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Some days we have too many thoughts running in our heads. The things we have to do at home, errands, any loose ends that were left at work, what we’re behind on for our personal goals, visiting family, friends, the fact that we should be taking a more proactive stance on our health; it all gets to be too much at times. Music can match our mood, and it can also drown out the thoughts of what you need to do and put you in the present moment.
The downside to listening to music is that we often turn it up so high that we can no longer interact with the world around us. If you’re out in public while listening to tunes, you might be in danger and can’t notice because your ear buds are drowning out all the sound. These Ambie Ear Cuff Earphones will let you be in the moment both by letting you hear the music that grounds you, as well as exterior noises.
Aside from being a cuff that wraps around your ear, these function like your standard headphones, with a mic for taking calls, and inline volume and playback controls. They don’t come cheap at $110, and you’ll have your choice of black, brown, white, orange, blue, or green. The specs seem reasonable, but since this is intended for being present both in your music and the outside world, you’ll have to be wary of how loud they are lest you want others listening in.
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The Ambie Ear Cuff Earphones – don’t tune out completely!
V-MODA is well known when it comes to rolling out high-fidelity audio devices, and this time around, they have come up with the REMIX. REMIX is the very first portable Bluetooth speaker from the company that is able to roll out uncompromising sound quality alongside design, in addition to unrivaled 3D-printed customization options for every single surface. This is the result of three years of R&D that involved dozens of engineers and more than 50 prototypes.
With the foundation of V-MODA’s multi-award-winning audio technology shaping the REMIX into what it is today, it delivers precise and vibrant sound regardless of the listening levels. It will arrive in a couple of finishes – minimal CNC aluminum and luxurious vegan leather comes together, where the premium speaker is beautifully proportioned and completely customizable on all six sides, helping it to reflect the personality of its owner.
The REMIX measures slightly more than 8” wide, and has been specially designed to go anywhere, resulting in phenomenal, lifelike sound regardless of where you are. There is a newly designed glass-fiber diaphragm and long coil drivers that power it, while a rear-mounted bass reflex port ensures that one’s ears are treated to an accurate, clearly defined sound which is also powerful enough for monitoring duties during mobile recording and production. The REMIX is ideal for traveling as much as it is at home in your living room or at the office.
Since the REMIX is the world’s first 3D-printed custom speaker, it allows all half dozen sides of the REMIX to be personalized. It relies on V-MODA’s renowned jewelry-grade 3D-printing expertise so that owners are able to add new sides, make changes to the front grill, or even replace the main “C-shell” housing in order to deliver the ultimate in bespoke appearance. The choice of materials are aplenty, with lightweight matte fiber in 9 vibrant colors, 5 distinctive versions of steel, raw brass and bronze, sterling silver, 14k gold-plated and rhodium, 14-karat gold and platinum to boot. The sky’s the limit — or rather, your budget.
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V-MODA Remix is a Bluetooth speaker and headphone amplifier
Phiaton has embarked on a new adventure that will see the introduction of new color options for their collection of Bluetooth headphones. This premium manufacturer has just rolled out pink and violet shades for its hugely popular BT 460 wireless headphones, while the BT 100 NC wireless earphones would be on the receiving end of blue and grey color options.
The BT 460 headphones would come with touch interface controls as well as smart play-pause functionality, where they are able to automatically detect whether your headphones are being worn or not, and then play as well as pause the music accordingly.
Some of the other features found in the BT 460 headphones include ShareMe Connection that enables a couple of listeners to enjoy whatever track that is being played at the moment or to watch the same movie simultaneously, Vibration Notification that will signal when a call is being received or when you are no longer within vicinity of the communication range, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for improved sound quality and extended battery life, Everplay-X that lets one continue calling or listening to music despite the battery running out of juice or being Bluetooth incompatible, aptX Technology that will increase digital streaming efficiency and improve overall dynamic range, a Bass Optimizer that will help reduce the reverberation and deliver well-balanced and accurate sound with powerful bass, among others.
Not only that, Phiaton has also thrown in Clear Voice Capture technology for crystal clear conversations, Multipoint Technology that lets you hook up any two Bluetooth-enabled devices simultaneously, an LED Movement recognition led display that has an up and down touch panel volume control with the LED display lighting up according to your swipe motion, 40mm Drivers for high-frequency clarity and rich commanding bass, and also important is the “Fold and Go” design for easier transportation.
As for the BT 100 NC wireless headphones, it will arrive with active noise-cancellation and IPX4 sweat and water resistance that makes it the perfect pair of headphones for those leading an active lifestyle.
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Phiaton delivers new colors to Bluetooth headphones
Urbanears would like to make sure your spring is a whole lot more fun and interesting with a few new colors for its earphone. The Urbanears’ SS17 colorways were certainly inspired by what its designers saw around them — taking bold shades of cosmic dust. Basically, it does not matter what kind of music genre that you listen to to get your groove on — as long as you place your ears with any of the following Urbanears earphones, you will come into contact with the likes of Comet Green, Cosmos Purple or Eclipse Blue.
