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Earlier today, Logitech introduced us to its latest set of Bluetooth stereo speakers. Dubbed the Z600, the speakers are targeted at the MacBook Air and UltraBook markets but will work with any Bluetooth A2DP-enabled device including smartphones, tablets, and media streaming devices. Capable of pairing with up to three devices at the same time, users can stream music from each individual device by just making sure music playback on the other two devices are paused.
Logitech says that the speakers produce a room-filling sound and each incorporates three drivers in a very sleek and refined tower style package. Covered in a fabric finish, the Z600 speakers incorporate touch sensitive volume controls which are actuated by gliding a finger across the edge of the top panel of either speaker to raise or lower the volume.
Logitech has included a small USB Bluetooth dongle that will allow streaming audio from devices that may not be Bluetooth-equipped. No actual launch date was given, but Logitech has the Z600 Bluetooth Speakers up for preorder on their website at a price point of just $150. That price seems a little high when compared to the Panasonic portable Bluetooth speaker we covered earlier today, but I have a feeling the speakers will reproduce a more rich and full-bodied sound.
Panasonic likes building products that can take whatever you can throw at them and their new portable wireless speaker is no exception. The SC-NT10 is a black and orange 4W portable speaker that features two full-range speakers and a passive radiator. Panasonic says that the speaker is "quad proof" and is dust, water, and impact resistant. Panasonic says that the speaker is able to last about eight hours on a single charge but did not disclose standby time battery life.
"Building on the popularity of other "tough" products in our lineup, Panasonic has created a wireless speaker that is small enough to carry almost anywhere and can handle the elements, but will still produce superior sound quality," said David Fisher, Product Manager, Home Entertainment, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. "The SC-NT10 is an ideal audio companion for anyone who loves the outdoors. It's equipped with unique features for ease-of-use including Near Field Communication for easy pairing with mobile devices, and produces crystal clear, powerful sound."
Featuring Near Field Connectivity (NFC), the device is able to quickly pair with your smartphone's Bluetooth connection or alternatively, a 3.5 mm jack allows you to input your favorite tunes. The SC-NT10 is able to survive splashes of water, intense heat or freezing cold, and is able to survive drops from about 3 feet. Samsung says that they expect the speaker to ship sometime in August, but interested parties may pre-order one now for $100.
This morning, Sennheiser announced the addition of a new model headphone to its Momentum line. The new headphones are slightly more compact and come in four different colors. Designed to work with Apple's mobile product line, the new Momentum headphones feature a built-in line microphone and remote control.
The headset will, however, work with other devices with the exclusion of the remote control functionality. Sennheiser says that the new headphones were developed by an "international team of design experts and trend scouts," but still feature a high-performance transducers Sennheiser is known for.
The new Momentum headphones feature a headband and ear pads that are skinned in Alcantara, a high-grade material that is featured in high-end cars and boats. At the moment, the new headphones are only available in the UK at a price point of £170 with US availability expected in the coming weeks.
Beats Audio has been jockeying to get their music streaming service Daisy off the ground for quite some time now. Today, we're hearing reports that the company is working to partner with AT&T in an effort to leverage the wireless carrier's marketing muscle to finally get the service up and running.
Earlier today, CNET reported that Beats co-founder Jimmy Lovine has been seen in meetings with executives from both AT&T and big-name music labels trying to iron out deals that would give AT&T customers free trial periods of the Daisy service.
Lovine is no stranger to asking big name investors for help. Back in March, he reportedly sought out billionaire Len Blavatnik who led a group of investors to a $60 million round of funding for Daisy. Today's rumor, combined with that report, means that Daisy may finally take flight and rival such music streaming services a Spotify, Xbox Music, and Google Play Music.
Cambridge Audio has just announced the Minx M5, a 2.1 audio system that "reproduces computer audio with clarity, emotion and passion." The company says that the new system combines the benefits of Cambridge Audio's proprietary sound technologies and an in-house design expertise.
A pair of satellite speakers are said to reproduce amazingly rich and detailed sound on a much larger scale than one would imagine from such a small package. The compact active subwoofer delivers a deep and powerful bass while also providing a hidden housing for the amplifier.
Unlike many of the multimedia audio systems on the market today, the Minx M5 features a USB audio connection in lieu of the traditional 3.5mm audio jacks. A high-quality digital to analog converter handles the signal processing to ensure that the sound being output is always crisp and clear.
