In a very competitive headphone market, the British newcomer Acorn Audio has done a decent job with their first pair of headphones in the wooden E1 in-ear model. Lightweight design and comfortable fit, but there are some room for improvements.
Overall the i-box Max comes across as a well built portable bluetooth speaker with a clear and powerful sound, making it a good option to consider if you are after a speaker that can be used both at home as well as out and about.
When Google finally announced that the Chromecast is available in the UK I couldn’t help myself, my curiosity took over and I ordered one. Having finally plugged it into the tv, I now find myself exploring the many great ways, and apps, to ‘cast’ my experiences from my smartphone, iPad, and macbook to the tv screen.
First time we came across the relatively new British audio manufacturer i-box was when they launched their Twist bluetooth speaker with its easy to recognize twisted design. They are now following up their first success with a new bluetooth portable speaker, this time adding NFC to the mix as well, in the i-box Trax.
It might have been on the cards for a while now, but today new Microsoft boss Satya Nadella announced the immediate release of the Microsoft Office suite for iPad, possibly starting a new era for Microsoft as an application provider across devices.
SOL Republic is probably better known for their modular headphones, which in the US is closely connected to amongst other the NCAA and sports. With the Jax they are going in-ear and doing it with a range of stylish colors to match your personal style.
We have been fans of the rather unknown british audio brand Azatom for a while, and have had the pleasure to test out a wide range of their speakers, including the original Azatom iPunch. With the new iPunch 2 they have given the customer favourite an upgrade, as it now supports both Lightning and 30-pin docking as well as Bluetooth streaming.
A new leaked image of what could be the back panel of the iPhone 6 reveals a larger and more rounded edge iPhone with a design similar to what we are currently seeing from the iPad Mini amongst other. Could this be a sign of Apple making an iPhone Phablet?
The Philips Fidelio P9 is still amongst the best portable wireless speakers in its category, delivering a warm and well balanced sound experience. With the deals available recently on the Fidelio P9, this is an absolute steal of a wireless speaker.
There’s already some great AirPlay speakers in the market, but that does not mean there’s no room for more quality speakers. Wireless speakers was once again a hot ticket at CES 2014 in early January, although more bluetooth based ones than AirPlay speakers. But one AirPlay speaker to look out for in 2014 is the multi-functional Dream Audio Dream One.
While I’m yet to test some of the biggest rivals for the Belkin QODE Ultimate, I’m very happy with this one. As someone that does a lot of typing, having a physical keyboard with the iPad Air just allows me to travel a lot lighter, not having to bring both a macbook and the iPad when out and about. Good functionality, splim profile, responsive keyboard, and great battery life (used for a month and yet to charge) makes the Belkin QODE Ultimate for iPad Air a winner in my book.
It has been on the cards since AirPlay and the new Lightning connector, but I predict that 2014 will be the year that marks the end of the speaker dock as we have come to know it, and there are several facts that backs it up.
Damson Audio might be a fairly new name in the global audio industry, but at CES 2014 in Las Vegas they have shown British audio innovation can keep up with the best out there, delivering their new Jetstream 1 range of self adjusting multi-room speakers, and the Damson Headbones bone-conducting headphones.