Audio, Sound & Speakers News - Page 1
Apple has done something that they normally don't do: update a previous service with a higher quality feature, and didn't charge anything more for it... that's exactly what the company has done with Apple Music.
Apple Music will soon have lossless audio that will cost users no more per month, it will be included in their Apple Music subscription. Not only that, but Apple will be pumping thousands of Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos capable tracks onto Apple Music with more dropping on the service over time.
75 million songs on Apple Music with lossless quality are now available to every Apple Music subscriber, at no additional cost... from Apple... with no additional cost (again for emphasis).
The very thought of accidentally swallowing an Apple AirPod makes me feel queasy, but that's exactly what Bradford Gauthier from Massachusetts did -- he swallowed one of his Apple AirPods in his sleep.
Gauthier woke up in the morning and noticed that he had trouble swallowing, he thought he had a sore throat and had a glass of water and noticed he couldn't swallow properly. It was then that he realized he had swallowed one of his Apple AirPods in his sleep, as one of them were missing -- obviously lodged in his throat.
His family members joked around with him and laughed that he might have swallowed it overnight, so he went to the hospital and doctors discovered the Apple AirPod. Gauthier explained: "By that point, my son and wife had gotten the idea that I may have swallowed it. They brought it up jokingly at first, but it seemed too coincidental that I would be missing it when I knew I went to bed with it, while I felt a distinct blockage in the center of my chest".
Caviar is no stranger to high-end products, with the new solid gold PS5 console costing $1 million -- now there's a $100,000 pair of Apple's new high-end AirPods Max.
The new customized AirPods Max will be available in black and white versions, costing $108,000 in total. Caviar says that the earcups on the headphones are made from 750 grams of pure gold, with Caviar adding that it has used "rare crocodile leather" on the headband of the AirPods Max Golden White/Black headphones.
Caviar explains their new $108,000 custom gold-laden headphones: "The AirPods Max Golden White are the luxury version of Apple's loudest new release. Brilliant high pure sound from Caviar jewelers. This precious accessory is made of 750 grams gold and white crocodile leather. It is impossible to look away from this innovative and splendid device created for those who value their uniqueness and want to always be on top".
LG has just announced its new 2021 line of InstaView fridges, which can be opened with just your voice -- perfect if you've got your hands filled with groceries.
LG is going all-in with COVID-fueled features like voice control to open the doors on your fridge as to mind the touches you would make hundreds of times per week with a family opening and closing the fridge everyday. You've got regular voice features like Amazon Dash replenishment, checking the ice and water dispensers, and more.
You've even got UV light-based disinfection for the water dispenser taps, with LG also saying there's a 23% larger glass panel for the slick InstaView knock-to-look inside of your fridge.
Every PC gamer loves options when it comes to hardware, and the more options, the better. Now, ROCCAT has unveiled a new line of PC gaming headsets for gamers to feast their eyes upon.
ROCCAT, Turtle Beach's PC gaming brand, has officially unveiled a new line of PC gaming headsets slated to be launched this fall. The new line of gaming headsets is called the ROCCAT Elo Series, and will introduce three brand new headsets; the Elo X Stereo, the Elo 7.1 USB, and the Elo Air. As you can probably imagine, each of the new headsets fit a specific price point, and proportionate to that price point is its quality.
The Elo X Stereo is the light-weight model of three and features a floating metal headband and plush memory foam cushions. It also comes in at the cost of just $49.99 MSRP. Moving on, we have the Elo 7.1 USB, and as the name states, this model comes with 7.1 surround sound, as well as ROCCAT's AIMO intelligent lighting system. The Elo 7.1 comes in at the cost of $69.99 MSRP. Last in the Elo series line is the Elo 7.1 Air, which comes with Turtle Beach's Superhuman Hearing, a 24-hour battery life, and more. The Elo 7.1 Air is priced at $99.99 MSRP.
Turtle Beach has been a big name in the gaming audio market for quite some time, and now the company is adding to its large range of gaming headsets by announcing a second generation for two of its most popular products.
