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Focal reveals new generation of loudspeakers

A thumping audio system is always something that is worth having in any home — as you will always find space for some really great tunes to rock your personal exercise sessions or even simply to relax with high quality audio. Focal knows this, which is why they have come up with what they deem to be a next generation of loudspeakers via the SIB EVO line that boasts of Dolby Atmos capability.

This latest SIB loudspeaker range will definitely change the way the home cinema market works. Not only are they easy to install, they are also equally easy to use, with the SIB EVO Dolby Atmos system submerging its listeners in a 3D universe, ensuring that they feel as though they are right smack in the middle of all the action that is going on. Depending on your preference, you can also opt to settle for a 2.0 pack, which can be used to upgrade a 5.1 system to a 5.1.2 system in the future as and when your budget permits, all without having to change the existing collection of loudspeakers. How about that for future-proofing your home audio system?

SIB happens to be deemed as a ‘lifestyle’ loudspeaker which is able to fit with every interior, where it can also match the volume that you’re looking for with minimal effort. The audio track will be able to perfectly render the dialogue and full intensity of the action or emotion, while ensuring that all of the key elements of the film will be conveyed with extreme clarity and pitch-perfect precision, ensuring that the spectator ends up with the impression of being right at the heart of the action.

Not only that, the size might not accurately reflect the level of performance of these speakers, comprising of a complete Home Cinema system of satellite loudspeakers and an active subwoofer. Isn’t it time you upgraded your home audio system?

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Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers rock your world

When it comes to audio peripherals that work well with a computer, you know that you will not be able to go wrong with the Sound Blaster name. That name has certainly come a long way since its early days of churning out 8-bit sound cards that fit into an ISA slot back in the days when games on PCs ran on EMS or XMS, with MS-DOS as the operating system. Fast forward to today, and Sound Blaster does a whole lot more than just soundcards — in fact, they have for a long time now, jumped into the lucrative speaker market. Their latest generation speakers for gamers would be the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers.

We would like to think that once you have the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers, there is no more need to upgrade, perhaps not for a few more years. This would be an all-in-one 24-bit under-monitor audio system that delivers a whopping 150W of peak power, how does that sound (pun not intended) to your ears?

What makes the Sound BlasterX Katana so special actually ? Touted to be the very first of its kind, it has an Under-Monitor Audio System which will be accompanied by Creative’s most powerful multi-core audio DSP to date, allowing it to function as a high-end Sound Blaster sound card/DAC which can project 24-bit high-resolution audio for lossless, crystal-clear and impressive room-filling sound. Thanks to a future-forward tri-amplified design which will power 5-drivers that comprise of 2 up-firing midbass drivers, a pair of high-excursion tweeters, and a long-throw subwoofer, each of them will be individually powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier in order for gamers to enjoy precise audio reproduction at each part of the audio spectrum.

The BlasterX Acoustic Engine and a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder are also part of the eal, providing users with immersive audio for both games and movies. The entire audio system is aesthetically pleasing, being crafted with brushed aluminium, while it boasts of a programmable Aurora Reactive lighting system with 16.8 million colors.

The Sound BlasterX Katana will be out later this week on 22 November 2016, with a $299.99 price point. Will we see an instant price slash when Black Friday comes around?

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iHome Zenergy sleep therapy speaker helps you doze off better

Getting enough rest is one thing — getting quality sleep is another. You might have the most expensive bed in the world, but it is of no use if that bed is unable to help you get some precious shuteye each night as you remain awake, thinking about a million different things in life. iHome knows this, and hopes to be able to help you doze off better while letting you experience a more restful sleep with its iZBT10 sleep therapy speaker that is part of the Zenergy range.

Sleep therapy arrives in many forms, including that of a pillow, and it is worth a shot if you have more or less given just about everything else in the market a try. iHome’s Zenergy products have received endorsement by Sleep Expert and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Michael Breus Ph.D, allowing the use of sound and light therapy to promote healthier sleep cycles.

