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Winter is coming… Archos has made a Bluetooth musical hat in preparation

September 3, 2014 by Tom in Archos, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The Archos Music Beanie is a Bluetooth-enabled woolie hat that packs wireless earphones to discreetly provide a soundtrack to your hot head. Using Bluetooth 2.0, the Archos Music Beanie picks up music from smartphones and tablets for up to 8 hours (60 hours standby). Novelty headgear doesn't usually carry a reputation for quality, but apparently Archos paid special attention to the sound quality when they were putting this together. Whether that's true, given the £30 price tag, is to be seen. But even if they're bog-standard, see it as £15 for a hat, £15 for a set of earphones, to soften the blow. Via pocket-lint

Openmix audio splitter turns smartphones into DJ mini decks

September 2, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

There's no shortage of DJ apps for smartphones, but for those looking for a more tactile approach to mixing, the Openmix mini audio mixer can take in two inputs and put them out through a main output channel. Smartphones seems to be the main draw, but any input can be fed through, so long as it accepts a 3.5mm audio jack. It's a simple but fun idea. The catch? It's a Kickstarter project, so unless you're into backing, it might not make it to your door. Via gizmodo

Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earphones go pro with medical grade sensor and O2 monitor

August 28, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The latest wireless earphones from Jabra aren't sold on sound - they're totally 2014, so being sold on their fitness tracking capabilities. Upping the ante, the Jabra Sport Pulse earphones have a medical grade super-accurate heart rate monitor, as well as an oxygen capacity checker. The data is then fed back into the user's smartphone. The Jabra Sport Pulse can take a bit of wet - they're sweat and storm proof but not waterproof, so no pool parties - just fitness. The accompanying Sport Life App offers 'audio coaching' to keep your pace and heart rate in check. They also have a pedometer. How do they sound? That aspect seems less and less important, sadly. They're out now for £199. Via pocket-lint

Blue Microphones branches out into headphones with Mo-Fi – a smart energy saving pair with integrated analogue amp

August 27, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Modern microphone maestros Blue Microphones has conquered the mic market and now makes its first well-crafted move into the world of headphones. The first set is the Mo-Fi - a set of cans with a 240mW ingratiated analogue amplifier that rubs its hands together to warm ups the icy digital corners of modern music tracks. The amplifier has three settings: off (upon which audio is still heard but not treated); on and on+. They also have two 50mm fibre-reinforced dynamic drivers in the sealed earcups. The Mo-Fi's are rechargeable and pack a 1,020mAh battery that offers a respectable 15 hours playback. They're economical with that too - the pivot arm will cut power when it detects they're not in use. After the 15 hours is up, they will still play but just without the amp action

Don’t just see the light, hear the light with ARCHOS’ illuminating Bluetooth speaker

August 27, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Archos, Audio with No Comments.

The ARCHOS Music Light is a lightbulb that puts sound in sockets. The E27 bulb has a regular bayonet screw-in fixing so fits most light sockets. It can then be paired with a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 2.0 and plays music within a 10 metre range. Dotting multiple bulbs around the house will result in an easy-to-set-up multi-room sound system. The Music Light is a power-saving 5W LED bulb with a 30,000 hour lifespan. Via archos

Zipbuds Slide earbuds fight the good fight against tangled cables

August 24, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

So, now we know why cables tangle, it doesn't make it any less irritating. Zipbuds are launching their assault on the phenomenon with Slide - their set of earbuds that have a sliding piece of plastic that give them the ziplock bag feel. When slid up, the cables seal together and form one flat cable. Now, that flat cable is going to tangle itself up, there's no getting away from that. But unravelling one cable is easier than three. Inside the earbuds is ZBX High Performance Drivers and they sport an integrated mic and remote. They're currently being touted on Kickstarter, where pairs can be bought with a $29 pledge, versus the expected $49 retail. Via slashgear

JVC Kenwood launch waterproof sports earphones

August 23, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Two new sports earphone models will be released early September. The HA-ETR40 IEMs come with a cable-mounted remote control for smartphone interaction, while the HA-ETX30s are standard control-free earphones. The HA-ETR40s will come in black and red and have a frequency range of 10Hz~22,000Hz, weigh 6.6g and come with an extension cord and s/m/l/ sound insulating earbuds. The HA-ETX30s come in blue, black, pink and white, have the same frequency range but just standard earbuds. Via akihabaranews

Got wood? Get the horn with this analogue iPhone speaker dock

August 23, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

Turn heads with a wooden horn iPhone speaker dock that amplifies sound without electricity. Made by Japanese camera company Chinon, the CH-PS840 'wooden horn-type passive speaker for iPhone' amplifies sound direct from the phone's speaker without the power, producing a soft, warm sound. Despite the electricity-free amplification, the Chinon horn doubles as an iPhone charger. It's out this week at 27,000 yen (US $259) Is soft, natural amplification worth the big price tag? Discuss on the MP4Nation forum. Via akihabaranews

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay S8 wireless speakers

August 21, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

Next up in the flurry of new wireless speaker announcements is the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay S8, which boasts high quality sound and connectivity with Apple AirPort Express, Sonos Connect and more. The swanky speakers are crafted from a single piece of pearl-blasted aluminum and can be wall- or stand-mounted. The subwoofer sits on the floor and and throws bass at 20-150Hz with 280W output. The BeoPlay S8 also effortlessly speaks to Bang & Olufsen TVs, naturally. Interested? They're out now for £999. Still interested? Via pocket-lint

LG goes after Sonos with new wireless LG Music Flow system

August 21, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

Hard on the heels of Sonos is the forthcoming LG Music Flow. The NFC-connectivity sound system speaks to smartphones and plays music on speakers in designated rooms. The speaker sets are the H3, H5, H7, HS6 soundbar and the R1 network bridge. Standalone, the app also acts as a smartphone mp3 player and internet radio provider for out-and-about usage. The Auto Music Play function allows sound to follow the user around the house and play wherever they go. There's also a Music Flow Play app with a 'Mood Station' feature that creates playlists from the cloud, as well as from Spotify, Deezer, Napster and TuneIn. Price and dates are TBA but it will be out in the UK first. Via pocket-lint

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