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The NeKo is a high-end Windows PC that's also a full-blown musical instrument and recording workstation. Generation 2 now looks like a Porsche (it uses the same premium paint as the roadster), and acts like a Borg. Plug in your favorite hardware synth, and its Clone feature assimilates all the sounds into the collective, via automatic sampling features. The high-end model got a $4,000 price cut (now just under $6,000) and a dual-core 2.0G AMD 64 brain. Starter model: $2,295. Checking your email during a guitar solo: priceless. -P. Kirn

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