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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.
Audio peripheral company SOUL Electronics has unveiled Pulse, the lightweight wraparound earbuds that provide comfort and sound for owners.
SOUL is best known for creating audio products embraced by athletes and those with an active lifestyle, and it looks like Pulse should fit in with that category. The earbuds have a reversed fitting ear lock cable, so the earbuds shouldn't fall out of your ears while working out.
The SOUL Electronics Pulse earbuds are available now with a $49 MSRP.
How many editions of the Razer DeathAdder is there? Quite a few is the answer. Tt eSPORTS has caught on to this re-release trend as seen with other big brands (the SteelSeries Siberia and Sensei too), demonstrated through the recent announcement of the 2015 CRONOS headset headset.
Looking identical on the exterior, the 2015 CRONOS features "enhanced boosted bass enhancement for gamers to enjoy!" as pointed out in a recent press release. Coupled with this is a Lycra headband, a fold flat design and a bendy microphone alongside the in-line volume and microphone controller.
There isn't too much new to see here, but the extra bass may entice some users looking for a better musical or movie experience.
Consumer electronics company SOUL Electronics has introduced the Run Free Pro, Bluetooth-powered in-ear headphones designed for athletes. The waterproof in-ear unit also includes wind noise reduction technology to help eliminate wind interference, which often times can ruin audio quality.
The custom design is guaranteed to stay in your ears using an interchangeable lock system, so athletes and active users don't need to worry about earbuds falling out. The Run Free Pro uses Bluetooth 4.0 and is now available with a $129 MSRP.
"The Run Free Pro exemplifies an audio accessory that perfectly complements hitting the streets for a run or sustaining an active lifestyle," said Jerry Lai, Marketing Manager at SOUL Electronics. "This means as someone is running and, often times, earbuds will fall out, the lock will securely keep the earphone body tight and in place. We wanted to create more products for the fitness and active lifestyle, with the goal to maintain the same SOUL Electronics brand identity."
Hewlett-Packard has dropped Apple-owned Beats as an audio partner, and will now work with Bang & Olufsen on future products. The partnership will bring the Danish company's audio expertise to PCs, laptops, tablets and other electronics, starting this spring.
HP is the No. 2 global PC manufacturer, and hopes its deal with Bang & Olufsen helps usher in a new era for audio-centric functionality on devices. Beats may be a recognizable name, however, Bang & Olufsen provides high-quality audio products.
"HP and Bang & Olufsen will custom tune each notebook, desktop, tablet and accessory for precise sound," a press release from HP notes. "In all HP devices that carry the Bang & Olufsen or B&O PLAY brand, a dedicated audio island isolates the sensitive audio circuits from other signals on the motherboard. The headphone jack limits the amount of metal parts to reduce ground noise to help further perfect the audio experience on HP devices."
You may have seen this argument somewhere on the internet recently, it's a real growing trend. As soon as someone offers up the suggestion for Beats by Dre to be added to an audio collection everyone is up in arms about the sound quality and mostly the 'paying for the brand' experience.
These headphones that generally enter the market at $380 for higher graded models and have often made people wonder - how much 'brand cost' is actually associated with this device.
Well in case you missed it, All Hiphop released the news last year that Dr. Dre's magical sound devices cost an estimated $14 to produce.
RZA started working with Boombotix back in mid-2014, announcing to the public that he wanted to make something a little more special than most, stating "I just had a bigger idea than sticking my logo on something. I thought we could make this great product a little greater" in an interview with Gizmodo. His idea is apparently to feature exclusive music along with the device.
RZA has already released a collaboration item with Boombotix, which was received to high critic acclaim. The next product to come out will be the gold hexagon and it's currently in a prototype form. said to work as a music player alongside a speaker platform - Boombotix claim that you can load music of your own onto the device.
RZA and Boombotix look to do more than the general old advertising campaigns as seen through most celebrity collaborations in this day and age. Imagine if you could get an exclusive sneak peak into Wu-Tang's new album just by purchasing their speaker? That would certainly be different and pretty cool.