The Best New Music Technology from CES

Sony's $1,200 Walkman

Sony’s $1,200 Walkman

Amid the cars, computers and cameras on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show, there’s quite a few items to make the music lover salivate. Here’s what we can’t wait to buy:

Neil Young’s Pono player. Addressing a group at CES, Young said that listening to his own music on mp3 is “like Picasso painted in black and white with a little sepia tone and you could only look at it through a screen door.” Pono sound possesses more depth and resonance than your iPhone and will be available for about $400.

Sony’s revived Walkman. Costing about $1,200, the Walkman deploys Hi-Res audio and has a great sound, along with plenty of level and output options to fiddle with. Again, it’s an improvement on an iPhone, but is it worth five times as much?

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound Moment. A dedicated music player for home use, it resembles an oversized iPod Nano, except with a lovely wood finish and some unique features: PatternPlay cues up songs based on your listening habits; the Mood Wheel organizes songs by color (energetic yellow, melancholy blue).

Innovative Turntables. Onkyo has come out with a new model that offers a nice sound without a hefty price tag. Innovative Technology makes a series of portable suitcase models with or without speakers and the capability to record your vinyl to USB.

Better-sounding headphones. Marshall and Gibson are best known for supplying musicians, but their headphones are worth a listen. Marshall’s headphones offer a clear, rounded tone and a design reminiscent of its iconic Marshall stack amplifiers. Gibson’s new line includes a Les Paul model with the guitar’s signature wood finish, gleaming hardware and pure sound.

Feminine listening options. Skullcandy has added new women’s products, which not only have more stylized designs, but are tailored specifically to how women hear. Acoustic Research makes a line of Bluetooth speakers that resemble purses in leopard print, pink polka-dots.



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