Headphones http://www.stuff.tv/headphones/news en-GB Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 11 headphones for music lovers http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/christmas-gift-guide-2013-12-headphones-music-lovers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From bass-thumping in-ears to noise-cancelling cans for killing off commuters (well, just their voices), there are headphones here for all music lovers </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" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-main.jpg?1417023371" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, music. Combined with a pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea, it makes our bodies do silly, regrettable things on a night out.</p><p>It also makes our horrible commutes bearable (the music, that is), and it makes us happy or sad, depending on the mood we're in.</p><p>And what better way to listen to our excellent track collection than by pumping tunes directly into our ear holes?</p><p>Here's our selection of some of the best headphones to pick up this Christmas.</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/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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"> SoundMagic E10S (£40) </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 SoundMagic E10 in-ears are perennial favourites around these parts, and they&rsquo;ve now had an update that&rsquo;s warranted a whole extra letter on the name. The &lsquo;S&rsquo; stands for &lsquo;Smart&rsquo;, because there are two cables in the box - one&rsquo;s a standard cable, the other has a mic and remote. The latter even has a switch for maximum smartphone compatibility.</p> <p>Did we mention they sound ace? Well they do. And you get all that for &pound;40 so you can put even more of the Christmas budget towards pigs in blankets instead.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/SoundMAGIC-E10S-Ear-Isolating-Earphones-Black-Silver/dp/B00LBZSV7W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417008139&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=soundmagic+e10s?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">SoundMagic E10S</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="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="SoundMagic E10S" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-Soundmagic-E10S_0.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> AKG Y50 (£80) </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 class="p1">AKG&rsquo;s gone all trendy! Assuming bright colours and trendiness are the same thing, that is. If you&rsquo;re not into brightly coloured cans you can always opt for a black pair and you&rsquo;ll still be treated to a fabulously punchy and exciting listen. But you know the red ones will go great with your Santa suit.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/AKG-Foldable-Design-Headphone-Microphone-Black/dp/B00K690IH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417008292&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=akg+y50?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">AKG Y50</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="AKG Y50" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-akg-y50.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> Philips Fidelio M1 MKII (£150) </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 class="p1">We&rsquo;re sure this doesn&rsquo;t need spelling out, but these are the second-generation of Philips&rsquo; Fidelio M1 on-ears - and they sound even better than they did before, which is impressive given that the originals were already seriously superb. </p> <p class="p1">The design is also pretty serious - if you see headphones as a fashion statement you might want to look elsewhere - but they do fold flat for portability&rsquo;s sake. Forget Beats: these Philips&rsquo; phones are the real deal.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-M1MK11BK-Fidelio-Headphones-Microphone-Black/dp/B00N2PPUY6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1415128429&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=fidelio+philips?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Philips Fidelio M1 MK II</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 Fidelio M1 MKII " alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-Philips-Fidelio-M1-MKII.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> More present ideas... </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><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-2013-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Access the rest of Stuff&#39;s mammoth Christmas Gift Guide here!</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-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"> Bose QuietComfort 25 (£270) </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 class="p1">Silence is golden. But creating silence and then filling it with lovely music is even better. Let&rsquo;s call it platinum. And that&rsquo;s what you get from these Bose noise-cancelling cans. </p> <p class="p1">They do a really effective job of blocking out air conditioning, train rumbles, plane engines and the snoring of significant others, and replace it with really clear, detailed and nicely balanced music or movie audio.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bose-QuietComfort-Acoustic-Cancelling-headphones-Black/dp/B00M1NEUKK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417008563&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=bose+quietcomfort+25?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Bose QuietComfort 25</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="Bose QuietComfort 25 " alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-bose-QuietComfort-25.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> 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"> AKG K451 (£60) </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&#39;re cheap, they&#39;re cheerful and they&#39;re portable, making them rock-solid commuter headphones. Their sound quality belies their bargain-basement price with clear, bassy details saturating your ears.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-10748-akg-k451-headphones.aspx?gclid=CJDhn4uxmMICFWPLtAodoVEAYg" target="_blank">AKG K451</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="588" height="441" title="AKG K451" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/akg-headphones.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> Sony MDR-EX650AP (£60) </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 class="p1">Given how much brass is used in musical instrument manufacture, it&rsquo;s sort of weird that it&rsquo;s not a material more commonly seen in hi-fi. Sony&rsquo;s changing all that by utilising trombone metal for the internal sound path and the external enclosure.</p> <p class="p1">They sound superb - smooth and fluid but nicely detailed, too. And they&rsquo;re as comfortable as in-ears get.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-15643-sony-mdr-ex650apt-earphones.aspx?VariantHid=29810&amp;gclid=CJ6syY_T4cECFRMatAodbmwAEQ" target="_blank">Sony MDR-EX650AP</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="Sony MDR-EX650AP" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-Sony-MDR-EX650.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> More present ideas </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><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-2013-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Access the rest of Stuff&#39;s mammoth Christmas Gift Guide here!</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-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"> Bose SoundSport (£130) </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 class="p1">Normal headphones aren&rsquo;t great for exercise. If they don&rsquo;t fall out entirely they always work themselves loose enough to break the noise-isolating seal and you lose all sense of bass. And when they are all the way in they block out so much outside noise that you probably won&rsquo;t be able to hear the bus that&rsquo;s about to run you over. </p> <p class="p1">These Bose sports headphones solve all of those problems. They&rsquo;ve got a flap that sort of clips into your ears, so they never fall out. But they don&rsquo;t burrow right into your brain, either - they instead funnel sound into your ear canal without blocking out all external noise. They&rsquo;re brilliant.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the <a href="https://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/home-and-personal-audio/headphones-and-headsets/sport-headphones/soundsport-headphones-apple/?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Bose SoundSport</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="Bose SoundSport" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-bose-soundsport.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 (£80) </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 class="p1">Sony makes quite a big play about virtual surround sound for PS4 games being the big sell of its first-party gaming headphones, but as far as we&rsquo;re concerned it&rsquo;s the only weak part of the package. Ignore it and you&rsquo;ve got the best looking, most comfortable and neatest stereo solution available for PlayStation. They work with PS3 and Vita, too.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-Wireless-Stereo-Headset/dp/B00I8S4E1C?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0</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="Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-Playstation-Wireless-Stereo-Headset-2.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> 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"> Philips Fidelio M2BT (£190) </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 class="p1">Think of this as the wireless version of the excellent M1 MkIIs above and you&rsquo;re on the right tracks. They sound similarly superb but replace cables with audiophile-satisfying aptX Bluetooth. You can even establish the connection between phone and &lsquo;phones by tapping one to t&rsquo;other, letting NFC do the rest.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Buy the<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-M2BTBK-Wireless-Bluetooth-Headphone/dp/B00CK2P8OY?tag=stuff09-21" target="_blank">&nbsp;Philips Fidelio M2BT</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 Fidelio M2BT" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-Philips-Fidelio-M2BT.jpg?1417023371" /> </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"> Snugs Set with Etymotic HF-3 (£295) </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>Having gunk squirted into your ears isn&rsquo;t generally regarded as a good thing, but when said gunk is turned into bespoke ear tips that perfectly fit the contours of your concha it&rsquo;s worth making an exception.