GadgetyNews http://gadgetynews.com Low Jargon: High Tech Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:07:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/gadgetynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-GADGETYNEWS-favicon-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32 GadgetyNews http://gadgetynews.com 32 32 123368346 5G downplayed by Huawei chairman http://gadgetynews.com/5g-downplayed-by-huawei-chairman/ http://gadgetynews.com/5g-downplayed-by-huawei-chairman/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:05:19 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66409 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Where most of us are excitied about the imminent arrival of super-fast 5G, not so Eric Xu the current rotating chairman of Huawei. Xu went as far as to say that the entire industry and governments around the world have regarded 5G too highly. Speaking at the Huawei Analyst Summit in Shenzhen Xu stated We […]

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Eric-Xu-Huawei-Rotating-ChairmanWhere most of us are excitied about the imminent arrival of super-fast 5G, not so Eric Xu the current rotating chairman of Huawei.

Xu went as far as to say that the entire industry and governments around the world have regarded 5G too highly.

Speaking at the Huawei Analyst Summit in Shenzhen Xu stated

We do have expectations on 5G, but maybe those expectations are not as big as some people might think,” he said in his keynote. “5G is just one product line at Huawei. It is a just a natural evolution of the technology from 2G to 3G to 4G and now 5G.”

He noted there is no fundamental difference between 4G and 5G – for consumers it just about faster speeds.

Edward Gubbins, senior analyst covering Mobile Access Infrastructure at Current Analysis, noted Xu’s comments “contrast sharply” with Huawei’s rivals, not to mention Qualcomm.

4G is good enough

huawei logoXu reckons that the current 4G infrastructure is robust enough for what is required. So, Huawei doesn’t expect 5G to be used for national coverage to start with. However, the technology will be targeted at dense areas where network resources are not sufficient, or to meet growing demand from consumers for more bandwidth, he said.

He went on to explain

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to invest in 5G. We are fully committed to 5G investment, and by the second half of this year we’re going to launch an end-to-end 5G solution,”

Additionally, when questioned regarding moves in the US to restrict access to China-made smartphones and telecoms infrastructure due to security concerns, he declined to comment. But he did say that its positioning in the US market has not changed:

We’re focused on what we can do and providing better services to our customers.”

What are your thoughts about 5G? Do we actually need it or are we just caught up in comparing spec sheets?

Let us know below.

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Blue Compass boom mic stand review http://gadgetynews.com/blue-compass-boom-mic-stand-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/blue-compass-boom-mic-stand-review/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:30:57 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66303 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Whether you’re podcasting, vlogging or live streaming, an important aspect is the audio you are sending out. Blue has been a top choice for computer broadcasting for a while. However, it is only recently that the company has offered a boom mic stand – the Blue Compass. The Blue Compass Broadcast boom microphone stand could […]

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blue compass and blackout spark slWhether you’re podcasting, vlogging or live streaming, an important aspect is the audio you are sending out. Blue has been a top choice for computer broadcasting for a while. However, it is only recently that the company has offered a boom mic stand – the Blue Compass.

The Blue Compass Broadcast boom microphone stand could well be the answer to many home broadcaster’s prayers. For a while now, gamers and the like have asked Blue for an official solution to getting their mic off the desk and away from the rattles, shakes and other ambient noises.

So, I have been using the Blue Compass Broadcast Boom Arm for a few weeks. Does it actually answer those prayers and, if so, how well?

Blue Compass design

Blue Compass broadcast mic boom armThe Compass really does look professional dressed in black powder-coated extruded aluminium. It has a reassuring weight and robustness to it without being bulky.

The sleek appearance is aided by having all the necessary springs hidden away inside.

blue compass cable managementFurther tidiness is achieved by the neat hidden cable management channel that runs up its spine.

Three hand-tightened hinges provide adjustability. These friction hinges are also smooth and silent, as you would hope from professional studio gear.

blue compass c-clampAt one end sits a sturdy C-clamp that connects and really holds on to the desk well. It also allows for 360-degree rotation.

blue compass and shockmountWhereas, at the other is fitting for the standard 5/8-inch thread but Blue also adds in a 3/8-inch adapter. This means you can fit a variety of mic mounts to this arm.

The boom has a maximum 32-inches of horizontal reach and can carry up to 2.4lbs of combined mic and mount. It certainly means business.

