When it comes to the audio market and headphones in general the offerings often get rather ornate. If you want something with good sound quality that has a stealthy appearance without a lot of bling, it can be a challenge with some brands to find just what you want.
A company called Aiaiai has announced a new set of headphones built in conjunction with pro DJs called the TMA-1. These headphones have a simple, black design with a matte finish that is subtle and industrial looking.
When it comes to headphones, you can generally find some that are made simply to sound good and you can find some that are made for looking good. On occasion, you can find headphones that do both like the V-Moda Crossfade LP.
V-Moda unveiled its Crossfade LP headphones a while back with a black and chrome design. The company has a now announced that it has two new versions of the Crossfade LP with different color schemes.
I hate wires when it comes to headphones. The tower for my computer sits beside my desk, which is very large, making it hard for cables to reach without tearing my ears half off each time I move.
Logitech has unveiled a new set of headphones called the Wireless Gaming Headset G930 that will fix that problem thanks to no wires. The battery inside the headset is good for up to ten hours of use and the G930 has virtual surround sound tech.
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Logitech has a ton of speakers for various uses in its line. The line of speakers offered by the company spans the range from surround sound for PCs to small portable speakers for iPods and notebooks.
Logitech has unveiled a new portable iPod speaker dock called the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i. The new dock has an internal rechargeable battery that is good for up to eight hours of play per charge.
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Grace Digital Audio makes all sorts of gear that plays internet radio and digital music for your home stereo. The company has announced its latest tuner that looks like an old school stereo component.
The device is called the Tuner Wi-Fi Radio & Media Player and is available right now for $219.99. The tuner supports lots of online music services like Pandora, NPR on demand, iheartradio, and SIRIUS.
The first time I saw these I wondered who in their right mind would want a set of speakers for their MP3 player that were teddy bears. Them my daughter saw them and flipped out and it dawned on me -- little girls.
The Mini Bear Speakers are from Juicy Couture and are available for pre-order for $68. They are set to ship on August 20.
Sony has just brought its first digital radio device to the Aussie market. Dubbed the CMTFX350i, this is a Micro HiFi system which arrives in time for Australia's first digital radio anniversary in August.
As well as sporting a built-in DAB+ and FM tuner, the CMTFX350i from Sony also features an integrated iPod Dock, top loading CD player, MP3 / Portable audio input and it gives 10W RMS of power to its full range speakers.
The unit is now available on shelves at an RRP of $279 inc. GST.
Logitech makes more peripherals and accessories for computers and notebook systems than you can shake a stick at. The offerings from the company range from keyboards and mice to speakers, remote controls, and lots more.
Logitech has unveiled a new set of 5.1 surround sound speakers with multiple connectivity options that sells for $99. The new speakers are called the Z506 and they will connect to your PC with included cables or to your Wii, PS3, DVD player, or Xbox 360 as well.
One of the new features of the iOS4 operating system for the iPod touch and iPhone is iPod Out. This feature allows the device to send its menus to an external display for full control.
BMW has announced that it will add support for the iPod Out feature to its cars. The feature means that the menus will be sent to the screen in the car for full control without having to dig the iPhone or iPod out.
Creative has announced some new wireless audio gear for Australian fans. The company has a new ZiiSound D5 wireless speaker system with Bluetooth support and more. Creative also has the new Inspire S2 Wireless 2.1 speaker system that it is launching.
Other new gear includes the D100 wireless boom box, and the iPod BT-D5 and BT-D1 wireless transmitters. Creative also has new earphones for the Australian market with the Aurvana In-Ear 2 earphones, the HS-930i headset, and the EP-3NC headset.
Pioneer has all sorts of electronics that fall into a vast range of products. Pioneer is known for home theater, car audio and professional DJ equipment. The company has announced its latest DJ device called the CDJ-850.
The CDJ-850 is a performance multi player that plays different digital file formats and allows the DJ to mix them together. The device has a 206mm jog wheel, rotary selector, and browse buttons. The device can import files from recordable CDs and USB drives.
I like headphones that have volume controls built-in. That means I don't have to fumble my phone or MP3 player out of my pocket to change the volume.
I bet there are lots of people out there who have a favorite set of headphones or earphones that lack inline volume control. The good news is that over on Instructables there is a new project that walks you through building your own volume control.
The project needs a male and female headphone adapter, solder and a solder gun, along with some parts you can probably strip from other headphones around your house. When the project is finished, you can control the volume on any headphones or earphones using the DIY gadget.
JayBird has had some interesting looking Bluetooth headphones on the market for a while now. The headphones are aimed at music fans with music phones that want call capability and audio performance in a Bluetooth headset.
JayBird has announced the follow-up to its SB1 headphones called the SB2 Sportsband. The headphones are available in nine different colors and use an on ear design. The headphones connect to your device via Bluetooth.
Panasonic has unveiled a new set of headphones that are designed to block outside sounds with active technology. These headphones are perfect for the frequent traveler. I wish they would block the sound of a spouse talking.
The headphones are called the RP-HC700 and claim to block 92% of external sounds by creating sound waves that cancel out sounds. The headphones fold flat for storage and use a single AAA battery to power the active noise cancelling hardware.
Those inventive folks over at Mad Catz have designed a new wireless gaming headset they call the AX 180 which they are advertising under their TRITTON gaming audio brand.
For the most part this headset is much the same as the wired version of the AX 180, but uses 2.4GHz wireless for connectivity for those who find the cord's a bit too annoying. Mad Catz promise no compromise has been made in terms of sound quality and features elsewhere.
The AX 180 wireless can take any standard analog stereo audio sound source. The wireless base station is also USB powered, doing away with the need for an external power adapter, making it a more friendly setup if it's being moved around a lot. A portable control unit can be clipped onto a belt or pretty much wherever else it suits for ease of access to all the important controls and more.
There are as many different speakers in the market as there are computers. There are speakers for all sorts of devices from computers to MP3 players that run the gamut from cheap to the insanely priced.
The speaker is designed to work with all sorts of gadgets and devices that have a 3.5mm audio jack. The little speaker also has 2GB of internal memory. The interesting part of the speaker is that the sound is transmitted though contact with a surface.
Planetronics has lifted the curtain on a succeeding model to its existing 5.1 gaming headphones which it calls the GameCom 777. The new headset will give virtual 7.1 surround sound using Dolby Headphone and Dolby ProLogic IIx technologies which they claim to give a much more immersive experience.
Further improvements have also been made in terms of a more durable, military-grade design and an open-ear construction with earpods that redistribute pressure for better comfort. The unit also has a telescoping, noise cancelling microphone with in-line volume and mic mute controls.
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