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Review: Huawei FreeBuds 4 Open-Fit Wireless Earbuds with ANC

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Huawei launched the FreeBuds 4 TWS (True Wireless Stereo) earbuds for APAC less than two weeks ago and I’ve been trying it out since then. Pre-orders for the earbuds are now open from today till 23 July, 2021 before it hits Singapore shelves on the 24 July.

 

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Here’s my Silver Frost version of the new Huawei FreeBuds 4. Also available is Ceramic White.

I like the physical design for the FreeBuds 4, especially the chrome shiny metallic Silver Frost colourway.

The other colour available is the Ceramic White version, which looks similar to Apple AirPods.

In the box are the earbuds, the charging case, a USB-C cable and the regular documentation that includes a quick-start guide, safety information, warranty card and warranty certificate.

Currently only the wired charging version of the FreeBuds 4 has been launched.

There is a slightly more expensive wireless charging version that is not available yet.

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New Arrival: Huawei FreeBuds 4 Wireless Earbuds in Singapore

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

First launched online for APAC last week, the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 open-fit wireless earbuds will hit the shelves in Singapore on 24 July, 2021. Pre-order (S$178) from 17-23 July with promotional discounts and freebies below.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is available in Silver Frost and Ceramic White.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is available in Silver Frost and Ceramic White.

The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is the company’s first open-fit earphones to feature Adaptive Ear Matching (AEM) technology for optimal noise-cancellation effect.

The open-fit design allows environmental sounds to be heard for safety, and also provides a more comfortable wearing experience even after long hours of use.

 

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Here’s my Silver Frost version of the new Huawei FreeBuds 4. Also available is Ceramic White.

Here are the specifications for the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 wireless earbuds.

More details below about the Huawei FreeBuds 4 from the press release.

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Unbox: Huawei FreeBuds 4 Open-Fit Wireless Earbuds with ANC

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

So Huawei launched a slew of new products for APAC in its online event last night. They’ve sent over the FreeBuds 4 this morning.

 

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Unboxing the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 open-fit TWS earbuds.

Having been launched for the APAC region last night, I expect the Huawei FreeBuds 4 to hit Singapore shelves within the fortnight.

Unboxing the new Huawei FreeBuds 4, I like the shiny metallic design of the wireless earbuds.

 

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Here’s the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 open-fit wireless earbuds, alongside another flagship product – the Huawei Watch 3 Pro.

Mine is called the Silver Frost. Another colourway is the Ceramic White.

Stay tuned for the sales and pre-order details when Huawei Singapore releases the information, as well as promotional offers.

Here are the specifications for the new Huawei FreeBuds 4 wireless earbuds.

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Apple Music Announces Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Apple is also bringing lossless audio to its entire catalogue for Apple Music subscribers – from June 2021 at no additional cost.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music subscribers beginning June 2021.

Apple today announced Apple Music is bringing industry-leading sound quality to subscribers with the addition of Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos.

Spatial Audio gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences for their fans with true multidimensional sound and clarity.

Apple Music subscribers will also be able to listen to more than 75 million songs in Lossless Audio — the way the artists created them in the studio.

These new features will be available for Apple Music subscribers starting next month at no additional cost.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Wireless Gaming Headphones

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal (S$799) will be available in Black Anthracite starting 7 May in Singapore, while Grey Mist and Navy will be available from June onwards. Wireless dongle sold separately.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

Beoplay Portal is available exclusively at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand Hyatt flagship store and select retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman in Singapore.

The Beoplay Portal is the first wireless gaming headphones from Bang & Olufsen.

Featuring a sophisticated aesthetic, premium materials, and immersive sound, Beoplay Portal is designed for immersive gaming experiences, watching movies, or enjoying music.

The headphones promises features including low-latency surround sound, good microphone performance, Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and an elegant user interface.

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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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