MP3 Players & Accessories

By March 11, 2016 Read More →

Dolcer Aluminum Bluetooth Speaker Unboxing

vlcsnap-error991The Powerbank is really becoming the focus of ingenuity for some manufacturers. Adding in other lumps of technology to reduce the need for quite so many objects in your bag is always a great idea. So what if someone added a portable Bluetooth speaker to your powerbank? This is what Dolcer is doing for you.

Tunes on the go and if your phones battery is getting a little low then you can grab a quick burst of juice from the speaker to keep it ticking over. Inside the durable aluminium surround the Dolcer has just that, a 5200mAh battery that promises to keep playing for around 32 hours, alongside two 3W speakers ready to propel your’s phones audio onto the unsuspecting public.

Check out the unboxing and a review will be up in the coming weeks.

  • 32 hours ultra long playtime
  • 5200mAh lithium battery enables
  • Battery status indicator 
  • 2x 3W full range HD speakers 
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3.5mm audio cable
  • Micro USB charging cable

 

By October 9, 2015 Read More →

Kitsound Boombar 2 Unboxing

KitSound BoomBar 2 UnboxingThe Kitsound Boombar 2 is a gorgeous lump of speaker that comprises of three main pros, is priced nicely, it looks great and it delivers decent sound.

We are seeing an influx of affordable portable speakers that manage to a great sound however none look as impressive as this and whilst it does not carry water resistance a price tag of £70 makes this a device worth looking at.

An upgraded version of our already impressive BoomBar, this portable wireless speaker also features a passive bass radiator but is twice as powerful.

Powerful, Detailed Sound

Despite being just a little bit bigger than our original BoomBar, this wireless speaker, with its passive radiator, is twice as powerful and twice as detailed, especially when positioned on the floor, as its angular design throws sound upwards.

Ultra Portable

We think our BoomBar 2 – with its carry case, built-in rechargeable battery for up to 10 hours of music play time and wireless connectivity – is the perfect modern equivalent of the boombox. You can easily pop the BoomBar 2 in its carry case into your bag for a long weekend away, or a spontaneous trip to the park.

Bluetooth Connectivity

The BoomBar 2’s simple pairing process makes it extremely easy to wirelessly connect to your smartphone, tablet, MP3 player or other Bluetooth device, but there’s also a 3.5 mm aux-in port to let you connect other devices too.

Make and Receive Calls

The perfect all-round wireless speaker, the BoomBar 2 also acts as a speakerphone, with a built-in mic and hands-free function allowing you to easily take calls using the simple control buttons.

The KitSound BoomBar 2

According to hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, the genre owes much of its success to boomboxes. Welcome to the natural heir of the boombox: the KitSound BoomBar 2. 

About KitSound

We are craftspeople. We are musicians. We are KitSound™ and we all commit ourselves to achieving one shared goal: Bringing people closer to their music. By understanding music we stay true to its craft. Pure, rich, incredible sound. We settle for nothing less. 

Specifications: 

 S/N: 65 dB
 Bluetooth range: up to 10 m
 Frequency response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz
 Drivers: 2 x 50 mm
 Output RMS: 2 x 5 W @ 2 ohm

By October 5, 2015 Read More →

Olixar Qi-Tone Unboxing

vlcsnap-error358Mobilefun have sent  a Olixar Qi-Tone Alarm Clock Bluetooth Qi Charging Speaker with the dark wood finish.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 250 x 90 x 75 mm
  • Qi: Yes (WPC 1.1)
  • Bluetooth: V2.1 + EDR
  • Input: 5V, 1.5A
  • Power: 5W
  • Speaker Frequency: 60HZ – 20KHZ
  • Speaker Driver: Stereo, 1.5inch, 4Ohm, 3W

Perhaps in the unboxing I come across as not terribly impressed by the Plixir clock, however over the last week of using it I have actually grown somewhat fond of the retro-esq time piece.

This is a device that requires very little attention yet subliminally you are using it a awful lot. I have never had a desire to know the temperature at any time, living in Northern Ireland we are either “baltic” or just warm enough to be a little uncomfortable. There is no inbetween. However, having it there I have begun to observe just when the temperature changes to Baltic from warm. That’s started to take my interest. I see it sitting at 21℃ and take note. I will look again when it is baltic and we see 19℃, 20℃ is indistinguishable from 21℃.

