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Parrot showcases deluxe iPod/iPhone wireless speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 23rd, 2009


Parrot recently teamed with designer Philippe Starck to unveil some stylish and rather pricey wireless iPod speakers. These speakers are known as Zikmu and they will price around $1,500 when they become available this spring.

The Zikmu set of wireless speakers make use of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies. Bluetooth is used for both wireless audio transfer between speakers as well as audio streaming from compatible devices using A2DP stereo wireless technology. Wi-Fi allows one to wirelessly stream audio from a user’s PC or Mac.

Zagg adds invisibleShields for new iPods

Posted in iPod Cases by Nino Marchetti on September 24th, 2008

Zagg invisibleShield

The company Zagg is pretty well known for invisibleShield, its tough film protective layer which covers portable electronics. It is introducing some new layers this week targeted at the newly released iPod nano, touch and classic.

Zagg’s invisibleShield, according to the company, “is made from a patented adhesive film exclusive to the company.” It is said to have been “originally utilized by the U.S. military to protect helicopter blades from wind, sand and the wear and tear of high-speed travel.” It is 0.2mm thick and custom cut to match specifics of each iPod model.

Griffin updates iTrip Auto

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on September 24th, 2008

Griffin iTrip Auto

Griffin Technology announced yesterday it had updated its popular iPod-friendly iTrip Auto for in car music playing. The new iTrip Auto will run you around $60.

Griffin says it updated the design of the new iTrip Auto FM transmitter and iPod charger. It also incorporates the company’s SmartScan function, which “seeks out the best FM frequencies available for iPod use, then selects the best of the best for use in transmitting your iPod’s music to your car’s FM stereo.”

Wireless audio system gets David Wiener touch

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on September 22nd, 2008


Design house David Weiner Ventures has unveiled a wireless music broadcasting device which is iPod friendly. It is called the Art.Suono Wireless Music Transmission System and iPod Dock and it will be available for around $1,500.

The Art.Suono Wireless Music Transmission System and iPod Dock is said to combine good looks with wireless audio technology. This technology, which is proprietary, is designed to let you transmit any audio source to any audio system. It is said as well to help enhance sound quality as you listen.

Kensington drops new iPod, notebook accessories

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on September 16th, 2008

Kensington K38035US

Kensington has itself today some new accessories for notebook, iPhone and iPod users. A small range of devices prices between around $30 and $60 and should all be available at retail by the end of this month.

The products included in today’s release are a four-port USB charger for mobile devices, a media sharing cable and several car mounts for iPhones and iPods. You can get full details from Kensington after the jump.

New iLuv digital alarm clock sports dual iPod/iPhone docks

Posted in Clocks by Nino Marchetti on August 26th, 2008

iLuv iMM173

The folks at iLuv announced today a rather cool looking new dual dock alarm clock which works with the iPhone 3G. It’s called the iMM173 and it prices around $130, with expected availability next month.

The new iMM173 offers dual integrated universal docks for iPods and iPhones. One can choose and play either of the two docked players. There’s also auxiliary line input for audio devices with a 3.5mm jack. Other features include a special user interface on the LCD display, sound enhancement technology, FM radio and an included remote control.


Sleek Boston Acoustics speaker system docks iPods

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2

Boston Acoustics is geared up for a crack at iPod accessories with a new all-in-one speaker system. It is called the Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 and you’ll find this guy pricing around $180.

The Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS2 is a one-piece design sporting dual 3-1/2″ speakers and 60 watts of power, according to its maker. It measures 5-1/2- x 12-3/4- x 5-13/16-inches and has, among its design touches,  a gloss cabinet and perforated metal grille. This grille can come in a variety of colors.


H20 Audio debuts waterproof armbands for portable devices

Posted in Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 11th, 2008

H20 Audio Amphibx

H20 Audio, designers of things which  make your portable audio devices waterproof, is out with a new waterproof armband which supports a variety of devices. It is called the H20 Audio Amphibx and prices are set around $70 for a medium armband and $80 for a large one.

The H20 Audio Amphibx offers up a latch style locking closure which the company says provides a 100 percent watertight seal up to 12 feet underwater. This is paired with a touchscreen-friendly window which allows for operation even underwater.

