Soen Audio is a newcomer to the audio scene, but one that is very much worth a listen. Their first product, the Transit Bluetooth speaker, just launched this past week. I spent a couple weeks using it for everything from music to phone calls, and I have to say I came away very impressed.
Love the sound of your Apple Earpods but find they keep falling out of your ears? Canadian industrial design consultancy firm OHM has come up with an elegant and inexpensive solution. You don’t have to replace Apple’s otherwise excellent earbuds; simply snap on a pair of OHM’s Sprng clips to make them stay put. Sprng clips are small adjustable plastic rods that sell for ten bucks a pair, and fit over the Apple earbuds to hold them in place.
There aren’t many devices on the market that offer a built in Lightning connector for Apple’s latest lineup of products. Fortunately, the people at iLuv Creative Technology have delivered on an audio solution for your iPhone 5 (and any other electronic device, really): the Aud 5. This hi-fi speaker and Lightning dock has a modern design that not only looks good, but sounds good too.
If your problem with carrying around a portable charger for your iPhone, iPad and other gadgets has been the bulk that comes with them—or that they just weren’t orange enough—the Jackery Air may be worth a look. From the engineers at Jackery, the Jackery Air utilizes a custom manufacturing process to create a powerful battery with a sleek aluminum case and industry-leading dimensions.
Munitio has launched their new studio-grade Pro 40 headphones. Previously consisting purely of in-ear headphones, Munitio’s lineup now includes some serious over-ear headphones. During a quick listen at CE Week, the Pro40 were surprising not only because they delivered intensely driving bass, but were also as light as a pair of more diminutive on-ear cans.
If you’re looking for a stand for your iPhone 5 or iPad mini, Twelve South has quite a nice looking option for you to consider. It’s called HiRise, and it’s a beautiful metal pedestal designed to work with an Apple Lightning Cable. Thanks to the unique design, it works with basically any case you have on your device as well. That same design stays out of the way of the speakers and makes it easy to connect headphones too. Plus, it’s only $34.99.
Soundfreaq is known for funky designs, and their latest product is certainly no exception. The Sound Spot is a Bluetooth streaming speaker that offers freedom from cords as well as a built-in USB port to let you charge your devices from its internal battery while you’re on the go. You even get a full complement of buttons to let you control your music from the speaker itself, so you never have to fumble for your phone.
JBL’s recently-announced WR2.4 wireless headphones offer freedom from cords and an alternative to Bluetooth overload. Utilizing a 2.4Ghz radio frequency instead of the more trendy Bluetooth gives these headphones a greater range, and can be useful if you’ve already got too many Bluetooth devices to keep track of.
You knew it was just a matter of time before iHome was able to roll out its Lightning compatible accessories, and the first round is now available. To get us started, they provided AppleTell with a review unit of the iDL45, which brings FM clock radio functionality to your Lightning compatible Apple iDevice, keeping it charged all the while.
As a rule, I don’t recommend people insert 9 mm bullets in their ears. But MUNITIO has crafted a pair of exceptional speakers with a provocative design and name based on nine millimeter bullets/catridges, and it’s easy to recommend you stuff these in your ears. That’s because the sound is amazing and the fit options are superb. So, unlike a projectile, the NINES will do nothing more than pump some great sound.
One of our favorite topics where at AppleTell is speaker systems. This is partly because we love good music and play loud games, and partly because speakers that once served your computer only can now also be used by your iPhone, iPad, and myriad other devices. Take, for example, the Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 that are compatible with most all Apple devices, and are designed to look the part.
Apple is investigating the death of a Chinese women who was allegedly electrocuted by her iPhone 5. The accident occured while the woman was using her iPhone 5 as it charged on a Lightning connector. Though the Lightning connector was claimed as genuine, there seems to be something amiss; Apple’s iOS device chargers are only available in 5 watt and 12 watts…not nearly enough to electrocute a person.