PlayOn announces availability of PlayCast channel in Roku channel store
MediaMall Technologies, owner of PlayOn media server software for streaming
video content, has announced the availability of its new PlayCast channel in the Roku channel store. PlayCast allows users to send any video from a PC browser to a Roku-connected TV, much like Google's Chromecast service. When used with PlayOn, PlayCast gives users the ability to cast videos from an Internet browser. PlayCast is available in the Roku channel store; PlayOn, which can be accessed through subscription, is available in monthly, annual and lifetime payment options, starting at $9 per month.
iMacs, 4K TVs, headphones and more
This week, B&H has the current-generation 21.5-inch iMac for only $1,149. That's $150 off the list price of $1299, and the lowest price we've seen on this by about $63. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of New York State. This iMac features a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive with Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics.
Soundmatters' wireless, 'pocketable' speaker DASH7 now available
Audio accessory maker Soundmatters has announced the availability of its wireless pocket-portable speaker, the Dash7. The new Daah7 is three-quarters of an inch thick, and offers omnidirectional sound in a size that fits in a slim bag or pocket. Featuring extended Bluetooth range, the Dash7 can also be used as a noise-cancelling speakerphone. Available in red, white and black, it can be purchase for $250 through various online retailers, and the Soundmatters website.
Addonics' Wi-Fi Drive Adapter enables wireless sharing of USB drive, micro SD card
Addonics Technologies has announced its network device for wireless sharing of a USB drive or micro SD card, or for use as a wireless hotspot. The Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can share drive or card content upon insertion into the adapter. To share an Internet connection, a hotspot can be created by connecting the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter to a Local Area Network with an Internet connection. Including one RJ45 socket for 10/100Mbps Ethernet connections, the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter supports the 802.11b/g/n standard with a range of up to 150 feet. Priced at $50, the Addonic Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can be purchased online.
Audio specialist Onkyo has announced two new sets of headphones aimed at iOS users, the ES-CTI300s and the IE-CTI300s. The ES-CTI300s use an over-the-ear design, and come in black or silver. Built into the cable for them is a three-button iOS remote with volume, play/pause, track skip, and call answer/rejection functions, and a microphone for calls, recording, and voice commands. The set uses two 40mm titanium drivers, with bass chambers to improve low-end sound.
AT&T's U-verse expands its live TV streaming service to include Android devices
AT&T's live TV streaming service, U-verse, has expanded its availability to include Android devices and web access on Uverse.com. Earlier this month, the company announced more than 100 live TV channels had been added to the U-verse app. AT&T has also launched the U-verse App on Android tablets, making live TV channels available on more than 30 devices. Offering users On Demand TV shows and movies, the U-verse app additionally features remote DVR management, and advanced content search functionality.
JLab's headphones feature tangle-free cord, fully rotational cups
JLab has released its new product, the Intro On-Ear Headphone, as quality budget choice for audio listening. Priced at $25, Intro is equipped with 40mm drivers and foam ear cups. Its tangle-free cable is flat, and features a gold-plated jack, universal mic and built-in track control. Fully rotational cups with custom hinges allow the user to wear, adjust and store the headphones with ease and flexibility. Buyers can purchase JLab's Intro On-Ear Headphones, available in black and white, on JLab's online store.
Sony aims for audiophiles with high-res music player, headphones
Electronista recently had the opportunity to spend some pre-release hands-on time with the forthcoming Sony HAP-S1 High Resolution Music Player first announced at IFA Berlin a couple of weeks ago. The new player gives music lovers the chance to really enjoy high quality digital recordings including in the popular FLAC format and Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) through a 2-channel Class AB amplifier rated at 40 Watts RMS per channel. We also had the chance to test the system out on the similarly just announced Sony MDR-10R High Resolution headphones with both making a formidable combination for getting the most out of your high resolution audio files.
Steel, leather construction accompanied by 40mm aluminum-copper drivers
High-end audio accessory manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins has released a new pair over-ear headphones. The P7 Mobile Hi-Fi headphones, following the styling of the P5 headset, uses all-encompassing ear cushions for noise isolation, with a dual-cavity construction that is said to mold to the contours of the wearer's head.
