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.

[DP-X1A features]

  • 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 *

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Buds Review

This pair of wireless buds are the smallest in the music earphones world, they may look small yet we cannot judge them just by its size. Inside this pair of wireless buds, it is packed with pretty awesome music sound power and strength, with style, design and secure fit features. Let me introduce the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Earphones.

First and foremost, let me start off with the package, the nice looking box when it first arrived. The Jaybird Freedom box has a nice feel with a well thought out design and layout. Take a look as I started to unbox and displayed all the items that were packed inside the box. One nice feature of this package is that Jaybird gives customers a small pouch to keep the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones, charger and cable.

There are two aesthetics aspects of Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones that makes it stand out and unique for the music lovers. They are the

  • All-metal housing
  • Silicone ear fins

(1) All-metal housing

The Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones is made up of elegant and premium sand-blasted metal material. This not only gives this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds its unique style, it also improves its durability to its special micro-sized wireless ear buds. With all the top engineering processes, innovation and design, the Jaybird Freedom is a premium, iconic, sturdy, small, lightweight yet powerful wireless earphones to suit almost every music lover. Last but not least, the all-metal housing removes all distortion, giving music lovers the experiences of not just an incredible sound, the noise isolation feature sometimes feels like a noise cancellation feature at times!

(2) Silicone ear fins

In my personal humble opinion, the silicone ear fins are another feature that makes the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones unique. For a start, users might take some time before they get used to the design and fit inside the ear. You can choose to wear your Jaybird Freedom over-ear sport-fit with fins or over-ear sport-fit without fins or under-ear with fins or under-ear without fins. It’s your personal choice whether you want to have the ear-fins or without ear-fins. There are 4 different ear fins sizes (XS, S, M, L) inside the package and they fit in nicely for sporty/outdoors lifestyle e.g. running, biking, trekking. From a personal perspective, put on the silicone ear fins when you are doing sports/outdoors. Do take note on how to attach the ear fins, look out for the letters R (right) and L (left) on the top side of the circle.

Let me continue on with the other components that come with the Jaybird Freedom.

Silicone ear tips and Comply ear tips

There are 2 types of ear tips, they come in 3 different sizes for each type of ear tips, to suit your needs and requirements.

Cable

The length of the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones cable is just nice in my opinion, not too long in length if not it would dangle down and get caught on to other objects. There are cord clips available to shorten the cable behind the neck, you can adjust the length to your liking and preference. Jaybird also gives customers another additional accessory option, a shirt clip is inside the package, that allows the user to attach the cable to their shirt, ideal when going for sports/outdoor activities.

Bluetooth connection

The bluetooth connection between the earphones and devices are smooth, easy to setup and connect.

Battery life

The battery life of the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds is 4 hours with additional 4 hours if the charger clip is attached to the earphones (with on the go charging).

Functionalities of the Jaybird Freedom

  • Music + Calls , easy to use and connects easily
  • Share 1 device with 2 buds
  • Pairing – remember up to 8 devices
  • Multipoint – connect the buds to 2 devices simulatanously
  • MySound App
  • Smartwatch – pair with your smartwatch and leave your phone behind

Announcements/Updates

  • Inform user of battery life percentage when switched on
  • Inform user to charge battery when it reaches 10%

For all the techies, music lovers, the next two areas would be of great interest to you –

Sound

First and foremost, I do not claim to be an audiophile, as much as I love listening to my different types of music on my Spotify with my earphones while traveling between places or during my sports activities. What I am sharing here would be my personal thoughts, views and experiences on the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds.

The Jaybird Freedom wireless produces a clear and sharp treble, with solid and strong bass without being overwhelming. One key and very interesting unique feature is that the user is able to utilise the MySound App, choose, adjust and customise the low, mid range and high range of their sound/music preset to their music/hearing preference.

MySound App

When I first heard of an app for the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, to be honest with everybody here, I wasn’t sure how good it can be or how useful it would be. You have to try the MySound app, I was told and reminded.

