September 17, 2014

Klipsch adds new in-ear headphones to its legendary Reference line

Gentec International, the Canadian distributor of Klipsch speakers and headphones, announces the launch of the Reference R6, R6i, and R6m in-ear headphones. Incorporating more than 60 years of audio expertise, Klipsch’s latest offering delivers acclaimed acoustics coupled with unrivalled comfort. With the introduction of these headphone models, Klipsch takes an important step in streamlining its entire product offering under the Reference name.

The same advanced acoustic engineering and industrial design from the brand’s legendary Reference home theatre speakers provide the performance and design for the new R6 models. Constructed from aluminum and elastomer, their sleek construction is lightweight, durable, and comfortable. Additionally, the headphones utilize flat cabling for added strength and tangle resistance.

Equipped with the patented oval ear tips for which Klipsch is known, each model allows for hours of comfortable, long-term wear. Unlike circular-shaped ear tips that put stress on the pressure points inside the ear, Klipsch’s patented oval ear tips naturally fit the contours of the ear canal. These ear tips also offer superior noise-isolation (or passive noise-cancellation), blocking out almost all ambient noise and providing excellent bass.

Each model delivers Klipsch’s signature sound (high efficiency, low distortion, wide dynamic range) via a 6.5-millimeter dual magnet micro-speaker. This technology provides a broad frequency range and acoustic detail for the most strikingly realistic sound reproduction of music libraries.

Reference R6

Engineered for pure performance, the Reference R6 is available in a black or white finish and is compatible with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes complete with a one-year warranty, carrying case, and four pairs of different-sized oval ear tips for a customized fit. The Reference R6 retails for $99 and are currently available in Canada.

Reference R6i

Catering to in-ear enthusiasts on the go, the Reference R6i offers listeners an advanced three-button remote and mic that allows for seamless control of music and phone calls on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod models. Also available in a black or white finish, the R6i carries a one-year warranty and includes four pairs of different sized patented ear tips, a protective carrying case, as well as a clothing clip for the in-line remote and mic. The Reference R6i retails for $109 and are currently available in Canada.

Reference R6m

Specifically engineered for mobile devices, the universal Reference R6m gives you a front stage pass to your music collection whether you are an Apple, Android, Windows or BlackBerry user. This is the ultimate hassle-free headphone thanks to a single-button remote and mic. The R6m also plays well with the latest consoles, such as Xbox One and PS4. It comes in a black finish and includes a one-year warranty, four pairs of different sized patented ear tips, a protective carrying case, as well as a clothing clip for the in-line remote and mic. The Reference R6m retails for $109 and are currently available in Canada.

September 12, 2014

SanDisk Premieres World's Highest Capacity SD Card for Video/Photo Capture

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today launched its 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card, the world's highest capacity SD card on the market. The new offering is designed to meet the demands of industry professionals who require the most advanced gear available for shooting 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p) video, Full HD video (1920x1080) and high-speed burst mode photography.

"As an industry leader, SanDisk continues to push the boundaries of technology to provide customers with the innovative, reliable, high-performance solutions they have come to expect from us," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes. The 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before."

Built for the Pros

Since SanDisk unveiled its first 512 MB SD card in 2003, capacity demands have increased exponentially and the new 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card represents a 1,000-fold capacity increase in just over a decade, yet maintains the same size footprint. SanDisk's most powerful and highest capacity SD UHS-I memory card yet, the 512 GB card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video. Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s move data quickly for efficient post-production workflow.

The 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card delivers both the speed and capacity needed to support 4K Ultra HD video capture, enabling users to shoot tremendous amounts of content without disrupting the moment.

The new offering comes with key features designed for pro-level action:
Built for and tested in harsh conditions-temperature proof, water proof, shock proof, and x-ray proof
Lifetime limited warranty
RescuePRO Deluxe data recovery software download offer, for bringing accidentally deleted images back to lifeSanDisk Extreme Team member Sebastian Devaud, renowned director and producer, relies on cutting edge technologies to continuously advance his productions. "I am always interested in new technologies to help improve how I work and the quality of my results," said Devaud. "With higher capacities, I have greater flexibility to capitalize on the moment and let the camera roll without worrying about the performance of my equipment."