Sony rolls out 3-in-1 headphones with Walkman MP3 player built-in
Sony’s recent run of interesting and unusual devices has continued with the launch of its new 3-in-1 Walkman headphones. The new headphones incorporate a discrete Walkman MP3 player, while the can also connect to an external device, or be used as surround sound speakers. There are two new models, the NWZ-WH505 and the NWZ-WH303, which differ in storage capacities, driver sizes and dynamic range.
Monster headphones, Time Capsules and more
This week at the Microsoft Store, save 50 percent on the Monster Inspiration noise canceling over-ear headphones. These headphones were priced at $299, but have been cut to $149, which beats the next lowest price by $101. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. The Monster Inspiration headphones come in brushed titanium, and feature in-line controls and compatibility with Skype.
Auction proceeds to go towards fighting disease
Apple's senior VP of design, Jonathan Ive, has collaborated with U2's Bono and industrial designer Marc Newson on a special set of EarPods for a charity auction. The set is plated in 18-karat solid rose gold, and will offered as part of the (RED) Auction, meant to benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Turtle Beach aims at high-end Bluetooth headset for mobile devices
Headphones -- that is, truly high-quality headphones, not earbuds -- can be something of a rare sight these days away from a computer. They're often too bulky for a casual trip around town, and the best ones can cost as much as the device you're using them with, if not more. Having said that, the sheer fidelity and immersion of headphone audio can make the tradeoff worth it. Turtle Beach is banking on that with its new i30s -- we'll see if they're right in our review.
Harman Kardon launches new headphones, portable speaker
Harman Kardon has introduced its new Soho folding headphones and a new portable wireless speaker system dubbed the Onyx. The new headphones offer its most compact on-ear design yet, and come in three colors, white, black and camel. The new Onyx portable wireless speaker system incorporates a built-in battery, but still delivers 60W of power through four matched speakers. As with the rest of Harman Kardon's lineup, the new products are aimed at audiophiles.
Premium Fidelio, mainstream Frames introduced by Philips
Philips has extended its range of audio equipment at IFA with three pairs of headphones, shortly after revealing its new M1X-DJ system. The Bluetooth-enabled Fidelio M1BT and the wired Fidelio L2 are both aimed towards premium users, while the Frames are for the more style-conscious, with Philips calling them a "clear fashion statement."
Three models cover Bluetooth, noise cancelling, and wired markets
Sony has introduced its next evolution of premium headband-type MDR-10 headphones. Available in digital noise-canceling, Bluetooth wireless with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and standard wired versions, the new MDR-10 headphone line is claimed to offer music lovers a premium audio experience in a more lightweight and portable design than previous models by Sony.
Built with 40mm drivers, foldable design, onboard controls
SMS Audio, a headphones and accessories outfit owned by rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, has launched an updated version of one of its its designer headphones. The Sync by 50 on-ear wireless headphones are now equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and support for aptX, allowing for improved audio playback when compared to earlier versions of the audio gear.
Win a pair of Wicked Audio Evac headphones
Whether it's BMX racing, surfing, skateboarding or just rocking out -- Wicked Audio is there keeping the music pumping. The Wicked Audio Evac on-ear headphones combine wicked sound with retro styling. Electronista has three sets of these Evac headphones to give away to our readers.
LG launches BTS1 Bluetooth Headset in South Korea
LG has launched the BTS1 Bluetooth Headset in South Korea. The controller box section, measuring 35.9x50.2x19.2mm (1.4x2x0.8 inches), connects over Bluetooth 3.0 to a mobile device and has a socket for the supplied headphones, has onboard volume and music controls, Apt-C compatability, and a built-in battery claimed to last up to 8 hours. It is not known if the 59,000 won ($53) device will go on sale in other markets in the future.
Sennheiser adds compact on-ear model to Momentum lineup
Sennheiser has added a new on-ear model to its Momentum range. The new headphones are more compact and come in a choice of four colors. As with many headphone models with a built-in line mic and remote control, they are designed to work with Apple’s mobile product line. While the remote function won’t work with other devices, the headphones themselves are compatible with any device.