</p> <p>Snugs is the company that makes the tips, and when combined with the supremely talented Etymotic HF-3 earphones you get a proper pro-quality audio experience. And you can choose all sort of crazy colours if that&rsquo;s your bag. Just make sure you clean your ears before visiting (or being visited by) the audiologist with the gunk gun.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://snugsearphones.co.uk/shop/snugs-etymotic-hf-3/" target="_blank">Snugs Set with Etymotic HF-3</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="Snugs Set with Etymotic HF-3 " alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christmas-gift-ideas-headphones-Snugs-Etymotic-HF-3.jpg?1417023371" /> </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-10"><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"> B&amp;W P3 (£170) </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>Bowers &amp; Wilkins&#39; on-ears may look delicate, but their twisty frame is more than tough enough to cope with the packed face-elbowing of your morning commute. Inside, B&amp;W has slotted in custom-built drive unit and acoustic fabric covering. Sleek, smart and stylish. A fine match for your custom tailored Italian suit.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bowers-Wilkins-P3-On-Ear-Headphones-Black/dp/B0082AQ81U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417022309&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=b+%26+w+headphones" target="_blank">Bowers &amp; Wilkins P3</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-2013-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature">All of Stuff&#39;s Christmas gift ideas</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="567" height="425" title="B&amp;W P3" alt="11 headphones that would make great Christmas gifts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bw-p3-review-main_0.jpg?1417023371" /> </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/gadget-awards-2013/christmas-gift-guide-2013-12-headphones-music-lovers/feature#comments Christmas 2014 Gift Guides Headphones Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:32:36 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1429855 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadgets and presents for music lovers http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-music-lovers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The perfect presents that&#039;ll give your muso friends a melodic, memorable Yuletide </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="Pump up the volume!" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-1.jpg?1416418524" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>They ensure the Christmas carols are played in lossless WAV format and own Driving Home for Christmas on limited edition tinsel-rimmed vinyl.</p> <p>So what do you buy for the audiophile that has everything? We&#39;ve rounded up a selection of Christmas gift ideas for music lovers that&#39;ll have them rocking around the Christmas tree.</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/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</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"> Flexson VinylPlay (£330) </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>Not many people know that it&rsquo;s possible to hook a turntable up to a Sonos system and have vinyl playing in every room of your house. Well you can. But you can&rsquo;t use any old turntable; it needs to have a phono stage to provide the necessary power in the absence of a proper amp. Flexson&rsquo;s VinylPlay has just that built in, plus an analogue-to-digital converter and all the cables required to plumb it into a multiroom system or a pair of powered speakers, so you can be up and running on Christmas morning. Just add records.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="https://www.flexson.com/stores/single_product_view.do?pubID=8595&amp;itemID=903497" target="_blank">Flexson VinylPlay</a> here</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="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="Flexson VinylPlay" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-flexson-vinylplay.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> Sonos Play:1 (£150) </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>Don&rsquo;t let the Play:1&rsquo;s diminutive dimensions fool you, it&rsquo;s actually our favourite of Sonos&rsquo;s standalone speakers, with a big, poised sound, simple setup and operation, and a hefty build that belies its size. It&rsquo;s a shame it&rsquo;s not portable but when it sounds this good it&rsquo;s impossible to give it grief just for its three-pin plug. Buy two and you can even have stereo sound.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mainproduct.php?pid=24295" target="_blank">Sonos Play:1</a>&nbsp;here&nbsp;</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="Sonos Play:1" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-sonos-play-1.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> Arcam MiniBlink (£90) </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 a beard that big it&rsquo;s pretty obvious Santa Claus was the original audiophile, so he&rsquo;ll be more than happy to deliver a digital-to-analogue converter on Christmas morning. Especially one with aptX flavour Bluetooth. Plug it into your hi-fi and the music streamed from your phone will sound better than the crackle of bacon cooking on a Sunday morning. It won&rsquo;t smell as good though. Sorry.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.sevenoakssoundandvision.co.uk/p-11770-arc-miniblink.aspx" target="_blank">Arcam MiniBlink</a> here</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="Arcam MiniBlink" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-arcam-miniblink.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw (€200) </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>Home to J Dilla, Madlib and other indie hip-hop heavyweights, if any record label deserves its own pair of headphones it&rsquo;s Stones Throw. These minimalist TMA-1s have the label&rsquo;s logo embossed on the ear cups and a fetching purple cord, meaning they look as good as they sound, plus the cable comes with an integrated mic and music controls.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aiaiai.dk/store/headphones/tma-1-stones-throw" target="_blank">AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans</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="AiAiAi TMA-1 Stones Throw" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-aiaiai-tma-1-stones-throw.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> 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"> Cambridge Audio Minx Go (£100) </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 might not be the most exciting design but that should mean the Minx Go won&rsquo;t clash with the new Christmas jumper. Battery or mains powered it takes tunes from a phone over Bluetooth and is more than capable of squeezing them into all corners of a decent-sized room, with NFC built-in for out-of-the-box pairing. Just keep it away from the Christmas carols.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.richersounds.com/product/wireless-docks,-speakers-and-portables/cambridge-audio/minx-go/camb-minx-go-whi" target="_blank">Cambridge Audio Minx Go</a> here</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="Cambridge Audio Minx Go" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-cambridge-audio-minx-go_0.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> ArtVinyl (£40) </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>Both a storage solution and a neat way to display your favourite record, these frames allow easy access to their 12in contents so you can show off your impeccable taste and keep the place nice and tidy.</p> <p><strong>Buy <a href="http://artvinyl.com" target="_blank">ArtVinyl</a> here</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="ArtVinyl" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-artvinyl.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> Flava Flav Action Figure (£20) </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>Being a music-lover doesn&rsquo;t automatically mean you have to be precious about it. And nothing says &lsquo;I know how to let my hair down&rsquo; like a 12-inch high poseable figurine of Public Enemy nincompoop and renowned clock-fancier Flava Flav. Especially as he comes with a choice of headgear. Yeah bwoy.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fishpond.co.uk/Toys/Mezco-Toyz-Rap-Stars-Action-Figure-Public-Enemys-Flava-Flav-Public-Enemy/0696198335026" target="_blank">Flava Flav Action Figure</a>&nbsp;here</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="Flava Flav Action Figure" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flava-flav-action-figure.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> Roberts Stream 93i (£145) </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>A whole globe&rsquo;s-worth of music accessed via a small, shiny box, the Stream 93i sounds a whole lot bigger than it looks. And if you get bored of listening to EVERY RADIO STATION ON THE PLANET there&rsquo;s DLNA streaming available plus support for Spotify Connect.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.go-electrical.co.uk" target="_blank">Roberts Stream 93i</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-gadget-gifts-ideas-photographers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for photographers</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="Roberts Stream 93i" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-roberts-stream-93i.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> 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"> B&amp;O BeoPlay A2 (£300) </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>While many Bluetooth speakers are beige anonyboxes, you can always rely on Bang &amp; Olufsen to put the effort in. The A2 has a hint of World War 2 field radio about it, with a leather strap for carrying it (which you&rsquo;ll probably need over the course of its 24-hour battery life) &ndash; though its aptX Bluetooth is bang up to date, giving you top-notch streaming quality.</p> <p><strong>Buy the <a href="http://www.beoplay.com/products/beoplaya2?gclid=CO-o-NKPh8ICFcrKtAod2WkA-Q#buy" target="_blank">B&amp;O BeoPlay A2</a> here</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="B&amp;O BeoPlay A2" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-bang-and-olufsen-beoplay-a2.jpg?1416418524" /> </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"> Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers (from £150) </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>Keeping your vinyl organised is part of the joy of owning it in the first place. Do you alphabetise? Colour code? Sort by genre? You alphabetise, obviously, and you do it with the help of Kate Koeppel&rsquo;s Record Dividers. Available for both 7in and 12in collections and with a choice of typefaces, these wooden organisers will sort you right out.