These new earphone models are the Plattan 2 that will retail for $50 a pop, the more expensive $119 Plattan ADV Wireless, and for those who are on a budget, the $49 Sumpan. Why the shade of Comet Green? Well, Comet Green is described to be bright like the dusty tail of a shooting star, where this curious shade of pastel ought to be able to provide listeners with any thrill that they seek. Wearing a pair of earphones in Comet Green will certainly add a surprising color burst to everyday routines.
As for Cosmos Purple, it arrives in a deep shade that is wise like the eye of a nebula, which ought to be able to bring about a strange new order to one’s earthly mannerisms. Last but not least, there is Eclipse Blue, which is comfortable to wear in its own gemlike shadow, and is hypnotic to look at.
There are five standard Urbanears shades in the market: Indigo, Tomato, Black, Dark Grey, and White. Apart from these staples, there will be half a dozen seasonal colors that are set to join the mix every single year, allocating three for Fall/Winter, and three for Spring/Summer. Definitely a little bit of something for everyone from time to time to be fashionably chic even in the world of tech.
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Urbanears plays with colors for new earphones this Spring
Are all earphones created equal? Not really, as Pioneer’s Rayz happens to lay claim to being the very first smart lighting earphones that will boast of talk as well as charge functions for the iPhone, iPad, as well as iPod touch. The Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones is a whole new collection of “appcessories”, which is a whole new take on the word “accessories”. Bringing the intelligence of an iOS app alongside innovative Lightning accessories, these are able to deliver whole new experiences which was not possible via the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The whole point of the Rayz and Rayz Plus is to make use of Apple’s Lightning audio technology so that it can not only simply, but also to smartly solve the top challenges which today’s mobile consumers experience every single day. The Rayz earphones are able to maximize all of the benefits which are offered by the Lightning Connector, where they are powered by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This means there is no more need to have these earphones pack an additional battery.
Not only that, the Rayz Plus model will also be the first and only Lightning headset that sports a sleek in-line charging node which can simultaneously charge the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as long as the earphones remain connected and in use.
These earphones take advantage of Avnera’s breakthrough LightX platform which will allow the earphones to operate in modes that make use of the lowest amount of power possible from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Each of these models will carry half a dozen microphones that allow Smart Noise Cancellation, exceptional noise cancellation capability thanks to a HearThruä mode, and embedded microphones which can implement sensor-less on-ear detection.
The Rayz earphones will arrive in Onyx and Ice and Rayz Plus, as they are available in Graphite and Bronze metallic finishes for $149.95 and $99.95 for the Rayz Plus and Rayz, respectively.
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Pioneer’s Rayz is the first smart lighting earphones
Urbanears is a legend when it comes to headphones for the masses, and it is not surprising at all to see why. Their past releases in this department have been nothing short of stunning, and this time around, they have stepped up to the plate with a new take on an existing classic — the Plattan 2. Urbanears’ release of the Plattan 2 would ensure that their best-selling on-ear headphones will receive an update to keep up with the times, sporting an improved frequency response for clearer definition, extra isolating ear cushions, and a 3D Hinge for a more customized fit regardless of your head and ear sizes.
Needless to say, Urbanears knows just how important continuity is, which is why all of the iconic details that made the Plattan famous in the first place has been retained, including the integrated microphone and remote, fabric cord that is difficult to get tangled, and ZoundPlug for instant music sharing.
The Plattan 2 will retail for $50 a pop, and some of its interesting characteristics include the 3D hinge. The 3D hinge will ensure that the Plattan 2 gains unprecedented flexibility, being able to adapt to the shape of one’s head for that perfect fit. It works on the same principle as that of double-jointed kneecaps, which ensure that your headphones will be able to obtain some rather impressive level of flexibility as it adapts to your head’s shape and ears.
Not only that, the Plattan 2 has been re-tuned and reconstructed in order to deliver a clearer and more well-defined listening experience thanks to extended Frequency response and better definition. It will also arrive with thicker and softer than ever before ear cushions for that ideal, isolated listening environment. As for the ZoundPlug, it lets you share your favorite tunes with someone else, or perhaps you can also opt for a full daisy chain of friends. The decision is yours.
Don’t you think that it is now time to upgrade your pair of headphones to the Plattan 2 from Urbanears?
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Urbanears reveal Plattan 2 on-ear headphones
So you pride yourself in purchasing a spanking new 4K Ultra HD TV, and wish to trumpet this fact to all and sundry who drop by your home this holiday season as you throw one of your annual parties. Well, while such an extremely high definition screen in your living room is definitely impressive, make sure you have the right kind of footage to go along with the resolution count, otherwise it would be somewhat akin to using low grade fuel on a thoroughbred sports car. Why not up the ante with the rest of your family and friends whom you suspect might have also jumped aboard the 4K Ultra HD TV bandwagon? Drop by your local Best Buy and pick up the Touchjet WAVE instead.
The Touchjet WAVE will be able to transform your large screen TV into one huge touchscreen tablet. Yes sir, you read that right. Why not make what is already mind blowing in terms of the kind of image quality that it can churn out, and augment its functionality? Sure, the TV might already be “smart” in one way or another, but with the Touchjet WAVE, you will be able to gain another level of interactivity. Small businesses might want to look into this as well as an information kiosk alternative.
