Headphones http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/reviews en-SG Get groovy with the new Beats range in Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/beats-drdre/get-groovy-new-beats-range-embargoed-until-6pm/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audiophiles, pump up the volume, and feel the Beat(s) </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="Beats by Dr. Dre " alt="Beats by Dr. Dre " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/url_1.jpg?1397613863" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dance, dance, to the beats, beats, beats.&nbsp;Okay, we&rsquo;re not going to sing the entire Black Eyed Peas song, but the 2014 Beats by Dr. Dre range reveal&#39;s got us in the mood to celebrate.</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="/sg/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"> The Pill Dude </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 consumer electronics company has unveiled a headset, Pill, Beatbox, and accessory range for 2014, but the one so hot it meltued us into a pool of mush is the Pill Dude.</p> <p>The little monster is a beats Pill speaker docking station (you place the newly launched Pill 2.0 or original pill speaker in his mouth) that comes in a variety of colours &ndash; red, white, and black &ndash; and expressions.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a gap at the back of his head too, for you to access the audio and charging ports.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lemming for one? He retails at S$80, and is available at all major authorised dealers.</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="567" height="425" title="The Pill Dude" alt="The Pill Dude" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acc-dude-pill-red-zoom-front.jpg?1397613863" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Beats Studio Wireless and Beats Executive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can&#39;t talk about Beats without talking about its headsets.</p> <p>What we all love about the Beats headset range is its active noise-cancelling functionality; nobody really wants to have to listen to annoying ambient noise, right? Say goodbye to those wailing babies.</p> <p>The Beats Studio Wireless and Beats Executive were designed for just that, optimising listening experience by blocking out noise from your surroundings, ensuring that you are able to indulge in your music fully.</p> <p>Regardless of whether you are an executive or a student, the Beats Studio Wireless and Beats Executive will take you from noisy rooms, to tarmac, and even boardrooms. &nbsp;They also boast ergonomic bellows and soft ear cups for maximum comfort through hours of your favourite playlists.</p> <p>The Beats Studio Wireless is priced at S$590, while the Beats Executive is available for S$490. Grab yours from all major authorised dealers.</p> <p>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/beats-drdre/luke-wood-beats-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature" target="_blank">Luke Wood from Beats wants to raise the sound quality bar</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Beats Executive" alt="The Beats Executive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rgK6fRgJ2eVl-LS6QUqu-av1_uNs2z2RYXJD-GlbtFo.jpg?1397613863" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The Beats Studio Wireless " alt="The Beats Studio Wireless " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/overear-studio-wireless-black-zoom-bottom_0.jpg?1397613863" /> </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/sg/beats-drdre/get-groovy-new-beats-range-embargoed-until-6pm/news#comments Beats By Dr.Dre Docks and Speakers Headphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:55:06 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435470 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The M8 is already our favourite smartphone in the world - but you can make it even better by teaming it with these cases, headphones and accessories </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="The M8 is a lovely phone, but that doesn&#039;t mean you can&#039;t make it better..." alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/M8_PerRight_GunMetal.jpg?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>How do you improve upon perfection? By taking perfection down the shops with you, and treating it to the full complement of accessories including headphones, a case and stereo dock.</p> <p>But wait! You can&#39;t just buy any old kit for a phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> - it&#39;s too beautiful to be teamed with anything that&#39;s less than beautiful itself, for starters. Plus, to get the best out of it you&#39;re going to want gear that&#39;ll take full advantage of the M8&#39;s key features.&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="/sg/users/joe-minihane" title="View user profile.">Joe Minihane</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"> Fitbit Flex </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>Fitness wristbands are about as ubiquitous as Man United defeats these days. But the Fitbit Flex and the HTC One (M8) have a special relationship.</p> <p>Simply snag the official Fitbit app, key in your details and get moving. Once you do, the Flex will track the distance you cover and calories you burn, serving up &lsquo;awards&rsquo; badges directly into your new phone&rsquo;s BlinkFeed social media aggregator. A clever little hook up that means you can always keep track of your fitness. Or lack of it.</p> <p><strong>S$129, <a href="http://store.apple.com/sg/product/HC618Z/A/fitbit-flex-wireless-health-fitness-tracker-black" target="_blank">buy the Fitbit Flex here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world</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="The HTC One (M8) has Fitbit integration" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fitbit-Flex.jpg?1397697435" /> </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 Solemate Max Bluetooth Speaker </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 HTC One (M8) comes laden with AV features. Prime among them is HTC Connect, which lets you seamlessly connect to a slew of compatible audio kit for easy streaming of your tunes. Or you can choose to just go the Bluetooth route with the Jabra Solemate Max bluetooth speaker. Dolby-sound, wireless and with 14 hours operating time, and 400 hours standby time.</p> <p><strong>S$438, <a href="http://www.jabra.sg/" target="_blank">buy the Jabra Solemate Max here</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="1000" height="555" title="This Jabra works seamlessly with HTC Connect" alt="This Jabra works seamlessly with HTC Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jabra_Solemate_Max_Greyscale_04.jpg?1397697435" /> </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"> HTC One (M8) Dot View Cover HC M100 </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>Getting overly excited about smartphone covers is a sure sign that you&rsquo;re more than a little bit hardcore. But the simple fact is that the official Dot Cover for the One (M8) is the coolest one we&rsquo;ve ever seen. Why? Well, it&#39;s more than just a phone protector. Double tap it to get weather and time info, cleverly displayed through the dot patterns on the cover, as well as message and call notifications. And because it only uses a small portion of the screen, notifications won&#39;t drain battery life to the extent that they might.</p> <p><strong>S$59, <a href="http://www.htc.com/sea/buy/" target="_blank">buy the HTC One (M8) Dot View Cover here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8)</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="The Dot View Cover is a genius idea, basically" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-dot-view-case-time-weather_4.png?1397697435" /> </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"> Pebble Steel smartwatch </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 times when you&#39;re not going to want to remove your M8 from the safety of your pocket - when it&#39;s tipping it down, for instance, or when you&#39;re walking down a dark alley in a T-shirt that says &quot;Mug me&quot;. But what happens when you feel the tell-tale buzz of a new message from deep within your jeans? The solution is to kit yourself out with a smartwatch - and as far as we&#39;re concerned, that smartwatch should be a Pebble Steel. It now has the looks to ensure it&#39;s not out of place next to the M8, will display all of your notifications on its battery-sipping E Paper screen and can even tell the time too.</p> <p><strong>US$229 (S$290), <a href="https://getpebble.com/steel" target="_blank">buy the Pebble Steel here</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="4000" height="3000" title="The lovely Pebble Steel" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-metal-strap_0.JPG?1397697435" /> </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"> Spotify Premium </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>Seeing as the new One (M8) packs BoomSound stereo speakers that deliver 25% louder sound than those of&nbsp;its predecessor, you&rsquo;re going to want to stream heaps of tunes without the interruption of ads for second&ndash;rate movies. And in that regard, Spotify Premium remains the very best service out there. A mere S$9.90 a month will let you ditch those pesky ad breaks, as well as giving you the chance to stash tracks offline on your new phone. </p> <p><strong>S$9.90/month, <a href="https://www.spotify.com/sg-en/purchase/product/premium/?free_trial=1" target="_blank">buy Spotify premium here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/30-essential-albums-audiophiles/feature" target="_blank">30 essential albums for audiophiles</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="Premium phone, premium tunes" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotify-premium.jpg?1397697435" /> </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"> 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"> Beyerdynamic XP2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You feel like getting a decent pair of in-ears that won&#39;t break the bank? Try Beyerdynamic&#39;s XP2 which offers a balanced sound without costing over much. With passive sound isolation, a tangle-free cable and double-shelled body, these are pretty good bang for the buck.