</p> <p><strong>Buy&nbsp;<a href="http://shop.katekoeppel.com/products" target="_blank">Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers</a> here</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="Kate Koeppel Design Record Dividers" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-kate-koeppel-design-record-dividers.jpg?1416418524" /> </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-10"><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"> Sony MDR-EX650AP (£46) </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>For many, spending more than about &pound;25 on a pair of headphones that they&rsquo;re likely to lose or break within weeks is akin to throwing pound coins in the sea. So spend it for them instead. These Sony in-ears sound great, come with a remote and mic, and feel more expensive than you&rsquo;ll pay for them, which means everyone&rsquo;s a winner.</p> <p><strong>Buy the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.accessoryjack.com/sony-mdr-ex650ap-ex-monitor-in-ear-headphones-for-smartphone-brown.html" target="_blank">Sony MDR-EX650AP</a> here</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="Sony MDR-EX650AP" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-sony-mdr-ex650ap.jpg?1416418524" /> </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-11"><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"> Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print (£25) </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>Unless you&rsquo;re a sound engineer most songs look broadly similar when you convert them to soundwaves, so even if your favourite tune is Paul McCartney&rsquo;s Frog Song, if anybody asks you can pretend it&rsquo;s Jet or Live and Let Die or something much less embarrassing instead. Just hope they don&rsquo;t check the title printed underneath.</p> <p><strong>Buy a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/houseofyve/product/personalised-song-soundwaves-print" target="_blank">Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print</a> here</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gifts-those-constantly-faraway-look/feature" target="_blank">Christmas gift ideas for campers, wanderers and explorers</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature">All of Stuff&#39;s best Christmas gift ideas</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="Personalised Favourite Song Soundwaves Print" alt="Best Christmas gifts ideas for music lovers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-christmas-gifts-ideas-music-lovers-soundwaves-print.jpg?1416418524" /> </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/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-music-lovers/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas 2014 Gift Guides Headphones Hi-Fi & Streaming Sonos Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:32:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429303 at http://www.stuff.tv Parrot Zik 2.0 is now slimmer and prettier http://www.stuff.tv/parrot/parrot-zik-20-now-slimmer-and-prettier/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But looks will only get you so far in this game, you mark our words </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="Parrot Zik 2.0" alt="Parrot Zik 2.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/main_4.jpg?1412929326" /> </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/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</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>I&rsquo;ve already got some decent headphones. Why should I get these? </strong><br />Oh yeah, stick with what you&rsquo;ve got. What do any of us really need, anyway? Food in our bellies, a roof over our heads and a job in order to pay the taxman. Maybe a Nokia 3210 for those times when a written letter is just a little too slow to tell her that you&rsquo;re running late for your date. Bit of Snake for entertainment on special occasions. Perfect, yes?</p> <p><strong>Oh. One of those days, is it? </strong><br />Well, the cloud of dismissiveness in which you live is poisonous to us. Just look at these colourful cans! Don&rsquo;t they just make you think, before hearing anything about their capabilities, that they&rsquo;ll bring incremental gains to your pursuit of happiness just by being on your noggin?</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>The previous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/parrot/parrot-zik-touch-controlled-nfc-headphones-out-july/news" target="_blank">Ziks</a> were rather austere, weren&rsquo;t they?</strong><br />Apart from the latter-day <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/parrot/parrot-zik-touch-controlled-nfc-headphones-out-july/news" target="_blank">gold</a> versions, yes. And a little chunky, too. But that&rsquo;s been refined for the 2.0s. Philippe Starck is still involved in the overall design, but they&rsquo;ve slimmed down from 325g to a more lug-load compliant 270g. The soft-touch plastic has been replaced by a leathery something, and the cups have been made more comfortable. But it&rsquo;s not all colour and cosiness, the new versions are yet more capable of conjuring up a capital cacophony.</p> <p><strong>Well, that&rsquo;s good to hear.</strong><br />The headphones have no fewer than eight microphones for measuring ambient noise levels, as well as a bone conduction microphone for better voice clarity during handsfree calls. There&rsquo;s a better DAC onboard, and an improved Android/iOS app that lets you muck about with the equaliser and noise cancellation levels. That is, unless you&rsquo;ve downloaded your favourite band&rsquo;s custom EQ &ndash; a original Zik feature that continues with the new version. The swipy touch-sensitive music controls on the headphones also remain.</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="Parrot Zik 2.0" alt="Parrot Zik 2.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_13.jpg?1412929326" /> </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="Parrot Zik 2.0" alt="Parrot Zik 2.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_17.jpg?1412929326" /> </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>Hmm, lots going on. Does that mean poor battery life? </strong><br />Well, kind of. Bluetooth 3.0 is your wireless option, and with that going on you&rsquo;re only looking at six hours of playback. But you can plug in the bundled audio cable and listen for up to 18 hours, without sacrificing the app features or noise cancellation. Hooray!</p> <p><strong>Have you cheered up a bit now? </strong><br />Yep! Consider the air well and truly cleared and gadget joy levels restored. The only cloud is that the Zik 2.0 won&rsquo;t be available until November. But at least the &pound;230 price tag is on the money for big tech drum-bumpers like these.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertu-breaks-new-ground-hp-1v-headphones/news" target="_blank">Vertu breaks new ground with HP-1V headphones</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Parrot Zik 2.0" alt="Parrot Zik 2.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_13.jpg?1412929326" /> </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/parrot/parrot-zik-20-now-slimmer-and-prettier/news#comments Bluetooth Headphones Headphones Hot Stuff Parrot Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:53:38 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1449776 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu breaks new ground with HP-1V headphones http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertu-breaks-new-ground-hp-1v-headphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vertu has taken a break from making absurdly expensive telephones to making slightly-less-absurdly expensive ear goggles – Stuff goes ears-on </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="Vertu breaks new ground with HP-1V headphones" alt="Vertu breaks new ground with HP-1V headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-headphones-hot-stuff.jpg?1411433965" /> </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>Vertu? That&rsquo;s the company that makes the &pound;6,000 smartphones with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/constellation/vertu-constellation-how-build-4200-smartphone/feature">dedicated concierge buttons</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news">exclusive access to members&#39; clubs</a>, right?</strong><br />Correct. But now it&rsquo;s branching into audio with these HP-1V on-ear headphones.</p> <p><strong>Do they cost &pound;6,000, becau&ndash;</strong><br />Let me stop you there, pal. These are &pound;490 which &ndash;&nbsp;while hardly pocket-change &ndash;&nbsp;isn&rsquo;t out of this world pricey. Especially as they&rsquo;re made in conjunction with none other than Danish mavens of tasteful audiovisual brilliance Bang &amp; Olufsen.</p> <p><strong>B&amp;O, eh? So they sound good?</strong><br />Well, they do sound better than a lot of headphones &ndash; but at the same time you can doubtless get superior performance from cheaper cans. B&amp;O&rsquo;s involvement adds some audiophile cachet &ndash;&nbsp;though dedicated vinyl-botherers will doubtless grumble about &quot;paying for design&quot;. Vertu used their own design team (B&amp;O only collaborated on the audio), but these do look&nbsp;really, really nice.</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, not like Vertu&rsquo;s phones then?</strong><br />Well, we&rsquo;d rather be seen wearing these than waltzing around town talking on a Vertu Constellation wrapped in&nbsp;blue lizard skin. There&rsquo;s aircraft-grade aluminium and lamb&#39;s leather in the band, while the cups are made from a comfortable memory foam covered in soft, hand-stitched lamb&rsquo;s leather. They&rsquo;re a lot more understated and stylish than some of Vertu&#39;s previous handsets, in other words. And they&rsquo;re made in England, so you&rsquo;d be supporting local business by buying them over some cheaper cans made in, say, Shenzhen.</p> <p><strong>They do look a bit bulky, though</strong><br />They&rsquo;re actually surprisingly light: just 230g. And they come in a lovely quilted magnetic carrying pouch, so you can put them in your bag without having to worry about a stray set of keys scratching them up.</p> <p><strong>Are they phone compatible?</strong><br />Of course, Vertu being first and foremost a phone manufacturer. Two cables are supplied &ndash; you can choose between audio only or audio with volume controls and in-line microphone.