Tag - Headphones
We've reviewed several things by Moshi over time, and they are among a handful of other companies you can count on to make high-quality stuff that's well thought-out. One of their newest products is their entry into non-earbud headphones, and it's a pair of on-ear cans that offer a stylish look and very good sound (after a bit -- more about that later). There are people who want great sound and a reasonable amount of noise isolation without the weight and bulk of over-ear headsets: will the Avanti fit the bill? Find out in our review.
There's probably a graph somewhere showing appreciation of sound quality against age-related hearing loss. For our hearing will degrade over time, yet it seems equally certain that we can only get good headphones by listening to progressively better ones so that we can tell the difference, that we can learn what's possible. Consequently, we can say that the Meizu HD50 headphones sound much better than ones we've tried before, but recommending them is tricky.
Bose is making a move on the wireless headphones market, with a pair of audio accessories with active noise cancellation, among other announcements. The QuietComfort 35 are over-ear wireless headphones that follow on from the well-known QuietComfort 25, with the QuietControl 30 offering similar wireless noise cancellation with an in-ear form, while SoundSport and SoundSport Pulse are wireless earphones aimed at those wanting to keep fit.
Samsung has launched two new products aimed at the fitness market. The Gear IconX wireless earbuds are reminiscent of the rumored wireless EarPods that Apple is said to be developing for a future iPhone, that could ship without a standard 3.5mm jack. Along with the announcement of the earbuds, Samsung has also announced its latest wearable, the fitness-focused Gear Fit 2, with a curved AMOLED display.
Apple has applied for a patent that could allow headphone wearers the ability to switch between wireless and wired modes seamlessly. The application for "Audio Class-Compliant Charging Accessories for Wireless Headphones and Headsets" describes a way for the headphones to automatically make the switch between the two connection types, all without any extra intervention from the user aside from plugging in or disconnecting a cable.
If you're like us, you tend to Goldilocks your way from earbud to earbud -- some are too big, too small, too cheap, too expensive. Some have great designs and poor sound quality, while others sound great but don't have any style. Today, we're here to check out the Urbanears' Sumpan to see just where they fit in with the myriad of other earbuds we've come across.
Working out without music isn't fun, but working out with earbuds or headphones that are plugged into your phone can be a complete nightmare. That's where the Urbanears' Hellas come in: they're Bluetooth headphones, so there's no wires to get tangled up in, and they rest gently on your ears, so those of you who don't like earbuds can enjoy them as well. They're clearly designed for workouts in and out of the gym, but are they the best bang for your buck? Check them out in our review.
A pair of headphones that costs $500 through the Apple Store isn't exactly something that most people would even consider. However, if you are a music lover who is searching for the perfect pair of headphones for when you are on the go, spending a chunk of coin on a high-end set of cans could be a much better solution that buying multiple pairs of headphones at lower price points, but never feeling truly satisfied with your listening experience. The B&O BeoPlay H8 Wireless On-Ear Headphones are certainly expensive, but thanks to their versatility, could they be the last pair of headphones that you will buy? Find out in our review.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all headphones, including pairs from Sol Republic, Veho, and Brooklyn, as well as a fairly unique pair from Grain Audio which have earcups made from wood instead of plastic.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, MacNN occasionally finds offers that are interesting or major enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today, pamper your ears with high-class audio from a pair of stylish Bluetooth headphones, with the Kinivo URBN being offered at a 30 percent discount by our own MacNN Deals store.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE