Posts Tagged ‘Hi-Fi’

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: 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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New Arrival: Empyrean Headphone From Meze Audio

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Meze Audio, a high-end audio company renowned for developing premium audiophile headphones and earphones, introduces their new flagship: Empyrean headphone, with Eng Siang International as its sole official distributor in Singapore. RRP: S$4,599.

Designed and engineered in Baia Mare, Romania, the Empyrean is made of lightweight carbon and aluminium using high precision Computer Numeric Control (CNC) sculpted chassis, milled from a single piece of solid aluminium.

Designed and engineered in Baia Mare, Romania, the Empyrean is made of lightweight carbon and aluminium using high precision Computer Numeric Control (CNC) sculpted chassis, milled from a single piece of solid aluminium.

The Empyrean is made in collaboration with Rinaro, a progressive audio company with over 30 years of research and development on planar magnetics.

Meze Empyrean is available immediately at the recommended retail price (RRP) of S$4,599 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, E1 Personal Audio, and Lazada.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: New Accessories For KEF LSX 2-Speaker Wireless System

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The new accessories comprise the S1 Floor Stand (S$599), the B1 Wall Bracket (S$399) and the P1 Desk Pad (S$299).

The new accessories for the KEF LSX are now available in Singapore

The new accessories for the KEF LSX are now available in Singapore

In addition to the exciting new accessories range, KEF recently announced the introduction of Apple AirPlay 2 enabling LSX owners to stream music, videos and games from any Apple device including iPhone, iPad or Mac to their speaker.

To update to AirPlay 2, the new firmware will be deployed over-the-air and applied across all existing products purchased by existing and future customers.

Below are more information from the press release about the new accessories.

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New Arrival: Mobius Gaming Headphones Gets New Colour & Head Gesture Technology

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Audeze launches new “Team Carbon” colour and head gesture technology for Mobius Gaming Headphones in Singapore.

With materials originally designed for space applications, Audeze’s planar magnetic technology promises pure, accurate, high-quality, audiophile sound.

With materials originally designed for space applications, Audeze’s planar magnetic technology promises pure, accurate, high-quality, audiophile sound.

Audeze Mobius Team Carbon is available immediately at a recommended retail price (RRP) of S$629 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, Connect IT, Lazada, Stereo Electronics and Treoo.com.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: Devialet SAM Lab Tour in Singapore

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Attended a demo of Devialet’s SAM Lab. SAM (Speaker Active Matching) is an audio #technology which ensures extreme fidelity.

Devialet’s trainer from Paris flew into Singapore to showcase the difference between a speaker that has SAM technology vs one that does not. Listening to the demo, I found the enhancement most pronounced in the lower frequency ranges.

By taking into account the characteristics of the loudspeaker connected to the Devialet, it enables the Devialet to drive in a very precise and controlled way the speaker driver diaphragm’s movement, so as to obtain an exact alignment between a recorded music signal, and the pressure wave that reaches the listener’s ear during a listening session.

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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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