Perhaps it’s the fact that a new school year is approching, but there seems to have been a flux of new/upgraded product launches recently. The latest to join the club is SMS Audio and 50 Cent with a new Sync by 50 bluetooth 4.0 speaker and a new Street by 50 ANC (active noise cancellation) over-ear headphone.
Sync by 50 wireless speaker
The fact that we are now seeing a portable bluetooth speaker from SMS Audio and 50 Cent is no suprise at all as this is one of the hottest accessory categories in the market at the moment. Based on the information available about the Sync by 50 speaker, it uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology and it has aptX support for a higher streaming quality from compatible devices. The tube like design is a familiar one, and the black finish with blue writing is reminiscent of the headphone siblings in the range. 50mm drivers are used to ensure what the company refers to as “omni-directional 3D sound”. While it is all about streaming, wired options are available with 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port for charging the speaker.
Sync by 50 wireless speaker will be launched in the coming week or so (at least in the US) at $199.95. The speaker is also available in the UK from selected retailers at £169.
Street by 50 ANC headphone
SMS Audio are also releasing a new version of the Street by 50 over-ear headphones, this time with Active Noise Control (ANC) to eliminate unwanted ambient noise. Active noise cancellation can sometimes be a great addition to headphones, especially if you find yourself on noisy places, such as planes, trains, or subways often. You still also get the professionally tuned 40mm drivers, soft leather memory foam ear pads, and what the company themselves describe as “superior studio grade audio”. The battery that drives the active noise control offers up to 70 hours of play time between charges, with charging done using micro USB cable. The wired audio cable is detachable and includes the standard Apple device 3-button control and microphone.
The Street by 50 ANC headphones are available now in either shadow black or cool silver finish at £219.95 / $280.