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Monster back with Adidas for new noise-cancelling sports headphones

April 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The new Adidas Sport earphones by Monster are the latest pairing of the two companies and another focus on exercise audio. This is the Adidas Sport Supernova model adds total noise isolation is your outing. For road running, there is also a Response model, which isn't quite so sound-sucking. Sound is modeled by Pure Monster Sound technology, which can also be found in the Monster DNA earphones. As they're sporty they're obviously sweat-proof, and they come with Monster's SportClip for fuss-free running and the ControlTak in-line mic. The Adidas Sport range will be out in May. The Response will launch at £39.95 basic/£59.95 with mic. The noise-cancelling Supernova will be out at £89.95. Via t3

Musical Fidelity announce headphone and amp combo

April 24, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

Musical Fidelity will release its new MF200B headphones and V90-BHA amplifier in May both separately and as a combo deal. The MF200B headphones is the next model on from the MF200s and feature the same micro vented, inert enclosure design and 40mm drivers. The MF200B updates the predecessors with a modified design geared toward balanced audio via separate wired inputs into each ear cup, a reinforced cable and a 4-pin locking connector. Launching with the headphones is the V90-BHA amp, which measures just 117 x 47 x 70mm. The headphones and amp will launch at £250 each, but a combo deal gets you both for £450. Via hifipig  

Angle & Curve Carbocans headphones made for the vinyl comeback

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

The UK has its own vinyl chart, Record Store Day just drew the trendy young beards to the high street... vinyl is back in business. Now, to some of us it's never gone away, but the recent resurgence has brought it back to the general public and to go with that we're seeing more products geared toward this blossoming market. Angle & Curve has announced the Carbocans headphones, which it says deliver the "perfect sound dynamics for vinyl lovers." They're not all about the retro stylings, however: there's an in-line mic for regular out and about digital use. They use 40mm Mylar drivers and aim for a refined full-frequency sound, rather than the booming bass of Beats and its competitors. The British-made headphones are out now at £120 (US $140). Via whathifi

Tiger Woods swings with Sol Republic for signature special edition headphones

April 24, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Sol Republic has teamed up with Tiger Woods to release the special edition Shadow Wireless Tiger Woods earphones. This set offers a "natural fit collar", eight hours battery life, a wireless range of 30ft and cults-device connectivity. They come in 2-tone black and oxblood red and also feature a built-in mic for hands-free calls (on the course, naturally). They're available to pre-order now for US $119.99 and ship 29 April. Via solrepublic

Nationite BQ2 Bluetooth Speaker review

April 23, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Nationite with No Comments.

The Nationite BQ2 Bluetooth speaker has been given two thumbs up by China tech site Gizchina. The BQ2 is the successor to the smaller BQ1 and updates the features accordingly. Check out the video review, the site review or read on for a quick summary. The Nationite BQ2 was praised for the amount of quality you get for $26, with its sturdy build and loud, big sound. The BQ2 is available for $26.50 from the MP4Nation store.   Via gizchina

Cube readies CBH30 HD Bluetooth earphones

April 20, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Cube, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Popular Chinese tablet manufacturer Cube has announced its CBH30 Bluetooth headphones, which sport striking looks and HD audio at a very nice price. The CBH30 Bluetooth earphones support iOS and Android devices (at the same time with 2-link technology) and NFC Bluetooth 4.1 for streaming high definition audio with APT-X. There's also support for 96kHz DAD and HD calls through the onboard mic. They also have CVC6.0 digital noise reduction and EasyClick support smart app support that feeds back info on the headset, including battery life and stats. For the sporty types there is also IPX2 water- and sweat-proofing, and the button life is set to last more than 10,000 clicks. On a full charge they offer eight hours playback and standby time is a huge 180 hours. The pre-relea

Think you know exactly what you want from headphones? Modular Aiaiai TMA-2 set is for you

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

Taking a leaf out of Burger King's book. Aiaiai has released the TMA-2 headphones, a modular set that is full customizable to suit your wants and needs. Everything for the speaker unit to the cable are customizable and they all click together into 360 combinations of the 18 components. If you're looking for inspiration for where to start, the website features preset headphones, configurations from musicians, genre-specific setups and an interactive configuration tool. Speaker options include four 40mm titanium and neodymium drivers, each with separate sound profiles. For those with an interest in DIY, this could be a good place to start. Sets start at $140 and go up to $250. Via wired

Bluetooth, AirPlay and Play-Fi Wren V5US wireless speaker ticks all connectivity options

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

Bluetooth is the most common way to connect with a wireless speaker, but there are a number of other - usually brand-led - options out there too. The Wren V5US wireless speaker pulls together the three previous Wren models that were tech-specific to create one unit that works as a connections greatest hits, allowing streaming from Bluetooth, Play-Fi and Airplay, as well as 3.5mm input. Bluetooth range is 30ft, while Play-Fi and AirPlay works at 150ft. It also has an aptX decoder so high-res audio can be streamed. The speaker comes in two drink-themed colours - Almond Creme Anigre and Espresso Wenge - and costs $499. Via soundguys

Denon AH-GC20 wireless noise-cancelling headphones with big battery

April 16, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The new noise-cancelling wireless Denon AH-GX20 headphones offer 20 hours playback from full charge. Their full title is the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser and they're aimed at frequent fliers, with Denon dubbing them "the perfect travel companion". They feature 40mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 Dual Mode connectivity, active noise-cancelling circuitry and come with a carry case and USB Micro-B charging cable. The headphones will be out this month and will cost £249 (US $369). Via pocket-lint

Soul Electric Run Free Pro Bluetooth earphones promise to stay where you need them

April 16, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The new Run Free Pro earbuds come with a strong promise from Soul Electronics: they'll not fall out your ears while you exercise. The Run Free Pros aim for a fit snug with the option of three sizes - small, medium and large - and extra interchangeable ear locks that can fit all ears. As they're for sport and it's 2015, they are of course wireless and use Bluetooth 4.0 so with the right source you can get a high quality music stream on the go. Battery life is eight hours and they have a sweat-proof guarantee. Also onboard is a wireless mic for calls. They come in storm black or electric blue and cost US$129. Via soundguys

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