While Focal isn’t french for audio, it may as well be. Since 1979, Focal has been making high fidelity home audio speakers, headphones, car speakers and monitoring speakers. The Sphear earphones are Focal’s first foray into the in ear segment and if our first impression is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.
Read on for our full review.
On my desk are 3 Logitech products we reviewed and that have been there for ages and are in daily use still: the X-530 speakers (12 years old!), the G-15 Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse, both 10 years old.
Message: buy a Logitech product and expect a long and good life together...
So, even though it wasn’t time to replace the X-530 speaker system when Logitech came out recently with the Z337 Bluetooth 2.1 speaker system I was keen to try. My only concern was the low price. Does this mean that the sound would also be low end?
Let’s hear and find out.
Ear-buds and headphones, all of us must have at least one of these lying around. Think of all those absolutely awful ear-buds that were once bundled with every phone for a while. iPhone users would still get them, yes they are white, and no they are not great. There are plenty of alternatives ranging from affordable to house mortgage range - Sennheiser, Denon, Bose, Beats just to name a few, but Avantree? This one is new to me so I put my hand up when MobileFun offered to send a set my way. Thanks guys!
Disclosure time, I am not an audiophile. More accurately I am not an audio fanatic. I am surrounded by them all my life and have an appreciation for good gear and pure sound, it is just that instead of spending my money on some serious sound gear at home or in my car, I use the money to travel and indulge in my other just as expensive hobbies. My taste in music is eclectic enough to be a challenge for any headphones to deliver quality sound across the range - from classical to heavy metal depending on my mood.
Wireless speakers are all the rage: just visit your local Harvey Norman or similar store and there is plenty of choice.
Today we are testing the biggest sibling in this range from Ultimate Ears, the Megaboom.
It is arguably one of the better Bluetooth speakers around and it is not unreasonably priced either.
(Officially well over the $300 mark but online as low as AUD255).
Let’s have a look and listen.
They may be the bane of our existence but alarm clocks are an important part of our modern lives. With built in Bluetooth and elegant wood styling, the Olixar Qi-Tone aims to make the whole morning experience a little more bearable.
Read on for our review of the Olixar Qi-Tone Bluetooth alarm clock.
Portable sound has come a long way since the days of the 'ghetto blaster'. Now it's easier and cheaper than ever to play some tunes anywhere you like. All you need is a phone and some wireless bluetooth speakers. And there are plenty of bluetooth speakers to choose from.
4Cabling has just issued a new and very cheap model, the T1, which it claims is the thinnest bluetooth speaker in the world. Not only is it very thin at 12mm, but it's smaller than most smartphones, measuring a tiny 100mm by 50mm, not much bigger than a credit card. Priced at $25 they certainly are very affordable too.
The big question is: how is the sound quality?
Have a look at the findings of Roel Verhoeven below.
How often do you find yourself drumming on a tabletop or other piece of furniture when the mood strikes you? Maybe it's a guy thing but ever since my teen years I would drum along some good music on any bit of furniture or cardboard box that would sound good.
If only it would sound like a real drum!
Fret no more: from the famous house of KORG becomes a diminutive egg-shaped electronic drum kit which will literally allow you to drum on anything that you can clip the leads onto, hence the very appropriate name ClipHit.
Let's have some fun and see how good it is.
Sometimes you just want to be in your own personal space when you are watching TV and don't want to disturb others who might want to sleep or are engaged in conversation.
At other times you may not be able to follow the dialogue on TV because of your hearing problems.
In both these cases TV Ears comes to the rescue with their latest implementation of a wireless system with voice clarifying circuitry.
We have put the TV Ears 5.0 Digital to the test over several months and these are the results.