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Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Many headphones targeted at runners are of the earbud variety, which is usually the preferred form for those out running. Still, there are those who prefer over-ear headphones, and Gibson has moved to satisfy those users with its new Trainer cans. The Gibson Trainer headphones have some features that make them particularly useful for runners, including embedded LED lights that are intended to make runners more visible -- and, thusly, more safe -- when jogging at night. The device was made in partnership with Usain Bolt.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen has a few wares on display here at CES 2015, but undoubtedly the most eye-catching piece of them all is the BeoSound Moment, a sound system, practically a sound system controller in the form of a large tablet-like slab, that has a few gimmicks up its sleeve. Of all those features, the most prominent, because also the most visible, is the wooden side, which features what B & O calls the world's first touch-sensitive wood interface. Fortunately, that isn't its only great feature.

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superMHL A/V specification supports up to 8k video

superMHL A/V specification supports up to 8k video

A new audio/visual specification has been unveiled at CES 2015 called superMHL. This specification is a significant upgrade to the original MHL spec and will deliver higher resolution video and more power for charging among other things. SuperMHL can deliver 40W of power charging and supports up to 8k resolution video at 120 fps. The specification will allow users to link devices like smartphones, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, AVRs, streaming media sticks, and other sources to TVs and displays.

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Phaz P2 headphones charge your gadget while you listen

Phaz P2 headphones charge your gadget while you listen

Phaz Music has introduced its new P2 headphones, a pair of stylish cans made with carbon fiber for a lightweight body. The light weight is despite the inclusion of an integrated battery, which is used to both power the headphones and to "boost" one's smartphone or other mobile device over USB. If the internal battery isn't charged, however, the headphones can also work in a "passive" non-powered state. All the while, this is joined by a couple of flashy color options to make the headphones stand out of the crowd.

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 hands-on: Android and high-res audio

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 hands-on: Android and high-res audio

This week the next Sony Walkman has been introduced, bringing both Android and a 128GB bit of internal storage to the table. You also have a microSD card slot to expand your internal storage by another 128GB if you wish. You'll also have High-resolution Audio playback and compatibility with S-Master HX Digital Amplifier compatibility. DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), ClearAudio+, and Clear Bass are also inside. With Equalizer abilities and VPT onboard, you're going to have a clear audio experience, that's for certain.

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UE Megaboom portable wireless speaker has 100-foot wireless range

UE Megaboom portable wireless speaker has 100-foot wireless range

Ultimate Ears has been cranking out earphones and other audio accessories for a long time and has announced the addition of a new product to its line. The new product is called the UE Megaboom portable wireless speaker. The speaker promises more bass, sound, and power than other portable speakers on the market today and it is an improvement over the original UE Boom wireless speaker.

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HiFi-Skyn iPhone case adds better sound and more power

HiFi-Skyn iPhone case adds better sound and more power

Audiophiles who use an iPhone will want to check out the new CEntrance HiFi-Skyn sound system that is designed to fit inside a rather bulky iPhone case. In addition to offering some protection for the iPhone, the case is also designed to bring audiophile quality audio. The case also has an internal battery to help your iPhone run longer and features a built-in headphone amp.

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DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

DTS makes things you can hear, but not touch. Though you may not realize it straight away, that great sound coming from your smartphone, tablet, or home theater system may be due to DTS. The Lamborghini Tauri phone is the latest to have DTS, signaling their high-end engagement with customers. Now, DTS is teasing something new for us, though details are a bit tight. DTS:X is a new, object-based codec for use in various hardware components, and will come out in March 2015.

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BTunes makes your favorite headphones wireless

BTunes makes your favorite headphones wireless

Music lovers probably have their favorite set of headphones and most likely, they have wires. Some of those wired headphones have cables that can be unplugged at the ear cup allowing you to change the cables for ones that have mics for smartphones or plain cables that don’t. If your favorite set of headphones is one of these types a new product has debuted that will make them wireless.

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ASUS Xonar U3 Plus soundcard comes in a USB dongle

ASUS Xonar U3 Plus soundcard comes in a USB dongle

If you're an audio nut and only have a laptop with you, then you're mostly out of luck when it comes to boosting your rig with a better audio system. Luckily for you, ASUS might have just covered your needs. The latest addition to its Xonar line is the Xonar U3 Plus, an external DAC that can fit snugly into USB ports to deliver the power of a home studio but at a very portable and inconspicuous size of a USB dongle.

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