Today, there are a couple of bits of tech that are essential to modern living. A good phone, a nice laptop, and a good portable speaker.
Well, Our friends over at Ultimate Ears have gifted us with three of the best speakers on the market and we’re giving them away to three lucky readers. Valued at $300 each, the Ultimate Ears Megaboom is without a doubt one of the heaviest hitters in the speaker game. With powerful 360° sound and some thundering bass, this speaker is perfect for anywhere from summer around the pool with friends to the ski chalet sauna.
The upgrade also includes an extended Bluetooth range of up to 150 meters, 20-hour battery life for the Megaboom 3 and a very convenient ‘Magic Button’ that allows a one-touch music control solution.
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Status BT One Shouts it from the Rooftops
Don’t be concerned if you haven’t heard of Status Audio yet. Rather than slapping down huge amounts of money to market and sell their products, Status relies on producing high-quality audio products that speak for themselves—it also helps that those products are well-priced, avoiding any markups to pay for all that marketing.
Status’s BT One is another great example of a high quality product being put out by this quiet little company.
The BT One headphones are priced at an impressive USD$99. Normally, headphones under the Ben Franklin price range have had to cut and scrimp in areas that affect performance. Not so with the BT One.
The BT Ones use metal for the body, rather than cheap plastic. They also come with a hard shell case. They come in either black or a brown and pewter combination.
As for the audio quality, the BT One uses APT-X for CD quality sound. The sound signature is reportedly U-shaped, allowing for accentuating the high and low frequencies. That approach—focusing on the highs and lows—creates a more natural sound, just like what you would hear if you were listening in person.
The headphones are wireless, using Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to your media player. The connection features quick pairing and has a low latency. BT Ones also come with a 3.5mm cabled connection in case wireless isn’t an option.
A USB-C port is used for charging a battery that is good for 30 hours.
NuraLoop Wireless Earphones are Tailored to Your Ears
What sets Nura tech apart from the competition is how the audio automatically learns and adapts to your hearing profile. Using highly sensitive microphones and advanced signal processing, NuraLoop monitors acoustic emissions within the ear to determine the unique frequencies affecting each user. The earphones then create a personalised sound profile so music can be heard the way it’s intended.
For a limited time, all NuraLoop earphone pre-orders receive a 30% discount lowering the price to $299 AUD. NuraLoop is available from September 2019.
Beyond the innovative sound performance, active noise cancellation allows you to block out unwanted sounds, or unwanted people. Plus phone calls are said to come through clearly thanks to the four onboard microphones.
Both features are handled via the TouchDial controls found on each earphone. Tapping, double tapping, and turning the dial performs a combination of useful functions including volume up/down, play, pause, skip and answering calls.
The all-day battery life provides over 16 hours on music or podcasts and an additional 2 hours of playback are gained from just ten minutes of charging.
NuraLoop provides a supportive fit for maximum comfort and passive sound isolation. The lightweight body and ear-tip shape were designed using 3D mapping technology to achieve the best fit on the broadest range of ears. Three different sized tips are included and sit comfortably alongside the braided cable.
Nura was founded in 2016 and launched what became Australia’s highest-grossing Kickstarter campaign raising $1.8M USD. The Nuraphone headphones were released in 2018, and users currently accrue a combined 6.5 years of listening each day. The Nuraphone has received multiple awards including the CES Best of Innovation Award, Red Dot’s Best of the Best and SXSW’s Music and Audio Innovation Award.
Sony EXTRA BASS Expands with New Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Sony has announced a new addition to its EXTRA BASS series, bringing wireless headphones with digital noise cancellation, voice assistant support and up to 30 hours battery life directly to your eardrums.
There’s no cool name to remember, and WH-XB900N wireless noise cancelling headphones is quite the mouthful; so taking note of the sleek, foldable design is your best bet for locating these bad boys when they arrive in Australia August 2019 priced at $399.
Like all Sony EXTRA BASS gear, the latest addition is specifically designed to deliver powerful, deep and punchy bass response for dance, dubstep or whatever the kids are listening to these days. For comparison, EXTRA BASS tech is also featured throughout Sony’s portable wireless speakers and high-power audio systems.
Digital Noise Cancelling cuts out ambient noise so you can hear more detail in every track. For those situations where you need to listen to your surroundings or are forced into a conversation, simply touch the right ear cup to lower the volume of the music or podcast. The touch controls expand beyond volume as swiping also plays a song, pauses, goes back, skips forward and adjusts the volume.
The EXTRA BASS headphones are optimised for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and smartphone-native assistants like Siri. The voice assistance is a useful hands-free alternative to the touch controls.
WH-XB900N headphones provide up to 30 hours of music with wireless freedom, allowing bass-heads to immerse themselves in music all day and into the night. The quick-charge function provides up to one hour of wireless playback after just ten minutes of charging.
The new Sony EXTRA BASS wireless noise cancelling headphones are available in black and blue colourways when they launch this August.
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