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New arrival: 7 X-mini portable Bluetooth wireless speakers from Xmi

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Singapore speaker maker Xmi redesigns iconic capsule speaker and expands X-mini range of products across bigger sizes and price ranges. Available end June. Prices below.

Xmi launched the 7 new X-mini wireless Bluetooth speakers at the Tippling Club in Singapore.

Xmi launched seven new speakers in Singapore today.

  • X-mini CLICK 2: S$39.90
  • X-mini XOUNDBAR: S$49.90
  • X-mini KAI X1: S$69.90
  • X-mini KAI X2: S$99.90
  • X-mini KAI X3: S$129.90
  • X-mini SUPA: S$209.90
  • X-mini INFINITI: S$569.90

Purchases can be made directly from or any X-mini or authorised resellers, Best Denki, Courts, Challenger, Gain City, Harvey Norman and Popular from end June 2017.

More details from the press release below.

X-mini amplifies sound quality and portability in latest range of wireless speakers

Homegrown brand redesigns iconic Capsule Speaker™ and expands range of products

Singapore, 6 June 2017 – Music fans who like to share their favourite music with friends over dinner or indulge in a relaxing afternoon listening to their favourite tunes will love homegrown brand X-mini’s latest range of portable speakers.

X-mini CLICK 2 pocket-sized portable speaker for casual listeners on-the-go. S$39.90 in Singapore. The X-mini CLICK2 has a 36mm (4Ω) driver & plays up to 6 hours of music via Bluetooth. Specially designed to create depth of sound despite its compact size. Pair 2 X-mini CLICK 2s to enjoy true wireless stereo audio. Weighs 85g & measures only 50 x 30.5mm.

Homegrown company Xmi Pte Ltd (“Xmi”) burst into the scenes in 2007 when it launched the iconic X-mini Capsule Speaker.

The X-mini™ Capsule Speaker was designed with fuller sound and complete portability in mind, allowing users to pop it into their pocket or bag so that they can play their music wherever they are.

The X-mini XOUNDBAR wireless Bluetooth portable speaker is slim and fits in the pocket for music on the go. S$49.90. Flatter drivers enable fuller range of sound frequencies despite its slim profile, so the high and low notes of the music can be distinctly enjoyed. Pair two X-mini XOUNDBARs wirelessly for true wireless stereo audio experience.

It went on to win design awards like the prestigious Red Dot Design Award since 2008. More importantly, it revolutionised the way people shared their music and kicked off an entire new product category globally called the portable speaker.

The X-mini Kai X signature series of wireless Bluetooth portable speakers. Long battery life makes them good for outdoor use. Can be paired with another X-mini Kai X speaker wirelessly for stereo experience. Can also play music from a microSD memory card in the speaker.

Continuing X-mini’s dedication to innovation, X-mini is launching a slew of seven new wireless speakers with iconic designs to pair with varying lifestyles today.

X-mini SUPA wireless Bluetooth portable speaker. S$209.90. Inspired by vintage jukebox systems, the X-mini SUPA has a built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) & Dual Pressure Air Compression (DPAC) audio technologies with a signature tweeter-in-tweeter technology. The sound experience retains its original sound quality at high volumes with minimal distortions. The sleek and powerful device comes with two pre-set equalisers for vocal and bass. The single-swivel dial control makes song switching or volume adjustment easy.

“Music is a big part of everyday life, from day-to-day routines to specially created moments. There are times we would like to amplify that feeling or mood through music with others and that’s why we have designed a wider range of speakers to cater to varying tastes in music, as each is fine-tuned to suit different genres,” said Ryan Lee, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Xmi.

X-mini INFINITY wireless speaker. S$569.90. Different from X-mini’s trademark tabletop speakers. The biggest product X-mini has created, it’s different from conventional directional audio system – housing 4 drivers, one dedicated subwoofer with built-in DSP and DPAC audio technologies. The 60cm tall X-min INFINITI utilises the surrounding infrastructure, like walls, to create a stereo experience. Bluetooth pairing allows pairing two X-mini INFINITI speakers to position them for the wireless stereo audio.

“Being audiophiles ourselves, we place the same level of demand on quality for our products as if we were consumers. We designed every part of every single product ourselves – from the placement of the bass ports and driver sizes to the stunning design of each product – that’s how serious we are about reproducing music the way it was meant to be heard without compromising on true portability,” Lee added.

IFA GPC 2017 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The actual press conference for IFA 2017 in Berlin (1-6 September) will be held at 11am today in Lisbon, Portugal. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

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Stay tuned for the outcome of the global press conference for IFA 2017 in this slot. I will update this posting once it’s out.

So IFA 2017 will see the emphasis put on Brands and focus placed on Innovation.

Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin leading the discussion panel during the Global Press Conference.

The press release will be appended below once I receive it.


New arrival: Senheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for 3D audio

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The AMBEO Smart Headset brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market. Price & availability TBA.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.

Sennheiser has designed the AMBEO Smart Headset to be an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.

First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO Smart Headset captures immersive 3D audio with the simplicity of a mobile device.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser.

The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO Smart Headset offer a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

To create this headset, Sennheiser partnered with Apogee, the manufacturer of professional audio device, and an industry leader of digital audio recording.

The AMBEO Smart Headset produces detailed and realistic recording via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear.


New arrival: Samsung QLED TVs in Singapore – Q7F, Q8C, Q9F

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Samsung Electronics has launched its QLED TV line-up in Singapore, together with the new Samsung Sound+ Soundbar. Pricing below.

The three models in the new QLED TV line-up are the Q7F, Q8C and Q9F.

