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xMEMS Launches Montara, World's First Monolithic True MEMS Speaker

Today xMEMS Labs emerged from stealth mode to reinvent sound with the introduction of Montara, the world's first monolithic true MEMS speaker, delivering high fidelity, full-bandwidth sound and low total harmonic distortion (THD) for sealed in-ear personal audio devices, including true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. Montara is also the world's first IP-57 rated microspeaker, enabling water and dust-resistant earbuds. Consumers will benefit from enhanced audio fidelity with raised levels of clarity and detail for instruments and vocals, extremely low latency, waterproof earbuds, and longer listening times.

"With on-the-go media consumption on the rise such as subscription music, podcasts, video, audiobooks and mobile gaming, consumers are increasingly demanding enhanced audio quality and extended listen times between charges," said Joseph Jiang co-founder and CEO. "Until now, the industry has relied on antiquated, centuries-old multi-component voice coil speakers requiring labor-intensive, high variability factory assembly lines. Our revolutionary Montara product is a game changer for delivering a new combination of audio fidelity, size, energy consumption and uniformity not possible with traditional voice coil approaches."

Windows 10 2004 May Update Brings Back Bluetooth Speaker Streaming

Windows 10 2004 May update is set to bring a heap of new features to the OS, along with performance improvements in the form of a fixed search indexer. According to the latest report form Windows Latest, we have information that the update version 2004 will reintroduce Bluetooth A2DP sink, a feature from Windows 7 era. The Bluetooth A2DP sink allows users to stream audio from their phones to PC speakers, using Bluetooth technologies. This is a useful feature is you want to play music via your phone on louder speakers connected to your PC, and we are sure users are going to appreciate this. The Bluetooth A2DP sink feature was present in Windows 7 OS, however, Microsoft has later disabled that in Windows 8 OS and it hasn't been available since. The Windows 10 May update is expected to roll out between May 26th and May 28th.
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Kanto Audio Shows TUK Powered Speakers at CES 2019

We were invited to take a look at the Kanto Audio suite at CES by their PR firm, and the brand itself has been on my mind for a while now- offering good quality powered monitor speakers at various price points. This year they are bringing out their new high-end TUK powered speakers, which were first shown off last year, and the entire spec sheet reads like a must-have for many audio enthusiasts, including yours truly. The TUK comes in white or black color schemes, is rated at 130 W RMS for the pair, and features AMT tweeters with 5.25" aluminium concave cone drivers coupled with an on-board DSP and a Class D amp.

I/O includes Bluetooth 4.2 with Qualcoom AptX HD and AAC codec support for those who need it, but most will end up using one of the several wired options encompassing optical TOSLINK, RCA and Phone inputs, a USB DAC for us PC users, subwoofer out, and a headphone jack. So if you fancy connecting a turntable to it to play some old vinyls, go for it! Oh, it also has a USB charger to use with portable media players as well. Read past the break for more on the TUK and other Kanto Audio products we saw this past week.

Edifier Announces the R1850DB 2.0 Bookshelf Speaker

Every aspect of the R1850DB has been designed with purpose, the base has been angled at 10 degrees to accurately direct sound to you, and the wooden housing reduces distortion and minimizes acoustic resonance. The subwoofer produces a quality atmosphere, and the 4.5-inch midrange/woofer speaker driver creates rich lows. The treble units produce clear highs, meaning the R1850DB is a perfectly tuned and balanced bookshelf speaker.

The Bluetooth 4.0 technology allows you to pair the R1850DB with any Bluetooth powered device. Once synced, the R1850DB can be used for playback from multiple devices. The speakers are also fitted with digital, analog and RCA inputs for PCs, turntables and more.

Edifier Releases the S880DB Hi-Res Audio Certified Powered Speakers

Premium audio has never looked so suave than with Edifier's brand new speakers, the S880DBs. Crafted with a high tech interior and completed with a glossy white exterior and wood side panels, these speakers will bring both a beautiful ambience and stunning aesthetic to any room. Whether as a gift for a loved one, or a treat for yourself, a set of these speakers is sure to impress.

More Kick Than You'd Believe
Accredited with Edifier's first High-Res Audio certification, the S880DB speakers are designed for people who love audio. Equipped with a titanium-laminate tweeter unit, you can expect you beautifully detailed acoustic music to play through these speakers with incredible fidelity.

Logitech G Unveils New PC Gaming Speaker and Mechanical Keyboard With LightSync

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, today announced two new additions to their family of high-performance gaming gear. The Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speaker is the first dedicated gaming speaker system with advanced Logitech G LIGHTSYNC, a technology that synchronizes both light and sounds to gameplay. Joining the speaker is the new Logitech G513 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Logitech G513 also features LIGHTSYNC RGB, provides the choice of two Romer-G mechanical key switches and a premium palm rest for a comfortable experience. Logitech G continues to expand its range of high-performance gear that is purpose-built for the needs of gamers, and push innovation in RGB to new immersive levels.

"Our goal with these two products was to complement our G502, the world's best selling gaming mouse," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. "With LIGHTSYNC technology we are able to add real intelligence to what RGB lighting can do - synchronizing audio and RGB lighting to on-screen gameplay. If you already own a G502, then the new G513 keyboard and G560 speakers with LIGHTSYNC are the perfect way to complete your desktop, and create a totally immersive solution."

Razer Launches New Nommo Speaker Line

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced a new speaker line for PCs, the Razer Nommo and Nommo Pro. The Nommo Pro is a no- compromise, THX Certified, 2.1 speaker system with Dolby Virtual Speaker technology for gaming immersion. The Razer Nommo a 2.0 speaker system is a price-performing alternative for balanced, full-range sound.

