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Panasonic VIERA TH-L42G3 records HD shows to SDXC memory card

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2010

The Panasonic VIERA TH L42G3 is a 42-inch HDTV with an IPS LED-backlit full HD display and an SDXC memory card reader. This allows you to record HD television shows directly to the card for later playback. SDXC cards support up to 64 GB in capacity and will give you 5 hours of full HD content.

But that’s not all. You can also connect an external hard drive into the USB port to record more content. Of course what you record can only be viewed on the VIERA set, which is sad. You also get an Ethernet port, two HDMI ports, VIERA LINK, and DLNA support.

Grace Digital Audio Victoria Retrowriter

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

If you want to convert your vinyl collection into a digital format, then here’s another option. The Victoria Retrowriter from Grace Digital Audio will do the job while looking perfectly retro.

The device is a multi-functioning music system that allows you to record your music from vinyl or from auxiliary RCA inputs to blank CD-R/RW’s. The Grace Digital Audio Victoria Retrowriter will cost you $158.88. It won’t fool anyone into believing that it’s an actual vintage piece of hardware, but it looks cool.

Brick Pic: I love my records…

Posted in Brick Pic by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010


Audio records made from glacier ice

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2009

Audio records made from glacier iceRemember that James Bond movie with the Ice hotel? The entire hotel was sculpted out of Ice and it’s for real too. Everything in the hotel is completely usable. Similarly, artist Katie Paterson taken the idea and made recordings of 3 glaciers (the Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull and Solheimajökull) of Iceland.

She pressed them into three records that were cast and frozen with the melt water from each of the glaciers. When the time came, the records were played on three separate turntables non-stop until they melted. The process took only 2 hours.

Cello intros HDTV that records to SD cards

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Cello intros HDTV that records to SD cardsSo sorry Asia, North America, but this set is only headed for the European market. At least for now. But at least it’s on it’s way somewhere thanks to Cello Electronics, who has issued the first HDTV that records OTA (Freeview) content directly to an SD card. That should make it much easier for users to shuffle around their recorded content to portable players.

The set features twin TV tuners, a built-in EPG, split-screen functionality and an integrated DVD player. It come in 22-, 26- and 32-inch varieties. It delivers just 1,440 x 900 pixels and no HDMI socket and is available starting next month for £399.99 ($661) or £469.99 ($777).

Best Buy may sell vinyl records soon

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Best Buy may sell vinyl records soonIf you’ve been paying attention to the gadget world you know that we’ve featured many turntables. Companies are making more and more. Seriously, people are spinning more vinyl. And according to the New York Post, Best Buy is thinking about selling vinyl records in their stores. Yes, it’s hard to believe.

Vinyl albums’ sales are growing. As much as 15 percent in 2007 and 89% more in 2008. The 2009 forecast is even better. And so Best Buy has started a pilot program in 100 stores. The results were good. So good that they are thinking about using as much as eight square feet in each of their stores to sell vinyl records.

Infrared flashlight records video

Posted in Flashlights by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2009

Infrared flashlight records videoIf you are adventuring in the night and want to catch all your findings on video, this is the flashlight for you. You only have two hands. Why hold a video camera in one hand and a flashlight in the other? You’re sure to drop one when you see Bigfoot or the Chupracabra anyway, and there goes your proof.

The Infrared Video Recording Flashlight comes with 17 infrared LEDs to illuminate what’s ahead of you. The built-in camera will capture everything in 640 x 480 resolution at 30 fps, with 128MB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot.


iPod Cases made from old 45 RPM records

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2009

iPod Cases made from old 45 RPM recordsNow here’s a case for your iPod that is actually interesting and looks unique. These cases are made from old 45s, with a plexiglass window and a cork liner. You have to love this merging of the old format with the new. It just makes sense. And looks damn good.

