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Audiofly AF240 over-ear headphones more than a decent attempt

audiofly-AF240There is always a first for everyone and all companies, otherwise progress would never be made. Having said that, Audiofly’s maiden attempt at a pair of over-ear headphones has resulted in the Audiofly AF240 that claims to be able to blend the elements of sound, style and comfort into a masterful manner. I would suppose that words alone are unable to do justice to the Audiofly AF240, as one will definitely need to spend some time with it before it actually grows on you, but let us take a look at the hardware specifications in the extended post, shall we?

Specially designed with superior sound and absolute comfort in mind, Audiofly’s AF240 claims to be able to meet audio enthusiasts’ critical standards – and more importantly in these economically trying times for many people, also to target the value-conscious music fans’ budgetary needs. Originally announced at CES earlier this year (boy, how fast has time flown, right?), the Audiofly AF240 boasts of honest sound thanks to its 40mm neodymium drivers, which ensures a detailed and faithful reproduction of the artists’ music, the way that the artist would originally have wanted it to sound.

Audiofly claims that the AF240 brings together a perfect combination of function and form thanks to its beautiful, minimal, low-profile design, where the headphone itself is constructed with a polycarbonate body and sports alloy arms for a lightweight feel. It has been designed with a self-adjusting headband and memory foam ear cups that delivers ultimate comfort, paving the way for users to listen for extended periods of time without experiencing any listening fatigue, and the custom fit isolates up to 20dB of outside noise without needing to compromise on the sound, hence letting it tune out unnecessary noises in planes, commuting and other noisy environments.

The AF240 will arrive in black or vintage white shades for $249.99 a pop.

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Urbanears Sumpan earphones could help you out in a mess

Urbanears-SumpanWhen it comes to earphones and headphones, you can be pretty darn sure that the likes of Urbanears are definitely an old hand in the industry, having had its fair share of offerings in the past which will surely have impressed you from time to time. Well, this time around, Urbanears has come up with something that is slightly off the cuff in the form of the Sumpan earphones which are touted to help you organize your stuff – and inadvertently, your life.

While the Sumpan earphones might be minimal in its appearance, this is a lightweight semi-earbud that certainly packs in its fair bit of personality. Of course, boring is not part of the equation, as the Sumpan will boast of a colorful palette, a flexible on-the-go attitude, and unexpected features such as a behind-the-neck hook function, as well as easy to wash earbuds (that are also replaceable, just in case you were wondering) which will be able to deliver the full range audio performance with a deep base and clear sound.

Apart from that, Sumpan will also be accompanied by a range of handy features which will make life just a little bit easier. For instance, you will be able to hook up Sumpan right behind your neck whenever you are not making use of them with the handy hook solution. Similar to the other Urbanears headphones that have been released in the past, Sumpan will be accompanied by a fabric cord which will help to reduce distortion which is caused via friction and a mic and remote that are compatible with both iPhone and Android.

Those who are interested in picking up the Urbanears Sumpan will be able to do so without having to break the bank, as it comes with an asking price of $35 a pop. Any takers who would want something that will help ease their life?

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Skullcandy Sport Performance range gets two new earbuds

skullcandy-xtpyloSkullcandy is a name that many of us are familiar with when it comes to trendsetting headphones, where they have even come up with a Women’s headphones and earbuds collection in the past. Having said that, the company does not look as though they are going to relent anytime soon when it comes to the rolling out of new devices, and their Sport Performance range is now on the receiving end of a couple of earbuds – namely the XTfree wireless and XTplyo earbuds (which you can see above) which will target both genders, meaning the men are not left out of the equation this time around.

Skullcandy came up with the innovative XTfree and XTplyo in order to meet the demands of high intensity interval training, which is a common kind of training methodology that is shared across Skullcandy’s diverse roster of athletes. The end result would be products which are more than capable of enhancing even the most intense training sessions thanks to category leading durability, stability and leading audio quality.

