Docks and Speakers http://www.stuff.tv/docks-and-speakers/features en-GB Glowdeck is the smartphone dock that does it all http://www.stuff.tv/glowdeck-smartphone-dock-does-it-all/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your one-stop shop for wireless charging, notifications and music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/glowdeck-01.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&#39;s a box. What tricks does it do? </strong><br />This is the rather wonderful <a href="http://www.glowdeck.com/" target="_blank">Glowdeck</a> &ndash; a Bluetooth dock with Qi wireless charging built in.</p> <p><strong>Sounds cool.&nbsp;</strong><br />The sound is probably the least of the Glowdeck&#39;s abilities, actually. You get 2 5W speakers and a Class D amplifier &ndash; which won&#39;t blow you away like a full Hi-fi system, but it&#39;s plenty for a bedroom or office setup.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So what&#39;s special about it, then?&nbsp;</strong><br />Its clever wireless charging tech. The charging area makes up a full third of the Glowdeck&#39;s top surface, and if your phone&#39;s connected to the dock over Bluetooth 4.0, it&#39;ll alert the Glowdeck to stop charging when your battery reaches 100 per cent, topping it off if it drops below full charge. That means your battery life should be extended, since the dock isn&#39;t continuously transmitting power to it. It also sports a pair of USB ports, for those who aren&#39;t blessed with Qi charging smarts.</p> <p>Oh, and it glows.</p> <p><strong>It&hellip; glows. </strong><br />Yes. Like a Max Power reader&#39;s car. There&#39;s a multicoloured LED light array underneath that can be set to flash coloured lights to flag up notifications, or sync up with your music for your very own light show.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-06.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-03.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-07.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Notifications?</strong><br />The Glowdeck features Streams, a notifications platform that updates over Wi-Fi, flagging up info from your social media apps, plus incoming calls, mail and weather info. They&#39;re displayed on the dock&#39;s 2.2in screen, while its LED array lights up to alert you to new notifications. You can customise Streams using the Glowdeck app, which lets you tweak the light settings for notifications and add new streams &ndash; you can also enable privacy settings so that it will only flash up notifications when your phone is nearby.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>So, how much is it? </strong><br />Glowdeck&#39;s currently touting for funds on <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/glowdeck/glowdeck-a-companion-for-your-smartphone" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, where it&#39;s blasted through its US$30,000 goal. With 20 days on the clock, it&#39;s raised US$100,000. Pledges for a Glowdeck Beta &ndash; which gets you access to the online beta portal &ndash; start at US$190 (&pound;113). It&#39;s available in black acrylic, cherry, maple and walnut finishes, with delivery expected in August.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/glowdeck/glowdeck-a-companion-for-your-smartphone" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;via <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/glowdeck-mark2-kickstarter/31547/" target="_blank">Gizmag</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">Amazing Hot Stuff that&#39;ll brighten up your life</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C0blt8oQCxE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-02.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-05.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/glowdeck-smartphone-dock-does-it-all/news#comments Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:26:17 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435213 at http://www.stuff.tv Soundwall crams a massive AirPlay speaker into a work of art http://www.stuff.tv/soundwall-turns-whole-wall-beautiful-speaker/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Modern music appreciation for your ears and your eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Soundwall showcases the art of good sound" alt="Soundwall showcases the art of good sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/soundwall.png?1395373988" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Where&rsquo;s that music coming from?</strong></p> <p>Make an educated guess.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I don&rsquo;t see any speakers...</strong></p> <p>Follow your ears.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Why is your Pollock singing Arcade Fire?</strong></p> <p>Because Reflektor is a very, very good song. How could it not be with James Murphy on productin duties and David Bowie contributing vocals? But back to the point: congratulations, you found the source of that elusive sound.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Where are you hiding the speaker?</strong></p> <p>The entire surface of the art piece - the Soundwall - is the speaker. It&rsquo;s essentially a wireless flat-panel driven by a Raspberry Pi computer and amplifier covered by an art piece of your picking. Subwoofers can also be added to enhance bass.</p> <p>As for whether it&#39;ll actually sound good, we&#39;re not yet sure. Flat panel speakers have a tendency to being a bit bass-light, but there&#39;s a 2x25W Class D amp inside the smaller models and a 2x100W inside the vast Epic model. We&#39;re looking forward to hearing one.</p> <p>&nbsp;<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/70067610" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/70067610">Introducing Soundwall</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/soundwallco">Soundwall</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>There are no switches... although it would probably hard to find one within that violent mess of art if there were. &nbsp;How do I work it?</strong></p> <p>Just plug it into a power source and set up an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection (or hook up your source via the dual analogue inputs). </p> <p>Apple users can easily use AirPlay to control the Soundwall, but Android users will by default have to use the slightly more technical UPnP protocol (or download an AirPlay-compatible app). That&rsquo;s not a deal-breaker though - there are loads of great, free UPnP apps - and a giant reverberating piece of art is certainly more pleasing than a standard Bluetooth speaker. If you like Jackson Pollock, of course.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>My place could use some sprucing up.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.soundwall.co/" target="_blank">Soundwall</a>&nbsp;could be just the thing, then. It comes in five sizes, ranging from the 24&times;36&rdquo; Poster for US$949 to the 40&times;60&rdquo; Epic for US$2499. As for the aesthetics, you can choose from their existing gallery of prints, submit your own to be custom-printed, or go all Pollock yourself and attack the canvas like a demented seagull.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">THESE HOT STUFF PRODUCTS ARE ART FORMS, TOO</a></p> <p class="p3">Source: <a href="http://www.soundwall.co/" target="_blank">Soundwall</a></p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/soundwall-turns-whole-wall-beautiful-speaker/feature#comments Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:52:41 +0000 Will Findlater 1434038 at http://www.stuff.tv Aether Cone: the wireless speaker that knows what you want to listen to http://www.stuff.tv/aether-cone-clever-twist-portable-wireless-speakers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To keep things ultra-simple, this smart soundbox will learn what music you like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/aether-cone-main.