Shure SE846 make Asia debut, set for US launch in June
Shure has quietly slipped out its latest in-ear headphones, the SE846 with quad-drivers, through an official launch in Asia. The see-through plastic enclosure also allows users to get a close look at some of the 10 laser cut stainless steel plates that help comprise its internal design. It also incorporates 4 balanced micro drivers with two low frequency, one mid and one high frequency on a 3-way crossover configuration.
Bose AE2w Bluetooth headphones retailing for $250
Bose has revealed its new AE2w Bluetooth headphones featuring the company’s well-regarded TriPort audio technology. Interestingly although compatible with a wide range of Bluetooth devices, the Bose website seems to be targeting the headphones at Apple users, and iPad users in particular. The design of the AE2w is also notable for a control module that protrudes from the left side ear cup that incorporates the remote control functions, as well as a microphone for making and receiving phone calls.
Rhapsody adds 'liner notes,' technical info to music files
Music service Rhapsody has implemented a new "liner notes" feature, implementing the RIAA's "Give Fans the Credit" plan for including detailed production information with each digital song, including songwriters, background performers, producers and engineers involved in the production. The rollout, scheduled to take place over the next few months, would allow fans to search for music in new ways, such as tracking songs a specific producer was involved in, or for example finding out which songs featured a specific group of sidemen. The service has already started curating collections of tunes grouped by notable names of either producers, engineers or composers.
Marshall aims for high-end casual market with new Monitor headphones
Marshall has released its latest branded headphones dubbed the Monitor. The headphones are the first from Marshall that utilize an over-ear design, but is also relatively compact and features a collapsible design. Designed with studio listening in mind, the Monitor also incorporates an F.T.F insert that can be removed to allow a user to tailor their listening experience.
Apple owns US trademark on 'EarPod,' plaintiff owns 'HearPod'
A company that makes digital hearing aids with the trademark name "HearPod" is suing Apple over its "EarPods" trademark, claiming infringement. Filed in Hawaii, the "HearPod" trademark was originally issued in 2007, five years before Apple introduced its EarPods headphones. Oddly, Randolph Divisions is suing for infringement rather than claiming any harm from consumer confusion between the two similar-sounding brands. Apple owns the US trademarks for both "EarPods" and "Apple EarPods," but Randolph Divisions owns the "earpods.com" domain name.
Win a pair of CordCruncher tangle free headphones!
Anyone who listens to music with headphones can agree that tangled cords are a nuisance. Some developers out in Las Vegas, Nevada, thought the same thing, and they decided to do something about it, inventing the CordCruncher tangle-free headphones. Electronista has teamed up with Cord Cruncher to give away two sets of these innovative headphones to our readers.
Sony delivers style and substance with the MDR-1RBT
Sony has a long and distinguished history when it comes to making quality headphones to suit the majority of listeners. In recent years, however, their headphone business has shown signs of becoming commoditized, targeting mainstream users at the expense of audiophiles. Over the past twelve months, though, this has started to change for the better. Sony has come to the party, first with its new line of XBA balanced armature in-ear headphones, and now with its MDR-1R range of over-the-ear premium headphones. Read on in our full review of the Sony MDR-1RBT Bluetooth headphones.
V-Moda collaborative effort implements three refined technologies
Specialty headphone maker V-Moda has announced the availability of the highly-anticipated Crossfade M-100 headphones, designed by and for music aficionados. V-Moda says it tapped artists, editors and audiophiles to develop and vote on the first units to go into mass production. The M-100 discussion boasts some 10,000 posts and 700 pages on the world’s largest headphone-specific enthusiast site, Head-Fi.
Aims for high-quality audio at mid-range price
Recently MacNN had a chance to test the RHA MA450i, a pair of earbuds aimed at owners of Apple iOS devices. The difference is an inline remote, which can be used to take calls, change tracks or volume, and issue Siri commands. In general, this works just as you'd expect. The remote is located near the right earbud, which might be awkward for some, but is relatively easy to get used to. It can also be used to answer calls and play/pause music on other smartphones, including Android devices, but people wanting real control over a non-Apple device should probably look elsewhere. The remote's position seems to be good for ensuring clear voice reception from the mic.