It does not matter if you are a weekend warrior who is preparing for your first 10K running race or if you constantly make world records fall like a pack of dominos, the XTfree and XTplyo products have been specially built in order to perform during the high intensity workouts – regardless of whether you are a world beater or not. Should the world class athletes be satisfied with the performance of either, then there really is no reason left for the ordinary man on the street to complain about the hardware that Skullcandy pushes out.

The XTfree will also debut Skullcandy’s MicroSport Tech with Bluetooth functionality, where it tips the scales at less than 16 grams, making it one of the lowest profile and lightest earbuds in the market. These high-performance wireless sport earbuds will also feature an OnBoard microphone and remote which enables the user to take calls, adjust volume and control their music while working out, sporting a half dozen hours’ worth of battery life to boot.

The $99.99 XTfree is Skullcandy’s lightest and most secure wireless sport earbuds, while the $49.99 XTplyo earbuds deliver a secure and sweat resistant fit that can survive your most intense workouts.

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Sony VPL‑W5000ES brings 4K goodness to the home projector market

sony-vpl-vw5000esProjectors – those are dime a dozen in the market, and with so many different models to choose from, just which particular one do you think you need to settle for? It really depends on the kind of budget that you have, as well as the movies you love to indulge yourself in and amount of space that you have to play with. Cramped homes would do extremely well with short throw projectors due to the lack of space, while larger boardroom settings and lecture halls would benefit from a full fledged projector – even better yet if you are one who simply cannot live without more than high definition images – case in point, the Sony VPL‑W5000ES projector.

The Sony VPL‑W5000ES projector happens to be a 5,000 lumens 4K SXRDTM laser light source projector, and it also holds court as Sony’s new reference-quality unit which is the first projector designed specifically for home cinema use that boasts of 4K resolution and will be powered by a laser light engine that delivers a whopping 5,000 lumens of brightness. Not only that, it is also compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR), as it emulates the new BT.2020 color gamut, and covers the full DCI color space.

If you are looking for projectors that are made specifically for the home theater market that provides full 4K resolution imagers, then there are no other names in the market apart from Sony that does so. With Sony’s advanced SXRD panels which have been designed to produce outstanding native device contrast, they will work well with the laser light engine in order to deliver an infinite dynamic contrast ratio and 5,000 lumens of color light output.

Sony’s Advanced Motionflow feature will also help to reduce blur and maintain brightness, while the VPL-VW5000ES’ extremely fast imagers enable viewing of fast action content, this even more so at sporting events, with great smoothness, even with 4K signals. There will be an HDMI input that is HDCP 2.2 compatible, where this input has enough bandwidth to accept 4K 60p signals up to YCbCr 4:4:4 8bit or YCbCr 4:2:2 12bit. You can place a pre-order for the Sony VPL-VW5000ES now as it is tipped to ship next spring for a jaw-dropping $60,000 a pop.

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V-MODA, reveals their Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear headphones

V-MODA is always at the forefront of technology over the years, and one of their achievements would be to offer the first 3D printed personalized wearable technology just earlier in the middle of this year. This time around, however, V-MODA has slightly different plans by offering their spanking new Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear headphones which claim to offer the “best of both worlds”, where you will be able to enjoy not only wireless, but also wired modes for hybrid listening.

V-MODA’s acoustics development team intended to improve V-MODA’s renowned signature sound for virtually identical analog and wireless playback, and this meant that the Crossfade Wireless had to go through years of precise engineering as well as design, where they tuned wireless electronics while keeping the iconic V-MODA materials and shapes. Sporting a patent pending dual-diaphragm 50mm driver, this delivers a speaker consistency that is unrivaled which has been “hand-tuned” so that it can complement the human hearing limit variance (+/- 2dB).

Additional skills were also made use to make sure the air flow mechanics and acoustic tuning materials were perfectly balanced. Not only that, it will refrain from the use of a powered EQ, making sure that it delivers a pure audio experience while avoiding unacceptable latency issues when it comes to videos, gaming and DJs. As a result, the refined and improved Crossfade M-100 sound can be experienced in both wired and wireless modes.

