If you’ve ever tried running or working out with a set of cabled headphones, you likely know the feeling of inconvenience they present. If the cords aren’t getting in the way somehow, they’re banging around and generating line noise. When you’re done, they need to get wrapped up without tangling. Depending on the workout intensity, you might need to wipe sweat and/or grime off too.
A downside to using hoodies is that you cannot actually use the hood while still wearing regular headphones. Betabrand says that it has an answer to this problem with a new hoodie that lets sound pass through but not dust or water. The Betabrand hoodie costs just $158, and the company says that it is using an “acoustically transparent” fabric to improve sound quality through the hood.
The market for Bluetooth speakers is pretty packed, so it can clever engineering, marketing, or both to stand out and attract attention. While speakers still come in a variety of shapes and sizes, “rectangular” or “cylindrical” still appear to dominate. Yawn. Boring.
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, it’s not an easy thing to stand apart from the rest. As you should know by now, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes by all sorts of different manufacturers. But while I was roaming around at CES 2014 earlier this year, one in particular caught my eye at the iLuv booth.
Beats Electronics has revealed that it is suing multiple Chinese companies involved in the production and sale of counterfeit Beats headphones. Counterfeit items are a major problem in the technology industry, and China unfortunately remains a safe haven for many counterfeiters. This lawsuit alleges that many of the counterfeiters have created websites purportedly selling genuine Beats headphones. Even though some customers may recognize that the sites are not legitimate, the counterfeiters use Beats trademarks and logos to convince others that they are really being sold Beats products.
There’s been growing attention and focus toward audio products that deliver better and truer sound quality. Neil Young’s Pono player breached 6 million dollars in crowdfunding, all for the purpose of high fidelity music. Many new headphones and speakers focus on the listening experience with the intent to make the music sound as best it can.
While some people don’t mind maxing their budget for the best audio quality possible, others are content to get the best bang-for-their-buck. Sometimes, that’s a little easier said than done, considering the different qualities one would want: fit, audio quality, and appearance, to name a few. Some of the best, budget-friendly audio options are ones that are inexpensive, yet don’t come off as cheap. That’s the key point right there.
You were teased with the idea of it, then managed to catch glimpses of it from CES 2014 coverage. And not too long ago, the Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell speaker hit Kickstarter and surpassed the funding goal with the help of 1789 backers. I dig what Outdoor Tech dishes, so they sent me a pre-production unit to test out.
Today’s portable, wireless speakers are so many, yet retain similar shapes. More or less. So when one strays from the pack, it’s hard not to notice. Take the FAVI Boomerang, for instance. A boomerang speaker? Crazy! Crazy? Like a fox, maybe.
FIFA has decided to ban the use of Beats headphones in the World Cup 2014 stadium since the event’s headphones sponsor is Sony, not Beats. Certain soccer players have been seen wearing Beats headphones at the arena, and at least one has appeared in an advertisement for the company. Since Beats is not officially connected to the event, apparently FIFA doesn’t like seeing them around.
We review a lot of Bluetooth speakers at Technology Tell, so it’s safe to say we know what we’re talking about. Thus, when I say that the Damson Vulcan Bluetooth speaker packs impressive sound for its size, you know I’m telling the truth. But we’ll get to that, let’s start with the other details first!
Velodyne Acoustics is a respected audio brand that’s been around for 30 years. But, as for many companies in that evolving category, great sound alone isn’t the be-all end-all anymore. Increasingly, audio products need to look as good as they sound to get attention. With that in mind, Velodyne will participate in the FashionWare Exhibit during CE Week on June 25 and 26, with a special runway show/cocktail reception in the mix.