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Another wireless speaker, you say?</strong></p> <p>That&rsquo;s right: the Aether Cone is an AirPlay-equipped speaker that connects to your home Wi-Fi network and, thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery, offers up to eight hours of on-the-go music playback.</p> <p><strong>But that&rsquo;s not all&hellip;?</strong></p> <p>Nope, that&rsquo;s not all. The Cone&rsquo;s big selling point is its brain: this is a speaker that learns what you like to listen to, when you like to listen to it, and where you like to listen to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the advantage of that?</strong></p> <p>The idea is to keep things simple. After an initial setup (for which you&rsquo;ll require a computer or mobile device) you switch it on and it&rsquo;ll start streaming things it thinks you&rsquo;ll like &ndash; music (it&rsquo;ll connect to as-yet unnamed music streaming services), podcasts and internet radio stations.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s just one control, a dial. Turn it to the right and it&rsquo;ll skip whatever&rsquo;s playing and move on; to the left, it&rsquo;ll repeat what you just listened to; a complete turn will change the artist and genre completely. In the dial&rsquo;s centre is a button which can be tapped to pause/play music; alternatively, hold it down and speak the name of an artist and track and it&rsquo;ll seek that out and play it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aether-cone-front.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aether-cone-rear.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aether-cone-profile.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And how does it sound?</strong></p> <p>
That, we don&rsquo;t know &ndash; because we haven&rsquo;t listened to it yet. It does have a 3in woofer and dual tweeter design and, despite its appearance, offers stereo sound. There&rsquo;s also a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor inside, which presumably takes care of the &ldquo;thinking&rdquo; part of the speaker.</p> <p><strong>When&rsquo;s it out?</strong></p> <p>
Again, we don&rsquo;t know. The Cone is Aether&rsquo;s first product and they&rsquo;re yet to confirm a release date beyond &ldquo;2014&rdquo;. But we do know that it&rsquo;ll cost US$400 (around &pound;240) and come in two finishes: copper/black and silver/white. You can register your interest at the <a href="https://www.aether.com/" target="_blank">Aether site</a> if you want a heads-up on availability.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">CONE YOU JUST READ THE REST OF OUR HOT STUFF ARTICLES, PLEASE?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZSg-_puiEjU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:28:52 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433438 at http://www.stuff.tv Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/yamaha-relit-wireless-speaker-blasts-your-senses-sound-and-light/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha packs pulsing lights and crystal clear audio into its magical totem pole </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yamaha-relit.jpg?1389957581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yamaha has announced that its wireless Relit speaker is now available for gadgeteers looking for an audio solution that&rsquo;s a little&hellip; different.</p> <p>The 1.1m metal tower promises clear CD-quality music streaming thanks to aptX Bluetooth support, and there&rsquo;s also an AUX-in for a more traditional cable setup.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Available in a black or brown leather finish, the Relit also contains an internal light source which pumps out an &lsquo;aura of light&rsquo; that reacts to the music that&rsquo;s currently playing.</p> <p>An accompanying app also offers timer, sleep and playback controls if you don&#39;t fancy using the included remote, and six-step adjustable LEDs will let you crank up the brightness depending on your mood.</p> <p>If you feel like tripping out and unleashing your senses to the Relit&#39;s magic then you can snap one up now for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/yamaha-relit-lsx-700-bluetooth-speaker-lighting-system-black/p1115051?kpid=232566458&amp;s_kenid=48200682-29fb-70c8-5a95-00006000448a&amp;s_kwcid=ppc_pla&amp;tmad=c&amp;tmcampid=73#default" target="_blank">&pound;500</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="716" height="538" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relit-close.jpg?1389957581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="716" height="538" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relit-2.jpg?1389957581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha Relit speaker brings sound and light </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/yamaha-relit-wireless-speaker-blasts-your-senses-sound-and-light/news#comments Bluetooth Speaker System Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Yamaha Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:53:54 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431340 at http://www.stuff.tv Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet? http://www.stuff.tv/eclipse/ces-2014/eclipse-td-m1-best-looking-airplay-speakers-yet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The curvy wireless speakers your desktop deserves are coming very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet?" alt="Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eclipse-td-m1.jpg?1389381990" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eclipse has been making speakers for years, but the Fujitsu-owned company has just launched what might be its most exciting pair of noise-makers yet.</p> <p>The TD-M1 package consists of two compact and beautifully designed desktop speakers with built-in amplification, a high-quality DAC and wireless AirPlay capabilities that allow them to jive nicely with iOS devices and iTunes-toting computers. There&rsquo;s even an iOS app for full remote control via an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.<br />&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eggs-actly the sort of speakers we want to own </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>AirPlay playback supports CD-quality audio, but if you&rsquo;re a golden-eared audiophile who demands the finest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Hi-Res Audio</a> the TD-M1s have you covered too: the DAC supports studio master quality sampling rates of 192kHz/24-bit for sources connected via USB.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re itching to try these out for ourselves, so look out for a review in the near future. Eclipse says the speakers will be on sale from February, priced at &pound;999.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eclipse TD-M1 " alt="Eclipse TD-M1 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eclipse-td-m1-2.jpg?1389381990" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> CES 2014 Docks and Speakers Eclipse Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:23:23 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430990 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips cuts the cords with deluge of fresh wireless audio kit http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-cuts-cords-deluge-fresh-wireless-audio-kit/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Dutch company debuts new speakers and headphones galore at CES, most of them using Bluetooth for wire-free sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio " alt="E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Philips-Fidelio-E2_2.