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I do think there's something decidedly Rosebud-ish about the whole trend of reproducing and/or updating extinct consumer electronics components, but then again I like being reminded of a time when the Internet hadn't yet stolen my soul with MySpace and when I had no idea what yiffing was. The cassette-styled USB thumbdrive that's been making the blog rounds recently is a little too heavy on the John-Cusack-with-feelings tip for me. I tend to like my gear like I like my women: obnoxious, loud, heavily styled up, and too expensive for me to afford.

Based on their High Performance Portable Music System—basically a giant, iPod-compatible boom box—I'd say Lasonic is right there with me. Though I'm somewhat disconcerted by the whiff of vaporware from them using an illustration rather than an actual photo of the thing, I am smitten with its retro-futuristic color scheme, the plethora of buttons, the sorta-superfluous volume meter, and the built-in echo on the mic input. Also, according to the details, the thing weighs in at a reassuringly heavy 15 pounds.

The more refined part of me—he's the guy who's been ripping Glenn Gould CDs to my iTunes—is drooling over the upcoming reissue of Grundig's Audiorama speakers. Not only do they look hella cool, they also project in 360 degrees, which would definitely help in my apartment. Due to the layout of my living room, the sweet spot for my primary speakers is on the floor underneath one corner of my coffee table. The only drawback that I could see in owning the Audioramas—other than shelling out $820 to do so—is that they are so much nicer than anything else in my apartment that I would probably, out of a sense of duty, upgrade the rest of my furniture and decorations. I could see that turning out badly, transforming my living space to a place where real grown-ups would hang out doing grown-up things, rather than laying in aural bliss on the floor underneath the coffee table.

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