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Altec Lifejacket is a title and statement of intent for bulky floating Bluetooth speaker

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

The Altec Lifejacket is an lP76-rated super-solid-looking, bulky waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker housed in heavy-duty rubber skin to keep out sand, dust and dirt. With looks like it could take a knock and bounce back from a big fall, this is one sturdy speaker unit. It has two 2-inch drivers protected by grilles, as well as a passive radiator for the boom. A silicon hatch covers the USB charging port and the 3.5mm input socket. According to the gadgetreviewed report, it can float but while it does so the sound suffers. It offers 16 hours playback from a full charge, price TBA. Via gadgetreviewed

Rapha joins forces with Bang and Olufsen to make African Hair Sheep headphones

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

Cycling company Rapha has teamed up with Bang and Olufsen to make a pair of headphones that they stress you shouldn't wear while you're on a bike. So these are for looks, sound and most importantly, feel, as the earcups are made of African Hair Sheep leather. Want to see what an African Hair Sheep looks like? Click on! There's one! Lovely isn't it. Rapha uses them for their leather gloves and now these headphones. The pink-tinged headphones promise a "long-lasting, luxurious feel", as well as a well balanced sound "with a naturally rich bass". They look nice enough and given their provenance and price - £329 (US$515) - should sound pretty nice too. Just don't cycle with them on! Via cyclingweekly

808 launches new Performer BT headphones and wireless speakers

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

808 has launched new Performer BT Headphones and two new wireless Bluetooth speakers models: XS Wireless Stereo Speaker and NRG Glo Wireless Speaker - all of which clock in at under $100. 808 is a number of great importance in the music industry as it recalls one of the most important and iconic drum machines from the 80s, the Roland TR-808. This 808 isn't affiliated with the old beat-maker but is still a nice visual reminder. First up is the NRG Glo Bluetooth speaker, which 'Glo(w)'s thanks to an LED ring around the top. It costs $49 and comes in black, blue or magnesium. A non-light-up model is also available for $39. Next up is the XS Wireless Stereo Speaker, which packs in two speakers and offers 12 hours playback. This'll be out at $59 in the choice of black, blue and

Futuristic looking Astrotec GX40 earphones go on presale in China

May 19, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Chinese headphones brand Astrotec has revealed its new GX40 earphones, which sport a futuristic, angular design and come in an array of colours. The Gundam-esque earphones are fashioned with gemstones in mind, down to the gem-like colour choices. The earphones sport copper-free wiring and are currently available to pre-order for 328 yuan (US$50), a little less than the regular retail price of 419 yuan (US$67). [gallery link="file"] Via imp3

Classic Marshall amp looks for the new Marshall Kilburn Bluetooth speaker

May 18, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The world's most recognizable guitar amp maker Marshall has announced its first portable Bluetooth speaker and hasn't strayed far in terms of design, mimicking a classic Marshall speaker cabinet. The Marshall Kilburn Bluetooth speaker has been made in collaboration with Marshall Headphones, the company's consumer audio wing. Battery life is reportedly an impressive 20 hours and it supports high quality audio streaming over Bluetooth 4.0. There's also an option for a standard 3.5mm connection. Sound drives through a 4-inch woofer and three quarter-inch tweeters with one 15W amp and two 5W amps. EQ and volume can be controlled via knobs on the top of the device and it sports a leather strap for portability. It weighs 3kg and measures 9.5" x 5.5". It'll be out in June in t

Ministry of Sound reveals new headphones and Bluetooth speakers

May 17, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

British dance club, label and brand Ministry of Sound is back in the hardware game with a new batch of headphones and Bluetooth speakers. Four new sets of headphones are on the way - a set of earphones called Audio In with in-line remote and mic, and a wireless Bluetooth set of earphones (Audio In Plus). The new headphones are the Audio On on-ear model and the Audio On Plus over-ear wireless model. They come in black, white, red and blue, and prices range from £40-100 (US$60-159). The Bluetooth speaker range will include the portable Audio S Plus speakers that feature a splash-proof design, NFC pairing and the option to daisy chain two together for true stereo. They'll launch in black, white, red and blue, and will cost £130 (US$205). Via whathifi

Sony LED light bulb Bluetooth speaker out this month

May 16, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Sony with No Comments.

Amazingly, there have been a few light bulb/speaker concepts banded about but now Sony's putting one to market. The LED Bluetooth light bulb is 360 lumen and fits in any standard light bulb socket. Also housed within it is a 40mm speaker and it comes with a remote control with which the brightness can be dimmed and the audio volume adjusted. Sony suggests these'll be good for a bedside lamp or above the kitchen sink, so you can drift off or wash up to your own sounds. Any old speaker'll do that but the combo could be fun to try out in at least one socket. It will first launch exclusively in Japan on May 23 and will cost 24,000 yen (US$120). Via soundguys

NAD announces new addition to its VISO headphones range

May 16, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

NAD has unveiled the HP30 headphones - the latest in its VISO range that features NAD's RoomFeel technology. The sleek and slick HP30s follow the on-ear, closed-back model and feature ear cups with an internally damped acoustic chamber made to deliver, according to NAD, "tight articulate bass" and "stunningly natural vocals". Sound pumps through 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets, and the headband is made of aluminium while the earpads are made of moulable foam to create a seal and help the RoomFeel technology, which is to mimic the sound space of speakers. They cost $229 and come in glossy black, white and red. They're out now in standard and made-for-Apple models. Via whathifi

Astell&Kern announces new high end flagship music player with high price to match

May 16, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

High-end portable music player maker Astell&Kern has been busy this year - first it put out the premium $2,500 AK240 and followed it up with the more affordable AK Jr, which clocked in at $600. Now Astell&Kern has announced its 2015 flagship PMP, the AK380, which ups the stakes again with a $3,500 price tag. It'll be out in June, so let's take a look at what you get for your money. The AK380 is made from aircraft-grade Duralumin and features dual 32bit DACs (32bit/284kHz Dual-DAC, bit-to-bit playback). Also onboard is a VCXO Clock for almost total accuracy as it reduces jitter to 0.2 picoseconds. All major audio file formats are supported and it has native DSD playback. For streaming to other devices WiFi is an onboard option and it also supports Bluetooth. T

Beats by Dre teams up with German fashionistas MCM for limited edition headphones and Beats Pill

May 14, 2015 by Tom in Apple, Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

With looks akin to a Louis Vuitton handbag, the new headphones and Beats Pill from Beats by Dre and German fashion house MCM is a limited edition set of style items. These will be available here in July at various prices. The wireless version of the headphones will launch at $599, while the Beats Pill, which comes iwth an MCM backpack, will cost $399. There will also be a pair of Tour earphones for £249. Via harpersbazaar

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