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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

Samsung Level Box mini wireless speaker looks like a Jambox

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

Coincidence? Surely. Samsung couldn't have known about the highly popular Jambox by Jawbone wireless speakers when they designed their Level Box speakers. The Samsung Level Box mini wireless speaker measures 156 x 66 x50 and weighs 392g. Source options are Bluetooth connectivity and aux-in. It also has NFC and 10 hours playback. The price and release date are yet to be announced but we do know it'll be available in red, blue, black and silver. Via gizmodo and ubergizmo

Intel-powered SMS Audio earbuds monitor your heart and charge on the go

August 15, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

SMS Audio has revealed its BioSport In-Ear Headphones heart rate monitoring earbuds that run on biometric sensors and a heart rate monitor on Intel technology. Even better, they are powered through the cable, eliminating the need for batteries. The audio quality promises not to be compromised with the extra tech, which is a relief for exercisers that demand top quality sound. The earphones collect data, which is then transmitted to the sister app, available for  iOS and Android. They are also IPX4 water resistant, so they'll be safe against sweat. No price or release date has been set but we'll be on it when they're announced. Via geeky-gadgets

Whatever floats your ball – Om/One gravity-defying Bluetooth speaker

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

Impress friends with a loud gravity-defying ball with the Om/One Bluetooth speaker that seemingly magically emits sound from a floating orb. Sadly that magic is actually magnets, but it still looks pretty cool. Apparently the all-round airflow makes for good sound too. The floating speaker can be used anywhere as a normal Bluetooth speaker - it's only when combined with the dock that the novelty factor kicks in. The project is a joint effort between Om Audio and Mantra, who are looking to raise $100,000 to bring this to market. Preorders are available of the Om/One, which comes in three colours - black, white and 'disco'. Black and white are $179 but the swanky disco flavour jumps the price up to $299. Via pocket-lint

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