</p> <p><strong>And is there a button on the cable that calls a concierge for me?</strong><br />Now you&rsquo;re just being daft. If you fancy shelling out for a pair, you can buy them from a Vertu boutique (find your nearest one <a href="http://www.vertu.com/en/contact-a-boutique" target="_blank">here</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="1200" height="900" title="Two kinds of leather and aircraft-grade aluminium? Yes please" alt="Two kinds of leather and aircraft-grade aluminium? Yes please" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-headphones-2.jpg?1411433965" /> </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"> Hands-on with the HP-1V </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>Vertu&#39;s new cans look expensive, in an understated way; a hefty arc of aluminium, with anodized black earpieces and buttery-soft lamb&#39;s leather cushions to cosset your lugholes. They even smell pricey, too; like a leather armchair or the interior of a sports car. Pop them on your head and they have a satisfyingly weighty feel; the memory foam cushions are comfy and block outside noise effectively, though the band is quite tricky to adjust when they&#39;re on your head.</p> <p>But how do they sound? Perfectly good, actually. Noise isolation is effective, the bass is punchy&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but not overwhelming&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;and there&#39;s plenty of crisp detail in the mid-range. There is a catch, though; they don&#39;t sound &pound;200 better than premium on-ears from other manufacturers like B&amp;O. Sure, you&#39;re probably not looking at these for audio quality alone; and the build quality of the cans is certainly impressive. Though the flimsy-feeling plastic 3-button remote lets the side down, rather; if you&#39;re not planning to use it for calls, probably best to pop off the magnetic ear cushion and swap it out for a standard cable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out 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> <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> http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertu-breaks-new-ground-hp-1v-headphones/news#comments Headphones Hot Stuff Vertu Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:34:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448087 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Mario Kart 8 adding Link and more in DLC, Jabra's wireless heart rate-sensing earbuds, and Instagram’s impressive time-lapse video app http://www.stuff.tv/jabra/fully-charged-mario-kart-8-adding-link-and-more-dlc-jabra-reveals-wireless-heart-rate-sensing- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start off the day with a burst of quick-hit tech and gaming updates </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="Mario Kart 8 DLC" alt="Mario Kart 8 DLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mariokart8-dlc.jpg?1409122981" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Mario Kart 8 adding familiar Nintendo faces and places </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>While Super Smash Bros. has opened its doors to the wider Nintendo cast of characters (and beyond), the Mario Kart series has always maintained its Mario series boundaries. That won&rsquo;t be the case for much longer, as Nintendo UK has leaked details and images of a pair of downloadable content packs (since officially announced) coming for Mario Kart 8 on Wii U.</p> <p>The first pack will arrive in November and bring Legend of Zelda lead Link as a playable character, along with Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, eight courses, and four vehicles. It&rsquo;ll be some time before the second pack debuts in May 2015, but it&rsquo;ll bring Dry Bowser plus Isabelle and the Villager from Animal Crossing as drivers, along with eight more courses and four rides.</p> <p>Each pack will sell for &pound;7, and Nintendo says that tracks from the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing will be among the new ones, while older locales like Wario&rsquo;s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii are also planned, as well as a Blue Falcon kart from F-Zero. Seeing as Mario Kart 8 is arguably the biggest driver of Wii U sales to date, it makes a ton of sense to keep interest alive well into 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://store.nintendo.co.uk/wii-u-ddc/the-legend-of-zelda-x-mario-kart-8-aoc-pack-digital-download/10991121.html">Nintendo UK</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review">Mario Kart 8 review</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="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"> Jabra launching heart-monitoring Bluetooth earphones </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>Just this morning, Jabra announced plans to release its own pair of heart rate-sensing earphones this autumn, but unlike the wired ones that SMS Audio and Intel unveiled a couple weeks back, the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity and tie into a specialized Sport Life app.</p> <p>The IP55-rated waterproof earbuds should run for about 5-6 hours on a full battery charge, and because music playback uses more power than the heart rate-monitoring feature, you&rsquo;ll still be able to track your vitals even when the music stops (should you run low). With the app, you&rsquo;ll be able to set heart rate zone goals and adjust on the fly to maximize your workout. Also, you can determine your VO2 Max level by performing a walking test with the Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, which Jabra claims is 98% accurate compared to proper specialized medical gear.</p> <p>The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds are expected out on 15 October for &pound;200, and they&rsquo;ll ship with all manner of buds and ear wings to ensure a quality fit. In fact, Jabra has a &ldquo;wall of ears&rdquo; comprised of varying moulds of real ears to make sure they&rsquo;re covering a wide range when bundling in options. That&#39;s right: a wall of ears.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa">Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks&rsquo; surprising iPad app, and Samsung&rsquo;s big smart home acquisition</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="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="Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless" alt="Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jabra-sportpulse.jpg?1409122981" /> </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"> Instagram’s Hyperlapse generates stable time-lapse clips </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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/104410054?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Launched yesterday for iOS devices, Hyperlapse is a new free app from Instagram that allows you to quickly and easily film and share time-lapse videos. Thanks to stabilization technology, the results aren&#39;t super-shaky and disorienting, but actually rather smooth and effective.</p> <p>Weirdly, Microsoft just showed off similar tech under the same name a few weeks back, with plans to launch it on Windows - but Instagram just beat it to the punch, and the results look even smoother. Sorry, Microsoft. An Android version is planned, reports Wired, but isn&rsquo;t yet in development.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/95829278497/hyperlapse-from-instagram">Instagram</a>, <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/hyperlapse-instagrams-new-app-is-like-a-15000-video-setup-in-your-hand/">Wired</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/microsoft-tech-turns-frantic-gopro-footage-slick-stable-time-lapse-clips/news">Microsoft tech turns frantic GoPro footage into slick, stable time-lapse clips</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="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-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"> Pokkén Tournament is Pokémon meets Tekken (really) </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>Nearly two decades out and we still can&rsquo;t get a proper Pokémon adventure for consoles, but here&rsquo;s Nintendo and Bandai Namco with a Pokémon fighting game powered by the Tekken engine. Why? Because it will make stupid amounts of money. Pokkén Tournament is slated for a Japanese arcade release next year, before a surely inevitable Wii U launch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Cs4L1JALY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pokemon-x-and-y-nintendo-running-low-new-pokemon-ideas/feature">A set of keys with eyes: Nintendo&rsquo;s running a bit low on new Pokémon ideas</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/p7Cs4L1JALY" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/jabra/fully-charged-mario-kart-8-adding-link-and-more-dlc-jabra-reveals-wireless-heart-rate-sensing-#comments Headphones Instagram iOS apps Jabra Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Wearable tech Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445985 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks’ surprising iPad app, and Samsung’s big smart home acquisition http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start Friday off right by catching up with the latest tech happenings around </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="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" alt="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sms-biosport.png?1408152869" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Intel and SMS Audio team for biometric earbuds </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>50 Cent&rsquo;s SMS Audio announced yesterday that it will release biometric, heart rate-sensing earbuds this autumn in collaboration with Intel, which first premiered the tech back at CES this year. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones pull power straight from the standard headphone jack, meaning you don&rsquo;t need to charge anything before use; they&rsquo;re effectively plug-and-play.</p> <p>Granted, you&rsquo;ll need the RunKeeper app at launch to actually access the heart rate data, although additional apps will be supported over time. The earbuds are also sweat and water resistant with an IPX4 rating, and come with three sizes of ear gels and hooks for optimum comfort. No word on price just yet, but multiple colour options will launch in Q4.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/14/intel-and-sms-audio-to-supercharge-fitness-wearables">Intel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my-gadget-life-–-50-cent/news">My Gadget Life - 50 Cent</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="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"> Tom Hanks made a typewriter app for iPad </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>Tom Hanks: actor, seemingly all-around good guy, and productivity app maker? That&rsquo;s the surprising news this week following yesterday&rsquo;s launch of Hanx Writer for iPad.