The CataCombo Sound System is without question, the most unusual and unexpected tech product I’ve ever written about. Finding words to write about it isn’t easy because three letters seem sufficient: WTF?
The CataCombo Sound System starts with an application called CataPlay. It empowers you to manage a Spotify playlist online. In the middle is the CataTomb, an electronic tombstone with an upgradeable music server with a 4G wireless connection and a 7-inch LCD display. Part three of the system is the CataCoffin which includes 4-inch mid bass drivers, tweeters, an amp, and an 8-inch subwoofer.
Watch the video while trying to keep your jaw from dropping.
I’ve probably written and said three thousand twenty-two times how much I love Tivoli Model One radios. I’ve called it my favorite gadget. Writing GeekBrief.TV, I called it Cali’s favorite gadget. In life there aren’t many delightful, nearly perfect products but the Tivoli Model One radio is one.
This morning I’m over-the-moon excited because Tivoli is introducing beautiful Noise canceling headphones.
Radio Silenz headphones are housed in wood rather than plastic. You can choose between Black Ash, Walnut, or Cherry. They feature 44mm drivers. They operated on a single AAA battery. Active noise cancellation can be turned off if you’re listening to audio in a place where it’s unnecessary. There’s also a “Defeat button” that temporarily switches off noise cancellation and fades audio down so you can hear when someone needs to tell you something.
Ambient noise is reduced up to 85% and the single battery will power the headphones for up to 50 hours.
Early in the days of GeekBrief.TV, when we had quit the day job to produce the show full-time, I had a need that wasn’t being met by any available technology. I used the show to lobby for wireless speakers that could be placed around a house or an apartment so whatever podcast I played in iTunes would fill the place.
I designed this cube inspired by Tivoli Audio’s Model One as the form factor I wanted.
And then when Griffin Technologies had their Evolve wireless speakers ready, they invited us to preview them at their HQ in Nashville.
We learned about the problems engineers had to overcome to make wireless work without lag and asynchronicity. Those issues have been conquered and now wireless speakers work great. My favorite wireless speaker technology is made by Soundcast. Good stuff.
Industrial Designers, John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen and Vitor Santa Maria have surpassed a goal on Kickstarter to manufacture a gorgeously designed Bluetooth wireless speaker and radio where the whole top is a giant volume knob. About the size of a giant coffee mug, the hidden speaker has a rechargeable battery providing 30-hours of streaming audio.
During the production of GeekBrief.TV I wrote about some weird and wacky gadgets. I’m not sure any of them top this. This is one of those products so over-the-top in every way I checked the calendar to verify I didn’t oversleep all the way to April 1st!
The BEHRINGER iNuke Boom will pump 10,000 Watts of concert quality audio into your room of choice. Certainly nothing wrong with that sales pitch! The press release says you get this loud concert quality audio at a great value! The economy’s bad so that sounds super duper! It’s released under the new sub-brand BEHRINGER is calling Eurosound. Eurosound audio products will have modern, European design combined with BEHRINGER’s audio engineering chops. I LOVE me some modern design and great engineering! GIVE ME the DETAILS!
This thing is 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall. It weighs 700 pounds. Notice the scale? See that little iPhone docked at the top? As for that great value? $29,999.99!
This is an, “I need help!” post that runs pretty technical. I’m setting up audio gear for a new music project and I know the order in which I chain my components together matters. I just don’t know which order and what connections are best (click the pics to enlarge).
I have a Mackie Onyx 1220 because Leo Laporte told me to. Leo always gives good advice. I also have a dbx 1066 Compressor Limiter Gate. The dbx 1066 might not be a link in this chain. A TC-Helicon VoiceWorks Plus is on its way from Sweetwater, and I want to record to a Marantz PMD570.
Is there an audio guy in the house who can tell me how to chain everything together and whether or not I need to skip the dbx 1066?
At the end of Max’s latest episode, the audio on the credits is a lot louder than his audio on the show. I used to do that all the time on Geek Brief. Levelator is an easy way to keep that from happening. I’m posting this for Max, but other folks might find it useful too.