Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System

Onkyo recently announced a new sound system setup, suitable for your home entertainment system whereby you can enjoy great sound while watching your favourite TV shows, movies or listening to music. The Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System is a three piece equipment setup that is not too big and obstructing as your home entertainment system.

During a recent Onkyo event, I got the opportunity to take a look at the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System and listened to them in action, while watching a short movie trailer on the TV screen. The sound produced by the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System was solid, sharp and clear, in the midst of the noise of the people checking out the other Onkyo products, the Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Audio System and Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player at the event.

If you are looking for a solid and powerful sound system for your home entertainment, that is not too big in size, do check out the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System.

Let me share with you more information and details on the Onkuo LS7200 3D Soundbar System –

LS7200 3D Soundbar System that combines Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ playback with user-friendly wireless audio features including support for DTS Play-Fi® technology*, AirPlay®, and FireConnect™* multi-room distribution built in.

Part of the growing Envision Cinema product family, the three-piece LS7200 offers key advantages over other soundbars, starting with a low 53 mm profile for an unimpeded view of the TV screen.

The wall-mountable soundbar connects to a separate AV Center via Multichannel Audio Cable, with full-scale power delivered to precision drivers (comprising two speakers each for the left, right, and center channels, plus single height speakers) by a discrete digital amplification system.

Together with wireless subwoofer, this single-cable soundbar design results in neat and clean installation under the TV display.

The AV Center includes four HDMI® inputs to connect media players and game consoles, with all components and cabling easily concealed in an entertainment unit. TV connection comes via single 4K/60p HDMI cable with Audio Return Channel, allowing the LS7200 to enhance broadcast TV audio.

AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration tailors sound to individual spaces, adjusting essential speaker conditions such as output level, distance, and crossover while preventing standing waves inside the room for clear and well-focused image presentation.

As well as object-based sound for movies, the LS7200 offers deeply satisfying stereo performance with a choice of network audio options.

The soundbar supports DTS Play-Fi technology, a free app for iOS and Android™ that collects music (streaming services, local files, or network-attached audio) into a simple interface for casting to any Wi-Fi®-enabled speaker. Fast, stable, and easy to use, DTS Play-Fi technology supports multiple streams to different speakers simultaneously without interruption.

AirPlay® and selectable 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® are also included for stable app-based music casting, while Spotify® Connect lets subscribers stream direct from the Spotify® application. Bluetooth® connectivity completes a comprehensive suite for of wireless music streaming features.

Onkyo Controller app brings together wireless casting technologies, simplifies access to included TuneIn and TIDAL services, and centralizes house wide audio distribution to optional FireConnect™-compatible wireless speakers. The easy-to-use app compliments on-screen GUI with system remote controls for each zone.

As well as discrete dialog volume adjustment for DTS:X™ soundtracks, DTS Neural:X™ is included to up mix standard multichannel audio to 3D sound.

Dolby Audio™ adds a new Surround Enhancer technology that wraps sound around the audience by creating virtual rear speakers. Other practical inclusions are Direct Mode for high-quality stereo sources, Late Night Mode, and custom DSP programs for games and music.

Rounded out with 40-preset FM tuner, AV sync function, and L/R tone controls, LS7200’s feature set approaches that of a full-sized home cinema component in a decor-friendly package that’s tailor-made for passionate listeners.

* Firmware must be updated before operation.

Pricing and Availability 

The LS-7200 speaker system is retailing at all authorized retailers at $1,799

* Information and details courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Audio System

The Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system was recently introduced, it’s a standalone speaker that produces pretty good sound quality, looks sleek and nice in design, it would fit it nicely with the furnishings in your home.

During a recent Onkyo event, I had the opportunity to see the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system and listen to the quality of the sound produced from this system. With my short time there listening to the music played by the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system, it was pretty good and enjoyable even in the midst of the noisy crowds at the venue.

For the music enthusiasts, the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system can also be connected to other units and compatible Onkyo master components. This might be a good opportunity to build/customise your home or personal audio system. Take a look at their latest Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player, these 2 music players do make a good pair!

