Speakers and Headphones
Is it too early to think about going back to school? Yes? Maybe? Regardless, it’s not too early to think about new speaker equipment, and that’s why we’re giving away an Ultimate Ears UE Boom wireless speaker to one lucky AppleTell reader. The specific model is the UE Boom – Jettison Edition, a limited run designed by skateboard artist Don Pendleton, worth $199.99.
Ultimate Ears has released a few limited-edition runs of their UE Boom wireless Bluetooth speaker, the latest of which is a collaboration with artist Don Pendleton. Continuing the company’s aim to blend people’s passions for music, design and art, the limited-run Jettison Edition is designed with Pendleton’s distinct organic cubist graphic style.
If you’re looking for a portable speaker that comes at a fair price, be sure to check out the iHome iBN27 bluetooth stereo speaker. I couldn’t ask for better sound quality at this price point; the bass and treble combine for good sound quality in a compact system that’s designed for portability.
“Humlan…is an on-ear headphone for those of you who appreciate fresh laundry as much as you do good sound.” It’s rare I’ll start a review off with a quote from the company’s website, but I had to call attention to that line. I mean, I think I appreciate both, but this is the first time fresh laundry and good sound have applied to the same item. The Urbanears Humlan headphones are, in fact, washable…in part.
I ask not because I’m about to present the answer, but because A-Audio claims to already have the answer, and they say, “Yes.” Their claim that headphones have become little more than a popular fashion accessory can certainly be backed up by watching any sports-related press conference these days, and they’re looking to provide a better balance between fashion and performance with the A-Audio Legacy headphones.
With their Momentum line of on-ear headphones, it seems Sennhesier is looking to create an entire movement, not just a set of quality cans. I think they’re succeeding on both counts. The Momentum on-ear headphones offer excellent audio with a style that’s more about your personal tastes than those of whoever’s logo is on the side.
The new JBL Synchros E-Series headphones—whether in-ear to around-the-ear—combine JBL engineering with innovative features for every way of listening. The JBL Synchros Reflect and JBL Synchros Reflect BT in-ear headphones raise the bar on sport headphones with high-performance audio
Previously available mostly via online retailers, this new partnership between V-Moda and Best Buy’s Magnolia home audio stores gives listeners a chance to try out V-Moda’s slick designs and super sound quality in person. High end headphones are certainly a worthwhile purchase, but it can help to try out something this expensive before you commit.
Traditional headphones utilize tiny speakers to pump sound straight into your ear canal, but UK-based Damson audio is going a slightly different route with their Headbones. Just launched on Kickstarter, the Headbones let you use your noggin (or, more specifically, your skull bone) to deliver sound without jamming speakers directly in your ear.
The Korus V400 and V600 offer incredible sound and amazing wireless capabilities thanks to their proprietary SKAA wireless protocol. They’re definitely on the premium end of the market, but if you’re looking for top notch wireless audio these speakers should definitely be one of your considerations.
Microlab has announced a new 2.1 channel speaker system: the FC60 BT Desktop Nearfield Speaker. This is a speaker system designed to handle multiple audio inputs, including Bluetooth streaming. Just listen, Microlab said, and that’s exactly what we did.
Just as earlier reports and rumors stated, Apple today has made it official by acquiring Beats Music and Beats Electronics for a whopping $3 billion. The purchase price of the two companies was approximately $2.6 billion, with approximately $400 million that will be vested over time. According to the official press release from Apple, the acquisition includes Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining the Apple team.