</p> <p><strong>US$58 (S$75), <a href="http://jaben.net/shopping2/Beyer-XP.html" target="_blank">buy&nbsp;Beyerdynamic XP2&nbsp;headphones here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best headphones in the world right now</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="http://jaben.net/shopping2/Beyer-XP.html" alt="http://jaben.net/shopping2/Beyer-XP.html" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beyerdynamic%20.jpg?1397697435" /> </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"> Griffin Woodtones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If in&ndash;ears aren&rsquo;t your thing, then Griffin&rsquo;s sharp Woodtones cans will be the perfect complement to the sleek design of your new phone. That wood finish will make you feel like your old man kicking back and listening to his Bowie LPs in the &#39;70s. Plus the warm, laid-back sound won&rsquo;t overwhelm when you crank up the volume.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>US$100 (S$125), <a href="http://store.griffintechnology.com/woodtones-over-the-ear-headphones" target="_blank">buy Griffin Woodtones headphones here</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="The Griffin Woodtones will look the part next to your M8" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Griffin-Woodtones.jpg?1397697435" /> </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"> HTC Fetch </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&#39;s nothing worse than losing your keys. Well actually, there is - losing your phone. Ensure you don&#39;t lose either with HTC Fetch. This handy fob attaches to your keys (or anything else you choose) and will warn you if you stray too far from your phone. It can also be used to make your phone ring, within 15 metres, if you can&#39;t locate it - and if you misplace your keys, you can use the phone to make your Fetch buzz instead. A map function even lets you see when the two were last together, and it&#39;ll work as a shutter button for the M8&#39;s camera too.</p> <p><strong>S$57, <a href="http://www.expansys.com.sg/htc-fetch-ble-tag-bl-a100-252282/" target="_blank">buy HTC Fetch here</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="2958" height="2215" title="HTC Fetch could save your sanity" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-fetch.jpg?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bose Soundlink Mini </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>Streaming speakers are a great addition for any smartphone. But how about one that also doubles as a lightbulb? Well AwoX&rsquo;s Striimlight does just that. It makes our list because as well as Bluetooth smarts it is also HTC Connect certified, meaning it will work seamlessly with your M8. Shove it into any lampshade, hook it up to your phone and it&rsquo;ll play tunes while lighting up your lounge. Crazy, but it might just work.</p> <p><strong>S$299, <a href="http://store.apple.com/sg/product/HB763PA/A/bose-soundlink-mini-bluetooth-speaker" target="_blank">buy the Bose Soundlink Mini here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/geek-accessories/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best geek accessories in the world right now</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="Bose Soundlink Mini" alt="Bose Soundlink Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bose%20mini.jpg?1397697435" /> </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/sg/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Geek accessories Headphones HTC One (M8) Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:27:30 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435413 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer launches fashionable new Superior Club Sound series http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pioneer/pioneer-all-fashion-its-superior-club-sound-series-release/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Besides superior club sound, range should boast superior club looks too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/headphones.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CXpUxBCku6fttNAnMNt7loNSTMLMecCVvRMlZpLV3R02C3WsKfQcKXiiaxKr8e8y6Z-rmKzCOa9LdHR8ZE_H6_Rs.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jow8xv4jCOfBCNdkZ6ldkdIW_kBoj7wIO8AIe90qWEM2CoSPE2W5mcOC1CI1r7Fi2jCLXe_7DLYTFHojjS4xpbNo.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/KkltV8vEZJX91RbBHgymEOKzILJA8N9LRI2Da_jfjFI2CKj5ZwUmHS5x6dbr1qP3EBH6bpcU_L_YT67h1QYwSV0I.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NyK6Sf59_dEyC1FrKOlA8Yq-v5iiuBWQYtSgOhjbkao2CGEQQQ4rdBgCemp8cV3VnLwS5hbKh6wa7H0t5TzVYbus.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/osEXe9c5gxlHNLUD4v9ctk3LRw5t5c0-PGuS_mhIqXg.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Ra5gctx40F415_1El3pKH8Rei3Dw3_sqYxdFsstTFBI.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" alt="Pioneer is all into fashion with its Superior Club Sound series release" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/VtBskSUM0FUfcvD6XH6euOhZIbPSesDeVxOl3HBkNiY2C97etjcsoqEPD194osdbp1MGgcR4f_xZ2C0r4YAgFBho.jpg?1397713652" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s all about being trendy these days, especially when it comes to the unique fusion of design and wearable tech. With all the current fuss over smartwatches, we&rsquo;re neglecting one of the most old school wearable tech devices (if you haven&rsquo;t guessed it already, we&rsquo;re talking about headphones), but not Pioneer.&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="/sg/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuing the market&#39;s efforts to make headphones more fashionable, Pioneer recently teamed up with young, local designers to breathe some aesthetic life into its new Superior Club Sound headphones series. In fact, with these stylish pieces, even you can walk the runway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Four local and three regional designers spilled their creative ideas to infuse their vision into the cans, including names such as Depression, Mash Up, POSSI-TILLY-TY,&nbsp;FRÜFRÜ &amp; TIGERLILY, and PESTLE &amp; MORTAR.</p> <p>To attract the likes of youths, Pioneer also used the platform of Singapore&rsquo;s recent dance festival, Radikal Forze Jam 2014, to unveil these spectacular pieces. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre marketing and communications executive, Kate Tan, said the Pioneer Loves Fashion Collaboration showcase amped up the launch of the range.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a perfect festival to feature our Pioneer Loves Fashion collaboration because it is all about supporting budding talents, and creating an international platform where their artistry can be appreciated,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>Local fashion brand, Depression, copped the title of &lsquo;Best Design&rsquo; for its creativity and marketability, and to mark the win, walked away with US$1000 (S$1270).</p> <p>These funky pieces will be out in the market by the end of April, so you fashionistas won&rsquo;t have to wait too long to get your hands on them.</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> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pioneer/pioneer-all-fashion-its-superior-club-sound-series-release/news#comments Headphones Pioneer Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:50:40 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435274 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: Apple iPhone 5c http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-iphone-5c/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kit out your iPhone 5c with our pick of the best cases, headphones and accessories </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="1296" height="730" title="Apple iPhone 5c" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup main" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-iPhone-5c%20accessories-apple-iphone-5C-001.jpg?1395197606" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, so we see you&#39;ve bought yourself a new iPhone 5c? Good timing - with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-unveils-cheaper-8gb-iphone-5c-brings-back-ipad-4-and-kills-ipad-2/news" target="_blank">Apple releasing a new, cheaper 8GB model</a>, it won&#39;t have made quite such a big dent in your bank balance.</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="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Moshi iGlaze XT case </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>Whisper it, but we reckon Apple&#39;s much-vaunted design sense deserted it when it came up with the official iPhone 5c case. That pattern of holes revealing bits of the text printed on your phone&hellip; ugh. No, you want a clear case to show off your colourful new companion. This snap-on effort fits the bill, unobtrusively keeping your phone safe from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.</p> <p><strong>US$25 (S$32), <a href="http://store.moshimonde.com/slim-case-iglaze-iphone-4-clear.html" target="_blank">buy the Moshi iGlaze XT case here</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="Moshi iGlaze XT case" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Moshi iGlaze XT case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moshi-iglaze-xt.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> Pebble Smartwatch </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>Many have tried to make a smartwatch, but only one company has made one that we&#39;d actually want to wear &ndash; Pebble. It strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and functionality, with a practical E Ink screen that doesn&#39;t chew through battery life, notifications for your apps, and control over your music &ndash; plus a whole host of apps on the Pebble App Store. Yes, there&#39;s a more swish Steel version, but it&#39;s pricier. And the bright polycarbonate finish of the original Pebble will go nicely with your iPhone 5c.