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1MORE earphones – Champagne and gold style Chinese headphones at a low price

October 5, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Standing out a little in a sea of earphones are these Champagne and gold coloured new earphones from China's 1MORE. The reportedly well-built earphones have moving coil drivers and in-line controls compatible with iOS. Coming in a neat gift-box, complete with carry case, the main body unit is made of aluminium, while the cable is Kevlar-wrapped. For something a bit different, these might be worth a try as they're just 199 yuan (US$30). [gallery link="file"] Via imp3

Bose SoundTouch 10 speaker updated for Bluetooth and WiFi streaming

October 4, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The new boxy-looking refresh of the Bose SoundTouch 10 is a their crack at the popular WiFi streaming speaker trend, as well as giving the option of Bluetooth connectivity. The SoundTouch 10 logs six presets - either web radio stations or personal playlists - for quick access to sounds through the big number buttons on the top of the unit. Further instructions can be carried out with the remote or a device offering Bluetooth streaming, turning it into a more traditional speaker. Bose will be putting this out at £170, which sets it alongside the likes of Sonos for streamers and higher-end Bluetooth speakers. [gallery link="file"] Via gizmodo    

Licensed talking Star Wars C-3PO and Stormtrooper Bluetooth speakers

October 2, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

With the first in a new set of Star Wars films on the way, there's a new tech trend to make into Star Wars merch - Bluetooth speakers. The next film will be out at Christmas but before a new set of characters are unleashed, AC Worldwide will put out two classics - C-3PO and a Stormtrooper - in Bluetooth speaker form, complete with classic slogans. Crafted to a degree of quality, they are made of separate components - the Stormtrooper is comprised of 48 pieces rather than a solid one-piece mould. Each head is 30cm high and can be wall powered or charged for portability. They use a 2.1-channel system with two 3W drivers in the eyes and a subwoofer at the bottom. Connectivity is via Bluetooth and they connect via NFC. Showing off the licence, when a device is paired the St

Splash happy House of Marley Chant Sport 360-degree wireless Bluetooth speaker

October 1, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

House of Marley has announced its Chant Sport wireless Bluetooth speaker, a water-resistant IPX7-rated, 360-degree-sound speaker. The cylindrical speaker is made of recycled bio-plastic, silicone and aluminium. Inside, sound is driven through two 1.75-inch drivers and two passive radiators, tuned to the signature House of Marley sound style. Sources come from Bluetooth 4.0 and a regular aux-in, and there's an onboard mic for calls. The battery offers eight hours playback and it'll go on sale at $119.99. Via soundguys

Beats Active Collection launches with a bright outlook

September 26, 2015 by Tom in Apple, Audio with No Comments.

Nothing says traditional sportswear than neon colouring, so Beats have adapted their headphones with a sporty dash of bright colour for the Active Collection. The Beats Tour2 Solo2 and PowerBeats2 models have had the Active Collection makeover, which hasn't adapted the hardware at all, just the colour. These are now out in bright blue, yellow and red, which will go well with gym-wear and not much else. They're out now and cost $129.95 (Tour2), $199.95 (PowerBeats2) and $299.95 (Solo2). Via soundguys

Canton launches its first Bluetooth speaker – the Musicbox XS

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

  Looking at the name, one might suspect Canton comes from East Asia but they’re actually a German manufacturer well known for quality hi-fi components. The Musicbox XS is their first stab at a portable unit and on paper ticks all the boxes necessary for a contender.   The XS supports high-quality streaming over Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and NFC for a quick connection.   Two units can be paired for true stereo and double power and it also works wired.   Given Canton’s pedigree for quality sound, this might be one to have a listen to when it launches early October at £150.   Via whathifi    

Impeccably stylish Meze 99 Classics headphones make for a gorgeous gallery

September 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Anyone with an interest in pretty headphones should check out this gallery and take in the 99 Classics headphones designed by Antonio Meze. The pristine headphones have lightweight walnut wood earcups which are precision milled and hand-sanded and polished.   The headband is made of leather and the cable is Kevlar-coated and the 40mm Neodymium Mylar Dynamic drivers are tuned to produce a balanced, natural sound to match the natural look.   These are currently in the crowdfunding stage on indiegogo and have doubled their initial pledge.   The cheapest early bird pledge is $199, they come in black and silver options and will retail at $310 when released. [gallery link="file"]        

All-metal Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker offer portability on a budget

September 24, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The new Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker is a metal-framed monster out at the budget price of 199 yuan (US$31). They're powered by an Avera AV2103 chip for clear sound and feature a built-in bass radiator to add some depth to its output. Bluetooth is one option for audio input but there's also a microSD slot, from which it'll read and play audio files. Battery life is 8 hours and it's expected to go international soon. Via gizchina

Skullcandy want to be your daily grind with new series of headphones

September 24, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Fashion headphones stalwarts Skullcandy have announced the Grind series of headphones, available in a whole host of colours and designs. Rather than block colours, the headphones sport colour and design combinations so they double up as eye-catching headwear. They boast a metal headband an plush foam earpads, as well as 'TapTech' playback controls. Sound is pushed through REX40 drivers tuned to "deliver attacking bass, natural vocals with impressive highs". Via

Brainwavz S3 noise isolating earphones launch with Clearwavz remote and mic go on pre-order

September 23, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Brainwavz, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

  The new Brainwavz S3 “Silver Bullet” earphones with the top-spec Apple iOS-specific Clearwavz remote and mic will launch 29 September and are available now to pre-order with a  $10 discount. Designed for Apple iOS products, the S3’s remote is a plug-and-play addition to the earphones that feature a smooth audio signature and a wide soundstage created for top-quality separation.   Sound is pumped through 8mm dynamic drivers and they are currently on offer at $69.50 (regular price $76.50).   Full specs: Transducers/Drivers: Dynamic, 8mm Rated Impedance: 16ohms Closed Dynamic Sensitivity: 96dB at 1mW Frequency range: 16Hz ~ 22 KHz Rated input power: 10mW Plug: 3.5 mm gold plated Cable length: 1.3 meters Flat Cable 24

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