Platform-agnostic PLYR2 boasts high audio performance
Skullcandy has launched its first wireless gaming headset, one that the headphone manufacturer announced at the release of the SLYR. The PLYR2 is a platform-agnostic pair of headphones with microphone that will work with the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Mac, PC, and mobile gaming platforms, and claims to offer a "high quality audio performance" to match its styling.
Marshall release Major 50 FX headphones
Marshall Headphones has released the Major 50 FX headphones. Claimed to have a sound quality that pays homage to the Marshall legacy, the physical design attempts to match the audio. Inner ear caps borrow the fret detailing used in the 50th anniversary line of amplifiers, the outer has gold accents and the same vinyl coating used for the Marshal amp line. Complete with an Apple-certified microphone and remote, the Marshall Headphones Major 50 FX are on sale for $170.
TiVo fall update includes changes to My Shows page
TiVo's fall update will feature updates for the To Do List and the My Shows page. A post on Twitter by vice president Margret Schmidt confirmed the update and also included screenshots showcasing some of the changes. While an official rollout date has not been set, TiVo is allowing some users to preview it early, via sign-ups to the Priority List.
Sony delivers all-new Extra Bass headphone range
Sony has updated its headphone range in the US to include several new models, all tuned to deliver extra bass response. Three new models, the MDR-XB400, MDR-XB600 and MDR-XB80 are all on-ear types. It has also added a new in-ear earphone model, the MDR-XB60EX that also delivers extra bass response.
Phiaton tries to balance cost and performance
Audio gear maker Phiaton recently put out the PS 210 BTNC, a set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth 3.0 headphones; Electronista had an opportunity to put them through their paces. In practice they seem to strike a nice balance between cost and performance. They won't set the world on fire in terms of audio quality, either in clarity or bass response, but neither will anyone be disappointed. The noise cancellation feature works as advertised, for the most part -- it won't completely eliminate any surrounding noise, and produces a faint hiss, but it seems well-tuned to cut out most of the roar of nearby traffic or a jet engine.
Win a set of Fanny Wang earbuds
Fanny Wang's new Wang Buds claim to give the same great sound (and bass) of standard size headphones in a sleek and stylish earbud body. MacNN recently reviewed these earbuds and gave them a 4/5 rating. We have also teamed up with Fanny Wang to give away three pairs, read on to find out how you could win.
Mini-documentary reveals design process in headphones
Two of the videos shown during the two-hour iPhone 5 and iPod rollout on Wednesday have found their way to YouTube through unofficial channels. In addition to a new ad for the iPod line -- the first in years -- there is also a mini-documentary around the making of the new EarPod headphones, narrated by Apple's SVP of Design, Sir Jonathan Ive. In it, Ive details the process that went into making what he calls the "impossible" task of creating a single set of headphones that would fit nearly anybody.
Sony collaborates on new MDR-1 lineup with Katy B, Magnetic Man
Sony has added the MDR-1s, a new premium over-ear headphones series to its lineup. Sony designed the new headphones in collaboration with Katy B, Magnetic Man and audio engineer Naweed Ahmed, in a hat-tip to the success of the Beats by Dre Dre range. The MDR-1 range comprises three models, a standard version, a noise-cancelling model and one with Bluetooth connectivity.
Nokia and Monster team up again for Purity Pro wireless headphones
Nokia has continued its partnership with Monster to deliver the new Purity Pro lineup of Bluetooth and NFC equipped headphones. The advantage of including NFC means that users can quickly pair the device over Bluetooth with a simple one-touch connection. The choice of colors also happens to align with the yet-to-be-formally-announced Nokia Lumia 820 Windows 8 smartphone.
Razer-branded version of Battlefield 3 headset released earlier
Razer is bringing out another gaming headset, this time inspired by aviation. A stark contrast from the Kraken Pro Gaming Headset launched two weeks ago, the BlackShark Stereo Gaming Headset is designed to look like headphones worn by military helicopter pilots. A version of the headset designed from the ground up for Battlefield 3 was released during E3, with this edition losing the game-related branding.
