At their first event in Australia, professional audio brand Denon and Marantz late this week announced their new range of lifestyle gear including headphones and dock speakers for personal mobile devices.
Differentiating between key types of users and their music needs and tastes was what Denon did in their new range. With 8 new on-ear and in-ear models across four different lifestyles: Music Maniac, Globe Cruiser, Urban Raver and Exercise Freak - there should be a product that will fit your lifestyle.
High-end audiophile gear can be found in the Music Maniac range, with two on-ear (AH-D7100, AH-D600) and 1 in-ear (AH-C400) models. We were able to play around with these headphones that were connected to an amplifier.
Coming from an Audio Technica AD900 user connected to the ASUS Xonar ST, the D7100 and the D600 both had a nice representation of bass, (something that the AD900 lacked being open-back designed), but the bass wasn't muffled so each word from the song was crisp and clear, including the instruments used in the track. Both headphones feature a 50mm driver to deliver the sound...
The headline for Logitech's product launch promises big things: "Pure Undiluted Music, Anytime, Anywhere." So, how are they going to do that and what products are in this new line? The press release highlights six new products ranging from boomboxes to headphones, so the line is quite expansive.
"Today's fans have their music with them wherever they go - they carry it with them on their tablet or smartphone," said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president of music. "But no matter how or where you choose to store or access your favorite music, this lineup is the best way for you to experience it. Whether you want to be completely immersed in your favorite song, to share music with friends, or to discover new favorites, Logitech UE is the clear choice."
Sennheiser have just shown off two new gaming headsets, with the new devices including a premium option with Dolby technology integrated, with the other priced to appeal to entry-level gamers. Both headsets are available right now from Sennheiser's website.
First up, we have the PC 323D which sports Dolby 7.1 Headphone and Dolby ProLogic IIx sound. The 323D features a CircleFlex design which allows it to adjust automatically to a user's head. This headset comes with its own 3D G4ME1 7.1 USB sound card attached, as well as an open-acoustic design which is said to keep the gamers' head cool through hours of gaming. Volume controls are also featured, on the right ear cup and rounding out the PC 323D we find a microphone which features noise-cancellation technology.
Ever feel that need to listen to that one song while showering? Apparently the makers of iShower did as they have created a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker designed to blast beats while you lather, rinse, and repeat. The new device, sure to make your showers last much longer than they need to, is now shipping for $100.
The device is easily installed by most any person due to its adhesive mounting system. No tools are necessary, and the device can also be hung over the shower head, if you don't want to risk sticky residue. Even though it's called the iShower, it can be paired to a maximum of 5 devices, which don't have to be an iDevice.
It uses 3 AA batteries and is said to last for 15 hours of listening time. A nice touch, there is also a built-in clock so that you don't let your shower times get out of hand. Check out the video below, in which the CEO of the company gives a nice demonstration and no, he does not actually use it in the shower.
Samsung have announced their DA-E750, which is a wireless speaker dock, and will arrive in the UK and Korea starting June 18. Samsung's DA-E750 is a vacuum tube-based amplifier that is meant to improve sound quality.
The tube-based amp can connect to Samsung GALAXY devices through AllShare, as well as Apple's AirPlay, and finally, plain old Bluetooth 3.0. The speaker dock also features an analog composite input, a USB port so that you can play music from a USB flash drive and support for MP3, WMA, and WAV file formats.
Spec-wise, we're looking at a 2.1-channel woven glass fiber speaker system, with a built-in 100W subwoofer. It comes in two colors, Mahogany and piano black. Samsung haven't released pricing just yet, but when it was shown off at CES earlier this year, the company gave an $800-ish price.
Pioneer is launching a new series of headphones aimed at professional DJs and musicians, the HDJ-1500 sports a pair of 50mm drivers embedded in sound insulating casings with air chambers that are said to reduce the sound by 4dB and help hear the intended mix.
The new Pioneer HDJ-1500 headphones come in two colors, black or a satin silver and black combination. Impedance is 32ohms, sensitivity is 180db. Frequency response is 5Hz to 30,000Hz. Price-wise, Pioneer are not breaking the DJ bank at all, they should sell for 18,000 yen or $223-or-so USD.
Pioneer haven't said when they'll begin shipping the HDJ-1500's, or whether they'll even ship them to the US.
CES 2012: The Republic of Gamers team is pretty damn awesome, not only do they make some truly kick arse motherboards, but they also have gaming accessories like keyboards, mice and headsets and are now set to enter the sound card market, too.
ASUS teased at CES the ROG Xonar Phoebus (the God of Music and Light) and is a standalone product (not bundled with a motherboard). Xonar Phoebus is rated at 118db SNR and includes the regular outputs, a dedicated amplifier for driving up to 300ohm headphones and a volume control/wire extender for gaming headsets.
It sports the usual ROG black/red theme and looks insanely sexy for a sound card. I/O wise we have headset connectors, power for the volume control, line-in, 5.1 audio and SPDIF-out as pictured below.