Since I am reviewing this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, I have to try it. Once I started using it, I was completely blown away by its features, functionalities and capabilities. This MySound app is a must use for Jaybird Freedom owners!

  • Nice and easy to user user interface
  • Presets available for you to choose and add to the app dashboard
  • Customise your own preset
  • Battery life indicator on app

The sound quality of the Jaybird Freedom by itself is already pretty solid and awesome. With this MySound app, you can tune it, to your own hard rock mega bass musician style or the soothing and clear classical music style.

I would just like to highlight some observations when I was using the MySound app with the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds

  • Discrepancy between earphone announcement of battery life versus battery life indicator on the app
  • Jaybird Freedom earphones are paired, connected and playing music but MySound app says no earphones connected

I would like to emphasis that these observations DO NOT affect the excellent and powerful sound quality produced by the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds nor does it affect your listening and usage experience.

Overall, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds are a remarkable pair of wireless bluetooth earphones. They are small, lightweight and powerful bluetooth wireless earphones. It is secure and fits into your ears. The noise blocking / noise isolation is very good, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds owner is in a music world of their own! The design is trendy, bright and colourful, suitable for sporty, outdoors, leisure and daily usage earphones. It is sweat proof , they would be suitable for a number of sports/outdoor activities.

In my personal humble opinion, the Jaybird Freedom is an ideal choice for your pair of wireless bluetooth earphones, a worthy investment for music fans who are sporty/outdoors and also for their daily leisure usage. Visit my photography and travel interest site article, on how the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds fits into two different people lifestyles! Power Your Passion with Jaybird Freedom!

The Jaybird Freedom is now available at authorised resellers at the retail price of SGD $259. The Jaybird Freedom wireless buds come in four fresh colors: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with them on Facebook.

* I would like to thank Jaybird for the opportunity to review the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones. *

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 *

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.

Ultimate Ears Now Lets You Say It to Play It!

Good news for Ultimate Ears fans who own or planning to buy portable music players UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM! Now you can speak up and use your voice on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM! I shared about UE MEGABOOM previously and did a review on the UE MEGABOOM too!

Let me share with you more information on the new voice integration feature by Ultimate Ears for the UE MEGABOOM and UE BOOM 2 from the press release information below –

Ultimate Ears wants you to speak up and use your voice by introducing Siri® and Google Now™ voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM. Now, music fans can simply say it to play it, allowing them to stay connected in the moment by providing faster, easier access to their music using Siri and Google Now voice directly from their Ultimate Ears speakers. The new push-to-talk feature brings even more convenience to UE’s award winning on-the-go Bluetooth® speakers.

From cliff to cave, Ultimate Ears’ speakers are meant to be with you, wherever, whenever. They’re waterproof (IPX7), rugged and blast incredible 360-degree sound. This latest integration amps up the possibilities of where you can take your music and how easily you can access it all.

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“Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “No matter how wet, muddy or wild the situation, with Siri and Google Now voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM, fans no longer need to pick up their phone to play DJ. Now, they can just say it to play it.”

Gone are the days of hunting down your favorite song on your phone as this new voice integration provides access to tunes in just a couple of seconds. Through a quick push of the Bluetooth button and a simple voice request, you can quickly get the party started and never miss a beat.

Pricing and Availability

Siri and Google Now voice integration is available on UE BOOM 2 ($319.00) and UE MEGABOOM ($399.00) through the free UE BOOM and UE MEGABOOM apps. The app enhancement is available through the iOS® and Android™ app stores on June 22. Speakers are sold separately. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG*

Beats Pill+

The world of portable music players today have provided music lovers with a lot more choices to bring it out for outings and gatherings, to share their music with the family, loved ones and friends. Let me introduce you to Beats Pill+, the latest wireless Bluetooth speaker by Beats Electronics from the press release information –

Beats Electronics added the Beats Pill+ speaker to its series of audio products available in Singapore, the latest addition to the company’s growing portfolio of exceptional wireless, Bluetooth products. The Beats Pill+ sets a new standard for quality and design within the burgeoning portable speaker market and reinforces the company’s commitment to innovation and function, and most importantly, a premium sound experience for music fans.

