Audioengine announces USB headphone amp
Audioengine this week announced the release of its D3 Premium 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, an amplifier that plugs directly into a computer's USB port. The D3 sports both a USB connection and a headphone-out port, allowing it to bridge the gap between a computer or other device and a user's headphones. Audioengine says that the D3 streams bit-perfect native 24/96 HD audio, with users needing to install neither drivers nor software. It also allows users to directly control the volume of the output with their computer's own volume controls. The D3 24-bit USB amplifier is available from a number of retailers, with a price tag of $189.
Acase releases Tip Top and F1 cases for iPad Air
Acase, a designer and manufacturer of mobile device accessories, has announced the availability of two lightweight iPad Air cases: the TipTop, which emphasizes functionality, and the F1 Case, that focuses on style. The TipTop can prop the tablet in six distinct angles, and includes a hand strap for preventing drops while holding it. The F1 provides users with a cover that also can prop the tablet for adequate typing usage, and sports a black and red aesthetic that likens itself to an Italian race car. Both cases are made of premium leather, and feature magnetic covers that automatically turn the iPad on or off. Available on Amazon, the F1 Case and TipTop are each regularly priced at $40 and currently on sale for $25 and $20 respectively.
Edifier's MP260 Extreme Connect fully portable and Bluetooth compatible
Edifier's MP260 Extreme Connect portable speaker was released today, offering audio playback from any Bluetooth enabled device. Fully portable, the Extreme Connect is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use with a battery charge lasting up to 12 hours. The speaker includes a built-in microphone with Bluetooth phone answering capabilities, allowing for hands-free calling.
Bric Connect pairs aux-in with Bluetooth 2.0 support
Audio system manufacturer Edifier has announced the availability of the iF335BT, Bric Connect. Edifierís Bric Connect is aimed at the home, office or mobile use by providing Bluetooth capabilities as well as sound reproduction that the manufacturer claims is more commonly found in systems with a larger form factor.†
Boutique speaker set delivers 36W of power
Audio system designer and manufacturer Edifier has introduced the e10 Exclaim.† Edifierís Exclaim is an active bi-amped 2.0 speaker system that combines smooth curves and straight lines. Designed to complement a computer system, television or mobile device, Full integral DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and DRC (Dynamic Range Compensation) gives the Exclaim noteworthy tonal balance regardless of volume setting, and keeps any possible distortion at an absolute minimum.
Speakers use 30-pin connector, Bluetooth
Speaker manufacturer Edifier has released two speaker docks for iOS and other handhelds. Using the old 30-pin connector found in older iOS devices instead of the Lightning port, the Esiena and Bric both still allow for connectivity to the iPhone 5 and other handsets wirelessly over Bluetooth, or through a 3.5mm auxiliary input port.
Bluetooth-enabled, with optical output
Edifier today announced the availability of its new E30 Spinnaker Bluetooth stereo system. The novel design of the system is engineered to increase sound quality, and it packs inside a number of technologies to amplify its output. The sail-shaped speakers won the CES Innovations Award this year.
Apple Cyber Monday discounts go live
The Apple Store today kicked off a post-Thanksgiving Monday sale that has swung attention to accessories and some of Apple's secondary services. Audio is a focus and sees Beats' Beatbox speaker dock and Solo HD headphones drop down by $40 and $20 respectively, to $360 and $180. M-Audio's KeyStudio 49 MIDI keyboard has also been discounted from $100 to $70, and Edifier's Prisma E3350 speakers have had their price lowered to $117.
Edifier Soundbar USB boosts notebook sound
Edifier chose to wrap up the weekend with a new soundbar tailored just to notebook owners. Its simply titled Soundbar USB is just 1.5 inches tall and, at 10.5 inches, just long enough to sit on top of a notebook. USB power keeps it completely portable but can still power discrete pairs of woofers and tweeters.
Edifier iF500 iPod dock
Edifier recently announced it has now made its iF500 iPod dock entertainment system available in North America. The large dome of the iF500 houses five separate speakers and is made with vibration and resonance control in mind. The device, which was launched in Europe earlier this year, can accommodate iPods and iPhones, as well as other portable audio players via their headphone jacks thanks to an auxiliary input.