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Audio-technica unveils new headphones

Posted by Alan at 6:10 AM on March 1, 2013

audio-technica logoAudio-Technica stopped by to visit with TPN at the recent Consumer Electronics Show and brought along a new set of headphones to show off.

The ATH – ANC9 provides three selectable modes and up to 95 percent noise cancellation. The selections are based on environment — airplane, office and white noise. There are also a number of accessories available for the headphone, including a communications cord, cases and more.

The ATH – ANC9 retails for $349 and is available now. Audio-Technica produces a whole line of headphones at every price range and several new models have recently been released.

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Sourcetone

Posted by Alan at 4:20 AM on March 1, 2013

sourcetone logoSourcetone bills itself as a “music health” business. The company classifies music into 21 different areas designed to help improve the listeners mood, activity and overall health. This was setup through research done in collaboration with places like Harvard Medical Center which collected data from test groups of people in an effort to find out how different music made each individual feel.

The result is music that Sourcetone claims can help with things like anxiety and concentration. The company has found an 83 percent success record during beta testing. The mobile app, which will be launching soon, will allow users to choose from a mood and then it will begin streaming music based on that — a Pandora for emotions.

The video claims the Android app, which will be first, would be released February 15th, but it is not out yet. However, you can head over to Sourcetone and enter your email address to receive updates.

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Blue Microphones introduces the Nessie

Posted by Alan at 12:49 PM on February 28, 2013

bluemic nessie picBlue Microphones, or BlueMic as the company is frequently called, make some of the more popular microphones for broadcasters and podcasters, including the Snowball and Yeti. At this year’s CES the company showed off the Nessie.

The Nessie comes with a built-in pop-filter and can be used in voice or instrument modes or even raw mode if you prefer to do your own processing. It also has a headphone jack and built-in volume control. Finally, while this is a desktop microphone, it does provide directional flexibility.

The Nessie, a USB mic, will retail for $99 and be available this spring.

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iON Audio: Talking Point

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:22 AM on February 28, 2013

iOnAudio iOnAudio introduced the Talking Point at CES 2013 which was developed to make conference calls easier. The device which is the size of a small disk and is light connects by Bluetooth to your smart phone. It has an omnidirectional microphone. It works with several audio profiles and the quality is crisp and clear. It has DSP inside so feedback is not a problem. It works through simple touch controls. No landline needed, you simply plug it into the wall connect your phone by Bluetooth and you are ready to go. The Talking Point will come out in Q2 for $179.00

iOnAudio also showed off the Party Rocker which they describe as a party in a box. It is a personal sound system. It has Bluetooth and lights built-in. The lights pulsate with the music. They also showed off the Air Copy a wireless scanner. The Air Copy generates its own wi-fi network. It scans at high-resolution 300 dpi and gives you a real-time preview. You can download a PDF with more information on each of the products at Ion New Innovation for 2013

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Behringer’s iStudio

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 12:35 PM on February 27, 2013

Behringer iStudio Behringer showed off the iStudio at CES 2013. They recently added a version that works with the iPad 5’s Lightning Connector.  This is an audio interface which the iPad docks into. There is all the connectivity you need to do professional audio work when you are mobile. There are inputs for both condenser or dynamic microphones. There is also an RCA input for line in or turntable and a Midi interface to plug a keyboard into. There is an output to connect to a studio monitor. The iStudio is great for professional musicians and also for podcasters.

The iStudio with the traditional connector is available now for $199.00. The nine pin Lightning connector will be available in quarter two and will also sell at $199.00. Information about where you can purchase the iStudio is available at the Behringer website

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Cord Cruncher is a unique headphone and cable

Posted by Alan at 12:18 PM on February 27, 2013

cord cruncher logoWe all experience the problems created by headphone cords. Despite our best efforts these things can become a tangled mess with seemingly no effort. However the untangling does require an effort.

Now Cord Cruncher provides a unique solution. The video below shows you what I would struggle to explain, but my best effort would be to call it retractable and easy to store and carry around without fear of spaghetti being the end result. You really need to see the video below to understand just how this works.

The Cord Cruncher is available now and retails for $25. The headphones come in four different colors, with more promised in the future.

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Monster and Swizz Beatz team up

Posted by Alan at 6:14 AM on February 27, 2013

monster logoMonster is famous for its cables, but the company also produces other products — in this case headphones. Nick recently had a chance to speak with DJ Swizz Beatz about the Monster headphones.

Monster and Swizz Beatz have teamed up to collaborate on products. This brings a trained musical ear to the division to help make the best headphones possible. Beatz talks a bit about what he thinks makes Monster special and the headphones that he prefers to use in his personal life, where he DJ’s. He also talks a bit about what you can expect in the coming year.

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SOL Republic shows off headphones like no others

Posted by Alan at 5:14 PM on February 25, 2013

sol republic logoSeth Combs from SOL Republic stopped in to visit with TPN in Las Vegas and show off some new headphones that are like no others you have ever seen.

The new set is called Master Tracks. This is the company’s first “over the ear” headphones and, as you will see in the video below, seem to be virtually indestructible. the headphones come in different colors and the parts are completely interchangeable. That means if an earpiece on one side stop working then you simply by another — not a whole new headphone set. Tat includes the cable as well.

The headphones shown in the video below retail for $199, but the company also offers cheaper models as well.

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Parrot Zik

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:27 AM on February 25, 2013

Parrot Zik Parrot introduced the new Parrot Zik headphones. The headphones were designed by a French designer who hated buttons, so he designed a buttonless headphone. All the controls are done by touching the right headphone. Slide up and down for volume control, back and forth to change tracks. Remove the headphones and the music pauses, place the headphones back on and the music starts playing again. The headphone’s are noise canceling and uses DSP (digital sound processorr) technology which allows you to use the iOs and Android app to vary the sound field. Instead of hearing your music from the left and right side you hear the music as if it is coming from the front of you, like a concert hall. The Parrot Zik uses Bluetooth technology to allow you to connect hands free to your phone or music device. The Parrot Zik has four microphones two on the outside and two on the inside of the earpiece for more sound clarity. The headphone’s uses two directional microphones and bone conduction technology so your voice to go through but not the background noise. The Parrot Zik is available for $399 through the website,  Amazon and various retail locations.

Parrot is also working on a project that will help people take better care of your plants. It is a stick that you put in the soil next to the plant. It measures how much sunlight the plant is getting, the temperature, health and moisture level of the soil. The Flower Power is still an internal projects and they were showing it off at CES 2013 to talk to people to find out what they were looking for in a gadget like this.

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Matrix Audio

Posted by Alan at 8:23 AM on February 25, 2013

matrix audio logoRobert Daw from Matrix Audio had the chance to visit with TPN in Las Vegas and show off a few of the company’s latest products. These are some tiny mobile speakers that come in a range of prices and power.

The first is a 3-watt that can be used open or closed depending on the sound you prefer — more bass or more treble. In can also be daisy-chained with others to get more sound. There is also a Bluetooth version that looks similar to the aux-versions — it still has an auxiliary jack if you prefer that method of connection. That version is 3.5-watts. Both speakers come in a range of multiple colors.

Finally, the compnay unveiled what it termed as “the world’s smallest 3-watt speaker”. It is Aux-only at this point, but Matrix Audio plans a Bluetooth version that will launch in March. It is available in black, silver and red.

Prices for these speakers range from $30 to $80 and all are available now — except, of course, the one launching in March. You can get more information by visiting Matrix Audio.

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