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Plantronics Voyager 3200 Series

Posted on 07 July 2017

Built for the on the go worker, the new Plantronics Voyager 3200 Series is available in a variety of colors, namely buff white, diamond black and carbon grey. It is a handy accessory for an executive employee, or for someone who has a fidgety occupation.

o A mute alert system detects and immediately informs you when you start talking while the call is muted.
o Voice alerts will announce names of callers when you receive a call, their connection status, and the time you have talked for at regular intervals.
o Google Now, Siri and Cordana can be activated easily; at the touch of a button.
o Smart Sensors embedded in the headset can answer calls and transfer them when you put on the headphones. The headphones can also respond to voice commands such as “answer” or “ignore” to manage incoming and ongoing calls.
o NFC pairing is possible with NFC-enabled devices.
o Range of Bluetooth connectivity can be up to 30 meters. (This range is applicable to Class 1 Bluetooth devices only)
o Voyager 3200 can be synched to Platronics Hub, which can then be used for headset configuration, changing language and to locate the device in case it is misplaced.

Some people have found it disappointing that the device doesn’t come with Bluetooth 5.0. Another grievance among people who have used the Voyager 3200 is that its battery life is no better than the Platronics Edge, which is unsatisfactory. A new model should overcome the previous one’s shortcomings, a fact which, in this case, the developers chose to ignore.

One major upgrade from previous models is the triple-mic noise-cancellation technology, which prevents background noise from blending with your speech and ruining the quality of the call. I guess that is more than just a silver lining.

The Platronics Voyager 3200 is a top quality ear piece which is discreet, elegant and visually executive. If you’re a professional who needs to look the part, you should definitely give the Voyager 3200 a chance.

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B&O Play Beolit 17: Powerful Bluetooth Speaker

Posted on 22 March 2017

The lunch box shaped Beolit 17 is the latest and upgraded version of B&O Play’s portable speakers. Although this third gen speaker is much more powerful and comes with a couple of new features, the shape and looks are pretty much the same as the previous gens. The Beolit 17 features a new USB-C port with a 5 volt 3 amp charger for a fast and an efficient charging so now you don’t have to wait for hours for you speaker to charge before you take it out.

Bang & Olufsen has also come up with an additional button, which can be customized using the Beoplay app for different functions such as an alarm clock switch, a direct play button for a specific song etc. Apart from the additional button, B&O has also managed to upgrade the Bluetooth for better connectivity and an enhanced sound quality.

The B&O Play Beolit 17 features the signature leather strap along with the aluminum and plastic design. Strangely, Beolit 17 has given a lot of competition to none other but its own predecessor Beolit 15 in terms of pricing as the old gen is still up for sale and will cost you $100 more.

The Beolit 17, measuring 18.9cm by13.5cm by 3.0cm, weighs 2.6 kg and is a cuboid shaped portable Bluetooth speaker, which comes with a battery powerful enough to last for a day. Unlike the previous gen, the Beolit does not feature the cable tray hence making more space and producing better bass quality. In addition, the speakers all around the cabinet give you a 360 sound. The top of the player is made of polymer and with buttons on one side giving it a clean and simple look, and making it simple to use in the process.

You can also use an auxiliary cable to play your favorite songs on the Beolit 17 while your phone rests on the ”tray” on the top.

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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.

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Apple AirPods Review: Simplicity and Technology Combined

Posted on 27 January 2017

Wireless, effortless and magical, the Apple AirPods bring users simplicity combined with cutting-edge technology, like never seen before. Connected via Bluetooth, these intelligent air pods connect to each other and then to your device- iPhone, Watch, iPad, or MacBook.

The Apple AirPods comprise of a special chip and software in iOS, which makes their connection with the phone a lot easier. Unlike your normal Bluetooth headphones, these AirPods instantly ask you to connect after you pop open the case. Each AirPod comes with a microphone to allow making calls, and instead of going through the hassle of changing the volume or skipping through tracks, all you need to do is double tap an AirPod and ask Siri.

