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Sony announces three new SRS Bluetooth speakers

March 29, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Sony with No Comments.

The Sony Bluetooth speaker SRS range expands with three new speakers split across different budget scales. The SRS-X11 is a 2.4-inch cube that comes with a bag clip for portability and uses NFC for connection. Inside is dual passive radiators and a 45mm driver so it's small but not meek. It costs $69 and comes in red, white and black, with blue and pink options on the way. The SRS-X33 updates the SRS-X3 and supports NFC and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), which fills in the gaps on lossy formats. It also supports the hi-res LDAC technology for lossless streaming. Also onboard is a built-in mic and and aux-in socket. It'll be out May 2015 for $129 in black, blue, white and red options. Last up is the SRS-X55, which packs in two 38mm drivers and a 58mm subw

Xiaomi updates the popular Piston earphones

March 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The Xiaomi Pistons (...sounds a bit like a Chinese baseball team) earphones have been upgraded. Sticking with the 99 yuan (US $15) price tag, the third incarnation of metal alloy Pistons. The updates feature copper wiring, a gold-plated 3.5mm plug and a 20-20,000hz frequency range. Launching alongside the regular Piston 3s is a Crystal Edition with Swarovski bits and pieces. Via gizchina

Microsoft and Coloud make Hoop headphones for Lumia Smartphones

March 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Microsoft has released a set of cheap and cheerful headphones, produced in collaboration with Swedish company Coloud for the Lumia smartphone. The headphones come in three colour options: black, green and orange, and cost 29 euros (US $31). These headphones are aimed at the active, which was hammered home at the launch event at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff, Wales. Famous athletes darted about with them in to highlight the sport-friendliness of the headphones. They weigh 20.5g, have a 120cm reflective cord, sport in-line controls and are dust, sweat and splash resistant. The Hoops are out now. Via softpedia

Sol Republic launches Shadow Wireless earphones

March 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Sol Republic has launched its Shadow Wireless headphones, an in-ear set designed to be lightweight for workouts. The battery life is touted to be eight hours and they are water- and sweat-resistant. Three-button playback and volume controls are set into the collar section and they also feature a built-in mic for hands-free calling. They use Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX for high resolution audio streaming and can pair with two devices at once up to a range of 30m. The Shadow Wireless headphones have launched as a Best Buy exclusive at $99 and come in either black or grey with rose gold options. Via soundguys

GGMM M4 wireless Bluetooth speaker is a stylish head-turner

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio with No Comments.

The bold red M4 Bluetooth wireless speaker from GGMM has previewed at the Luxury Technology show in New York. It looks great and has a nice novel leather strap for taking it about, which is handy as it's a pretty big set. The M4 offers eight hours playback and has an integrated Wolfson DAC that plays through the kevlar speakers. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX support. It also connects over WiFi in two modes: direct and router more, which allows 16 devices to connect at once and it'll skip between them. Music from Spotify and Pandora can also be streamed via the GGMM app, though this is limited to iOS (Android works but seems to be buggy at the moment- no doubt an update is being worked on). Price is TBA but it's expected to be around the US $300 mark. Via soundguys

Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” for Pandora-esque music playback

March 25, 2015 by Tom in App News, Audio with No Comments.

The Amazon Prime Music streaming service has incorporated a Pandora-style playback service for its iOS amd Fire Tablet app, as well as for PC and Mac. Prime Stations is ad-free and has unlimited skips. This'll build upon users' Prime songs, playlists and albums, to create a stream of music suited to the user's parameters. The thumbs up/thumbs down controls are familiar and liked tracks can be added to your regular library. Stations are currently only split by genres. Via slashgear

Designer Astell&Kern AK240 portable music player, just $2,499

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

It comes with a designer Tanniere Remy Carriat leather case. No? Well how about these stats. The Astell&Kern AK240 high resolution portable audio player is a stainless steel device with a carbon fiber back. It has a 3.31-inch AMOLED touchscreen and supports a huge range of audio files but the best sound'll come from lossless audio thanks to its dual 24-bit/192kHz digital audio converters and native DSD playback. The AK240 has Bluetooth support for wireless headphones and comes with 256GB storage, expandable via microSD up to a further 128GB. According to Astell&Kern, the stainless steel body eliminates electrical noise and delivers purer audio, which is just what you'd tell yourself after spending that amount of money. Mmm, yeah, that sounds really pure. This was a go

Creative Labs creates Sound Blaster Roar 2 Bluetooth speaker sequel

March 21, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Creative with No Comments.

The second generation of the popular Sound Blaster SR20 Bluetooth speaker has been announced. The Sound Blaster Roar 2 is a smaller, sleeker model that has been tweaked in almost every area. The Roar 2 is 20% smaller than its previous model and the sound varies depending on whether it's horizontal or vertical. Horizontal placement give an even sound spread while vertical produces a direct and loud sonic situation. Sound is pumped through two 1.5-inch tweeter drivers, a 2.5-inch sub-woofer and two passive radiators for a nice full spectrum. Input options include NFC Bluetooth, good old-fashioned 3.5mm and microSD cards. It also has a built-in mic for speakerphone calls. The 6,000mAh battery give eight hours playback and it can connect to a Mac or PC and act as a USB sound c

Aiwa returns with Exos-9 Bluetooth speaker

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

Aiwa has been resurrected and is stamping its mark on the modern world with the bulky Exos-9 Bluetooth speaker. The Exos-9 features NFC pairing and USB charging for devices. This unit is bulky for a reason, check out the insides below. Inside the casing is five active drivers - two tweeters, two mid-bass and one subwoofer. Battery life when on the go is reportedly ten hours and it comes with a nifty credit-card-sized remote control that slots into the back of the speaker. It has a 5-band EQ and is available for pre-order for $299.   Via whathifi

Creative Labs expands Aurvana earphones range with two new IEMs

March 20, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Creative, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Creative Labs has announced the latest earphones in the Aurvana audio range, the Aurvana in-Ear2 Plus and in-Ear3 Plus. The In-Ear2 Plus (pictured above) updates the previous In-ear2 model with an in-line mic and volume controls. The Plus model retains most of the existing In-Ear2 features such as the balanced armature drivers with a 15Hz – 16kHz frequency range with a tilt towards bass. They also keep the same shape, with the idea being these earphones blocks out 95% of outside noise. They ship with three sizes of tips, a cleaning tool, a flight adapter and a travel pouch for the retail price of $129. The Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus are the next step up and feature balanced armature drivers complimented by a woofer and passive crossover. The frequency range is 10Hz - 17kHz and 98

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