Vroom! Porsche creates a crazy sound bar from a 911 muffler

first_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Editors’ Recommendations The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo If you’re about to embark on your seventh viewing of the entire Fast and Furious franchise and things are starting to feel a little thin, the folks at Porsche Design might have just the thing for you — a sound bar built from a Porsche 911 muffler.This isn’t just a lookalike — the 911 Soundbar is built from the original exhaust and silencer from a Porsche 911 GT3. The company says that this actually helps improve the sound, but as we haven’t listened to it in person, we’ll abstain from weighing in on the benefits (or problems) the acoustic properties of a car muffler might bring.Related: Yamah’s new entry-level sound bar looks better, connects fasterThe unit features a single analog input as well as both coaxial and optical digital inputs. The 911 Soundbar also features support for Bluetooth connectivity, including aptX, in case you’d rather not use wires. DTS TruSurround virtual surround sound is included, as is a lip sync function to ensure your video and audio remain properly synchronized. The 911 also features bass and treble controls, as well as a built-in LED display and remote control.The sound bar boasts a claimed 200 watts of power, so while we can’t speak to how good it might sound, it will almost certainly be loud. And if it doesn’t offer enough bass on its own, it’s also equipped with an external subwoofer input — possibly one made from a cargo van’s muffler?This isn’t the only tech-related product to bear the Porsche design name. Earlier this year, the company unveiled a 2TB hard drive that was the result of a collaboration between Porsche Design and LaCie, while earlier this summer, Microsoft teamed up with the company on a 2-in-1 laptop design.If you’re thinking this would be the perfect complement to your TV, be prepared to spend as much or more than your TV cost. The price on the Porsche Design website is $3,500. If you’re looking for something a little on the cheaper side, a Porsche Design candle will only cost you $45.A version of this post first appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel last_img read more

Canadian housing market still cooling as prices decline for fifth month straight

TORONTO — The Teranet-National Bank index of Canadian housing prices continues to show the effects of a cooling trend that has hovered over the real estate market for more than a year.The index was at 153 last month, up just 2.7% from January 2012 — the lowest 12-month growth rate since November 2009.It was also the 14th consecutive month of shrinking year-over-year price increases and the fifth consecutive month-to-month decline, with the index was down 0.3% from December.Vancouver, which is Canada’s most expensive residential real estate market, was the only city on the index to show a year-over-year decline, dropping  2.5% compared with January 2012.Victoria, on the other hand, had its first year-over-year gain in 13 months, while three other cities showed month-to-month gains.The composite index covers 11 major urban centres.Seven of 11 local markets tracked by the Teranet land registry system showed month-to-month declines: Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.The four local markets that saw increases were: Halifax, Ottawa, Quebec and Victoria.It was the third month-to-month decrease in a row for Toronto and the fourth consecutive for Montreal.The Canadian Press read more