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NFC is a fantastic addition to any audio or technology device, unless you own an Apple product. All you've got to do is enable it, tap your phone on the system and you're connected and good to go in a matter of seconds. Don't believe me? Take a look at our overview of the Artic S113BT and see how easy it is on my Samsung Galaxy S4.
Patriot's BeatStreet has this great feature, but you can also connect it to your device through general Bluetooth methods or even a 3.5mm AUX cable, enabling you to listen to your tunes as you please. As with most of these products, it's charged via a microUSB port located at the rear of the device and features the ability to work as a hands-free device for your smartphone.
Daring to be a little different, the Patriot BeatStreet also doubles as a clock, giving you a white light display at the top of the product.
CES 2015 - HDTV and display maker Sceptre has unveiled the SoundBase TV Audio System, a mix between a Bluetooth speaker and sound bar. Powered by Bluetooth 4.0, the SoundBase allows users to connect devices and stream audio wirelessly directly to the unit.
The SoundBase supports HDTVs up to 55-inches and under 65-lbs, with four speakers and subwoofer combing for 75 watts of surround sound audio.
"The SoundBase is a two-in-one speaker with the power to immerse you into a movie and wirelessly stream your favorite songs via your cell phone, tablet or computer," said Cathy Chou, VP of operations of Sceptre. "Our SoundBase gives users the ability to enjoy high-quality sound without having to purchase expensive and unattractive home theater speaker systems."
CES 2015 - Speaker and audio company ECOXGEAR is now working with SunCore, a semiconductor solar-based product company, to develop the ECOXGEAR high-density solar panels. The lure of solar-powered outdoors products isn't necessarily new, but was rather inefficient until recently.
The PV panel technology utilizes a solar panel made with a 3D crystalline structure, so light is captured more efficiently during daylight hours. The SunCore solar panels are more efficient than traditional panels, so ECOXGEAR HD solar panels will be able to save more energy each day.
"By exclusively utilizing SunCore's impressive solar technology, we will be able to give our users an untethered experience like no other," said Greg Fadul, ECOXGEAR co-founder. "Our devices will harness the incredible power of the sun at all times of the day, literally making the brightest star in the galaxy your power plug."
CES 2015 - Set to provide gamers with immersive and deep sound quality, ROCCAT's last installment to their CES 2015 onslaught is the Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headset.
Designed with Noise cancelling technology build into their dual-mode, in-cable remote means full immersion without distraction. ROCCAT proudly states that sound quality is paramount when designing their Kave models, stating that "our tweaks based in part on customer feedback and our own sound engineering goals have catapulted the XTD 5.1 Analog's audio to new heights."
Alongside increased sound performance, ROCCAT claims that 25 percent of the total weight has been taken from this headset, when compared to previous Kave models.
CES 2015 - Using Las Vegas as their platform, Turtle Beach have sent out a press release commenting on their Spring 2015 release of the Stealth 500X and Elite 800X Xbox One compatible gaming headsets.
Featuring DTS 7.1 surround sound and set for retail at the $200 mark, Turtle Beach are wanting to blow away the competition with their new Elite 500X offering. This headset is a world's first, by offering this 7.1 surround sound with Xbox One compatibility.
This release is followed by news of the Elite 800X, bringing even more world firsts to the table. Alongside containing DTS 7.1 surround sound, this headset comes with cool features such as customizable presets, a magnetic charging stand and swappable speaker plates - with Turtle Beach claiming this is the most optioned headset to be available on the market.
CES 2015 - Audio maker Sennheiser has expanded its Momentum headphones line, including new Momentum wireless and Momentum on-ear wireless models. The new models have increased wearing comfort and a new foldable headband design.
Sennheiser included NFC technology so pairing the headset to a mobile device is even easier - with the Apt-X codec helping deliver better sound quality. The wireless headphones also make use of NoiseGard active noise cancellation, with ambient noise monitored and blocked. Calls can be answered directly through the headphones, and music volume control is integrated.
The new Momentum headphones will be available starting in January, with support for Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows devices.
CES 2015 - Microphone and audio company Samson Technologies has unveiled the Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System for desktop PCs, laptops and mobile devices.
Samson promises full-range sound despite its small compact size, utilizing 2.5" drivers and rear-ported passive radiators. The speakers ship with a traditional speaker cable and an Aux cable.
The Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia System is available now with a $149.99 MSRP.
CES 2015 - Patriot Memory today announced its BeatStreet Bluetooth Speaker, an affordable wireless speaker that features Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) connectivity.
BeatStreet has a rechargeable battery with up to four hours of playback time, along with a microUSB port to easily recharge the unit. The integrated volume and track control button at the top of the speaker gives users the chance to browse their music collection without using their smartphone or tablet. It's possible to also answer and take phone calls.
The Patriot BeatStreet Bluetooth Speaker will be available later this month with a $34.99 MSRP.
CES 2015 - Audio company A-Audio has unveiled its Prodigy Bluetooth Speaker, a unique wireless product that is able to transform into two different speakers. Prodigy has magnetic locators in the center of the unit, so they can be pulled apart - and located anywhere within Bluetooth range.
Using the Three-Stage Listening Technology, music listeners can choose between Audio, Base Enhancer and SurroundEffect modes. Prodity supports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, includes a micro-USB charging port for mobile devices, and has up to 12 hours of battery life. The A-Audio Prodigy will be available in April or May this year, with a $199 MSRP.
"With A-Audio's focus on delivering premium construction and innovative sound technology, it was only fitting to incorporate a transforming element and our award-winning Three-Stage Listening Technology into a premium portable Bluetooth Speaker," said Christian Iacovelli, president of A-Audio, in a statement. "The Prodigy Bluetooth Speaker marks the growth of A-Audio, expanding our line and offering our customers only the best quality audio products that combine both style and sound."
CES 2015 - Featuring a sleek matte black finish, the Sony Walkman ZX2 is a very real and very cool looking device. Said to be developed with audiophiles in mind, this new offering has been quoted by Sony themselves as "the fruit of continuous refinement in high audio quality technologies."
Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean from 2012, this product can actually support apps downloaded from Google Play - although this isn't its original purpose, so don't expect it to run them like any latest phone release would. As we explained earlier, Sony have developed this device for those who are lovers of sound, supporting a wide range of files including DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless and more.
The ZX2 also includes support for Bluetooth streaming and NFC, enabling various connections to work with ease. If you stop and think for a second, Sony has actually beaten Apple in the NFC race through an 'MP3 player' type device - that's a little sad, isn't it?