Archive for the ‘earphones’ Category

Review: Adidas FWD-01 Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphones

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Co-created by athletes, the in-ear headphones has been designed specifically for runners and is now available in Singapore (S$249).

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

Launched jointly by adidas and Stockholm-based Zound Industries – the earphones combines the latter’s audio technology with the former’s knowhow in sports ergonomics.

My Take

A little bit pricey, the adidas FWD-01 is a pair of solid wireless in-ear headphones for runners, boasting decent audio quality, a long 16-hour battery life and the ability to quick-charge. What I liked a lot was its IPX4 rated sweat resistance.

On first looks, I like the ergonomic and minimalist design of the sweat-proof FWD-01, which weighs 26g and has a tangle-free cable that’s 47.5cm long.

The knitted fabric gives the earphones a nice shoelace appearance consistent with the fabric on some of adidas’ sports shoes.

The control buttons on the cord is easy-to-find and enables full control of all the basic functionalities of the earphones viz. play/pause, volume up/down, answer/end phone calls, power on/off or pair.

 

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Three control buttons on the right and an Action button on the left of the adidas FWD-01 wireless in-ear headphones.

An Action button is programmable (using the companion app) as a shortcut for up to three different actions, triggered by either 1, 2, or 3 clicks.

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Samsung Unpacked 2020 Unveils New Galaxy S20 Models & Z Flip Foldable

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

The global event in San Francisco unveiled the Galaxy S20, S20+ & S20 Ultra flagship smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone and the Galaxy Buds+. Price & availability below.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy S20 will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink. The Galaxy S20+ will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black and Cloud Blue. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will be available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.

Hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy S20 will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink. The Galaxy S20+ will be available in Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black and Cloud Blue. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G will be available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black.

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in Singapore from 14 February 2020, Friday, from 8am on local telecommunication operators’ (M1, Singtel and StarHub) online stores and the Samsung Online Store, with a recommended retail price of S$1,998 (including GST).

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black.

A black or silver leather cover for the Flip is available at S$118.

 

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Singapore will be the first market in Southeast Asia to launch the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (left), the first in a new Galaxy Z lineup of foldable smartphones. For now, the Galaxy Fold (right) is not part of the new Galaxy Z product line.

Pre-Order / Registration of interest for the Galaxy S20 (128GB), Galaxy S20+ (128GB) and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (128GB) will commence from 12 February 2020, Wednesday, from 1pm.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds in Singapore

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

The Jabra Elite 75t has up to 7.5 hours battery life on a single charge, extendible to 28 hours with its charging case. Available in Singapore (S$288) in 2 colours: Titanium Black (now) & Gold Beige (Q1 2020).

The Jabra Elite 75t will be available in two colours – Titanium Black and Gold Beige.

The Jabra Elite 75t will be available in two colours – Titanium Black and Gold Beige.

The Elite 75t is Jabra’s 4th generation of true wireless earbuds – focusing on longer battery life and better fit.

Fast charging offers 1 hour of playback time from 15 minutes of charging.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Audeze LCD-i3 In-Ear Headphones With Audiophile Wireless Sound

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

The Audeze LCD-i3 packs Bluetooth 5.0, AptX & AptX HD support, and CIPHER Bluetooth Module for Apple iPhones, housed in a lightweight and comfortable magnesium housing. Available in Singapore exclusively at AV One at S$1,399.

Whether you are using a Bluetooth device, an Apple iPhone with Lightning jack, or the classic 3.5mm jack found in many portables and systems, the Audeze LCD-i3 with Bluetooth 5.0 chipset with integrated support for AptX and AptX HD, coupled with CIPHER Bluetooth Module, promises to become your conduit to great sound.

Whether you are using a Bluetooth device, an Apple iPhone with Lightning jack, or the classic 3.5mm jack found in many portables and systems, the Audeze LCD-i3 with Bluetooth 5.0 chipset with integrated support for AptX and AptX HD, coupled with CIPHER Bluetooth Module, promises to become your conduit to great sound.

The new Audeze LCD-i3 in-ear headphones features Bluetooth 5.0, AptX and AptX HD support, CIPHER Bluetooth Module for low latency 24-bit wireless audio, and unique magnesium housing and grill design for improved resolution.

More details below from the press release.

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IFA 2019: Huawei Announces FreeBuds 3, 5G SoC & P30 Pro New Colours

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

During the opening of IFA 2019 in Berlin, Huawei announced a range of technologies and products presented by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), delivered a keynote speech titled “Rethink Evolution” at the IFA.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the following at IFA 2019.

  • Kirin 990 Series SoC
  • FreeBuds 3
  • New colours for P30 Pro

Details below from the respective press releases.

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New arrival: Jabra Elite Sport & Elite 25e Bluetooth wireless earphones

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Jabra has launched in Singapore the upgraded Elite Sport (S$368) wireless earbuds and new Elite 25e (S$138) wireless earphones.

Jabra launches in Singapore the Elite Sport (S$368) Bluetooth wireless earbuds & Jabra Elite 25e (S$138) Bluetooth wireless earphones.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport true wireless earbuds offers a new colour (Lime Grey, in addition to the current Black) and boasts 50% more battery life.

Targeted at the sports/fitness and music enthusiast, the earbuds can now play continuously for 4.5hrs compared to the previous 3hrs.

The upgraded Jabra Elite Sport (S$368) offers a total of 13.5 hours (4.5hrs on the earbuds + 2 full charges from the charging container), compared to the 9hrs (3hrs + 2 full charges) in the previous version. Lime Green Grey available now, Black version in early November.

The charging case can now provide two full charges of 4.5hrs each – amounting to 9hrs total – compared to the total of only 6hrs in the previous version.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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