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Freestyle Earbuds by Bose

Posted on 03 November 2014

Ear-bud style headphones by Bose will appeal to all music lovers that do not like head sets that jam into their ears. What you have here is a design that offers maximum comfort to your ears. The earphones sit loosely in your ear and remain in place thanks to soft silicon tips that resemble wings. These StayHear tips are available in 3 different sizes. Ideally, you should go for the medium size for maximum comfort.

The design of the Freestyle earbuds is not unique. It closely resembles various headphone models, most notably the SIE2I, also by Bose. The latter is a sports model. Both headphones are water and sweat resistant. The difference is that while the ISE2i comes with a two chords (a default shorter one to use with an armband, and a longer extender cable), the Freestyle features a cable that somewhere along the middle. You have a 45+ inch cable is neither too short, nor extremely long.

It is these small design improvements that differentiate the Freestyle model from other Bose headphones. The company has tried to rebrand their existing suite of products by tweaking a feature here and there, perhaps to target younger customers with a visually appealing ‘open’ design.

Other features of the headphone include its ability to offer full bass. There is also an integrated remote and microphone.
The downside of the Freestyle headphone is that sound seeps in, which means the proverbial ‘shutting the world off and turning the music on’ is impossible if you are in a noisy environment. Another relatively minor low point is the fact that Windows and Android smartphone users will not find all the remote features working smoothly.

To sum up, priced at $130 (carrying case included), the Bose Freestyle banks on its superior design with good audio options. It may not be the most audibly sound out there, but it does offer good value for money.

Photo courtesy: Bose

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The Cheap and Cheerful Oontz Curve

Posted on 24 January 2014

Most Bluetooth speakers available in the market are quite large. This makes it rather difficult to carry them around. As for the smaller ones, they don’t provide the same sound quality and are extremely pricey. The company Cambridge SoundWorks has introduced a great new Bluetooth speaker that is compact, has good sound quality and is quite affordable. This speaker is the Oontz Curve. It has a practical and appealing design. Let’s look at what the Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Curve has to offer.

An amazing aspect of the Oontz Curve is its size. It is the smallest Bluetooth speaker manufactured by the company. It is perfect for those who do not enjoy having to carry large Bluetooth speakers. The speaker is quite heavy for its size. However, the weight suggests that the Oontz Curve has a sturdy built. The speaker weighs nine ounces. Larger Bluetooth speaker weigh around five to six ounces. The shiny finish of the Oontz Curve looks great.

The sound quality of the Oontz Curve is quite decent for its size. While the tiny speaker does distort sounds at extremely high volumes, this is only the case if the quality of the song is low. High quality audio files play extremely well. Since it just has a single speaker which is a drive, it doesn’t play the bass in certain songs. But the price of the Oontz Curve is definitely worth it.

The Oontz Curve has track control buttons on the speaker itself. This way you can just pair your phone to the speaker and control the playlist from the Oontz Curve itself. Built-in controls make it a pleasure to use. The best aspect of the speaker is its price of just $29.99. Considering the price and the sound quality that it offers, the Oontz Curve is a must have.

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Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 – the Next Best Thing

Posted on 20 January 2014

There are many Android walkman players in the market nowadays. While they are all pretty fun to use, they lack an innovative design. Most players are bulky and small. There are even some that are only designed to play audio files.

Some don’t even incorporate a touch screen. However, Sony is looking to change all this with their latest walkman. This is the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 and just by looks, it’s a definite winner. Let’s look at what Sony is offering with this innovative Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1:

The design of the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is quite appealing. The device has a four inch touch screen and looks like a smartphone. The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is able to play HD music formats. Usual devices will not amplify the sound of such HD format music. However, the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is equipped with a top notch amplifier. It can also play HD videos.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 has 128GB of storage space. If you load regular format songs into this device, there is more than enough room for over 1500 songs. However, the NWZ-ZX1 is designed for HD music. If you put HD songs into the NWZ-ZX1 then you will only have room for about 800 songs. One of the best features of this device is its ability to change the audio files’ format.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 can change the format of regular quality songs into good quality versions. So, even if you have low quality versions of your favorite playlist, you can bump up the quality with this player. The sound quality of the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is exceptional. However, it doesn’t come with a pair of headphones.

Moreover, the regular headphones that are available with iPods won’t give you good sound quality. So you will have to spend some more money on a pair of high quality headphones. This is in fact the only drawback of the Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1. The price of this device is not yet announced for the US, but it is expected to be around $900.

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CES 2008: Bang & Olufsen MP3 Player

Posted on 08 January 2008

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Uniting superior sound quality with sleek design for convenient on-the-go listening

January 2008 — Bang & Olufsen, the Danish manufacturer of high end audio and video products, presents the new BeoSound 6 mp3 player at the 2008 CES in Las Vegas. BeoSound 6 achieved an Innovations Honoree award this year in the Personal Electronics category.

Constructed of robust, durable, materials, BeoSound 6 delivers quality craftsmanship, clear CD sound quality due to its high performance on signal-to-noise playback, and up to 40 hours of battery life, making it the standout option among other mp3 players on the market. BeoSound 6 allows user-friendly simple operation and navigation of music files and comes complete with an exclusive leather carrying case and travel charger as well as the highly acclaimed A8 Earphones.

