PSN-e’s 2011 Stocking Fillers 2: Accessories, gadgets and more

Travel-friendly speakers from Soundmatters and innovative microphone ‘PopperBlockers’ are among the star items of PSN-e’s second, budget-sensitive round-up of Christmas gift ideas.
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Travel-friendly speakers from Soundmatters and innovative microphone ‘PopperBlockers’ are among the star items of PSN-e’s second, budget-sensitive round-up of Xmas gift ideas.

Soundmatters has announced a holiday sale price of $149 (28 Nov to 31 Dec) for its foxLv2 non-Bluetooth portable speakers. Described as “the perfect match” for the new Kindle Fire, the foxLv2 incorporates patented ‘Twoofers’, ‘BassBattery’ and other technologies designed to provide smoother, deeper bass and an ‘open and airy’ listening experience. The product also offers up to 12 hours (or more) of battery life, making it an ideal travelling companion. (Soundmatters has also developed a wireless Bluetooth version with speakerphone capability, the foxLv2 Bluetooth.)

It comes with the portable speaker, re-chargeable built-in woofer/battery, universal AC power charger, four international charger adapters (for US, Japan, Europe/China, UK/HK, and AU/NZ), USB computer charging cable, stereo 3.5mm audio cable, wrist strap, travel pouch, anti-slip mat, and manual. An optional bike mount is also available. Soundmatters provides a wireless Bluetooth version with speakerphone capability, the foxLv2 Bluetooth, priced at $199.

Mobile lifestyle accessories supplier iLuv Creative Technology also sports a product range that is eminently suitable for seasonal gifting. The recent recipient of five CES Innovations Awards and two iF Product Design Awards, iLuv’s current range includes the WorkStation series of tablet docks and accessories. This range, says iLuv, was developed specifically to capitalise on prevailing market trends and help consumers unlock the potential of their tablet devices.

Other iLuv products include: the iBA200 rechargeable, external battery kit providing over nine hours of extra music, video playing and talk time (£29.99, Amazon); the iAD217ITL International Triple USB AC Charger, allowing up to three items to be charged simultaneously (£14.94, Amazon); and the iAD219 Dual USB Charger, which sports a blue ring power light and dual USB ports (£12.99, Argos).

Newly introduced from a division of MTG Productions is the PopperBlocker - a new product that is said to do for hand-held stage microphones what a clamp-on type pop filter achieves for studio condenser mics. While eliminating popped ‘p’s’ and breathing noises, the PopperBlocker ($4.95 each, 10 for $44.55, 100 for $395.00) does not muffle the high-end or otherwise affect the sound. Unveiled at this year’s DC School of Rock Guitar Show, the PopperBlocker fits inside any ball-style stage microphone, including wireless fixtures.

Next week: Albums and singles of the year.



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