Turtle Beach has announced a the Stealth 600 Gen 2, and it features a refurbished design that ironed out any of issues on the first-gen Stealth 600. As described by Turtle Beach, the new design is a much sleeker look, and the build quality feels much more premium. The Stealth 600 will replace the current Stealth 600 at its price point of $99.95.
So, what makes the Stealth 600 Gen 2 better than the Gen 1? Well, the Gen 2 is sporting a USB-C charging port, which is a direct upgrade from the micro-USB found on the Gen 1. Turtle Beach has also revised the microphone design on the Stealth 600 Gen 2, combined with an upgrade in the audio quality, and Turtle Beach's Superhuman Hearing. Additionally, Turtle Beach has whacked some similar upgrades on the Stealth 700 Gen 2 in its respective aspects.
One of my favorite headsets I have ever reviewed is Logitech's Pro X, and now the gaming brand of Logitech has announced and released a wireless variant.
According to a new press release found on the Logitech website, Logitech is debuting the Pro X Wireless, which is basically the exact same as the Pro X wired, but comes with a wireless dongle and Logitech's LIGHTSPEED wireless technology. The new headset incorporates everything that was great about the Pro X wired but adds the convenience of being wireless. Due to the designs being identical, the wireless version will no doubt come with all the issues that the wired version comes with.
So what does the Pro X wireless sport? According to the press release, the Pro X wireless sports the same 50mm drivers, Blue VO!CE support, DTS 7.1 surround sound, lightweight design, and comfortable memory foam padding. I'm yet to receive my review sample of the Pro X wireless, but that will no doubt be arriving in the mail within the coming weeks. You can expect a review on TweakTown in the weeks after I have received my sample, for the time being though, you can check out my review on the wired variant here.
It wasn't too long ago that EPOS | Sennheiser came into fruition, and now EPOS has announced that it's currently in preparation for its first gaming audio-related product.
Above you will find a video that has been released on the EPOS Gaming YouTube Channel, and from the video, we can see that EPOS is pushing the theme of "Out of this world gaming audio". According to Jeppe Dalberg-Larsen, who is the President of EPOS said, "With our ambition to make EPOS the industry leader within premium audio solutions in gaming, we aim to win the minds of all gamers who want to push their own limits - unleashing their potential - through the Power of Audio."
In the press release that was sent out its stated that EPOS products will develiver powerful audio experiences that will give gamers an unsurpassed amounts of in-game immersion. Judging on the products that have come out of Sennheiser, and the relative success the company has had at providing awesome gaming audio products, I would expect that EPOS is going to launch a very competitively good audio product. If you are after a bit of history about EPOS, check out this link here.
Grado has just unveiled its new headphones, with the Brooklyn-based audio company revealing its new Hemp Headphone -- yeah, you're not high -- you read that right.
The new Grado Hemp Headphones are a very, very uniquely styled pair of headphones that have its body made of maple wood and "highly compressed hemp" according to Grado. The company explains: "In our never-ending pursuit to experiment with all types of woods and materials, we had the opportunity to build with hemp".
Grado continues: "We weren't sure how these hemphones would turn out, but to everyone's surprise it quickly became a favorite passed around Grado. To be blunt, this is one of the best sounding Limited Editions we've built".
One of the things Apple is most famous for its consistently high profit margins. One of the ways Apple maintains those high profit margins is to rarely discount its hardware. Since the hardware is almost always the same price, even small discounts get Apple fans shopping for new gadgets excited.
Amazon has a deal going right now on the Apple AirPods Pro that brings them to the lowest price we've ever seen at Amazon. The usual retail price for the AirPods Pro is $249. Amazon routinely has them marked down by 6% to $234.95 with free Prime shipping.
Currently, an additional discount of $6.96 is being added to all AirPods Pro headphones in the cart at Amazon. An in-cart discount means that when you first hop over to the product listing, the discount is not taken off the price. The discount will be added as a line item in the cart before check out. For those unfamiliar with the earbuds, they have active noise cancellation and transparency mode to allow users to hear what's going on around them.