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fire wire speakers

Oh, these are nice to look at. I’m told they sound good too.

Size : 5.3″ tall x 3.5″ wide
Output: 8W audio; 4W per channel
Driver: High excursion neodymium driver
Software: Windows drivers on CD; no software required for Mac
System Requirements : Mac or PC with powered FireWire 400 (6-pin) port; Mac OS 10.3.5 or higher / Windows2000, Windows XP

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Availability: Buy fire wire speakers here

Muji Wall Mounted CD Player

This is kind of old school, but I felt like it was worth posting. Don’t buy this if you’re expecting a sturdy, advanced piece of technology. But do get this if you want a really simple, beautiful cd player.

“The speakers are built into the body of the CD player. To make a disc play you simply pull the cable. Volume and search controls are situated on the top of the Cd player.”

It is available in the US through Compact Impact or at any of the Muji sites online (Moma, Muji UK, etc.).

Purchase Information:

Price: $199
Availability: Buy Muji Wall Mounted CD Player here

Soundsticks II Speaker System

I’m such a sucker for pretty pictures of pretty things. This could be a salad spinner and I’d still say “ooo” and “ah” over it’s acrylic-y and silvery touches of stuff. It’s not a salad spinner, though, it’s a speaker system, so I think I’m justified (and not too much of a nerd) in talking of it’s beauty, as it will be a functional thing on display.

“This contemporary 40-watt, three-piece speaker system produces high-quality stereo sound for music, MP3s, movies, and games. Simple to install, it works with a variety of devices through the mini stereo jack connection. Includes two self-powered satellite speakers with adjustable bases and touch volume/mute control, and a powerful subwoofer with bass control. One-year warranty.”

Size: Subwoofer, 10.25h x 9″diam. Speakers, 10h x 3.5″diam.

Item on a slight backorder, so you’ll have to wait your turn.

Purchase Information:

Price: $170.00
Availability: Buy Soundsticks II Speaker System here

Pro-Ject Debut III Mu

I sometimes assume that everyone has seen some things, so then I don’t post something that really everyone should see. This has been one of those things, and today, while perusing a magazine, I happened upon it again. I certainly will not pretend to know much about record players, ’cause I don’t, but I will tell you that I think it’s the prettiest player I’ve seen. (Please see website for tons of info and specifics that you’ll be interested in if you have a record collection.)

“An Excellent choice for the audiophile seeking a cost effective vinyl playback solution.”

Oh, I’ve got to also say it’s available in so many good colors (like shiny red, blue, cream, white(!), yellow, acidish green, etc.).

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Availability: Buy Pro-Ject Debut III Mu here