Blue Compass performance

Right from pulling the Compass out of its packaging, this thing promised quality. It might not have been presented in a wooden box like the Blackout Spark SL, but you could tell that there’s a world of difference between this and a much cheaper alternative.

It’s soooooooo smoooooth. I am loving the matte finish and the tasteful Blue logos.

Setting up

As soon as it was out of its packaging it was attached to my desk. A few moments later and I had threaded my XLR mic cable through the channel and clicked down the small plastic locks. These were perhaps the fiddliest part of the exercise but not a job you should be doing regularly.


Then I dug out a shockmount from my gear bag and a pop shield, just because. I also removed the Blackout Spark SL from its comfy wooden bed and attached it to the rig. Already this set up looks professional. Anyone walking in to this room (ignoring the plethora of boxes strewn about the place) would assume that someone who knows what they’re doing works and broadcasts from here.
 
However, on a slightly more serious note for a moment, it was so easy to arrange the boom over my monitor (even the monster AGON I had for review) and set it at a comfortable height for recording with.
 

In use

I had used the Blackout Spark SL on a standard desk stand and, even though this mic is amazing, there were occasions where it would pick up noise from vibrations through the desk. That’s even with its handy settings. Sitting it in a shockmount did help but then there was the issue of desk space.

You see, you don’t just need the room for the mic, stand and shockmount; you have to arrange the mic cable somehow too. Additionally, I always found the mic to be low down on a desk stand. I do have a regular floorstanding boom stand that I use with my bands, but the feet just take up way too much space.

varideskThanks to the Compass fitting to the desk through a good clamp, desk space is immediately freed up. The tensioned spring system allows for easy maneuverability and adjustment. Ideal as I now go from seated to standing with my Varidesk. That mobility is also a win as you can move it out of the way when the mic is not in use.

I have used the Compass boom for a number of weeks and noticed that I had not needed to re-tighten anything since setting it in position. Having used ‘bargain’ mic stands before, I’ve found that those only need to be looked at wrong for them to start drooping, or generally misbehaving. This has not been my experience with the Blue Designs model.
What you’re really paying for here is quality. The Compass is a boom arm that’s made to be reliable, and to last.

Blue Compass Broadcast Boom review conclusion

This boom mic stand from Blue Designs is everything that you would expect from this company. It is well made, well designed and works exactly as it should.

The thing is, like all professional quality gear, you have to be willing to pay the premium. As I mentioned earlier, there are cheap mic stands out there but if you’re using them regularly they will soon start to show their cheap side. There is no such worry with the Compass.

If I had to suggest one improvement it would be that the final hinge at the mic end was a ball-joint to allow for better mic positioning. But this is by no means a deal breaker.

The Blue Designs Compass is built like a tank dressed in a business suit. If you are serious about your broadcasting or voice-over work, I cannot recommend this boom highly enough.

Price and availability

You can buy the Blue Designs Compass Broadcast Boom mic stand now for £99.99 from Amazon.

It is also available in the Yeticaster bundle which lands you the Compass boom stand, Yeti microphone and Radius III shockmount – all for £179.99.

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iFi xDSD hi-res portable DAC/amp announced http://gadgetynews.com/ifi-xdsd-hi-res-portable-dac-amp-announced/ http://gadgetynews.com/ifi-xdsd-hi-res-portable-dac-amp-announced/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:26:53 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66369 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

iFi audio has announced the xDSD, an MQA-optimised DAC/Amplifier that works equally well as an ultra-portable or home-based device. It is packing aptX and AAC Bluetooth on board, whilst also delivering hi-res audio up to PCM768kHz and DSD512 to amplifiers, active speakers and headphones of all types. Following the recent news that their latest firmware […]

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xDSDiFi audio has announced the xDSD, an MQA-optimised DAC/Amplifier that works equally well as an ultra-portable or home-based device. It is packing aptX and AAC Bluetooth on board, whilst also delivering hi-res audio up to PCM768kHz and DSD512 to amplifiers, active speakers and headphones of all types.

Following the recent news that their latest firmware update, v5.30 ‘Cookies & Cream’, adds MQA playback to a range of current and discontinued iFi devices, they chose the hige AXPONA hi-fi show in Chicago to announce their xDSD DAC/amp this week.

iFi xDSD

xDSDThe xDSD is all about hi-res audio on-the-go. Furthermore, it hands you the options of going wireless or wired.

