Audio Companies Kick It Old School at CES
MP3 decks and USB turntables from Lasonic and Ion Audio go retro with boombox and hi-fi turntable looks.
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January 08, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

The iPod may have been the singular face of music for the decade of the 2000s, but a couple of companies showed that sound can still be retro cool.

Lasonic and Ion Audio displayed some interesting audio products at CES 2010, giving us a blast from the past with their designs—Lasonic’s being straight outta the 1980s, and Ion’s more like the 1950s.

The Lasonic products are iPod docks disguised as 1980s boomboxes. One of the models even goes by the moniker i931 iPod Ghetto Blaster ($125), featuring a pair of 12-watt speakers so you can turn up the iTunes. You can even watch iPod video via the dock, and there’s also an FM/AM tuner. You can also use it as an alarm clock if you want to wake up for some early morning breakdancing.

Lasonic’s boomboxes are available in black or white so they’ll look good next to either color of your old Air Jordans.

In contrast, you may need to pour yourself a glass of vintage wine to go with the vintage feel of Ion Audio’s Omni Play turntable (at least the model on the right pictured below).

This multipurpose media player doesn’t do MP3 conversion like most of Ion’s products, but it does let you get your analog tunes up to digital age as a CD burner. You can rip your vinyl and cassettes to CDs with this nifty unit, which plays LPs, tapes, CDs and FM/AM radio.

We dig Ion’s USB turntables they’ve hit the market with, and if you still like to spin vinyl or Maxells, this unit will bring back the memories of golden days hi-fi of yore.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

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