</p> <p><strong>US$150 (S$190), <a href="https://getpebble.com/checkout" target="_blank">buy the Pebble smartwatch here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch preview</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="Pebble smartwatch" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Pebble smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-smartwatch_6.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> Apple TV </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>As a smart TV device, the Apple TV is looking increasingly out of place in a world of Netflix-equipped Roku Streaming Sticks and Google Chromecasts. But it does have one killer app for iPhone users: AirPlay. You can stream music and videos to your TV, mirror your iPhone&#39;s screen and even play games. If you&#39;ve bought into the Apple ecosystem, it&#39;s a bargain.</p> <p><strong>S$148, <a href="http://store.apple.com/sg/buy-appletv/appletv" target="_blank">buy Apple TV here</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="Apple TV" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv_1.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> Spigen SGP GLAS.tR SLIM Glass Screen Protector </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 back of the iPhone 5c may be made from durable polycarbonate, but the front is still made from oh-so-scratchable glass. Wrap it up in Spigen&#39;s screen protector to put a layer of tempered glass between your screen and the hard knocks of the outside world. It&#39;s nigh-on unscratchable, oleophobic and covered with an anti-shatter film so that if it does break, it won&#39;t cut you.</p> <p><strong>US$30 (S$38), <a href="http://www.spigen.com/iphone-5-screen-protector-glas-t-slim-premium-tempered-glass.html" target="_blank">buy the Spigen SGP GLAS.tR SLIM Glass Screen Protector here</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="Spigen screen protector" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Spigen screen protec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spigen-screen-protector.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> B&amp;W P3 On-ear headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bowers &amp; Wilkins&#39; P3 on-ears are compact, lightweight, and deliver excellent sound quality in a stylish package &ndash; &quot;a refined, easygoing listen,&quot; according to our sister mag What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision, bettered only by the considerably bulkier Philips M1s. They&#39;re also available in an array of colours to match your vivid iPhone 5c. You didn&#39;t go for white, did you? Of course you didn&#39;t.</p> <p><strong>S$329, <a href="http://store.apple.com/sg/product/HD619PA/A/bowers-and-wilkins-p3-on-ear-headphones?fnode=5b3abcc454654c56a0e1d775d3d6376db8041083c9ce7e2898d21e1eb184a3ad031654b978c926d18cf7176bc8886944984e52240adbd942d970ab392da477c3" target="_blank">buy Bowers &amp; Wilkins P3 here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best headphones in the world right now</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="Bowers-Wilkins P3" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Bowers-Wilkins P3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/b-w-p3.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> Incipio Watson Folio Wallet Case </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 up your iPhone 5c with this faux-leather case. A clip-on cover keeps your phone safe, while the folio combines a hard shell for an extra layer of protection with a microsuede lining to protect your screen from scratches. You can also tuck up to three credit cards into the cover &ndash; which is available in a veritable rainbow of hues to match your 5c.</p> <p><strong>US$45 (S$57), <a href="http://www.incipio.com/watson-folio-wallet-for-iphone-5s.html" target="_blank">buy the Incipio Watson Folio Wallet Case here</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="Incipio Watson Folio Wallet case" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Incipio Watson Folio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/incipio-watson.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> Apple in-ear headphones with remote and mic </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>Apple&#39;s bundled EarPods are &ndash; let&#39;s be honest &ndash; not the greatest headphones ever. But its own in-ears are surprisingly good, with a woofer/tweeter setup that delivers clear, crisp sound. Apple&#39;s design know-how is on show, too &ndash; they look lovely. As long as you&#39;re not expecting Beats levels of bass, they&#39;re a worthwhile upgrade.</p> <p><strong>S$118, <a href="http://store.apple.com/sg/product/ME186FE/A/apple-in-ear-headphones-with-remote-and-mic?fnode=49" target="_blank">buy Apple in-ear headphones with remote and mic here</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="Apple in-ear headphones" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Apple in-ear headpho" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-in-ear-headphones.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> Fitbit Flex </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 Bluetooth 4.0 fitness tracker will get you on your feet; a simple line of LED lights shows how close you are to your daily goal, wireless syncing with your iPhone means you don&#39;t have to faff about with cables and apps, and it tracks your sleep, too. Plus you can pop the tracker out of its wristband and swap it for a new one, if you want to accessorise. Or if the strap breaks &ndash; making it more durable than its rivals, too.</p> <p><strong>S$129, <a href="http://store.apple.com/sg/product/HC618Z/A/fitbit-flex-wireless-health-fitness-tracker-black?fnode=4a" target="_blank">buy Fitbit Flex here</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="Fitbit Flex" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-flex_2.jpg?1395197606" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bose MIE2i headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re feeling active, you want a pair of headphones that won&#39;t fall out. There are plenty of flashy sports models on the market, but these Bose in-ears fit the bill nicely; they sound great and stay in your ears, but they don&#39;t block out sound to the extent where you&#39;ll get run over on your morning jog.</p> <p><strong>S$199, <a href="http://store.apple.com/sg/product/H2771ZM/A/bose-mie2i-mobile-headset?fnode=3d" target="_blank">buy Bose MIE2i headphones here</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 Mie2i headphones" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Bose Mie2i" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose-mie2i.jpg?1395197606" /> </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"> Sony SRS-BTM8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it looks like a tech handbag. But despite its bargain-basement price, this Bluetooth speaker is more Prada than Primark. It delivers weighty sound for its size, it has a clever control set-up and that handle makes it plenty portable. Which is why we gave it five stars in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bluetooth-speaker-system/sony-srs-btm8/review" target="_blank">review</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>S$139,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony.com.sg/product/srs-btm8" target="_blank">buy&nbsp;Sony SRS-BTM8 here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 preview</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 SRS-BTM8" alt="Apple iPhone 5c cases accessories headphones ultimate setup Sony SRS-BTM8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-srs-btm8_0.jpg?1395197606" /> </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/sg/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-iphone-5c/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-iphone-5c/feature#comments Apple Geek accessories Headphones iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C Smartphones Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:30:34 +0000 Elissa Loi 1433942 at http://www.stuff.tv Focal Spirit Classic http://www.stuff.tv/sg/focal/focal-spirit-classic/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> France&#039;s solution for the hi-fi fan who wants a single pair of headphones to cover all occasions </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="Focal Spirit Classic review" alt="Focal Spirit Classic review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Focal_Spirit_Classic_01_0.jpg?1394414882" /> </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="/sg/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We could review a new pair of headphones every single day and never run out of models to test, so it takes something pretty special for us to take notice. These Focals are pretty special.</p> <p>The French company is aiming for the premium on-ear end of the headphone spectrum currently occupied by the likes of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sennheiser-momentum/review" target="_blank">Sennheiser Momentums</a>. Can the Spirit Classic compete?</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"> S$499.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Comfortable, noise-isolating fit </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sturdy and stylish </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Balanced, hi-fi-like sound quality </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"> Not the bassiest around </div> <div class="field-item even"> A bit on the big side </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"> Spirited Build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you haven&#39;t been clearing out the gadgets in your bag, bad news. The non-foldable headband makes this pair of cans something of a space hogger - it&#39;ll certainly get a bit crowded when you toss them in with all of your other gadgets, and this is not the sort of pair that will fit in your pocket. The earcups do swivel, but with a limited range that doesn&rsquo;t go beyond 45 degrees - it&rsquo;s for fit adjustment rather than packing.