Awareness of the Kleer wireless alternative to Bluetooth A2DP is slowly growing, and the market for entry-level headphones (as opposed to, say, Sleek Audio's range) is broadening. Into the fray comes DigiFi's Digital Opera S5's, intended specifically for iPod owners. Mediocre sound quality let DigiFi's S2's down; can the reworked S5's pick up the slack?
Announced last month, Jaybird's SB1 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones may be intended for gym-goers - in fact they come with a lifetime guarantee against sweat - but with discrete styling and a reasonably budget $89 MRSP are likely to appeal to those nowhere near the treadmills. Are the Jaybird's cheap and cheerful, or does audio quality let them down? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.
We've made no bones about our love for Kleer's lossless wireless audio system here on SlashGear, far preferring its audiophile-pleasing quality versus Bluetooth A2DP. So far, though, we've only tested it when paired with Sleek Audio's high-end headphones, themselves equally impressive; how much of a difference, then, does Kleer technology make on more affordable systems? DigiFi sent over their Digital Opera S2 Wireless Headphones, a sub-£70 ($112) set that use the same Kleer technology - check out our review after the cut.
We're big fans of Sleek Audio here at SlashGear, and with the launch of the SA1 earphones the company's range is even more accessible than before. To celebrate the new SA1's Sleek Audio have given us two sets to give away to SlashGear readers, and they've also thrown in a grand prize of an SA6 W-1 wireless bundle - comprising a pair of SA6 earphones and the lossless Kleer Audio wireless system - too. Check out how you can win after the cut.
Sleek Audio have impressed us in the past with their range of high-end off-the-shelf and custom earphones, and now the company is circling back with a new, entry-level model. The Sleek Audio SA-1 earphones have customizable tuning, just as their SA-6 counterparts, but come in at a bargain $79.99 rather than $249.99.
Sleek Audio's CT6 custom earphones have always been unique - after all, they manufacture them to molds taken from each buyer's ear-canals - but now they've added another degree of customization for those who like to stand out. The Sleek Audio CT6 Aura are the same custom-made hypoallergenic earbuds, but now laced with phosphoresce that means they glow in the dark.
When we reviewed the Sleek Audio SA6 earphones last October, there was no disguising how positively we felt about the customizable in-ear monitors. So, when Sleek told us that we could expect the same and more from their custom-molded earphones, the freshly-rebranded CT6 Customs, and offered to fit us for them while at CES back in January, we couldn't resist trying them out. It's been a while since our SA CT6 Customs arrived; have they lived up to expectations?
DigiFi have announced their latest wireless audio products, based on Kleer's lossless technology. The Digital Opera S2 and iPod-compatible Digital Opera S5 each come with a wireless transmitter dongle; the S2's plugs into a standard 3.5mm headphone socket, while the S5's uses an iPod's dock connector and supports remote-control.
If you've spent any time here at SlashGear you'll probably know that we're big fans of Sleek Audio. We rated their SA6 in-ear monitor earphones highly, then their W-1 Kleer wireless adapter took a successful product and cut the cord. At CES last week we stopped by the Sleek stand to check out their Customs, individually made based on silicon moulds of your ears, for a perfect fit. At $300 they're the current pinnacle of the Sleek Audio range; after the cut, we let the company fire gunk into our ears.