How powerful is the iPhone? Very. Oh, you need more proof? Well, it’s so powerful that it’s forcing ultra high-end audio specialists Bang and Olufsen to jump headfirst into the portable MP3 fray. The B&O Beolit 12 ($799) is a premium iPhone speaker, meant to provide unrivaled sound quality in a world of, well, rivaled sound quality. It’s the first product under B&O’s new sub-brand, B&O Play, aimed at high-quality portable audio-video products with a less Bang and Olufsenish price point (aka expensive as heck). The full-grain Italian leather carry strap and solid anodised aluminium speaker grill speaks to the style of the device, while the 120 Watts class D power amplifier driving two 2-inch full range tweeters and a 4-inch woofer means you can really air it out. The internal battery is said to provide 8-hours of playback, and it charges your iPhone as you rock out to the tunes of your choice.
Tech By on Jan 4, 2012
Dipping their toes into the swank end of the audio dock pool is Samsung, with their new high-gloss finished wood case-clad DA-E750. Featuring a 2.1 speaker setup with built-in subwoofer that’s powered by a proprietary hybrid vacuum tube amplifier, the DA-E750 cranks out 100-watts and looks luscious while doing it. Besides being a sweet spot for your Apple device or Samsung Galaxy phone, you can also connect through an analog composite input and USB port for playback from an external hard drive. Look for more details on this beauty at CES next week.
Tech By on Dec 15, 2011
The Bayan 7 gives new meaning to the phrase “feel the music”. With 8” bass, 2” mid-range drivers and 1” wide projection tweeters, not to mention its 120W power capability and twin amplifiers, the Bayan 7 delivers powerful, undistorted sound with deep, defined tones that you can literally feel (where you feel it depends on a few factors, but we’ll skip that conversation for now). Priced at $299, the Bayan 7 also features TDMA Noise Rejection, a technology that ensures you won’t experience interference from your mobile device. For those who prefer the couch to those long things connected to your hips that make you mobile – I think they’re called legs – there is indeed an IR remote control that will let you select tracks, manipulate play functions, and change the bass, treble, and volume with a few simple clicks. This all comes wrapped up in an Apple approved, certified partner meaning no random burning parts.
Tech By on Dec 2, 2011
If you’ve been a put off by the abundance of convenient-but-crappy-sounding music accessories for your iPod or iPhone, you’re not alone. Well, perhaps you are alone right now as you read this, but you know what I mean. Onkyo’s CS-345 ($299) is a mini system for people who actually care about how their music sounds, even if it comes from a phone.
The easy-access dock provides a digital link between your iPod or iPhone as well as amplification circuitry for a cleaner signal transfer and better sound. Onkyo’s on-board Active Bass Control automatically adjusts bass levels to prevent fading at low volume, with Super Bass bringing the deep lows you love. The CS-345’s two-way bass-reflex speakers feature MDF construction for enhanced sound quality and longer life.
A front-mounted CD tray plays back compact discs (whew!), your MP3 mixes, and CD-R/CD-RW discs. There’s also a video line out for playback on a TV, and an FM/AM radio.
In other words, it does everything but make toast. Oh wait. *reads manual*. Nope, doesn’t make toast.
Tech By on May 9, 2011
For your next beach party or bbq cookout, bring Eton’s new Soulra XL. Its 72 square inch monocrystal solar panel takes five hours to soak up the sun. After that, you’ll have another five hours to play your tunes through its 8 speaker drivers. It docks your iPhone and iPod and outputs 22W, providing enough volume for your booty-shakin’ friends. The unit does weigh seven pounds, so no walking around with it on your shoulder, blasting Whoudini, okay? Available for preorder from Eton here.