When you're simply wanting to run the best house parties, it seems that Dashbon is the company to call up. Its new invention is called 'Flicks' and these two models offer up to eight hours of playback when operating off an internal battery while pumping out sound at the same time.
Available in a 140WH model which is priced at $599 and a 280WH model at $699, these LED projectors both display content in 720p HD, offer a HDMI connection that includes smartphone support, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The smaller edition provides four hours of movie playback or 28 hours of Bluetooth jams while the larger 280WH model offers the claimed eight-hour movie experience or 56 hours of Bluetooth music.
Weighing in at 6.17 lb (2.8 kg) and 7.72lb (3.5 kg) respectively, you can further connect these all-in-one projectors to your Roku Streaming Stick, Google Chromcast or Amazon Fire TV Stick.
New to the world but not to us, Epic Gear has just announced its new THUNDEROUZ headset to the world - something that I've been pre-release testing with a review to follow soon.
This headset features Epic Gear's own EG-Amp technology, working as an amplifier for the headset when plugged in through USB, supporting the provided 3.5m AUX connection. Another unique feature on offer here includes the touch sensor on the side of the earcup, allowing users to seamlessly change through different lighting modes and effects, great for those after something a little more fancy.
Sporting 50mm neodymium drivers, plush leatherette earcups and a stereo 2.0 sound configuration, this headset will be available mid-March for around $79.99.
Known for its wide range of mobile accessories and reliable power banks, Arctic has recently announced a new company direction - gaming headsets.
Announcing the P533 Series in a recent press release, this technology and lifestyle brand has signified a slightly altered company direction. The two headsets on offer are identical in specifications but offer different color schemes, being released in both Racing and Military color schemes.
Sporting cloth earcups, a 2m extension cable, a 3.5mm AUX connection, neodymium drivers and compatibility with Xbox, PlayStation, tablets, smartphones and PCs, this new range is available for $79.99 from the company directly.
Guitar maker Fender is now in the headphones game with its Fender Pro In-Ear Monitors line. Designed and assembled in Nashville by last year's acquisition Aurisonics, the price ranges from $99 to $499, depending on which of the five models you choose.
The higher-end models include 3D-printed Digital Hybrid Technology (DHT) shells, which are based on thousands of ear scans with the aim of creating a universal fit (Fender claims they 95 percent of ears will love them). Some others feature Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array (HDBA) for a "rich, full frequency response with substantial bass."
An update to the Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read you a nice story. And this new feature has a chance of replacing you as the head minstrel, reading bedtime stories to your kids.
This update comes completely free to all owners of the Echo, and works rather simply. Just ask Alexa to "read "insert book name here" and she'll start exploring the depths of that particular novel. Unfortunately her voice isn't quite so natural sounding as of yet, but it's quite the innovation, especially if you'd rather listen to that while engaged with other activities. She's able to read any book in your Kindle library.
The interesting thing is how this will conflict with another Amazon company, Audible, which serves up actual narrated audio-books. Granted, Alexa isn't quite as sultry and smooth as some of the great narrators used for Audible books, but given time we could see a rise in the popularity of using a well-developed AI to do such things instead. Siri even sounds a lot more natural now, even if some of her responses are pre-programmed.
Warner Bros. is definitely not shy when it comes to revealing details about the most expensive movie ever made: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The studio has just released a tease of one of the tracks from the score of Batman v Superman, called "Their War Here". Personally, I think this will be the music we'll hear during the flashback scene where Bruce Wayne is running through Metropolis when Superman and Zod were fighting in Man of Steel.
The official soundtrack for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice drops on March 18, one week before the movie hits theaters. It'll arrive digitally, on CD, a 2-disc deluxe CD, and on a Limited Edition 3-disc deluxe vinyl. As for the full track listing, check it out:
"Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice" Tracklist
- Beautiful Lie
- Their War Here
- The Red Capes Are Coming
- Day Of The Dead
- Must There Be A Superman?
- New Rules
- Do You Bleed?
- Problems Up Here
- Black and Blue
- Is She With You?
