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V-Moda reveals the Forza Metallo Wireless neckband Bluetooth headphones

V-Moda is well known for their collection of headphones as well as other audio products, and most of the time, these offerings tend to be on the high end side of things. It is the same this time around, with the Forza Metallo Wireless neckband Bluetooth headphones. Specially designed by and for modern audiophiles, the Forza Metallo Wireless comes across as a high-performance and ultra-sleek companion for anyone who has high demands for their audio accessories. Boasting of the newly developed 5.8mm dynamic micro Hi-Res driver, it will be accompanied by a futuristic sweat-resistant technology, patent-pending sport fins for hybrid sport performance and the world’s first jewel-grade 3D printing customization of in-ears.

Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO, beams proudly at the Forza Metallo, saying, “All other in-ear wireless headphones have a variety of form factors with show stopping compromises, imperfect ergonomics or useless gimmicks. They either look like unsightly massive ‘plastic space ring around the collars’, Frankenstein bolts that will not stay in your ears or separate earbuds that are quickly lost, have reception issues and need a dongle or case. Our first neckband Bluetooth headphone features a minimal design that can hide under a shirt collar, maximum battery life, enhanced antenna and unrivaled all-day ergonomics. With Forza Metallo Wireless we are unleashing audiophiles and professionals with ultimate ergonomics via our unique TrapLock™ titanium cable refined to every nanometer from countless anatomical tests conducted over years.”

While it sports a minimal design, it is still a high performance piece of hardware, where you will be able to enjoy balanced vibrant bass, vivid mids and natural stress-free highs surrounded by a vast 3D soundstage. The Hi-Res drivers themselves are joined by a CNC forged aircraft-grade metal housing, specially meant to reveal music like instrument engineers intended. It even has the Qualcomm aptX audio codec that helps deliver peak audio, allowing consumers to enjoy CD quality wireless audio playback. Expect the Forza Metallo Wireless to arrive in shades of Gunmetal Black and White Silver for $170 each.

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Ecoxgear reveals the EcoSlate rugged audio system

ecoslateWhen it comes to the great outdoors, many of us would have our collection of camping gear down pat — making sure that we can survive with the bare necessities if push comes to a shove. However, just in case there is a little bit of space left in your backpack that you would like to carry around, why not go ahead and be wild by toting around a portable speaker? Not only do you get to share your favorite tunes with your family and friends who are with you, you would also be able to use it to soothe or inspire yourself if you are alone. Ecoxgear knows that having a tough and rugged portable speaker which is capable of handling all the rigors of outdoor life is crucial, which is why they have come up with the EcoSlate.

The EcoSlate is deemed to be an all-in-one audio system which will merge a bright 200 Lumen flashlight, a built-in power bank and backlit buttons, resulting in the ultimate companion for any outdoor adventure. It is portable and compact, but do not let its relatively diminutive size fool you. It is still full well capable of packing a punch, boasting of a pair of 10W speakers as well as dual passive sub-woofers, while sporting a Bluetooth range of up to 100-feet for a single speaker.

So you have to go through a few bumps and knocks on your outdoor adventure. The EcoSlate is more than equal to the task, thanks to a tough, drop-proof exterior that meets military specifications. Even if you need to ford a river, fret not. The EcoSlate comes with IP67 waterproof certification, and best of all is, it even floats to make sure that whatever music that you are playing at the moment? It will not literally get drowned. The EcoSlate will arrive in Electric Blue, Grey, Black, Mint or Orange for $149.99 apiece.

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LifeProof reveals the AQUAPHONICS Bluetooth Speakers

Music is the rhythm of life, and for some of us, we are unable to live without any kind of music at all. In fact, we make use of music in order to soothe our souls, making sure that a particularly difficult day at work will be all the more merrier at the end when your favorite tunes begin to play in the background. While bringing a portable speaker around with you is not the most efficient way of getting things done, how about making sure that the portable speaker is rugged and tough to be able to handle just about anything that you throw in its direction? LifeProof knows this, which is why they have come up with the Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers.

The company that pioneered Four-Proof technology protection into its award-winning smartphone and tablet cases is now ready to rock and roll all the more, delivering a revolutionized waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof technology which arrives in the form of the Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers.

Aquaphonics will arrive in a trio of lifestyle-inspired sizes for go-anywhere, do-anything premium performance, where the Aquaphonics AQ9 and AQ10 being available already, while work is being done to make sure that the Aquaphonics AQ11 is well on its way. The AQ9 will feature an asking price of $99.99 a pop, while the AQ10 will be $199.99 with the AQ11 going for $299.99, making it the most expensive of the lot. Those who are interested will be able to pick up these speakers exclusively at Best Buy retail locations as well as online.

These portable speakers are waterproof to 3.3 feet (one meter) for up to 30 minutes, and is also tough enough to be able to handle drops of up to four feet (1.2 meters). To sweeten the deal, these are sealed from dirt and snow, and has the ability to pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices. Regardless of which particular model that you choose from, all of them will come with an integrated microphone in order to double up as a speakerphone, while offering hi-fi audio in spaces — whether big and small.

