TDK debuts $499 ‘Three-Speaker Boombox’ — Engadget

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Some recent attempts at a modern boombox may have been less than faithful to the original incarnation, but TDK looks to at least have its heart in the right place with its simply-named “Three-Speaker Boombox.” Set for an official debut at CES in January, the $499 device boasts a streamlined design compared to the 1980s-era originals, but it’s still unmistakably a boombox and, according to Crave‘s early hands-on, it pumps out a surprising amount of sound from its 35 watt RMS speakers. You’ll also get a full range of audio inputs (including iPhone / iPod support via USB, rather than a dedicated dock), a built-in AM / FM radio, an OLED display on the front and, perhaps best of all, some oversized aluminum knobs. Needless to say, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for this one at CES.


Heavy metal veteran Ronnie James Dio dies – The Malaysian Insider

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Dio sings at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas in this May 31, 2002 file photo. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, May 17  — Ronnie James Dio, the pint-sized heavy metal singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, died yesterday, five months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, his wife said. He was 67.

The rocker, born to an Italian-American family in New Hampshire as Ronald James Padavona, also led his own band, Dio, whose 1983 song “Holy Diver” is a classic-rock radio staple.

“Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away,” Wendy Dio, who also managed her husband, said in a statement.

“Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”

She did not say where he died, but previous statements had said he was seeking treatment in Houston.

Dio first achieved prominence in 1975 when he joined Rainbow, a group led by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

He moved over to Black Sabbath, the leading exponents of heavy metal, after Osbourne was ousted in 1979. He recorded three albums with the band before quitting. He reportedly complained there were not enough photos of him in the artwork for the group’s 1982 concert album “Live Evil,” and guitarist Tony Iommi referred to him as a “little Hitler.”

After a successful stint at the helm of his eponymous band, Dio briefly rejoined Black Sabbath a decade later, by which time Iommi was the only original member left and the group had lost most of its fans.

Most of the Black Sabbath lineup reunited in 2006 as Heaven & Hell, taking its name from the title of the first album Dio recorded with Black Sabbath. The group toured and released a studio album last year.

Dio disclosed last November that he had been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer, and would immediately start treatment. Two months ago, he reported that the main tumour had shrunk considerably, and visits to his cancer clinic in Houston had been reduced.

But earlier this month, Heaven & Hell said it would postpone a planned summer tour of Europe because of Dio’s illness. — Reuters

OH NO !! One of my favorite rock singers is dead !! I will miss his voice and songs.

*Lifts up a shot of whiskey listening to Rainbow in the Dark*

Why musicians don’t make money online – Holy Kaw!

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Ouch, this must sound really painful for indie artistes.

Zoom G2Nu and G2.1Nu guitar effects pedals offer direct USB recording — Engadget

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Zoom G2Nu and G2.1Nu guitar effects pedals offer direct USB recording

Zoom is kind of like Mitsubishi — it sort of does it all. Months after shipping one of the greatest pocket audio recorders every known to man, the company is now hitting back with none other than a pair of guitar effects pedals. The G2Nu and G2.1Nu boards both feature 100 preset guitar sounds, 20 of which have purportedly been given the almighty thumbs-up from Steve Vai. If you’re curious about differences, the latter adds a built-in expression pedal for additional control, but frankly, the expected capabilities aren’t what we’re interested in. Both devices sport integrated USB ports that enable them to operate as audio interfaces; in other words, axe slingers can record directly to their computer through this box, and the 1.9-inch display helps you keep track of what’s going on. Regrettably, pricing and availability details have been conveniently omitted, but we suspect it’ll be hitting Sam Ash, Sweetwater and the rest of the gang soonish.

Sal’s Request

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Today I had a request from a friend who wanted a review on the song ‘The God That Failed’ by Metallica. Being the overconfident schmuck I am, I volunteered.

As you all may know, the song is from the legendary Black Album which some might argue is their best album ever. I personally think it is the album where they managed to attain the balance of commercial sheen and metal rage but I don’t think its their best work ever.

The song is basically about humanity’s reliance on god and how it will deliver them from whatever pain or anguish that they are in. The person in the song believed in god and believed that god’s healing hand will save him/her from a terminal disease.

The song’s slow and heavy pace makes the song have this very sickening and ugly feel to it which does give the impression of impending doom that the person in the song knows is coming but his unwarranted faith in gods ability to deliver him from his pain and anguish keeps him on until the person ultimately succumbs to the terminal illness. Betrayal and anger that the god the person has been so pious and loyal to is central to the song’s theme.

I personally am not too big a fan of this song but I do feel there is a moral value in this song. This song basically tells us that blind faith is wrong and one should always question their beliefs and open their eyes to things outside of their own realm. Who knows, if the person on the song actually decided to get secular medical help, the terminal disease might not have taken his/her life.