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news, music fans: Philips has unveiled a bevy of new audio gear at CES, most of it wireless.</p> <p>The Dutch company kicked things off with the E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio speakers, an elegant pair of Bluetooth and aptX-equipped columns that can be painlessly paired with mobile devices via NFC. They also feature an HDMI connection, which means you can easily hook them up to home cinema or gaming sources. Look out for the E2 package in the spring, priced at around &pound;300.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let&#039;s go outside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next up is the BR-1X speaker, a portable model designed for both in- and outdoor use (it features modes designed for both environments &ndash; indoor focusses on detail and clarity, outdoor on loudness). Each speaker comes with dual two-inch drivers, and you can daisy chain several of them together for a bigger sound. They&rsquo;ll be out from this month, priced at &pound;100 each.</p> <p>The final speaker, and the most portable of the lot, is the Dot. It&rsquo;s a palm-sized speaker that&rsquo;s battery-powered, ruggedised and splash-proof and can be turned off quickly by simply turning it upside down. Despite its dinky size, Philips claims it can pump out powerful audio, so all in all it sounds ideal for camping or beach trips. It&rsquo;s out in February, priced at &pound;60.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips BR-1X speaker" alt="Philips BR-1X speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-BR-1X-Khaki.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Dot speaker" alt="Philips Dot speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Dot.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Foldies or Frames? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also announced today are two pairs of headphones: the Bluetooth-equipped Foldies (out April, &pound;100) and the Frames (out June, &pound;100-&pound;110 depending on finish). The Foldies are wireless and &ldquo;inspired by vintage road bikes&rdquo;, while the Frames are more lightweight. Both sets of cans fold up for easy storage and feature 40mm drivers.</p> <p>Look out for our reviews of Philips&#39; new generation of audio kit in the coming months.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Frames headphones" alt="Philips Frames headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Citiscape-Frames-Headphones---tortishell.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> CES 2014 Docks and Speakers Headphones Philips Wireless headphones Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:09:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430981 at http://www.stuff.tv Loewe Speaker 2go http://www.stuff.tv/loewe/loewe-speaker-2go/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A £200 Loewe speaker? Oh look you&#039;ve fallen off your chair. Pick yourself up and read on to see how close to Bluetooth speaker perfection it gets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Front%20High.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/verity-burns" title="View user profile.">Verity Burns</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Loewe is known for making high-end kit that isn&rsquo;t exactly concerned with budget. Expensive tellies, pricey speakers &ndash; chances are you won&#39;t be plumping for Loewe unless you&rsquo;ve got some serious cash to spend. A thrifty Loewe fan is about as rare as an invite to a pimps &#39;n&#39; ice cream party. &nbsp;</p> <p>Not so with the Speaker 2go Bluetooth speaker. At &pound;200 it really is the cheapest way to buy a piece of premium portable sound.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sexy, portable design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds powerful, fun and well-balanced </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Charges your smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lacks that last bit of clarity </div> <div class="field-item even"> Speakerphone isn&#039;t great </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid as a rock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You only need to pick up the Speaker 2go to know it&rsquo;s from good stock. Its aluminium build makes it feel solid and reassuringly weighty, but not so much that it&rsquo;s a bother for any but the weediest of arms to carry around. It&rsquo;s a minimalist design, but a striking one - all clean lines and a nicely machined grille, with just a smattering of buttons and an NFC tag along the top for easy pairing.</p> <p>Ports around the back include an aux-in for hardwiring devices and a USB input, though this is for charging your phone or tablet rather than playing music from it. It&rsquo;s still a useful feature to include on a portable speaker, although it obviously has an impact on the otherwise eight-hour battery life.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Rear.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feeling Blue…tooth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Loewe has done away with the AirPlay found in its pricier AirSpeaker and opted purely for Bluetooth instead &ndash; a clever choice since the Speaker 2go is more likely to be used away from home, when Wi-Fi might be hard to come by.</p> <p>The Bluetooth onboard is of the aptX variety, so compatible phones, tablets and computers are able to wirelessly send tunes to it in close to CD quality, and you can connect up to five devices at once. We found it to be stable in playback, easy to connect and the NFC pairing is a nice touch for those with devices that play nice with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Buttons.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look, no hands </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not all about music, though; the Speaker 2go also doubles up as a speakerphone so you&rsquo;re able to take hands-free calls. It offers echo-cancellation for improved clarity, and a voice-optimised microphone that sits along the top.</p> <p>From our experience, it&rsquo;ll do for the odd call that interrupts your music, but we wouldn&rsquo;t go out of our way to use it &ndash; it sounds a little on the muffled side on anything less than a perfect line, and unless you&#39;re close to the speaker, your mum won&#39;t be able to hear what you&#39;re saying no matter how loudly you bawl at her. Still, it&#39;s no deal-breaker.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Rear%20High.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The power of Loewe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Play some music and you get quite a performance out of this little box. There&rsquo;s 40W of power to be had from two full-range drivers and a sub, and it&rsquo;s not shy about showing it off - you can crank it up pretty loud without risking distortion.</p> <p>Bass is rich and articulate, and goes impressively deep considering the wee size of the device - it never sounds boomy or out of control, either. In fact, it&rsquo;s a really well balanced listen &ndash; something of a rarity in this field &ndash; and the deep bass slots in nicely with a clear, energetic mid-range and detailed treble.