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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Sweet Sound of Quality: Win a Set of $399 Audioengine A5+ Speakers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:00 AM

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Aud...5-Plus#overview

I may be selling these sites and working full time for HTC now, but who says I can't have a little more fun giving away a great prize before I go? Last week I posted about the new Audioengine A5+ powered desktop speakers; the generous folks at Audioengine have offered up a set of these new speakers for a contest. With dual inputs (3.5mm and RCA, the latter of which is easily converted to an addition 3.5mm input with a cable) and a USB charging port, the A5+ speakers are a great companion to an endless variety of devices: desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and yes, even the humble Zune. Ringing in at $399 USD, these are high-quality speakers that I guarantee will blow you away.

How do you win this contest? Simply post a comment to this discussion thread (one entry per person) telling me what your current audio solution for speakers is and how the Audioengine A5+ speakers will be better. One winner will be randomly selected from amongst all the entries and they'll get to chose either a set of black or white A5+ speakers. Due to the size and weight of this prize, it will only be shipped within the continental USA. The contest will remain open until Friday the 28th at 12 PM mountain time (GMT -7).

Best of luck everyone, and I look forward to reading some interesting entries. :-)

UPDATE: The contest is now over, and the winner is ITforSmallBiz. Thanks to everyone for entering!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Altec Lansing expressionist BASS Speakers: Don't Buy These

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

OK gang, here's a quick and dirty review. The Altec Lansing expressionist BASS ($129.95 direct from Altec Lansing) speakers are a two-speaker system from long-time speaker manufacturer Altec Lansing. I've always had a soft spot for Altec speakers, because my first set of "real" computer speakers way back in the early '90s were a pair of these cool clamshell speakers that totally thumped (sweet, I did keep a picture of them!) and cost $350 or so - back then, a crazy amount of money for computer speakers. Oh wait, that's still kind of a crazy amount to spend on computer speakers!

Fast forward to now: Best Buy Canada had these Altec Lansing expressionist BASS speakers on for $50, discounted from their regular price of $150. The steep discount perked my interest, so I pulled the trigger and ordered a set - my wife has a set of Logitech 4.1 speakers connected to her computer, and since she only listens to music on them, the rear channels were essentially a waste of space. I thought if I could get a nice set of two satellite speakers, I could save some space on her desk (and below it - the sub-woofer is kinda' big). The expressionist BASS speakers have dual 3.5mm inputs, allowing you to connect a PC and also an MP3 player or secondary audio source. They're connected by a non-removable cable that's long enough to work in most instances, and have an unusual, but uniquely pleasing design aesthetic. Read more...


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ZLive Speaker Dock for Zune

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Accessories" @ 11:50 PM

http://astore.amazon.com/zunethough...tail/B001BJ8A9W

"The ZLive NS108B speaker system makes sharing your music a snap. This system connects to all Zune players through the certified connection. You also can connect to any MP3 player, cell phone, or video game system through the line input. Control your music from across the room with the remote, and enjoy room-filling sound from the acoustically calibrated stereo speakers."

Here's another Zune speaker dock for your listening pleasure. It's got the requisite charging/play dock, large speaker wall, and remote for playing across the room, but it also features a clock and RCA video-out for using your Zune with a TV. The speaker dock is available at Amazon for $60 (Affiliate link), which seems a little steep to me, but Jason saw it last week for $35, so it's likely to come down in price again soon.


Friday, January 5, 2007

New Logitech X-240 Speakers Have Integrated Zune Cradle

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2173,CONTENTID=13005

"Logitech has announced the Logitech X-240 speaker system for computers, which sports a control center that includes audio controls for a Mac or PC and serves as a cradle for an iPod or other MP3 player, PDA or mobile phone. The cradle, which stows away when not in use, lets you charge, sync and play a portable device with your computer. With plug-and-play functionality, the X-240 speaker system lets you dock, a digital device by simply plugging it into the cradle. When your device of choice is docked, you can charge it and sync or play your digital music. When not in use, the cradle can be stored flush with the control pod. The X-240 speakers include specialized trays for the iPod and Microsoft Zune. In addition to providing a custom fit, these trays help route the iPod or Zune charging cables behind the control pod and out of sight."



OK, now that's cool. I just might have to buy a pair of these. Unfortunately, Logitech's $50 speakers are often hit-and-miss sound quality, but that an integrated Zune cradle would make it worth trying. Yes, they got me with the gimmick. ;-)


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