Beats Pill+

Introducing The New Beats Pill+ Speaker

Sound – The Beats Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Beats Pill speaker, allowing for a bigger and fuller sound. The stereo active 2-way crossover system creates an optimized sound field for dynamic range and clarity across all genres of music. Tweeter and woofer separation uses the same acoustic mechanics found in professional recording studios around the world.

Design – With its clean and sophisticated design, the Beats Pill+ speaker looks as good as it sounds. Compact and durable enough to throw in your bag, the Beats Pill+ is designed to go wherever you do. Convenient button controls are now at the top of the speaker so you can manage your music with ease.

Power management – The Beats Pillspeaker has a 12-hour battery life to stay charged on the go. The lightning cable and power supply provide a quick full charge in just 3 hours. Keep track of your power levels with the fuel gauge so you always know how much battery is left and use the USB port to charge out.

Additionally, Beats today announced the Beats Pill+ app for iOS or Android devices that provides added features and functionality, and allows you to manage your speaker straight from your fingertips. Using the intuitive interface, you can toggle between different modes of play with a simple tap or allow a friend to simultaneously pair to your speaker.

Features available through the Beats Pillapp include:

  • DJ THE PLAYLIST: Grab a friend and control the music from two Bluetooth sources.
  • AMPLIFY YOUR SOUND: Add a second Beats Pill+speaker into the mix and simultaneously play from both speakers for a sound that’s twice as full.
  • PUT IT IN STEREO:Sync two Beats Pillspeakers together for dedicated left and right playback and an even more dynamic sound experience.

The new Beats Pill+ in Black retails for S$348.00 and is now available for purchase in Singapore at all authorized Beats retailers in Singapore.

*Information and picture courtesy of Beats Electronics and Brand Cellar*

Ultimate Ears introduces UE ROLL

Ultimate Ears continues to innovate and transform the way people experience and listen to music together in the world today. Ultimate Ears recently released a unique, interesting, pint sized yet powerful Bluetooth speaker, the UE ROLL! The UE ROLL is ready for you, the music fan, for whatever, wherever, whenever. The UE ROLL gives a 360 degrees sound system that is loud, crisp with strong bass and it is ultra-mobile, just like the UE BOOM family.

You can fasten it to your swimsuit with one of its kind attach and go bungee cord or hook it to your hiking gear while you travel and backpack. The UE ROLL is waterproof and life resistant, produced from the toughest, most premium materials! It’s not just for yourself, you can also share the UE ROLL with your family and friends, sharing the music, connecting and enjoying with people!

Let me share with you the key features of the UE ROLL!

Key Features

• Awesome 360-degree sound: UE ROLL pumps out insane sound, in every direction, wherever you go. Loud, crisp sound shouts through the air with deep bass and incredible beats. This speaker brings big noise to hidden beaches, cliff jumps and mountain climbs.

• Always chooses dare: UE ROLL is designed to be part of your ultra-mobile lifestyle. It has a waterproof and life-resistant shell that’s forged from the toughest, most premium materials. It’s also lightweight and small with a nine-hour battery life and a 20-metre wireless range, so you can take it anywhere.

• Strap on. Turn up: Thanks to its attachable marine-grade bungee cord, you can hook UE ROLL to almost all your gear. Whether it’s using the bungee to fasten it to your swimsuit while you surf or hook it to your hiking gear while you backpack, UE ROLL connects to you, your friends and your music.

• In control with the app: Download the free UE ROLL app for iOS® or Android™ to unlock an expanding set of cool features, including waking up to your favorite music, remotely turning the speaker on, and even doubling the sound by pairing it with other Ultimate Ears speakers.