</p> <p>That said, the Speaker&#39;s 2go&#39;s sound gets close to Bluetooth speaker perfection but falls just short. It does lack the spaciousness and articulation of the very best of its rivals meaning more complicated tracks lack a touch of clarity, and are at risk of sounding a little dynamically squashed and disorganised &ndash; especially at louder volumes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Foot.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearing things from a different angle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Speaker 2go has a hidden trick up its sleeve to help it project its sound further. To see it, press the top of the speaker downwards and you&rsquo;ll reveal an integrated pop-up rubber stand that appears from the bottom.</p> <p>This tilts the device up by exactly 7.5&deg;, which Loewe says helps to disperse the music around larger rooms. It doesn&rsquo;t look much, but it does actually make a difference, and helps your music sound more direct.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Loewe has done a grand job of pouring all the premium quality and attention to detail of its larger, pricier products into the Speaker 2go. It looks the part, feels well made and is quite the looker to pull out of your bag on your next camping trip, festival or BBQ.&nbsp;</p> <p>It manages to dodge any tubbiness in the bass and steers clear of brightness in the treble to make for a well-judged, well-rounded listen &ndash; not something wireless speakers are often that good at.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its speakerphone feature may well be best avoided, and it doesn&rsquo;t quite have the same dynamic punch, clarity and subtlety of rivals such as the Philips Fidelio P9 or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature">Ultimate Ears Boom</a>, but it&rsquo;s a thoroughly likeable, listenable sound, and at &pound;200 that makes it a pretty tasty buy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Front%20Left.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A beautifully built speaker with a powerful, well balanced sound that just lacks the out-and-out clarity and subtlety the very best around<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/loewe/loewe-speaker-2go/review#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Loewe Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:48:43 +0000 Sophie Charara 1430887 at http://www.stuff.tv This huge AudioOrb lets you float away in a bubble of sound http://www.stuff.tv/audioorb-perfect-sound-bubble/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well, not literally, but you can at least stop your lifelong search for inner peace </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="845" height="634" title="This huge AudioOrb lets you float away in a bubble of sound" alt="This huge AudioOrb lets you float away in a bubble of sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audioorbs.jpg?1389092517" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Meditation is hard. Sitting down alone with the thunderous silence of our own thoughts is always a scary prospect, and by the time our minds have finished simulating epic lightsaber jousting tournaments on dinosaur-back, we&#39;re far more buzzed than relaxed.</p> <p>The solution? Why, it&#39;s a giant plexiglass sphere kitted out with 18 speakers of course, and it&#39;s called the AudioOrb.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dock yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simply crawl in, lie back and blast out some Enya to soothe your nerves and calm your racing brain.</p> <p>While there&#39;s no door to completely block out the outside world (or accidentally suffocate yourself in a giant musical hamster ball), its spherical shape will apparently almost completely block out any external noise. Go physics.</p> <p>It&#39;s layered with Tempur memory foam pillows for the ultimate full-body support, and you&#39;ll need them after you hear about its US$15,000 dollar price tag.</p> <p>There&#39;s one waiting for you on Indiegogo right now, but there&#39;s only two available so you&#39;d better hurry.</p> <p class="p3">[<a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/audioorbs/" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="766" height="575" title="The AudioOrb is the perfect sound bubble" alt="The AudioOrb is the perfect sound bubble" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audioorbs1.jpg?1389092517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/audioorb-perfect-sound-bubble/news#comments Docks and Speakers Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:46:36 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430864 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung takes on Sonos Play:1 with Shape M5 wireless streaming speaker http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ces-2014/its-audio-bonanza-samsung-ces-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung is aiming to wow hi-fi enthusiasts with its line-up of audio offerings for CES 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="426" title="Samsung Shape M5" alt="Samsung Shape M5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SHAPE_M5.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung is set to expand its wireless streaming audio system with the Shape M5 speaker&nbsp;&ndash; taking on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Award winner</a> the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review" target="_blank">Sonos Play:1</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/cheryl-bates" title="View user profile.">Cheryl Bates</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shapely speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking &lsquo;shapely&rsquo; as the name suggests, the Shape M5 wireless streaming audio system will be making its debut at CES this year; the smaller sibling to the Shape M7 packs the same wireless audio tech but features a bit of a driver downgrade with only three drivers rather than its larger sibling&#39;s five. The M5 connects to your network through a Shape hub wired to your router and controlled via the Shape mobile app; Samsung has also thoughtfully made available a connect box that hooks up your old school analogs and brings them under wireless control as well.</p> <p>Shape compatible soundbars the HW-H750 and the HW-H600 will also be putting in an appearance at CES; the H750 sits unobtrusively under your LCD and pumps out 320W, while the H600 sound stand is made for plonking your TV on top of while it blasts out multi-directional 4.2 channel audio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung HW-H750" alt="Samsung HW-H750" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/F750_large.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="426" title="Samsung HW-H600" alt="Samsung HW-H600" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/H600-sml.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Home Entertainment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With six speakers, a subwoofer, an amplifier with both analog vacuum tubes and digital amps on top of a Blu-ray player capable of 4K upscaling, the Samsung HT-H7730WM system is set to deliver up to 9.1 channels sound using the brand new DTS Neo: Fusion II codec.</p> <p>Also making its debut will be Sammy&rsquo;s MX-HS8500 GIGA system. With 2,500W of power and twin 15-inch subs, it&rsquo;s also built for travel with a retractable handle and wheels to get around.