Active noise cancellation features across most of range
Logitech is bolstering its new Ultimate Ears range with four different headphones: one in-ear option and three headsets. Of the three can-style headphones, the UE 9000 boasts the highest price tag. Able to be folded flat like a pair of sunglasses, the headphones can take advantage of being both wireless through Bluetooth connectivity and its 10-hour battery, and through an optional cable connection.
Simplified flat cable, remote enhances new Image ONE
Global speaker manufacturer Klipsch announced the launch of the new Image ONE Bluetooth and upgraded Image ONE on-ear headsets. For the first time on any Klipsch product, the new models have improved flat cabling as well as a flat-folding collapsible design. Both new headphones will be available in September.
Beats Solo or Harman Kardon headphones, which is best?
Music is one of the more popular forms of entertainment, and in recent times there has been a renewed emphasis on audio quality. A number of recording artists have been vocal in criticizing the compression of modern music with the advent of the iPod age in particular. Worse, the default headphones sold with many devices hardly makes matters any better and greater numbers of listeners are looking to get the best sound that they can afford. Beats by Dr Dre have become the dominant headphone brand on the market, while Harman Kardon have only just entered the lucrative headphone space. So which is the better choice?
Klipsch reveals rugged variant of S4i line of in-ear headphones
Klipsch has revealed a rugged variant of its popular S4i line of in-ear headphones. The new S4i Rugged shares a lot in common with the S5i Rugged and offers outdoor enthusiasts an option for listening to music on the go. It is weather resistant, with an extra-large remote control, all with a non-slip grip coating that will help to ensure users can enjoy high-quality audio without worrying about damaging them.
New Harman Kardon headphones only available through Apple
Harman Kardon has introduced a new range of headphones designed for iPhone users. The new premium range includes the NI, AE, CL, BT and NC models that range in price from $100 topping out at $299 some of which blend leather and steel. Although they are compatible with all types of audio devices and smartphones, they will only be sold through Apple’s online and retail outlets.
Griffin launches WoodTones earbuds
MakeMusic has launched a free new music app that allows iPad users to view, play, and print electronic sheet music. In addition to viewing PDF music files, Finale Songbook also supports files created with the Finale family of notation software. When viewing Finale MUS files users also gain the ability to hear the music played back with options for controlling tempo. Other features includes set lists, gesture controls, and support for AirTurn page turners.
Marshall adds new all-black Major headphones
Marshall amplification has introduced a new version of its Major-series of headphones with an all-black model it calls the Major Pitch Black. In addition to a namesake all-black color scheme, the new headset picks up a denim headband designed to appeal to the muso crowd. To celebrate the launch, the company is also giving users who post a picture or video of themselves in corpse paint on their Facebook page the oppounity to win a custom-built Pitch Black Marshall amp.
We get a feel for Sony's new music oriented range
Electronista has had the opportunity to go hands-on with the forthcoming Sony Walkman Z
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) media player and its core range of high-end Balanced Armature in-ear headphones. Although both product lines were announced late last year, due to the natural disasters in Japan and Thailand, Sony are only now in a position to bring them to the US and other markets. We came away impressed, but particularly with the new Balanced Armature earphones, which are the best in-ear headphones Sony has released.
HN-900 & Aurvana X-Fi 2 cancel noise by 85 percent
Creative has introduced a pair of noise-canceling headphones. The HN-900 integrates an in-line microphone with the over-the-ear headset. The Aurvana X-Fi 2 is a pure headphone, but supports a multi-dimensional surround-sound effect.
Features 'DJ switch,' new packaging design
Empire Brands, the parent company of Wicked Audio and its line of fashion headphones, will debut a new line dubbed "Solus" (which, contrary to the company's claims, is Latin for "alone" or "solitary") at CES 2012 in Las Vegas next month. The new headphones feature a thick braided cable for durability and a special "DJ switch" that mixes the stereo signal into one ear for DJ queuing and controls volume.
First interested parties to get t-shirt and flask
Razer has announced that its Tiamat 7.1 surround-sound gaming headset, which was first unveiled in August, will not arrive before the holidays. The company suggests it is still working on "final touches," pushing the expected launch date back to late January.