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German audio company Thonet & Vander has launched the Kürbis Bluetooth speaker in the United States. The company prides itself on allowing for high quality sound with minimal audio distortions or other issues.
Made from high density acoustic absorber (HDAA) wood that helps prevent vibration and sound leakage, the Kürbis also includes the Antimagnetic Shield to block external interference. Using its own procedures after years of modification, Thonet & Vander thinks you'll enjoy better bass reflex that the company says helps great sound fidelity.
The Thonet & Vander Kürbis is available now in the United States with a $199 MSRP.
Computex 2015 - In a surprising move, PowerColor unveiled their new PCIe-based sound card at Computex this year, the PowerColor Devil HDX.
The PowerColor Devil HDX is a PCIe-based sound card with 124dB SNR, 192KHz 24-bit sound, a 600ohms headphone amp, and features a swappable OP-AMP. We should expect the the Devil HDX to be pushed into the market in the next couple of months.
Appropriately named Mr. Everything, we have just been made aware of this amazing Bluetooth speaker that can charge your laptop, tablet, smartphone or wearable through wireless Qi, the four USB ports on offer or even an AC outlet. It can also light up the night with its LED lighting option, store your cables through its utility box or even jump-start your cars dead battery.
Yep, you read that right - jump start your car. This product has launched on Kickstarter with a $100,000 goal and currently sits at just over $68,000 with ten days remaining.
A donation of $199 will grab you an early bird Mr. Everything unit and is listed as $150 off the final retail price.
If you're a console gamer looking for something new, ASTRO Gaming has just announced its new addition to the market - the A40 + MixAmp M80 specifically for the Xbox One.
The MixAmp M80 plugs directly into your Xbox One controller, allowing you to communicate with friends and hear what ASTRO Gaming has to provide through the A40 experience.
The A40 provides the most premium experience that ASTRO Gaming has to offer, boasting "hours of comfortable wear" in a recent newsletter.
Computex 2015 - Alongside the Ripjaws series of mechanical keyboards and the Ripjaws MX780 RGB gaming mouse as covered by us yesterday, G.Skill also has on offer some interesting new audio additions to its peripheral arsenal.
In comes the SR910 and SV710 7.1 digital surround sound models, said to be released in Q3 2015 by G.Skill in a recent press release.
Complete with a circumaural earcup design, these SV710 boasts Xear 3D technology to help with sound positioning, leatherette lined ear pads and built-in environmental noise cancellation (ENC) to help you focus at live events. Alongside the in-line control pod, there is included software including a 10-band equalizer and customizable surround sound positioning features located within.
Apple is recalling more than 220,000 Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers in the United States, following a fire risk, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). So far, eight suspected cases of overheating speakers have been reported, though Apple didn't offer a statement on how many complaints it has received.
"Because customer safety is the company's top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using their Beats Pill XL speakers," according to a public notice from Apple. "Customers who purchased a Beats Pill XL speaker should visit http://www.apple.com/support/beats-pillxl-recall for details about how to return their product to Apple, and how to receive an Apple Store credit or electronic payment of $325."
Beats first introduced the speaker in November 2013, and Apple purchased the company in May 2014 for around $3 billion.
Onanoff, an Icelandic company focused on audio peripherals, has unveiled its SoundCover device. The ultra-thin folio speaker is designed to amplify your Apple iPad's sound, ranging from music and movies to games - simply open the kickstand and it automatically syncs to your iPad. The frame is just 14mm thin, and should offer a streamlined finish to your iPad.
When you're done listening to something, clip the iPad into the SoundCover with the screen facing in, and it turns off. Even though it's designed to support the iPad Air and iPad Air 2, it supports any Bluetooth-enabled device. The Onanoff SoundCover is available now with a $199 MSRP, and is available in Silver, Gold and Tactical Black.
The SoundCover supports a Bluetooth range up to 33 feet and 15 hours of battery life. In addition, owners can make use of a 3.5mm stereo input and built-in microphone while increasing their iPad's volume by up to 400 percent.
Computex 2015 - Connected to your PC through PCIe, PowerColor has announced its own addition to the sound card world, the Devil HDX. We've recently covered what ASUS has to offer with its high-end STRIX line and now the Devil HDX takes the spotlight.
Featuring a C-Media CMI8888 native-PCIe processor and a Wolfson WM8741 primary DAC, this card continues with a 124 dBA SNR for your headphones and front-out channels, coupled with a TI LM4562 OPAMP swappable amplifier.
Also boasting 600Ω impedance headphone support, this product further supports stereo RCA out and 7.1-channel optical SPDIF output ports, drawing all of its power from a single 4-pin Molex plug.
Computex 2015 - STRIX is something you're going to see much more of in the future as it seems this family is ASUS' new series of champion products. The latest addition to this lot is that of these three high-end 7.1 channel audio cards.
Named the STRIX RAID DLX, the STRIX RAID Pro and the STRIX Soar, these cards are all fairly similar in specification with slight differences.
All three cards are based on one design, with the DAC component containing a native-PCIe multi-CODEC audio controller connector to an ESS SABRE 9006a DAC, dedicated to the front audio port with 116 dBA SNR and a 110 dBA SNR DAC connected to your main headphone amplifier.
SilverStone has just announced its EBA01 - an extremely sleek Hi-Fi audio headphone stand weighing in at 1.5kg and complete with a silver or black color scheme depending on what you're after.
This aluminum stand measures at 280mm high and will be released to the mainstream market very soon for $57.66.
Although it looks amazing, the EBA01 is fighting against a non-performing market of headphone stands. It has been reported by end users as hard to justify spending this kind of money on a stand-alone product (pun intended) when many monitors (think BenQ) or even cases (Thermaltake) contain headphone holders as part of their overall package.