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been stretching and bending the headband a fair bit, and although we&rsquo;ve heard the odd, slightly worrying crack we&rsquo;ve not managed to break it yet. We reckon these headphones will handle a commuting life well, and the bundled microfibre pouch will also keep them safe from scratches.</p> <p>310g is far from lightweight, but your neck muscles are spared thanks to good distribution of the Focals&rsquo; mass. Just make sure you experiment with the fit a bit &ndash; we found loosening the headband a touch made them more comfortable without increasing the chances of them flying off during the regular bus-chase.</p> <p>And while the likes of Beats tend to bash your eyeballs with colour at the same time they bash your ears with bass, Focal has gone a similar route to Sennheiser with a very tasteful, bronze metal finish. If you&rsquo;re not an attention-craving footballer that should be just fine.</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="567" height="425" title="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" alt="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Focal_Spirit_Classic_02.jpg?1394414882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" alt="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Focal_Spirit_Classic_07.jpg?1394414882" /> </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"> Connected ‘phones </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>Focal sees the Spirit Classics as multi-faceted &lsquo;phones, which is why you get two cables in the box &ndash; one 4m jobby for listening at home, and another with a mic and buttons for your mobile. A 3.5-6.3mm connector is also included so you can whack the headphones into that posh hi-fi you&rsquo;ve got.</p> <p>The inline control unit is of the one-button type, which means you won&rsquo;t be using it to control volume, but also means it&rsquo;s compatible with way more phones than the three-button Apple-specific alternative. It took us a while to get used to its placement near the left earcup, but it does at least mean that it won&rsquo;t be lost in your clothes if you run your cable under your jumper. That&rsquo;s still what people do, isn&rsquo;t it?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" alt="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Focal_Spirit_Classic_04.jpg?1394414882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" alt="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Focal_Spirit_Classic_09.jpg?1394414882" /> </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"> Winner at home and away </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>Focal&rsquo;s keen to push the Spirit Classics as Proper Hi-Fi, and sure enough, plug them into a proper stereo at home and they&rsquo;ll massage your ears into blissful enjoyment.</p> <p>But we think the portable performance is being downplayed. These are closed-back, so no-one&rsquo;s going to hear the Bieber you&rsquo;re secretly loving on the way to work, and the memory foam ear cups do a very good job of isolating the noise of your fellow commuters, too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: looking for a high-end portable music player to go with your high-end headphones? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review" target="_blank">Check out our Sony NWZ-ZX1 High Resolution Walkman review</a></strong></p> <p>This is a very hi-fi sound, but that&rsquo;s as valid when out and about as it is in your stereo dungeon at home. It&rsquo;s all about balance from top to bottom, really focused, detailed vocals, and dynamic swings from quiet to loud that really get the blood pumping.</p> <p>What they don&rsquo;t have is oodles of bass, but we&rsquo;ll take overall balance, precision and fluidity over Beats-like ear carnage any day of the week.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/30-essential-albums-audiophiles/feature" target="_blank">30 essential albums for audiophiles</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="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" alt="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Focal_Spirit_Classic_05.jpg?1394414882" /> </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"> Focal Spirit Classic tech specs </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><strong>Type</strong> - On-ear, closed-back</p> <p><strong>Detachable cable</strong>&nbsp;- yes</p> <p><strong>Cable length</strong> - 1.4m and 4m</p> <p><strong>Inline mic/remote</strong> - yes/one-button</p> <p><strong>Connector</strong> - 3.5mm, 6.3mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 310g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Focal Spirit Classic 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>If you&rsquo;re after monster bass, you&rsquo;re looking in the wrong place. You&rsquo;re also missing out on large portions of your music as the low-end drowns out a whole bunch of lovely mids and highs.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;ll get back with the Focal Spirit Classics &ndash; a high-end pair of cans for the hi-fi fan who wants one pair of headphones that&rsquo;s as happy at home as it is on the road.</p> <p>So why do they not make it into our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10</a>? Well, while the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/momentum/sennheiser-momentum/review" target="_blank">Sennheiser Momentums</a> don&rsquo;t sound any better than the Focals, they are a touch lighter, smaller and (to our eyes) more stylish, and we think that matters to enough people for them to just edge it in a head-to-head.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a mighty close call, though, and home listeners in particular should definitely give the Focals a go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/top-ten" target="_blank">the Top 10 Best Headphones in the World right now</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="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" alt="Focal Spirit Classic headphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Focal_Spirit_Classic_06.jpg?1394414882" /> </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"> 7 </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"> build </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>Hi-fi sonic sensibilities from a stylish pair of at-home or out-and-about cans</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/focal/focal-spirit-classic/review#comments Focal Headphones Spirit Classic Sun, 09 Mar 2014 01:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433482 at http://www.stuff.tv Dash Smart Earphones are amazing wireless earbuds that track your fitness, too http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wireless-headphones/dash-smart-earphones-are-amazing-wireless-earbuds-track-your-fitness-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cram technology in your lugholes: these headphones are an MP3 player, fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset all in one </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="Dash Smart Earphones" alt="Dash Smart Earphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/the-dash-01.jpg?1392718549" /> </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="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So it&#39;s a set of in-ear headphones. Impress me.&nbsp;</strong><br />The Dash earbuds are like something out of Star Trek. They&#39;re a set of wireless headphones that use Bluetooth 4.0 (with aptX) for streaming audio from your smartphone. And they pack 4GB of storage if you want to carry your music around without carting a phone about in your pocket. There&#39;s a touch-sensitive surface too, so you can control your music without faffing about with your phone.</p> <p><strong>Can I use them to make calls?&nbsp;</strong><br />Yup &ndash; there&#39;s an ear bone microphone for making calls, and a transparent audio feature for when you need to hear what&#39;s going on around you; when you&#39;re cycling or running, for instance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&#39;m getting more intrigued.</strong><br />They&#39;re also a fitness tracker.</p> <p><strong>Wait, what? </strong><br />You heard us. The Dash tracks heart rate, oxygen saturation, pace, steps, cadence and distance, providing real-time feedback on your performance &ndash; and it doesn&#39;t need to be hooked up to your phone to do so. The Dash crams in an IR LED and optical sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, ambient mic and ear bone mic. And each bud contains a 100mAh battery, which should be good for three hours of use. And they&#39;re water resistant, too.</p> <p><strong>Blimey. Do they also make toast? </strong><br />No, but they does pretty much everything else. This could be the wonder wearable we&#39;ve been waiting for. The public thinks so too; Dash manufacturer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bragi.com/" target="_blank">Bragi</a> has already raised US$412,000 (S$521,590) on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hellobragi/the-dash-wireless-smart-in-ear-headphones" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, blasting through its US$260,000 (S$321,960) goal with 47 days still to go. And if you get in early, you can net yourself a bargain; they&#39;re expected to go on sale for US$300 (S$380), but early bird backers can snap up a set for US$200 (S$253).</p> <p><strong>Okay, I&#39;m sold. Must Dash.&nbsp;</strong><br />Yes, you must.