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Looking at picking up a new set of headphones over the xssy break? - You might be interested in one of six new pairs of headphones Sennheiser has just announced today. The new models in Sennheiser's line include the HD 219, HD 229, HD 239, HD 429, HD 439 and HD 449, all promising to deliver 'defined sound' in style.
The HD 219 will set you back only $59.95 and feature closed ear cups with a padded head band for excellent comfort. For an extra $20 you can shift up to the HD 229 which include the use of powerful neodymium magnets that promise precise stereo sound output.
The next step up in the $119.95 HD 239s also use the aforementioned neodymium magnets and are further refined from there, boasting a frequency response of 16 to 23,000 Hz.
Looking for a respectable 2.1 speaker kit without outlaying a lot of cash? Klipsch may peak your interest with a new offering in the Energy-branded EM.2.1s. Klipsch are renowned for delivering some very good quality speakers in the computer world and this, while being a more budget focused model, still promise to give a clear and strong performing audio experience while being quite compact in stature.
The EM-2.1 gives a total output of 25W and features a front-firing subwoofer with volume and bass controls built in. Each of the two speakers use a 1.3-inch fiber composite cone driver. The set is expected to hit store shelves sometime this month with an associated price of $99.99 US.
Audio specialists Bose have just released a couple new sets of headphones to market in the OE2 and OE2i. These on-ear headphones promise a super comfortable fit to the head while being slim profile by design with foam ear cushioned, foldable earcups to make transporting more pleasant.
Bose says the sound quality of these headphones in comparison to their predecessors has been improved upon thanks to the use of a TriPort acoustic structure for improved audio reproduction.
The OE2 headphones use a standard audio cable, coming in at $149.95 USD, whilst the OE2i is a step up with its inline remote and microphone, priced at $179.95 USD.
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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is well aware that the music streaming battle has just begun, with invites now disappearing because... well, the flood gates are open and it's available to everyone. 6 months free, no subscription required. At the moment, this cannot be fully verified by Spotify, but if it is true, what happens to those who have been paying for Unlimited or Premium subscriptions? The move from Spotify is quite the large one, with previous news fresh from a few hours ago that Spotify will integrate with Facebook allowing people to listen to songs together.
At the moment, the news is a bit hot off the oven, but with competitors MOG and Rdio both recently introducing free or "freemium" plans, it is hard to think how these businesses would be turning in a profit.
Corsair picked up a talented new product manager over the Summer, Stan Kwong. Stan's roots trace back to Creative and Logitech and he's wasting no time using his skills at Corsair. Yesterday TweakTown made a quick stop in San Francisco to see the new Vengeance Gaming Headset products just down the road from Intel Developers Forum.
The new Gaming Headphone Lineup consists of three products, Vengeance 1500, 1300 and 1100 and are designed for excellent gaming audio reproduction, outstanding comfort and convenience.
Creative are back in the limelight once again today after previously announcing both the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player and Sound Blaster Recon3D. The company has also rolled out a new line of PCI-Express sound cards that, while impressive by design, may bring on a bit of a sad panda face for some due to the obvious end of the X-Fi generation for good after its over half decade presence since August 2005.
The new line-up is called Sound Core3D and it has one major difference to the X-Fi family of cards. Where X-Fi used high-performance native audio processing (through hardware) by making use of the processors on the card such as the CA20K series, the focus is now on the set of DSPs (digital signal processors) resident on the Core3D; there being four of these that give it a "quad-core" moniker, but this is not in the sense of there being four actual processing cores. These four DSPs are also not necessarily hardware-accelerated, but due to the presence of four of them, they work together in order to produce the best overall audio output.
Along with the launch of their new ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player, Creative has also extended its Sound Blaster family of audio products with the Recon3D today. This is a USB bases audio device which gives cross-platform support for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac.
Running dimensions not much different to your typical gaming mouse, the Sound Blaster Recon3D is a compact USB audio solution which promises a dramatic improvement in audio playback quality and immersion thanks to THX StudioPro, a full suite of audio enhancements developed by Creative and THX audio engineers.
The Recon3D also features Dolby Digital via its optical input, giving full 5.1 surround decoding, which combined with THX TruStudio Pro promises excellent accuracy and positional audio playback in conjunction with a gaming headset.
Creative have unleashed the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player. The ZEN X-Fi3 sports the apt-X codec which brings superior Bluetooth transmission, and also features X-Fi technology which restores rich detail and retains high level of clarity for audio tracks. It's housed in a stylishly-designed player which delivers the best wireless audio while you're on the move. ZEN X-Fi3 also supports a huge range of audio formats inclusive of FLAC for die-hard lossless audio fans.
The player also includes video output so you can share movies and photos with family and friends on your big-screen. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to easily connect to compatible stereo Bluetooth speakers and headphones. The ZEN X-Fi3 also features responsive touch keys for easy navigation and playback control and surprisingly, a microSD card slot for additional storage. An integrated FM radio is also included.