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MIPOW M3 wireless headphones keep emergency cable coiled inside

January 28, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The MIPOW M3 headphones are a wireless set of cans that keep concealed inside a wire for battery emergencies at the like. That said, the 15 hours battery life shouldn't let users down too much. Battery status can be checked with voice prompts, which can also be used to answer calls. There is also a control section on the earcup, along with the integrated mic. It charges via DC power rather than USB. The MIPOW M3 headphones are currently a kickstarter project, which is now successfully funded. There's just less than a month to get them for $49 rather than the retail price of $80 that they'll launch at in April. The question is, how much weight will a probably never used cable add to the headphones and will they be unbalanced? Via slashgear

Open-back Audio-Technica ATH-R70x headphones look ready for business

January 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Looking like a pro set from first glance, the Audio-Technica ATH-R70x headphones are the company's first professional open-back reference headphones. They're built for sound and comfort, with the Audio-Technica self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Headband Design that adapts without adjustment. Inside they feature 45mm drivers and a pure alloy magnetic circuit design which hopes to reduce distortion and offer accurate and extended high frequency response. They're assembled using carbon composite resin for rigidity and to aid detailed transient response. They weigh 210g and have breathable ear pads, which should help for prolonged use. The frequency response is 5-450,000Hz and impedance is 470 ohms. They'll be out in March and will cost $489. Via sonicstate

LG P7 Music Flow Bluetooth speaker debuted

January 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

LG has debuted its P7 Music Flow Bluetooth speaker at InnoFest 2015 in Portugal. The speaker is a chunky metal device that can be spruced up with a colourful range of rubber surrounds, available in green, range, red and yellow. Track controls are located on the top of the device, as well as volume controls and the power button. On the side is the microUSB charging port and aux input. The P7 can also communicate with LG TVs to use the company's Sound Sync feature. Price and availability are TBA. Via pocket-lint

Sound spikes be gone! Ultimate Ears Pro Sound Guard is here to save your ears

January 26, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Ultimate Ears Pro has released to compact, portable UE Pro Sound Guard, which connects to headphones in order to automate sound levels and limit unwanted noise. Sound spikes can appear from anywhere, but this is most practical when editing or listening back to raw recordings. the Sound Guard also works as an audio buffer and enhances dynamic range and sound quality from the source. It'll be released worldwide in February and will cost $199. Via fareastgizmos

Apogee releases big boost in small Groove USB headphone amp for laptops

January 24, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC with No Comments.

With a mind to bump the quality of Mac and PC laptop sound output on the go comes the Apogee Groove - a USB headphone amp that packs in a small digital-to-analog converter and amp. Power comes from the USB drive so there's no need for batteries and inside the penstick-sized aluminium unit is Quad Sum DAC tech that utilizes four converters per channel. It works with audio up to 24 bit/192kHz and has onboard controls for ease of use. It's out in March, price TBA. Via engadget

Creative Sound Blaster JAM wireless headphones for smartphones and tablets

January 24, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Creative with No Comments.

With the announcement of the Sound Blaster JAM headphones, Creative wants to be your headset for smartphones and tablets. The headphones support Bluetooth 4.1 audio streaming and NFC for easy pairing. They're designed to be lightweight (83g) for out and about use and have comfortable ear cushions, a long battery life (12 hours) and controls on the earcup for easy use. They incorporate neodymium drivers and have a built-in mic with noise reduction and acoustic echo cancellation for voice clarity during Bluetooth calls. It can also be used with PC and Mac computers via USB to act as Sound Blaster audio-enhanced headphones. Via fareastgizmos

Pioneer announces HRM-7 headphones aimed at premium crowd

January 22, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Pioneer Computers with No Comments.

The Pioneer headphones range continues to expand with the HRM-7 headphones, which are billed as studio monitors. They’re built for comfort and feature a dual chamber bass reflex enclosure, which is designed to increase accuracy without booming out the bass. It also features 40mm drivers combined with CCAW (copper-clad aluminium wire) voice coils and neodymium magnets, offering a frequency response of 5Hz-40kHz. There’s also an air chamber for isolating outside noise and increasing the bass response. The HRM-7s are due in March and will cost $239. Via slashgear

Do the twist: Turn up the bass with IUNI earphones

January 20, 2015 by Tom in Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The new earphones from IUNI go from regular to bass-heavy with the user-controlled twist of an earbud. From switching between N (normal) and B (bass) settings, the boom can be adjusted easily without digital EQ controls. The earphones come in either black or silver alloy and feature in-line controls. They have  a93dB sensitivity and the frequency range runs between 20Hz-20KHz. Via gizchina

Aurisonics Rockets earphones made to stay

January 19, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

From Nashville Tennessee, new Aurisonics Rockets earphones are made to last, as they come with an impressive five-year warranty. The American-made earphones feature 5.1mm drivers within titanium earbuds. They are also waterproof to IP65) and can be worn in drop down or over-ear styles with the accompanying accessories. Reviews are great so far and they're available in two models: regular Rockets ($249) or a mic version ($299). Via aurisonics and cnet

Z:ero earphones with built-in DAC and amp

January 19, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Z:ero earphones are trying to slim down the bulk of external headphones amps by putting the DAC and amp on the in-line controls. Rather than using the standard 3.5mm jack port, the Z:ero earphones use an Android devices mini-USB port. The sound is driven through neodymium magnets for high sensitivity pressure levels at 110-120db range. This is touted as offering quicker response time and more vibrant audio. This is a (funded) Indiegogo project and while the retail cost is unknown, early backers can still pick them up for $25. Via trustedreviews

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