</p> <p>Published by Hitcents, the app was designed under the direction of Hanks, who is an avid fan of classic typewriters and once had a collection of 200 such machines. The free app recreates the look of typewriter keys and the loud sound effects, and offers additional virtual typewriters to wield via in-app purchases.</p> <p>&ldquo;I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it&#39;s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,&rdquo; said Hanks to USA Today, before charmingly adding, &quot;There&#39;s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/08/14/tom-hanks-hanx-writer-typewriter-app/13580367/?csp=tech">USA Today</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6002055/hanx-writer-ipad-app-released-by-tom-hanks">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hanx-writer/id868326899?mt=8">Tom Hanks turns video game developer with Electric City</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="Hanx Writer" alt="Hanx Writer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hanx-writer.PNG?1408152869" /> </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"> Samsung acquires SmartThings for US$200 million </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>Samsung made a big splash in the smart home market on Thursday by purchasing SmartThings, a company that specializes in connected home controllers that allow appliances and devices using different standards to communicate with each other. SmartThings began as a Kickstarter success story before raising millions more in funding, and Recode pegs the Samsung acquisition at US$200 million (about &pound;120 million).</p> <p>Despite now being under a rather large corporate umbrella, SmartThings says it will continue to run independently and maintain its open platform for taming various Internet of Things devices. Even so, this gives Samsung a suddenly large stake in the burgeoning smart home field, just weeks after joining Nest and others to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news">form the Thread standard</a>&nbsp;for such things.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.smartthings.com/news/smartthings-updates/smartthings-samsung-open-platform/">SmartThings</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/14/internet-of-bling-samsung-buys-smartthings-for-200-million/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-make-your-house-smart-home-future/feature">Project - make your house a smart home of the future</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="800" title="SmartThings" alt="SmartThings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartthings-devices.jpg?1408152869" /> </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/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa#comments Connected home Headphones Intel iOS apps Samsung Wearable tech Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444900 at http://www.stuff.tv Bang & Olufsen's limited edition BeoPlay H6 headphones add +10 style to your ears http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-limited-edition-beoplay-h6-headphones-add-10-style-your-ears/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;O&#039;s latest high-end cans bring a splash of colour to your head </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="600" height="450" title="We like the middle one." alt="Bang &amp; Olufsen&#039;s limited edition BeoPlay H6 headphones add +10 style to your ear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bando-h6-colours.jpg?1407559700" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bang &amp; Olufsen has announced new limited editions of its high-end BeoPlay H6 headphones, and they&#39;re dressed to impress with three new colours.</p> <p>The words Blue Stone, Bronzed Hazel and Graphite Blush mean very little on their own (we&#39;re a little disappointed that there isn&#39;t a potassium permanganate throw into the mix for good measure), but you should be able to figure out which one is which from the photo above.&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/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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-limited-edition-beoplay-h6-headphones-add-10-style-your-ears/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsens-limited-edition-beoplay-h6-headphones-add-10-style-your-ears/news#comments B&O Headphones Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:24:45 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444257 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips Fidelio M1BT Bluetooth headphones http://www.stuff.tv/philips-fidelio-m1bt/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Philips Fidelio M1BTs are the best Bluetooth headphones we’ve heard, and they look good, too. It’s time to cut those cords. </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="1350" height="900" title="Philips Fidelio M1BT review" alt="Philips Fidelio M1BT review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Philips%20Fidelio%20M1BT_2.jpg?1407400424" /> </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/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We don&rsquo;t like wires. Wires are rubbish. But sometimes they&rsquo;re a necessary evil, at least with audio, because going without tends to affect the sound quality.</p> <p>So when somebody tells us our music can sound its best without wires, we listen. And today, Philips has our ears with the Fidelio M1BTs.</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"> £250.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/philips/m1bt/review </div> </div> </div> <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">10 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"> Good looks </div> <div class="field-item even"> Neatly integrated controls </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great sound </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"> Some rivals are more portable </div> <div class="field-item even"> No noise-cancelling </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"> Headphones for adults </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>Tired of garish plastic cans? Then you&rsquo;ll love the Philips approach. The dark blue-grey colour scheme is understated and grown-up, and if you <em>are</em> a grown-up that&rsquo;s probably a good thing.</p> <p>You get lovely leather on the headband and what feels like faux-leather on the ear pads, while the frame is mostly aluminium. There&rsquo;s a small amount of textured plastic on the back of the ear cups.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wireless-headphones/bose-ae2w/review" target="_blank">Bose AE2w review</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="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="1350" height="900" title="The styling is classy and understated rather than in your face. We like." alt="Philips Fidelio M1BT review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips%20Fidelio%20M1BT_1.jpg?1407400424" /> </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"> Touchy, feely, swivelly </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 leather feels very soft, and complements the memory foam in the ear pads. Short of having a pillow wrapped around your head, this is about as much comfort as you&rsquo;ll get when wearing something on your ears.</p> <p>Build quality is strong. After a week of being shoved into (and yanked out of) a bag, these still looks and feel pristine. The ear cups swivel 90 degrees to lie flat, and there&rsquo;s a cloth bag for storage.</p> <p>Admittedly, they&rsquo;re not as portable as a model such as the Sennheiser MM 450-X, but those look a little too much like the sort of headphones you get on an airplane. The Philips, meanwhile, look executive.</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="1440" height="900" title="These don&#039;t fold down, but the materials an swivel design make for a really comfortable fit" alt="Philips Fidelio M1BT review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips%20Fidelio%20M1BT_4.jpg?1407400424" /> </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"> Right on the button </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>At first glance, you may not notice the controls on the right ear cup. See that crescent shape? That whole panel is the play/pause button.</p> <p>That means no more fumbling to find an arrow-shaped key: you can literally slap yourself on the side of the head and still get play/pause control with relative accuracy.</p> <p>Hold the crescent to power up or down, or hold longer to pair Bluetooth. That happens in seconds. The little ring is another switch. Flick it up and down to change the volume, or push it in to change tracks (once to advance, twice to rewind).</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a comprehensive set of controls, and fairly subtle &ndash; and there&#39;s no sticky-out Bluetooth module like the one on the Bose headphones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">Why you should be pumped about (and just a little sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</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="1350" height="900" title="The buttons are cleverly disguised but still easy to use" alt="Philips Fidelio M1BT review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips%20Fidelio%20M1BT_5.jpg?1407400424" /> </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"> Tasty insides </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>Under the surface, each ear cup contains 40mm drivers. Philips says the speakers are angled inwards slightly in the hope that they&rsquo;ll fire straight down your ear canals. How thoughtful.</p> <p>There are two microphones, so you can use the M1BTs as a hands-free headset. Our phone calls were plenty audible both in and out of the office.</p> <p>Battery life is quoted as about 10 hours. It does depend on how much you use them and how loud you go, but we think they last long enough. Charging takes around three hours from flat, and if you can&rsquo;t wait that long, you can revert to the bundled 1.2m cable.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lovely 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>These sound really good. It&rsquo;s a rich, full-bodied sound, with lots of weight and bass. That being said, the tonal balance is mostly neutral, with no part of the frequency hogging the spotlight. There&rsquo;s plenty of detail from top to bottom, while vocals are especially clean and clear.