Nokia N810 WiMax
It’s time to wish WiFi goodbye—that’s the point Nokia is trying to prove and they do that by releasing an Internet tablet that earlier supported WiFi, but will soon support WiMax as well. It’s called the N810 and is not your regular mobile phone with MP3 playback and a multi-MP camera! The device has a 4.1-inch screen with a resolution of 800x480 and doubles as a touch screen.
There’s an inbuilt keyboard as well, and the whole thing weighs around 226 gms. It has a 640x480 VGA camera, so you can post images on your blog! Internet connectivity through Wimax can be yours for close to $500 (Rs 20,000)—just be prepared to receive a slightly bulkier device, courtesy WiMax hardware.
Fat-Man iTube 452
Fat Man’s iTube is an audio amplifier meant for iPods. As the name suggests, the iTube uses vacuum tubes. It utilises valves that drive out 40 W of power per channel.
The ValveDock allows you to have rich quality audio from your favourite media player—the iPod. The amplifier looks absolutely astonishing with its large vacuum tubes. Come to think of it, the iTube 452 could sell itself by looks alone. As a dock for your iPod, you would assume it’s a featherweight, but at 23 Kg it’s anything but light.
Klipsch Palladium P-39F
The all new Klipsch Palladium P-39F floorstanders are made by DesignworksUSA—a studio that has worked alongside BMW and Rolls Royce. For $15,000 (Rs 6 lakh), you get a pair of speakers that have been made using everything they could lay their hands on.
There’s the usual aluminium and then the not-so-usual kevlar and gold. For those who are wondering if all these exotic metals mean anything and whether it all translates to what matters the most—it’s the bass! There’s loads of it from the three 9-inch woofers in each speaker. They weigh 74.9 kg and they stand close to a metre and a half in height and the power output is 400 W with a peak rating of 1000 W.
The Pioneer AVC-F500BT’s 5.8-inch screen is one of the largest you can come across on a device in its class. It’s much more useful than a GPS device. For example, you can put up a camera on your car and use it to help you park in tight situations.
Also there’re features for Bluetooth hands-free calling as well as controlling your iPod. You can expand its memory by adding SD cards. There is no clear indication of price yet, but similar competitive devices are priced at over $1,000 (Rs 40,000). For that kind of money, if only it could park your car for you!
Integra DTR 5.8
No, the Integra DTR 5.8 isn’t a launch control panel for sending manned crafts into space. People with a thing for home theatre systems, recognise this is an A/V receiver. The Integra DTR 5.8 delivers 7.1 sound at around 100 W per channel.
It can drive frequencies from as low as 5 Hz to as high as 100 kHz! The key words here are High Definition—it supports HD 1080p streams and a whole variety of standards like DTS-HD, TrueHD and Dolby. There are connectors of all shapes and sizes—from HDMIs to optical, to even proprietary satellite radio connections.