We've been banging on about Kleer and their CD quality Bluetooth-busting audio technology for ages now, and so it's good to see it trickle through into more mainstream platforms. Mercedes has announced that Kleer-based audio systems will be used in its 2010 E-Class and S-Class cars, offering a choice of two audio streams from in-headrest LCD displays.
The iPad accessory market is on course to mimic the wildly successful iPhone ecosystem, but what are the must-haves? If you're anything like us you're a music fan and you want to use your iPad with an existing iPod speaker dock; we've just tried out the D&A RX1 iPod speaker dock receiver dongle we reviewed back in February, paired with a Kleer S5T transmitter, and - despite the iPad initially saying the accessory wasn't compatible - we're now enjoying our iTunes music (not to mention Spotify and other streaming services) in high quality and with no cords.
Kleer wireless is gradually gaining momentum, and the D&A RX1 fills in another gap in the audio market: cutting the connection between your iPod and your iPod speaker dock without cutting out sound quality. A simple receiver dongle which plugs into an iPod dock and promises CD-quality wireless audio, we slapped the RX1 into our test system to see if this affordable Bluetooth A2DP alternative delivered on its promises.
More Kleer and less Bluetooth A2DP is definitely the way we'd like to see wireless music going, with the little-known lossless technology generally kicking the more common Bluetooth out of the ballpark. So we're glad to see TDK jumping on board, with their first Kleer wireless enabled TH-WR700 headphones.
DigiFi's first-generation Digital Opera headphones have only just gone on sale in the US, but the company has brought their replacement to CES this week. As well as that, they've also unveiled a set of over-the-air headphones and a PMP watch with an integrated Kleer wireless transmitter.
If the lossless wireless sound offered by Sleek Audio's W-1 adapter appeals, but your budget doesn't exactly stretch to the $320 the company asks for a set of SA6 earphones and the wireless system, DigiFi's Digital Opera earphones may fit the bill. First announced back in May, up until now the earphones had only been available in Korea; now, Kleer themselves are offering them - together with other products using their lossless technology - in the US.
After our earpiphony back in October with Sleek Audio's SA6 customizable earphones, we've been waiting eagerly for their wireless adapter. Created using Kleer lossless technology, unlike the Bluetooth A2DP profile there's no unwanted compression involved; the range is meant to be better, too. Can the Sleek Audio Wireless W-1 setup live up to our great expectations?
If you didn't read our interview with the Sleek Audio founders last week, or our review of the Sleek Audio SA6 in-ear monitor earphones on Monday, you might not know that the company's wireless music adapter went up for pre-order last week. Sleek Audio have officially announced the adapter, which uses Kleer's lossless wireless technology to transmit CD-quality audio.
Sleek Audio, an audio equipment manufacturer who are so convinced by their SA6 in-ear monitor headphones that they don't actually make anything else, have announced that they will be the next company to use Kleer's wireless audio technology. Kleer's system, ostensibly a rival to Bluetooth A2DP, is special because of its ability to carry CD-quality audio despite ultra low power consumption. The new Sleek implementation will also support Kleer's Listen In technology, which allows up to four users to hear the same source from a single transmitter.
Sennheiser has partnered with wireless-expert Kleer (who we first featured back in late-2006) to create what has just jumped to the top of my music want-list: the MX W1 wireless headphones, two unattached earbuds and a transmitter dongle/recharging holder that can plug into any audio source for cord-free listening pleasure.
Yes, it's only a reference design, it uses a proprietary RF technology and it's nowhere near on sale yet, but I'm so hungry for totally wire-free headphones that I'm willing to post about this Kleer concept in the hope that it spurs someone, anyone, on to make them.
Seriously, is it too much to ask for my music sans neck-circling cable? Kleer are saying this design can "achieve at least 10 hours playtime of lossless CD-quality digital stereo audio over a robust 2.4GHz radio link" with a simple one-button interface and LEDs to show battery and operational status.
By next Christmas I want these (or something like them) to be a realistic purchase on my letter to Santa.