On Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reported on Mac and iPod sales and noted that Apple’s iPod sales have slipped 23% in the last quarter and represent only 2% of Apple’s revenue. This means the iPod is no longer what consumers want, and that it may not necessarily be around for many more years. It is no wonder that Apple never bothered to update the iPod Classic line after they added the larger 160 GB model storage option.
Geneva has introduced the Model S’s successor, which gains not only re-engineered innards but also makes an important gain by losing something. Gone is the iPod Dock, which limited you to small 30-pin small like iPods and iPhones, and in its place is Bluetooth streaming. The Model S Wireless aims to provide the same superlative sound as the original from a much broader range of devices.
Sennheiser has announced three new headphone models with what they’re calling a universal inline remote. Rather than have a dedicated cable for each type of smartphone (one for iPhone and one for all others), these new headphones are designed to work with most popular iOS, Android, and Blackberry phones.
Retro details like chrome-covered earcup sliders mix with modern carbon fiber texture on the earcups themselves for a look that’s unmistakably Ferrari, though they are designed to look more like the pit crew’s headphones than a race car. Featuring 50mm drivers, the Scuderia Ferrari P200 headphones deliver sound that’s just as big as they look, but boldness often sacrifices nuance.
Scosche—purveyors of headphones, iDevices accessories, and car audio—has just announced availability of their RH1060 Bluetooth headphones. The RH1060 are reference grade, and feature built-in controls on the ear cups that allow you to both enjoy and control your music wirelessly. AppleTell has looked at a number of impressive Scosche products over the years, and they’ve always delivered excellent audio, to which they’ve now added the freedom of wireless.
With so little news from Apple since the launch of the iPad Mini, everybody from fanboys to Wall Street are a bit nervous that Cupertino’s mojo has evaporated. I think we’re in a transitional period, and if you look at Apple’s long term future there’s little cause for alarm. In that future, the continued evolution of the iPad is what will drive growth, meaning the slowdown in iPhone growth and feature expansion is nothing to worry about.
Marantz was founded in 1953, making this their 60th year of providing advanced audio technologies. To celebrate, they’re rolling out two new products that highlight said technologies. The Reference Class NA-11S1 Network Audio Player and DAC create true “studio master” quality audio right in your living room, while the Consolette is the first ever wireless streaming speaker for audiophiles.
The id America Metropolitan Aluminum In-Ear Headphones are pretty basic with some added features to bring extra value to the $29.99 asking price.
With the bulk of desktop and shelf speaker systems going wireless, it makes sense that your home entertainment center would do the same. And it makes sense that your receiver would support AirPlay. So, when it comes time to either upgrade your current AV receiver or invest in your first, a great place to start your search is with the AirPlay / Pandora / vTuner compatible Pioneer VSX-823-K.
Packing two speakers and a mic, the BOOM Movement Urchin Bluetooth Speaker is a great option for sound and the occasional conference call on the go, and it features a handy trio of accessories that let you clip it, stick it, or hang it just about anywhere.