It does not matter whether you would want to rock out while being plugged in or cord-free, all that you need to do is to pair your Crossfade Wireless to your Bluetooth device, and voila! You will be able to enjoy your headphones up to a range of 33 feet. The antenna itself has been specially tuned to work with smartwatches’ built-in Bluetooth music players, now how about that? In addition, there is a built-in hidden microphone which has been specially tuned and optimized for phone calls and voice recognition. V-MODA also threw in the rugged Kevlar-reinforced 1-Button SpeakEasy cable for wired use.

Expect the new V-MODA Crossfade Wireless to arrive in a quartet of colors that have been optimized for personalization – Gunmetal Black, White Silver, Rouge and Phantom Chrome, where it will retail for $299 a pop.

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Phiaton PS 202 NC earphones offer peace and quiet for those seeking it

phiatonA pair of earphones or headphones can be a very personal thing – after all, some of us prefer the sports type which will remain in place no matter the kind of vigorous activity which we are involved in, while others are more than happy with a premium pair that while they are not waterproof, let alone sweatproof, they will be able to exude a quality of audio unlike any other your ears have been treated to before. Having said that, there is a myriad of earphones out there to choose from, and it can get rather tricky trying to hunt down the perfect one. With the Phiaton PS 202 NC earphones, this particular set has been specially designed to target the avid traveler, business commuter or just about anyone else who is seeking for a wee bit of peace and quiet.

What does the PS 202 NC earphones come with that makes it desirable for folks who would like to have a little bit of solitude? Well, it will feature a sleek, brushed metal design that comes along with a wide-range of features, where among them include the newly developed 14.3 mm drivers, active noise-cancellation of up to 95% of ambient background noise, and an inline mic and remote. Being able to block out 95% of ambient background noise is certainly something, so this is one pair of earphones that we would advise you against getting if you’re thinking of going jogging with this, as that might prove dangerous or even fatal for you since you would be unable to hear what kind of vehicle is right behind you.

The newly developed 14.3mm drivers will also boast of an optimized vibration system that adds extra emphasis on high frequency clarity and rich commanding bass, while the half in-ear design is more than capable of providing hours of comfortable listening time. With Everplay-X, you can even continue to listen even if the battery runs out, now how about that? The PS 202 NC earphones will come with an asking price of $109 a pop.

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Samsung R5, R3 and R1 wireless audio 360 speakers set to rock your world

samsung-360It looks like Samsung Electronics are not going to just sit there and watch the world go by – as they make and take the effort to spruce up the Wireless Audio 360 speaker range by introducing three new models at IFA 2015. The three new speakers would be the R5, R3 and R1 models, where they are all of the omni-directional variety that feature a new built-in tap-and-swipe user interface in addition to an improved Multiroom app for customers’ smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. I guess the world of wireless speakers have just become all the more interesting with the release of yet another three more models to join in the fray. This just goes to show that Samsung is not all about large screen TVs and high end smartphones only, but they seem to encompass a whole slew of consumer electronics, too.

It looks as though the R5, R3 and R1 models will tread the same path which the R7 and R6 speakers took, where the latter picked up their fair share of bouquets along the way as well. True to form, this new trio of speakers will be able to deliver a similar high-quality, balanced sound, and premium table-top design which should be able to see them fit into just about any home without any issue.

The R5, R3 and R1 models will also stand out with one stark difference – they boast of new physical control options that offer a hassle-free and intuitive user experience. This means you are now able to change the volume, play, pause, or select a different music source all with a gentle touch, tap or swipe on top of the speaker. Expect these new models to arrive Stateside as well as in European markets in the last quarter of this year, where pricing will start from $199 and go all the way to $399.

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Onanoff and their BuddyPhones are set to kick off

Children are like a sponge when it comes to absorbing knowledge and learning, and you can be sure that they are also pretty avid followers of their parents. If you were to wear a pair of headphones many a time you head out for your morning jog, or would like to tune in to your favorite music with some privacy, chances are your little ones, too, would like to enjoy a pair of headphones by themselves. Well, there are not too many kid-friendly headphones out there in the market, which is why Onanoff have kicked off their BuddyPhones, which is part of the “Color Your Music” series.

