MP3 Players & Accessories

By August 5, 2015 Read More →

Creative launch pro gaming audio gear

LS_BlasterX_H5_Mood ShotCreative Technology Ltd today announced at Gamescom 2015 the Sound BlasterX Gaming Series, a new line of gaming audio peripherals designed for today’s generation of discerning gamers.

Gaming content in this day and age encompasses immensely compelling graphics, expansive environments and incredibly detailed audio, akin to a full cinematic experience, delivered on multiple platforms, from mobile, to consoles and PCs. Famous for pioneering gaming audio on PCs and launching the multimedia revolution with the Sound Blaster line of sound cards, Creative continues to innovate and improve the gaming audio experience for today’s gamers. The Sound BlasterX line is committed to upgrading a user from “good enough” audio to the full cinematic experience that discerning gamers of today are looking for, wherever they are playing. The series is comprised of circumaural (over-the-ear) and in-ear headsets, and an external USB sound card with a built-in amplifier to provide gamers with a durable, complete, high-performance, high-definition gaming audio solution that is built to last.

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Each product in the Sound BlasterX series is designed to deliver pristine aural performance and maximum comfort while levelling up a gamer’s overall experience by producing sound on par with today’s advanced graphics and game storytelling.

“Think about when you go to the movies – you go for the big screen, sometimes the 3D element, and cinematic sound. Movies wouldn’t be the same without perfectly timed sound effects, and that’s what many of today’s gamers are missing out on with their overall experience – the nuances that will determine win or lose – and they might not even realize it by settling for basic audio solutions. The graphics and storylines of today’s games are the best they have ever been and for audio details to match that requires something much more than basic motherboard audio or run-of-the-mill gaming headsets. With Sound BlasterX, we have a renewed focus on building gaming audio products that last and are designed to elevate gaming audio to complement the astounding graphics found in today’s games. We’re taking gaming from a desktop experience, to a cinematic experience. Once you hear the difference a BlasterX product makes in your games, there’s no going back to mediocre basic audio,” said Low Long Chye, General Manager of Audio at Creative.

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The Sound BlasterX Gaming Series comprises of:

  • Sound BlasterX H7 – the ultimate HD 7.1 Surround USB circumaural gaming headset
  • Sound BlasterX H5 – the professional-grade analog circumaural gaming headset
  • Sound BlasterX P5 –  a miniature yet powerful high-performance in-ear gaming headset  
  • Sound BlasterX G5 – a 7.1 HD audio external sound card with built-in headphone amplifier

With this line of peripherals, Sound BlasterX offers a range of high-performance cross-platform gaming audio solutions for gamers – whether on PCs, mobile devices or consoles.

“As gamers, we’re extremely excited about the all new the Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming Series,” said Jason Bass, COO of compLexity Gaming. “When we tested the products, we were amazed by the performance, build quality, how comfortable they were, and most of all, their signature sound. In fact, the team felt that the headsets resembled studio monitors. The headsets delivered amazingly accurate audio and were so comfortable that we felt as if we were wearing nothing at all.”

 The gaming headsets are tuned to enhance the listening experience and not to overwhelm. The entire Sound BlasterX range allows gamers to experience an amazing level of detail while being immersed in the gaming experience for extended hours without listening fatigue. The Sound BlasterX series of products offer a best in class audio solution for gamers with different usage preferences. Audio quality and clarity, comfort and durability are important no matter what level gamers are gaming at and the Sound BlasterX series cater to both the pro and casual gamers.

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The Sound BlasterX Gaming Series also comes with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine software for PC that allows gamers to customize their audio profile to the game genres that they are playing. It is designed to intelligently decrease distractions and enhance essential audio details in games, giving gamers an added advantage.

The recently launched Sound Blaster X7 with its companion E-MU XM7 professional speakers, offers an ultra high-end gaming audio solution that completes the Sound BlasterX Gaming Series. This biggest, baddest, boldest Sound Blaster delivers an astounding 24-bit/192kHz high resolution audiophile experience for the ultimate gamer.

More details of the Sound BlasterX H7 and Sound BlasterX H5, the Sound BlasterX P5, and the Sound BlasterX G5 will be announced in separate press releases.

