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Audio-Technica In-Ear Monitor Headphones

Some arguments as to why in-ear monitors are better than traditional options like headphones/stage monitors: better sound quality, optimal volume levels, elimination of feedback, and advantages that relate to hearing health. Live musicians have been on them for a while, a lot of DJs are switching over, and here two models from Audio-Technica offering accurate response at two different price points.

Audio-Technica ATH-E50 Professional In-Ear Monitor Headphones

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Priced at $199, the ATH-E50 features a specifically designed housing that provides maximum isolation. This allows for dependable performance on stage, and on-the-go producers will benefit from the ATH-E50’s single balanced armature driver, which promises consistent sound reference for a variety of sonic environments. The model includes 4 types of silicone eartips for custom fit, and the flexible memory cable guarantees long-lasting comfort.

ATH-E70 Professional In-Ear Monitor Headphones

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The ATH-E70 is Audio-Technica’s flagship in-ear model in the E-Series, and the steep price tag ($399) is justified by the three (vs. one for E50) balanced armature drivers that produce accurate and extended response across the entire frequency range. This model is designed for professionals that require most detailed sound whether on stage or in the studio, and similar to the E50s, these are designed for maximum sound isolation and long-lasting comfort.

Both models are available at Turntable Lab now, check links below:

Audio-Technica ATH-E50
Audio-Technica ATH-E70

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Music T-Shirts… Sonic Youth, De La Soul, Washed Out

De La soul De La Soul Is Dead Shirt

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Here’s one to add to your rap tee collection. Being pigeonholed as hippies after the incredible 3 Feet High and Rising, the Strong Island crew trio set out to end the “D.A.I.S.Y Age” with De La Soul Is Dead, the sentiment captured quite literally on this t-shirt.

Sonic Youth Goo Shirt – White

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Sonic Youth Goo Shirt – Black

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Also available are Sonic Youth t-shirts in two different colors. Goo is the NY band’s sixth studio album, and the artwork, by Raymond Pettibon and featured on the front of the shirts, has become argualy the most iconic of SY covers. These will go great with a pair of “Dirty Boots.”

Washed Out Within & Without Shirt

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Rounding out the music tee drops is the Within & Without shirt from Washed Out, and it’s a simple, lowkey piece featuring the type treatment from the chillwave artist’s 2011 debut.

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Junkie XL Deadpool Soundtrack 180g Black & Starburst Red Vinyl

Junkie XL Deadpool Soundtrack

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When’s the sequel coming out??? Deadpool was an unexpected hit, and the wise-cracking (love the R-rated humor), gun-toting anti-hero has quickly risen to the top ranks of Marvel universe. What accompanies the entertaining flick is a soundtrack by the big beat/electronica honcho Junkie XL, and it’s easy to understand why the Dutch producer has been able to amass such an impressive cinema resume, which includes Mad Max: Fury Road, Point Break, and Batman v Superman. In addition to licensing fun numbers like Salt N Pepa’s “Shoop” and DMX’s “X Gon Give It To Ya,” XL creates perfect soundscapes for the in-your-face attitude of Wade Wilson (Deadpool’s government), and this super limited (300 copies worldwide), red & black starburst 180g vinyl release is a must for fans of the popping franchise.

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CB-R DRSL Vinyl 12″

CB-R DRSL Vinyl 12″

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Here’s an impressive debut from the enigmatic CB-R. DRSL consists of four dub techno numbers, and “OTA Visions” sets things off with reverb/delayed out, minimalist rhythmic pulsations. “Satellite 581” follows with free-floating beats and blissful, up-in-the clouds vibes, and CB-R takes things to the dancefloor on “Flight Deck 1114” and “Kiri.” Judging from this fine release, it’s obvious that the Brooklyn producer is well informed of the past but also interested in looking forward and expanding the boundaries of the genre.

Available at Turntable Lab now.

