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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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