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There hasn’t been a legitimate competitor to an Apple music player for quite some time, but by the time you read this the Pono Music system will probably have eclipsed the million dollar mark on Kickstarter. The first six minutes of the video is a who’s who of famous musicians, engineers and record execs singing the praises of the Pono Music system. This is due in no small part to the fact that the entire project was started by Neil Young (yes, that Neil Young) to bring the analog experience back to music. Head to the PonoMusic store, find the music you want, download it to your computer and then sync your PonoPlayer. Using one of the two audio outputs (mini-stereo specifically for headphones and stereo mini-plug analog specifically for speakers), and the FLAC format, the Pono system lets you enjoy music at the quality level it was originally recorded at. This is the best way to get your audiophile fix on the go.

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 You can’t have a fall evening without a fire. And you can’t have a fire without a Cowboy Cauldron. They’re built from solid plate steel, meaning they’ll last a lifetime or two and they come in four different sizes with elevated basins that can be adjusted to any height. We’re going with The Urbaan Cowboy® because it’s perfect for entertaining at home.  With a 30″ diameter basin, it is more than large enough to have a nice fire, but still small enough to pack into a pickup truck and take it with you.  Can you imagine the envy when we bust this puppy out at a tailgate or the beach? We haven’t seen a more handsome fire. You?  Best of all, Cool Material readers get an exclusive deal.