Archive for October, 2016

Now shipping: IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor

by on October 27th, 2016

IK Multimedia announced today the iLoud Micro Monitor is now available to purchase worldwide. The iLoud Micro Monitor is the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. I’m starting to see a trend using the verbage “the product is the smallest in the world.” To date I have in my possession the worlds smallest earbuds, the worlds smallest drone, and the worlds smallest wearable camera.


I have yet to test out any Micro Monitor so I have little knowledge on the iLoud Micro Monitor by IK Multimedia.  I have high hopes that they will send me a review unit but until then here are the key features and diagram of the iLoud Micro Monitor.

  • Hi-end features without the high-end price
  • High power with the smallest footprint
  • Free-field positioning
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Portability
  • Ultra -Compact for small studios
  • Accurate true linear frequency response


Below is the official Press Release along with links and more information on the iLoud Micro Monitor. Good Luck in your Micro Monitor search and hopefully I will get a review unit that I will feature on Hi-Tech Chic (Cutegeek’s BFF).

Official Press Release:

October 27, 2016 – IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that iLoud® Micro Monitor, the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world, is now available and shipping worldwide. With an ultra-linear frequency response, best-in-class bass (down to 55Hz @ -3db), the smallest footprint and incredibly detailed sound, iLoud Micro Monitor is the perfect reference monitoring system for tight studio spaces that delivers high-end sound without the high-end price.iloud-4-pix

With iLoud Micro Monitor, musicians, producers, video editors and sound designers now have a way to critically listen to their music and audio no matter where they’re working – in a bedroom studio space, hotel room, tour bus, a larger studio as a second set of monitors, or just streaming music and listening at home. Powerful detailed sound iLoud Micro Monitor delivers amazingly detailed, clear and accurate audio in a compact, efficient and portable enclosure.

They are able to do this in conjunction with the DSP-controlled frequency response, ultra-accurate and time aligned crossover and smart design – the drivers are powered by four ultra-efficient class D power amplifiers that push out a combined 50W RMS of power. Each speaker sports a 3/4″ silk dome tweeter, a 3″ custom composite material performance woofer and a large flaring front-firing bass reflex port.amp

iLoud Micro Monitor’s sound is characterized by pleasing high frequencies, an exceptionally “open” detailed midrange and a solid, controlled low end. Total DSP control iLoud Micro Monitor provides a flat and linear speaker response in any listening environment thanks to its on-board 56-bit digital signal processor (DSP). The DSP handles the frequency and phase response of the monitors and also manages the dynamic range so that the drivers are always under control.

The DSP also acts as a digital crossover allowing for invisibly smooth transitions between the drivers themselves. This DSP can be adjusted to suit different listening environments thanks to three EQ switches: One for treble, one for bass and a DESKTOP toggle that lets users optimize iLoud Micro Monitor for use in either a free field or desktop setup.

iLoud Micro Monitor can be positioned on a desktop at two angles of inclination with their dual-position isolation bases, or in free-field positioning on standard microphone stands thanks to their integrated threaded mic stand mounts (UNC 3/8″-16 thread). iloudmm_mic_stand

The “Super-nearfield” monitoring system iLoud Micro Monitor is designed so that the sweet spot is at the ideal location when users are creating, producing, mixing or listening to music. And because the sweet spot is closer to the speakers, users are able to monitor the audio without the unwanted effect of room reflections that can color the sound, thus presenting the most accurate sound in a small space.

Input options iLoud Micro Monitor accepts both RCA (cable included) and 1/8″ wired connections and can also be paired for Bluetooth streaming with all Bluetooth audio streaming-enabled devices. The bottom line iLoud Micro Monitor delivers stunningly accurate and detailed sound for mixing in any space – from cramped bedrooms to large studios – without the compromises in sonic quality normally associated with small and budget monitors. Simply put, iLoud Micro Monitor’s sound is so good that it’s nearly inconceivable for a speaker system of this size and at this price point.

Pricing and availability iLoud Micro Monitor is now available and shipping from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store for only $/€299.99 per pair (excluding taxes). For more information, please visit

*Detailed information provided by IK Multimedia
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by on October 26th, 2016

cleerAnnounced today, Cleer, Inc. will be shipping out their much anticipated DU Wireless Bluetooth headphones. The dual driver wireless headphones with Bluetooth 4.1, AptX® are the newest DU Wireless Bluetooth headphones launched from Cleer. The headphones have a dual-driver system that contains two separate speakers. One driver handles high and mid-frequencies and the second to handle the bass.cleer-duo

Cleer‘s DU Wireless Bluetooth headphones come with a detachable cord, detachable audio cables, USB charging cable, and hard case carrying pouch. I think it’s ideal if you have any wireless device to always have the hardwire cord just in case the Bluetooth malfunctions. Cleer‘s DU Wireless Bluetooth headphones are currently $199.99 MSRP and you can purchase them here.

