for a
backyard BBQ or basement dance party, or perhaps your favorite
Lemonheads record just doesn’t sound right unless you crank it up.
Either way, Ion Audio’s Tailgater can help you rock with friends,
indoors or out.
The wide open road. The windows down on a warm spring day. The wind
whips through your car and tosses your hair about. The lo-fi tunes
strain to be heard from your car speakers because you’re using a
tape-deck adapter to listen to your iPhone or iPod. If you’re looking
to upgrade your system from its roots in the 1990s, Sony’s CDX-GT730UI
Xplod GT Series CD Receiver (longest name ever) is a low-cost solution
for getting your car to play nice with your iPod or iPhone.
We’re all about convergence, but sometimes gadget makers are prone to
slapping iPod docks on products that don’t really need them, like
armchairs and toilet paper holders. iHome’s iP71 isn’t one of those
head-scratchers. It’s a set of stereo desktop speakers featuring an
iPod dock, so you can play music from your iPod, your Mac, or another
audio device, plus keep your iPod charged at the same time.
The biggest complaint we hear about headphones is the lack of bass. And
it makes sense. Asking tiny speakers that go in your ears to recreate
the boom of 12-inch woofers is a tall order. Now that Apple’s iPhone
comes in a 32GB version, more users can forgo the iPod/cell phone combo
in favor of a single device that can make calls, run apps, and hold a
sizable chunk of your music collection. And bass-heads take note: The
Atomic Bass Earphones are as apt a name as we can think of, although
there are some drawbacks.
If you actually use your iPhone’s best features--the 3G network,
push notifications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location Services, all those
bells and whistles that make it so awesome--you’ve probably noticed your
battery needs recharging every day or two at least. We never leave home
without the cable and AC adapter that came with our iPhone, so we’re in
luck as long as we can find a power outlet or USB port to plug in to.
But wandering beyond walls and away from computers requires some extra
gadgetry to keep our iPhone charged, namely Belkin’s Dual Auto Charger
for the car and the iPWR SuperPack backup battery for everywhere else.
Earphones are a personal thing. Everyone has different criteria for
what makes a good set. Some might be looking for bass, others might be
more interested in noise reduction. Certain people might only be
interested in ’phones that come in standard-issue “iPod white,” while
someone else is looking for something a bit more interesting,
Someone told us the other day that real DJs are analog. While we’re
huge fans of the warm sound of vinyl, we’re pretty sure this person has
never lugged 15 crates of albums up four flights of stairs, only to
have to return to the van to get the turntables and mixer. While some
DJs are visiting the chiropractor for their back problems, Tonium
introduces the Pacemaker 666. This handheld portable mixer might not
replace a full kit for pros, but for hobbyists—or even club DJs looking
to, um, mix things up for a while—the Pacemaker stays on-beat.
There’s nothing quite like the glow of tubes burning hot in a heavy,
smoky tube amplifier for making an electric guitar sing and scream. But
when you want the sweet sound of six-string Nirvana to go, Native
Instruments’ slick new Guitar Rig Mobile offers a cool combination of a
tiny hardware interface and the stripped-down power of their potent
Guitar Rig software studio for just around a hundred bucks--and it’s got
plenty of big audio bang to fuel your rock ’n’ roll dreams.