I am really loving the design of iFi’s latest. It certainly makes a bold statement of both luxury and style, especially in its dark chrome finish.

The lightweight undulating enclosure is constructed from 6063-T5 magnesium-aluminium alloy. The molded plastic end cap allows unrestricted Bluetooth transmission.

Ease of operation remains the focus of iFi and so all the switches and connections have been optimised to match the new chassis. The central analogue volume rotary dial is a prime example of this. Also, the middle of that also doubles up as the on/off and pairing button.

Connectivity

xDSDFor hooking up to your phone, tablet or laptop, then the unit’s aptX/AAC Bluetooth radio will prove handy. However, if you are not on the move or have pocket space for a stack, then the USB and S/PDIF ports are your friends. The unit also sports a USB A port that works with Android OTG as well as iOS when used with a Lightning connection camera kit. iFi have bundled a variety of adapters, as well as a USB 3.0 cable.

The xDSD supports high-resolution formats (MQA and DSD) and includes the iFi S-Balanced 3.5mm TRRS headphone circuit. This delivers 500mW of power per channel and should prove plenty to drive all but the most power-hungry headphones. The 3.5mm line out provides fixed 2v line output for connecting to hi-fi system or driving active speakers.

As it is portable it makes perfect sense for it to be battery powered. Charge comes from a 2200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that should be good for six-to-eight hours of playing time. This will obviously depend on headphone sensitivity, output etc. The microUSB port is there for recharging duties.

Hi-res play

Under the hood much of the magic is due to the Burr-Brown multibit DSD1793 DAC Chipset. This is mated to the femto precision GMT Clock and intelligent memory buffer system derived from AMR Audio’s US$5,500 flagship DAC to eliminate jitter.

This all adds up to the xDSD being able to play nice with PCM up to 32/384 kHz and DSD up to 256 times the sample rate of a CD.

MQA is onboard as standard in the xDSD thanks to the new firmware as it does with the iDSD Black Label from now. However, should you prefer 22.57MHz DSD and 768kHz/32Bit PCM, then alternative firmware is available for the xDSD. Please note, using this will prevent being able to listen to MQA.

Price and availabilty

The xDSD will be £399 when it lands in the UK.

For more information and links to download the new firmware to your iDSD Black Label or any other compatible device via PC or Mac, visit ifi-audio.com/audio_blog/mqa-firmware

 

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Speedlink V-Grip makes Nintendo Switch more comfy http://gadgetynews.com/speedlink-v-grip-makes-nintendo-switch-more-comfy/ http://gadgetynews.com/speedlink-v-grip-makes-nintendo-switch-more-comfy/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:45:34 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66360 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Speedlink is aiming to make the Nintendo Switch even more comfortable to use thanks to its new V-Grip. The company states that the V-Grip will take comfort and grip to the next level on the Nintendo Switch. The new attachment hands the latest Nintendo console a more ergonomic design and greater comfort when gaming. This […]

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V-grip controllerSpeedlink is aiming to make the Nintendo Switch even more comfortable to use thanks to its new V-Grip.

The company states that the V-Grip will take comfort and grip to the next level on the Nintendo Switch.

The new attachment hands the latest Nintendo console a more ergonomic design and greater comfort when gaming. This is the promise from Speedlink.

This gaming accessory turns the Switch Joy-Cons into a handy gamepad. Furthermore, it sets them at a more comfortable angle.

Speedlink V-Grip

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Rainer Nawratil, Senior Product Manager at Speedlink explained to GadgetyNews

An ergonomically optimised gamepad improves a gamer’s precision, especially when playing for extended periods – the gamer can concentrate better and control games with greater accuracy. This fact is exactly what our new products for the Nintendo Switch are based on. The slightly angled design of the Joy-Con adapters relieve strain on the wrists, putting less pressure on the gamer. Our two grips complement our extensive range of Switch accessories perfectly.”

V-grip controllerThe V-Grip not only turns two Joy-Cons into a handy gamepad, it even allows them to be attached to the Nintendo Switch itself at an ergonomic angle.

v-grip pairThe Speedlink accessory is shown in grey in the pictures, obviously.

v-grip tablet angleAnd as the V-GRIP costs just €14.99 (RRP) this leaves more than enough money to splash out on one or two new games.