The BuddyPhones happen to be kid-friendly headphones that will sport new customizable color-in sticker packs. In other words, the kids themselves will get to choose just how they would like to design their headphones and color directly onto the stickers using a set of crayons or markers, before sticking them on the BuddyPhones for a fresh and unique look.

Not only that, in order to ensure that your children will still grow up listening to you – not because they are obedient, but because their hearing is preserved, the “Color Your Music” series sports BuddyPhones will come with volume-limiting technology that is perfect for safe listening, in addition to a bendable and flexible headband and a BuddyCable audio splitter so that up to four friends are able to listen to one device at the same time. The base colors which one can pick from will include Yellow, Blue, Pink, Purple, Green and Orange.

The “Color Your Music” series would be the perfect foil when it comes to helping your kids unleash their creativity as they draw, stick and play. Not only that, the included BuddyCable will give assurance to the little ones that they do not need to fight over time with the iPad, and the asking price of $24.99 a pop is definitely something that is extremely affordable for all of your budding artists or musicians.
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Samsung Inearfit earphones are perfect for your new Galaxy S6

The modern day smartphone offers a whole lot more than just the ability to make and receive calls, text messages as well as email, but it is also a navigational tool for many other people – not to mention the fact that it also doubles up as a portable media player for a fair number of us who happen to commute to work. Having said that, the amount of storage on smartphones has increased as well by leaps and bounds over the years, allowing one to stash an ever increasing amount of media on the go, so much so that it might even take a month or two before we need to transfer the videos and photos snapped on the handset to free up more space. Enjoying your favorite tunes on the handset is also something that many do, so instead of annoying others with your favorite set of eclectic tunes, how about about getting a decent pair of headphones to go along with your device? Samsung has done just that with their Inearfit earphones, targeting those who are rocking to the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Having built this new pair of earphones for the Galaxy S6, Samsung intends to deliver both sound quality and comfort in a single offering. In order to achieve both, Samsung decided to go back to the drawing board in order to roll out a hybrid design which will blend a couple of types of earphones – one, a canal-type earphones and the other would be the open-type earphones, where it will then deliver superior sound quality with a sophisticated look.

The canal-type earphones will be inserted in the ear canal as its name suggests, offering an intimate sound experience while blocking out external noise, while open-type earphones are fitted directly in the outer ear. The In-ear Fit earphones from Samsung would bring the best of both worlds to a single device, and intend to tailor the fit so that its earphones comfortably fit every unique user. The silicon covers have also been adapted to ensure long-lasting comfort and optimal wearability, and you can choose from four colors – Blue-black, Blue, Red and White.

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BT 100 NC earphones delivers wireless audio in a tough form factor

A pair of earphones might seem to be rather ordinary, but there is more than what meets the eye. In fact, in this day and age, you might want to pick from a wireless model in order to help you out in your listening adventures for one very simple reason – there is no need to remain tethered to a particular device because of the limited length of the earphones. While there are many different wireless earphones and headphones in the market, perhaps being able to pick this one from Phiaton Corporation might be well worth the effort.

Known as the BT 100 NC earphones, this particular model will target those who want uncompromising audio quality with a durability that defies common convention, as it merges the likes of active noise cancellation and wireless technology alongside IPX4-certified water and sweat-resistance, which would do its part in being the ideal audio listening tool for fitness, commuting and outdoor activities.

Sporting a lightweight, ‘around the neck’ design alongside full inline controls which are more than capable of managing the likes of music and calls, users are able to comfortably and conveniently use the BT 100 NC on occasions when they are traveling, exercising or even going about day-to-day activities.

Among the features that make the BT 100 NC earphones stand out from the rest of the crowd include being sweat as well as water resistant, thanks to its IPX4 splash resistance rating that works great in protecting this pair of earphones during heavy workouts or light rains. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity will also do its bit to improve sound quality and extend battery life, while active noise cancelling technology cancels ambient noise by up to 95%. Throw in aptX technology and you get increased digital streaming efficiency and improved overall dynamic range. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the BT 100 NC earphones in black or white shades for $119 a pop.

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