</p> <p>These headphones support aptX Bluetooth, which offers significantly better quality if your phone (or whatever you&rsquo;re playing music on) supports it. With an Apt-X connection, we got a lot more detail and stronger, punchier dynamics.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/akg-k451/review" target="_blank">AKG K451 review</a></strong></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"> Philips Fidelio M1BT 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>It&rsquo;s hard to fault the Philips Fidelio M1BTs. They look good, they&rsquo;re comfy to wear, they&rsquo;re easy to use, and the sound is lovely.</p> <p>If we had to nitpick, we&rsquo;d bemoan the absence of noise-cancellation, but that&rsquo;s splitting hairs. If you want to untangle yourself from music while maintaining the quality, this is the way to go, and that&#39;s why they replace the Bose AE2ws in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/headphones/top-ten" target="_blank">list of the best headphones in the world right now</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="1350" height="900" title="Philips M1BT review verdict" alt="Philips M1BT review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips%20Fidelio%20M1BT_3.jpg?1407400424" /> </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-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <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"> 8 </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>Cut the cords with style and substance: these are the best Bluetooth headphones around</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips-fidelio-m1bt/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/philips-fidelio-m1bt/review#comments Bluetooth Headphones Headphones M1BT Philips Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:50:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1442505 at http://www.stuff.tv SoundSight headphones put a camera in your cans http://www.stuff.tv/soundsight-headphones-put-camera-your-cans/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think 1080p-recording cans are as useful as a solar-powered torch? Think again... </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="SoundSight headphones put a camera in your cans" alt="SoundSight headphones put a camera in your cans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/soundsight-main.jpg?1405905916" /> </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/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</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>Video? Not what you look for in a pair of headphones, surely?</strong><br />Not normally. Sound quality, comfort, style: yes. The ability to record 1080p video? We&#39;d never even considered it until SoundSight rolled out these camera-equipped cans. But if you think about it, it makes a kind of sense: say you&#39;re DJing a gig, and you wanted to share it with friends and fans. These headphones make it possible to live stream exactly what&#39;s going on around you.</p> <p><strong>How would my adoring fans be able to see it?</strong><br />The wireless hi-tech headphones feature audio- and video-recording capabilities thanks to five microphones and a 1080p HD rotating camera mounted to the outside of the ear cups. That allows you to share the moment right here, right now. You can even add a SoundTrack when they join your live stream, right from your headphones.<br />&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-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 if I want to edit my videos before sharing them?</strong><br />With Bluetooth built in, SoundSight comes with a companion app for Android and iOS that lets you record directly to your camera roll &ndash; where you can edit those videos. No need to worry about whether the sound quality matches the image, either, as you can add different music clips. Simple.</p> <p><strong>Wireless? The battery life must be worse than an iPhone</strong><br />The company claims that, with all the features activated, you can expect around four hours of action from the 800mAh battery. With just the active noise cancellation switched on, this is increased to 18 hours. What&#39;s more, by using these headphones you&#39;d be using your smartphone less &ndash; meaning that it should last longer too.</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="Show off your sweet MMA skills to the world" alt="Show off your sweet MMA skills to the world" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/soundsight-lifestyle.jpg?1405905916" /> </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>How much would I have to fork out?</strong><br />At the moment, you can pre-order a pair of SoundSight headphones for US$349 (around &pound;200). However, a retail pair will cost $499 (&pound;290), so pre-ordering them will save you a solid wedge when they&#39;re officially launched next spring. Will they take off? We&#39;re not sure, but they&#39;re bound to be of use to some, and we&#39;ve seen more bizarre gadgets. It&#39;s innovation, really.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://soundsightheadphones.com/#headphones" target="_blank">SoundSight</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">LISTEN UP &ndash; HERE&#39;S MORE HOT STUFF</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/qwopvmhQA2g" 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> Headphones Hot Stuff Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:58:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442384 at http://www.stuff.tv Normal's 3D-printed earphones are anything but ordinary http://www.stuff.tv/normals-customised-3d-printed-earphones-are-anything-ordinary/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s a better buy than Beats? Earphones custom-made to every curve of your ear </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="567" height="425" title="Normal&#039;s custom earphones are anything but ordinary" alt="Normal&#039;s custom earphones are anything but ordinary" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/normal%20earphones.jpg?1405337094" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;ve been wanting a pair of earphones and eyeing pricey names like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Beats</a>, you know what? Save your money.</p> <p>Normal has a better suggestion: 3D-printed earphones that are tailored to your ears for maximum comfort, even to the point of having different left and right earpieces. Because even your own ears will differ widely from each other, besides the obvious side they face.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> 3D-printed earphones anyone? </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"> <dl> <dt>Specs-wise, the earpieces are pretty decent: 14mm Neodymium Dynamic drivers, 109 dB/mW sensitivity, a frequency response range of 20Hz&ndash;20kHz and a 32 Ohms impedance. In other words, these aren&#39;t your run-of-the-mill &pound;15 earphones.</dt> <dt>&nbsp;</dt> <dt>What you first need to do to get a Normal custom set of earphones is download a free app. The app will then take pictures of your ears and from there you can choose to customise your earphones. You can change colours, length of cord or tweak the hardware. How much will it cost you? US$199.99 (around &pound;115). That might sound like a lot but considering high-end earphones already cost that much, why not splurge on custom-fit ones instead? They also come with a carrying case.</p> <p>How are the earphones made? They&#39;re all assembled via ten Fortus 250 3D printers at Normal&#39;s headquarters in Chelsea (the New York Chelsea, not the West London one). The first products will start shipping on 8th August &ndash; the same day Normal opens its Manhattan showroom.</dt> </dl> <p>Besides earphones, Normal just might get into other product lines including Bluetooth headsets and perhaps hearing aids. Kaufman also said that she doesn&#39;t see Normal as being limited to devices related to hearing.</p> <p>Try out the apps at the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nrml/id888518405?ls=1&amp;mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.normal" target="_blank">Google Play </a>in case you feel you could be in the market for some US$200 custom headphones.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2014/07/08/these-custom-3-d-printed-headphones-offer-antidote-to-apples-beats/?utm_campaign=techtwittersf&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social" target="_blank">Forbes</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/8tmhdOfIEqU" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/normals-customised-3d-printed-earphones-are-anything-ordinary/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Headphones Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:15:49 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442040 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s future speakers and earphones to be a gas, gas, gas http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-future-speakers-and-earphones-be-gas-gas-gas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A newly-awarded patent describes how gas-filled speakers and headphones could offer higher sound quality </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="604" height="453" title="Apple’s future speakers and earphones to be a gas, gas, gas" alt="Apple’s future speakers and earphones to be a gas, gas, gas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-earpods.jpg?1404352125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has been awarded a patent that may hint at the future of its speakers and headphones &ndash; and it&rsquo;s a real gas.</p> <p>We mean that quite literally. The document describes how a light gas like helium could be sealed behind a speaker&rsquo;s cone; when the gas pressure changes, the cone vibrates and makes sound. Usually, outside air is used to vibrate the cone, but using a specific gas instead can result in more precise, more faithful sound reproduction.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s a concept which already exists in some &ldquo;plasma speakers&rdquo;, but these have to be installed in such a way that the movement of the gas can be tightly controlled by alterations in barometric pressure. Apple&rsquo;s idea differs in that it can be used in portable speakers and even headphones. A vented cavity allows outside air to compress the gas through a barrier, keeping the gas sealed inside.</p> <p>As with all patent stories, we&rsquo;d urge you not to get too excited. Even if Apple does release a product packing this tech, such a day is probably years away &ndash; and there&rsquo;s no guarantee that the company will use its patent at all. However, given Apple&rsquo;s recent efforts at boosting its audio reputation (mainly through the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">purchase of headphone maker Beats</a>), we reckon there&rsquo;s a decent chance of some gassy iPhone headphones popping up in the not-too-distant future.