It is available now directly from the Speedlink website.

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Devialet deals on New Phantom speakers http://gadgetynews.com/devialet-deals-on-new-phantom-speakers/ http://gadgetynews.com/devialet-deals-on-new-phantom-speakers/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:25:50 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66375 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

I happened to catch a Tweet from Gallic audio adventurers Devialet that mentioned a new version of their wireless Phantom. So, off I went to investigate. The original Phantom was an impressive device but this new iteration goes even further. New Phantom The new speaker’s power has been boosted to 1200 watts, which is a […]

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phantomI happened to catch a Tweet from Gallic audio adventurers Devialet that mentioned a new version of their wireless Phantom. So, off I went to investigate.

The original Phantom was an impressive device but this new iteration goes even further.

New Phantom

The new speaker’s power has been boosted to 1200 watts, which is a marked increase from the original’s 750 watts. As for sound enhancements, the volume range has been nudged from 99dB to 101dB.

More power for less

phantomAdditionally, it features the French manufacturer’s new-generation ADH2 technology and, priced £1290. Finally, and perhaps best of all, they have managed to make the new version a whole £100 cheaper than the original.

The new Phantom sits below the 3000W Silver (£1690) and 4500W Gold (£2190) in Devialet’s range.

The upped power output comes via an Elevate software update, which owners of the original speaker can also receive. However, they won’t be able to benefit from the improved ADH2 technology, which is hardware-related.

phantomAs before, the Phantom plays nice with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and supports streaming personal files from iOS, Android, PC, and Mac with Devialet’s Spark app. You can also expand its connectivity by pairing up with Devialet’s Dialog accessory, which acts as a centralised hub for any connected Phantom speakers. That way you can also add Apple AirPlay and the ability to stream directly from services such as Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer.

Price and availability

If you’d like your speakers perched atop a tripod, or Treepod as Devialet calls it, you can make use of the company’s ‘limited offer’ which bundles a speaker and a three-legged stand together for £1390.

https://www.devialet.com/en-gb/the-new-phantom/

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MGCool Explorer Pro 2 4K action cam review http://gadgetynews.com/mgcool-explorer-pro-2-4k-action-cam-review/ http://gadgetynews.com/mgcool-explorer-pro-2-4k-action-cam-review/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:45:04 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66346 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

MGCool might be an odd company name but the Explorer Pro 2 has some serious claims. This is a 4K 25fps action camera that costs only £40. If you’re looking for an inexpensive action cam there are a few to choose from. However, usually when you’re looking at the budget end 4K stops being an […]

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MGCool explorer pro 2 4k action camMGCool might be an odd company name but the Explorer Pro 2 has some serious claims. This is a 4K 25fps action camera that costs only £40.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive action cam there are a few to choose from. However, usually when you’re looking at the budget end 4K stops being an option.

Furthermore, getting an entry level one with a usable touchscreen is another big ask.

MGCool seems to have managed it all, but how does it all stack up in the real world?

MGCool Explorer Pro 2 design

The Explorer Pro 2 is lightweight and offers two color choices; silver and black.

The sides of the camera have a grippy, textured finish whereas the front has a nice, soft-touch coating.

MGCool explorer pro 2 4k action camAround the back is a 2-inch 320×240 pixel touchscreen. This is used to flick through the settings menu. There is also two buttons on the right side (as you use the camera), a mode button on the front and, finally, a capture/stop button up top.

The MGCool Explorer Pro 2 sports a Pega S350 SoC which is paired with a 16mpx Sony IMX179 Sensor. It’s able to shot videos @4K 25FPS, ultra HD resolution.

The Sony sensor looks through a 6G Sharkeye lens. This lens boasts a 170 degrees wide-angle field.

MGCool Explorer Pro 2 performance

MGCool explorer pro 2 4k action camMGCool really want you to use this camera wherever, and whenever possible. To this end they have bundled in a wide array of additions.

Accessories

MGCool explorer pro 2 4k action cam accessoriesAs well as the camera, in the box you will find a waterproof case, camera bracket, a Clip, a USB Cable, a bicycle bracket, a helmet base, an adapter and the user manual.

That’s pretty generous for a sub-£45 camera.

More control

As well as the onboard buttons, the Explorer Pro 2, of course, has an app. You can use this app on iOS and Android devices and connects to the camera through its own WiFi connection. Yup, this inexpensive action cam even has WiFi.

