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SleepPhones audio headband for not so silent nights

November 27, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

SleepPhones are billed as "pajamas for your ears" and will no doubt be a welcome addition to bed time for those who don't want the musical or podcast fun to stop at lights out or those with noisy neighbours. The fleece sweatband SleepPhones use Bluetooth to transmit audio and comes with an app that plays four options (waves, piano, waves plus piano and white noise). They can, however, be used with other audio apps too. They're available now for £70 - check out a review at shinyshiny Via

Adidas skips over Spotify in favour of MixRadio for miCoach Smart Run

November 27, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Audio with No Comments.

An important feature of the Adidas miCoach Smart Run watch is music. The Android-powered watch was slated to support Spotify but Microsoft's MixRadio has taken the lead at the last minute. MixRadio's not so high profile but still offers 34 million songs. Like any streaming service, a subscription is required but Adidas is currently offering six months of use when signing up. Via engadget

Roam away: Elecom LBT-OH05 headphones 100 metre Bluetooth range

November 26, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The Elecom LBT-OH05 headphones support Bluetooth Class 1 communication, which gives them a huge 100 metre roaming range. It can also pair up to eight devices at once. The headphones have controls for volume, playback, etc. and offer 16 hours playback on full charge. They're out in black, red and white and weigh 71.8g. These'll be out in Japan at 5,980 yen (US $50). [gallery link="file"] Via akihabaranews

Apple iOS to get Beats Music service in 2015

November 24, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Audio, Software / OS with No Comments.

Apple will further its acquisition of the Beats Music brand in 2015 with a Beats bundle incorporated into iOS. Financial Times reports that the incorporation of Beats into iOS could come as soon as March but details beyond that are speculative. It's thought it could be a pre-loaded Beats branded app that appears on all users' screens or it could be incorporated directly into iTunes. Apple's forged ahead with headphones, including the recent Solo2 Wireless set - now Apple's probably thinking it's time to get the $3 billion purchase out to more users. Via gizmodo

Technics to launch FLAC music store in 2015

November 24, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Even with the highest spec sound system or PMP, it's what you put in it that counts. High-end Technics systems are used to Japanese import SACDs and the like but their virtual counterparts are still lacking. That's why the Technics Tracks digital store will launch in 2015 - to provide 24-bit FLAC audio files with a 92kHz sampling rate. If these figures don't mean much to you, then it's probably not a vital store. Audiophiles, however, might like their choice of high quality digital files sources expanding (especially those who treated themselves to a Neil Young PonoPlayer). The store will also serve up 16-bit/44.1kHz CD-quality tracks and will be backed up by Android, iOS and desktop apps. Is this the way to top quality audio or is just buying the CD the way to go? Join the d

Quirky Ohm wireless charging Bluetooth speaker

November 22, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The latest Bluetooth speaker from Quirky is the Ohm, which has the added bonus of wireless charging. The Ohm comes with an inductive wireless charging station, which handily not only charges the speaker but any other QI-enabled devices you might own. It promises 6-8 hours playback on a full charge and it costs $170. Via gizmodo

Guess the Austrian face of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

November 22, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

We reported on the Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones a while back but now they're revealed the face of their brand. Any guesses who it is? That's right! It's Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst - or Thomas Neuwirth when he's not performing. The 2.0 model is 17 per cent lighter than the first incarnation and supports Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and has an 830mAh battery that offers 18 hours playback. Via pocket-lint  

Wearhaus to ship its wearable paradoxes: social headphones

November 18, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

Remember the olden days of listening to music with friends through beastly old speakers that filled the whole room with sound? The Wearhaus Arc can do away with all that, thanks to their "social headphones", which, via Bluetooth and a smarphone app, allow wearers to dial into the same thing and enjoy music together. Cue lots of awkward eye contact and polite smiles. The app can also be used as a chat service, upping the social stakes. Wearers can also change the colour of the LED lights to express themselves further ("No talking! Use the light.") They have onboard controls and a range of 65-100 feet. They'll be out in January, just in time to meet that 2015 resolution to talk to people even less. Via itproportal

Ultrasone 880 headphones – for your comfort

November 15, 2014 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The new Ultrasone 880 headphones have been designed with comfort in mind. As such, its selling points are touted as spacious inner cups and high-quality protein-leather ear pads with memory foam. On the arguably more important front - sound - the 880s use 40mm diameter titanium-coated PET membrane transducers with a frequency range of 7Hz-35kHz and a sound pressure level of 94dBSPL. It also uses the Ultrasone process of S-Logic EX, which models the sound on how the ear naturally perceives it, resulting in a more three-dimensional experience. It comes with detachable gold-plated cables and they're out at AU $649. Via

Apple’s Beats Solo2 go wireless in latest Bluetooth model

November 13, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Audio with 1 Comment.

Beats has announced the Solo2 Wireless headphones, which cut the cord on the popular cans. The specs remain the same, except there's now Bluetooth connectivity for up to 30 meters and 12 hours playback time. The new Bluetooth set will be available in black, white, red and blue and at $299.95, will cost $100 more than the regular Solo2s. In other Beats news, the regular Solo2s will be released in five new colours: Stone Grey, Hunter Green, Blush Rose, Imperial Violet and Sapphire Blue. Via ubergizmo

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