CNET Reviews' Donald Bell scours the Macworld 2009 show room for Crave-worthy audio gadgets.
AKG cans get twisted
AKG is well known for its pro-audio headphones, but it's got a new line of consumer-focused headphones hitting the States. Many of the higher-end models retain the solid construction of the pro-audio models.
JBL is launching two new PC speakers, the Duet II (left) and Duet III (right). The speakers are shielded, pretty to look at, and offer a unique volume knob on the top point of the speaker. They're priced at $99 and $149, respectively.
The Scosche PassPort home dock is a simple, yet necessary accessory that makes older FireWire-powered iPod docks compatible with newer models of iPods. Owners of older Bose SoundDocks will probably flock to this thing.
Just a neat, inexpensive ($49) pair of iPhone-compatible headphones offered from Macally. The HiFiTune include a microphone and clicker control, and the design looks impressive, no matter what they might sound like.
The BackBeat's are comfortable to wear (they look pretty badass, actually), and offer all the typical controls for volume, call answering, and playback. A single charge offers up to 7 hours of talk time.
The folks at Shure showed me a few of their new USB microphones. The company's two new models include a vocal-specific (PG42, pictured) mic and an all-purpose mic (PG27), selling at $249 and $199, respectively.
For those who already have a microphone, the X2U easily converts the signal to USB, allowing you to plug right into your favorite recording application. Controls on the X2U offer gain, volume, pad, and monitor settings.