</p> <p>[<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hellobragi/the-dash-wireless-smart-in-ear-headphones" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/11/the-dash-builds-wearable-fitness-sensors-into-the-headphones-youre-using-anyway/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/intels-wearable-future-pulse-monitoring-headphones-headset-thats-always-listening-and" target="_blank">Intel&#39;s wearable future: pulse-monitoring headphones, a bowl that charges your gadgets and a watch that tells on your kids</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="Dash Smart Earphones" alt="Dash Smart Earphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-dash-02.jpg?1392718549" /> </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="Dash Smart Earphones" alt="Dash Smart Earphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-dash-03.jpg?1392718549" /> </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/sg/wireless-headphones/dash-smart-earphones-are-amazing-wireless-earbuds-track-your-fitness-too/news#comments Headphones Hot Stuff Wearable tech Wireless headphones Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:54:27 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432348 at http://www.stuff.tv Sennheiser unveils Samsung Galaxy-friendly MM 30G headphones http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sennheiser/ces-2014/sennheiser-unveils-samsung-galaxy-friendly-mm-30g-headphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New in-ear buds work like a dream with almost every Galaxy tablet and smartphone available </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="Sennheiser unveils Samsung Galaxy-friendly MM 30G headphones" alt="Sennheiser unveils Samsung Galaxy-friendly MM 30G headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sennheisermm30G.jpg?1389496934" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sennheiser has launched several pairs of headphones that should make everyone sit up and take notice.</p> <p>First and foremost are the Sennheiser MM 30G earbuds, which have been designed specifically with the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets in mind.</p> <p>The MM 30G feature a three-button remote control and in-line microphone, and unlike a lot of Android-compatible headphones they don&rsquo;t require the installation of an app to work &ndash; they offer full compatibility with any Galaxy smartphone and tablet from the S2 and later.</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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Building Momentum </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also noteworthy are additions to the existing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sennheiser-momentum/review">Sennheiser Momentum</a> range of retro-tinged cans. The over-the-ear Momentums will soon be available in a refined &ldquo;Ivory&rdquo; finish, while the on-ear range gets three new colours: Classic Brown, Intense Read and Glossy Black.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/sennheiser-launches-samsung-galaxy-friendly-earphones-and-more-momentum-colours">What Hi-Fi?</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Momentum headphones in Ivory" alt="Momentum headphones in Ivory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Momentum_Ivory_Isofront_EAC_RGB.jpg?1389496934" /> </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/sg/sennheiser/ces-2014/sennheiser-unveils-samsung-galaxy-friendly-mm-30g-headphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sennheiser/ces-2014/sennheiser-unveils-samsung-galaxy-friendly-mm-30g-headphones/news#comments CES 2014 Headphones Sennheiser Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:48:59 +0000 Nigel Yap 1431137 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips cuts the cords with deluge of fresh wireless audio kit http://www.stuff.tv/sg/philips/ces-2014/philips-cuts-cords-deluge-fresh-wireless-audio-kit/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Dutch company debuts new speakers and headphones galore at CES, most of them using Bluetooth for wire-free sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio " alt="E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Philips-Fidelio-E2_2.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news, music fans: Philips has unveiled a bevy of new audio gear at CES, most of it wireless.</p> <p>The Dutch company kicked things off with the E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio speakers, an elegant pair of Bluetooth and aptX-equipped columns that can be painlessly paired with mobile devices via NFC. They also feature an HDMI connection, which means you can easily hook them up to home cinema or gaming sources. Look out for the E2 package come Q1, priced at around &pound;300 (S$630).</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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let&#039;s go outside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next up is the BR-1X speaker, a portable model designed for both in- and outdoor use (it features modes designed for both environments &ndash; indoor focusses on detail and clarity, outdoor on loudness). Each speaker comes with dual two-inch drivers, and you can daisy chain several of them together for a bigger sound. They&rsquo;ll be out from this month, priced at &pound;100 (S$210) each.</p> <p>The final speaker, and the most portable of the lot, is the Dot. It&rsquo;s a palm-sized speaker that&rsquo;s battery-powered, ruggedised and splash-proof and can be turned off quickly by simply turning it upside down. Despite its dinky size, Philips claims it can pump out powerful audio, so all in all it sounds ideal for camping or beach trips. It&rsquo;s out in February, priced at &pound;60 (S$125).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips BR-1X speaker" alt="Philips BR-1X speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-BR-1X-Khaki.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Dot speaker" alt="Philips Dot speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Dot.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Foldies or Frames? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also announced today are two pairs of headphones: the Bluetooth-equipped Foldies (out April, &pound;100 (S$210)) and the Frames (out June, &pound;100-&pound;110 (S$210-S$230) depending on finish). The Foldies are wireless and &ldquo;inspired by vintage road bikes&rdquo;, while the Frames are more lightweight. Both sets of cans fold up for easy storage and feature 40mm drivers.</p> <p>Look out for our reviews of Philips&#39; new generation of audio kit in the coming months.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Frames headphones" alt="Philips Frames headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Citiscape-Frames-Headphones---tortishell.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/philips/ces-2014/philips-cuts-cords-deluge-fresh-wireless-audio-kit/news#comments CES 2014 Docks and Speakers Headphones Philips Wireless headphones Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:09:59 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431005 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's Smart Earbuds change track when you're not working out hard enough http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/intels-smart-earbuds-change-track-when-youre-not-working-out-hard-enough/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple and Android-friendly, this reference design will get you running faster by automatically switching to a faster song </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="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smart-earbuds-2.jpg?1389157352" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Among Intel&#39;s many intriguing wearable tech launches yesterday, the Smart Earbuds piqued our interest the most.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Why? Because in order to listen to music while exercising, you need a music source and you need headphones. But in order to get accurate workout data, you need a heart rate monitor. The Smart Earbuds add that functionality without the need for any extra boxes or batteries - and they switch to a faster tune if you&#39;re not putting your back into your exercise. Here&#39;s how.</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="/sg/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They look like spaceships </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">As reference designs, the Smart Earbuds are supposed to be used as a proof of concept for Intel&#39;s (as yet unannounced) partners to turn into saleable items. Which is a good thing, as we&#39;re not completely sold on the sci-fi looks.</p> <p class="p1">Still, the insides are clever. In the right earbud there&#39;s an optical heart rate monitor twinned with an accelerometer which normalises the data the HRM sends down the headphone cable to the phone. The whole setup uses just 0.5mW of electricity, which is apparently less than an in-line microphone.</p> <p class="p1">The Smart Earbuds will be compatible with any phone that can provide power via it headphone jack. We saw it working on an iPhone 5s and a Google Nexus 5, but most other modern smartphones will be supported.</p> <p class="p1">As for apps, Intel has designed its own for Android that analyses the beats per minute of the tracks in your playlists. If your heart rate is below your target during a workout, it&#39;ll select a new, faster track to spur you on.</p> <p class="p1">We also saw it working with RunKeeper on iOS, and Intel tells us that any app fitness could be made to work with them.</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="Intel Smart Earbuds Nexus 5" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbuds-nexus-5.jpg?1389157352" /> </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="Intel Smart Earbuds iPhone 5s" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbuds-iphone.jpg?1389157352" /> </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"> How do they 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 class="p1">We don&#39;t know - we weren&#39;t able to try them on. But at this stage sound quality&#39;s not the point - that&#39;s a quantity for Intel&#39;s partners to deal with.</p> <p class="p1">Pricing and availability is also understandably not yet available, but Smartbud-based designs will be on the market by the end of 2014. Good stuff.