New Griffin iTrip works with most any portable audio player

Posted in FM Transmitters by Nino Marchetti on August 10th, 2008

Griffin iTrip Universal

The iPod accessory loving people over at Griffin Technology were showing off this week the latest iteration of the popular iTrip family of FM transmitters. This one is called the Griffin iTrip Universal and it will cost you around $40 to own one.

The Griffin iTrip Universal is actually designed to be compatible with most portable audio players. It allows audio to be played via FM by connecting a audio source to its 3.5mm headphone cable. It includes a three station memory and backlit LCD screen.

New iHome alarm clock rotates as iPod touch display does

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 9th, 2008

iHome iH41

Who says alarm clocks need be ordinary? That is the thought behind the new iHome iH41, a rotating alarm clock with iPod touch dock priced at around $80.

The iHome iH41 comes in an L-shape design and is built to take advantage of the variable aspect screen of the iPod touch. It can switch orientation so one can watch videos in either horizontal or vertical displays. The digital clock display also rotates to match the orientation of the iH41.

New iSkin armband protector targets active nano 3G users

Posted in iPod Cases by Nino Marchetti on July 29th, 2008

iSkin DuoBand for iPod nano 3G

iSkin, a maker of protective gear for your iPods and iPhones, recently debuted a case and armstrap for iPod nano 3G owners who like to their players for a jog or to workout at a gym. It is called the iSkin DuoBand for iPod nano 3G and you’ll find it pricing around $40.

The iSkin DuoBand for iPod nano 3G includes a soft silicone layer with another harder layer set in a metallic finish. These two layers reportedly work together to protect your nano from most forms of damage, though we imagine it won’t do much if you drop a weight on it.


Belkin announces new iPod voice recording accessory

Posted in Microphone by Nino Marchetti on July 10th, 2008

Belkin GoStudio

Belkin unleashed a slew of new products today. One of these is a new portable recording solution for those wanting to use their iPod as the storage medium. The new Belkin GoStudio prices around $120.

The Belkin GoStudio lets you record full podcast episodes, interviews, lectures, music, or short clips directly onto your iPod. You can do with this audio what you will, be it uploading to iTunes or storing on your computer.

Krell does up really pricey iPod dock, amplifier

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on July 3rd, 2008

Krell Papa Dock

There are iPod accessores and then there are IPOD ACCESSORIES. The latter is the one we look at here with the new Krell KID and Papa Dock, priced at around $1,500 and $2,500, respectively.

Krell, which also has a nice $50k preamp/processor, does up iPod accessories like we haven’t really seen before. The KID itself is best described as an iPod dock on steroids, boasting such features as using fully differential output of the internal DAC for iPod-devices, digitally-controlled analog bass and treble controls and balance and single ended outputs.

Alesis’ ProTrack creates a digital voice recorder with your iPod

Posted in Digital Audio by Darrin Olson on June 23rd, 2008

Alesis ProTrack Digital Audio Recorder for the Apple iPodAlesis has come out with a product recently that takes advantage of the popularity and significant storage capacity available in the Apple iPods with a new digital stereo recorder that integrates with the media player. The ProTrack Stereo Handheld Recorder has sleds built into the design to securely dock your iPod inside and use it to store and playback digital audio recordings.

The ProTrack comes with two built-in stereo condenser microphones to pick up ambient sound, or you can plug in external mics or line-in audio sources to the 1/4-inch jacks. The recorder, like the iPod itself, is truly portable and runs up to five hours on four AAA batteries and can fall back on an AC power adapter if needed. They’ve even included a threaded mount on the bottom to hold it steady with things like a camera tripod.

Kensington launches iPhone/iPod battery pack/charger

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2008

Kensington iPhone and iPod battery pack and charger extends the life of your iPhone or iPodKensington unveiled a couple of new battery pack/charger combos on Monday for use with Apple’s iPhone and iPods. They didn’t waste any time thinking up snappy names in this case however as the two new products simply go by “Battery Pack and Charger” and “Mini Battery Pack and Charger”. Both work with the iPhone and any current iPod models (except the 3rd generation iPod).

The larger of the two retails for $69.99 and measures not a lot smaller than the iPhone itself at 4.0″L X 0.37″H X 2.2″W, but promises to extend the life of the iPhone for up to 6 hours of talk time, 100 hours of music or 21 hours of video. It charges through a USB connection and can connect to the iPhone or an iPod through the dock port, powering and charging it simultaneously. It also sports a cool looking little LED battery meter.

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