If any of my cutegeek fans purchase these send me a DM on @nrpena and let me know if you like them or not. Below are the detailed technical specifications for the DU Wireless Bluetooth headphones and the official press release from Cleer. Enjoy!

Technical Specifications:

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 102dB
Impedance: 32 / 38 Ohm
Speaker Diver: Custom dual driver, 40mm
Magnet Type: Neodymium
Distortion: <1%THD IEC3181mW at1KHz
Audio Connection: 3.5mm stereo jack socket

San Diego, CA – October 26, 2016Cleer, Inc., designer and manufacturer of high-performance headphones announces its new award-winning DU Wireless headphones are now available.

Make pure, wireless audio enjoyment on-the-go a reality with Cleer DU Wireless, dual-driver wireless headphones. Easily pair compatible NFC-equipped audio streaming devices and prepare for rich audio playback via: Bluetooth® 4.1, aptX®, and AAC codec support; dual 40mm neodymium drivers (per ear cup) powered by a robust, audiophile-grade amplifier; and a quick-charging lithium-ion battery for up to 20 hours* battery life. Detachable audio cables, USB charging cable, and hard case carrying pouch are included. MSRP $199.99 U.S.  To learn more, please visit

ABOUT CLEER – Established in 2012, Cleer is a U.S. based, award-winning manufacturer of high-performance headphones and electronics designed, voiced and built to deliver a studio recording and mastering grade performance for the discerning audio enthusiast, music lover and mix creator in us all. A CES Innovations Honoree Award-Winner (x3), Cleer’s products combine ultra-modern design, premium build quality and high performance sound to deliver QUALITY THAT INSPIRES.
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by on October 25th, 2016


The NES Classic Edition is a miniaturized version of the original NES system that was originally released in 1985. On November 11, 2016 fans of NES will be able to purc hase the new NES Classic Edition at, Target, and Best Buy. The system will have 30 of the original NES’s classic games preloaded.nes-games

Setting up the new NES Classic Edition seems simple (though I have not reviewed it yet) users need to just plug the NES Classic Edition into their TV and should work immediately.extra-controller

What’s in the box Nina? Good Question! Below is the list of what comes in the box. Note you only get one controller so if you want to game with your friends you will need to buy the extra controller which is said to only be $9.99.

  • NES Classic Edition system
  • One NES Classic Controller
  • HDMI cable
  • AC adapter
  • 30 pre-installed games

The included NES Classic Edition Controller can also be used with NES Virtual Console games on your Wii™ or Wii U™ console by connecting it to a Wii Remote™ controller.

nes-controllerThe NES Classic Edition has four Suspend Point slots for each game which allows you to save your game (unlike the original NES). User just need to press the Reset button while playing to return to the HOME menu and save your progress to a slot. Users can lock their saved file and resume at a later time.

I am very excited that us geeks will finally be able to purchases this in November. NES Classic Edition would also be a great Holiday Gift for the gaming geek in your life. For more information and the NES Classic Edition site click here.

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Registration for CES and Nina’s Infamous CES Checklist

by on October 24th, 2016

ces-logo-2016It’s that time again to start registering for CES and other events during CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Today registration for attendee’s general admission opened up and those wanting to attend CES can register here.

This year there is a great line-up of speakers and events inside the Las Vegas Convention Center and outside as well. As of today the line-up of keynote speakers that are confirmed are Jen-Hsun Huang (Founder, President and CEO of NVIDIA), Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO Nissan Motor Corp., Ltd.) and Kevin Plank (Founder and CEO of Under Armour). Most events require a CES badge except for events outside the LV Convention Center or Sands Expo like LaunchFest.


Each year I have a check list for CES that continues to grow from lessons learned from past CESs. Below is my ever growing checklist and tips to help you plan your CES trip accordingly. Continue Reading…

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“PINK” Technology Products that Donate to Breast Cancer

by on October 19th, 2016

pink-ribbon-qAs National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has less than 2 weeks left I wanted to put together a list of technology “Pink” products that donate a portion of their proceeds to Breast Cancer efforts or organizations. I came to this brilliant idea after doing research for my 3-D Mammography article on Hi-Tech Chic by stumbling across “Pink” products.