Let me share with you more information about the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system –

Multi-room audio enriched with limitless and accessible music is now a reality as Onkyo unveils its NCP-302 Wireless Audio System, a standalone speaker that can link with other units and compatible Onkyo master components, such as AVRs, to mirror home entertainment sources around the home over FireConnect™ powered by Blackfire1.

FireConnect™, a network protocol based on Blackfire and provided by Blackfire Research, USA, operates over 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® and offers 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz sampling.

The NCP-302 supports a variety of music streaming and internet radio services, such as Spotify®, TIDAL, Deezer, and TuneIn2, together with audio files stored on mobile or media server inside the Onkyo Controller application3.

With Chromecast built-in4, support for the Spotify® Connect app, and DTS Play-Fi®*4 technology, along with Bluetooth® wireless technology, the NCP-302 can be played to separately or grouped with other units using Onkyo Controller.

Chromecast built-in allows users to cast any music from smartphone, laptop, or PC to speaker or speaker network with ease. Control playback with regular audio apps for iPhone, iPad, Android™ phone or tablet, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook™ with support for Google Play Music included.

NCP-302 speakers can also mirror network music playing through a master component as well as sources input via analog audio terminals*5, including vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes.

Onkyo Controller offers source selection and playback management for individual or multiple speakers within a single intuitive interface. Sound follows as the listener moves through their day, keeping them company and adding atmosphere when entertaining friends and family.

The control app can assign the listener’s preferred sources to NCP-302 speakers and save them for later recall. Adding or dropping speakers, changing music, or adjusting volume involves a swipe or tap on the touchscreen.

Product quality is evident in the solid MDF enclosure housing two 77 mm woofers and a 26 mm balanced-dome tweeter. The speaker is tuned for pleasant, non-fatiguing sound. Like the woodgrain or black hair-lined finishes, physical controls are minimalist to suit any interior design.

With NCP-302 and a FireConnect™-ready master component in the main living space, families can experience Onkyo’s Next Generation Network Audio: an ecosystem of technologies that coalesce in smartphones to deliver audio anywhere, any time.

Next Generation Network Audio grows with the user, adapting to changing listening habits. It delivers what’s important: enjoyment of sound, enjoyment of control, and enjoyment of life.

Pricing and Availability

The NCP-302 speaker is retailing at all authorised retailers at $599.

Notes

*1 FireConnect™ is enabled by a firmware update.

*2 Service availability depends on region.

*3 Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Check App Store or Google Play™ for OS and device requirements.

*4 Enabled with a future firmware update.

*5 Enabled with a future firmware update. Transmission via external analog inputs is not supported on the TX-NR555 Onkyo products compatible with FireConnect™.

* Information and details courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player

The Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player was one of the three new audio products introduced in March 2017. During a recent Onkyo event, I had the opportunity to view, feel, touch and listen to the new Onkyo audio products in action. For this article post, I would be sharing information and details on the Onkyo DP-X1A.

The Onkyo DP-X1A is a small, handy, pocket sized portable music player, aesthetically speaking, it doesn’t look fanciful, yet it is packed with some pretty powerful technical specifications and capabilities. Pair the Onkyo DP-X1A with a good headphone, the music lover in you would love this combination, a high quality portable audio sound system.

When I listened to music using the Onkyo DP-X1A with Sennheiser headphones, the listening experience was really good. The sound was excellent, sharp and clear. There is also a function inside the Onkyo DP-X1A that allows the user to change preset EQ, featured EQ or personalised EQ settings. This feature is something that I like and my personal opinion is that this feature can allow the music player and headphones to excel even better.

I would also be sharing on the technical aspects of the Onkyo DP-X1A for those serious and technically inclined music fans out there.

Let me share with you the information and details of the Onkyo DP-X1A from the press release information below –

As more Hi-Res audio titles become available in formats like DSD, FLAC, WAV, and MQA, there is a greater prevalence for player devices that support them and the desire to get closer to the source audio has grown, driving users toward balanced output and the use of more exotic parts to drive that sound. And with the advent of video and audio streaming, it has become easier to enjoy music on a more personalized level.

