What do you get when you cross an Autobot with a TV? A transforming TV! At 201 inches, the C SEED 201, designed by Porsche Design Studio, claims the title of the largest LED TV in the world. Not only that, this TV is specifically designed for outdoor usage. When not in use, the TV is concealed completely underground. And with just the press of a button on the remote, a column rises from the ground and then unfolds itself to reveal the massive 201 inch screen. The remote also allows you to adjust the screen to the desired height and rotate it up to 270 degrees. If you’ve already got a flat screen TV in every room in your home, this is what you need next! Check out the video above and it’ll all make sense. www.cseed.tv
Do you sing in the shower and behind the steering wheel? Then you surely also play air-guitar and drums. Don’t worry, we encourage it! All that means is that you’ve got a passion for music. The Sonos family of multi-room audio products will allow you to enjoy music in your home like never before, without cleaning out your bank account. The initial setup takes just minutes since the system works wirelessly (or wired if you prefer increased reliability). The Sono system is incredibly flexible – it can stream music to any existing stereo or home theater in your home, or to its own all-in-one Sonos players (which have a built-in amp and speakers). Not only will this system allow you to listen to the music libraries stores on your home network, NAS or your smartphone/tablet, it can also stream music from Internet radio stations and tons of online music services. Plus you can control the playback via a very cool, free smartphone/tablet app. Just choose the Sonos products that best suit your needs and voila you’ve got yourself an awesome multi-room music system! Prices start from $299 per component. www.sonos.com
Who said that compact audio components have to sound lousy? If you frequently listen to music on a laptop, smartphone or in hotel rooms while traveling, Soundmatters has just what you need. The foxL DUET combines the company’s foxL aptX portable, pocket-friendly speaker/speakerphone and the palm-sized foxLO powered subwoofer. This duo is said to stretch the laws of physics and provide audio that’s much closer to what you’d expect from a full range desktop audio system, with bass that reaches down to 38 Hz. If your travel bag doesn’t have enough space for both, just grab the foxL portable speaker. But if you want the full experience, ditch the razor and the shaving cream from the suitcase and pack the subwoofer along for the trip. $349. www.soundmatters.com
Welcome to the future of television! Samsung ‘s F9500 OLED TV offers a 55-inch picture but is amazingly slim (about the thickness of a magazine) and produces a nearly limitless range of colors. This TV uses self-emitting red, green and blue sub-pixels, eliminating the need for backlighting so that images are produced with absolute blacks and pure whites. Aside from its killer picture quality, the Multi-View feature allows two people to watch completely different Full-HD content simultaneously on the same screen by utilizing Samsung’s special 3D glasses – which come with personal speakers built in, providing stereo sound for the corresponding program. $10,000 US (approx.). Available later this year. News via CANADA HiFi.
The Rift by emerging developer Oculus is a Kickstarter project that has gained a lot of steam; surpassing its goal of $250,000 by, oh, 2 million. Speaking of steam, Valve and a handful of other big games developers are already behind the project. But what makes this VR system stand out? To start, the massive field of view. The Rift boasts a 110 degree viewing angle as opposed to the standard which is only around 30 to 40 degrees. It also features stereoscopic 3D rendering and extremely low latency head-tracking. The Rift isn’t available in stores yet, but you can get the developer kit with a copy of Doom 3 for $300. $275 if you want to build it yourself. www.oculusvr.com
Get ready to feast your eyes upon the future of television! LG Electronics began taking pre-orders for its razor-thin 55-inch OLED TV (model 55EM9700) in South Korea for the equivalent of $10,000 US. The new set will begin shipping in February. Availability and pricing for other markets will be announced in the next several weeks. With a hard-to-believe depth of just 4 millimeters (0.16 inches) this TV is truly super thin, and weighs in at a feather-light 10 kilograms (22 pounds). But the best news for movie buffs is this TV’s jaw-dropping picture which far surpasses the quality of any plasma or LCD/LED TVs. LG’s proprietary Four-Color Pixel system features a white sub-pixel, which works together with the conventional red, blue, green pixels to create the perfect color output. The 55-inch OLED TV also offers an infinite contrast ratio, which maintains optimal contrast levels regardless of ambient brightness or viewing angle. www.lg.com
There comes a time in a guy’s life when he realizes that listening to music through tiny computer speakers or an iPhone/iPod speaker dock simply isn’t enough – especially if you truly appreciate everything that music has to offer. You’ve been to enough concerts and seen plenty of live bands in bars to know what live music sounds like and you know that your current music system doesn’t come anywhere close. Assembling a good music system in your home can bring the live experience right into your home and provide you with years of enjoyment. And trust us, your girlfriend can easily share your passion for music too – just spin that Alanis Morrisette or Florence and the Machine album for her once in a while. Here’s a list of five awesome bookshelf speakers you should consider when building a great sound system. Bookshelf speakers are preferred by some listeners, as opposed to floorstanding speakers, since they offer better midrange tonality, soundstaging and overall transparency.
Remotes have a funny tendency to get lost between the cushions of a couch, in piles of magazines and even end up in other rooms. But thanks to the Pillow Remote Control you will never lose your remotes again. This pillow has a built-in universal remote that can control up to 6 home theater components, and is programmed to recognize some 500 devices. It offers easy-to-click fabric buttons and a comfortable place to rest your head. Available on www.amazon.com
The 101 Essential Rock Records book should be enjoyed by music lovers and hipsters alike. It contains 260 pages filled with text and cover illustrations celebrating the most influential rock records of the golden vinyl era. From The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to CCR you’ll find all your favourite records inside, and very likely discover some that you’ve never heard of too. An essay on each album is accompanied by the vinyl cover artwork, along rare variation covers like the highly collectible, first-ever Beatles LP. Topping it all off are thought provoking interviews and contributions for numerous bigwig musicians. $40. www.101essentialrecords.com
The 2014 Acura RLX will be the first automobile to offer a premium Krell Industries audio system. The Krell audio system is said to offer the same high-end performance in the luxurious interior of the 2014 Acura RLX that home audio enthusiasts have been enjoying for many years. The system’s most important main amplifier channels feature the same robust, high quality bipolar power transistors used in flagship Krell home amplifiers. The result is an amplifier that has 1/3 less distortion than a leading competitor’s flagship luxury car amplifier and power and headroom to meet the obstacles that the road will throw in its way. The system’s tweeters are composed of lightweight magnesium cones that create extraordinary musical detail and extended high frequencies without any trace of harshness. Even more impressive are the system’s six mid bass drivers that are made from Zylon – the world’s strongest super fiber. Rounding out the speaker complement is a potent carbon fiber composite subwoofer. The dedicated 100 Watt subwoofer amplifier insures that low frequency music is reproduced cleanly and with substantial impact. www.krellonline.com
Nintendo has confirmed that it will be launching the Nintendo Wii Mini gaming system, at least in the Great White North for now. This Canadian exclusive will retail for a very reasonable $100 and will be a great alternative for those who don’t want to fork out the $300-$350 for the new Wii U system. In order to fit in its new compact casing, the Wii Mini cuts out GameCube game compatibility and internet access – not a big deal to those who just want to play some Wii games. Coming out on December 7th. www.nintendo.ca