Pricing and Availability

The Sound BlasterX gaming series is priced as follows:

  • Sound BlasterX H7 – GBP129.99
  • Sound BlasterX H5 – GBP99.99
  • Sound BlasterX P5 – GBP59.99
  • Sound BlasterX G5 – GBP119.99
By June 3, 2015 Read More →

Olixar Power Up Kit 4 in 1 Charging Pack with Travel Case

vlcsnap-2015-06-01-17h58m40s766Ideal for the holiday season, this pack contains almost everything you need for a family holiday to keep your families phones and tablets working all packaged inside an attractive, padded case.

Introducing the perfect travel companion. This 4-in-1 charging accessory kit with case is perfect for ensuring your devices are fully charged wherever you may go featuring a mains USB travel adapter, power bank and two non-tangle retractable cables.

  • 4-in-1 charging accessory pack
  • Mains travel adapter with 4 USB ports and 4 travel adapters
  • Portable power bank for charging on the go
  • Two retractable Lightning / Micro USB charge & sync cables
  • Travel case for portability

You can pick one up from Mobilefun here.

By May 31, 2015 Read More →

KitSound Introduces the New Storm Gaming Headphones

kitsoundKitSound introduces the new Storm Gaming Headphones, featuring wireless connectivity, 40 mm drivers and delicate tuning to ensure that no sound is lost as well as, a detachable microphone and multi platform compatibility.

The new Storm Gaming Headphones will make you experience your gaming in a totally fresh way. Purposefully designed for multi-compatibility, the Storm engages with Xbox, Playstation, and PC. The 2.4 GHz transmission connectivity provides a wire-free alternative that will offer you clear sound with the minimum of lag.

Now you can decide whether you want to play alone or team up with others thanks to the detachable microphone that comes with each Storm. With up to seven hours of battery life, your Storm Gaming Headphones give you the chance to bring the storm to your opponents hour after hour.

What’s more the Storm Gaming Headphones are comfortable to wear thanks to the soft and delicate ear cups and the flexible headband. RRP £30.00

Specifications

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Drivers: 40 mm
  • Connection: 2.4 GHz
  • Connection range: up to 10 metres
  • Play time: up to 7 hours
  • Microphone input: 3. 5 mm

 

KitSound products are available in most high street and online retailers.

For further product information and details on where to buy, please visit www.kitsound.co.uk

By May 20, 2015 Read More →

Denon announce new addition to HEOS range, HEOS 1

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 12.14.10Denon, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, is delighted to unveil its HEOS 1 and HEOS 1 Go Pack, the latest additions to the HEOS wireless multi-room music system. The portable HEOS 1 wireless speaker is the first product in the series intended for both indoor and outdoor use. The HEOS 1 Go Pack extends the usability and features of the HEOS 1 for consumers who want to take their music anywhere. These latest additions to the Denon HEOS series will be available in June.

The £199 HEOS 1 packs all the best features of the HEOS series into a diminutive yet powerful package. Implementing Denon’s extensive knowledge of digital sound processing the HEOS 1 is finely tuned to deliver clear and expansive audio. Furthermore, the HEOS 1 has been specifically designed to incorporate audiophile-level synchronization, so that two units can be combined to make a powerful stereo pair with no echo between the two speakers. The £79 HEOS 1 Go Pack is an accessory pack consisting of a rechargeable battery, a Splashguard, and a Bluetooth®-USB adapter. The HEOS 1 can provide up to 6 hours of music and entertainment, with the Go Pack’s rechargeable battery. The HEOS 1 speaker itself is humidity resistant, yet with the addition of the Splashguard it becomes splashproof for added protection at outdoor events that may occur in the rain or poolside. And for those who enjoy Bluetooth capability, the Go Pack’s Bluetooth-USB adapter allows the user to stream Bluetooth audio directly to one HEOS 1 speaker. In addition, when Wi-Fi is available, the Bluetooth audio can be shared with other HEOS devices.

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Denon®, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, is delighted to unveil its HEOS 1 and HEOS 1 Go Pack, the latest additions to the HEOS wireless multi-room music system. The portable HEOS 1 wireless speaker is the first product in the series intended for both indoor and outdoor use. The HEOS 1 Go Pack extends the usability and features of the HEOS 1 for consumers who want to take their music anywhere. These latest additions to the Denon HEOS series will be available in June.

We are thrilled to introduce HEOS 1, our entry level wireless multi-room sound system that combines great design and Denon sound,” said Brendon Stead, senior vice president of product development for Denon. “Also, when combined with the HEOS 1 Go Pack, the water-resistant design and added Bluetooth capability allows users to listen to their HEOS 1 in the garden, at the park and anywhere a Wi-Fi connection is not available.