The “DP-X1A” supports up to DSD 11.2MHz, FLAC/WAV up to 384kHz/24 bit, and the latest MQA technology, fully balanced circuit design from the DACs to its output. Based on Android OS, and with built in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi, the “DP-X1A” portable digital audio player can connect to a plethora of peripherals.

We have poured our years of experience in audio components into the “DP-X1A”. Incorporating a pair of ESS Technology’s SABRE DACs, connected to a 2.5mm 4 pole balanced output. The balanced circuitry allows for the conventional BTL drive, and the more esoteric ACG (Active Control GND) allowing for greater stability and clear soundstage. Overall, the circuitry design prioritized the elimination of noise entering the audio signal via extensive management of grounding and cleaning of power supply, allowing for not only Hi-Res music to sound great, but elevating the sound quality of compressed audio as well.

With internal memory of 64GBs and 2 microSD card slots, up to 464GB of storage is available for all forms of entertainment. The class leading 4.7inch GorillaGlass touch screen and access to GooglePlayTM allow for app support beyond what is preloaded, such as music and video streaming services and games. Using the preloaded OnkyoMusic app, downloading High Res Audio files can be done without the need of a PC.

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  • Designed to make the high res audio music shine

With playback support of up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24 bit FLAC/WAV files, the “DP-X1A” was designed to bring out the best in your music.

  • Featuring dual ESS Technology SABRE DAC “ES9018K2M” and SABRE “9601K”amps for the highest possible sound quality and wide sound stage.
  • Along with standard BTL balance circuitry, Active Control GND allows the two DAC outputs to work in tandem for L-GND/R-GND “0V” lock to eliminate any distortion, broadening the sound stage while remaining clear.
  • Completely separated DAC/AMP and CPU circuit board allow for the audio circuitry to isolate digital noise effects from the Android board to the audio circuits.
  • Each device is separated into a block with its own independent power circuitry, allowing for close looped circuit design, allowing for the individual blocks to maintain separation from one another, keeping noise from entering the audio signal.
  • DAC local power uses Nippon Chemicon “MELODIO” series based custom audio grade capacitors for improved audio quality.
  • 3 times the capacity available allows for greater power stability
  • Low ESR, ESL allows for near instantaneous power with little fluctuation or noise
  • Purpose built lead wires are excellent at absorbing noise allowing for further speed up of digital signals
  • Robust build against swings in temperature
  • Low noise LDOs paired with each audio IC to limit noise
  • Vishay resistors incorporated in unbalanced and balanced output circuit patterns
  • Re-optimized circuit pattern for low impedance circuit board allows for smooth audio signal transfer.
  • Limit the entry of noise by consolidating the analog circuits close to the headphone jacks and distancing the switching power supply as physically possible within the body.
  • Isolated, and for an extra measure of protection from noise, independent local power supplies, closed loop circuit design, and board design tuned to the micron to eliminate grounding issues, all to keep noise from occurring, and what noise occurs, isolated from the audio circuitry.
  • Fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU for snappy operation of apps and music playback 
  • Multiple connectivity methods with high quality audio outputs and wireless functionality
    • Balanced output, digital output through Micro USB/OTG*1 support allows for both high quality output via the headphone jack and peripheral
    • The 2.5mm 4 pole balanced headphone(BTL balance mode/Active Control GND mode/Line out mode) allows for different kinds of high resolution sound depending on preference.
    • 5mm stereo mini output (w/Line out mode).
    • Micro USB/OTG digital output supports up to DSD 11.2MHz and 384kHz/24bit (DoP/Direct Transfer/PCM conversion).
    • WiFi, WiFi Direct, and Bluetooth® with apt-X for high quality wireless streaming.*2

     

  • Freedom of Google Play

    Access to Google Play will open the capabilities of the DP-X1A beyond what’s built in,*5 like streaming music, video, and games.*3