The unit features a single 2-inch driver per satellite and a 5.25-inch subwoofer, all of which is powered by a 30W amp. Weighing in at less than a pound each, the satellite speakers take up a mere three inches cubed of desk space while the subwoofer tops the scales at 10 pounds and about eight inches cubed. The Minx M5 is available from Cambridge Audio now at a price point of $229.
Ahead of this year's E3, SteelSeries has introduced a new line of headsets. The new H-series has several different models, ranging from the basic 3Hv2, which costs $39.99, to the advanced 9H, which costs $159.99. Whatever your needs may be, SteelSeries' new H-series of headsets should feature a headset for you.
The 9H features Dolby Technology and comes with an MSRP of $159.99. According to the company's press release, the headset features up to 7.1 channels of "realistic multi-channel surround sound." The 9H also features SteelSeries' in-line audio controls, with swappable cables for PC, Mac, tablets, and phones.
The 5Hv3 comes with an MSRP of $79.99 and is a step down from the 9H. It features a retractable microphone, which retracts into the headset when not in use. It also features SteelSeries' in-line and swappable audio controls, making the headset compatible with PC, Mac, tablets, and phones.
Finally, the 3Hv2 has an MSRP of just $39.99. It's more an introductory or casual gamer headset. It features a foldable design that makes it easy to stow away for travel. An included adapter allows the headset to work with a variety of devices. Even though the price has been reduced, it still features in-line audio controls, a retractable microphone, and extra-padded leather cushions.
Computex Taipei 2013 - This year at Computex we've really seen companies expand into some new areas. When you hear the name G.Skill you think fast high-end performance memory; over the coming months they're hoping that name also becomes known with high quality audio as the company shows of two headsets due in Q4 of this year.
Consisting of two models the upcoming Ripjaws R71 Gaming Headet carries with it 7.1-channel surround sound audio via USB. In a really stylish blue which really looks great. Build quality on the unit feels good and playing a bit of Counter-Strike on the headset found for a good quality audio experience that came off very comfortable.
Computex Taipei 2013 - I'm really digging Thermaltake's relationship with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, as they're coming out with some absolutely gorgeous products lately. Their new Level 10M gaming headset is no different, so let's get right into it.
First off, it looks amazing, but looks are only half of the story, right? The Level 10M gaming headset has an adjustable headband that can lock in place, a sleek microphone design that blends in with the earcup when it's not in use, a noise-cancelling microphone for crystal clear communications, and here's where things get really unique - the headphone cable can be connected on either the left, or right earcup. This feature alone had me clapping to Thermaltake, and I don't know how I didn't think of this, and thus want this feature, a very long time ago. Kudos, Thermaltake!
The Level 10M gaming headset comes in a variety of cool colors, with Diamond Black, Iron White, Blazing Red, Military Green and Amber Yellow.
Computex Taipei 2013 - BitFenix have just entered the audio headset market with their new Flo headsets, which come in five different colors. BitFenix state that they are made from precision-tuned acoustic chambers, feature 40mm Neodymium drivers for excellent sound, and more.
There's a self-adjusting headband, detachable microphone, in-line volume and mute controls, and BitFenix's famous SofTouch Surface Treatment. We donned the headset for some Lady Gaga tunes, and I must say, I was impressed. They didn't sound washed out with too much bass like most 'gaming' branded headsets, nor did they feel too cheap for a company who is completely new to audio products.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports is known for their professional gamer-inspired gear and one of their most prevalent designs is the DRACCO CAPTAIN gaming headset which is targeted at the casual-to-professional gaming demographic.
Featuring an exceptionally low bass response, the DRACCO CAPTAIN headset comes tuned for the highs, mids, and lows that the serious gamer requires to be effective on the battlefield. The headset's drivers feature high-output neodymium magnets that provide powerful sound effects with crystal-clear position definitions.
Additionally, the oversize microphone boom with a rigid body structure ensures that you will always have the proper microphone-to-mouth placement. The full-size ear cups ensures fatigue-free use over extended gaming sessions and the ultra-soft airbag covers block out excessive ambient noise.
The DRACCO CAPTAIN features a removable 3.5mm audio cable that can be locked into the headset to prevent in-game mishaps. This headset was co-designed and is endorsed by famous StarCraft II player AlekSey "White-Ra" Krupnyk. Tt eSports says that the DRACCO CAPTAIN headset retails at an MSRP of $89.99 at major online retailers.