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August 1, 2007 12:53 AM   Subscribe

The On Machine. A giant audio spectrum analyzer. A bargain at only € 6000. (via)
posted by metasonix (20 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
«   ON   »   has a poorly designed web site that makes my eyes hurt.
posted by grouse at 1:25 AM on August 1, 2007

I predict that this post will be deleted.
posted by public at 1:27 AM on August 1, 2007

It took me far too much time wading through this tacky and pretentious site to finally figure out that this is nothing more than a stupid yuppie toy with no redeeming features whatsoever.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:30 AM on August 1, 2007

Is this thing On?

posted by gomichild at 1:32 AM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]

Been there. Bought the T-shirt.
posted by loquacious at 1:49 AM on August 1, 2007

There are much cooler links from your source site (though maybe they're doubles):posted by pracowity at 2:10 AM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]

On the dividing line between a work of art and a design object, “ON” is a picture where the observer takes on the role of actor or author; a cult design object whose purely-shaped, ultra deep and reflective dark glass plate is prompted into activity by the slightest noise or the most upbeFUCK OFF!
posted by Jimbob at 3:03 AM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]

loquacious- the shirt is much much cooler than the 'art'.
Is it worth $25 ?
posted by MtDewd at 3:19 AM on August 1, 2007

If anyone would like to save some money, I offer my own analyzer, the amazing +HEAR+

For $5,000 US ( €12.89 ) you get a beautiful display unit--blazing with super sharp LEDs--which respond to our built in +HEAR+ sensors. Feel confident, as our technology was developed in partnership with the Tandy Corporation. Finished size: 8" x 4". Must ship truck freight. 440 volt, three-phase by request.

For $500 US ( 500 Reichmarks ) you get a screen-saver built with the latest FLASH technology which faithfully emulates the +HEAR+ experience. Not guaranteed to actually analyze any sounds.

For $10 US ( fourteen glass beads ) +HEAR+ will set up a new account for you on METAFILTER. Allow our technicians to do all of the tedious work filling out membership forms and sending the metafilter fee via paypal Register for +HEAR+ via our easy form and convenient paypal! We will show you how to use the +HEAR+ "forward" and +HEAR+ "back" buttons to emulate the +HEAR+ experience as your browser flashes from blue to green to gray. Note: $20 US extra will be charged if you expect us to come up with a clever username.
posted by maxwelton at 3:36 AM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]

Is it worth $25 ?

Note: No T-shirts were actually purchased in the course of writing of that snarky comment.
posted by loquacious at 3:48 AM on August 1, 2007

I kind of like the idea of a spectrum analyzer for ambient sound as decor, but the site is pretty damn pretentious.
posted by DU at 4:42 AM on August 1, 2007

That fire spectrum analyzer rules.
posted by DU at 4:46 AM on August 1, 2007

It'd be cool at a much cheaper price as part of a public display, say at an airport, but would get tedious at home
posted by edgeways at 5:48 AM on August 1, 2007

i don't need Kit in my house telling me there's noise. he's much handier in the car ejecting bad guys and giving me directions for really great short cuts.
posted by lisalisa123 at 7:51 AM on August 1, 2007

Or you could get a lab-grade one for free on your computer... and do stuff like this.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 8:18 AM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]

Do I daresay that perhaps the poster's point is that this thing is obviously a blown-up version of the LED display on a 1989 jambox and not worth the 6000 Euro price?

If you told me it was made by Monster Cable, I'd probably believe you.
posted by fungible at 8:36 AM on August 1, 2007

a bargain for only $87,000 !
posted by sergeant sandwich at 8:37 AM on August 1, 2007

Make your own.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:50 AM on August 1, 2007

Make your own.

That'd be a fun project actually. I need to see if I can dig up some plans...
posted by deCadmus at 2:32 PM on August 1, 2007

Heh heh. I was just looking at this thread not logged-in, and lo and behold, here's one of the ads that was up:

LowCost Spectrum Analyzer
World Novelty: Handheld Analyser up to 7GHz at Ultra Low Cost!

posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:06 AM on August 2, 2007

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