  • “MQA” audio support
  • Support for up to 464GB(64GB internal + dual microSD)
  • Direct download of music from OnkyoMusic service without the need of a PC
  • 6 built in sound adjustment (Lock range adjust, digital filter, up sampling to 384kHz, Realtime DSD conversion to 5.6MHz, High Precision EQ, Featured EQ)
  • Innovative new GUI with flick transport control (playback, track advance) circular progress bar and physical buttons for all transport controls for “no look” operation, and standard full album artwork playback modes available.
  • Easy music file transfers from your Mac or PC to the player “X-DAP link” *4
  •  Volume knob with 161 step positions for fine granular control
  • User selectable volume knob lock when screen is turned off
  • Wide range gain setting to accommodate wide range of headphones (Low2/Low1/Normal/High)
  • Rigid machined aluminum body design
  • Custom case “DPA-PUX1” option available

    *1 OnTheGo host function requires compatible cable(sold separately)

    *2 Compatible hardware required. Depending on Wi-Fi network speed, high res audio playback may be intermittent.

    *3 Apps that require GPS, camera, gyro-sensor may not function properly.

    *4 Available on website(Mac OS10.10, 10.11, Windows 7,8,10/ 32 & 64 bit)

    [Specifications]

    Operating System Android OS 5.1
    APU Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 APQ8074 2.2GHz
    Display 4.7 inch capacitive touch screen(720 x 1280)
    Internal Storage 64 GB(including OS system)
    Expansion port micro SD x 2(SDXC)
    Wi-Fi 802.11b/ g/ n/ac??Wi-Fi direct / WPS?
    Bluetooth® support Profile: A2DP/ AVRCP/ HSP/ OPP/ HID/ PAN

    Codec: SBC/apt-X Low Latency (Transmit only)

    Supported Audio format DSD(DSF/DSD-IFF)/ FLAC/ ALAC/ WAV/ AIFF/ MQA/ Ogg-Vorbis/ MP3/ AAC
    Sampling rate and bits

     

    44.1k/ 48k/ 88.2k/ 96k/ 176.4k/ 192k/ 352.8k/ 384k

    16bit/ 24bit   (32bit float/integer will downcovert to 24bit)

    Supported playlist formats M3U/ PLS/ WPL
    Supported video codecs H.263/ H.264 AVC/ H.265 HEVC/ MPEG-4 SP/ VP8/ VP9
    Supported image formats JPEG/ GIF/ PNG/ BMP/ WebP
    Output 75 mW + 75 mW     Unbalanced

    150 mW + 150 mW   Balanced

     

    Total Harmonic Distortion Less than 0.006 %
    S/N ratio Over 115 dB
    Frequency Response 20 Hz – 80,000 Hz
    Impedance 16 – 300 ?(Unbalanced) 32 – 600 ?(Balanced)
    I/O ports 2.5 mm 4 pole Balance headphone output (From tip R-/R+ /L+ L-)

    3.5 mm 3 pole headphone output (Line out mode)(no microphone support)

    Micro USB /OTG output (for charging and data transfer)

    Gain Low2/ Low1/ Normal/ High
    Battery life 16 h (96kHz/24bit Audio unbalanced playback)
    Dimensions (HxWxD)mm 128.9 x 75.9 x 12.7 mm
    Weight (g) 205 g
    Language support Japanese/English/German/French/Spanish/Italian/Chinese(simplified)/

    Chinese(traditional)

    Accessories Screen protect sheet(affixed as factory default), Micro USB cable(1m)

    Pricing

  • The Onkyo DP-X1A is retailing at all authorized retailers at $999. 
  • * Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 for audiophile

Christmas 2016 is getting closer and if you haven’t gotten your Christmas Gift yet or planning to do a last minute Christmas shopping, let me share with you some Christmas Gift Guide for the audiophile in you!

There is a gift for him or her, do check out some of the recommendations below –

* Information and picture courtesy of Brand Cellar *

Singtel Music Exclusive: Get Up-Close with Nathan Hartono

Nathan Hartono fans, I have an exciting update for to share! There would be an opportunity to get up close with Nathan Hartono with a Singtel Music Exclusive event! Pass It On and share this news with your family, relatives and friends!

Here are the details on how you can have a chance to get up close and personal with Nathan Hartono –

Music fans will have a chance to get up-close and personal with national singing sensation Nathan Hartono early next year. In support of local music talent, Singtel Music will present an exclusive showcase – ‘Up-Close with Nathan Hartono’ at Millian Singapore, St James PowerStation on Saturday 21 January 2017, 6.30pm.