</p> <p class="p2"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all the biggest news so far, live from Vegas</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="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbud-1.jpg?1389157352" /> </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="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbuds-4.jpg?1389157352" /> </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/sg/intel/intels-smart-earbuds-change-track-when-youre-not-working-out-hard-enough/news#comments Headphones Health and fitness Intel Wearable tech Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:29:57 +0000 Elissa Loi 1430938 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's wearable future: pulse-monitoring headphones, the headset that's always listening and a watch that tells on your kids http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/intels-wearable-future-pulse-monitoring-headphones-headset-thats-always-listening-and <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CEO Bryan Krzanich wants to make everything smart, starting with this little lot </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="Intel&#039;s wearable future" alt="Intel&#039;s wearable future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-smart-headset.jpg?1389143798" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Intel had a lot of announcements at CES today. Like, loads - including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/sd-card-no-meet-intels-tiny-edison-pc/news" target="_blank">pint-sized Edison PC that might be mistaken for an SD card</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/intels-realsense-camera-tiny-kinect-module-thatll-be-built-your-next-computer/news" target="_blank">RealSense camera detailed here</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Health-monitoring headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As part of its drive to make us feel wearable tech is indispensable, Intel had a good long think about how to augment the kit we already need rather than adding endlessly to our gadget arsenals. So, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg/ces-2014/lg-lifeband-touch-and-heartbeat-monitoring-earphones-land-ces/news" target="_blank">rather like LG earlier on in the day</a>&nbsp;(and Motorola before them, with its SF700s), it came up with the idea of Smart Earbuds - in-ear headphones with a built-in heart-rate monitor, removing the need for a separate fitness band.</p> <p class="p1">Unlike LG&#39;s design, these stereo earbuds don&#39;t require an external power source: they take power from the headphone jack, and feed realtime heart rate and pulse info to your phone&#39;s health monitoring app through the same interface. The Smart Earbuds will come with an app for creating and adapting workout regimes, but will be compatible with a number of existing fitness apps, 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="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-smart-earbuds.jpg?1389143798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The headset that never stops listening </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>In a similar way to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>, Intel&#39;s Smart Headset adds a layer of Big Brother invasiveness to make your life that little bit easier. It&#39;s basically a Bluetooth headset that doesn&#39;t switch off, and relays your every command direct to a connected device. If you have a request to make of it, you call it by name (&quot;Hey, Jarvis&quot; in the demo, although Krzanich hinted that Apple&#39;s Siri would also work) and bark your requests in a natural-ish manner. Your connected smartphone, tablet or computer then deals with the request. Unless it&#39;s &quot;Please stop listening to me.&quot;</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="Intel Smart Headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-smart-headset.jpg?1389143798" /> </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"> The bowl of power </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">Now this is a good one. The Charging Bowl is 10in in diameter and allows you to charge up multiple devices simultaneously by dropping them into it. Although not strictly wearable (it might make a nice hat, mind you), Intel reasons that you&#39;re more likely to use wearable gadgets if charging them is totally effortless.</p> <p class="p1">It uses the nascent A4WP specification for inductive charging (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-wireless-charging/feature" target="_blank">sorry Qi fans</a>), and seems much more logical than buying yourself a bunch of single-device charging pads.</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="Intel Charging Bowl" alt="Intel Charging Bowl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-charging-bowl.jpg?1389143798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The watch that watches </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">Intel&#39;s reference smartwatch design is a lot like the competition - it&#39;s pretty fat, and pretty ugly - but it differs in that it has its own built-in connectivity, which means it doesn&#39;t need to be paired with a smartphone to operate.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/theres-nothing-smart-about-watch-thats-also-phone/feature" target="_blank">Now, we&#39;re not all convinced that a watch with its own SIM card is a good idea</a>. Krzanich didn&#39;t go into detail about whether the watch can be paired with a companion device to provide control and notifications, or indeed whether it could make phone calls. Instead he focused on one capability: geo-fencing, which allows the watch to send notifications out based on location. So, put one on your progeny&#39;s wrist (or, why not, ankle) and it&#39;ll tell you when she&#39;s gone to That Boy&#39;s house.</p> <p class="p2">There&#39;s much more that can be done with geofencing, of course - so we will watch this one with interest, and bring you a hands-on from the show floor this week.</p> <p class="p2">For now, why not check out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all the big news so far</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/intels-wearable-future-pulse-monitoring-headphones-headset-thats-always-listening-and" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/intels-wearable-future-pulse-monitoring-headphones-headset-thats-always-listening-and#comments CES 2014 Headphones Health and fitness Intel Wearable tech Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:48:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430852 at http://www.stuff.tv Headphones: The complete history http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones-complete-history/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From the Electrophone to Fanny Wang - how a tool for telephone operators became couture for footballers </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="Sennheiser HD-414" alt="Sennheiser HD-414" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/14-Sennheiser-HD414.jpg?1387957725" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Buds, cans, on-ear, in-ear, closed back or custom-fit, there&#39;s a variety of headphone to suit every ear, every wallet and every fashion proclivity. And, despite it feeling quite new to not be able to move for fear of knocking the expensive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/what-your-headphones-say-about-you/feature-0">oversized earwear from a hipster&#39;s bonce</a>, headphones have been an essential part of any music enthusiast&#39;s tech armoury for decades.</p> <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"> The early years (1890 to 1930) </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>Before Spotify Premium there was the Electrophone. Invented in Britain in the 1890s, this subscription service (extravagant at &pound;5 a year) allowed customers to dial in to a switchboard and be connected to a live performance from theatres across London. Cutting-edge stuff in a pre-radio world &ndash; and the headsets, complete with natty holding pole, were the Beats by Dr. Dre of their day.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s nothing compared to the genius of French engineer Ernest Mercadier, who was awarded a patent for the first ever in-ear headphones in 1891. Designed to be used by telephonists, they even boasted earbuds to block out external sounds.</p> <p><em>Electrophone image credit: <a href="http://www.britishtelephones.com/">britishtelephones.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Mercardier image credit: <a href="http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Vintage_Telephones_of_the_World.html?id=0myM3EPmrBYC&amp;redir_esc=y">Vintage Telephones of the World</a></em></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="Electrophone" alt="Electrophone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01-electrophone.jpg?1387957725" /> </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="Electrophone" alt="Electrophone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/02-electrophone-receivers-with-stand---Credit-Britishtelephone.com_.jpg?1387957725" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Ernest Mercadier" alt="Ernest Mercadier" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03-ernest-mercadier.jpg?1387957725" /> </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"> In the Navy (1910 to 1950) </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>Fundamentalist Mormon and engineer Nathaniel Baldwin invented the first pair of audio headphones on his kitchen table in 1910. His idea, initially dismissed by sceptical private investors, was picked up by the US Navy who ordered 100 pairs and made him a rich man. Money well spent? Not quite: he invested his fortune in supporting the Mormon polygamous movement and went bankrupt.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://afflictor.com/">afflictor.com</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nathaniel Baldwin&#039;s headphones" alt="Nathaniel Baldwin&#039;s headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/04-nathaniel-headphones---Credit-afflictor.com_.jpg?1387957725" /> </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"> Ahead of the game (1937 to 1949) </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>Until WWII put an end to production, German hi-fi stalwarts Bayerdynamic invented the world&rsquo;s first dynamic headphones for home listening. Launched in 1937, the DT-48 remained in production (in one form or another) until 2012.</p> <p>Meanwhile, across the border in Vienna, AKG (established in 1947) was busy inventing the thoroughly modern K120s. Neither pair made much of an impression but the original poster provided the template for all headphone ads since &ndash; the perfect balance of impressive-sounding tech specs and marketing mumbo-jumbo.