Benefiting from Denon’s revered class-leading sound quality, the £199 HEOS 1 packs all the best features of the HEOS series into a diminuitive yet powerful package. Implementing Denon’s extensive knowledge of digital sound processing the HEOS 1 is finely tuned to deliver clear and expansive audio. Furthermore, the HEOS 1 has been specifically designed to incorporate audiophile-level synchrinisation, so that two units can be combined to make a powerful stereo pair with no echo between the two speakers.

With the easy to use free HEOS app, set-up means great sound within minutes for indoors or outdoors. It is the perfect speaker for a smaller room or any smaller space in a home. And with the Go Pack, HEOS 1 expands into a fully wireless speaker that takes multi-room listening outdoors.

The £79 HEOS 1 Go Pack is an accessory pack consisting of a rechargeable battery, a Splashguard, and a Bluetooth®-USB adapter. The HEOS 1 can provide up to 6 hours of music and entertainment, with the Go Pack’s rechargeable battery. The HEOS 1 speaker itself is humidity resistant, yet with the addition of the Splashguard it becomes splashproof for added protection at outdoor events that may occur in the rain or poolside. And for those who enjoy Bluetooth capability, the Go Pack’s Bluetooth-USB adapter allows the user to stream Bluetooth audio directly to one HEOS 1 speaker. In addition, when Wi-Fi is available, the Bluetooth audio can be shared with other HEOS devices.

HEOS brings Denon-quality audio to any – or all – rooms in the home by easily connecting to an existing Wi-Fi network via the HEOS app, which is available for iOS, Android™ and Kindle Fire™. The­­ system delivers users’ favorite music from the world’s leading music services like Spotify®, Deezer, Napster and TuneIn, as well as smart devices, PCs, Macs or NAS drives on any home network. It instantly gives users multi-room audio control at their fingertips. Command music in every room from any device, by grouping several rooms together to play the same song or a different song in every room for a true wireless multi-room audio experience.

 

You can PRE-ORDER HEOS 1 now and receive 50% off the HEOS Go Pack, from participating stores. For more information please ask in store.

 

HEOS 1 – Key Features

  • Best-in-Class Sound

  • Humidity Resistant

  • Play any source from any smart device via the HEOS app: streaming cloud music services, directly from phone and tablet, USB, network storage, aux in

  • Dual-band Wi-Fi

  • USB input directly to speaker

  • Bi-amped two-way system with custom active EQ and crossover

  • Custom woofer and high dispersion tweeter powered by a two-channel Class D amplifier

  • Easy set-up

  • Intuitive industrial design for portability

  • Audiophile grade synchronization

  • Great stereo imaging – use two HEOS 1 speakers as a stereo pair

  • Easy-to-use app with three tabs – one-touch access to most-used features

  • Optional HEOS 1 Go Pack available

  • Available in black and white

 

HEOS 1 Go Pack – Key Features

  • Optional accessory pack for use with HEOS 1 wireless speaker
  • Bluetooth – play any audio from your phone or tablet when Wi-Fi is not available
  • Rechargeable battery – 6 hours of playback from the custom battery fitting perfectly to the base of HEOS 1
  • Splashguard upgrades HEOS 1 from steam-resistant to full IPX4 protection
  • 4 LED battery indicator
  • Available in black and white

Besides the HEOS 1 and HEOS 1 Go Pack, the Denon HEOS series includes three other wireless multi-zone music players: HEOS 3, HEOS 5, and HEOS 7. The HEOS Amp and HEOS Link allow you to integrate legacy systems into the HEOS eco-system. Also part of the series is a Wi-Fi range extender HEOS Extend. The Denon HEOS series is available at select Denon dealers in-store and online.

In the future, the Denon HEOS series will continue to expand with new and innovative products. For more information visit www.denon.co.uk. 

By March 8, 2015 Read More →

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Unboxing

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A quick unboxing and initial impressions of the Urbanites XL from Sennheiser. These wired headphones with in-line microphone are compatible with Apple iPod, Iphone and iPad. Limited compatibility with Android devices however there is a version available especially for the Galaxy range.