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Audioquest Dragonfly Black USB DAC + Headphone Amp

Audioquest Dragonfly Black USB DAC + Headphone Amp

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Audioquest‘s latest USB DAC + headphone amp is the Drangonfly Black, which features an improved 32-bit DAC chips, improved signal-to-noise ratio, and lower power consumption. What does it all mean? Plug this compact device into a USB port (Mac & PC compatible, also works with Android, iOS, Apple Camera Adapter or Android/OTG adaptor), and what you can expect is DRASTICALLY upgraded sound in comparison to what your device has been putting out. Here are some tech specs behind this brilliant, portable gadget:

– medium output of 1.2 volts to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of headphones
– 24-bit/96kHz resolution
– asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
– 32-bit ESS 9010 DAC with minimum-phase filter
– analog volume control

Available now at Turntable Lab here.

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Revolutionary Sounds: Dub Out Her Blouse & Skirt Vol. 1 & Vol. 3 + Augustus Pablo Vinyl LP

Augustus Pablo This is Augustus Pablo

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A few essential reggae records arrived at the Lab, and the first one is from the visionary Augustus Pablo. Originally released in 1974, This is August Pablo is the debut from the pioneering artist, and it is a collaborative effort with Pablo’s childhood friend and acclaimed producer Clive Chin. Recorded at Chin’s Randy’s Studio 17 with a heavy hitting lineup (Ansel Collins on keyboards, Llyod Parks and Anston Barrett on bass), the album is the first to showcase Pablo’s mastery of the melodica (peep the album cover!), and This is… put Augustus at the forefront of the rebel rock movement that was happening at the time. Here’s a later clip of AP finessing the melodica:

Revolutionary Sounds: Dub Out Her Blouse & Skirt Vol. 1

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Revolutionary Sounds: Dub Out Her Blouse & Skirt Vol. 3

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The next two are reissues of classics from Donovan Germain, another true pioneer. Starting his acclaimed career in the 70s, Germain dropped his first dub LP, Revolutionary Sounds: Dub Out Her Blouse & Skirt Vol. 1 in 1979, and the 10-tracker is a collection of the producer’s hottest rhythms (circa the release year) processed through wicked echo, reverb, and delay. Germain is credited with working with the likes of Sugar Minott, Freddie McGregor, Tenor Saw, Buju Banton, and Beres Hammond, and in 1987, he returned to Kingston to open the iconic and influential Penthouse Studio which soon became one of Jamaica’s top studios. Vol. 3 dropped in 1981, and irie dub vibes continue on the record with the god Scientist handling the mixing.

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The Replacements Albums “The Sire Years” Vinyl 4LP Boxset

The Replacements The Sire Years Vinyl 4 LP Boxset

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Here’s a collection of mid to late career albums from Minnesota alternative rock pioneers The Replacements. The band, early on, put out work on Twin/Tone Records: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981), Hootenanny (1983), and Let It Be (1984). Garnering attention from major labels on the strength of the first three, Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars signed with Warner sub-label Sire Records, which the band chose due to its fondness for Seymour Stein, who had previously managed the Ramones. Tim is the first effort on Sire from The Replacements, with Tommy Ramone handling production. After the second full-length, Pleased To Meet Me, Stinson parted with the group, and Westerberg is responsible for Don’t Tell a Soul and All Shook Down (with help from session players). This slipcase boxset is released by Rhino Records and features all original cover art, limited to 8700 copies.

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Available now at Turntable Lab here.

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2Pac – All Eyes On Me T-Shirt

2Pac – All Eyez On Me T-Shirt

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T-shirt featuring the title of 2Pac‘s 1996 album! All Eyes on Me spawned 5 singles: “California Love,” “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” “How Do U Want It,” “Life Goes On,” and “I Ain’t Mad at Cha.” Wow. A certified classic, and if you’re a fan of the west coast legend, this officially licensed, 100% cotton joint is a no brainer.

Also, if you’re in to rap memorabilia, check out DJ Ross One’s Rap Tees – A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999 book.

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