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/01/apple-gains-patent-for-high-fidelity-new-gas-filled-speaker-design">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="The patent diagram of Apple&#039;s gas-filled speakers" alt="The patent diagram of Apple&#039;s gas-filled speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-gas-speaker.jpg?1404352125" /> </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/apple/apple-s-future-speakers-and-earphones-be-gas-gas-gas/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Headphones iPhone & iPad Music Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:17:18 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440758 at http://www.stuff.tv Sennheiser joins the Phonebloks alliance to help create a modular smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/sennheiser/sennheiser-joins-phonebloks-alliance-help-create-modular-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The headphone manufacturer is bringing its audio expertise to the modular smartphone project </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="567" height="425" title="Sennheiser joins the Phonebloks alliance to help create a modular smartphone " alt="Sennheiser joins the Phonebloks alliance to help create a modular smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/senn.jpg?1404207870" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your smartphone mic isn&#39;t delivering, why not swap it out for a better one?</p> <p>That&#39;s the vision of the&nbsp;<a href="https://phonebloks.com/en" target="_blank">Phonebloks alliance</a>&nbsp;&ndash; and now German&nbsp;microphone and headphones manufacturer Sennheiser has signed up, it&#39;s become a shade more likely.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Access all areas </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>Sennheiser may also be involved in making modular smartphones more accessible for disabled customers; it&#39;s involved in creating special streaming technology (based on its recently launched&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sennheiser-connect.com/index_en.html" target="_blank">Sennheiser Connect technology</a>),&nbsp;for a &ldquo;low-latency lip-synchronous&rdquo; solution for the visually impaired and hard-of-hearing. In short, phones can be easily customised based on the needs of the individual.</p> <p>According to Sennheiser, it hopes that devising and creating components for the Phonebloks project will result in new applications beyond smartphones, too. Modular tablets, anyone?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola-s-project-ara-will-bring-upgradability-smartphone-hardware/news">Motorola&#39;s Project Ara will let you upgrade your smartphone&#39;s hardware</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/AFTwthNrL_w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </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"> What is Phonebloks? </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>Phonebloks is an independent organisation that encourages the manufacturing of devices that produce less electronic waste.</p> <p>When one component is damaged in a conventional device, it can potentially brick the whole unit and render it useless. What Phonebloks is working towards, is making smart devices more modular &ndash; so that we can just replace the broken or damaged component, without facing an expensive repair bill. And because Phonebloks devices are upgradeable, you&#39;ll be able to extend its lifespan by swapping out components for newer ones as and when you need them.</p> <p>The result will be one device that lasts for eons, as long as there are parts still available.</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sennheiser/sennheiser-joins-phonebloks-alliance-help-create-modular-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sennheiser/sennheiser-joins-phonebloks-alliance-help-create-modular-smartphone/news#comments Headphones Sennheiser Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:43:15 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440632 at http://www.stuff.tv B&O launches celebrity headphones with DJ Khaled http://www.stuff.tv/bo-launches-celebrity-headphones-dj-khaled/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bang &amp; Olufsen the best? H6 cans get hip-hop makeover </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="1047" height="676" title="H6 with DJ Khaled by B&amp;O" alt="H6 with DJ Khaled by B&amp;O" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/necklacecrop.jpg?1404178932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Low key Danish audiophile sound-meisters Bang &amp; Olufsen have teamed up with larger than life Palestinan-American rapper DJ Khaled on their premium H6 headphones.</p> <p>H6 with DJ Khaled by B&amp;O, as they will be known, pump up the bling with gold and red leather details but the techy innards should remain unchanged.</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-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</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"> If you can&#039;t Beats them, join them </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 previous brand ambassadors for the H6 cans include such household (in Denmark) names as DJ Mads Emil Grove Moller, indie musicians Rangleklods and&nbsp;principal dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet, Kristoffer Sakurai.&nbsp;</p> <p>DJ Khaled looks like a step up for the brand, with several platinum discs, a clutch of BET Awards and a Grammy nomination under his belt.&nbsp;</p> <p>B&amp;O is currently valued at around $500m - a sixth of the $3bn price-tag that Apple paid for Dr Dre&#39;s Beats headphones company.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion</a></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="774" title="H6 with DJ Khaled by B&amp;O" alt="H6 with DJ Khaled by B&amp;O" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Khaledmain2.jpg?1404178932" /> </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/bo-launches-celebrity-headphones-dj-khaled/news#comments Headphones Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:42:40 +0000 Mark Harris 1440564 at http://www.stuff.tv Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 17/06/14: Record labels agree on standardised definition and categories for hi-res audio </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="Why you should be pumped about Hi-Res Audio" alt="Why you should be pumped about Hi-Res Audio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-f886_0.jpg?1403084686" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the surface, things aren&rsquo;t looking particularly rosy for lovers of high quality music formats.</p> <p>For teenagers, YouTube has become the go-to method for listening to songs, while most other people, even die-hard music addicts, eschew spending big on physical formats in favour of cheap and convenient compressed digital alternatives like MP3 downloads and Spotify streaming.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s enough to make an audiophile weep into his teetering stack of 180gm Pink Floyd re-issues.</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"><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"> So what is hi-res audio? Hi-def TV for my ears? </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>Good question &ndash; and one for which there are several possible answers. Unlike HDTV, there isn&rsquo;t a set standard for what constitutes Hi-Res Audio, but generally it&rsquo;s considered to be anything with a bit depth and sampling frequency above 16-bit/44.1kHz, which is standard CD quality. 24-bit/192kHz is considered the Holy Grail of Hi-Res Audio, but &lsquo;lesser&rsquo; qualities like 24-bit/96kHz are still hi-res.</p> <p>The more bits, the more accurately the signal is measured. The higher the sampling frequency, the more samples-per-second were taken when the original analogue sound was converted into digital.</p> <p>Confusingly, Hi-Res Audio can come in a variety of file formats. There&rsquo;s FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec), WAV, AIFF and DSD. The first two are compressed formats, which might suggest they&rsquo;re inferior to the others &ndash; but they&rsquo;re also lossless, which means they&rsquo;re compressed in such a way that no audio data is lost. So they take up less disk space than the others but sound exactly the same.</p> <p>Note, however, that not every file in one of the above formats is hi-res. Plenty of people use FLAC or ALAC to rip CDs losslessly, for instance &ndash; in which case the file played back is CD quality, not hi-res.</p> <p><strong>Update 17/06/14: </strong>Record labels and consumer electronics groups have got together to lock down the definition of <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/new-formal-definition-for-high-resolution-audio-agreed" target="_blank">what, exactly, hi-res audio is</a>. The Digital Entertainment Group, the Consumer Electronics Association and The Recording Academy have teamed up with Sony, Universal and Warner Music Group to come up with a standard definition for high resolution audio: &quot;Lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD-quality music sources.&quot;</p> <p>Four different file formats have also been agreed: MQ-P; MQ-A; MQ-C; and MQ-D. &quot;MQ&quot; stands for &quot;Master Quality&quot;,&nbsp;meaning that the file is produced from a digital or analogue master recording. The file types are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>MQ-P: from a PCM master source 48kHz/20-bit or higher (typically 96/24 or 192/24 content).</li> <li>MQ-A: from an analogue master source.</li> <li>MQ-C: from a CD master source (44.1kHz/16-bit).</li> <li>MQ-D: from a DSD/DSF master source (typically 2.8MHz or 5.6MHz content).</li> </ul> <p>Although the Master Quality file types and definition of hi-res audio are voluntary, the hope is that with major players backing them, they&#39;ll come to be a de facto standard.</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"> And why now? </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>There have been attempts to popularise Hi-Res Audio in the past, most notably with the DVD-Audio and SACD disc formats, both of which entered the market in 2000 to what might be generously described as &ldquo;limited success&rdquo;. That didn&rsquo;t work out &ndash; so why is now any different?</p> <p>Firstly, there&rsquo;s a concerted push from a loose partnership consisting of the Consumer Electronics Association (the organisation behind <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014" target="_blank">CES Las Vegas</a>), Sony Electronics, and the three major music publishers (Sony, Warner and Universal). The CEA&rsquo;s job is to market the idea (much like it has done in recent years with HDTV, 3D TV and 4K), Sony&rsquo;s is to build compatible hardware and the record companies&rsquo; is to make hi-res music more readily available.