The Sound Therapy feature will rely on specially recorded and engineered sounds in order to cancel out distracting noises. This will help to alleviate racing minds, which results in better sleep at night as well as a heightened sense of focus during the day. Light Therapy will work by assisting us to align our circadian rhythms. Also known as internal clocks, light therapy simulates the changing wavelengths of light throughout the day that would naturally govern it. Being exposed to these wavelengths of light at the right times can then trigger subtle biological responses, such as increased melatonin production as well as a more relaxed heart rate at night.

The iHome iZBT10 will arrive with customizable combinations of ten sound therapy presets as well as an equal number of specially designed 1000Lux, 360-degree light therapy and color-blending programs. Not only that, Bluetooth connectivity is also thrown into the mix, in addition to an FM radio, dual alarms to help you get up, sleep timers, and a USB charging port for mobile devices. The iZBT10 will retail for $99.99 a pop if you are interested.

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Scosche BoomBUOY wireless speaker love it wet and wild

boombouyWhen it comes to listening to your music when you travel, most of us would normally opt for a pair of headphones — as it offers that cocoon of privacy. However, there are times when we wished that the world would be able to appreciate the genius of whatever tracks that we are listening to, and this is where a portable speaker would come in handy. Even more so if you are trekking in the great outdoors and arrive at a waterfall, bringing the symphony of nature and technology under one place, or are just throwing a pool party, it does not matter — a waterproof speaker is what you need. Scosche knows this, which is why they have come up with the Scosche BoomBUOY wireless speaker that is waterproof.

This is not the first time that Scosche has come up with a wireless speaker, where the Scosche BoomBUOY has been specially optimized for outdoor use, since it boasts of a rugged, durable construction as well as high quality audio complete with up-firing Omni-directional sound, ensuring that no matter where everyone else is, they too, will be able to listen to the same music at the same volume level as you.

This is made possible thanks to the BoomBUOY’s 3W 50mm high quality speaker as well as passive radiator that will help to produce rich, clear sound — regardless of whether you are camping or enjoying a day at the pool. Being IP67-rated for dust and water, this speaker will also come with a buoyant construction which enables it to float in water, while the integrated side panel ensures that the control buttons are within easy reach for you to play/pause, skip tracks and control the volume. It also comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that delivers up to 7 hours of non-stop audio playback, while carabiner helps you to attach the speaker to a backpack for on-the-go listening. Available in Black/Space Grey and Tech Sport Grey shades, the Scosche BoomBUOY will retail for $39.99 apiece.

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Braven Premium Home series introduced

For those who have always wanted to enjoy more out of their music, then getting a decent speaker system would be the right way to go. However, high end speaker systems tend to cost a bomb, and some might run into the price point of a vehicle itself. What about us mere mortals who would not settle for the ditties that are played back by your notebook’s speaker, and yet do not want to break the bank for a high end, premium speaker? Braven might have the answer in the form of their Premium Home series, where it boasts of a trio of advanced wireless speakers, namely the 1100, 2200m and 2300.

Regardless of which model you pick, all of them will come with unparalleled room filling audio that is accompanied by refined design that will complement your home décor, merging both style and sound in a single device. The 2200m and 2300 speakers even come with built-in mounting option and are Bluetooth Smart enabled.

The Braven 1100 will arrive encased in premium fabric, and is the most compact of the lot, which makes it extremely portable. Despite its sleek design, this does not mean that it is not a performer — it sports Dual Passive Radiators and an extended range driver which can generate rich bass, perfecting notes of the highest high and lowest low. Sporting an impressive 28-hour playtime, it also doubles up as an 8800mAh power bank. You can pick up the Braven 1100 for $249.99 in Graphite and White shades.

As for the Braven 2200m, this is one of the stable’s most advanced speakers to date. Bluetooth Smart Control, a robust low frequency response, mounting hardware, TrueWireless technology that lets you pair multiple 2200m speakers together, ensure a first-class sound experience in a premium, wireless speaker form factor. You can pick it up for $299.99 in Graphite and White colors.