In use

MGCool explorer pro 2 4k action camI really wasn’t expecting much from this little camera. I mean, how good can a forty-quid 4K camera be?

Well, I took it out with the intention of filming my recent road-trip with my band. However, I did not realise that the camera is defaulted to not record audio.

This means that my little reportage of the traffic jam on the motorway and where I was heading was silent. Some will say that’s for the best.

So, here’s the 4K video:

In order to quickly capture the audio quality I just mumbled some nonsense as I wandered around my garden. Yes, the garden needs tidying but my Acer has grown back and the daffodils are out!

This is rendered in 720p and the audio comes in at 1:16.

The MGCool also offers super slomo and timelapse recording. It’s even  IP68 waterproof if you use the bundled case. It really does have everything that most people will need.

There does appear to be a couple of occasions where the image breaks up but, in all honesty, I think that the MGCool does really well. I wouldn’t have any issues in strapping one of these to my handlebars or helmet if I was a sporty type. Better still, this would make an excellent headcam for skateboarders.

MGCool Explorer Pro 2 review conclusion

The MGCOOL Explorer Pro 2 4K is an action camera that you won’t mind putting at risk. Furthermore, it’s one that does quite a decent job of recording the action in 4K at 25fps.

Additionally, the touchscreen controls are simple and intuitive – just remember to turn the audio on if you’re wanting to record sound.

I don’t think that you can go far wrong with one of these at this price.

Price and availability

You can buy an Explorer Pro 2 right now from GearBest for £40 and Amazon for £50.

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MOON by Simaudio Neo 240i integrated amplifier available http://gadgetynews.com/moon-by-simaudio-neo-240i-integrated-amplifier-available/ http://gadgetynews.com/moon-by-simaudio-neo-240i-integrated-amplifier-available/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:54:17 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66338 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Moon by Simaudio announced their new entry-level offering last year. Now, you can buy the Moon Neo 240i for less than you’d think. Moon has taken their nifty Neo Ace streaming integrated amp and removed the streaming bit as well as shaving £710 from the Ace’s asking price. The resulting creation was named Neo 240i. […]

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moon neo 240iMoon by Simaudio announced their new entry-level offering last year. Now, you can buy the Moon Neo 240i for less than you’d think.

Moon has taken their nifty Neo Ace streaming integrated amp and removed the streaming bit as well as shaving £710 from the Ace’s asking price. The resulting creation was named Neo 240i. More importantly, it’s got everything that most HiFi fans will need.

MOON Neo 240i

moon neo 240iThe Moon Neo 240i integrated amplifier represents a new entry point for Moon’s integrated amp range, which is topped off by the flagship 2x 175w 700i.

Granted, the 240i is equipped with a more modest 50w of Class A/B power per channel but its quality not quantity here. Furthermore, I happen to know through experience that Moon amps are pretty good at the sound quality game.

It may be the company’s ‘entry level’ offering, but it still won’t leave you much change out of £2k. That said, you will be getting the kind of quality you expect from Moon. Personally, I love the look of their kit – and that’s not just me being a biased Canadian, either.

moon neo 240iThe uncluttered fascia sports an OLED screen as well as a smattering of controls. There’s also a ¼-inch jack for plugging in your headphones.

Digital audio is handled by the 240i’s asynchronous DAC. This supports hi-res files up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 which are fed via the amp’s USB Type-B port.

MOON Neo 240i ports16 and 24-bit files go by way of the amp’s four additional digital inputs, evenly split between coaxial and optical. The coaxials are good for up to 192kHz, while the Toslink optical inputs don’t allow anything above 96kHz.

Analogue is taken care of by two pairs of RCA line-level inputs plus a high-quality moving-magnet phono stage. The analogue inputs are configurable to ‘pass-through’ mode for use with a home-theatre processor, allowing its own volume control to be used.

Additionally, there’s a 3.5mm input at the front next to the aforementioned headphone port.

MiND control

MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) is the company’s way of organising, listening to, and enjoying your digital tunes.

The MiND app (iOS and Android) streams music from your digital music library to your audio system, allowing playback via your amplifier and speakers. Your library can consist of music stored on your computer, on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, or you can simply stream music from a variety of internet sources.

Price and availability

The Moon Neo 240i is available now for £1,990/US$2,100.