The quality of the earphones is impressive- they are loud and offer much more clarity of notes. More than that, they are certainly much more dependable as compared to other Bluetooth headphones, courtesy of the Apple chip. Moreover, they stay in the ears pretty well, but are not fit for running and sports. You can make it around 50 m from your phone before the signals finally start to trip. This means you can enjoy your music or carry on with important calls even when your phone is on charge. You do not have to manually turn on or off the AirPods: all you need to do is just open the case and put them in your ears.

The Apple AirPods come equipped with a voice accelerometer, which identifies when you are talking on the phone and thus cancels out any external noise, allowing you to perfectly focus on your voice. The case that comes along with the AirPods is also a charging port, which gives you over 24 hours of listening time. Charging them for a quick 15 minutes can easily give you 3 hours of music jamming. For checking the battery status, hold the pods next to the phone and inquire Siri.

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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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Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth: Wireless Sport Headphones

Posted on 28 December 2016

Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth are sports headphones that come with Bluetooth connectivity and extra bass sound drive to get that adrenaline pumping and help you forward, in whatever you may be doing. The design is splash proof, meaning no amounts of sweat or rain can slow you down.

Incorporated with powerful bass, Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth helps you get a dose of boosted motivation, whether you are on the street or at the gym. Improved low frequencies make audio sound even more powerful and enjoyable, so you can feel extra driven and energized. Furthermore, you will never again be music-less with these headphones since the Bluetooth helps maintain connectivity as you run, kick, and jump or even do a cartwheel. There are no wires to hold you back, and the headphones fit perfectly in your ears so you do not have to worry about them getting lost.

You can choose the headphones from three different colors of black, red and blue, and enjoy a long-lasting battery lifespan of 8.5 hours, which is enough power for seven days’ worth of workout. The Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth also comes with few different size ear tips and fins to accommodate individuals with different preferences and needs.

Furthermore, the headphones are designed with noise cancellation technology, which means you no longer have to worry about turning up the volume and damaging your eardrums while in traffic or other noisy environments. They do a good job at muffling the outside noise so you do not have to continuously fret with the volume.

Although a bit bulky-looking, the Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth are not the smallest in-ear Bluetooth headphones. Nevertheless, they are quite lightweight, and fit perfectly as compared to its other counterparts.

Lastly, the piece is reasonably priced, is sweat-resistant and offers high quality audio sound. The long battery life is also a commendable feature besides the admirable strong bass experience, and the Bluetooth connectivity ensures minimum interruptions.

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Review of Sony MDR-1000X Noise Canceling Bluetooth® Headphones

Posted on 02 December 2016

Sony MDR-1000X brings its users industry-leading noise cancellation headphones to allow a better and distraction-free music experience. You can now listen to your favorite music in tailor sound to your environment or complete silence.

Giving its users the chance to personally optimize cancellation, the headphones can be made to analyze the user’s wearing style and personal characteristics, and optimize the sound. With these headphones, you do not have to worry about taking your headphones or reaching out for any buttons in order to carry on a conversation. All that is needed is the placement of hand over the housing to immediately lower down the volume.

Furthermore, with Sony MDR-1000X, you can stay immersed deeply in the music experience and enjoy features like Voice Mode of ambient sound mode, which enables you to keep track of important announcements yet still lets you listen to music without any distractions. With normal mode of Ambient Sound Mode, you can beware of important everyday sounds like traffic while enjoying the music in background.

Sony is well known for providing high quality product and with Sony MDR-1000X, users can experience the most authentic form of music, closest to the original version. Designed for High-definition audio, 5-Master HX eliminates distortion and lets you enjoy all the music subtitles. The headphones also include 40mm driver with LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer) diaphragm for taking care of heavy beats and is capable of reproducing a complete range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.

Sony MDR 1000X lets you recover all your compressed files with Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) support that upgrades digital compressed music files (ATRAC, VMA, MPS, ACC) and upscales the quality to higher resolution. By recovering the high quality sound lost in compression, DSEE HX helps give your music files a natural, rich sound. The wireless headphones also offer a maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps.

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