Listening to music via headphones can isolate the listener from the rest of the world. The new Batband bone conduction headphones, however, allow users to to still hear what is going on around them. Audio is transmitted through the bones of the skull, while the ears remain uncovered.
At IFA 2014, Panasonic woke up its Technics music entertainment beast from a 6 year slumber with the launch of the first Reference Class R1 Series and the Premium Class C700 Series high end home audio products. The company revealed more additions to the new Technics family at this year's show, including an all-in-one hi-fi system, some new headphones and an early look at an upcoming turntable. Gizmag took time out from a buzzing IFA to have a look and listen.
Peugeot has teamed up with sound designer and producer Amon Tobin to
create a sound-themed concept car. The Peugeot Fractal is described as
an "electric urban coupé" that explores the sense of sound to improve
the experience of driving. It features a host of cutting-edge audio
In a market saturated with celebrity endorsements, fashion experiments and ambitious mark-ups, it is always a delight to discover a product that focusses on functionality and performance. Swedish company Jays last month released its second-generation q-Jays reference earphones, three years after the release of the first model. We put them through their paces to see if they impress as much as the originals.
Despite the abundance of portable audio products, the choices for enjoying music while riding a bicycle are more limited. Headphones and earphones aren't ideal for those needing situational awareness, and most speakers aren't created with bicycle-mounting in mind. Scosche's recently-announced Bluetooth wireless speaker, the BoomBottle+, is designed to be rugged, loud, and conveniently-shaped to fit in most bicycle bottle cages.
iDevices is a company that doesn't believe in fixing what isn't broken, at least if the iShower 2, its latest iteration of its water-resistant shower speaker, is any indication. The Bluetooth device is nearly identical to the original iShower with just a few upgrades. Gizmag spent part of the northern summer with the latest version to see if it enables the ideal shower singing experience.
Since launching in 2005, Sonos has pretty much dominated the multi-room wireless speaker scene. But it may surprise you to learn that Yamaha customers could stream music around their homes at least a couple of years earlier courtesy of the company's MusicCAST network audio system. Originally comprising a CD ripper/hard drive server and receiver stations, Yamaha revamped the digital audio streaming platform in 2009 and included a touchscreen remote controller, the ability to connect to a portable music player over Bluetooth and support for streaming music services and internet radio. Now, MusicCast has been updated again, with Yamaha promising a range of more than 20 enabled products by the end of 2015.
When it comes to high-end audio, many options out there tend to bring along a high-end cost. While price may not be much of an issue for audiophiles or audio enthusiasts, the average consumer probably doesn’t want to shell out hundreds upon hundreds for some headphones or earbuds. But Trinity Audio Engineering is aiming to provide quality sound without the steep premium. We get some ears-in with the Trinity Audio Delta in-ear monitors (IEMs) to see if the company delivers on its vision.
When it comes to most crowdfunded campaigns, backers hope that their pledges successfully produce and ship the product(s) designed by the creators. But everyone once in a great while, you'll find a project that is tailor-made to the requests of consumers. Trinity Audio Engineering has just launched a fresh Kickstarter campaign to create high-end in-ear monitors (IEMs) for active individuals, all because of the collective comments and feedback during its previous success.
Smartphones and tablets are convenient ways for consumers to enjoy music
on-the-go, but they have limits for audio reproduction – the internal
hardware is able to accomplish only so much. Portable digital-to-analog
converters (DACs) and AMP products solve this by providing the necessary
power, but most options tend to be bulky, battery-operated, expensive,
or all of the above. The Nexum Aqua aims to deliver an audio experience
without any of those drawbacks.