Retailing for $299.99 a pop, the Touchjet WAVE will be able to attach itself to just about any flat screen up to 65″ and run any kind of Android app. It will do so without requiring you to hook up your TV to a laptop, or to make use of any kind of extra pesky cables. This delivers the functionality of commercial class touchscreen devices without breaking the bank. With the Touchjet WAVE, you can use a swipe of your finger, a stylus, or other device to navigate your way through the app or interface. The Touchjet WAVE itself will be powered by a 2.0GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, alongside an integrated optical touch sensor that has support for a quartet of touch point.
When it comes to the traditional alarm clock, not too any homes carry that any more these days. Rather, most of us rely on our smartphones to get the job done. In fact, we might even no longer have a single, proper alarm clock left at home. iHome has come up with its fair share of alarm clock radios in the past, where some models could even change the color accordingly. Well, this time around, there are two more models being made available for the masses — and that would be the all new iHome iBN350 Bluetooth alarm clock which can wirelessly charge Qi compatible devices as well as pair via Bluetooth in a jiffy using NFC. The other model would be the all-new iPLWBT5 clock radio, allowing you to juice up your iPhone and Apple Watch while you sleep, letting both devices tackle your day ahead when you awake.
Perfect for the bedroom, it does not matter whether you settle for the iHome iPLWBT5 or the iBN350. Either one will be able to deliver excellent sound quality as well as support a wide range of music sources, such as Apple Lightning and FM radio (iPLWBT5 only), Bluetooth streaming, USB audio, and aux-in. Not only that, the clocks will both arrive with an integrated microphone as well as advanced acoustic echo cancellation, allowing you to make use of the speakerphone feature without having to experience a loss in audio quality.
The $129.99 iPLWBT5 will be integrated with both Apple Watch and iPhone Lightning chargers, making it a snap to juice up two devices simultaneously. Not only that, Android users with Qi-compatible devices are also not left out of the loop thanks to the $129.99 IBN350 which lets you lay your compatible smartphone or device face up, right on top of the unit in order to have it charge sans any wires or messy cables. There is also the option to charge a secondary device thanks to the USB port.
Any takers for either home alarm clock?
SteelSeries is surely a name not to be trifled with when it comes to audio peripherals and devices, and we are pleasantly surprised that they have decided to make available the Arctis 7 headphones, accompanied by huge Black Friday promotions to get the mood going. The Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset, as its name suggests, targets those who simply live, eat, and breathe video games. It is made up of part of the now legendary Arctis range from SteelSeries, where the design itself is a reimagination of all that we have come to know and love, being overhauled with the latest gaming designs and technologies.
The Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset from SteelSeries will be available for purchase from the likes of Amazon and Best Buy for $149.99 a pop. It is touted to deliver great audio quality, regardless of whether you use it primarily for gaming, or for music or even movies. Surely heads will turn when you pull it out from your bag as the timeless design focuses on understated elegance, comfort and customization. Heck, the Arctis 7 even comes with a ClearCast bi-directional microphone which is able to deliver exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice; while offering the best possible modular technology for multiple platform compatibility.
It will be a pair of lag-free wireless headphones, where it comes equipped with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround, volume, mute mic and Chat Mix Control located right smack on the headset itself, enabling easy and convenient access. Since it is new to the market, there are no Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals to go along with the SteelSeries Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset, but at the very least you know when you purchase this, it is as good as it gets. Now it is time to translate superior gaming audio to victories on the digital battlefield.
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V-MODA is no stranger when it comes to rolling out high end audio devices, and this time around, they have just announced a spanking new and cutting edge collection of in-ear headphones. This new range will be known as the Forza, Forza Metallo and Forza Metallo Wireless. Obviously from the naming convention itself, it is a snap to figure out just which of the three models made available will not have you live out the tethered lifestyle. All of these new Forza products will feature a recently developed 5.8mm micro dynamic driver Hi-Res Audio certified by the Japan Audio Society (JAS), 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.
All of it has been a culmination of precision engineering, resulting in the amazing 5.8mm miniature dynamic driver size without having to sacrifice V-MODA’s world-class sound and quality standards. Forza means “force” in Italian, and the naming convention gives you an idea on the ability of the new in-ear headphones, being tough as nails to handle whatever kind of events that come in your direction. Specially built to withstand the elements, these Forza models are versatile enough to be your everyday companion regardless of the situation — whether you are sweating it out in the gym, or prefer to run when it pours.
The Forza products will be customizable courtesy of the 3D Printed custom caps: as the revolutionize your in-ear headphones while forging your own personal relic using the patent-pending RemixRings. The first collection of 3D caps will boast of Milanese designs Steam Punk, V-MODA Logo, and Lion Head, and they aren’t cheap on the high end, but thankfully, there are affordable options as well for everyone. The cap materials and pricing will include platinum (starting down from $7,500), 14k gold (starting down from $2,500), gold-plated (starting down from $250) and the newly developed and affordable HD Acrylic for $40 ($20 when bought with the headphones).
V-MODA reveals 3D printed custom Forza range