For more information visit Simaudio Moon’s website.

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Philips TV 5863 wins Red Dot Award 2018 http://gadgetynews.com/philips-tv-5863-wins-red-dot-award-2018/ http://gadgetynews.com/philips-tv-5863-wins-red-dot-award-2018/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:07:06 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66333 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Philips TV has scooped a prestigious Red Dot Award for their ultra-slim 5863 LED television. This is a great feat as it boasts an integrated Bluetooth soundbar speaker. There is generally a conflict when looking to buy a new television. Whilst price will undoubtably be a factor, the less glamourous fact of space will also […]

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Philips 5863Philips TV has scooped a prestigious Red Dot Award for their ultra-slim 5863 LED television. This is a great feat as it boasts an integrated Bluetooth soundbar speaker.

There is generally a conflict when looking to buy a new television. Whilst price will undoubtably be a factor, the less glamourous fact of space will also require consideration. This will usually mean that we find ourselves compromising on picture or sound quality – or even both!

However, the clever Philips 5863 beautifully integrates a high-quality TV and a powerful Bluetooth hi-fi speaker. That speaker can be used either with the TV or listened to independently.

If you think all of that sounds a bit too cumbersome for your stylish home, have no fear. This telly just happens to have just received a prestigious 2018 Red Dot Product Design Award.

Philips TV 5863

Philips 5863The original concept for the 5863 was for the integration of a dedicated sound base into a TV. We can all agree that skinny tellies never have the audio punch to match their visuals. So, Philips wanted to create a new product category focused on creating amazing sound and images in secondary spaces such as kitchens and bedrooms.

Philips TV has reduced the frontal silhouette of both the TV screen and the speaker. Additionally, it has managed to improve image and sound quality over existing conventional TVs.

The design is further enhanced by the inclusion of a classy rear mounted (chrome/silver) arm. This is how the TV connects to the stylish, angled separate speaker base. Furthermore, that speaker is clothed in an acoustically transparent speaker fabric, developed in collaboration with Danish fabric specialists Kvadrat.

Words

Commenting on the award, Rod White, Chief Designer for TP Vision said:

It is always a major challenge to combine two products and still offer an improved overall final form factor, one that is far more than just the sum of its parts. We are the only brand to offer this integrated proposition and I believe that through careful detailing, tight tolerances, the use of high-quality materials and finish, plus the enhanced performance and functionality, we have turned the 5863 into an exceptional, stand-out product.

I’m delighted that the Red Dot organisation agrees that we have successfully executed the concept and has honoured the product with a 2018 Design Award”.

What’s Red Dot?

The Red Dot Awards are one of the largest and most respected annual celebrations of product design on the global stage.

Each year, over 5,000 submissions from nearly 60 nations across the globe are put forward to be judged. Thses are then tested and inspected by a team of specialised design experts. Those select 40 people judge the Red Dot entries for innovation, quality, functionality and ecological compatibility. Only then they will choose to reward the device with an international Red Dot award for the best designed product in its category.

Price and availability

The new set will be available in autumn 2018 in both 2-inch and 32-inch flavours. They will include Smart functionality for the first time, featuring Philips own, easy-to-use and intuitive Saphi Smart system interface.

Pricing is not yet available.

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Audeara A-01 headphones now available to all http://gadgetynews.com/audeara-a-01-headphones-now-available-to-all/ http://gadgetynews.com/audeara-a-01-headphones-now-available-to-all/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:03:10 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=66321 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

The Australian company, Audeara, has now announced that their Audeara A-01 headphones are available.  Audeara was created by a group of Brisbane-based doctors and the A-01 headphones promise to actually prevent hearing loss. Originally revealed in March 2017 through a Kickstarter campaign, the world’s first full fidelity headphones with an in-built hearing test can be […]

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Audeara A-01The Australian company, Audeara, has now announced that their Audeara A-01 headphones are available. 

Audeara was created by a group of Brisbane-based doctors and the A-01 headphones promise to actually prevent hearing loss.

Originally revealed in March 2017 through a Kickstarter campaign, the world’s first full fidelity headphones with an in-built hearing test can be yours.

Apparently, there is an increasing number of 30 year olds with the hearing health usually associated with 60 year olds. Thankfully, the Audeara headphones can be used to test and retest hearing over a lifetime. Furthermore, they will adapt the music to your individual needs. They make music better, not louder, and provide perfect sound, always.

