Pioneer Audition XW-NAS3-K – iPhone/iPod touch audio/video – kitchen sink included

Pioneer are the latest in a long line of well-known audio/video companies to release a fully iDevice-integrated speaker dock. “Been there, done that”, you say? Think again. Pioneer’s Audition may be another 2.1 device, but comparisons can stop there. Once plugged in, the Audition strips the iDevice’s cheap DAC, processing music digitally instead. Users can also enjoy A2DP Bluetooth audio from their iPod touch 2-3G, iPhones, and other mobiles. That, my friends, is a step up from both the Bose SounDock and the now legendary Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin and the Zeppelin Mini. It’s also got component and composite video outputs and a Bluetooth adapter port.

At 449$, it certainly isn’t cheap, but Pioneer’re obviously aiming pretty high with the Audition’s long feature list.

It is compatible with the following iPods and iDevices:

iPod Classic, iPod Nano (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Generations), iPod Touch (1st and 2nd Generations), iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS

Full spec and more piccies after the gap:

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Kindle for iOS gets audio and video

Amazon's audio/video eBook selection

God bless Amazon and God bless books. Having conquered one-click home shopping and set the stage for quality eBook readers, Amazon have augmented Kindle for iOS with audio and video features despite Apple’s attacksAppleInsider note that many old titles such as “Les Miserables” have received loving digital audio/video shots in the arm. Augmented titles can be licensed starting at 9.99$ and are ‘yours’ to keep an eye on and never lend, loan, or show anyone else, ever.

You can get started at Amazon’s audio/video book selection.

SoundMan iPad car audio – safety tapped

Safety be damned, this SoundMan iPad-powered car audio system is pretty damn cool. It Onkyo’s ND-S1 digital transport for bit-perfect decoding, 5,1 sound, and pertinently, a McIntosh amp. Right, a touch-screen car audio system is about as safe as smoking a grenade, but currently, it is cutting edge and cutely demonstrates a use for the iPad’s great audio circuit. And if you hate cars? why not check out the Bluetooth/Kleer Wireless Cy-Fi Wireless bicycle/sport speaker? That, friends is two-wheel audio/exercise bliss!

Jays s-Jays Earphones in Review – One Quick Bumble Bee

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Jays from Sweden joined the earphone market in 2006 with the balanced armature earphone, d-Jays. Since then, their engineers have been busy creating new technology and designs for their products. Later, they introduced the dynamic driver, j-Jays and the dual balanced armature, q-Jays that we tested in May 2009. Today, we have the s-Jays, an earphone that uses a new technology dubbed, ‘siren’, which refers to armature drivers which work similarly to moving coil drivers (dynamic). The drivers are designed to maximize low frequency performance and allow for high volume output without distortion. Jays has taken this technology and put it in their s-Jay, for the reasonable sum of $89.99.

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Monster’s Beats Tour Earphones in Review – Made for today’s music

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The Beats Tour, Monster’s second foray into quality mid-priced inner earphones, is a departure in sound, design and construction from their first, the Turbine; a product which is backed and co-produced by American hip-hop artist, Dr. Dre. At 150$, the Beats Tour tips the scale toward the more expensive side of portable earphones, but in many areas, stands tall even amidst stiff competition. However, at around the same price, the Tour’s closest competition comes from the Monster Turbine.

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Protrack Professional Field Recorder for iPod and iPod Touch

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Protrack Shown with iPod Touch

I came to the happy monochromatic world of Apple MP3 players in 2007 after hating everything portable that was not minidisc. For good reason too – in 2004, there simply were no fully-featured player/recorders that did not hiss from their headphone jacks like the more dangerous snakes in the world. Sure, there were half-attempts from the likes of Rio and iRiver, but nothing that made my Sharp Auvi-powered MD recorder waver in the reeds.

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In-Call MMS Patent Unearthed – iPhone P2P Looks Handy

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If you haven’t time to read through the entire 19-page patent, let me outline it for you. A system called, “Methods and systems for mixing media with communications” will tentatively allow users to share different media whilst making telephone calls. Apple would accomplish this by enhancing the phone function in the iPhone with an ‘add media’ button. iPhone users could then share music files, video, images, voicemails, and podcasts with a tap.

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Q-Jays Inner Earphones in Review – Dual Balanced Armature Precision

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Jays – Design and Quality
The Q-Jays represent our 3rd Balanced Armature earphone review. This time, Sweden’s Jays’ top product, the Q-Jay are on the table. They are also the smallest dual armature earphones in the world. And tiny they are – the body could fit two or three times into a Monster Turbine shell!

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Headphone Tidbits 29 May

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For you hungry headphone-a-philes, keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming reviews. A high-end Westone UM3X has slipped in somehow which will be featured in an upcoming review, but this week’s will be the lovely looking and sounding Q-Jay from Jays of Sweden.

As many of you know, there is a massive headphone convention happening this weekend in California. CanJam will open its doors on Saturday to audiophiles from all over the world and feature all the big vendors that have made headlines in the hot, headphone world.

If you go, pick up a Sennheiser IE8 for me will ya? You can get last-minute details at headfi.org’s CanJam page.