Posts Tagged ‘audio’

New Arrival: Sony SRS-RA5000 & SRS-RA3000 Wireless Speakers

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Sony’s latest wireless speakers feature spatial sound technologies for ambient room-filling sound with Immersive Audio Enhancement and 360 Reality Audio. Price and Availability below.

Sony SRS-RA5000 (left) and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers.

Sony SRS-RA5000 (left) and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers.

Both premium speakers sports sound calibration to provide adjustment for optimum audio performance based on the environment.

I attended a preview-cum-demo at Sony’s store at Wisma Atria in Singapore and enjoyed the room-filling audio from both the new speakers.

Both the SRS-RA5000 (S$849) and the SRS-RA3000 (S$449) are now available in Singapore at Sony Stores and Sony Store Online.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earbuds

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

The Jabra Elite 85t (S$348) enables users to control how much noise to cancel and block.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

With five levels of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and five levels of Hear Through, the user can select up to 11 levels of noise filtration – with about 3dB difference between each level.

A dedicated ANC chip drives the noise cancellation for the Jabra Elite 85t, supported by six microphones and wind protection for clear audio and voice call quality in any environment the user may be in.

The new semi-open design for the earbuds offers better comfort while keeping the fit secure.

The Elite 85t provides up to 5.5 hours of battery life with up to 25 hours in compact charging case – with ANC on.

More details below about the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds, from the press release.

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OPPO Unveils Smartwatch, Wireless Earphones & 3 Televisions

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

OPPO expands its “IoT Ecosystem” with new gadgets and smart appliances in its “One More Step” launch event. New devices include the OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones, OPPO Watch RX, OPPO TV S1 and OPPO TV R1. Price & Availability TBA.

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut display with 120Hz refresh rate.

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut display with 120Hz refresh rate.

The new products that OPPO launched include the following.

  • OPPO Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones
  • OPPO Watch RX
  • OPPO TV S1
  • OPPO TV R1

The Enco X is the result of OPPO’s partnership with Hi-Fi brand Dynaudio.

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New Arrival: realme X50 5G & X50 Pro 5G Smartphones, Watch & Buds

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

realme has launched a slew of new mobile gadgets and wearables, including the flagship X50 5G Pro & X50 5G smartphones; as well as realme Buds Q and realme Watch. Price, availability and promotions below.

realme’s slew of new gadgets which includes the realme X50 Pro 5G, realme X50 5G, realme Buds Q and realme Watch.

realme’s slew of new gadgets which includes the realme X50 Pro 5G, realme X50 5G, realme Buds Q and realme Watch.

The two flagship smartphones are both 5G capable and available in Singapore from 31 October 2020.

The realme X50Pro 5G is the company’s first 5G flagship smartphone and is one of the first in the world to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G processor, supporting Dual-Mode 5G networks.

Featuring a powerful 4-camera set up, the phone boasts a 64MP Hawk Eye AI quad-camera, 32MP ultra wide-angle In-Display dual selfie camera, 90Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED display and 65W SuperDart Flash Charge, going from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes.

The realme X50 5G also has powerful features including a 120Hz dual camera screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, and 30W Dart Charge which sees the phone go from 0% to 100% in under 57 minutes.

realme Buds is the company’s first Bean-Shaped TWS earphones, and was created in collaboration with José Lévy of Hermès.

The Buds are powered by a customised R1Q chip to deliver 119ms super low latency, similar to the wired headsets.

It supports 3-hours of talk time or 4.5 hours of music playback. With the charging case, it has a battery life of 20 hours.

The realme Watch is the brand’s first smartwatch and features a 3.5cm colour touchscreen with 12 built-in watch faces.

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Review: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Foldable Travel ANC Headphones

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

The Montblanc MB 01 is the best pair of noise-cancelling headphones that I’ve heard in a long time, and the physical design is nothing less than what you’d expect from the luxury maison.

 

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The Montblanc MB 01 combines elegant Montblanc design, long-lasting comfort and good sound quality for a great travel companion.

When Montblanc first launched the MB 01 over-ear headphones in Singapore, I was curious on whether they would be able to produce the sound quality to compete with the market leaders.

I love their stationary, but audio wise, this was their first foray.

So when Montblanc asked if I would like to try out the MB 01, I decided to give it a spin.

The leather headband and ear pads, aluminum parts and silicone ear cups give the Montblanc MB 01 a luxurious and stylish design.

The leather headband and ear pads, aluminum parts and silicone ear cups give the Montblanc MB 01 a luxurious and stylish design.