</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="Bayerdynamic DT-48" alt="Bayerdynamic DT-48" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bayerdynamic-dt48.jpg?1387957725" /> </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="AKG K120" alt="AKG K120" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/06---AKG-K120.jpg?1387957725" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Koss effect (1958 to present day) </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>In 1958, John Koss rewrote the rule book when he created the first stereo headphones, the Koss SP-3. Early models were nothing more than mini speakers covered in cardboard and sofa foam, but their impact was immense. Rather than make do with radio communication equipment and aviation hardware, Jazz lover Koss came up with something purely for music &ndash; and he helped fuel a revolution in the way people listened to it. His timing couldn&rsquo;t have been better, coinciding with the invention of the teenager and this thing called Rock &lsquo;n&rsquo; Roll.</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="Koss SP-3" alt="Koss SP-3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/08---Koss-SP-3.jpg?1387957725" /> </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"> Revolution in the head (1965 to 1975) </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>Koss dominated the early part of the swinging sixties &ndash; thanks to the arrival of cheap turntables and intolerant parents - and can be blamed for the present day dirge of celebrity endorsements. The Koss Beatlesphones were nothing more than an average set of cans covered in stickers but they sold out globally and remain one of the most sought-after bits of Fab Four memorabilia.</p> <p>But their dominance was to be short lived as Philips, Onkyo and Sennheiser came to the party with increasingly affordable designs that sounded good and looked the part.</p> <p>The most important of which was Sennheiser &lsquo;s HD 414, the world&#39;s first open headphones. This lightweight game changer was an instant hit, with music fans happy to ditch the bulky closed back claustrophobic cans of old and embrace a smooth clear open sound. 100,000 sets were sold by the end of 1969 and their mass appeal means they remain the most successful design of all time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/top-ten"><strong>Read our Top 10 of the best headphones in the world right now</strong></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="Koss Beatlesphones" alt="Koss Beatlesphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10---Beatlesphones-koss.jpg?1387957725" /> </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="Early Onkyo headphones" alt="Early Onkyo headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/11---Onkyo-PH-747-and-727-headphones.jpg?1387957725" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Z632" alt="Philips Z632" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/12---Philips-Z632.jpg?1387957725" /> </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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The rise of the Walkman (1979 to 1990) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What they got so wrong with Betamax, Sony made up for with a little box called the Walkman: on 1st July 1979, portability became king and headphones escaped the house for the first time. Sound quality might have suffered, but for $200 you could finally rollerskate while listening to Pink Floyd.</p> <p>The Sony MDR-3L2 headphones were the Apple earbuds of their day, but with only one pair bundled in the box and two sockets for shared listening hundreds of third party knock-offs and fashion focussed alternatives flooded the market.</p> <p>Denon even managed to predate Apple with their in-ear AH-P1 way back in 1981.</p> <p>But it wasn&rsquo;t all cute Californians on bikes in the 80s. Check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDbpzjbXUZI">Eddie Murphy and his AKG K240</a>.</p> <p><em>Walkman image credit: <a href="http://pocketcalculatorshow.com/">pocketcalculatorshow.com</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman " alt="Sony Walkman " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/16---walkman-girl---credit-Pocketcalculatorshow.com_.jpg?1387957725" /> </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="Denon AH-P1" alt="Denon AH-P1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/18-Denon-AH-P1_002.jpg?1387957725" /> </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"> Noise cancelling (1989 to present day) </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>Spurred on by the pathetic headphones dished out on transatlantic flights, Dr. Amar Bose invented noise cancelling in 1979 &ndash; and made travel bearable again in the process. Admittedly, the first headset was designed for pilots and it would take until 2000 for the Bose QuietComfort (QC1) to make it onto the high street, but his patented Acoustic Noise Cancellation Technology was well worth the wait.</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 noise cancelling advert" alt="Bose noise cancelling advert" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20---noise-cancelling-headphones-screaming-babies-original-45013.jpg?1387957725" /> </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"> Any colour as long as it’s white (2001 to 2010) </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>Apple didn&rsquo;t invent the earbud but with the launch of the original iPod in 2001 they made a pair of bog standard dirt-attracting, sound-leaking headphones the most desirable thing on the planet. Since that day Apple has shipped 600 million sets of the first generation of earbuds and their competitors have been playing catch-up ever since.</p> <p>In fact, Apple&rsquo;s dominance and the rise of the MP3 player meant the market was soon awash with cheap and cheerful headphones that didn&rsquo;t have to sound nice to sell by the truckload.</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-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enter the Dr (2008 to present day) </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>Back in the 90s Andre Romelle Young AKA Dr Dre was a promising young rapper with a popular beat combo called NWA &ndash; and odds were long that in 2008, the same guy would help to reinvent the headphone industry with the legendary Monster Beats by Dr Dre.</p> <p>These were unashamedly expensive, subtle as a sledgehammer cans tuned to devour bass-heavy hip hop beats. Success was instantaneous and the Monster Beats by Dr Dre became &ndash; and somehow remain &ndash; the must-have accessory for every bling footballer and fashionista. Big was beautiful and headphones became the ultimate urban status symbol.&nbsp;</p> <p>But as we&rsquo;re all now acutely aware, it didn&rsquo;t stop with the good doctor: Will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and, um, Basketball legend LeBron James all have their own signature designs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats by Dr Dre" alt="Beats by Dr Dre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/22-monster-beats-by-dre.jpg?1387957725" /> </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="Wayne Rooney sporting some Beats" alt="Wayne Rooney sporting some Beats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/23---Wayne-Rooney-Beats.jpg?1387957725" /> </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"> Fashion first (2010 to present day) </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 success of Beats made headphones cool again &ndash; and the fashion industry wanted in. Brands such as Skull Candy, Urbanears and WeSc made a killing going after the hipster and extreme sport brigades, and thanks to the sky high price of Beats the kids were only too happy to part with substantial amounts for this season&rsquo;s colourway.</p> <p>But it isn&rsquo;t just for the kids. Traditional hi-fi brands are busting out the style with the likes of the latest B&amp;W P7 and Kef M500 combining audiophile-approved sound quality and executive looks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones/top-ten"><strong>Read our Top 10 of the best headphones in the world right now</strong></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="Urbanears headphone collection" alt="Urbanears headphone collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/24---Urbanears-Collection2013fw.jpg?1387957725" /> </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="Chanel Imam in Skull Candy headphones" alt="Chanel Imam in Skull Candy headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25---Chanel-for-Skull-Candy.jpg?1387957725" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="KEF-M500" alt="KEF-M500" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/26---Kef-M500_w_laptop.jpg?1387957725" /> </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/sg/headphones-complete-history/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/headphones-complete-history/feature#comments Headphones Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:46:59 +0000 Nigel Yap 1430428 at http://www.stuff.tv Get into the game with the Siberia Elite http://www.stuff.tv/sg/get-game-siberia-elite/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The newest headset from SteelSeries offers the coolest multimedia experience </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="3035" height="2274" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/steelseries.jpg?1387182241" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Every gamer knows that to fully sink himself into his game of choice, the right headset is of unparalleled importance.&nbsp;</strong></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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/sg/get-game-siberia-elite/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/get-game-siberia-elite/news#comments Gaming Headphones Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:53:27 +0000 Elissa Loi 1430141 at http://www.stuff.tv What your headphones say about you http://www.stuff.tv/sg/what-your-headphones-say-about-you/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Moran delves into the ancient and highly respected art of headphone reading </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="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/walkman-headphones.jpg?1397224708" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Nobutoshi Kihara created the first Sony Walkman in 1978 he could have hardly imagined that 35 years later the descendants of his little cassette-playing wonder would be more or less standard kit for everyone between the age of 10 and 50.