</p> <p>There&#39;s already plenty of other CES news, with much more to come over the next few days. Catch up here: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">CES 2014 - all of the biggest news so far</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/01/samsung-audio-ces-2014">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung HT-H7730WM" alt="Samsung HT-H7730WM" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/H7730-sml.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="426" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GIGA_0.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ces-2014/its-audio-bonanza-samsung-ces-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ces-2014/its-audio-bonanza-samsung-ces-2014/news#comments CES 2014 Docks and Speakers Samsung Soundbars Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:35:50 +0000 Will Findlater 1430597 at http://www.stuff.tv This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock really does go up to 11 http://www.stuff.tv/monstrous-178kg-iphone-speaker-really-does-goes-11-oh-and-it-has-built-monkey-head-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, and it has a built-in monkey head too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="988" height="741" title="This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock really does goes up to 11" alt="This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock really does goes up to 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wos-2-main.jpg?1383781926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Studio Total's 1600 watt Wall of Sound (WOS) 2.0 iPhone speaker dock is so delightfully insane, we're not quite sure where to begin.</p> <p>Let's start with the obvious. It's big. Very big. It's a 1 metre by 1.7 metre handmade-in-Sweden behemoth, and it'll pulverise your bathroom scales to dust with its 178kg weight.</p> <p>That, according to Wikipedia, means that the WOS 2.0 is heavier than the average weight of a female inland North American grizzly bear. Isn't learning fun?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonic Boom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The WOS 2.0 houses 44 separate speaker elements, two beefy subs and a tube amp for richer, warmer sounds.</p> <p>Oh, and a volume dial that actually does go up to 11. For reals.</p> <p>That's around eight times more elements than any other speaker on the market and the whole system can reach 130dB, which is apparently "as loud as an F-15 jet with its afterburners on at 100 metres". Because we all know what that sounds like, right?</p> <p>According to our rough calculations, all that power is enough to blow the beard off a seasoned lumberjack when you crank the volume up.</p> <p>"But Stuff", we hear you cry, "What of the children? Little Timmy's precious ears will bleed all over our new white alpaca carpet".</p> <p>Well, you see, that's where the monkey head comes in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="888" height="666" title="This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock really does goes up to 11" alt="This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock really does goes up to 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wos-2-volume.jpg?1383781926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Er… Monkey Head? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, monkey head. The WOS 2.0 has a built-in monkey head. With glowing eyes. For safety.&nbsp;</p> <p>The monkey's eyes normally glow bright blue, but cranking up the volume to eardrum-splitting levels will turn them a menacing red, scarring your children and setting them up for a lifetime of zoophobia therapy sessions.</p> <p>But why a monkey?</p> <p>Well, creator Studio Total states that <em>"there's no specific reason as to why there's a monkey on top of the WOS 2.0"</em>.</p> <p>Well, we're glad that's all cleared up then.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="552" height="414" title="This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock really does goes up to 11" alt="This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock really does goes up to 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monkey-head.jpg?1383781926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seriously? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes. Look, if you don't believe us, take a look at this explanation, straight from the mouth of Studio Total:</p> <p><em>The small monkey head is warning you if playing too loud. Normal (high) volume and the monkey has no problem, his eyes are glowing blue but if you play very loud the eyes turns golden, if you keep on increasing the volume they will turn red. </em></p> <p><em>Red means there's an immediate risk for permanent hearing loss. After five minutes playing in the red zone, the monkey´s head pops and the music stops. Once the monkeys head is returned the speaker can be used again, This is a safety feature to prevent damage to ears and property.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wonderfully Wireless </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The WOS 2.0 features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and direct Spotify streaming for cable-free listening, and there's also a rather attractive companion app which offers music controls and equaliser settings.</p> <p>Killing off your cochlea hairs from the comfort of your couch has never been easier.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="751" height="563" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wos-2-app.jpg?1383781926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You want one, don&#039;t you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Look at those eyes. Don't fight them. Don't disappoint them.&nbsp;Of course you want one.</p> <p>It's a huge speaker with a glowing primate head after all, with enough power to (quite literally) bring down your house.</p> <p>If that doesn't get your gadget juices flowing, we don't know what will.</p> <p>Head on over to <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-wall-of-sound-wos-the-worlds-largest-iphone-speaker" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a> now, where you can reserve your very own WOS 2.0 speaker for a mere US$7,000.</p> <p>And if that's too dear then you can fork out US$200 for one of 50 raffle tickets for a chance to win one. </p> <p>Maybe little Timmy can keep his college fund after all...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="552" height="414" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/evil-monkey.jpg?1383781926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/monstrous-178kg-iphone-speaker-really-does-goes-11-oh-and-it-has-built-monkey-head-too/news#comments Docks and Speakers Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:57:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428804 at http://www.stuff.tv Bang & Olufsen's wireless BeoLab 17, 18 and 19 speakers are all kinds of auralsome http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-wireless-beolab-17-18-and-19-speakers-are-all-kinds-auralsome/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;O is promising to deliver &quot;Immaculate Wireless Sound&quot; with its trio of tasty speakers and sub – and yes, they look as bonkers as ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab wireless lounge" alt="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab wireless lounge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bang-and-olufsen-beolab-18-lounge.png?1383896159" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Climb aboard our hippie spaceship lounge, we've got new audio treats to show you.