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.
Android speaker docks are comparatively rare beasts. Several manufacturers offer models specifically tailored for their own handsets, but the market for generic docks has failed to ignite in the same way as iPhone and iPod peripherals have flourished. Philips reckons that's all down to USB port differences, and has come up with a clever FlexiDock system for its new Fidelio Android speaker dock range. We've had the top-spec Philips Fidelio AS851 in the SlashGear jazz lounge and boudoir for a while now; is it boom or bust? Check out the full review after the cut.
When it comes to high fidelity audio, who better to trust than the musicians that create the music you're listening to - that concept kept alive here again today by none other than rapper 50 Cent with a few new headphones appearing right on time for the holiday season. There's two main models, one being SYNC by 50, a pair of wireless headphones, and STREET by 50, wired headphones so you don't loose em while you're out on what the name suggests, the street. Both pairs of phones are up for pre-order now and will be shipped by December 5th, 2011.
Sleek Audio has been known for both their high end over-ear and custom molding earphones, and we have gotten an up close and personal look with their new 50 Cent Platinum Headphones. Although they had no working units for us to demo, the only working set was with 50 Cent himself, we were provided with further details of the product as well as captured a few shots.
Today, Audio Plus Services officially announced the upcoming availability of their new Focal Bird speaker system. They're marketing as "a new and innovative concept for high-quality lifestyle audio," pointing out that, while it projects clear audio, it's also compact and has a user-friendly interface. It also comes with a Focal Kleer Technology wireless dongle in the package, so wirelessly streaming media is also an option.
We're big Sleek Audio fans here at SlashGear, and we've known the company has been cooking up something special for the past six months or so. That project - the new flagship Sleek Audio SA7 in-ear monitors - has come of age just in time for IFA 2010, along with their upcoming refresh of the original SA6's, in the shape of the SA6-R (where the "R" stands for "Reference"). We jammed the carbon-fiber and machined aluminum SA7's into our ears for a preview.
Bluetooth stereo audio has certainly helped many people cut the cord between their PMP, cellphone or laptop and their headphones, but the underwhelming default audio codec also generally means cutting out some of the fidelity, too. Sennheiser are hoping to change that with their PX 210 BT headphones, which use the proprietary apt-X codec for what's promised to be "true hi-fi quality". Question is, how do they hold up to existing wireless-quality kings Kleer? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
I didn't intend to get an iPad. For a start, I'm in the UK, and - even before the recent news that Apple would be delaying the tablet's international release - there's no sign of them at my local Apple Store. Beyond that, though, while I could appreciate the design and the glowing feedback Vincent proffered from the iPad's launch, it just didn't seem like the device for me. And yet, when on Saturday April 3rd my US colleagues asked "would you like us to send you one?" I said yes. Since it arrived, around two weeks ago, I've gone through marvelling at the industrial design, puzzling over how to fit it into my daily routine, and finally - perhaps grudgingly - recognising its strengths (and, of course, its weaknesses).
Sleek Audio have been promising a new set of high-end in-ear monitors for some time now, and courtesy of Pop-Sci magazine we now have a better idea of what's in store. The Sleek Audio SA7 IEMs slot in above the SA6's, keeping the user-adjustable VQ system for tweaking treble and bass, but now machined from a single block of aluminum with a carbon fiber shell held on by titanium screws.