Last but not least, the Braven 2300 would be the most powerful of the lot, sporting Braven’s very own Bass Optimization technology, Bluetooth Smart technology, and TrueWireless technology, where it sports an asking price of $349.99 a pop.

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Skybuds wireless earbuds debuts in Best Buy

skybudsRemember the Skybuds that we talked about earlier this year during summer? Well, it looks like this pair of wireless earbuds is now available, ready to rock and roll over at Best Buy nationwide. The Skybuds are special, in the sense that these are touted truly let you live the untethered life, where it boasts of best-in-class battery life, strongest connectivity and has been designed for an immersive audio experience.

Alpha Audiotronics are the ones behind the Skybuds, where it will boast of seamless Near-field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) connectivity in order to deliver premium audio quality for audiophiles and casual listeners alike. The Skybuds have been specially designed to fit just about any lifestyle, and you can also opt to pick up a pair online at skybuds.com.

Availalbe in charcoal and nimbus colors, the Skybuds are good to last for up to four hours of on-the-go listening, and you will be able to eke out an additional 24 hours of battery life thanks to the sleek and portable Skydock charging case. The Skybuds will hook up to your portable music playback devices via Bluetooth, and these happen to be one of the pioneers in using NFMI within the earbuds. In other words, you should not be able to find a stronger or more reliable connection on the market, anywhere — at least for the moment. Other earbuds do suffer from disjointed connectivity, but the technology used within Skybuds ensures that the two earbuds are connected seamlessly, resulting in a flawless and uninterrupted audio experience. Not only that, Skybuds will play nice with any Bluetooth enabled device regardless of the operating system.

Other features of the Skybuds will include a digital microphone for phone calls as well as on-device button controls which can be used to manipulate audio listening and calls. Each $249.99 purchase comes with three sets of fit tips, a single USB charging cable and a Skydock that will juice up and store the earbuds.

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Design Out Loud! Cardboard Speakers is a cool DIY project

cardboard-speakersIt is not everyday that you purchase a pair of speakers in which you need to assemble the various parts yourself, that is for sure! Of course, it is always a whole lot easier purchasing a brand new speaker without having to go through the motions of fixing the various parts together, but where is the fun in that for all of you hands-on folks? The $24.99 Design Out Loud! Cardboard Speakers sounds (pardon the pun) like a whole lot of fun, where this entire kit will come with its fair share of markers and paint to boot.

This set of two small speakers (don’t expect to use the to rock out an entire room, that is for sure!) will help you unleash your creative juices as each design perfectly reflects the music on the mix and the mood it creates. This special kit has been designed for DIY creativity at its best, where you will make use of the markers, paint, and others to create a unique and personal set of mobile speakers. Once you are done, just plug their 3.5mm standard audio jack into your PC or device and you’re good to go.
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Braven BRV-Blade outdoor Bluetooth speaker is a looker

braven-brv-bladeThere is nothing quite like the right kind of music to perk you up — as music is well known to sooth the soul, or perhaps provide the right kind of inspiration. Well, if you think that you would not want to enjoy your music with a pair of earphones in the long run in fear of ruining your hearing, perhaps you might be interested in checking out what Braven has to offer with their latest Braven BRV-Blade, which is a new standard when it comes to outdoor Bluetooth adventure speakers that have been specially forged with toughness, aggressive design, and superior HD (high definition) audio.

The all-new Braven BRV-Blade is perfect when it comes to wet, wild, and extreme power sports — ranging from dune-buggying to jet skiing, snowmobiling or 4×4 racing in the mud. After all, the Braven BRV-Blade does boast of tank-like durability alongside a shockproof ABS construction which will allow it to shrug off spills, splashes or even dunks, and this is made possible thanks to its IPX7 waterproof rating.

The Braven BRV-Blade will be part of the company’s highly acclaimed outdoor audio series, where it boasts of an ultra-rugged design and impressive HD audio. Special in just about every form, the military, jet black styling securely conceals dual omni-directional passive sub-woofers that will surely impress with rich sound and impressive bass, courtesy of Braven’s Bass Optimization technology.