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Buff Woofer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>B&amp;O also announced that new BeoVision 11 TVs will ship with a wireless module as standard. And it will be flogging a standalone transmitter box for both existing Bang &amp; Olufsen telly owners and mere mortals who settle for flatscreens from other manufacturers to jump in on the Beolab wireless action. We saw a quick demo of Spotify running on a BeoVision and playing through a 7.1 system of Beolab 17s dotted around the room and everything connected smoothly.&nbsp;</p> <p>Get those tiny tear-buckets ready though as Immaculate Wireless Sound apparently doesn't come cheap. Per set, the Beolab 17s come in at £2590, a pair of BeoLab 18s with floor bases or wall brackets are £3990 and a Beolab 19 sub is a snip £2195. Oh and if that solid oak lamella front on the all-new Beolab 18 tickles your fancy it'll require roughly the same number of notes as an entire Sonos system - &nbsp;£790.&nbsp;</p> <p>All three new wireless Beolab speakers go on sale in November in swanky Bang &amp; Olufsen stores. Catch Stuff loitering around the Kinightsbridge branch hoping for another listen.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab 19 wireless system " alt="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab 19 wireless system " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bang-and-olufsen-beolab-19-wireless.png?1383896159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab 18 wireless system " alt="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab 18 wireless system " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bang-and-olufsen-beolab-18-wireless.png?1383896159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab 17 wireless system " alt="Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoLab 17 wireless system " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bang-and-Olufsen-BeoLab-17-wireless-system.png?1383896159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-wireless-beolab-17-18-and-19-speakers-are-all-kinds-auralsome/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-wireless-beolab-17-18-and-19-speakers-are-all-kinds-auralsome/news#comments B&O Docks and Speakers Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:34:11 +0000 Sophie Charara 1428527 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung's smart specs, tweeting bras and Marvel's iPad stylus http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-samsungs-smart-specs-tweeting-bras/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get up to date with the latest in the tech world from the safety of your duvet with our early morning roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="902" height="676" title="Samsung specs" alt="Samsung specs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/glass-samsung_2.jpg?1382690405" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Never one to be left behind on a tech trend, Samsung is developing its own eyewear to take on Google Glass, a recent patent application has revealed.</p> <p>The Korean giant's system looks similar to Google's according to the filing.</p> <p>“This design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts,” a memo attached says.</p> <p>Who knows, maybe we'll see the Samsung head-gear soon.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A tweet too far? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Instagramming every single meal just isn't enough any more, a Greek PR firm has revealed the ultimate in oversharing - a bra that tweets every time it's taken or or off.</p> <p>OgilvyOne Athens designed the special high-tech bra as part of a new campaign for Nestle Fitness, and to promote breast cancer awareness.</p> <p>The campaign centers around Greek actress Maria Bakodimou and will last for two weeks. A dedicated website for the campaign includes tips for performing self-examinations and, of course, a Twitter account for the social bra.</p> <p>[<a href="http://tweetingbra.gr/" target="_blank">Tweeting Bra</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/N1hSNg37K38" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JBL&#039;s Pulse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking uncannily like the display of a Daft Punk member's helmet, the JBL Pulse lets you relive the days of rave in the comfort of your own home.</p> <p>Complete with garish lights, which JBL assures us creates 'a party on the go', the Pulse syncs its light display to your music.</p> <p>The Bluetooth gadget can even download new light shows online, and JBL says it'll give you 10 hours of music, or 5 hours of lights and music.</p> <p>[JBL]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H05Kofeh6k8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="480" height="480" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/JBL_Pulse_Heroshot_Blue2_dv480x480.png?1382690405" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marvel&#039;s magic pen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Comic fans rejoice - you can now attempt to create your own superhero with this Marvel branded stylus and accompanying app.</p> <p>Luckily for the less able among us, the US$35 Marvel Creativity Studio is also able to teach you how to draw your favorite superheroes, such as The Avengers and Spider-Man.</p> <p>There's also a Disney app available, letting you draw Mickey &amp; Co.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131024005212/en/Marvel-Entertainment-Announces-Creativity-Studio-Stylus-App" target="_blank">Business Wire</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Marvel_2.jpg?1382690405" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-samsungs-smart-specs-tweeting-bras/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-samsungs-smart-specs-tweeting-bras/news#comments Docks and Speakers Google Samsung Thu, 24 Oct 2013 23:43:38 +0000 Mark Prigg 1428362 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Play:1 speaker accidentally revealed by US store Target http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1-speaker-accidentally-revealed-us-store/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smallest Sonos will be available to buy on Monday 14th </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="The Sonos:1 on shelves in San Francisco" alt="The Sonos:1 on shelves in San Francisco" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_1957.JPG?1381473039" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to Sonos, it does not exist - but Stuff can confirm the Sonos Play:1 speaker is on sale in San Francisco. The $199 speaker is the smallest member of the Sonos family, and comes in black and white versions.</p> <p>However, Target staff were unable to tell us anything about the speaker's specs, claiming it was not due to go on sale until October 14th - and pulled all of the units off the shelves when we tried to buy one.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Target spoils Sonos Play:1 surprise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Like it’s older brothers the Play:3 and Play:5, it has minimal controls - just the volume buttons and a small LED light.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sonos has yet to confirm the speaker’s existence, and staff at the Target store we visited in downtown SF knew nothing about it - although both a black and white unit were on sale.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is believed the Play:1 will become a new entry level product for Sonos, and could also act as surround sound speakers for the firm’s TV sound system, the Playbar.</p> <p dir="ltr">Annoying there are few clues to the speakers specs on the box, there’s an ethernet port on the back, along with a mounting port for affixing it to a wall. There’s also a power cable, so no battery option, sadly.