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With celebrities like Dr. Dre making bank on streaming music ventures and audio hardware its no secret why Neal Young wants to get in on the action. Today Young unveiled his company's first music player, the Pono. The music player looks similar to the iPods of the 2000's until you step back and look at it from another angle, where you realize that it is actually triangular in form.
The player is designed to work exclusively with Young's high-end, high-quality streaming service PonoMusic, and features 128GB of internal flash storage that allows users to store up to 500 high bit-rate albums. The device appears quite simple to use with just 3 buttons, and a simple low-resolution LCD screen. Accompanying the high bit-rate audio is high-quality internal amplifier circuitry designed to deliver the cleanest audio possible.
Like many things today, not all outdoor speakers are created equal. You can take any wireless speaker outside, but whether or not it will survive dust, tumbles, or water depends on how rugged the device is. Braven has unveiled a new portable speaker that is called the BRV-X.
This ultra-rugged speaker can be used inside and out and has the ability to be paired wirelessly with a second unit for stereo sound. The speaker is rugged enough to survive, rain, drops, and other trials that it will see in the outdoors.
Sound comes from custom HD drivers and an omni-directional bass radiator. Braven fits the speaker with an indoor or outdoor switch to change the music to suit the environment. The BRV-X is IPX5 water-resistant and has a USB port for charging devices like smartphones and more.
Pioneer electronics makes all sorts of gear for pro and amateur DJs alike. Much of that gear is the controllers and other decks used to make music. Pioneer also has a full line of headphones that are aimed at the DJ. Most DJ headphones we see have big over the ear cans that are bulky.
If you are the sort that prefers a more compact and comfortable in-ear headphone, Pioneer has unveiled two new offerings that are just for you. The headphones include the DJE-2000 and DJE-1500. The high-end DJE-2000 has a hybrid 2-way driver that is able to produce deep bass in the back driver and mid/high range sounds in the front.
The DJE-1500 has a single driver design with a CCAW voice coil and a speaker diaphragm made of a ceramic powder coating. Both headphones come with multiple ear tips for comfortable and correct sizing. Both sets of headphones also have detachable cables.
Polk Audio has announced that it will be launching the very fest set of Xbox One headphones that will hit the market. The headphones are the Polk 4 Shot Headset. The headset will hit store shelves in the US on March 6.
The headphones were made in collaboration with 343 industries and Turn 10 studios, the developer's behind Halo and Forza Motorsport respectively. The headphones use a 40mm driver in each ear cup and have a 3.5mm input. They ship with a 46-inch audio cable and a 4-inch cable for connecting to the Xbox One wireless controller.
The headphones were designed specifically for the best in-game experience possible according to Polk. The 4 shot does have a retractable near-field microphone that can also be used for making calls in addition to chatting in-game. The 4shot headphones will sell for $159.99 and are available in three colors.
There are more speakers on the market today than you could possibly listen to. Many of those speakers are made using speaker diaphragms made of plastic, metal, or some sort of fiber. Panasonic is talking up its latest loudspeaker that it says is the first in the world to use bamboo plant opal.
Bamboo plant opal is a material that is very rigid and found in the leaves of the bamboo plant. Panasonic says that the material is able to create a diaphragm that can deliver low distortion sound. The speaker is suitable for use in home speakers and automotive speakers.
Other than using the bamboo plant opals found in the leaves, the speaker also uses other parts of the bamboo plant. It uses resins made from bamboo fibers and bamboo charcoal. Bamboo is a fast growing, green, and renewable material.
Scosche makes a wide array of audio devices, speakers, and accessories for smartphones. One of the last products we talked about from Scosche was a new wearable fitness device that was unveiled around CES 2014. Scosche is back today with a new Bluetooth speaker designed for music on the go.
The speaker is called the boomCAN BT and it uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone or other device. It also has a 3.5mm input for devices that don't support Bluetooth. The 3.5mm cable is included and stored in the carry case for the speaker. Also tucked away inside that carry case is the USB cable needed to charge the internal battery.
Scosche says that the battery is good for 2 hours of playback per charge. That isn't a lot of run time, but you can't get a massive battery inside such a small device. The boomCAN BT is under 2.5-inches tall and 2-inches wide.
Over the last few years Sceptre has gone from a little known brand that pretty much only sold online to a brand that you can find in many large retail stores around the country. The company was first known for computer monitors and TVs, but it has now branched out into other product categories.
One of those other product categories is the portable speaker realm. Sceptre has unveiled its latest Bluetooth speaker called the SoundPal. The speaker uses Bluetooth 2.1 for connectivity with your portable device. It also has NFC tech inside for easy paring with NFC equipped devices.
The SoundPal has a microSD card slot so you can play your digital tunes directly over the speaker without needing to connect a smartphone via Bluetooth. The speaker also has a 3.5mm audio input jack for connecting devices that lack Bluetooth.
If you aren't happy with the sound your TV has right out of the box, there is a wide range of solutions that will get you better sound. If you have the room and the inclination, you can go with a full surround sound system with multiple speakers.
However, some people don't want wires and speakers sitting all around the room. For this sort of person, a soundbar might be the best thing and Yamaha has a new offering that has nice features and a nice price. The sound bar is the YAS-103 and it is the follow-up to the best selling Yamaha sound bar ever called the YAS-101.
The main difference between the YAS-101 and the new 103 is that the YAS-103 has support for Bluetooth streaming and for control via a smartphone app. The YAS-103 supports Dolby Digital and DTS virtual surround sound. It also has two full range drivers, two down firing subwoofers, and a bass reflex port.
It's been a while since we talked about Grace Digital. The company is known for making a number of Wi-Fi streaming music players with an eye towards online radio and other content. The company is back with a new Wi-Fi music player that would be at home next to the bed. The music player is called the Encore.
The Encore is fitted with a special tweeter and woofer arrangement for clear vocals and deep bass. The Encore connects to online radio and other content via Wi-Fi network in the home or office. You can save your favorite internet radio stations to a preset for easy access. The device supports just about any internet radio station you can think of along with Pandora, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, and Live365.
The Encore has enough storage to save 100 of your favorite stations to memory. It also has seven alarms with an adjustable sleep timer and a large snooze bar. Other features include a headphone jack, RCA output, and RCA aux-input.
Harman Kardon has been around for a long time and has a reputation for making speakers and other radio gear that sounds good and looks really cool too. Harman Kardon makes the cool Nova speakers that we talked about back in November. These speakers have a cool clear case and NFC tech crammed inside.
Harman Kardon is back with a couple new products being unveiled, including a set of attractive headphones called the Soho and a wireless loudspeaker called the Esquire. The Soho headphones are Android compatible and have an inline mic and remote. That means you can control your music without taking your smartphone out of your pocket or bag and make and receive phone calls.
The Soho headphones fold flat making them only 1.25-inches thick and easy to take on the go. They are available in white, black, and brown colors for £169.99. The Esquire wireless loudspeaker is aimed at people wanting to share their music with a large group.