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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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Review: Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Initially launched in February this year, the 4K camcorder has just debuted in Singapore. The FDR-AX43 is now available on Sony’s online store at S$1,699.

Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder for bloggers

Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder for bloggers

The FDR-AX43 was developed for content creators and vloggers looking to produce footage that’s of better quality than that from a smartphone.

My Take:

Overall the Sony FDR-AX43 is an excellent camcorder for vlogger looking to improve video quality beyond that of a smartphone and desires an in-built gimbal for more professional footage, with good sound recording thrown in.

The camcorder is the newest member of a line-up that includes the AX33 and AX53, with its main addition being an in-built gimbal mechanism and its Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology for capturing smooth, natural and high-quality video footage.

So instead of purchasing and lugging around an external gimbal setup, it was a pleasure just using the compact FDR-AX43 during shooting.

When sitting down or just standing still, the footage came out totally free of shake.

The flip-screen of the Sony FDR-AX43 can be rotated 180 degrees for taking selfies.

The flip-screen of the Sony FDR-AX43 can be rotated 180 degrees for taking selfies.

But it’s when you’re walking (or even slightly jogging) that the embedded gimbal does its magic, producing smooth footage that doesn’t look like an amateur Blair Witch Project.

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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: 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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New Arrival: Sony High-Power Audio Systems MHC-V83D, V73D, V43D, V13

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

The MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D and MHC-V13 will be available in Singapore at selected Sony Stores, Sony Store Online, Sony Centres, Sony’s flagship store on Lazada and selected authorised dealers from August 2020. Prices TBA.

The four new one-box styled models of different sizes are suitable for a variety of occasions. From left: Sony MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D, and MHC-V13.

The four new one-box styled models of different sizes are suitable for a variety of occasions. From left: Sony MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D, and MHC-V13.

Sony’s four new additions to its High-Power Audio Systems range introduces powerful sound with the new Omnidirectional Party Sound and Omnidirectional Party Light to create “incredible” atmospheres.

The Sony MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D and MHC-V13 expand choices for party lovers as well as families who prefer one-box styled systems with a smaller footprint and portable design.

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New Arrival: LG Launches 2020 XBOOM Go Portable Speakers in Singapore

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The new portable Bluetooth speakers of the LG XBOOM Go PL series comprises models PL7 (S$299), PL5 (S$209) and PL2 (S$109) and is now available in Singapore at all authorised retailers.

Although compact in size, the portable Bluetooth speakers have long battery lives necessary for convenient use anywhere. From Left: LG XBOOM Go PL5, PL2, PL7 wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Although compact in size, the portable Bluetooth speakers have long battery lives necessary for convenient use anywhere. From Left: LG XBOOM Go PL5, PL2, PL7 wireless Bluetooth speakers.

The three new speakers in the series boast well-balanced sound, enhanced usability and a stylish new design.

Equipped with Meridian’s advanced audio technology, the XBOOM Go PL speakers promise high quality sound with deep bass, rich treble and clear vocals.

For a wider soundstage with detail across the higher frequencies, the PL7 employs dual tweeters, while all models promise good bass with the inclusion of Dual passive radiators.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Sony Extra Bass Wireless Speakers In Singapore

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Sony is refreshing its EXTRA BASS wireless speaker line-up with the addition of the SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB23. Availability below.

Sony Extra Bass Wireless Speakers: SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB23.

Sony Extra Bass Wireless Speakers: SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB23.

The newly developed X-Balanced Speaker Units are waterproof, dust proof and shock proof.

The unit’s non-circular shape maximises the area of the speaker diaphragm, increasing sound pressure for more punchy bass.

It also reduces driver excursion while maintaining the same sound pressure, resulting in less distortion.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Montblanc MB 01 Smart Travel Over-Ear Headphones

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The luxury maison added the new MB 01 wireless over-ear headphones to its range of tech gadgets, enhancing its tech travel offering for business and leisure travel. RRP: S$925.

Update (3 October, 2020):

Check out the review of the Montblanc MB 01 here.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

“We set out to create headphones that would strike the ideal balance between advanced technology, sophisticated design and comfort, because that’s what really matters to Montblanc travelers, whether they are aboard a long-haul flight, on a conference call at the airport or simply trying to recharge while on the road,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.

The new over-ear wireless Montblanc headphones includes the following features.

  • Active noise cancelling technology.
  • Advanced technology for impressive sound quality.
  • Ergonomic design for greater comfort.
  • Fine materials and quality craftsmanship for durability.
  • Google Assistant for a more personalized on-the-go experience featuring voice-activated device control and commands.
  • Functions across a broad range of Bluetooth devices, including iOS & Android.

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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