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IK Multimedia Announces iLoud: The First Wireless Portable Speaker For Musicians

IK Mulitmedia is at again with what my be another hot performer or music producer’s dream with their latest product. It looks very promising and can’t wait to get a better look at it.

IK Multimedia announces iLoud,
the first wireless portable speaker
designed for musicians, is now available

Now musicians can get studio monitor quality sound
and power everywhere from a compact wireless portable stereo speaker

November 7, 2013 – IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce that iLoud®, the first portable stereo speaker designed for studio monitor quality on the go, is now available from music instrument and consumer electronics retailers worldwide. The iLoud battery-operated speakers combine superior power, pristine frequency response and amazing low end in an ultra-portable design that makes it the perfect alternative to studio speakers for music creation, composition and playback on the go.
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Loud and Clear
The iLoud speaker is indeed very loud. In fact, it’s 2 to 3 times louder than comparable size speakers – a blasting 40W RMS of power. But iLoud is extremely clear at all volume levels thanks to an onboard DSP processor and a bi-amped 4-driver array of high efficient neodymium loudspeakers, that provide accurate, even response across the entire frequency spectrum for unbelievable realism of sound. For deep bass response iLoud’s bass-reflex allows frequencies to go down to 50hz, an amazing low end for this small enclosure.

iLoud is the ideal speaker for musicians and audiophiles who demand an accurate reproduction of a wide range of musical styles from rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music, to more nuanced and sonically demanding genres like jazz, classical and acoustic.

Ultra-Portability
About the size of an iPad and only 6cm (2.3″) thick, iLoud fits easily into a laptop bag or backpack. iLoud is powered by a high-performance Li-ion rechargeable battery with smart power-management features that reduce its power consumption so that it can be used for up to 10 hours without recharging. This makes iLoud the perfect portable speaker solution for mobile musicians.

Wired and Wireless
iLoud supports Bluetooth operation for wireless audio streaming anywhere and everywhere from a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android smartphone or tablet for casual listening. For sound sources like MP3 players that do not have Bluetooth capabilities, the iLoud also has a stereo 1/8″ mini-jack input for connecting line-level devices such as home stereos, DJ gear, mixers, MP3 players, and more.

Plug and Play Convenience
iLoud also offers the ability to connect a guitar, bass or dynamic microphone directly to the speaker and process the sound with a multitude of real-time effects apps on iOS devices. It features the same circuitry as IK’s iRig – the most popular mobile interface of all time – and allows users to plug in guitars or other instruments and access AmpliTube or other audio apps on their mobile device for practicing, performing and recording. The input also accommodates dynamic microphones, making it possible to run an app like IK’sVocaLive for real-time vocal effects and recording.

Pricing and Availability
iLoud is priced at $299.99/€239.99 (excl. tax) and is available now from the IK network of music and electronic retailers around the world.

Yep 30 Years of Shock The World : G-Shock 30th Anniversary Event New York City

*Clears throat, catches breath and wipes brow* Ok….I know it’s almost 2 weeks since I was at the 30th Anniversary G-Shock Event at Pier 34 in New York City. Due to the horrific travel debacle I had with Air Tran trying to go to Florida. A flight cancellation turning into me staying an extra night in the city that I love but not really a night because I had to be up at 3am to be on standby to get a 6am flight. *Deep breath* But that “B***ch, didn’t kill my vibe” of the G-Shock Event which part two of two of my Events for the day. So let me start by saying that Casio and its President and CEO Kazuo Kashio kept the event stylish by arriving on a Ducati via the big screen. He spoke about how the G-Shock brand has grown and still growing. And from what I’ve see G-Shock is still shocking the world.G-Shock Black Banner

Mr. Kashio even threw out into the crowd about five new G-Shock watches while sprinkling water from the watches in the crowd as they reached for these gems of watches. This was in addition to the Swag Bags that were given out to Press/Media after the event which included a 30th Anniversary Limited Edition G-Shock Watch. I must say it was a nice package of G-Shock-ism. Along with the CEO there were other speakers such as the Brooklyn Firefighter by the name of Mike Hernandez, actor Michael Marsden from such films as just released “The Butler,” “X-Men” and couple of other blockbuster films. Model Jessica Stam spoke about the beautiful Baby-G‘s for the ladies. Looks like Brooklyn was strong up in the event with Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez speaking sliding in a couple of jokes asking for audience participation for laughter and also in attendance was new Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce. Let’s not forget skateboarder Louie Vito spoke about his line and the perfect rugged watch for those sometimes extreme stunts on the pike along with Stevie Williams being in the building. The atmosphere was very relaxed yet exciting because of the new line of G-Shock watches such as the Rangeman series in which named also a Vodka based drink. I can’t remember what was all was in it but it was pretty good as you can see as me and my fam and fellow Gstyle Magazine writer Jason aka JMillion raised some drinks before Yelawolf and Eminem’s G-Shock performance.2013-08-07 21.50.58 Speaking of Em, they introduce his G-Shock watch that’s coming out near the end of this year called the Eminem GDX6900MNM-1. Besides the great line of G-Shock watches coming to a store near you, the icing on the cake was headlining to perform was one of the great MCs Eminem who is not known for performing at Product release events so you know Casio has mad pull to make this happen. Of course it doesn’t hurt they designed a G-Shock watch for D-town’s own. Anticipation was to the extreme but at the same time felt like the Media and the fans alike were somewhat patient. I mean you can attribute that to who the star performer was. This was a rarity so anyone who was fortunate such as myself and Gstyle Magazine we were like Jigga on Kendrick Lamar‘s “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Remix, in Jay Z‘s voice “I’ll wait (echo)” lol. You don’t hear me though lol. I know it was a media event but still from most of my concert experience the crowd can get restless while they wait for their favorite artist to perform. I mean just look at how calm and serene the crowd and the stage looked moments before Shady Records/Interscope MC’s Yelawolf and Eminem were to light a flame to the stage. 2013-08-07 21.23.19Yelawolf aka Mr. Slumerican himself held his own and did his thing and was a perfect warm up for Mr. Marshall Mathers. Eminem brought the classics even his verse on Drake‘s “Forever.” One of my favorite moments was when he brought Royce 5’9″ to perform “Lighters.” The performance included “Love The Way You Lie,” “Cleaning Out My Closet,” “Won’t Back Down,” “The Way I Am,” and when you thought the show was over he returned for an encore with what else but “Lose Yourself.” So of course like everyone else I am looking for Em’s album release slated sometime this year. All in all this was a great night for G-Shock and Hip-Hop. I have to say the products from what looks like another strong year for Casio and G-Shock, it really balanced out as far as product and entertainment. In some cases the entertainment can outshine the products and vice versa but that wasn’t the case at Pier 34 in New York City. I gotta give props to Casio and its staff for giving a great show on both the product side and entertainment side and I hope to see you guys at the 40th year anniversary event and thanks for the invite, greatly appreciated.

