April 20 (cough… cough cough cough) is coming up this Sunday, and it should be a rollicking good time in Colorado and Washington state, at the very least. A new audio company cheekily called 420 Audio is commemorating the occasion with its new “high”-fi Bluetooth speaker.
There are dozens upon dozens of companies offering Bluetooth speakers these days, but few have the decades-long high-end audio pedigree of Denon. That’s why its new Envaya DSB200 Bluetooth speaker is a notable addition to the scene.
In the world of wearable technology, headsets are king. My first headset came to me when I was the ripe old age of two and a half and I’ve been headset-attached ever since. Earbuds, headphones, bone audio conductors and even audio hats have come in and out of my life for traveling, sleeping, exercising and, most importantly, gaming!
A couple decades ago, when CD music and players were in their prime, listening to audio was fairly straightforward. You just switched on the player, inserted the CD, and that was it. Maybe you activated the shuffle feature if you were feeling adventurous. Fast-forward to present-day trends, and one can see how the listening landscape has changed.
The objects we own and the clothes we wear say a bit of something about who we are, or at least who we want people to think we are. That’s just how fashion and accessories go these days. With technology quickly spreading into the realm of wearables, like an octopus needing a good after-nap stretch, appearances are starting to matter more.
It’s well understood that we as humans love music, each to our own degree. Whether it’s for relaxing or evoking emotion during a tense movie scene, music draws from us in ways that very little else can. You say you love your music, but would you pick it over human interaction for a day? How about choosing it over a meal instead? You might, especially if you’re a millennial.
Yup, that’s right. Outdoor Tech is back with a bigger, boomboxier version of its unique and popular Turtle Shell wireless speaker. The Big Turtle Shell was showcased at CES 2014, along with the rest of their product lineup. I wasn’t able to connect my smartphone to play some of my own music, as random people continuously linked their devices to the speaker (any available speaker, for that matter). We even caught part of a phone conversation, listening to some poor person baffling over why he/she couldn’t hear a thing from their device. Haha.
If you asked my mom what’s at the top of my wishlist, she’d admit that I have been hounding her for a cool, leather jacket. “BUT MOM! ALL THE COOL KIDS HAVE THEM!” I guess I’m not persuasive enough. However, after the A Audio Legacy ANC Elite HD on-ear headphones arrived at my desk, I realized I had it all wrong. What’s the point of a leather jacket? It can’t even do anything! Meanwhile, the A Audio headphones look far cooler than a leather jacket, and their audio capabilities are unmatched.
If you’ve been circling your local headphones retailer looking for new in-ear headphones, this news is for you. Klipsch has added two new in-ear headphones to its Reference line, the Reference R6 and the Reference R6i. These are in addition to the existing Reference home theater speakers.
I’m always interested in the latest speakers and audio technology that comes about. Nothing expensive, though, but just in the typical consumer price bracket. What can I say, except that I have a budget for the equipment to create the soundtrack for my life.v
We don’t know if Microsoft is joining the bandwagon but now were hearing Nokia is looking at wearable devices. Will we see a Lumia watch soon? Why not? A Nokia smartwatch just sounds about right.
Although the number of Bluetooth speakers grows each month, there are so many more non-wireless speakers on the market. Many of these, arguably, present better and more detailed sound quality than some of the newer generations. It’s a shame to think that an excellent speaker could be considered obsolete simply due to the lack of wireless to complement the surge of mobile trends.