Samsung’s QLED TV Series was first unveiled at CES 2017 where it won more than 20 awards including four CES Innovation Awards.

Samsung’s new QLED TV series is now in Singapore. The launch was held in Vivocity.

The QLED TVs offer improved colour performance and enhanced Smart TV offerings.

Below are launch promotions and pricing.


Event forecast: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Monday, March 27th, 2017

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017. As in previous years, the annual consumer electronics & home appliances show will be preceded by a preview mini-show for the media from 20-23 April.

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – international radio exhibition Berlin) is a global consumer electronics and home appliances show held annually in Berlin in September.

IFA 2016 saw more than 1,800 exhibitors showing off their products to 238,000 visitors (including139,000 trade visitors) in 158,000 sqm of rented display area.

Every year, the organisers hold a global press conference (IFA GPC) in another European city (2016 was an exception, when the GPC was held in Hong Kong & Shenzhen).


New arrival: Samsung Gear S3, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016), 4 x Level mobile audio products

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Samsung Electronics Singapore today launched a slew of mobile products: the new Gear S3 flagship smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and 4 new mobile audio products in the Level series: Level Active, Level Box Pro, Level In ANC, Level U Pro ANC. Prices below.

From left: Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and Level U Pro ANC wireless earphones.

From left: Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and Level U Pro ANC wireless earphones.

The new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch offers Military-grade Protection, IP68 water and dust resistance, mobile payments, and built-in speaker and GPS.

The Gear S3 comes in two designs: the rugged Gear S3 frontier and the elegant Gear S3 classic – both are priced at S$548 and will be available in Singapore in Q4, 2016.

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The new Gear S3 smartwatch from Samsung, being launched in Singapore at Elements & Co. I like the red strap.

The Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet sports a 6-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and is a timely launch to attract customers looking for an affordable big-display alternative to the ill-fated 5.7-inch flagship Note7 phablet.


New arrival: LG V20 flagship phablet with Android 7 Nougat

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

LG has launched the V20 in Singapore, boasting strong multimedia performance for audiophiles and photographers. Available in Singapore (S$998) from 5 November.

The LG V20 uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material - AL6013 metal - which is found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes.

The LG V20 uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material – AL6013 metal – which is found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes.

The new LG V20 sports Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Steady Record 2.0, front and rear wide angle cameras.

LG also boasts that It is the world’s first smartphone to come preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat OS, featuring the new Google In Apps phone search function.

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The LG V20 has a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and emphasises on multimedia performances. It was launched in Singapore at Bar on 5 in the Orchard Mandarin Hotel.

The LG V series is a premium flagship smartphone line designed to provide users with the best video and audio experience.

Key specifications of the LG V20 below.


Sony Electronics opens sixth store in Singapore @ Wisma Atria

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The new store is the second store along Orchard Road in Singapore, and is located on the 3rd floor (#03-01/01A) of the popular mall Wisma Atria.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

The new store will showcase the latest consumer electronics from the Japanese company.

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Sony Store Wisma Atria will be opened to the public from 1 October 2016, from 10:30am to 9:30pm daily.

These include the recently announced top-of-the-line Z9D series of BRAVIA 4K TVs, as well as the new flagship range of Signature Series High-Resolution Audio (HRA) products.


New arrival: Samsung Gear IconX wireless, cord-free earbuds

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The new earbuds cum music player will be available in Singapore from this Saturday, 16 July. Available at S$298 in black, blue or white.

The Samsung Gear IconX comes with a case that doubles as a charger, which can power the earbuds up to 2 full charges while it’s resting.

The Samsung Gear IconX comes with a case that doubles as a charger, which can power the earbuds up to 2 full charges while it’s resting.

Announced back in early June, the Gear IconX earbuds from Samsung comes with Precise Tracking Technology, to provide an optimal fitness experience.

The In-ear Audio Fitness Tracker allows users to track their fitness data, from speed, distance and duration to heart rate and calories burnt via S Health.

Its dedicated Voice Guide feature helps users to workout in a more efficient way by giving instant feedback and updates on their progress.

The Gear IconX enables users to stay informed of their training status and to reach their Vigorous Intensity Zone, maximising their workout.

In addition, Ambient Sound Mode keeps them safe and aware of their surroundings, even while they are plugged in.

As a standalone Built-in Music Player, users can also store their music on the Gear IconX with its 4GB of internal memory that can hold up to 1,000 tracks, and play up to 11 hours of music.


New arrival: Jabra Halo Smart wireless earphones for voice & music

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

The new Halo Smart wireless earphones is designed for both optimal voice quality and superior sound experience so that users can use a single set of earphones for both work calls and personal music enjoyment. Available online and in Singapore at S$138 from mid-July.

Jabra Halo Smart is available in three colours: Impact Red, Electric Blue and Classic Black.

Jabra Halo Smart is available in three colours: Impact Red, Electric Blue and Classic Black.

Jabra promises all-day calls and music in a single set of intelligent stereo earphones with up to 17 hours of talktime and 15 hours of music listening for people with on-the-go lifestyles.

The new earphones are targeted at 79 percent of users who want a single set of headphones for both calls and music, but find the call-experience on most music devices inadequate for both.

Built for calls first-and-foremost, Jabra Halo Smart uses high quality microphones with integrated wind noise protection for enhanced in-call quality, and subtle vibration alert to ensure calls are never missed

Jabra boasts uncompromising sound-quality thanks to 10mm speakers and Jabra’s audio capabilities.

The neckband wearing style is offers comfortable, all-day use and seamless switching between calls, music and media.