Then again there is the the large, friendly time placement, basic alarm function and uncomplicated, old fashioned interface. This is genuinely refreshing to just set things manually and not have to rely on sporadic bluetooth connections, fiddling with NFC or internet radio. I now realise I am just pointing niceties that clock radios have had for the last 40 years and it’s welcome here. A device not trying to be more than it needs to be.

The addition of Qi wireless charging is the modern age being injected in just the right amount. A practical use of Qi charging combined with the old. The charge rate does not matter and it’s entirely unobtrusive implementation. The same with Bluetooth, it just works and doesn’t try to be clever with it.

Speaker quality is perfectly acceptable for what this is. You are not going to be hosting parties with it, in saying that it might actually surprise you, yet it will easily handle calls and a little background music as you get ready for said party.

Two USBs on the back assist in the charging of peripherals without Qi, a smartwatch and tablet. You won’t have to dig down the back of the night stand for charge cables anymore. I was not able to playback an MP3 off a memory stick however that sort of method is probably long dead. Just to cover other bits and pieces that stream there is a 3.5mm AUX thrown in for the completest.

From afar the clock looks quite elegant however up close the finish does look like the vinyl wrap is stuck on, which it is and takes away from the over all appeal. I will also say that the price does seem a little steep at £100.00 and that is the a major downfall of the Qi-Tone.

If this is your thing then drop over to Mobilefun from more information

 

By October 1, 2015 Read More →

KitSound trio look stunning in Rose Gold

It is no secret that the gorgeous metal rose gold is taking the world by storm at the moment, especially in the fashion and audio world. We’ve seen it on the catwalks, Apple have chosen it as one of their limited edition colours, and people all around the world are choosing the precious metal for their wedding rings.

The rose gold trend has even extended to audio accessories, which means that you will be able to bring in hints of rose gold both into your outfits and into your home without going too overboard. There is no quicker way to kill a trend than to use it too much, and we love rose gold specifically because it doesn’t overpower everything else that you are wearing.

Here are the three top rose gold audio products that we are totally in love with right now:

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This is the KitSound Boombar 2 in rose gold, an incredible speaker that has 10 Watts of power and up to ten hours of play time. You can either connect your device with the 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth, and you can even use it as your hands free if you receive a call. This speaker looks fantastic in your home, and we love it.

RRP: £80.00

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Sometimes less is more, and that is definitely proved by the KitSound Manhattan Headphones in rose gold. The delicate inclusion of the metal means that the headphones are never going to scream at anyone – instead, they are all about class and elegance. They are also packed with fabulous audio technology, with eighteen hours of play time and Bluetooth connectivity so you are not all tangled up with wires.

RRP: £34.99

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Last but by no means least we have the KitSound Pocket Hive in rose gold. This speaker will be appearing in a winter issue of GQ, and it is easy to see why so many people are loving this. This speaker is only a couple of inches high, and comes with a hard shell carry case so it is incredibly portable. The passive bass radiator has been configured to maximise the depth and richness of sound, and the rose gold grill brings a twist to what is a well loved design.

RRP: £40.00

By October 1, 2015 Read More →

One slight problem with the Chromecast Audio

CQFeXYQWgAQggBt-350x200Google launched its colourful new update to the Chromecast yesterday, not one but two different devices. One of the new additions a lot of folks were getting excited about was that music streaming giant Spotify is finally supporting Chromecast. However, after explaining a more about the service today, Spotify say owners users the new Chromecast will be able to ‘cast music directly’ from a phone or tablet right away. The cloud this silver lining is wrapped around is only Spotify Premium subscribers will be able to send content to Chromecast Audio. I’m sure this will only effect a smaller percentage of Spotify users, and perhaps will help Google keep their Play Music as via option of Chromecast users in the future. However there are a fair few out there that will be a little glum about this stipulation.

First-gen Chromecast will need to wait for a firmware update enabling Spotify support first from Google. This is expected in the coming weeks.

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