"The new 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I card offers incredible speed and capacity," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "Our Pocket Cinema Camera customers shoot in every type of circumstance and location, and get amazing wide dynamic range RAW images capturing the brightest highlights and darkest shadows at the same time. The additional capacity of the SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I card will extend the creative freedom for our customers shooting in RAW and open up the ability to use wide dynamic range RAW files with even more productions."

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDHC/SDXC memory cards are available worldwide in capacities of 512 GB, 256 GB and 128 GB. The 512 GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card will be available for $799.99 (MSRP).

Noctua expands A-series with new 92, 80 and 40mm fans

Noctua today introduced several new additions to its popular A-series of premium quality quiet fans. While the new NF-A9 and NF-A8 models succeed the award-winning NF-B9 and NF-R8, the NF-A4x10 5V is a dedicated 5V version of the renowned NF-A4x10. All models feature Noctua's proprietary AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels and come with full 6 years manufacturers warranty.

"The NF-R8 and NF-B9 have become well established references in the field of quiet 80 and 92mm fans and it took us almost 3 years of development to achieve consistently better efficiency", explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "We're very happy with how the NF-A8 and NF-A9 turned out in the end, they really push the limits in their fields."

Featuring all of Noctua's latest technologies such as Stepped Inlet Design, Inner Surface Microstructures and Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A9 and NF-A8 provide higher static pressure and an even better airflow/noise ratio than their much acclaimed predecessors, which will continue to be available via Noctua's redux line.

Whereas the NF-A8 will be available in PWM (2200rpm max.), FLX (2000/1650/1200rpm) and ULN (1400/1000rpm) variants, the NF-A9 will be available as PWM (2000rpm max.) and FLX (1600/1250/1050rpm) models.

"Feedback on our NF-A4x10 40mm fan has been excellent, yet both end users and industry clients have asked for a 5V version", says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "Many devices such as network or storage solutions use 5 volt 40mm fans, so with the new NF-A4x10 5V, we now have a solution for these types of applications."

With its 5V operating voltage, super-quiet 17.9dB(A) noise rating and the included OmniJoin™ adaptor set that makes it compatible with proprietary fan headers, the NF-A4x10 5V is ideal for replacing noisy or broken 5V 40mm fans.

Like all A-series fans, the new NF-A9, NF-A8 and NF-A4x10 models come with integrated anti-vibration pads and a wide range of accessories such as anti-vibration mounts, extension cables and Low-Noise Adaptors. Their superb running smoothness, reference-class SSO2 bearing and Noctua's trusted premium quality make them an elite choice for the highest demands.

Prices and availability
All the new models are currently shipping and will be available shortly. The manufacturer suggested retail prices are as follows:
NF-A9 (PWM / FLX): EUR 17.90 / USD 20.90
NF-A8 (PWM / FLX / ULN): EUR 15.90 / USD 17.90
NF-A4x10 5V: EUR 12.90 / USD 15.90

For more information, visit the product pages of NF-A9 PWM, NF-A9 FLX, NF-A8 PWM, NF-A8 FLX, NF-A8 ULN, and NF-A4x10 5V.

September 9, 2014

Hello, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The highly anticipated new iPhones have just recently been announced by Apple! This time, there are two different phones, the 6 and 6 Plus. the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display while the 6 Plus features a massive 5.5-inch display.

The displays of both phones are a “Retina HD Display” and are protected by an “ion-strengthened” glass. The glass has rounded edges for more comfortable swiping gestures. The display on the iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch, and the iPhone 6 Plus includes a full 1080p HD display at 401 pixels per inch, both with better viewing angles than the previous iPhones

For both, the aluminum unibody features rounded edges and the days of shiny chamfered edges on the 5 and 5S are nowhere to be found. The rear glass panelling of the iPhone 5 has been replaced with aluminium with plastic bands for antennas. The iPhone 6 is only 6.9mm thin and the 6 Plus is 7.1mm thin! This is a notable difference from the iPhone 5S’ 7.5mm thick body.

The brand new A8 processor in the next-gen iPhones are 25% faster in CPU performances than the A7 chip, 50% faster in graphics, and was designed with energy efficiency in mind.

Apple’s new M8 motion coprocessor has also received some neat new features. It is now more than a step tracker. It can now differentiate activities such as running and cycling and includes a barometer which calculates your elevation by measuring air pressure differences.