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GoPro reveals new pilot program for Fusion, the new 5.2K spherical camera

gopro-fusionGoPro is no stranger to many of us when it comes to action cameras. In fact, it would be the “go to” brand where action cameras are concerned, and professionals as well as amateurs alike would love to capture the exhilarating experience of a downward slalom or a whitewater rafting session using a GoPro device. However, it is time to expand upon GoPro’s family of devices, and the all new GoPro Fusion is about to be a reality soon. Right now, GoPro has shown off a brand new pilot program for its 5.2K spherical camera, the GoPro Fusion.

Content professionals would be among the very first few who would be able to take advantage of GoPro’s spanking new camera when it comes to virtual reality as well as OverCapture, and that is definitely not all. This particular 5.2K spherical camera has been specially designed in order to be the ultimate capture device when it comes to fully immersive virtual reality content in addition to conventional non-VR video and photo formats.

Basically, professional content creators are now able to apply to participate in the pilot program which is tipped to roll-out some time in the summer of this year. We are curious to see the reality that is about to unfold before our very eyes, based on what GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, shared, “Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one. Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.”

It will definitely ensure Fusion’s place in the annals of action cameras, where it offers the ultimate spherical capture solution when it comes to innovative, envelope-pushing content creators. There will be a limited commercial release of Fusion before the year is over, and we do look forward to pricing and specifications details when that happens.

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Nikon D7500 delivers superior performance

Fancy picking up a new DSLR? Well, not too many people are willing to take the DSLR route these days simply because there is another option that is available which is not only affordable, but it is also capable of offering a pretty reasonable level of performance — all without having to break the bank, while being light in form factor as well. This time around, the all new Nikon D7500 will make use of a powerful imaging sensor that can be found on the DX-format D500 flagship model, in addition to a slew of similar features.

The Nikon D7500 is an advanced-level DX-format DSLR which is capable of offering that provides a robust yet lightweight camera without compromising on its performance. Sporting a 20.9-megapixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range similar to that found in the Nikon D500, this model boasts of stunning image quality, impressive speed, astounding low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture.

It does not matter whether you are going to capture the landscape at dawn, or sitting through an exciting sports event indoors with the floodlights turned on — the Nikon D7500 will be able to offer the latitude of low-light capability which helps you nail the shot consistently all the time, even under the most challenging of circumstances. Not only that, it has a native ISO range which spans from 100-51,200, alongside an expanded ISO range up to an astonishing 1.64 million equivalent.

Want to shoot athletes in action, or animals that are so fast, your regular smartphone camera fails miserably in its job? This is where the Nikon D7500 comes in handy. It has a proven 51-point AF system that covers a large portion of the frame. Boasting up to 950 shots on a single, full charge, you would not be able to go wrong if a brand new DSLR is part of your gadget wish list.

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LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset has phenomenal battery life

A pair of headphones is considered by many to be an essential accessory to have these days, and this is not surprising at all. After all, many of us make use of our smartphones as some sort of portable media player — and hence, a good quality brand would go a long way in helping you to appreciate the kind of music that the artists in your playlist has painstakingly crafted and created. LG knows this, which is why they have come up with the spanking new LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset.

The LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset boasts of a totally new sleek design that sports hidden magnetic earbuds. It will be accompanied by Advanced Quad-Layer Speaker Technology that purportedly delivers better sound quality as you enjoy your favorite tunes on it. The Advanced Quad-Layer Speaker Technology delivers well-balanced sound regardless of the band, and to cap it all off, the LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset comes with a phenomenal battery life — at least where wireless headphones are concerned, offering up to half a day of playback time on a single, full charge.

Just in case you happen to need to attend to a phone call at that particular point in time, you can always take advantage of the Dual MEMS Microphones that are incorporated within, ensuring that all of your conversations are crystal clear without missing a beat.

It will also feature the legacy TONE tangle free earbuds that are magnetic, offering a fantastic fit regardless of your ear shape and size, while its contoured, around-the-neck-wearing style makes sure that your music and phone calls are able to follow you wherever you are. Those who are interested will be able to pick up this bad boy in super sleek black, red and white shades from Verizon stores for $69.99 a pop. AT&T, Target and Walmart stores will also carry the LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset in black, gold, metallic blue and white colors.

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Epson’s Ultra-Bright Home Cinema 1450 3LCD Projector delivers big-screen entertainment at home

Epson is well known not only for printers, but also for their collection of projectors as well. Their latest effort? The ultra-bright Home Cinema 1450 3LCD projector, which is a Full HD projector that touts to deliver versatile and bright performance when it comes to immersive sports games, streaming as well as video games with family and friends.

The Home Cinema 1450 projector, being an ultra-bright 3LCD projector that is able to offer immersive, Full HD 1080p entertainment, is touted to deliver up to 3x higher color brightness compared to other comparable models in the same market segment — in addition to 4,200 lumens of color brightness as well as 4,200 lumens of white brightness. In other words, you will be able to enjoy immersive, vivid images even in well-lit rooms.