- This Is My World
- Men Are Still Good (The Batman Suite)
- Blood Of My Blood (Bonus Track)**
- Vigilante (Bonus Track)**
- May I Help You, Mr. Wayne? (Bonus Track)**
- They Were Hunters (Bonus Track)**
- Fight Night (Bonus Track)**
** On deluxe versions only.
Currently on Kickstarter with under three days remaining, Hult Design has presented its Pavilion wireless speaker and D-spiral acoustic system.
Sitting at $64,613 raised of the $70,000 goal and 65 hours to go at the time of writing this article, this speaker features some amazing design characteristics and has been based on architectural influences from around the globe. Featuring three-dimensional audio, a D-spiral acoustic bass booster, a 20W peerless driver, APTX + AAC codec and touch controls, this product has had its internal speakers provided by Tymphany, a company with over 85 years of experience.
However, style and class comes at a price, with an investment of $279 earning you a black of white Pavilion Q speaker, marked at $110 off retail. If you're looking for more sound, two units are the maximum per person and will set you back $449.
CES 2016 - Sennheiser's booth was a very alluring audio enthusiasts paradise, but they were showing off far more than just fancy and expensive headphones. They're pioneers in VR audio.
The most interesting and significant technology that they demonstrated was their proprietary 3D algorithm for they developed for games. The game demo they had running was called EDEN and was mostly a barren landscape rendered with Unreal Engine 4. In that hilly landscape though are a swathe of dinosaurs that are stomping about to help demonstrate what a 3D audio landscape sounds like. And it's a remarkable difference. What this algorithm does is work with HMD's to give an illusory feeling of aural freedom. So when you move your head around, the audio changes appropriately. This is a far cry from typical sound encoding for games.
The API they've created is able to easily calculate those changes, which will likely be a bit more computationally intensive than in the past. This middleware will hopefully make its way to game developers soon, and it would be cool to see a partnership with AMD so they could use their TrueAudio technology to use the GPU to do those calculations. The demo was a bit sparse and it could definitely have used a bit more interactivity, but it was a good first showing of what'll eventually be available. The future of audio is looking bright, such as it did back when Aureal and Creative were battling it out with their a3d and EAX API's.
CES 2016 - Computer audio has been somewhat stagnant lately, with even Creative letting the audio chipset they developed for the Sound Blaster Z line carry them over in the discreet audio world for awhile. But that hasn't stopped them from continually upping the game in the field of audio.
For their next trick, they're bringing 15.2-channel sound, and Dolby Atmos certification, to the living room in the form of a sound bar. That's right, a premium sound bar device that lets you enjoy what's usually reserved for theaters or the incredibly willing audio enthusiast.
The X-Fi Sonic Carrier is more than just a way to enjoy Atmos enabled content, which is where there's more positional data encoded in the source than there probably is in real-life, but it's also a complete home entertainment solution aiming to take on the living-room entertainment space. And the positional audio from one bar is actually pretty convincing too.
CES 2016 - Audio is a precarious subject for a lot of reasons. Not everyone can tell the difference between two different sets of headphones and sometimes audio-quality isn't the first thing on some peoples minds when it comes to building PC's. But then you try a $55,000 set of headphones and you wonder where they've been all your life.
Sennheiser is now on to their second generation of Orpheus headphones, using the original 1991 model as inspiration, they crafted the ultimate audio experience. And no, the price-tag doesn't color the experience, they're actually that good. It's overwhelming, so much so that someone actually cried while listening to the Orpheus.
They feel expensive in your hand, and I placed them gingerly on my head, careful to avoid bending them too far. But there's no actual need to fret, because these are made to be used and actually listened to. I put them on with Hotel California playing through them, which has a huge variety of sounds to help showcase just what they're capable of. Once they're on, you get blown away by the huge sound-stage, something that extends into what might be described as natural. It's not like you're sitting at a concert, no, it's much more than that. It's like you're literally in the music itself somehow, if you close your eyes. It just envelopes and it's never harsh and I certainly never wanted to take them off.