Some Red Carpet Celebrities were:

Busta Rhymes, Adrienne Ballion, Ice-T, Coco, Miguel, DJ Drama, Melanie Fiona, Sway, Doug E. Fresh, Bryan Greenberg, FeFe Dobson, Ronnie from Jersey Shore, Rosie Perez, Fabolous, Jim Sturgess, Vashtie Kola, John Leguizamo just name a few.

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Eminem and Royce 5’9″ photos courtesy of Roberto Bayde @R0bSkii of Official RTV @Official_RTV

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Meridian Explorer USB DAC: Small Device With A Big Sound [Review]

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As you put it in gear straight out the gate this small device smacks your eardrums with high quality crisp sound as if the symphony, mixing board, band or DJ was set up in your living room. The Meridian Explorer USB DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) accompanies its great sound with an attractive sleek silver device with 3 white LED lights. I must admit I was surprised about what clean sound came out of this small USB device. First and foremost it wasn’t the smoothest transition for me to set this up because I was just looking at the DAC like what can this possibly do lol. So I plugged it into my MacBook Pro via USB cord and plugged in the Sennheiser Momentum headphones into the headphone port on the Explorer. And “Vwah-la!” an eargasmic flow of sound travels through the headphones allowing me to hear every instrument as if I had front seat at Carnegie hall.

This device enhances the quality of any sound system from a PC, laptop or anything USB compatible with high-resolution sounds of any genre of music. Whether you want to listen to your music via iTunes, Spotify®, YouTube® or a High Resolution downloaded file the Meridian Explorer DAC gives you the feel listening to a great sound to an extraordinary sound tripled over. The Explorer’s operating system drives the analogue volume control which helps incorporate the full digital resolution. meridian-04The USB cable that is accompanied with the device is short and not long like an old school telephone cord. Because it connects to your computer using the USB cable and not directly into your laptop there’s no danger of damaging the computer motherboard in case you accidentally walk off with your headphones on in which I’ve done many times. Don’t front like I’m the only one lol. Once you hear music through the Explorer you’re not going to want to listen to music in your headphones at home ever again. That is how great the sound is and puts in a place where it’s just you and the music. If you like listening to great sounding music as an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, you need to cop the Meridian Explorer.

Featured Specs

INPUTS
USB mini type B.

OUTPUTS
3.5mm combination analogue/digital jack with mini Toslink digital optical 3.5mm jack with variable-level headphone output, 130mW into 16 Ohm.

CONSTRUCTION
Extruded Aluminium shell with moulded plastic endcaps and rubber foot.

POWER
USB, nominal 5V at <500mA.

INDICATORS
Three white LEDs show connected state and audio stream rate.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • USB audio class compliant 2.0 HS 480Mb/s bandwidth.
  • Asynchronous: device is the clock source for high quality.
  • Firmware upgrade via USB.
  • Windows drivers provided, no drivers required for Macintosh OS X or Linux.
  • Analogue volume control for headphone output, controlled from PC, control law modified to match connected OS.
  • S/PDIF output downsamples 4x (192/176.4kHz) to 2x (96/88.2kHz).

What is a DAC?

For those of you unfamiliar with DAC’s or Digital to Analogue Converter they are usually found in CD players, digital music players, and PC sound cards. But specialist standalone DAC’s such as the Meridian Explorer take the digital output of a compatible CD player or dedicated transport (which is basically a CD player with no internal DAC) and convert the signal into an analog line-level output that can then be fed into an amplifier to drive speakers. Meridian Replaces your computer’s sound card so you’ll you’ll experience significantly higher sound quality.

Final Thoughts

Using the Explorer will definitely change how you listen to music. It’s convenient and portable being the size of a USB stick and also using a short USB cable instead of plugging straight into the computer like a dongle so there’s no danger of damaging the computer motherboard if you accidentally walk off with your headphones on. Instead of a plastic box, Explorer has a sturdy aluminium enclosure, reducing noise and interference as well as allowing it to withstand life on the move.

Where most DACs simply alter the digital signal going into them, so the quieter you listen, the lower the quality. Explorer uses an analogue volume control, driven from the operating system, so you always enjoy the full digital resolution. Once you experience the superb sound quality of the Explorer you will never want to listen to music without it again.

You can place an order for one today on the Meridian Audio site list price is $299. A very worthwhile investment for any level of audiophile.

Originally posted on Gstylemag.com

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