• It’s awesome and getting even better: UE ROLL continuously gets better over time, just like UE BOOM and UE MEGABOOM. New updates are rolled out to the speakers wirelessly through the app, so you can easily continue to expand features, making each speaker even more awesome with time.

System Requirements

• Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart® wireless audio profile (A2DP) or 3.5 mm audio input

Product Specifications

• Height: 40mm

• Diameter: 135mm

• Weight: 340 grams

Warranty

• Two-year limited hardware warranty

Pricing and Availability

The UE ROLL is expected to be available in August 2015, at a suggested retail price of SGD $159.00.

For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

UE Mini Boom Review

Ultimate Ears recently introduced the UE Mini Boom, a major upgrade to the popular Logitech UE Mobile Boombox. The UE Mini Boom is a small, yet stylish, colourful and powerful portable speaker.

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With a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, simple controls and Bluetooth® connectivity, the UE MINI BOOM is the perfect music companion, whether you’re streaming music videos, hanging out with friends or travelling. It streams big sound from any Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 50 feet away, and with such huge sound, you’ll need the extra distance. Thanks to its convenient micro-USB charger, it’s easy to find a charge for your UE MINI BOOM almost anywhere. Plus, you can wirelessly pair two UE MINI BOOM speakers together after downloading the free UE MINI BOOM app (available for iOS™ and Android™) to double the sound.

Key Facts

Wireless Capabilities

  • Pair up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Connect to one or two devices at the same time
  • Wireless range of play up to 50 feet

Audio

  • Maximum sound level: 86 dB
  • Frequency range: 130Hz to 20kHz
  • Drivers: Two 1.5-inch full range drivers; one 3-inch x 1.5-inch passive radiator

Power

  • Micro USB rechargeable battery, with up to 10 hours of battery life between charges

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 11.1 cm X 6.7 cm X 6.1 cm
  • Weight: 301g

Compatibility for Audio Playback

  • Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output

Compatibility for Phone Calls

  • Phones that support Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP1.5)

Colour Availability

  • Black
  • Red
  • Yellow

Warranty

  • 2-year limited hardware warranty

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I had a chance to review the UE Mini Boom recently and I had a fun time with the UE Mini Boom, here are my thoughts on the UE Mini Boom

Thoughts on the UE Mini Boom

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to setup and pair
  • Battery life indicator on iPhone 5
  • Nice bass for its size and package
  • Small and compact size to bring out for outings/gatherings
  • UE Mini Boom App has a nice interface and informative
  • Nice to have a pair of UE Mini Boom to play and give you surround sound music with Stereo
  • Quite easy to pair with my MBP and become my external speaker.

Pricing and Availability

The UE MINI BOOM is available in Singapore for a suggested retail price of SGD129.00. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

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The UE Mini Boom is definitely a good consideration for your powerful portable personal speaker that you can bring out during outings or to put in your office. Do check out Ultimate Ears website for more details on the UE Mini Boom!

I would like to thank Logitech Singapore and SPRG for the UE Mini Boom review opportunity.

* Information and details courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker

Logitech recently unveiled the Logitech® X100 Mobile Speaker featuring go-anywhere portability and best-in-class sound, designed for people with active lifestyles. With a head-turning design, the Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker delivers crystal-clear sound for its small size. Wherever you use it, the Logitech X100 suits your needs with Bluetooth® connectivity, a five-hour battery life and a built-in mic for hands-free phone calls.

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The Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker comes in four bold colours (Black/Grey Grill; Purple/Yellow Grill; Blue/Orange Grill and Cyan/Green Grill) that show off its eye-catching style. Plus, its convenient micro-USB cable makes it easy to recharge the built-in lithium-ion battery so it’s ready to rock on your next adventure.

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Pricing and Availability

The Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker is expected to be available in late Jan at all leading electronic stores and Samsung Experience Stores, for a suggested retail price of SGD$69.00. For more information please visit www.logitech.com.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *