Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Considering Consonance's reputation, we're not all that surprised that its latest CD player is shaped unorthodoxly, but mimicking the proportions of a kidney was an interesting choice. Nevertheless, the Droplet CDP3.1 is a 24-bit, oversampling top-loading player that features gold plated RCA outputs, a wireless remote and a digital buffer to eliminate jitter. It's available in a number of luscious finishes, but considering the $2,495 to $2,995 pricetag attached to this thing, we highly doubt you'll be picking this up solely for use as a conversation piece.
Digital / Analog Converters : AD1853,SRC4193
0dBFS signal output: 2.5V RMS RCA
Output Terminals: Gold plated Phono/RCA unbalanced
Frequency response: Less than +/- 0.1 dB deviation 20Hz-20kHz
Phase response: Less than 2 degrees deviation 20Hz-20kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100dB
Distortion (RCA): Less than 0.003%
Intermodulation: Less than 0.002% (19kHz + 20kHz)
Remote Control : Philips RC-5 compatible IR system 36kHz modulation frequency
Dimensions / Weight 14cm x 38cm x 43cm (HxWxD) / 20kg
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
You never know when you're going to need a bag for schlepping things around - library books, farmer's market goods, extra shoes. I probably have a dozen folding bags lying around the house and in the trunk of my car, but I find that I never re-fold them after the first time I unfold them (well, often I don't know how, it's like solving a puzzle and I just don't have time).
The Flip & Tumble bag is a very inexpensive, lightweight, reusable bag that doesn't look so bad (the teal and lime colors look sort of nice for something that serves as an alternative grocery bag), and is (at least seems to be) easy to roll back up into a ball when not in use. Supposedly, if you can roll up a pair of socks, you should be able to roll up this bag.
Good for travel, I think - throw a couple of balls in your suitcase in case you do more shopping than you anticipated.