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Philips Fidelio M2L headphones claim first Lightning connection for iPhone and iPad

September 14, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Philips with No Comments.

The upcoming Apple audio-via-Lightning-cable shift has got a little closer, with Philips claiming their Fidelio M2L headphones to be the first to offer it. The new connection allows for 24-bit DAC sound and amplification within the headphones. The headphones will feature two 40mm high magnetic intensity neodymium drivers and a closed-back structure. The ear pads will be made of a deluxe breathable leather and will have memory foam inside. They'll be out in December for around 250 euros. Via pocket-lint

Sony BSP10 Bluetooth Speaker and SB60 Bluetooth Headphones on the way

September 11, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Sony with No Comments.

Sony is revealing products thick and fast. The latest pair is the BSP10 Bluetooth speaker and the SB60 Bluetooth headphones for all your wireless needs. The headphones weigh 125g and have onboard controls for volume and track control. There's also an option for wired playback via the good old 3.5mm jack port. Battery life is 13 hours and they'll be out at $81. The BSP10 Bluetooth speaker is a 78x60mm, 300g unit that supports NFC connectivity and will cost $129. Via ubergizmo

JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth wireless speaker with call and charge functions

September 11, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

The JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth wireless speaker is a brightly-coloured tubular unit that boasts two passive bass radiators and the abilities to take calls and charge phones. It also accepts up to three pairings, allowing arguments over the music choice to rage as long as smartphone batteries last - only one can charge off it at a time. The JBL Charge 2 will be out in white, black, blue, purple and red, for £119.99. Via techradar

Squidgy Yurbuds sports earphones strive for comfort and a snug fit

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The Yurbuds powered by JBL earphones promise to never fall out of a user's ears. Three models will be out in October: the Inspire in-ear models, the Focus (behind the ear) 300 and 400 IEMs, as well as wireless versions. The 300s have inline track controls and mic; the 400s add on iDevice support and volume controls. The Yurbuds Leap Wireless models offer six-hours of playback and will cost £79.99 (US $130), while the regular models will range from £35-40. [gallery link="file"] Via techradar

Harman Kardon Esquire Mini wireless speaker doubles as a conference phone

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Judging by the promo shots, the Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is aiming at the business crowd, and so it's fitting that there's a conference call feature on the rectangular audio system. The press notes speak of high-fidelity sound, extended bass response, dual mics and a swanky aluminium and leather finish complete with kickstand. The battery offers eight hours playback and on the call side, there's built-in echo- and noise-cancellation. It also doubles as a mobile charger for smartphones and tablets. It'll be out in brown, black and white, for £129.99 (US $210). Via techradar

Philips Fidelio NC1 with active noise cancellation out in October

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Philips with No Comments.

Philips has announced the follow-up to the Fidelio L1 headphones: the Fidelio NC1 headphones now come equipped with active noise cancellation, which they claim will be the best around. The NC1s use four microphones to play back inverted frequencies of ambient noise to cancel out outside sound. The battery allows 30 hours of active action, but they'll still play as regular headphones once the battery's dead. These headphones have been developed by Philips by Woox Innovations, the company's go-to for audio. They use 40mm drivers and will be out at around £200-250. Via techradar

ByePod! Apple has killed the iPod Classic

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Audio, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

The iPod Classic MP3 player is no more. Following Apple's iPhone 6 and iWatch announcements, one of its most successful products has been quietly removed from the store: the click-wheel controlled iPod Classic. Launched in 2001, the iPod has had 13 years good service and became the generic term for MP3 players among the general public and media. 13 years on, the iPod is now officially just a thing of memories and second-hand stores. Things sure moved on with it over the years: the first iPod cost $399 and came with 5GB storage. The most recent model, launched five years ago in 2009, had 160GB of storage. Share your tributes, memories or good riddance messages on the mp4nation forum  

Float On – another levitating Bluetooth speaker rises

September 7, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC with No Comments.

Joining Om Audio's floating Bluetooth speaker on the novelty speaker front is the ASWY floating Bluetooth speaker, from ASWY Taiwan. Demoing the speaker at IFA in Berlin, ASWY shed light on its three watts of power, five hours battery life and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The floating speaker also has a 3.5mm input and integrated mic, so speakerphone calls can be conducted like a sci-fi scene. It'll be out at $149 in November. Via engadget

New-look Bose QC 25 headphones replace retired QC 15s

September 7, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The Bose QC 15 noise-cancelling headphones have been retired from the range and replaced by the Bose QC 25 headphones - available now for pre-order. Once again this time around QC stands for QuietComfort. They are set to feature greater noise reduction and boast a new style. Also onboard is the Active EQ and TriPort technology, which puts peaks in all the right places. An AAA battery provides 35 hours use and they have an inline remote that is compatible with Apple products and select Android smartphones. They come in black and white and will be out on the 15th of September at £269.95. Via pocket-lint [gallery link="file"]

New slim Monster Bluetooth Speakers announced

September 7, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio with No Comments.

Three new Bluetooth / WiFi speakers are on the way from Monster - the S1, S2 and S3 speakers in the SoundStage range. According to Monster, they'll have an "elegant leather top surface and sleek, ultra-slim design." The S1 is the smallest and will kick the price off at $199. The speakers, announced at IFA, will be out in October. Via gizmodo

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