I made it a mission to find some cool “Pink” technology products that also donates to Breast Cancer research. Below is a list of “Pink” technology products that were recommended to me by and “Pink” tech products I found myself through various sites or research.

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Mobile Edge’s Pink Milano Laptop Case ($129.99)

  • Case Fits laptops up to 16″
  • Contribute 10% of the retail price from this case to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundations


Mobile Edge’s Paris Backpack – Black with Pink Trim ($129.99)

  • Backpack Fits laptops up to 17”
  • Contribute 10% of the retail price from this case to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundations


Verbatim Pink 2200 mAh Power Bank and 8GB USB Drive- Save Bundle ($39.99)

  • Verbatim 97757 8GB USB 2.0 Micro USB Plus Drive (Hot Pink)
  • Verbatim 98361 2,200mAh Portable Power Pack (Pink)
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer research


iLuv Pink Jam Bundle ($59.99)

  • iLuv Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker (Pink)
  • iLuv METALFSPK Metal Forge In-Ear Earbuds with Microphone (Pink)
  • Donating 10 percent of the company’s website sales in October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation


SleepPhones Wireless Headband- Sunset Pink ($99.95)

  • Soft headband stereo Bluetooth-enabled headphone system
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer research

NINA’s “PINK” Findings:


The ValueRays® PINK Warm Mouse ($24.95)

  • Heated computer mouse with massaging infrared heat
  • A portion is donated annually toward Breast Cancer research


1Face Breast Cancer Pink Watch ($19.99)

  • Digital Watch
  • 9 watches provides 1 mammogram


Denon Exercise Freak Fight Kit ($169)

  • Branded water bottle, absorbent gym towel, wrist sweat band, armband smartphone holder with quality Velcro closure and limited edition pink Susan G. Komen Wireless Exercise Freak Headphones.
  • Supporter of support the Susan G. Komen Foundation


Supportive Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Jewel Tone Laptop Computer Sleeve ($29.00)

  • Customizable Neoprene Laptop Sleeve 10”
  • Supporter of Breast Cancer through multiple products by their designs


EYN “Think Pink” Smartphone Cases ($11.25- $26.95)

  • Pink Ribbon cases for iPhones: 4/4S, 5/5S, 6/6s
  • 25% off “Think Pink” Cases and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society


(Though not that hi-tech everywoman should have this)


 Apollo Precision Tools DT7102P Household Tool Kit with Tool Box- Pink ($44.99)

  • 170 Piece Tool Kit and Box (tools are double dipped in “Pink” plastic coating for grip and durability
  • 1 dollar from this purchase is being donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Remember that even though National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to an end your donations and contributions throughout the year are just as important and truly needed to help us find a cure for Breast Cancer. Below are a few great sites where you can donate to help end Breast Cancer:

  • BreastCancer.Org– “Every $1 we raise helps 3 women get the care they need now to make the best decisions to protect their precious lives.”
  • Susan G. Komen– “80 cents of every dollar spent by Susan G. Komen supports mission programs and services.”
  •– “Your donation will make sure that every woman who needs a mammogram receives one through our National Mammography Program.”

Together we WILL find a cure for Breast Cancer through love, belief, compassion, raising awareness and contributing to the cause.


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Connectivity Meets Classic Watch Design in the New Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch

by on October 18th, 2016


The Shine and other Misfit  products have been on of my favorite products I have reviewed after learning about them in 2014 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Today to continue their success with wearable technology they announced the Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch to be available on to purchase starting on November 7, 2016.

The Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch face is the user interface for notifications, feedback, activity, alarm and notification data using an interplay of the watch hands. It also has a small color window,vibration alerts, texting, call, app notifications, and movement reminders delivered directly to a user’s wrist.

I will be doing a product review of Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch on my other site and will be included in the holiday guide with more in depth and usability information. Till then below is the official press release.

Continue Reading…

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New Kickstarter Campaign: Flip! The World’s Most Intuitive Smart Stylus

by on October 13th, 2016

As most of you know I am a huge crowd funding fan. I have seen some of the most innovative products go from starting a campaign to successfully launching their new product to consumers.

Launched today is Flip!

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Makeblock Robot Contest Launched!

by on October 11th, 2016

Recently Makeblock launched a new contest to build an mBot Rescue Robot, a robot hero that can save people’s lives in a disaster situation. This contest is ingenious since we are migrating towards new technology in health care.makeblock

How do I enter the mBot Rescue Robot contest? Continue Reading…

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