It is also slim enough to fit into a backpack or glove compartment, where there is a built-in speakerphone and a 4,000 mAh power bank that allows it to charge USB devices, not to mention carry enough juice to pump music out for 22 hours on a full charge. There is also an integrated bottle opener that will allow you to secure the speaker to a range of surfaces and all-terrain vehicles. Expect the Braven BRV-Blade to retail for $199.99 a pop.

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LG delivers slew of new portable Bluetooth speakers

Our smartphones are a whole lot more than just communication tools these days, as they tend to be our personal organizers, not to mention our timekeeper, portable media player that carries both music and videos, in addition to our social networking hub. Well, if you simply cannot live without good music, and would like to share your eclectic tastes with others, LG has just the thing for you with its new range of portable Bluetooth speakers that have been specially designed for use at home or while you are on the move.

These new LG Bluetooth speakers will bring together versatility in addition to premium sound for an enhanced listening experience regardless of where you are. They have been specially equipped with cutting-edge features while boasting of sleek, innovative designs. The new LG portable Bluetooth speakers will be known as models PH2, PH3 and PH4, where they function as versatile audio solutions regardless of the listener type. Everyone from audiophiles to casual listeners who need portability to match their active lifestyle will be able to find something that is right up their alley.

Those who are on the lookout for portability and durability as the main selling points can settle for the PH2 and PH4 Bluetooth speakers. Tipping the scales at less than half a pound, the resilient, splash proof and compact 2.5-watt PH2 (3.8 in x 1.5 in) has been specially designed to bring high-quality audio with a rich, deep bass so that even the most active users will be more than happy with the audio that pumps out from it. A sturdy connected strap will make it easy to attach it to a range of surfaces or to carry with you on the go, while it does offer subtle lighting for a unique, sophisticated style.

As for the 16-watt PH4 (2.5 in x 3.1 in) which is a wee bit larger, it delivers complex, powerful and rich sound, which makes it ideal for outdoor gatherings like camp-outs or barbecues, or simply to have it laze around the house. There is 360-degree sound and a rich, deep bass that is provided by dual passive radiators, while its compact, sleek form factor and a connected strap makes it a snap to tote around. Not only that, it has a water resistant design that makes it durable enough to withstand splashes of water or sweat.

Expect these new LG portable Bluetooth speakers to launch later this fall, although there is no word on pricing just yet.

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Whyd delivers first wireless intelligent home speaker

Speakers are dime a dozen out there, so when it comes to making a choice, you can be hard pressed when presented with a myriad of options. After all, you might also want to take into consideration the likes of wireless capability in a pair of speakers just for aesthetics or practical purposes’ sake. Whyd has come up with its wireless intelligent home speaker that will boast of a premium design, delivering high quality sound as well as voice control to the masses.

Elegantly and simply known as the Whyd speaker, this it the first ever home speaker to comprise of an elegant 360-degree design complete with full voice control, as it delivers crystal clear 360 HiFi sound with deep and dramatic bass. This is made possible thanks to a quartet of full range drivers and a solitary dedicated subwoofer.

This new speaker was created as Whyd intends to redefine just how people experience and interact with music. One does not need a smartphone, as one can now speak directly to the Whyd Speaker and ask for a specific track, artist, playlist or even a radio station — now how about that for interactivity? The speaker will also play nice with a slew of streaming services such as Spotify and Soundcloud, and will also pave the way for touch control via the stylish, intuitive glass-made touchpad on the top of the speaker.

Key features that are found in the Whyd speaker would be voice control, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth integration, an intuitive touch control panel, a LCD display screen, 360 degree omnidirectional sound, all crammed into a body that measures a rather portable 11.5″ x 7.5″ while tipping the scales at 134 oz. After all, music is inspiring, and hence, your speaker should also follow in the same footsteps, which is why the Whyd speaker is touted to be the perfect combination of design, technology and music.

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