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iAsus Concepts Mobile Amp

With all the legitimate warnings about hearing damage induced by in-ear headphones, you might think a portable headphone amp is the last thing on-the-go music listeners need. But that’s not going to stop us from praising this tiny doodad. Don’t get us wrong: Listening to music played at high sound-pressure levels will absolutely damage your hearing over time.

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StarTech InfoSafe USB 2.0 On-the-Go Drive Enclosure

It has always bothered us that in the 23rd century Starfleet couldn’t do more for poor Captain Pike than that blinking light. Heck, he couldn’t even Morse code “Help me… Spock!” with that blasted chair.

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Transcend StoreJet OTG

If the InfoSafe is original Star Trek, all papier-mâché and paint, Transcend’s StoreJet OTG is the first Star Trek movie. It’s got better graphics but still has some issues.

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Ion Audio iTTUSB Turntable

Ion Audio is a division of Numark, a company that manufactures a ton of gear targeted at the professional DJ market. The iTTUSB is one of four turntables it offers that features not only a built-in phono preamp but also a USB interface. This table can perform the analog-to-digital conversion on its own and send the digitized audio to your PC via the provided USB cable. We’d advise leaving that task to a good soundcard, but we welcome the flexibility. We also like most of the trade-offs that Ion made: Instead of spending money on an automatic tonearm and a dust cover, Ion splurged on an adjustable tonearm counterweight, a removable headshell that can accommodate a variety of cartridges, and an antiskate adjustment that will extend the life of your stylus.

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Audio-Technica AT-LP2Da

Audio-Technica has a stellar reputation as a manufacturer of pro-audio gear, and it’s a major player in the Japanese consumer-electronics market. The company doesn’t have much of a presence in the U.S. consumer market, but the AT-LP2Da (a package consisting of the Audio-Technica AT-PL50 turntable and Cakewalk’s Pyro software) is widely available here.

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Kingwin KH-350SEU Hard Drive Enclosure

Do you find yourself curious about the differences between a rave and a concert? Strangely so, Kingwin’s KH-350SEU external hard drive enclosure provides the perfect answer.

If you just want fancy lights alongside an experience that you probably won’t remember in the morning, grab your glowst… er… this enclosure, because that’s pretty much all the KH-350SEU has to separate it from everything else on the marketplace—lights.

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