Fans will have the opportunity to watch Nathan perform and even interact with him at the showcase. Accompanied by a full band, Nathan will be singing a variety of songs in English and Chinese. This includes some brand new original compositions from his eagerly-anticipated extended play (EP), which is slated for release in the first quarter of 2017. Some lucky fans will also get the chance to meet Nathan in person and take photos with him.

Singtel Music is offering fans a pair of complimentary tickets[1] to the showcase when they

  • Post a comment on Nathan’s live performance video on Singtel’s Facebook page by 26 December (11.59 pm) sharing who they wish to bring to the showcase and why. The three best answers win;
  • Send a gift of music (a six-month or 12-month premium Singtel Music subscription with Spotify, KKBOX, Saavn or TIDAL) to a loved one through Singtel Online Christmas Gifts before 31 December; or
  • Purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge at any Singtel retail shop from 17 December, and sign up for a premium Singtel Music subscription.

Singtel Music lets music fans get close to their favourite artistes with exclusive events, including music showcases and meet and greets such as Nathan’s live performance for fans on Singtel’s Facebook page earlier this month, which has garnered more than 142,000 views so far, as well as British songbird Jessie J’s dazzling showcase in May this year.

Singtel Music is Singapore’s first data-free music service to offer music from popular providers like Spotify, KKBOX, TIDAL and Saavn with zero local data charges. Samsung is Singtel Music’s preferred handset partner.

For more information on Singtel Music, please visit www.singtel.com/singtelmusic.

[1] Limited numbers available.

* Information and picture courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones

Music fans, if you are looking for a wireless headphones with comfortable ear cups, check out the Beats Solo³ Wireless headphones by Dr. Dre. This is a stylish and nice looking headphones, ideal for home and on the move when you are outside.

If you are friends looking for wireless headphones, share with them about the Beats Solo³ Wireless headphones!

Let me share with you more information on the Beats Solo³ Wireless headphones by Dr. Dre from the press release information –

With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 Wireless is your perfect everyday headphone. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 3 hours of playback. Enjoy award-winning Beats sound with Class 1 Bluetooth® wireless listening freedom. The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customize your fit for all-day comfort.

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WIRELESS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

Beats Solo3 Wireless is ready to go when you are. They instantly set up – just power on and hold near your iPhone – and then simultaneously connect to your Apple Watch, iPad and Mac*. With Class 1 Bluetooth technology, Solo3 Wireless provides the soundtrack to your life with wireless efficiency.

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FEEL YOUR MUSIC

At the heart of Beats Solo3 Wireless is award-winning Beats sound. This headphone delivers premium playback with fine-tuned acoustics that maximize clarity, breadth and balance. The comfort-cushion ear cups buffer outside noise for immersive sound so you can experience music the way it was meant to be heard.

*Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3

ALL-DAY PLAY

Beats Solo3 Wireless delivers up to 40 hours of battery life driven by the efficiency of the Apple W1 chip. Or, with Fast Fuel, a quick 5-minute charge provides 3 hours of playback to quickly get you back on track. Integrated on-ear controls, coupled with dual beam-forming mics, allow you to take calls, play music, adjust volume and activate Siri while on the go.

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CUSTOM COMFORT

Beats Solo3 Wireless stays true to its predecessor with bold styling and a streamlined design. The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customize your fit for all-day listening comfort. The headphone’s fast-flowing curves and pivoting ear cups complete this natural fit, designed for optimal comfort and sound delivery.

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Key Features of Beats Solo3 Wireless

  • Connect via Class 1 Bluetooth with your device for wireless listening
  • The award-winning sound and design you’ve come to love from Beats
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life for multi-day use
  • With Fast Fuel, 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when battery is low
  • Adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use
  • Sleek, streamlined design that’s durable and foldable to go everywhere you do
  • Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls

The Beats Solo3 Wireless is available in Gloss Black, Gloss White, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Black, retailing at S$398.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics (Electronics) Pte Ltd and Brand Cellar *

Beats EP on-ear headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre, recently introduced their Beats EP on-ear headphones. This lightweight, colourful and masterfully tuned headphones would attract the music lovers out there.

