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Logitech has rolled out a new wireless speaker for mobile users called the X300. The speaker uses Bluetooth to connect to your mobile phone allowing you to listen to your music without having to put on a set of headphones. Logitech designed the mobile speaker to offer wide-range sound with drivers that are angled for a larger sound spectrum.
Logitech says that the X300 will work up to 30-feet away from your mobile phone. In addition to being usable as a wireless speaker for music, the X300 can also work as a speakerphone with call controls. Logitech equips the device with an internal battery good for five hours of continuous playback per charge.
Apple has finally confirmed it will purchase the popular Beats Electronics brand, which specializes in headphones, earbuds, and an online music service. Rapper Dr. Dre and music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine will join Apple working under Eddy Cue, head of Apple's Internet services.
The deal was originally expected to close at $3.2 billion, though will be slightly cheaper than originally expected. Apple will pay $2.6 billion cash and offer $400 million in stock, with deal approval expected later in 2014. However, Apple officials were reportedly angry when a drunken Dr. Dre, out celebrating the deal, boasted about becoming "the first billionaire in hip-hop," which is one of the reasons it took so long for acquisition confirmation.
Meanwhile, iTunes will operate alongside the Beats Music offering, with Apple pledging to operate both services independently.
Apple is reportedly interested in purchasing Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, and a deal could be publicly announced in just a few days, according to the Financial Times. Beats products are available in Apple stores, though the two companies reportedly didn't have a close working relationship.
Originally founded by rapper Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Lovine, Beats has focused on audio products, such as earbuds, headphones and speakers - and has its own Beats Music streaming service. Beats was reportedly valued at $1 billion after receiving a $500 million investment, though Apple wants to capture the popularity of the Beats brand.
"This is really puzzling," said James McQuivey, Forrester Research analyst, after hearing about the potential buyout. "You buy companies today to get technologies that no one else or customers that no one has. They must have something hidden under the hood."
Samsung has just announced its new line of premium mobile audio products, Level. The new Level line of products include the Level Over (over-the-ear headphones), Level On (on-ear headphones), Level In (in-ear headphones), and Level Box (a Bluetooth speaker).
The new Level products will be available to consumers starting in mid-May. CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication of Samsung Electronics, JK Shin, talked about Level: "Samsung understands the importance of music and audio in the lives of our consumers. With the Level series, we have crafted an incredible line of audio products designed for the mobile user with organic sound, premium design aesthetics, and optimized mobile audio controls".
A company called Sengled has unveiled an interesting new LED light bulb called the Pulse. The bulb will fit into most light sockets and provides green LED lighting good for thousands and thousands of hours. Pulse also has another cool feature; it allows you to stream music to an internal speaker.
That means you can add energy efficient lighting to any room and wireless audio capability at the same time. Bluetooth is used to synchronize the Pulse bulb to your smartphone or tablet for streaming music. JBL multi channel speakers are used inside the bulb for high quality sound.
An interesting LED light bulb has hit Kickstarter called the Airbulb Color. As you can probably gather from the name, the bulb can change colors to suit your mood and you control it from an app on your smartphone.
The bulb has three white LEDs and three RGB LEDs inside. The colored lights aren't the big features of the Airbulb Color, the big features is an integrated wireless speaker. With the wireless speaker built-in and the RGB LEDs, the light can strobe disco style in time to your music or you can pick the color for mood lighting.
Streaming a variety of music to your Sonos wireless speaker system has just gotten much easier thanks to the company integrating Google Play Music into its list of streaming music providers. The integration into the Sonos controller app ushers in a new music streaming era, as this allows millions of Google Play Music subscribers to now stream their own music as well as music they have purchased over the service.
"As we continue to invest in the way you experience and control your music at home, curating and managing an array of services cross multiple rooms, the benefits of playing your music to Sonos directly from these very services is clear. In Google Play Music, we've found a great partner to bring this vision to life for the first time on a global scale. Together, we've created a music experience that shows how media, devices, and sound can seamlessly work together in the home," sonos said in a blog post.
Sony has announced a new set of headphones called the MDR-HW700DS digital surround wireless headphones. The headphones use Virtualphones technology to reproduce the soundstage of a multichannel speaker system. A 9.1 channel system adds a pair of surround back speakers and a pair of front high speakers to the normal 5.1 set up.
The headphones don't actually have nine speakers inside. The wireless connectivity doesn't come at the detriment of sound quality. Sony uses HDMI connectivity for the headphones offering uncompressed audio transmission. Dual wireless bands are supported with 2.4GHz and 5 GHz.
Three different modes allow the user to choose the best mode for what they are doing. Those modes include Cinema, Game, and voice settings. Sony uses pressure-relieving luxury ear cushions for the headphones to make them more comfortable during extended use.
If you are old enough to remember the 80's, you will recall the giant boom box radios that people carried around to listen too. Those things ate more D-cell batteries than a decent family could afford. Pyle Audio has announced the launch of a new product called the Street Blaster that is a modern interpretation of a boom box from the 80's.
You don't get dual cassette decks in this thing. What you do get is Bluetooth, a guitar input, NFC tech, a rechargeable battery, and a 1000W amp. Pyle doesn't say how large the battery is, but I have to wonder with that much power and wireless features just how long the battery will last.
If you have a device that doesn't support playback via Bluetooth, the Street Blaster does have a 3.5mm input. It also has a microphone input as well. I would assume that to mean you can hook a mic to it and use it like a PA system.
There are a number of Bluetooth speakers on the market today and most of them are very similar. Pyle Audio has unveiled a new one that is quite different from the other Bluetooth speakers on the market and is able to perform multiple functions. In fact, the rocket torch can perform five different functions.
The device has a built-in flashlight, a Bluetooth speaker, can be used as a speakerphone, features an FM tuner, and has a memory card slot. The memory card slot lets the device play music without using the battery on your smartphone or tablet.
Pyle offers the rocket torch in five colors. If you have a device that lacks Bluetooth capability, an aux-in port lets you hook your device up via a 3.5mm input. You can take the Rocket Torch with you to places where it is likely to get wet. It is splash proof and water resistant. The Rocket Torch is available now in orange green, red, blue, and black for $44.99.