</p> <p>Staff told us the Play:1 isn’t officially on sale until the 14th, so expect an announcement from Sonos then - and come back for a full review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2448" height="3264" title="The Play:1 is the smallest of the Sonos speakers - perfect for surround sound" alt="The Play:1 is the smallest of the Sonos speakers - perfect for surround sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_1958.jpg?1381473039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2448" height="3264" title="The white version of the speaker up close" alt="The white version of the speaker up close" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_1959.jpg?1381473039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1-speaker-accidentally-revealed-us-store/news#comments Docks and Speakers Sonos TV and Hifi accessories Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:40:49 +0000 Mark Prigg 1427760 at http://www.stuff.tv Luke Wood from Beats: "We want to raise the sound quality bar" http://www.stuff.tv/beats-drdre/beats-luke-wood-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The new Beats Studio is us learning to play,&quot; says the iconic headphone maker’s president, as he talks to Stuff about working with Dre, HTC’s One Max and why he’ll always be an audiophile at heart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats&#039; president and COO Luke Wood" alt="Beats&#039; president and COO Luke Wood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/luke-wood.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Luke Wood knows what sounds good.</p> <p>As president and chief operating officer at Beats Electronics, he's developed the company's portfolio of headphones and speakers, working alongside co-founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine. And while audiophiles may bemoan the bass-heavy sound profile that's typical of Beats, its products are a massive hit – 64 per cent of headphone sales priced US$100 and over last year were Beats,&nbsp;according to analysts NPD Group. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For Beats, design is core – but we’re also focused on sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"When we started we were brand new in the business of making headphones. Jimmy [Iovine] and Dre: they had 70-plus years collectively of making records in the studio, producing and mixing as artists, engineers. I spent 20 years in the studio myself, so we came from that background of making records, but we’d never made headphones before. So in 2006, when the product was started, to 2008 when it first came out, we learned a lot.</p> <p>"The Studio was really the Beats icon. It was our original headphone, our model A.&nbsp;Design is at the core of what we do: if it doesn't look great, no-one's going to want to wear it.&nbsp;I always feel a certain sense of betrayal when someone completely redesigns the products that I have an emotional connection to, so when we were thinking about our new Beats Studio, it was really driven by our desire to focus on the sound.</p> <p class="p1">"With the design [from the original Studio and new Studio], you're looking at two products that are evolutionary, but the sound profile is radically different."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Beats Studio is our Nevermind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"From a tuning perspective, [the original Beats Studio] was like our first album. You know: learning how to tune a guitar; the chords were kinda like GCD; it was very rudimentary and simple. I've been fortunate enough to work with a lot of really talented artists and it's really not until their third album as a group that they really get the voice of the band, the voice of the studio, the voice of the instruments, and if you look at really great records, very few bands start out with Sergeant Pepper.</p> <p>"People think that Nirvana started out with Nevermind. No! They had a really noisy album called Bleach that sounds nothing like Nevermind, and then they learned to play. The new Beats Studio is us learning to play."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats Studio 2013" alt="Beats Studio 2013" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-beats-studio.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Original Beats Studio" alt="Original Beats Studio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monsterbeatsdrdre.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fine-tuning is key </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"We have digital sound processing (DSP) that allows us to be clinical in how we tune the headphone. This uses digital noise cancelling, and that combined with the DSP allows us to tune the headphone post-factory. Before it goes in the box, if it doesn't feel 100 percent on spec, we can retune the headphone. From a quality control standpoint it's very important to us that every headphone sounds the same.</p> <p>"From 3m away, there's a similarity to the silhouette, but when you look closely at the [old and new Beats Studios], there's no relation. Not one single component from the original headphone is in this [new] one.&nbsp;It's an incredibly durable headphone, it's 25% lighter, and its got a fuel gauge.&nbsp;I'm obsessed with everything being charged constantly so, you know, it fits me perfectly."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s no consumer demand for HD music... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"I think there will always be a niche demand and I really respect that. I'm somebody who likes to get 180-gram version vinyl, because it has a certain sound to it that's different from other vinyl. And we work in the studio in 24-bit/192kHz, so we're working in extremely high-res.</p> <p>"When you spend six months on a record, always listening back in 192/24-bit, and you dither down to a codec like MP3 or AAC, you really hear the difference. But I think it takes a lot of education, and I think to some degree, there's a level of convenience you have to give the consumer with music. There's only so much pain they'll put up with."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1023" height="630" title="Nirvana HDtracks" alt="Nirvana HDtracks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202013-10-01%20at%2011.34.38.png?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ...and there’s no point listening to HD music on cheap headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"What's the point of listening through the 24-cent earbuds that came bundled with your smartphone? You want to reach out to the consumer with the best possible experience, but you have to make it easy, you have to make it effortless, or else it'll never catch on.</p> <p>"I think to some degree people are going to want streaming services but we're some way off from having the bandwidth to support high bit-rate streaming; you don't have the ecosystem yet to support it, you don't have the converters (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/5-best-dacs-how-make-your-digital-music-sound-amazing/feature">DACs</a>). It's important to dream, but it should be a dream you can execute."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …but we’re trying to make quality music easier to get </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"What I'd like to see is everybody endeavouring to make the entire ecosystem better, so absolutely let's make those files better. They could be WAV, AIFF, FLAC, as close to Red Book audio [CD quality] as possible. That would be incredible."