Audeara A-01 headphones

Audeara A-01The A-01 makes you complete a hearing test when you first put them on – similar to the Even E1. However, the results are stored in the A-01 themselves. That hearing profile is used to adjust the sound signal as it passes through the cans. Moreover, each side is adjusted independently so that each part of the signal reaches the user’s brain perfectly as intended.

As all the technology is inside the headphones themselves, once you’ve taken that initial test, you don’t need the app again; unless, of course, you want to retake it. This means headphones are no longer simply passive magnets for signal conversion, instead, they’re sophisticated tools for personalised sound reproduction.

Technology inside

Audeara A-01Audeara headphones use a software interface from a smartphone application to send Bluetooth commands to the on-board printed circuit board (PCB). This allows the headphones themselves to generate the tones and maintains consistency across all Bluetooth devices.

The headphones are calibrated and the profile is used as the baseline for accurate audiogram testing. After the user performs the audiogram, a modulation table is applied. This adjusts all incoming musical signals to the user’s requirements. Using an attenuation model, rather than increasing gain, ensures maximisation of the overall signal intensity, without distortion.

Finally, the results of the audiogram is displayed to allow for long-term tracking. If the your hearing profile shows significant impairment an alert will be shown. At that point it might be time to book an appointment with your doctor.

Words

Dr James Fielding, CEO of Audeara, commented

The response from people who use the headphones for the first time is amazing. They’re usually overwhelmed at the difference in what they hear – and they wonder why they’ve been using off-the-shelf headphones for so long.”

Price and availability

The Audeara Headphones are available for £299.99 from www.audeara.com

 

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Looking for a way of making vlogging easier? How about an actioncam that comes with its own gimbal and flip-out touchscreen? IdolCam could well be what you need. Even with YouTube nobbling those without a huge following, vlogging (video blogging) is still increasing in popularity. Additionally, social video clips on Twitter, Facebook, et al are […]

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idolcam vloggingLooking for a way of making vlogging easier? How about an actioncam that comes with its own gimbal and flip-out touchscreen? IdolCam could well be what you need.

Even with YouTube nobbling those without a huge following, vlogging (video blogging) is still increasing in popularity. Additionally, social video clips on Twitter, Facebook, et al are also a great way of communicating with your followers.

The thing is, you need quite a bit of kit in order to make a professional-looking clip. Shaky-cam may work in some Hollywood flicks but, ironically, the YouTube crowd expects more slickly captured video. By the time you’re loaded up with gimbals, cameras, lenses and perhaps a selfie-stick, going compact seems to be just a memory.

IdolCam

idolcamIdolCam boasts that it’s the world’s first pocket-sized camera to harness the state-of-the-art 3 axis gimbal from drones, inter-changeable lenses from DSLR, and beauty lighting from fashion photography. Add in to all of that the compactness and ease of use from action cameras. Furthermore, it throws in a 180 degree flip-able touchscreen.

Could this well be the ultimate, do anything, go anywhere 4K video camera?

Specs

IdolCam 180 flip screenThe IdolCam shoots at a maximum resolution of 4K/30fps. It also features an integrated 3-axis motorised gimbal to help smooth out the shakes. You can even add an optional spring-loaded suspension arm.

You can check your shot or review footage using the camera’s 180-degree flip-up touchscreen. For full flexibilty, there is, of course, an iOS/Android app that allows you to pan, tilt and otherwise remotely-control the camera via Wi-Fi. This connection is good for a distance of up to 100 ft (30 m). As well as controlling the camera , you can also shoot time-lapse footage and monitor footage.

As previously mentioned, you can swap between multiple magnetically-attaching M12-format lenses. Furthermore, there’s also two optional magnetic lighting attachments – one is a light ring for soft overall lighting, while the other is a spotlight.

Also, there’s a threaded hole in the bottom so you can mount the IdolCam on a selfie stick or tripod. It also allows for fitting on drones and anything else you fancy. Finally, a 3.5-mm audio input for hooking up an external mic rounds things off.

Price and availability

The IdolCam Kickstarter campaign is live now.

The Super Early Bird price of the camera is US$350.

With over 90 units in the first 18 hours and the campaign already at 75%, I reckon that they’re going to get full backing. That should mean delivery in October.

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