URBANITE XL headphones are for those that love their tunes heavy and love to look good, but who always respect great sound. The URBANITE XL range is ideal for staying connected on the move, with integrated in-line remote controls and microphones for taking calls and controlling music on Galaxy smartphones and tablets, with a dedicated version for Samsung Galaxy devices. This is the sound your ears have been waiting for… Sennheiser URBANITE XL. Let your ears be loved.

Features
  • Take your club sound with you – massive bass and clear treble
  • Tough companion – extra rugged for robust urban living
  • Stay connected – control your music and calls
  • Fits your lifestyle – fold them up and go
  • URBANITE XL is wrapped in comfort – XL ear-pads simply feel better
  • Available in your choice of colours – black, denim, sand, nation and olive
  • Compatibility – available with detachable cable with 3-button remote control and integrated microphone for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets
  • Easy to store and bring along – the foldable design makes it easy to collapse and store in the supplied soft pouch
  • Bold design – Robust quality of premium stainless steel hinge and aluminium slider

By September 18, 2014 Read More →

Set the mood with the Diamond+ Bluetooth Speaker

Yantouch Diamond+ (BlackDiamond+) in hotel roomHere is a little peripheral to cheer up a dull room. A bluetooth speaker that becomes a 3 in 1 entertainment system. Not only does the Bluetooth speaker pump out your funky beats, if puts on a light show with 16 million colors that pulsate with the beat. Add in an alarm clock function featuring a natural sunrise or sunset to gently wake-up or fall asleep to.
 
Yantouch www.yantouch.com, winner of the Red Dot Award for their “Music + Light” consumer electronics designs, announced today that it is shipping the world’s first 3-in-l Bluetooth speaker, the Diamond+ Bluetooth speaker, with 300% Sound Boost and patented audio technologies; ambient wash wall light with 16 million colors that pulsates to the beat of the music; and a wake-up/sleep feature with natural sunrise and sunset lighting and music to gently and naturally fall asleep and wake-up.
 
Great for camping and outdoor/indoor parties, the all-in-one entertainment system “instant party-in-a-box” features planetarium-like music and light modes for solid, bright, saturated, flashing, and alternating lights with 16 million variations of pink, purple, blue, fuchsia, orange, gold, green, white, and red.  The light can be set up against a wall to create a wash wall effect or be placed in the center of the room or party as a conversational piece.  The Diamond+’s Bluetooth speaker is an N-class 2.1 speaker system with patented sideways stereo effect with right and left woofer tubes on the sides of the device and other patented technologies, including Neodymium Super Magnet technologies and a Bass Resonant Tube that pumps up the bass with 300% sound boost for vibrant music that fills the party with booming crystal clear sound. 
 
The Natural Sleep feature works with the devices’ music and lighting system to emulate sunset to help you fall asleep naturally, gradually dimming the light and music. The Natural Wake-up function provides a sunrise effect to silently bring you from deep sleep to shallow sleep in 30 minutes, then wake you up slowly with natural birds singing.  Distributed by Aplars www.aplars.com, a leading e-commerce store for electronic products and accessories and available immediately at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Yantouch-BlackDiamond-Portable-Wireless-Bluetooth/dp/B00JFGIVWE and other online retailers, the Diamond+ is priced at only $149, 2-3 times lower priced than the $300-$450 it costs to buy each item separately:  Bluetooth speaker, Smart Light and Natural Wake-up/Sleep device. 
 
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Diamond+ Features:
  • World’s first 3-in-1 device:  “Music+Light+Wake-Up,” with a market value over $300, priced at only $149.
  • Best Music: World-leading N-class 2.1 speaker system with patented sideways stereo effect. And other Patent Pending Technologies:  Spherical Resonant Neodymium speaker (3 Watts x 2), 300% Sound Boost and 2 Woofer Tubes: left & right with Bass Resonant Tube.
  • Smart Light:  Includes 16 million beautiful colors to suit your mood, syncs light with your favorite music.
  • Bedside Reading Light:  functions as a bedside reading lamp before sleeping with soft white light (no heat with energy saving LEDs) while listening to your favorite music.
  • Natural Sleep Feature:  Includes iOS and Android App that emulates sunset to let you fall asleep naturally, gradually dimming light and music.
  • Natural Wake-up Feature:  Sunrise silently brings you from deep to shallow sleep in 30 minutes, than wakes you naturally.
  • Bluetooth 3.0 Speaker:  Features automatic Bluetooth pairing – unlike most Bluetooth speakers which are hard to pair. Connects over 30 feet (more than most competitors).
  • Rechargeable Li-battery: lasts over 7 hours, great for outdoor parties with USB/AC power cable for charging and attached audio cable for use with non-Bluetooth devices and computers.
  • Portable and light-weight:  2½ lb with dimensions: 13×11.9×12.8cm.
  • Remote control:  turns on/off, adjusts volume, tracks, and color modes with slot to store remote.
By July 29, 2014 Read More →

Olixar BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Unboxing

Boom-3aMobilefun.co.uk have very kindly provided us with an Olixar BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Gareth shares his initial thoughts.

