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Divoom Bluetooth Bean selfie speaker

March 6, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The new Bean Bluetooth speaker from Divoom plugs into the here-to-stay selfie trend by doubling as a remote for smartphone cameras. The Divoom Bean is a pocket-sized speaker that's meant for outdoor use and doubles its usefulness to the target market. The second-generation Bean has six hours battery life and clips onto clothing for out-and-about action. There's also a speakerphone function, all for $25. Via engadget

Colorfly teases new Pocket HIFI media player

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, MP4, PMP with No Comments.

Colorfly has released some specs info and a blurry teaser image for its new Pocket HIFI media player. So far it's let on that it'll have a 32GB memory capacity and it'll push music through its onboard Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). It will also feature a 2.4-inch, 400 x 360-pixel display and will weigh 160g. The unblurred image will be revealed soon, along with price and availability details. Via imp3

Xiaomi to open official European webstore for headphones and accessories

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The much sought after Chinese brand Xiaomi is making it easier to buy its items in Europe through the impending but tba launch of a new branch of mi.com. Xiaomi's product line will be stripped back to the likes of power banks, the Mi Band and headphones with this step into the European market, which is similar to their US store steps. For the desirable tablets and smartphones, however, Xiaomi has no plans to dent the west with them but if the trial stores go well it'll no doubt spur on a push with the next generation of products. Via gizchina

Oppo expands its audiophile headphones range with PM-3s

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Oppo with No Comments.

Oppo's premium PM-1 and PM-2 headphones were very well received as legitimate alternatives to the big names in premium audio equipment, and now they're set to launch the PM-3 model, which Oppo claims to be the world's lightest closed-back planar magnetic headphones. Oppo's latest incorporate the same 55mm planar magnetic driver technology as the PM-1 but now in a round design rather than oval. They feature a seven-layer double-sided voice coil diaphragm design and FEM-optimized neodymium magnets, which keep it lightweight but doesn't compromise on sound quality. The headphones have a 26 Ohm nominal impedance and a frequency response of 10Hz - 50kHz. Sound modelling is described as natural and smooth, with deep, tight bass, smooth mids and clear treble. PM-3s have a sensitivit

Bjork uses Dysonic RondoMotion 3D head tracker headphones for MoMA exhibition

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

The Bjork retrospective exhibition opens at MoMA on Saturday 7th March and in true Bjork form, it incorporates technology to enhance the experience. Bjork is no stranger to tech and music crossovers - check out her still brilliant Biophilia album app to see digital integration done right - and now the retrospective exhibition uses the former Kickstarter technology from Dysonic, the RondoMotion 3D head-tracking headphone attachment that lets the sound follow you through the space. While the headphones and player will be provided at MoMA, the technology is now also available for home use for $60. The tracker attaches to any headphones and uses a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer to work out which way your face is facing in order to keep up the digital audio facade. Neve

Sony voice command Bluetooth speaker is a little ball of knowledge

March 4, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Sony with No Comments.

Sony has revealed a nifty looking ball Bluetooth speaker at Mobile World Congress. The BSP60 is going for the Amazon Echo vibe by creating a speaker that pairs up with a smartphone and delivers answers on demand to questions about the likes of the weather, schedules, etc. The BSP60 speaker is also a straight-forward Bluetooth speaker and hands-free speakerphone. It measures 100 x 100mm, weighs 325g and contains a 2.5W speaker. Price and availability tba. Via akihabaranews

Sony announces water-resistant SBH70 Bluetooth earphones

March 4, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM, Sony with No Comments.

Sony has announced its latest slick-looking stereo Bluetooth earphones, the SBH70. The water-resistant headset is made from durable silicon and promises fine-tuned sound quality. The SBH70 will launch in a choice of five colours and is designed to sit around a user's neck and shoulders, with onboard controls at easy reach. Release date and price all tba. Via fareastgizmos

Harman Kardon Bluetooth Speaker for HTC One M9

March 2, 2015 by Tom in Audio, HTC with No Comments.

The Harman Kardon One is the result of a partnership between Harman Kardon and HTC, which has created a Bluetooth speaker made especially for the HTC One M9 smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2015. With NFC and Bluetooth connectivity, it'll talk to any old smartphone or tablet, but the HTC One M9 comes into play with the HTC Connect function, which connects on a three-finger swipe. First reports from MWC suggest the sound quality from the 40mm drivers is good and it offers five hours playback from a full charge. The Harman Kardon One will be available in bundles with the HTC One M9. It will also be available on its own for $129 (US $199) from the end of March. [gallery link="file"] Via pocket-lint

Huawei TalkBand N1 earphones track fitness and transform into a necklace

March 2, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Huawei's step into fitness-tracking wearables is the TalkBand N1 Bluetooth earphones, a set of IEMs that talk to the Talkband iOS and Android app in order to deliver back your fitness stats. One nice feature is that for music they have their own onboard storage (a generous 4GB) so a work-out session no longer needs your phone banging around in your pocket. This data then syncs up with the app. When not in use as a music player, the TalkBand snaps together to form a necklace, which keeps tracking your motion. The TalkBand N1 is IPS-4 rated waterproof, so splash resistant for sweaty heads. It comes in gold, metallic grey and pink options, and packs in a 67mAh battery. Price and availability tba. Via gizmodo

Flappy hands: JBL Reflect Response Bluetooth earbuds with gesture control

March 2, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

This summer JBL will release what they claim to be the "world's first gesture control smart headphones", the brightly-coloured JBL Reflect Response wireless Bluetooth earbuds. The earphones are equipped with motion sensing technology that recognises hand gestures, which can be used to swap tracks or answer calls completely hands-free. So long as you're not running through the Australian outback and swatting away flies, the technology should work fine, especially as they're launching at £129 (US $199). The battery life is said to be eight hours on a single charge and they are designed with fitness and sports in mind: they have a snug fit and the "Reflect" part of their title is from their high-visibility, reflective cable for safety. They'll be out in the summer in a choice o

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