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Pioneer Rayz Rally: Lightning Powered Pocket-Sized Speaker

Posted on 28 June 2017

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re attending a meeting in a conference room and you’re required to play an audio file on your mobile phone or make a conference call, but you find that your device is just not loud enough for everyone to listen to? I’m sure some of us have been in that situation and we know it can be frustrating and embarrassing at the same time. With the new Pioneer Rayz Rally, you will never be caught off-guard.

Power Efficient:
The Rayz Rally is an ultra compact, pocket-sized conference speaker, which can be plugged into the lightning port of your Macbook, iPhone or any other iOS device. This feature of the Rayz Rally saves you from the hassle of having to charge it. No charging or batteries required. Just plug and play.

The Rayz Rally is small, no doubt, but it packs a serious punch. Some people compare the clarity of the Rayz Rally to that of a conference system. It is undoubtedly louder than it looks and it does not sacrifice sound quality for volume.

Rally has a smart button, yes, just one smart button, which can be used to mute/un-mute and play/pause.

Talk and Charge:
Talk while charging your phone using Rally’s integrated charging port.

The Good:
Rally is highly portable, does not require charging and can prove an effective alternative for a complex conference system. It is easy to use and works on a simple plug and play principle. The box includes the speaker itself, a carry bag and a user manual. The speaker comes with a warranty of up to 12 months.

The Bad:
For something small and only slightly more efficient than its counterparts, Rally is pretty expensive, tagged at $99.95. Rally might also, to some users, look “odd” plugged into your phone. Bluetooth speakers slightly larger than Rally are available at a lower price, which, in most cases, have better sound quality than Rally.

I think the conclusion we can come to is simply how Rally can be useful for executives who need to be brand-conscious when it comes to their office accessories. For other, more casual users, normal Bluetooth speakers would do the job.

Photo by: Pioneer Rayz

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Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless Headphones

Posted on 01 June 2017

With the increasing trend of removing the headphone jack from smartphones, and introducing wireless headphones for a more streamlined entertainment experience, it is a good idea to opt for cutting-edge wireless headphones for your smartphone available on the market today. And when it comes down to it, it doesn’t get any better than the Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless headphones.

You may not have head of the company, but Beyerdynamic is a very popular and reputable company based in Germany. They manufacture topnotch wireless headphones compatible with multiple smartphones. Moreover, these wireless headphones are integrated with Tesla transducer technology, seen in the Beyerdynamic’s wired model before.

If you’re looking for durable and high performing wireless headphones, it doesn’t get any better than Xelento Wireless. They have given it a new design with the Bluetooth and battery components fitted at the end of the cable. It also has a port to connect the 3.5mm cable to the charger once the battery dies. The company has ensured the headphones will also have same ear-buds that were offered in the wired version.

Another interesting feature is the fact these headphones and can intelligently and instantly switch to other formats for phones not having the required quality standard of the audio. The company ensures the battery life is brilliant with average time of 5.5 hours of continuous usage.

The headphones have a net weight of 7g; they are easily portable and have a durable design. The price is set to be $1,199. The product comes with a Bluetooth connection cable, a microphone and a charger. Plus, you can also expect to get a pair of silicone ear-tips with the product, which is what make it even more worthy to buy despite the high price.

The sound produced is excellent. The headphones will be released later this year.

Photo by: Beyerdynamic

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Chromecast Audio Review: Chromecast for Speakers

Posted on 26 May 2017

Available for only $35, the Chromecast Audio allows you to stream your favorite music from your phone to speakers. It is a device that connects to the speakers for playing music via Wi-Fi. Once set up, it allows users to use Android tablet and phone, iPhone, Mac, iPad, Chromebook or Windows laptops to stream and play their favorite tracks to the best speakers in the house. It supports three speaker inputs of RCA, Optical and 3.5mm.

