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Published on: September 6, 2013 / Comments: 2

A few questions with the TubeCore Duo creators

We had a chance to catch up with Jason from TubeCore, so we decided to ask him a few questions.  TubeCore currently has a Kickstarter running to launch their product the TubeCore Duo.  The TubeCore Duo is a hackable, retro inspired modern boombox that sports all the goodies.  Streaming via WIFI and Bluetooth, to a hybrid vacuum tube amplifier powerhouse inside.  There’s even a Raspberry Pi running XBMC.

[su_dropcap style="1" size="2"]Q[/su_dropcap]So tell us your inspiration for creating the Duo.

[su_dropcap style="2" size="2"]A[/su_dropcap]I grew up in recording studios and on stages. I cut my teeth on HiFi and couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I wanted to combine solid HiFi principles to small form consumer audio; a sort of HiFi for everyone. I wanted to build something that didn’t exists and love music. So the choice was natural.

[su_dropcap style="1" size="2"]Q[/su_dropcap]You’ve obviously already passed your funding goal, do you have any concerns at this point ?

[su_dropcap style="2" size="2"]A[/su_dropcap]Logistics. When I started this, my biggest concern was getting the 56 I would have need to fund out the door and use the profits to reduce my need for off the shelf solutions and have my hardware custom designed. Because of the huge support of our fans, we have been able to develop some key relationships with our suppliers and have drawn the interest of some national and international distributors. While this relationship building is critical, with an on off system we are burdened with the task of developing 10 times the relationships we would have needed before. More input channels are being created and the time dedicated to maintaining each has drastically increased. All said, I have compensated by sleeping less. You get used to it actually.


Published on: September 5, 2013 / Comments: None

The $45 CuBox-i might be your new XBMC box

If you’ve ever run XBMC on your Raspberry Pi, you’ll notice it can bog down a little bit and get a little slow.  The new CuBox line might just replace that.  The CuBox line comes in a couple flavors with different options and starts out at $45 bucks.  The base model sports a Freescale i.MX6 solo @ 1ghz, 512MB of DDR3, HDMI/Ethernet, optical/spdif, and an infra-red receiver.  It also has video acceleration so it should be able to push 1080p video out.

It’s boasted that it can run Android or Linux and open source.  It looks like it comes with a case already, and if it comes with a power supply too, then price wise it’s almost cheaper then running a Raspberry Pi.

The upgraded models add more features like dual and quad cpu cores, more ram, an eSATA interface, and even an infra-red transmitter.

Linuxgizmos has a more in-depth feature list here.  I feel the CuBox’s web site doesn’t lay the details out very cleanly.  They are taking pre-orders on the CuBox site right now.