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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 4 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 4 2009

We kicked off the week with our review of the Sony VAIO P, the company's "don't call it a netbook" companion ultraportable.  It's interesting to contrast it with Acer's just-confirmed 10-inch Aspire One, which will likely offer greater performance at less than half the price.  Elsewhere, Sanyo took the wraps off of their 2009 Xacti camcorder range, including a very tempting 1080p 60fps model, and HTC announced the Touch Cruise smartphone with an integrated GPS-tagged memory app.  In other smartphone news, everyone got surprisingly agitated about President Obama's super-secret messaging phone.

Ericsson & Bose announce job losses

Ericsson & Bose announce job losses

Tech job cuts continue to spread throughout the industry, with both Ericsson and Bose today announcing significant staff losses.  Ericsson has revealed plans to axe 5,000 jobs, despite making a stronger-than-expected profit of $1.1 billion in the last quarter, excluding restructuring costs, and has worried investors by withholding any business outlook for the new financial year.  Meanwhile Bose is cutting 10-percent of its workforce, amounting to 1,000 jobs, claiming to have been "staffed for a growing economy, not a global recession".

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Axiom Audiobyte – it’s been called the Bentley of PC speakers

Axiom Audiobyte – it’s been called the Bentley of PC speakers

Personally, if I create a device, and it’s the best there is, I don’t want it likened to a Bentley, in the car world, that’s small potatoes, liken my product to a McLaren F1, a Bugatti Veyron, or a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, not a Bentley. Then again, these don’t really appear to be even in the Bentley league, maybe the BMW of the audio world.

In fact these look like that house on the corner that used to be condemned but someone came along and threw a new paint job on it and is now selling it for a small fortune. These speakers claim to be of audiophile quality, and it sounds like they are even trying to compare their product to those $400 Bose PC speakers, but they look quite cheap.

Bose car suspension system, and yes I mean the infamous audio equipment manufacturer

Bose car suspension system, and yes I mean the infamous audio equipment manufacturer

This invention proves two things, first, Dr. Amar Bose has the patience of a Buddhist monk. The second is that if you thought the furthest Bose delved into the automotive world was its audio systems, you were clearly mistaken.

27 years ago Dr. Bose started calculating how the optimal car suspension would work. Without examining the actual implementation aspects of it, like technology available at the time, the calculations were done in 5 years (monk?). 27 years after the start, and $100 mil later, Dr. Amar Bose’s system is almost complete (Dalai Lama?).

Bose MusicMonitor speaker for the PC

Bose MusicMonitor speaker for the PC

Mr. Veneziani from CrunchGear was invited to a Bose event the other day, and while there he got a first hand experience with the Bose MusicMonitor speakers. The setup included the speakers, a small desk, and a brand new iMac and a subwoofer.

They played for the gentleman, six different songs from a range of sources, to drive home the point that Bose’s goal was lifelike sound. After playing through half of those songs, they unplugged the subwoofer, and told him that it was just a decoy, all the bass sounds he heard were coming solely from the two speakers on the desktop.

Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone: QC3

Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone: QC3

Walking down the street and having hard time hearing music from your mp3 player because the noise was too loud? Or, thinking that on-ear head phones aren’t any good! This Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone from Bose might change your mind. People who have experienced “Bose” would know the quality of the brand. No headphones will eliminate noise completely, but with QC3 headphones, you can feel the difference.

QC3 is a headphone with QuietComfort and Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology providing you a rich-clear audio detail that you might have never experienced before. The QC3 is a compact, lightweight, and easy fit for hours of comfortable listening. The headphone is powered with battery. The kit comes with wall-socket charger and rechargeable battery with approximately 20 hours of run time. Purchase the QC3 for $349 and receive a free 256MB MP3 player valued at $50 before January 31, 2007.

QuietComfirt 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones [via Bose]

Bose Companion 5 speakers rise above the rest

Bose Companion 5 speakers rise above the rest

I've always liked those Bose speakers that look like little twisted-square robots, but the company makes more than just home entertainment lifestyle products - they do computer peripherals too.  Obviously they stick to what they're good at, and by golly they're good at designing lush speakers.  Latest off the drawing board and out the factory door are these, the Companion 5 speaker system - hooking up to your computer via USB, they offer the company's clever TrueSpace 5.1 surround sound emulation from only two speakers plus an Acoustimass subwoofer. 

With stands to elevate the main speakers above the detritus cluttering your desk, as well as a remote volume control with both a headphone jack and a secondary input, the Companion 5 system will be available this month for £300 ($570).

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Bose In-Ear Headphones for Under $100!

Bose In-Ear Headphones for Under $100!

It’s hard to believe that Bose would release such an inexpensive headset, the Bose In-Ear headphones. I was expecting around the price range of $149 to $199 given the QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones goes for $349 and the Bose on-ear headphones is priced at $179; very smart pricing, indeed. It’s hard to say how good these headphones are compared to Shure and Ultimate Ears.

These bad boys feature Bose very own proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure, which the company claim to yield greater low-frequency output and should create more balanced lifelike sound. How comfortable are these soft silicone earbuds? It’s hard to say. These removable silicone tips comes in S, M and L, which Bose swears that they’ll remain comfortable and stable in your ears for hours.

Will I make the switch from my Etymotic ER 4 microPro earphones for the Bose In-Ear headphones? Most likely not, thanks but no thanks.

Bose Product Page [via FosFor Gadgets]

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