  • Easy music streaming without the need to pair device with speakers. All you need to do is tap the button on the Cast from music application to immediately send the music to the speakers while controlling the volume via your phone, regardless of where you are in the house.
  • Listen to your favorite playlists at anytime. With Chromecast Audio, you can enjoy 30 million plus songs from various music services such as Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Google Play Music. The cast is continuously upgraded with new apps, meaning there really is no end to searching new music, podcasts and radio stations.
  • Easily stream music from your laptop or Android phone. Apps that haven’t been made part of Cast yet can be enabled from any laptop or Android phone and connected to the speaker. Alternatively, you can also use your phone or laptop to stream music from music streaming websites via the Chrome browser.
  • High quality Sound. Chromecast Audio makes use of Wi-Fi to stream high quality music to speakers, so users can get a sound quality that is even better than that of a CD’s.
  • Seamless Listening. Wi-Fi streaming allows uninterruptible music jamming, even if you receive a text or get a phone call.
  • Complete Controls. Chromecast Audio streams audio over Wi-Fi, meaning you can control the music from anywhere in your house provided that it is within the reach of your Wi-Fi network.Photo by:

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Oakley Radar Pace: Synchronized Smart Eyewwear

Posted on 24 May 2017

Oakley Radar Pace is a synchronized, smart eyewear with a voice activated coaching system which creates a special training program, keeps track of your performance and trains you in the act. It does that by collecting and analyzing your individual performance data, which includes power output, heart rate, cadence, speed, time, and distance.

Furthermore, it monitors your performance as a constant trainer, adjusting your coaching zones as you progress, provides you with personalized coaching that precisely adapt to your capabilities. Another impressive feature of Oakley Radar Pace remains its ability to analyze information from internal sensors, and connect with your sensors that use Bluetooth or ANT+.


  • The device pairs to external sensors, such as distance, cadence, time, power output, etc, via Intel technology
    and sensor data integration.
  • Pairs to internal sensors, such as gyroscope, humidity, accelerometer, pressure, proximity.
  • Allows the use of microphones to enable voice commands.
  • Water/sweat resistant.
  • Lenses are interchangeable in order to enhance progress in any environment. Road visual acuity is sharpened
    with the help of Prizm Road lens.
  • Comes with protective gear, including Oakley’s Soft Vault, which also comes with extra capacity for additional
  • Can be recharged through a USB cable.
  • The whole package includes Clear lens for poor light conditions, two Ear Booms, eyewear case, a small bag,
    two Nose Pads, PRIZM Road lens, an Aero Clip, a quick user’s manual and a Micro USB cable.


  • Full UV Protection: The radar pace’s lens completely protects the eyes from harmful UVB, UVA, and UVC up to
  • Impact Protection: The device provides users with uncompromising security against high mass and high-
    velocity impact.
  • Top Quality Optics: Oakley eyewear is patented by HIGH DEFINITION OPTICSĀ®, which allows the radar pace to
    not only meet but exceeds the quality standards of optical clarity, impact resistance and visual fidelity, offering
    great results.

Photo by: Oakley

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Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Posted on 08 February 2017

Emerging in the market with breakthrough technology, Bose QuietControl 30 allows its users to experience a high quality and balanced audio performance at any volume without any disruptions from the outside world. With its noise cancellation quality, the earphones give users the ability to control the outside noise. With Bose QuietControl 30, you can say goodbye to noisy commutes and thoroughly enjoy the music without the music conflicting with the road noise, unless you let it.

The earpiece comes with an ergonomic neckband design that is light and conforms to your body. It is fashioned out of soft materials, making it ideal for heavy music listeners to listen for longer periods without making their ears go sore. The noise cancellation technology works in a way that the microphones, both outside and inside of the ear buds, continuously compare, measure and react to the outside noise. The system then creates an opposite and equal signal for noise cancellation. Furthermore, The StayHear+ QC tips form a soft seal for extra passive noise minimization.

Another impressive feature of Bose QuietControl 30 is that they are wireless. You can now enjoy volume-optimized, balanced and consistent sound performance, and leave the wires behind. The earphones are also re-engineered with NFC and Bluetooth pairing which means connecting the earpiece to your devices without needing any wires is easy and very quick. In addition, an inline microphone also facilitates users in picking/ending calls, pausing/skipping music tracks and controlling the volume without reaching the device.