</p> <p>But no-one likes to be standard. We like to express a little individuality. And given that the Walkman, MP3 player or smartphone is in our pockets, the only visible way to express our mobile music hardware style is through our headphones.</p> <p>Here are the 8 key headphone styles, and what wearing them will say about you;</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="/sg/users/michaelmoran-0" title="View user profile.">Michael_Moran</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"> Generic free 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>You really don&rsquo;t care do you? Budget EasyJet earphones suggest a record collection that consists solely of Now 81 and a couple of covermounts from half-forgotten 90s magazines.</p> <p>They don&rsquo;t sound brilliant. They don&rsquo;t exactly look impressive. But then you&rsquo;re only four quid out of pocket.</p> <p>Plenty of money left to buy that Jamie Oliver &lsquo;Music To Cook To&rsquo; compilation you&rsquo;ve had your eye on.</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="1000" height="750" title="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GENERIC-EARBUDS.jpg?1397224708" /> </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"> Standard white Apple 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>There was a time, not so long ago, when having a pair of little white earphones was the height of cool. It said that you had an iPod or, even better, an iPhone.</p> <p>Or, at least, had a couple of bits of sweetcorn stuck in your ears.</p> <p>Either way, it made you one of a select group. Until the first quarter of 2012, when sales jumped from 17 million to 37 million.</p> <p>Now it&rsquo;s harder to find someone without an iPhone. So someone still rockin&rsquo; the white beads in 2014 is saying &lsquo;I like music just fine, but I don&rsquo;t like change.&rsquo;</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="500" height="375" title="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone-5-EarPod-headphones_2.jpg?1397224708" /> </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"> Beats by Dre </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>Possibly the most visible headphone brand on the high street, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monster/beats-drdre" target="_blank">Dre&rsquo;s Beats</a> are bought by people who have never experienced the devastating kick-drum gut-punch of Nuthin&#39; but a &#39;G&#39; Thang.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little like boy-band members wearing Ramones t-shirts or Cabinet ministers wearing off-the-peg suits. Beats buyers aren&rsquo;t using just headphones. They&rsquo;re buying a brand that sends the message &lsquo;I am an urban badass.&rsquo;</p> <p>Unfortunately it also sends the message &lsquo;I had the same idea as all these other guys.&rsquo; But still. A badass who fell for a well-conceived marketing campaign is still a badass, right?</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="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NewBeatsStudio_1.jpg?1397224708" /> </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"> Noise-cancelling Sennheisers </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 are the headphones for the person that likes to say &lsquo;shut up, shut up, shut UP!&rdquo; They&rsquo;re also for the more organised headphone connoisseur.</p> <p>Because with these bad boys you not only have to keep your MP3 player&rsquo;s battery charged, you need to have a working battery for your headphones too. In fact, even more so.</p> <p>Because while music is all very well, the ineffable near-silence that you experience when the noise-cancelling it switched on and nothing is playing is one of the most relaxing sounds that ever existed.</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="993" height="745" title="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sennheiser-noise-cancelling-headphpnes.jpg?1397224708" /> </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"> Just one earbud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You are almost certainly a bodyguard or Special Ops assassin.</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="575" height="431" title="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/agent-smith.jpg?1397224708" /> </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"> ACS custom headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you&rsquo;re through the slightly freaky experience of having gunk poured into your ear canal in order to create an ideal mould, the only unpleasant aspect of ACS &lsquo;phones is the somewhat sobering expense.</p> <p>The message of the ACS headphones is &lsquo;I care about sound, I care about preserving my hearing, and I&rsquo;m willing to spend a fair few bob on those things.&rsquo;</p> <p>Oh, and it also says &lsquo;Dear God I hope I never lose these headphones. They cost a mint.&rsquo;</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="583" height="437" title="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/acs-headphones.jpg?1397224708" /> </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"> Giant retro headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&lsquo;I am cool as all heck, I am listening to something that you have never heard of, and you&rsquo;re just lucky I don&rsquo;t have a vinyl turntable in my rucksack.&rsquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sennheiser-momentum/review" target="_blank">The giant headphone</a> is the choice of the hipster. Accessorise with some Michael Caine glasses and a pair of jeans that prevent any blood flow to the feet and you&rsquo;re good to go.</p> <p>Moustache optional.</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="1109" height="832" title="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sennheiser-Momentum.jpg?1397224708" /> </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"> Surgically-grafted integral headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You are the chief administrative aide to Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian on Cloud City over the planet Bespin.</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="500" height="375" title="What your headphones say about you" alt="What your headphones say about you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lobot.jpg?1386991837" /> </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/headphones/top-ten">Want to look at the best headphones money can buy? Click 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> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/what-your-headphones-say-about-you/feature-0#comments Headphones Sat, 14 Dec 2013 03:28:49 +0000 Nigel Yap 1430105 at http://www.stuff.tv Ears, meet the new Shure SRH1540 headphones http://www.stuff.tv/sg/shure/ears-meet-new-shure-srh1540-headphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These closed-back cans will bring you plenty of listening plea-Shure </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="1011" title="Ears, meet the new Shure SRH1540 headphones " alt="Ears, meet the new Shure SRH1540 headphones " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/srh1540.jpg?1386949942" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When a pair of headphones hold claim to the title of Best of Show at an audio convention, you know you&#39;d better sit up and listen good.</p> <p class="p1">Powered by 40mm neodymium drivers, this pair of award-winning studio headphones possesses a unique soundstage. The bass is warm and doesn&rsquo;t compromise on aural clarity of the mids or highs. If you&rsquo;re a fan of live music, the SRH1540 conveys the acoustic experience so well, it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re physically present - in front row seats, no less.</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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/sg/shure/ears-meet-new-shure-srh1540-headphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/shure/ears-meet-new-shure-srh1540-headphones/news#comments Headphones Shure Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:53:46 +0000 Elissa Loi 1430085 at http://www.stuff.tv Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-and-just-bit-sceptical-hi-res-audio/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 could be the year that audiophile-quality recordings go mainstream – and that’s great news for all music-lovers&#039; ears </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?1387189256" /> </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="/sg/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> </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/sg/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/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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-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/sg/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/sg/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?1387189256" /> </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?1387189256" /> </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?1387189256" /> </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?1387189256" /> </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?1387189256" /> </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/sg/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-and-just-bit-sceptical-hi-res-audio/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-and-just-bit-sceptical-hi-res-audio/feature#comments Headphones Hi-Fi & Streaming Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:38:36 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430026 at http://www.stuff.tv