On-ear headphones are really good for listening to music, I still remembered using my dad’s on-ear headphones when he had the old hi-fi music system at home! It would be nice to have an on-ear headphones at home (and even bringing it out) listening to music or watching a movie!

Let me share with you more information on the Beats EP –

Beats EP on-ear headphones delivers masterfully tuned sound. Its battery-free design offers unlimited playback and its sleek, durable frame is reinforced with lightweight stainless steel. Beats EP is an ideal introduction to Beats for any music lover seeking a dynamic listening experience.

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ENTER PREMIUM SOUND

Beats EP on-ear headphones delivers masterfully tuned sound the way it was meant to be heard. Powered by fine-tuned acoustics for incredible clarity, breadth and balance, it’s the ideal introduction to Beats for any music lover. 

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BUILT FOR LIFE

Beats EP is tough, lightweight and comfortable. Its durable frame is reinforced with stainless steel and adjustable vertical sliders allow for personalized comfort. Designed for everyday use. 

GRAB-AND-GO

Beats EP is made to go everywhere you do. Its battery-free design offers unlimited playback and hassle-free fixed cable lets you focus on the music. Just grab and go.

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Key Features of Beats EP

  • Fine-tuned acoustics for the clarity and depth you expect from Beats
  • Durable, lightweight design reinforced with stainless steel
  • Battery-free for unlimited playback
  • Adjustable vertical sliders for a personalized fit
  • Take calls and control your music with RemoteTalk cable*

The Beats EP is currently available in Black, Red, Blue and White at all authorized Beats retailers in Singapore at S$138.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics Pte Ltd and Brand Cellar *

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds

Sports fanatics who are also also audiophiles, they would look for earphones and headphones to accompany in their sports regime. The wireless headphones are among the more popular choices taken by the sports fanatics as it is easier to use and carry around, you don’t have to deal with the cable.

The premium sports wireless headphones by Jaybird, the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds, are now in its 5th edition. Being a fellow sports person (running), I like wireless bluetooth headphones, not just for sports, it’s also good for daily usage too!

Let me share with you more information and photos of the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds from the press release information below –

Jaybird, the pioneer and leader in premium sport wireless headphones, announced Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds, its fifth-generation of Freedom. Combining sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed, the buds are both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package. Jaybird’s passion for great product doesn’t stop at great buds. Through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

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The ground-breaking, engineering-enabled Jaybird once again re-writes the rules of earbud design and user experience, marking Jaybird’s continued leadership in wireless headphone innovation.

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“This latest generation of Freedom liberates our lives like never before,” said Judd Armstrong, founder and CEO of Jaybird. “These micro-sized tapered buds deliver our best-ever sound while featuring a reduced size that fits all ears, all in a low-profile fit that resonates with everyone. The over-ear fit and elegant metal accents of Freedom bring a fashionable element while also being more rugged than ever, offering the freedom to bring your music anywhere, from mountain to motorcycle, thanks to the buds’ helmet friendly breakthrough form.”

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With Jaybird Freedom, you get micro-sized sand blasted metal accented housing in a fashionable, small package. Traditionally, in-ear Bluetooth buds use plastic materials to assist with signal performance, but Jaybird has overcome these challenges by moving all electronics to its miniaturised three button controller while still delivering an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, clip the lightweight charger on while driving to the gym or during your workout and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes. So from the gym, to the streets, trails, office or anywhere in-between Jaybird Freedom means you’ll never miss a beat.

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One of Jaybird’s hallmark design standards is drop-free music while offering incredibly small products. Jaybird continues to deliver this standard in Freedom, providing a huge win for active people where a lot of movement will not trip up the signal between phone and Freedom. Jaybird takes all these use cases into consideration when developing its products.