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone makers will abandon the bundled headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"They're going to say, well, consumers are going to upgrade anyway. I think that's a great thing because then the consumer has to make a choice about how they're committed to sound. I use my iPad every single day but it has a mono speaker. I'm not going to consume my media with that so I use a headphone, right? I have a choice to pair it via Bluetooth with a speaker or headphone, and where you do that, you have to make the choice: what's your investment in sound?"</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaHS-125OR_0.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beats&#039; future is not just about headphones, though </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"The investment [by manufacturers] in video versus audio over the last 15 years is like 200:1. And it doesn't make sense to me.</p> <p>"We want to try to affect sound in every possible use case and environment. We have a deal with HP, we worked with HTC on audio, right now we work with Chrysler and Dodge… we're trying to learn as we go, to find out how many places we can really affect sound.</p> <p>"We're looking at the primary listening environments: the car, home theatre, video games, planes, travel, commuting on the train, telephony. I think we can bring a benefit&nbsp;everywhere that sound touches the consumer. What I want to do is go at a pace where we can become really good, and have real impact around the experience, as opposed to just being a brand that exists for brand's sake.&nbsp;So we're going to stay in our lane, but our lane touches everything, because any kind of sight and sound media is sight <em>and</em> sound."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats Pill speaker" alt="Beats Pill speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-pill.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’re not done with HTC yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"They still have a 25 percent investment in the company, and additionally we still have a commercial deal with them, around the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a> and several new devices coming out this fall. We have a large-format HTC device out in the fall <em>(the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-max/review">HTC One Max</a>, if we're not mistaken)</em>&nbsp;– I don't even know if they've announced it yet – so we're still on that device.</p> <p>"We learned a lot of great things with HTC. Right now I can't comment as to whether that relationship will continue or not continue, but for Beats, it's been very productive, because we've done a lot of work [on HTC phones] and I'm very proud of the way those devices sound."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One X with Beats Audio" alt="HTC One X with Beats Audio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-x-beats.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’re evangelical about sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Even though it makes me sound like a company guy, we want to raise the bar of sound. When you think about the history of the people in this company, particularly Jimmy Iovine, Dr Dre and myself, we've spent our entire lives committed to making music. We didn't spend our entire lives committed to making headphones.</p> <p>"If we can raise the bar, I would love that. The headphone war is great for everybody, because in the end the artist is going to win."</p> <p><em>Image credit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/21238273@N03/7472169846/in/photolist-cohPLA-frqkyi-bBfJXy-bC1ivN-bAgGSQ-bAgGkN-bQG3za-bQG43H-bQG4gV-bQG3sp-bBMn8b-bBMmN1-bQG3nx-bBMn4j-bQG47k-bQG3PF-bQG3iZ-bBMmVj-bBMmBS-bQG3Vn-bBkahA-fwmnST-bwj1U3-bKdLja-codvoN-codvvs-bDU3yu-bTEthv-91MvTL-eaSdUS-bT2yRP-bTgqFK-bAgGnh-bAgFLQ-bAgFNf-bAgFR1-bAgGMJ-bPb9Ng-bAgGAU-bPbkZk-bAgGCm-bPbm3F-bPbm58-bAgH25-bPbm7X-8pS14h"><em>Mark Tighe</em></a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dr Dre on stage" alt="Dr Dre on stage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dr-dre.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The new Beats Studio is us learning to play.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beats boss Luke Wood talks headphones and HTC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-beats-studio_0.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/beats-drdre/beats-luke-wood-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/beats-drdre/beats-luke-wood-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature#comments Beats By Dr.Dre Docks and Speakers Headphones HTC Interviews Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:12:42 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427281 at http://www.stuff.tv Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we've seen all IFA http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013/lenny-bluetooth-speaker-elipson-and-habitat-most-beautiful-thing-weve-seen-all-ifa/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …and its big brother Timber comes a close second </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lenny-and-timber.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ignore the big-name smartphones, TVs and tablets launched at IFA - none are as desirable as Elipson's new Bluetooth speakers.</p> <p>Borne of a collaboration between French high-design hi-fi house Elipson and British high street interior design guru Habitat, the Lenny and Timber speakers are so beautiful you might start licking your screen. Try not to.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lenny - for the aesthete on the hop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Designed by Pierre Favresse of Habitat and Jean-Yves Le Porcher of Elipson (good work, chaps), Lenny's soft-touch plastic body houses two 2.5in drivers and a 4in passive radiator. These are hooked up to 10W stereo amplifier and fed signal via any smartphone, laptop or tablet via Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP (no superior-quality aptX here, sadly) or a 3.5mm input.</p> <p>There's a battery inside that's good for eight hours on a charge, it's splash-resistant and its real leather carry strap facilitates jaunts to the park or use as the world's most ludicrously stylish ghetto blaster. Lenny will retail at €200.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenny-1.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenny-top.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Timber - for the perfectly appointed loft apartment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Named for its real walnut end panels, the Timber is a less portable but barely less desirable beast. It&nbsp; packs dual 3in drivers and a 15W stereo amp, and like Lenny can be fed via Bluetooth 2.1 (again, aptX is missing) or its 3.5mm input.</p> <p>As a bonus, there's a USB port built in for charging your smartphone or tablet. Timber will cost around €300, which puts it in the realm of B&amp;W's excellent Zeppelin range - so we hope it sounds as good as it looks.</p> <p>Time for a cold shower.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/timber-1.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&#039;ve seen all IFA" alt="Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/timber-2.jpg?1378523245" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013/lenny-bluetooth-speaker-elipson-and-habitat-most-beautiful-thing-weve-seen-all-ifa/news#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming IFA 2013 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:45:28 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1426297 at http://www.stuff.tv