</p> <p>And we&#39;ve recently seen the very first hi-res compatible smartphones released in the forms of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a> (both capable of playing FLAC and WAV at 24-bit/192kHz quality), and there&rsquo;ll be more launched next year.</p> <p>Rock legend Neil Young is also releasing his <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/neil-young-shows-pono-audiophile-music-player/news" target="_blank">Pono portable music player</a> &ndash; and an accompanying library of studio master quality albums &ndash; in &ldquo;early 2014&rdquo;. Details on Pono are fairly scant, but it will be 24-bit/192kHz compatible and albums released for the first time in hi-res through the store will include the likes of Bob Dylan&#39;s Highway 61 Revisited.</p> <p>Making hi-res available for listening via smartphone or portable device (such as the Sony NWZ-F886 detailed below) is extremely important, as most non-audiophiles don&rsquo;t sit at home listening to music through incredibly expensive hi-fi equipment &ndash; they listen through their phones when they&rsquo;re out and about. You want to capture the younger market? You need to put hi-res on portable devices.</p> <p>Storage is also cheaper than ever, meaning it&rsquo;s somewhat less of a headache accommodating the huge files required for Hi-Res Audio. 24-bit/96kHz files weigh in at 34.56MB per minute, compared to 1.44MB per minute for 192kbps MP3s. That&rsquo;s 24 times the space.</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/qL1ffo8TwGM" 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-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"> So what do I need to listen to it? </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>There are plenty of hi-fi products compatible with Hi-Res Audio, from streamers like the Cambridge Audio Minx Xi and Pioneer N-50 to networked AV receivers like the Marantz NR1504. While some of these come in at the affordable end of the spectrum, once you add speakers, cables and network storage to the mix you&rsquo;re looking at a big spend.</p> <p>As we mentioned above, Sony has gone on a real Hi-Res Audio push of late. You can read about the products the company has launched in more depth <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mp3-player/ifa-2013/sony-gets-serious-about-high-quality-sound-raft-new-gear/news" target="_blank">here</a>, but suffice to say: if you&rsquo;re looking for an easy (dare we say idiot-proof) way to get into hi-res music, Sony is the company offering the closest thing. Its HAP-S1 micro system, for instance, is a one-box solution with built-in amplifier, 500GB of expandable storage, Wi-Fi, DLNA, touchscreen controls and compatibility with all the major hi-res formats, all for &pound;800. Add a pair of speakers and you&rsquo;re ready.</p> <p>Even simpler is the NWZ-F886 (&pound;240), Sony&rsquo;s Android-based Walkman digital music player. It supports 24-bit/192kHz and carries a built-in digital amp &ndash; although its 32GB of storage will fill up quickly if you do opt for those hi-res files.</p> <p>You can also listen to 24-bit files on your computer, via software like Winamp or VLC (iTunes does not yet support 24-bit). Unless your PC or Mac has a top class sound card, a DAC or headphone amp makes a welcome investment in this case. You can check out some of our favourite DACs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/5-best-dacs-how-make-your-digital-music-sound-amazing/feature" target="_blank">here</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="1200" height="900" title="Sony HAP-S1" alt="Sony HAP-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-hap-s1_0.jpg?1403084686" /> </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="Sony NWZ-F886" alt="Sony NWZ-F886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-nwz-f886.jpg?1403084686" /> </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"> And where do I get it? </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>This is a key point, because if there&rsquo;s barely any hi-res music to listen to, it will never become more than a niche market. That&rsquo;s the fate that befell SACD and DVD-Audio when it became clear to listeners that the labels weren&rsquo;t really taking either format seriously, releasing mostly old remastered albums alongside the odd new album and the audiophile (but very niche) staples of jazz and classical records.</p> <p>At the moment the choice is fairly uninspiring unless you want those aforementioned jazz, classical and old records. Manufacturer-run sites like <a href="http://www.linnrecords.com/" target="_blank">Linn Records</a>, <a href="http://www.naimlabel.com/" target="_blank">Naim Label</a> and <a href="http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/download-lossless-sound.html" target="_blank">Bowers &amp; Wilkins Society of Sound</a> feature a small selection of 24-bit material, while <a href="http://www.7digital.com/find-music/7digital-recommends/flac" target="_blank">7digital</a> has albums by The National and Radiohead but little else. Neil Young&rsquo;s Pono store looks likely to be made up mostly of re-releases.</p> <p>This needs to change, and change soon, if hi-res is to even approach the mainstream. While there&rsquo;s nothing wrong with releasing old re-mastered material, the labels need to offer new stuff too. Linn Records, for instance, has <a href="http://www.linnrecords.com/recording-prism.aspx" target="_blank">Katy Perry&rsquo;s latest album</a> available in 24-bit/44kHz quality alongside more traditional stuff like Mike Oldfield and Bach &ndash; but really the labels need to start releasing 24-bit versions of every album as a matter of course.</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="The National&#039;s Trouble Will Find Me in 24-bit FLAC" alt="The National&#039;s Trouble Will Find Me in 24-bit FLAC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7digital-the-national-flac.jpg?1403084686" /> </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"> That Katy Perry 24-bit album costs £18 though – is the quality that much better than MP3 or CD? </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>While it certainly sounds better than compressed MP3, there exists some controversy over whether 24-bit music offers any discernible jump in quality over 16-bit/44.1kHz CD quality. CD, the argument goes, was mathematically designed to offer the best audio quality, covering the full range of frequencies that the human ear can perceive, and therefore it&rsquo;s a scientific fact that 24-bit is a case of the emperor&rsquo;s new tunes &ndash; or, as a scathing piece by audio codec expert Monty Montgomery at <a href="http://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html" target="_blank">Xiph.org</a> puts it, &ldquo;a solution to a problem that doesn&rsquo;t exist, a business model based on willful ignorance and scamming people.&rdquo;</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve listened to 24-bit SACD and DVD-Audio albums that sounded markedly better than the 16-bit CD versions &ndash; so were we just imagining it? It seems likely that the re-mastering of those albums is a key factor: albums mastered for Hi-Res Audio tend to retain a greater dynamic range &ndash; the range from the quietest parts to the loudest parts of the recording &ndash; and that will sound better on decent hi-fi equipment or headphones.</p> <p>Modern CDs tend to be &lsquo;louder&rsquo; with a more tightly compressed dynamic range: mastered to sound &lsquo;better&rsquo; on the radio and cheaper equipment (Metallica&#39;s Death Magnetic LP came under fire for its highly compressed sound &ndash; in fact a song from the album featured in a Guitar Hero game was far better-sounding than the CD version, due to coming direct from the master tapes and retaining a greater dynamic range). A push towards Hi-Res Audio and so-called &ldquo;Studio Master&rdquo; quality will hopefully mean a push for albums mastered twice: once for hi-res and once for &lsquo;normal&rsquo; CD. And that can only be a good thing for music lovers.</p> <p>But will it go massive? The record companies and manufacturers have their work cut out, in our opinion: MP3 downloads and Spotify streaming is incredibly convenient and cheap compared to Hi-Res Audio&rsquo;s giant file sizes and higher pricing &ndash; and we&rsquo;ve seen time and time again in the tech world that convenience wins out. And it&#39;s also worth nothing that big players like Apple and Sonos don&#39;t seem interested &ndash; neither offers more than 16-bit compatibility on its products. So hi-res is coming &ndash; but without a real commitment from the industry it may well remain trapped in an audiophile niche.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28037727@N00/4990494043/in/photolist-8AZA1K-8SLbUW-92gsUD-7HEp7D-b6Z8Az-8tZhw8-9uAq4U-9sUZay-akjgmy-7NHdws-8KzXPY-gzdTtx-aSvbUX-8KAEPq-8KxTgB-aah3KT-dUkbhH-aajRab-aah3ez-cAPJwA-8Ky56x-8KwzPV-bVUv61-8KxFmt-8SDo34-gNQsuf-92XpSi-8KBabE-ic3Tpm-gKYNfv-7GdxTP-ac9S4i-bCSu3U-bRMBzT-ac9S8e-bBEkpM-bmW649-azKgDS-a7Q8G6-8B3MF5-a7T2md-a7Q8D4-8KBbXb-a7Q8Fv-7Aa3jC-9Px5YR-9PzVCu-8qTyJr-do6pwp-dZXvML-bFLE3K" target="_blank">Anthony Nguyen</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/headphone-amp.jpg?1403084686" /> </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="Metallica&#039;s Death Magnetic came under fire for its highly compressed production" alt="Metallica&#039;s Death Magnetic came under fire for its highly compressed production" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metallica-death-magnetic-front.jpg?1403084686" /> </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"> Hi-Res Audio: a sound investment? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature#comments Headphones Hi-Fi & Streaming Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:03:17 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430000 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumoured move to purchase Beats Electronics and Beats Music made official </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="Apple acquires Beats" alt="Apple acquires Beats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beats-apple.jpg?1401327862" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-might-buy-beats-electronics-new-unreal-tournament-free-and-community-desig">weeks of speculation</a>, Apple announced this evening that it has acquired headphones manufacturer and streaming music service proprietor Beats.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Headphones Music Wed, 28 May 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438058 at http://www.stuff.tv