Availability

Jaybird Freedom is available from 16 September onwards exclusively at all Jaybird authorised resellers for $259.00. The buds come in four fresh colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with us on Facebook.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jaybird and SPRG *

 

Paradigm launched Premium Wireless Series with DTS PLAY-FI

Music and audio fans, I have news and updates for you, Paradigm Electronics Inc, an international leader in speaker design and manufacturing for over 30 years, officially announced the first three models of its Premium Wireless Series. They are the

  • PW 800 premium wireless speaker
  • PW 600 compact premium wireless speaker
  • PW AMP premium wireless amplifier

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These three Paradigm Premium Wireless Wireless Series utilises DTS Play-Fi technology, provide listeners the freedom and flexibility to stream their high-resolution music wirelessly (up to 24-bit/192khz) over an existing Wi-Fi network to any number of connected speakers that utilise DTS Play-Fi technology once paired with the Play-Fi App.

The DTS Play-Fi is an open platform, unlike many other wireless platforms. Listeners are able to mix and match any DTS Play-Fi enabled audio products from a selection of top audio brands. Moreover, Paradigm Premium Wireless Series products do not limit the listern with the need for proprietary hardware. With the PW AMP premium wireless amplifier, listeners can stream high resolution audio to existing traditional loudspeakers or in-wall/in-ceiling speakers, no matter the brand. Most music listeners would likely to have their own music libraries and online music streaming services like Spotify, Tidal etc and they can take advantage of it, from any of their devices – iOS, Android, Kindle or PC.

For music and audio lovers who are more technically inclined, the quality and standards of the Premium Wireless Series products are enhanced by their exclusive Anthem Room Correction (ARC) technology, included with ALL Paradigm Premium Wireless Series products.

At the Paradigm Premium Wireless Series event, I got the opportunity to view their new Premium Wireless Series and listen to them playing music in action. I really like the PW 800 premium wireless speaker, it is sleek and beautiful, produces great clear sound quality, you can feel the bass from the sub-woofer.

PW 800 – Premium Wireless Speaker

2 x 1” (25mm) S-PAL dome tweeters

2 x 5” (127mm) S-PAL woofers

Anthem Class-D Amplifier: 460W Dynamic Peak 230W RMS

Available Finishes: Black or White

Price: $1,499

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PW 600 – Premium Compact Wireless Speaker

2 x 1” (25mm) S-PAL dome tweeters

5” (127mm) S-PAL woofer

Anthem Class-D Amplifier: 400W Dynamic Peak 200W RMS

Available Finishes: Black or White

Price: $1,199

PW AMP – Premium Wireless Amplifier

Power any existing non-powered speakers and stream loss-less audio wirelessly

Anthem Class-D Amplifier

2 x 200W Dynamic Peak, 2 x 100W RMS into 4 ohms (Compatible with 8 ohms)

RCA analog inputs, Ethernet 10/100, USB (for firmware updates), L/R speaker terminals

Available Finish: Black

Price: $999

It would really be awesome to have 1 x PW 800 and 2 x PW 600, connected together wirelessly and playing high quality music in my room or living room. However, I don’t have my own home yet at this time, maybe in the future, I would love to have it in my own home!

At the Paradigm Premium Wireless Series event, I was also introduced to the Anthem Electronics range of products. They were the NEW Third Generation MRX Series of AV Receivers. In this article, I would just share briefly on their key information and details. If the opportunity arises in the future, I might make an appointment to visit their showroom for sound demonstration, listen and share my thoughts in another separate article.

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MRX 520 – High-end A/V Receiver

5.2 Pre-Amp / 5 Amplifier Channel A/V receiver with ARC (Anthem Room Correction)

100 watts per channel continuous power into 8 ohms.

Available Finishes: Black

Price: $2,550

MRX 720 – High-end A/V Receiver

11.2 Pre-Amp / 7 Amplifier Channel A/V receiver with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X ready.

140 watts per channel continuous power into 8 ohms.

Includes ARC

Available Finishes: Black

Price: $4,400

MRX 1120 – High-end A/V Receiver

11.2 Pre-Amp / 11 Amplifier Channel A/V receiver with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X ready.

140 watts per channel continuous power into 8 ohms.

Includes ARC

Available Finish: Black

Price: $5,500

I would like to thank Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar for the invitation to their Paradigm Wireless Series event and the information provided above.