Speakers and Headphones
Pioneer has launched two new models of in-ear DJ-quality headphones designed to make excellent sound more portable. Rather than carting around a bulky set of DJ over-ear cans, the new DJE-1500 and DJE-2000 aim to offer the same sound quality via a lightweight in-ear form factor.
Upstart Danish audio firm LIbratone today announced new branding with the tagline “360 Scandinavian” ahead of a refresh to the company’s product lineup of high end speakers. Rather than focusing sound on a single spot in front of the speaker, Libratone’s gear features multiple speakers firing in multiple directions, with the goal of providing uniform and room-filling sound.
Macworld/iWorld Expo may still be three weeks away, but we’ve already got some new products to get excited about. Core Brands, LLC, has just announced it will demo the Korus V600 and Korus V400 wireless speakers designed for Apple gamers and video/music aficionados at the event, which takes place March 27-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Blue Microphones has always done a fantastic job of getting audio from its source to your computer or whatnot, but now it seems they’re aiming to deliver that audio back to you. They’ve begun the tease for the Mo-Fi headphones, which they state offer “true mobile high fidelity.” We don’t know much more than that, but we’ve signed up to learn more, and so can you.
Launched at CES back in January of this year, ClearView bills its Clio Bluetooth speaker as the First Invisible Speaker; from the photos, that seems to be an accurate description. Product images on their website feel less like geek porn and more like a game from Highlights magazine—spot the speaker in the room scene. Featuring a single curved glass panel and barely-there base, the Clio transforms 2.1 channel sound from boring box to invisible marvel.
The HiddenRadio2 Kickstarter campaign is hot, and for good reason. This pint sized bluetooth speaker offers a great blend of functionality and design, and looks for all the world like something Apple would create if they chose to enter the mini Bluetooth speaker market.
It’s combination throwback, eco-nerd, and DIY. The Berlin Boombox is made of recycled cardboard in a pack-flat design, and in order to use it you have to put it together yourself. Oh, and if you know all the words to the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song, chances are it will look strikingly similar to a sound system you once used to listen to cassette tapes, too, but it lets you rock out to the tunes on your iPhone rather than carting around magnetic tape.
Harman, producers of some of the best audio gear available, announced several products that all shared a common theme: no cords. Bluetooth audio and other wireless streaming protocols are helping us ditch cables for listening to music, and Harman introduced three products to their JBL lineup and one stunningly gorgeous Harman/Kardon entrant at CES 2014.
Soundfreaq has been busy preparing for CES 2014, and the company’s newly announced crop of three wireless speakers certainly reflects that effort. From the bedroom to the living room to wherever-the-world-may-take-you, one of these new speakers can keep you jamming. In addition to an expanded designer-chic Novogratz collection, the Soundfreaq family of Bluetooth speakers has grown by three this year.
If you’ve ever wanted to add more speakers to your home but can’t figure out where to put them or how to hide the wires, then you might be interested in the Awox StriimLight B-10. It’s a Bluetooth speaker that doubles as an LED lightbulb. Or is it an LED lightbulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker? It’s an ingenious product that makes use of light fixtures you already have to do more. The Awox StriimLight will be available in January, 2014 for $99.
The K845 over-ear headphones from Harman International’s AKG brand are the best headphones I’ve tried out in recent memory. They’re huge, covering the user’s ears and a lot more, but they provide first-rate sound without hurting the ears.
CES is just around the corner, and consumer electronics company Whitelabel is updating their Rave Bluetooth headphones with mutlitouch gesture controls. Dubbed RaveTouch, the new headphones let you swipe your way through your music library and stay cord free like their less touchy predecessor. The sensitive ear cup should be much easier to use than the traditional inline remote because it gives you a much larger surface area to work with.