I love how you can line up the record label in various ways and the center hole of the record is lined up with the iPod’s scroll wheel of course. These awesome cases were made by Contexture Design, but sadly they are completely sold out of the 45 cases right now. You can see why.

iRecorder: Record DVDs to your iPod without a computer

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2008

iRecorder: Records live content to your iPod without a computerNot every media player has recording capabilities. The iPod for instance lacks that ability. If only you could capture the latest movie or show as if it were an old time VCR that would be pretty sweet. That’s were the iRecorder comes in handy. This device will record from analog TV, cable, set top box, satellite receiver box, DVD or your Camcorder.

A normal 2 hour DVD will be turned into a 2GB MPEG4 file with no fuss. If you have an RCA jack output on your source, just plug it into the iRecorder’s AV-IN jack. It also sports an AV OUT so you can play your iPod video on a larger screen. With the USB jack, you can plug in your iPod and store your recorded video directly onto it. The iRecorder is compatible any other USB media device that can play MPEG4 files and it will cost you $190.

Sound Chaser also chases vinyl

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2008

Sound Chaser also chases vinyl
Remember that VW bus that drives around on records? Yeah, this is kinda like that. This one can go wherever it wants, wandering like a train on a track made of vinyl records.

Yuri Suzuki and collaborator Yaroslav Tencer are quick to point out that the records they used are just cheap finds from used record shops, so don’t worry, nothing rare or priceless was sacrificed. They’re creative, not nuts. Imagine what you could do with this thing. You could have it zipping around every which way, in and out of other stuff while it makes it’s music. Check out the video below.

Intempo Rebel records FM radio songs, flips the bird to the RIAA

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2008

Intempo Rebel records FM radio songs, flips the bird to the RIAA
Here’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. This device lives up to it’s name by recording all of your favorite songs directly from FM radio. It’s like they just flipped off the RIAA, or else they were not bright enough to realize that this would draw their attention. It will save your tracks as MP3 files onto an SD card, without the annoying advertisements and DJ talk. Isn’t that what you’ve been waiting for? It also has a USB port, line-in jack, and headphone plug. I would say grab one fast, as this is too good to be true and too up in the RIAA’s bidness. It will cost you £69.99.


Grace Digital delivers new digital turntables

Posted in Turntables by Nino Marchetti on May 12th, 2008

Grace Digital Victoria Classic

Grace Digital has come out recently with a number of new products to help convert vinyl to digital music, such as the Victoria Classic shown above. These new models – the Victoria Tunewriter, Victoria Classic and AVPUSB01S – price at around $300, $170 and $90, respectively.

All of these devices are designed to let you digitize your old records (LPs) and cassettes. Modes of digitizing include letting you record directly to CDs or digital music files which can be stored directly on an attached USB thumb drive. You can get the full details after the jump.

Sony offers vinyl to MP3 converting solution

Posted in Turntables by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2008

Sony PS-LX300USB turntable converts vinyl records to MP3 through a USB connectionSony today launched a solution for easily converting all of those classic vinyl records to MP3s with this PS-LX300USB turntable. The turntable connects to a computer through USB and comes with Sound Forge Audio Studio software for editing the tracks and saving them as MP3s to play on your PMP.

Sony’s record player spins at 33 and a third and 45 rpm’s with a quite belt drive system. It also has a built-in pre-amp that makes it directly compatible with A/V receivers to listen to that nostalgic static between tracks direct from the record. Now you can finally get those old obscure songs from the Animals plus your original Grease soundtrack onto your iPod without having to pay to download.

Ion Audio debuts new USB turntables

Posted in Digital Audio,MP3,USB by Nino Marchetti on July 16th, 2007

Ion Audio iTTUSB10 USB turntableIon Audio gets how important it is to back up your vinyl collection to a digital format. The company announced today two new USB turntables designed to help convert your LPs into MP3s.

The Ion Audio iTTUSB05 ($150) and iTTUSB10 ($250) turntables come with a USB port for single-cable connection to a Mac or PC and allow for playing albums while at the same time copying them. Both come with software for copying music off the vinyls, including a program for converting tracks directly to iTunes. Other features of the new USB turntables include dust covers to protect the record, stylus and slip mat; built-in pre-amps eliminating the need for an audio receiver with phono-in jack; integrated RCA cables; and 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM playback speeds.