The Nationite BQ1 portable Bluetooth speakers are out and available on the mp4nation store. Designed for loud, clear and detailed sound on the go, these ultra-portable speakers are lightweight and compact, while still packing a punch. The BQ1 uses two speakers: a large 40mm 3-watt speaker tuned to deliver clarity on vocals and detail and smooth punchy bass. This is driven by a class D audio amplifier and complimented by the bass response speaker that gives a good rumble without distortion. The Bluetooth range is 30m and there's a built-in mic for call functionality. The speakers are $24.50 and out now in red and black on the mp4nation store.
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Humlan MBMJ headphones are the cross-pollination of Urbanears and fashion brand Marc by Marc Jacobs. The headphones are trendy and washable (gotta keep that box-fresh look in the world of fashion headphones). They're out now for $60/£50 and a number of limited edition designs are available, including one with a nice holographic-looking trim that recalls Marty McFly's hat in Back to the Future II. Via esquire
The 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty is fast approaching - Pioneer knows it and now Beats by Dre has come forward with celebration pieces too. The Beats by Dre Hello Kitty anniversary headphones are a decorated version of the popular Solo2 over-the-ear headphones. The earphones are Beats urBeats in-ear earphones, which come with a neat case. How much? The Hello Kitty x Beats Solo2 headphones are out for $249.95 and the urBeats are going for $149.95. Pricey but you gotta celebrate, right? Via macrumours
Digital Sound Processing (DSP) comes to wireless headphones via the Headphone Divine cans from XTZ. DSP here combines software for impulse and frequency response with the high quality Bluetooth 4.0 aptX Codec. They also feature NFC for simple pairing and a cabled connection option for analogue devices. The headphones sport 40mm neodymium drivers and offer 14 hours of playback. They're currently up for grabs on Kickstarter for $99, which will boost to $229 when they hit retail. Via slashgear
Ready for winter, there's another earmuff and headphones combo due out in time for the cold weather. Following the audio-technica earmuff headphones, Landport is next up and has done away with wires with the Music Earmuff Bluetooth model. The warm fluffy headphones have controls for volume, playback, pause and skip, and they are compatible with iPhone, Android and other Bluetooth-compliant devices. Battery life is set at 10 hours and they come in black and came. They weigh 132g and will be out at 6,450 yen (US $59). Via akihabaranews
B&O Play, the lower-end but still good quality arm of Bang & Olufsen, is set to release its first portable Bluetooth speaker, the BeoPlay A2. The A2 is a stylish speaker that will hopefully put to rest audio quality fears as it is compatible with the new CD-quality Bluetooth audio, aptX. Displaying its portability, the A2 has a leather strap from which the device can be carried or hung. Also, there's no right way to lay it - the A2 can be used hanging, flat, or on any side. This is due to the company's mysterious "Power Response Enhancement", which sends sound around its corners, however it sits. The 180W A2 comprises a large woofer, a small tweeter and a passive bass radiator. Battery life is pipped at a ridiculous 24 hours - and even reached 30 hours at low volum
The T7 is the first step of speaker experts Bowers & Wilkins' foray into the world of wireless audio. It's a pretty and clever Bluetooth speaker that brings a few new ideas to the party, including the honeycomb design that is apparently interlocking cell architecture that braces the cabinet and reduces vibration at loud volumes. The honeycomb cells keep at bay the bass from the twin bass radiators and the two 50mm drive unites mounted inside rigid steel frames. Battery life is an impressive 18 hours and it weighs less than 1kg. It's out 30th October for $349.99. [gallery link="file"] Via slashgear
The difference a headphone amp makes is huge, and Brainwavz has been churning out top notch amps for a while now. The latest is the Brainwavz AP001, a lightweight portable amp that promises powerful amplification and bass boosting without intrusive colouring or distortion of the original signal. The amp weighs 15.5g and runs on a 120mAh battery that works happily for 12 hours of continuous use. There's also a second output for dual amplification to two sets of headphones. Handily, with the preorder, a second pair of headphones is bundled with the amp, the Brainwavz Delta Earphones. Both are available now for $29.50 via the mp4nation store.
How best to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty? (You've been planning for months to do something, right?) Well fret no more, Pioneer is to release limited edition sound systems that incorporates old (CDs) and new (Bluetooth / iPod docking). There are two changeable faceplates on the X-SMC01KT, of which only 500 will be made. The wireless version supports NFC and features 38mm speaker driver full range speakers and a 60mmx30mm corn-style passive radiator. They'll be out in Japan November 1. Via akihabaranews
Best know for their car audio gear, Alpine has branched out into headphones. This stylish set of cans comes with Full Frequency Immersion tech, which they say is built to simulate the effect of hearing music at a live show. They also have a bass transducer in the headband (hip hop massage, anyone?), as well as a built-in 24-bit digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). Battery life is touted to be 10 hours and it works with the Level Play iOS app via Bluetooth for customisable 5-band EQ and the strange function of scanning your music to suit your energy levels. They're out in Apollo White and Onyx Black, for $300. Via engadget