“Bright Epson Home Cinema projectors take relaxing at home with friends to the next level – from watching life-size athletes take on rivals to playing the latest console game,” said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America. “The Home Cinema 1450 delivers an ultra-brilliant image, even in the living room with the lights on. Just plug the Home Cinema 1450 into a streaming or gaming device to transform it into a massive, vivid display for hours of entertainment.”

With your eyeballs being able to enjoy 1080p widescreen performance, offering simultaneous, side-by-side image display from different sources that make for fun and easy content sharing. Apart from that, it also comes with a host of connectivity options, so that viewers are able to enjoy the latest in entertainment together alongside bright, immersive images regardless of any room that you are in.

With the Home Cinema 1450 projector, you will be able to enjoy easy-to-use setup tools alongside a built-in 16 W speaker that ought to work fine by itself without having to have hook it up to a home theater system or speakers. Expect the Home Cinema 1450 to arrive with a recommended retail price of $1,499.

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AOC reveals the U3277PWQU display

If you are a working professional who wants nothing but the very best in terms of hardware, knowing that anything less will simply not do, then the AOC U3277PWQU display would surely rank somewhere right up there in your list. After all, having the right processor as well as peripherals such as keyboard and mouse is one thing — what about your poor eyes that stares into the monitor for hours on end each day? The AOC U3277PWQU display is here to help, being an ultra-sharp resolution monitor that has four times higher resolution than Full HD in order to deliver highly detailed images for designers, gamers, and photographers alike.

Courtesy of its high pixel density, users are able to look forward to more workspace on their desktop, and this would normally translate to a greater degree of productivity. The excellent image quality is complemented by comprehensive ergonomic features and AOC Flicker-Free technology, making this stylish monitor perfect for all users who are on the lookout for precise and detailed images, not to mention a comfortable monitor setup for better health and wellbeing.

The AOC 32-inch 4K UHD Display will come with an asking price of $699 a pop, although for the moment, it is available on Amazon and B&H Photo Video at a special price point of just $499, which is surely a significant amount of savings no matter which way you look at it. Apart from the 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) that it comes with, there is also a VA panel for high responsiveness and a wide color gamut. Not only that, your eyes will benefit from a 60 Hz refresh rate and a short response time, which would make this the ideal platform for gaming enthusiasts who want nothing else but crisp 4K visuals.

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The Onyx Walkie Talkies give unlimited range

Onyx Walkie Talkie

The idea of being able to wear and use a Communicator like those seen in Star Trek is obviously something everyone wants to try. While we have our cell phones, it’s just not the same as being able to tap a pin on your shirt and have instant access to a friend who may or may not be nearby. We got a feel for this sort of device through walkie talkies as kids, and now that we’re adults, we don’t get to use them unless we have to for work.

It won’t function like a normal long-range walkie talkie, but this Onyx can certainly give you instant access to your friends and family. These are “smart” walkie talkies, in that they give you unlimited range through the cellular data on your smartphone. They have unlimited channels, and easily pair with Android and iOS smartphones alike. They’re lightweight, and can clip onto your clothes or bag easily.

You’ll be able to name the various channels you share with friends to keep track of who is speaking, and a map on the app will show you where the other end is on the globe. Getting a pair of these in black, silver, iridescent cobalt or rose will cost you $199.99. Sadly, if either of you don’t have your phone with cell and internet access available when you want to use this, you can’t.

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Marshall delivers their spanking new Monitor Bluetooth headphones

Marshall is a well known name when it comes to audio products, and this includes speakers and headphones. After all, they have a rich heritage in this particular area of technology, and it does not look like they are going to relinquish their position anytime soon. In fact, the latest product from Marshall is their very first attempt at rolling out a wireless over-ear headphone in the form of the Marshall Monitor Bluetooth. The Monitor Bluetooth will come with custom-tuned 40mm dynamic drivers, ensuring that it is able to deliver an exceptional Hi-Fi sound which will perfectly balance clarity as well as bass with a wide frequency range. Not only that, this ergonomic over-ear construction that it comes with will be able to deliver superior noise isolation sans the bulk, as it remains light on your ears despite enjoying hours of listening.

The Monitor Bluetooth is deemed to be the ultimate traveling companion, thanks to its collapsible design which is able to withstand long days while you are on the road. Whenever you are ready to put them down, just fold them up and stash them away in the included canvas-carrying bag for safekeeping. Marshall Monitor Bluetooth is all set to hit the worldwide market at the end of this month with an asking price of $250 a pop.

With the Monitor Bluetooth, it will be accompanied by Bluetooth aptX tech­nology that not only offers exceptional audio qual­ity as well as a higher bitrate for superb listening, it will also do its bit to minimize audio/video-syncing issues so that one is able to enjoy movies with per­fect lip sync. Apart from that, it will also deliver perfect freedom in moving around thanks to 30 feet of wireless listening range. The battery life stands at more than 30 hours on a solitary charge, and it can be plugged via the detachable 3.5mm cord just in case you come across a more archaic device, and make use of the included micro USB charging cable for recharging purposes.

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