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Creative is on a serious roll this week. First, the D80 Bluetooth speaker, and now a line of new BT headphones. The new WP series is comprised of the 450, 350, and 250, ANC all three feature support for Bluetooth calling and music listening. The company is really playing up the invisible mic angle, and they're insinuating that these were specifically designed to work with mobile devices. You'll find a degree of noise killing powers throughout, with the 450 able to last around 8 or 9 hours when listening to music. Pricing on the trio ranges from $60 right on up to $129, with the 350 on sale this... Read more...
Earlier in the year, 50 Cent and Sleek Audio decided to partner on a set of wireless over-the-head headphones, and while the company had traditionally stuck to earbuds, this seemed like a great opportunity to brand out. After all, Beats by Dre are as popular as ever, so why not try to steal a piece of that market? Evidently the plan hasn't worked out so well. The company today announced that they were killing all hopes of collaborating with 50 Cent on these headphones, and in fact, the enter licensing agreement between G-Unit and Sleek Audio has been "terminated." It's interesting that the two... Read more...
Luxury audio has always demanded a hefty price premium, and Harman Kardon has consistently been a major audio player in the upper-end of the conventional mid-range. For the average consumer H/K equipment is rather expensive, but there's obviously far more expensive gear out there if you go searching. At any rate, the company's new MAS 102 mini stereo system is easily one of the pricier options we've seen, but it's also extremely classy and highly styled. Those familiar with the brand will probably recognize the motif right away. It's a tapletop system with two stereo speakers a 2x65-watt amplifier,... Read more...
Altec Lansing has been cranking out speaker systems for years on end, and it doesn't look like that flow is slowing anytime soon. This week, they announced the ltra-portable Orbit USB Stereo (iML247), a USB powered speaker system engineered for the multimedia user who needs an on-the-go audio solution with plug and play functionality. It uses a unique compact design that interlocks two speakers and stows the cord. To use it, you just pull apart the drivers and connect it to a computer via USB.  Retractable stands let the user aim the sound in any direction, and since it's USB-powered, there's... Read more...
Looking to start your own personal studio? Your own podcasting network? No need to spend a fortune -- Samson's got your back. The company has just revealed the Studio GT Pro, which will be sold exclusively at Best Buy. The package includes studio monitors, condenser mic, and music production software, which sounds like just about everything you'd need to convert your computer room into a complete music production studio. The pair of monitors include 4.25-inch magnetically shielded, inverted cone, copolymer woofers and 1-inch silk dome high frequency drivers, and they ship with 2x20-watts of power.... Read more...
Turtle Beach had a good thing going with the PX5 headset, and they still do. In fact, good is getting even better. The company has just announced the PX5 Advanced Sound Editor, and Dead Space 2 by Visceral Games is the first title to receive a custom developer-made preset list. The idea is simple: the PX5 accepts customized presets based on individual games, so each one could theoretically be custom tailored for use with the headset. If you're a fan of precision audio, you'll be a fan of this concept. The idea was revealed at GDC 2011, and we highly doubt this marks the end of them. The PX5 Advanced... Read more...
It's something that was once reserved for only the highest of the high-end home cinema setups, and the average Joe simply never considered wiring his home for whole home audio. But these days, as technology has improved, blossomed, and become cheaper and easier to install, having whole home audio isn't the chore that it once was. Largely due to improvements in wireless protocols as well as the explosion of handheld wireless devices (smartphones and tablets come to mind), Sonos has been able to exploit a growing niche. The company's forte is to put audio into every room and just about every device... Read more...
Is the surround sound system dead? Not quite, but it's not nearly as necessary as it was just five years ago. At that point, running miles of speaker cable around your den was a dreadful requirement to get legitimate surround sound, but audio technologies have evolved quite substantially in the span of just a few years. Sound bars in particular offer a great balance; there's the compromise of not actually having 5, 6 or 7 independent speakers, but the size and ease of installation usually makes up for that. Harman Industries are today introducing the new Harman Kardon SB 16 2.1-channel soundbar... Read more...
The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) released figures for music sales in 2010, sparking a debate over whether or not piracy is playing a role, or at least a significant one. According to BPI, combined 2010 digital and physical album sales declined 7 percent overall in volume to 119.9 million. This, the organization says, is due to illegal downloads and overshadows the fact that digital singles hit a record high for the third successive year, up nearly 6 percent to 161.8 million in 2010. "2010 showed that the digital single highs seen in the previous two years were no fluke -- music fans continue... Read more...
Shopping for headphones? Obviously a lot of other folks are as well. With the proliferation of digital audio players, there has been a huge boom in people looking for aftermarket headphones that'll actually sound decent. If you're interested in buying headphones that may actually cost more than your media player, Westone has a new pair that may be perfect for your golden ears. The Westone 4, or W4, is a new pair of audiophile-quality earphones, right up there with Shure and all the other high-end brands. What makes these special? A few things, actually. First off, these are the world's first universal... Read more...
Speaker wires are never fun to deal with. It's never a joy to deal with a surround sound installation that involves running wire over your entire den, so anytime a new wireless speaker setup emerges, it obviously attracts our attention. Aluratek has just introduced the new "Bump" wireless speaker line, which includes four new products: the AMS01F portable boombox, the AUWS01F USB transmitter with remote wireless speaker, the AWS01F boombox kit with separate remote wireless speaker, and the APS01F 3.5mm lithium ion portable speaker. The Bump AMS01F portable boombox (MSRP $49.99) is a simple plug-n-play... Read more...
Sony has been digging deeper into the media content distribution and sales business lately, as with most other console makers. Nintendo and Microsoft are also using their game consoles to sell media, movies and all sorts of content, but the PlayStation 3 and PSP seem particularly poised to make an impact. Both are multi-media centric, and both are well connected with the PlayStation Network. Today, Sony announced that a feature of the PS3 would be coming to the PSP, bringing with it a slightly different twist. Qriocity is currently used to provide movies and other content to the PS3, but the version... Read more...
Have you ever built your very own PC, piece by piece? If so, there's a good chance that you've heard of Antec. These guys make some of the best PC enclosures and power supplies in the industry, and even if you selected other components, you probably came across Antec gear while shopping. But as the years have flown by, Antec has grown tired of just sticking with convention. To remedy that, the company is branching out and creating something entirely new: a Rockus audio brand. Soundscience is the name of the newly formed subsidiary of Antec, with the new Rockus 3D being the spin-off's first product.... Read more...
H2O Audio announced a new pair of headphones that is waterproof and works with your cell phone. The new Surge 2G Contact Headset features an in-line waterproof microphone and speaker. The company says the headset will enable you to "communicate via cell phone while underwater," though we have to admit, most of us don't talk on our phones while under water. Still, we can see where this may be useful for someone who needs a durable set of headphones as well as a headset for their phone.  The new Surge 2G Contact Headphones are waterproof and sweat proof. They are priced at $69.99 and come with... Read more...
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