The MB 01 made a great first impression when I first scooped it out of the box – the luxurious leather ear cushions and headband and shiny metallic parts give you the same feeling of luxury as when you behold one of the company’s fountain pens.

Then I put it to charge – it takes two hours for a complete charge via the USB-C port.

So my son comes along and, with my permission, tries out the headphones.

When I was ready to try out the MB 01, I’d barely picked up my smartphone when the Android notification told me that the MB 01 was ready to pair, and in no time I was listening to the headphones (after my son disconnected).

This must be the easiest I’ve connected to a new pair of headphones!

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New Arrival: Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 & Surface Earbuds

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

The new Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) and Surface Earbuds (S$300) from Microsoft are now available for pre-order in Singapore, and will hit the shelves on 8 September, 2020.

The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) is available in Light Grey and Matt Black while the Surface Earbuds (S$300) is available in Glacier.

The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) is available in Light Grey and Matt Black while the Surface Earbuds (S$300) is available in Glacier.

Launched as part of the new Surface line-up, the Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds will be available via the Microsoft Store and authorised commercial resellers from 8 September 2020.

Surface Commercial customers can also purchase the devices from commercial resellers AsiaPac, JK Technology and UIC.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live in Singapore

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The Galaxy Buds Live (S$288) are Samsung’s latest true wireless earbuds – now available for pre-orders, for collection from 17 August.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live will be available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White and Mystic Black.

Combining AKG’s sound expertise with a bigger, 12mm speaker compared to Galaxy Buds+, along with a bass duct, audio sounds deep and rich so you can enjoy music the way the artist intended.

Galaxy Buds Live comes with three microphones and Voice Pickup Unit so you can feel like you’re in the same room as your loved ones, even when you’re apart.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live was unveiled together with 4 other devices during Galaxy Unpacked 2020.

These earbuds feature Active Noise Cancellation for open type bringing the best of both: live and spacious sound quality, with the ability for you to tune in (or out) of the world around you.

Below are details of how to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live in Singapore.

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New Arrival: Sony WH-1000XM-4 Over-ear Wireless Headphones

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Sony’s new wireless noise cancelling headphones offers up to 30 hours of battery life. The WH-1000XM4 will be available in Singapore (S$549) from tomorrow, 7 August.

Sony’s noise cancelling wireless headphones WH-1000XM4 in Black and Platinum Silver (pictured here) will be available at selected retail shops and online stores from 7 August 2020 at a retail price of S$ 549 inclusive GST.

Sony’s noise cancelling wireless headphones WH-1000XM4 in Black and Platinum Silver (pictured here) will be available at selected retail shops and online stores from 7 August 2020 at a retail price of S$549 inclusive GST.

The WH-1000XM4 is the 4th generation over-ear wireless noise cancelling headphones in Sony’s 1000X family.

Key features of the WH-1000XM4 include:

  • Superior sound with Industry-leading Noise Cancellation.
  • Less noise and purer sound with smart listening technology that automatically personalises your experience.
  • Practical, comfortable and stylish with up to 30 hours battery life.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Ruark Audio Launches R3 for Singapore

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Priced at S$1,299, the Ruark R3 will be available in Singapore in Rich Walnut and Soft Grey colours from mid-August 2020 onwards.

Ruark Audio R3: stylish and compact music system with expansive sound.

Ruark Audio R3: stylish and compact music system with expansive sound.

Equipped with a high-fidelity two-channel Class A-B amplifier and enclosed in hand-crafted wood cabinets, the R3 promises a dynamic performance akin to larger sound systems while doubling as a modern piece of furniture for the home.

The R3 all-in-one music system joins Ruark Audio’s luxury sound systems – the R7, R5, MR1 and MRx – which were launched in Singapore earlier this year.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Soul ST-XS2 True Wireless Earbuds for Sports

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Ideal wireless earbuds for the fitness-conscious. Pretty design, snug fit, great sound quality. These were the earbuds of choice that saw my wife through the COVID-19 months and accompanied her on her morning jogs.

 

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The Soul ST-SX2 is the earbuds-of-choice when it comes to true wireless earphones for the sporty – delivering good sound quality, a snug fit and easy usability.

With COVID-19 lockdown all around the world, the only workout we’re getting nowadays are the weights and rowing machine at home, and the jogs around the neighbourhood.

No more swims or visits to the gym.

 

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I gave my wife the Soul ST-SX2 true wireless earbuds as a Mother’s Day gift – and she loves it!

I gave the Soul ST-XS2 to my wife as a Mother’s Day gift and she’s been stuck on them ever since – during her morning jogs.

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