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Moving right along from the weighty (the post below) to the trivial (this post), allow me to publicly drool over the iMPAMP — the world’s smallest all-tube stereo amplifier. Ever wonder why the sound coming out of an iPod kinda sucks? It’s not merely due to the much-maligned lossy compression of MP3s. Another big problem is that iPods — indeed, all small handheld audio players — have really cheap amplification circuitry. To get a really nice fat signal, you need a powerful amp, and ideally an analog one that uses vacuum tubes.

Ah, but how can you fit an entire tube amplifier in your man-purse? By getting a $545 iMPAMP, that’s how! As the creator boasts on his web site:

Perfect for your office or recording environment…you can put the iMP AMP right on your desk with bookshelf speakers and have a mini tube hi-fi setup for your iPod!

Check out his video introduction to this thing. It’s just insanely cute.

(Thanks to Andrew Hearst for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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