When it comes to the camera on the new iPhones, there is a difference between the two cameras. Both phones have an 8 megapixel iSight camera, a ƒ/2.2 aperture, and an all new sensor. There are also other enhancements such as better auto-focusing, face detection, and better image stabilization. The 6 and 6 Plus can shoot video in 1080p in 30fps or 60fps and in slow motion at 120 or 240 fps. The FaceTime HD camera now has a ƒ/2.2 aperture and a new sensor. The only difference between the two models is that the iPhone 6 Plus has optical stabilization which helps reduce shakiness in photos and videos.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus features 3x faster 802.11ac WiFi, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE), and WiFi calling which is exclusively available on the American carrier T-Mobile.

The new iPhones finally has NFC, which is used for Apple’s brand new mobile payment service called Apple Pay in which Apple hopes to bring mobile payments to the mainstream Also, the iPhone 6 Plus has an iPad-like landscape UI, which includes the homescreen and stock Apple apps, made possible with the gigantic 5.5-inch display.

Source: Apple

September 4, 2014

Review: 808 Duo Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

808 Audio, a relatively new division of Voxx Audio has released a wireless version of their on ear headphones called the Duo. The Duo sits on top as their top of the line flagship model. 808 promises studio quality sound from their products and they aren’t wrong.

The 808 Audio Duo headphones come in a cardboard box with a slip cover and inside you find the headphones themselves protected with nice recyclable packaging. Under the headphones is a soft carrying case with pockets inside to hold the two included detachable 3.5mm cables and the mini USB charging cable. There is also a package of instructions inside. The Duos come with two different cables, one black braided cable which I found to be very short, and a flat anti-tangle black and grey cable with an inline mic and button. The two cables look significantly different from each other and I would have liked to see both cables with a similar design for consistency. The button on the in-line mic is very squishy and provides very little tactile feedback.

Upon taking the headphones out of the box, you will notice they are very light, which made them feel cheap at first. Upon further inspection they are relatively well built with movable parts such as the hinge and the extending part of the headband made of metal instead of plastic. The headphones come in a matte black finish and is not available in any other colour. 

On the right ear cup is the on/off switch for the wireless bluetooth functionality, the mini USB charging port, and the charge indicator LED. On the left ear cup are three buttons which serve two different functions each. There is a volume up, phone, and volume down button which also serve as next track, play/pause, prev track buttons when held down. On the outside of the earcup is the 808 branding as well as the model name. On the top of the headband is a very subtle black on black 808 logo which looks quite nice. The headband is very narrow with some soft padding which is more than sufficient for such a light pair of headphones and remains comfortable even after long periods of usage. The padding on the ear cups is also thick enough prevent the earcups from touching my ear and along with the ear cups ear cups provide a very comfortable fit. Normally I have to extend the headband of most headphones to their largest setting, but the smallest setting on the 808 Duo’s fit my head comfortably so these are great for people with huge heads but may feel a little large for people with smaller heads. I also found that the metal plate on the hinge caught some of my hair when I took off the headphones. The hinges feel relatively solid and allow the headphones to fold up for traveling.

808 Audio claims that the battery will last up to 12 hours but I found the headphones to run out of power after 5 hours of listening. Bluetooth pairing is easy and there is a little bluetooth led on the top of the ear cup to indicate if bluetooth is on and if it is pairing. I did find that sometimes the bluetooth wouldn’t turn on even though it was fully charged until I plugged it into power again.

As far as sound goes, the Duos sound great. They provide clean highs and mids which makes music very pleasing to listen to. Instruments sound extremely clear and have a strong presence while vocals pop thanks to the strong mids. The bass is subdued while still being punchy and deep. The bass is not overdone and over power the music like certain $300 headphones starting with a “B”. Music sounds extremely crisp and is a pleasure listening to with these headphones. Dont let the low price tag fool you into believing that these are not phenomenal headphones. As far as noise isolation goes they do a good job of lowering outside noise a little but they are in no way noise cancelling headphones so you will still hear people around you if they are loud as well as traffic if you are using them while outside.

The 808 Audio Duo headphones are an extremely affordable and great sounding pair of headphones. They aren’t Audio-Technica ATH-M50s but they do provide a an extremely nice sound for their price. Not to mention the convenience of wireless headphones, as long as you can ignore the people who look at you funny because it looks like you forgot to plug in your headphones. If you’re in the market for sub $100 headphones, look no further than the 808 Audio Duos.