Sound that is true to the source

Bang & Olufsen is world renowned for acoustical excellence, thus a strong emphasis on sound performance has been put into the development of BeoSound 6. It is based on a technical platform by Samsung and the design, user interaction, and acoustic engineering — such as the high performance on signal-to-noise – has been implemented by Bang & Olufsen. The annoying background noise common with many digital music players is nearly eliminated in BeoSound 6. The sound is reproduced as neutrally and naturally as possible, so the musical detail remains pure, as if one is listening to the original source.
The bass boost function in BeoSound 6 has been optimized to suit the A8 Earphones. The dynamic full-tone earphones are mounted on a telescopic bar and constructed according to the open loudspeaker principle, which allows a non-intrusive amount of surrounding noise to be heard at lower volume levels. Therefore, one is never entirely cut off from the outside world when using the A8 Earphones, to better ensure safety.

A match for every ear

Sound quality is affected by the placement of earphones in one’s ear, which is why the A8 Earphones are equipped with small foam rubber covers. This provides more comfort and also compensates for any sound leakage that might occur in situations where the user’s ear is significantly bigger than the ear bud.

Constructed of lightweight, resilient rubber and aluminium, the A8 Earphones weigh less than one ounce each, and offer an elegant mechanical design that ensures a precise adjustment to each individual ear. The A8 Earphones have a secure fit that won’t fall off easily and are sleek enough to be worn together with glasses, making them perfect for active use on the move.

Easy to organize

Bang & Olufsen has developed a simple and free software solution, BeoPlayer, which accesses and organizes all music files on one’s PC, and conveniently transfers them to BeoSound 6. BeoPlayer can instantly download MP3 and WMA music files and convert AAC files, and also includes clip art of CD covers. With the capacity to hold 1,000 songs, the music possibilities are endless with BeoSound 6.
Simple and elegant design
BeoSound 6 features a sleek, minimalist design with its stainless steel frame surrounding the sides and black scratch-resistant LCD display. The soft-touch lacquered back surface allows BeoSound 6 to rest easy in the hand while operating the keypad placed underneath the front display. The rectangular touchpad is used for menu navigation and the surrounding rubber keypad for playback functions.

When switched on, BeoSound 6 presents an overview of five user scenarios, all accessible with the touch of a button. The five scenarios make it possible to start immediate playback of the tracks downloaded to the music player, or sort the personal music collection by artist, album, genre and play list. While playing music, the user can choose to display the cover art of the specific album alone or with music tags.
BeoSound 6 features an extended battery life, allowing up to 40 hours of playback – almost twice the market standard. The navigation bar indicates when the battery needs charging with a color change.
BeoSound 6 will be available in all Bang & Olufsen showroom locations throughout North America by late Fall 2007. MSRP $600.00 USD

Specifications
Designer Steffen Schmelling
Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.6 x 1.7 x 0.5 in (90.7 x 42.7 x 12.2 mm)
Weight 2.3 oz (65 g)
Finish Polished stainless steel/soft-touch lacquered plastic
Memory 4 GB
Display 1.81 Inch TFT LCD 128 x 160 pixels
Supported audio formats MP3, WMA, OGG
Operating system PC Windows XP SP2
MAC iTunes: BeoSound 6 plug-in needed
Interface USB 1.1. (USB 2.0 high speed support)
Mass Storage Mode
Battery Built-in, rechargeable, approx. 40 hours playing time
Mains voltage 100 – 240 V AC
Connections Earphones, USB and mains adaptor via 18 pin connector
Included accessories Bang & Olufsen A8 Earphones, USB-cable, travel charger and leather carrying case

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Wear Your iPod Shuffle on Your Head

Posted on 02 May 2007

iPod Shuffle Wireless Earphones

This iPod accessory sounds cooler that it is, but then looks cooler than it sounds. I think? It’s wireless headphones for your iPod Shuffle. Except they’re not really wireless. Confused? It actually a head phone system that allows the lightweight Shuffle to snap right into it. I think it could actually work. I’ve got a shuffle and it’s certainly light enough. Plus you’ve got the cool benefit of looking like you’re walking around with a giant spider on the back of your head. A spider that listens to an iPod. More at: cnet.com

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iPod Stops Bullet, Saves Soldier’s Life in Iraq

Posted on 06 April 2007

iPod that stopped a bullet and saved a life

Pretty amazing story. This guys’ iPod saved his life in Iraq. He was ambushed by an insurgent on the streets of Tikrit and shot in the chest at close range with an Ak-47. The iPod (an HP 20gb no less), slowed the bullet enough to save his life. He’s probably lucky he was carrying a 20Gig’er and not a Shuffle! Is there any provision in Apple care for having your ipod destroyed by insurgent gun fire? I guess it’s just one more thing for us Apple fans to gloat about.

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Gresso Wooden MP3 Player

Posted on 22 March 2007

Wooden MP3 Player

If you’re just too cool for an iPod, might we suggest a Gresso MP3 player. The Symphonia Collection consist of hand-crafted MP3 player made from rare African blackwood and 18 Carat Gold. They can even be worn around your neck as jewelry. Trust us, get one of these things and you’ll stand out from the crown – mainly because at $6,000 your going to have to sell one of your kidneys to afford one. [Via CoolHunder.net]

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