High fidelity audio for rich, room filling sound

The BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker allows your crisp wireless sound to go wherever you go. The BoomBrick features two powerful 3W drivers, providing you with a total output of 6W that will enable your media to fill the room with engaging high fidelity audio.

Passive radiator for a great bass sound

With small speakers it’s hard to achieve great sounding bass tones. The BoomBrick tackles this problem by featuring a passive radiator, which extends the bass response of the two existing full-range drivers – providing you with impressive sound, whatever genre of music you enjoy listening to.

Stylish and portable design

The BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is designed to be stylish, light and compact with its dimensions of 180 x 65 x 48mm making it easily portable.

Bluetooth and line-in connectivity so you can connect any audio device

The BoomBrick is Bluetooth enabled, so the pairing process is incredibly simple – connecting to your device wirelessly with no need for passwords. It supports any Bluetooth music device and you only have to turn the speaker on and search for it using your device.  This sound system however also includes a standard 3.5mm jack to allow you to connect devices without Bluetooth technology such as iPods, Laptops and MP3 players.

Built-in microphone for hands-free calls and conference calling

The BoomBrick’s built-in microphone makes it easy to take calls hands-free or in a group. You can easily switch between playing audio and receiving calls with the multifunction button on top of the BoomBrick. The internal microphone is compatible with Bluetooth enabled phones, Facetime, iChat, Skype and other applications (not all phones will support these features) – making it a perfect item for office conference calling or family Skype chats.

Built-in 1200mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery

Fully loaded with a rechargeable 1200mAh lithium ion battery, which provides you with up to 8 hours of play time – so you can enjoy your music all day. Recharging the BoomBrick’s battery from flat should take around 3 hours with the included USB charge cable.

Technical Specifications:

  • Bluetooth: CSR 2.1 +EDR
  • Dimensions: 180 x 65 x 48mm
  • 3.5mm port: Yes
  • Power input: DC 3.7V
  • Power output: 2 x 3W
  • Driver size: 2 x 1.75″ + 1 bass radiator
  • Battery size: 1200mAh
  • Play time: 8 hours
  • Charge time: 3 hours

You can order one from Mobilefun.co.uk.

 

By March 4, 2014 Read More →

Archos 40B Titanium arrives

archos_40btitanium_Pers_slide_1We have only just received the Archos 40 Titanium in for review and already Achos have announced a successor.

Archos presents their new entry-level music enthusiasts phone, powered by the Mediatek MT6572 dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor. 4-inch IPS display with a 800×480 pixel resolution, 4GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1400mAh battery. This phone is released now for 110€ in Europe. You can find out more about it here.

By January 16, 2014 Read More →

Bowers & Wilkins and Maserati P5 headphones

Screenshot 2014-01-16 06.55.05Bowers & Wilkins and Italian car manufacturer Maserati are dropping a special-edition pair of P5 portable headphones in the coming weeks. Having previously released an Maserati Edition 805 loudspeaker this makers the second collaboration between the two companies. The over-ear headphones sport the iconic Masterati Trident motif and feature a racing blue colour scheme. Whilst the “cans” have no active noise cancellation, they are made Apple friendly, with in-line microphone . Features also include gold-plated connectors, a remote control and sealed-leather earpads.

By December 23, 2013 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Gear Unboxing Video

wpid-Samsung_Galaxy_Gear_smartwatch.jpgSamsung has made a smartwatch and it’s called the Galaxy Gear. The wearable has been around for a while and it’s type are starting to pick up momentum. Sony have release a few now and a number of Independent companies are hoping to make a name for themselves.

Echoing the original Galaxy Tab back when tablets were strangers Samsung a shaping the industry with a high priced concept that has Make or Break written all over it.

In the video below you can see me unboxing the Galaxy Gear and then putting it through its paces a little.

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