The Good:
o Excellent sound quality
o Comfortable
o Durable
o User friendly
o Admirable Design/appearance
o Sweat resistant
o Can be used as a sports head phone

The Bad:
o Rather pricey ($299.95)
o Lacks wired option for plugging into airline entertainment systems.

Overall, the product is a valuable investment. The noise cancellation quality, if not the most powerful, is still quite commendable and the earphones work really well as an everyday music accessory.

Photo courtesy: Bose

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Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear Wireless Earphones

Posted on 02 February 2017

Well thought-out in every detail, Sennheiser’s HD1 In-Ear Wireless brings a crisp, rich and uncompromised experience. For better acoustic precision, the earphones have been custom machined with stainless steel in-ear tunnels. The dynamic, high-quality speaker system provides the signature HD1 sound effortlessly, with an amazing sound stage, powerful bass and comprehensive vocal projection.

o Battery life of 10 hours
o Time taken to charge:1.5 hours
o Qualcomm apt-X compatibility, Bluetooth 4.1 and AAC codec support
o Comes with a microphone and three-button controls
o Can connect to two devices at the same time, and has three-calling support
o Ear tips can be found in four sizes
o Comes with a protective carrying case
o USB audio support and vibration notification for incoming calls
o Voice prompts to alert about battery life and pairing status
o One-touch NFC Bluetooth which allows pairing the earphones with other devices that support NFC pairing

The earphones are completely wireless thanks to Qualcomme apt-X compatibility, AAC codec support and Bluetooth 4.1. The Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear Wireless delivers genuine hi-fi sound to provide music lovers with an authentic, cable-free music experience.

The earphones are finely crafted, and come with a neckband which harbors a high quality microphone and useful three-button control to help manage and stay connected to phone calls while listening to music. The earphones support easy multi-connection with two devices simultaneously. Moreover, voice prompts alert you regarding the battery life and pairing status.

These HD1 In-Ear Wireless earphones offers a perfect in-ear fit, and come in four different sizes for users to choose from. They are comfortable, excellent in attenuation and fit securely, allowing you to jam to your favorite music all day long without making your ears sore. With a mirrored chrome finish and extra soft leather sewn in the neckband, the Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear Wireless provides fine craftsmanship coupled with a high quality sound system, making it a great buy.

Photo by: Sennheiser

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Polk Audio Boom Bit Review: Wearable Bluetooth Speaker

Posted on 23 January 2017

Polk Audio brings users the first wearable speakers that are compact, cheap and deliver high quality performance. Tiny yet capable, the Polk Audio Boom Bit is first wearable Bluetooth speaker to reach the market, and is definitely worth trying. With 3/4 “drivers, front speaker holes, volume controls on the side, and a back clip for securely supporting the device with any attire, this speaker is literally about the size of a USB. But do not underestimate its capability- this little critter is extremely loud, water resistant and has a microphone that can easily transform into a speaker for easy, hands-free calling.

The device comes packed in a sachet, with no additional goodies and cables. To power it on, all you need to do is press the volume controls at the same time from where it will automatically enter into its Bluetooth pairing mode. The pairing process is also very quick and easy and the connection provided is solid and not trippy. Besides that, the quality of sound when making calls is also fairly good if not the best.

Sound output is apparently small, of 1.5 watts. This means that when the volume is set to the highest, clarity tends to suffer. What about the bass? If you are a bass freak, then this may not come as great news to you since the Polk Audio Boom Bit miserably fails in that aspect.

When you keep it at midrange, the device performs its best by delivering reasonably high performance audio. Best suited for athletes and intense workout freaks; this Audio Boom Kit is an extremely handy hands-free speaker, which eliminates the need to stuff your ears with uncomfortable ear buds. However, if you like to enjoy your music in private, you may not find this product necessary appealing. That being said, considering this price, you should definitely keep this in mind when going out to purchase a hands-free speaker.

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