Review: Jabra Halo Smart Wireless earphones

When Jabra announced the Halo Smart – wireless Bluetooth earphones and smart nonetheless, it truly piqued my interest – and in particular that they were also designed to give both voice and call, top priority, something often forgotten about in other sets.

To review the set, I thought I’d give them the test drive as I do others by taking them along with me along with my iPhone 5S for a week during my daily walks.

The first thing you notice about Halo Smart is its unique shape. Rather than just cables running to each bud or to a control module, each earphone is attached by a short cable to an almost squared off light-weight, U-shaped rubberized neckband, which sits quite comfortably around your collar. And should you need to adjust the fit, the arms have flex zones where you can bend them. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Marley CHANT BT Bluetooth speaker sleek and eco-friendly

CHANT BT is the latest speaker from the House of Marley. It looks pretty funky and delivers the sound you’d expect from a Marley product. This time, it’s both wireless and delivered with sustainable craftsmanship by incorporating eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable materials into the final product.

CHANT BT Audio System is a Bluetooth enabled speaker that looks like a mini drum that you just want to tap to the beat. Its housing is made from a combination of eco-plastic and recyclable precision-milled aluminum, beautifully finished with a bamboo trim ring with the final covering made from an exclusive fabric called REWIND. Read more at Canoe Tech Blog.

Technics direct-drive turntable a Grand Class experience

Technics SL-1200GMany may think that CDs and DVDs have gone way of the dodo bird as digital downloads and streaming services seem to be in great supply.  However vinyl, which for some may be a distant memory, seems to be making a real comeback, especially for Hi-Fi enthusiasts. Technics is betting on it, unveiling the ultimate turntable — the Technics Grand Class Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1200G.

This new turntable is designed for the ultimate Audiophile who craves the depth and warmth of the LP – the vinyl disc.  Now turntables are nothing new, but this new model is designed to use the latest technology to overcome some of the challenges that plagued the turntables of yesteryear. Read full details at CanoeTech Blog.

IK Multimedia releases Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone

Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone - The first pro-audio mastering app for iPhoneIK Multimedia has announced the release of Lurssen Mastering Console, the first iPhone mastering app that lets musicians master their mixes with a model of the console and settings used by the engineers at Lurssen Mastering, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. Lurssen Mastering Console is a totally unique approach to audio mastering that incorporates the Lurssen “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” philosophy by recreating not only the gear chain used but the interactions and influence the processors have on other gear in the chain during the mastering process. Lurssen Mastering Console is available as a universal iPhone/iPad app and it is also available separately for Mac/PC.

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Jabra unveils Halo Smart Wireless earphones

JabraAccording to a survey commissioned by Jabra, almost 80% of respondents offered that they would prefer to have a single set of headphones for both calls and music, but often found call quality lacked on those devices designed for music. So Jabra came up with their Jabra Halo Smart wireless headphones that give both voice and call, top priority.

The Halo Smart is a rubberized in-ear headphone that wraps around behind the neck. To enhance call quality, they incorporated a high-end mic with integrated wind noise protection. In addition, to make sure you don’t miss a call they added subtle vibrations in the neckband of the unit to alert you when the phone rings. Read More at CanoeTech Blog.

NEW SampleTank 3 CS free version of SampleTank 3

sampletank3csSampleTank 3 CS “Custom Shop” for Mac/PC now offers all musicians and studios the full functionality of SampleTank 3 in an expandable and free virtual instrument
 
IK Multimedia, has announced the latest version of SampleTank 3 CS, the free version of SampleTank 3.  The new update removes all limitations by unlocking the full software functionality including unlimited editing and import features. SampleTank 3 CS is a standalone player and plug-in that can be expanded with IK’s Instrument Collections that are available at any time from the integrated Custom Shop: Everything from rare pianos to signature artist drums to the new Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE collection. Legacy VIs, libraries and user samples can also now be imported without restriction. SampleTank 3 CS comes loaded with 30 free instruments, 1.8 GB of sounds, 81 MIDI patterns and 2 loop kits.

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Review: Kidz Gear Bluetooth Headphones with Boom Mic

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When you think of headphones for Kids, you’d likely think- cheap in terms of both price and build quality, often candy-coloured and fairly vanilla in terms of features. But one company doesn’t totally believe in that philosophy. In fact they are quite adamant, touting their latest offering the Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones with Boom Mic as being an adult product built for kids.

They’ve taken this direction, it seems, based on their assumptions that with kids being kids, they also want the same things that adults have. So to that end, the company introduced a fully featured wireless headset with detachable omnidirectional boom mic, ideal for use at home for gaming, on-line chatting and listening to tunes but also suitable for serious school work including activities like language learning.  Read Full Review at G4TV Canada.

 

Sir Paul McCartney and Skype make beautiful Love Mojis together

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Mention former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Valentine’s Day in the same breath and you immediately think – Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – She Loves YouMy Valentine or All You Need is Love. Add Skype into the conversation and you might think it’s getting a little weird.

Well, not so, as Skype has announced a new partnership with Macca for this special project. No, it’s not a new opening app launch chime a la Hard Days’ Night, but rather a new exclusive set of “love inspired Mojis” (short video clips or animations you can drop into your Skype instant messages), just in time for Valentine’s Day.  READ FULL POST at CanoeTech Blog.

 

IK Multimedia debuts iLoud Micro Monitor world’s smallest studio reference monitoring system

iloud_mmIK Multimedia announced today iLoud Micro Monitor, the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. iLoud Micro Monitor is a serious and reliable sonic tool that provides high-quality sound in a small enclosure at a price that everyone can afford.

It comes with two bi-amplified speakers that deliver an expansive stereo image, an ultra-accurate true linear frequency response, superior bass and plenty of power in a truly portable package.

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RHA T20i DualCoil earbuds with interchangeable tuning filters – Review

t20-3_2While we’re seeing more wireless earbuds and headphones hit the market, one company, UK-based RHA (Reid Heath Audio) has taken a different direction. Rather than cutting the cord, it’s upping the ante focusing on high definition sound and noise reduction and introducing the RHA T20i DualCoil In-Ear Headphone with interchangeable tuning filters.

Their latest iteration brings along a few of RHA’s signature features, but its latest offering is more than a step up from the T10i and the MA-750i earbuds, the latter we looked at previously here at Canoe Tech Blog.

Starting with the buds themselves, first of all they look pretty cool. They feature injection moulded stainless-steel housings, like the 750i but rather than shaped like a traditional earplug, they resemble in-ear monitors or dare I say, metal hearing aids and give a more natural fit to the contours of the ear.

Read more…Full Review at Canoe Tech Blog.