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Onkyo announces three new audio products – Bluetooth speaker, headphones and earphones

August 29, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

…but sadly still no further word on the Iron Maiden headphones.   What we have learned about, however, are the X9 HRA Bluetooth speaker, the H500M headphones and the E700M earphones. These are all produced around the Onkyo HF Player app, which is their dedicated system for getting the best out of 192kHz / 24-bit audio.   The X9 is – according to Onkyo – “the world’s first high-resolution Bluetooth speaker. The aluminium unit has four mid-bass drivers, two tweeters and two passive radiators. Sounds like it means business. On top of that it offers 10 hours playback and will cost $400 on release.   Also on the way is the H500M headphones, which come in black or white and feature an in-line mic and control. Their frequency range is 7Hz – 40

Logitech wants to bring audiophile quality audio to gaming with two new headphones models

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

  With the Logitech G G633 and G933 Artemis Spectrum headphones, Logitech wants to bring best quality audio to gaming.   The headphones use the company’s Pro-G audio drivers to deliver 7.1 Dolby surround sound. The G633 is a wired model, while the G933 offers a wireless connection and the option of an additional sound source.   They work with the Logitech Gaming Software, which allows customised key assignment to three ‘G-keys’ on the headphones and the software also allows for levels and EQ adjustment, as well as the ability to change the LED light colour.   They will be out in October and will cost $150 (G633) and $200 (G933).   No doubt they’ll be good sounding but at that price, maybe there’s a little way to go befo

Sony SRS-LSR100 solves the age-old issue of lost TV remotes by combining it with a wireless speaker

August 28, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Sony with No Comments.

Even in the 21st century, a TV remote is still a very vital and very loseable item. In Japan, Sony has solved this issue with the SRS-LSR100 wireless speaker, which doubles as a TV remote. The speaker is actually for transmitting the TV sound to places further away than the telly, i.e. for times when you’re cooking in the kitchen but don’t want to miss anything.   It connects to the source via 2.4GHz wireless signal but can also take in other sources via an optical digital input.   There’s also a headphones socket onboard and the coolest thing is the numberpad goes up to 12.   It’s on sale in the Japanese Sony store for 19,800 yen ($105) but probably won’t make it out of its home country. [gallery link="file"] Via pocket-lint

New TEAC HA-P90SD high-resolution audio player doubles as a portable DAC and headphone amp

August 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

  The new hi-res audio player from TEAC is the HA-P90SD, a unit that doubles as a high-end DAC and amp for headphones. The unit carries a high quality Burr Brown PCM1795 DAC through which to play the audio provided via microSD, USB or connected source. iOS and Android devices can use the dedicated TEAC Audio HR Player app to make sure it’s getting the signal it wants from the start.   High-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz is supported, as well as Direct Stream Digital (DSD) at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. Supported file types include WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, DSF and DFF.   Also inside are Burr Brown OPS1602 SoundPLUS op amps, dual sample clocks and push-pull circuitry.   The aluminium unit comes in the choice of red or black and the built-in battery of

Beats By Dre puts out limited edition Straight Outta Compton headphones

August 26, 2015 by Tom in Apple, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

  To celebrate the biopic about the tech-boss rapper’s old group, Beats By Dre has put out a limited edition set of Straight Outta Compton branded headphones. The black cans are available from the Beats website and cost $379.95.   Rather than going all-out with a bling pair, these are a jet black model with just the Straight Outta Compton logo on the top and a white interior.   Via hiphopdx    

Astell & Kern launching world’s first Tesla tech earphones in association with Beyerdynamic

August 26, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

When looking for your new set of headphones, you’ll soon have the option of Tesla tech to consider. Astell & Kern has revealed its AK Ti8e earphones, which incorporate Beyerdynamic Tesla driver technology, which uses a tiny but powerful ring magnet alongside a moving coil "so filigree it is barely visible", says Beyerdynamic. The Ti8e will debut at IFA in Berlin but ahead of the show Beyerdynamic added: "Tesla technology transmits the entire audible frequency spectrum with a single driver. From deep bass to the highest trebles, the AK Ti8e sounds like an integrated whole." This single driver system will eliminate phasing as they’ll be no crossover filters in play.   They are optimised for A&K high-res audio players (AK380 is the reference) and they s

Neil Young’s Pono is still kicking but hasn’t yet made it out of the US

August 22, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The much publicised PonoPlayer hi-res portable audio player developed by Neil Young still hasn’t officially launched outside of the US, due to “lack of resources”, the company has claimed. The store is still US-centric but, luckily for those who bought the angular players, still functioning.   Other territories, we’re assured, haven’t been forgotten but the resources aren’t there yet to make official launches possible.   The company is also lacking a “business leader” to drive progress forward to their first goal regions of Canada, Great Britain and Germany.   Via whathifi  

RHA to release entry-level S500i earphones in October

August 21, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The sleek and compact RHA S500i entry-level in-ear headphones will launch in October. The earphones pack in compact model 140.1 dynamic driver housed in an aluminium alloy housing, and sport a 1.35m cable with a three-button remote and mic designed for use with Apple devices. The cable is made of Thermoplastic Elastomer and tangle-free fabric braiding. They'll ship with seven pairs of silicone ear tips, a carry case and clip. Their main selling point is being small and compact, and they'll sell first through Apple in October, after which the standard S500 model without the Apple-specific remote. via whathifi

Monoprice puts out three new headphones from cheap and cheerful to budget noise-cancelling

August 21, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Budget electronics maker Monoprice has put out three new sets of headphones - one a pure budget model, an over-ear hi-fi model and a cheap option for active noise-cancelling. The Hi-Fi Lightweight On-Ear Headphones are a pretty generic pair at the nice price of $14.99. The quality is said to be good and as a boon for that price it also has a corded cable with in-line remote and mic.   The Hi-FI Over-the-Ear Headphones are a little more expensive at $69.99 but are, Monoprice claims, "the best-sounding set of headphones in its class". Last up is the $99.99 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones with Bass Boost (pictured at top of the article). These use ANR and pack in a 5-watt amplifier to up the low-end and give that Beats kick. They're all out now and available on the Mon

LG announces two new Bluetooth speakers – both pastel and twee

August 21, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

LG has announced two new Bluetooth speakers - the SoundPop 360 and Music Flow P5 - both of which sport muted, genteel pastel colours and carry a twee feel that would be at home is a Cath Kidston kitchen. Or maybe that's just how the promo pics position them. Outside the nice setting, these are neat and unique looking units, especially the milkbottle-esque SoundPop 360. The MusicFlow model sport a traditional speaker style and what appears to be a leather strap to go with the range of attractive colours. The SoundPop 360 speakers are the head turners of the bundle - price, specs and release date for both TBA. Via pocket-lint

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