The Nommo speaker range was engineered to aid gamers with sensing environmental factors. The entire range features accurate positional audio using true left and right stereo imaging to help ensure gamers know exactly where sounds are coming from for quicker more accurate response. Additionally the Nommo Pro features Independent Tweeters for enhanced highs to catch minute details in gaming audio.

Creative Announces the Zen-Inspired Creative Pebble Desktop Speakers

Creative Technology Ltd announced today the Creative Pebble. Shaped like a smooth pebble one would find in a Japanese rock garden, the orb shaped speaker takes its aesthetic design inspiration from elements in Zen architecture and design and would look perfect in today's modern homes and offices. Featuring a 45° elevated custom-tuned far-field driver solution that works with rear facing passive radiators, the Pebble delivers a personal listening experience that surprises with its degree of detail, immersiveness and depth for a speaker of its size.

Made to work seamlessly with a PC or laptop, the Pebble is powered by a single USB cable without the need for a power adapter. Pebble also features an easily accessible volume control button built into the front of the right speaker. The speaker is available in pure white and bold black.

DTS Announces First Wireless Speakers to Support Works with Amazon Alexa

DTS, a global leader in high-definition audio solutions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Xperi Corporation, is pleased to announce the first DTS Play-Fi-enabled wireless speakers to support the Works with Amazon Alexa functionality. Initial products supported include the Pioneer Elite Smart Speaker F4, Onkyo Smart Speaker P3 and the Phorus PS10. Additional DTS Play-Fi-enabled products, including the Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room audio lineup, as well as McIntosh Laboratories, MartinLogan and THIEL Audio, will add the capability by the end of Q1 2018.

Available via a Works with Amazon Alexa over-the-air firmware update, consumers can now control audio playback on select DTS Play-Fi products from another room using an Amazon Echo, Dot or Show. This functionality allows users to verbally ask Alexa to play a song in a specific room, groups of rooms or the whole house, adjust volume, skip the track forward, mute, pause and stop the music.

LG's 2018 Speaker Lineup Combines Great Sound with Artificial Intelligence

LG Electronics (LG) at CES 2018 is showcasing superior, clearer and smarter lineup of premium audio products that promises to change the way people think about home speakers. New for 2018 is Meridian Audio's advanced high performance audio technology to deliver more natural and warm sound. From immersive Dolby Atmos soundbars to portable Bluetooth speakers and its latest artificial intelligence (AI) speaker , LG has something for every music and movie lover.

Sound All Around and Above
LG's new SK10Y soundbar delivers 550W of powerful output and supports 5.1.2 channels by harnessing the power of Dolby Atmos technology. A unique aspect of the technology is that unique "sound objects" can be precisely placed anywhere in a three-dimensional space for an immersive sound from all directions, including the ceiling, which enhances realism and the effect of being in the middle of the action. To create such powerful, textured sound, the SK10Y is equipped with multiple speakers - including a pair of powerful up-firing speakers - to envelop the listener from every angle. Users can adjust the volume of the upfiring speakers to optimize the sound with the height of the ceiling in room.

Atari Releases Speakerhat and Table Pong to Commemorate Pong's 45th Anniversary

Atari, one of the world's most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers, today proudly celebrates "Pong Day" on the 45th anniversary of the influential Pong arcade game that first debuted on November 29, 1972. A simple-but-challenging table tennis simulation, Pong was the first commercially successful video game and an immediate smash hit that effectively established the video game industry. To commemorate this groundbreaking birthday, the company has unveiled the all-new Pong Anniversary Limited-Edition Atari Speakerhat which is in stock and available now exclusively at AtariLife.com.

Pong was originally meant to be a simple training exercise, assigned to newly hired engineer Allan Alcorn by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, to acclimate him to creating games. Alcorn went above and beyond, adding appealing features such as segmented paddles that changed the angle of the "ball" and accelerating speeds as play went on. Alcorn also elected to retain a "glitch" that didn't allow the paddles to reach the top of the screen, which added to the game's difficulty. Lastly, Bushnell had Alcorn add cheering crowd noises and other sound effects. The game was so well-received that Bushnell and the team were able to rapidly grow Atari and an entire industry was born.

AVerMedia Debuts SonicBlast Gaming Soundbars

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. today introduced a brand new line of gaming audio solutions called SonicBlast. The opening lineup includes two soundbar variations -- the SonicBlast Soundbar GS331 and GS333, both of which deliver crisp and clear sound for a variety of occasions. Both soundbars are optionally complemented by the GS335 Subwoofer, a dedicated add-on that brings powerful bass and groundbreaking performance.

Featuring three EQ modes for games, movies, and music, the SonicBlast GS331 is a 2.0 channel soundbar that delivers 40W of rich sound and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the SonicBlast GS333 is a straight audio beast with 60W of roof-raising audio, built-in subwoofer for heavier tones, three EQ modes, and Bluetooth connectivity. For the bass hounds out there seeking an extra dose of thunder during their bombastic gaming sessions, there's the SonicBlast GS335 that features 70W of in-your-face bass, a simple wireless setup, and intuitive on-board volume controls. The GS335 Subwoofer can be paired seamlessly with the GS331 and GS333 soundbars.

Logitech Announces Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Speakers

Today Ultimate Ears continues to push the boundaries of innovation and design in its portable wireless speakers with the addition of UE ROLL 2 to its vibrant lineup of anywhere-you-go-proof wireless mobile speakers. Starting first with UE BOOM in 2013 and now reaching new heights with the introduction of UE ROLL 2, UE continues to reinvent the Bluetooth speaker category, for everything from design to sound.

Whether at the beach or backpacking, UE ROLL 2 brings even more to the party, with 15 percent more sound and an increased wireless range of 100-feet, all while keeping the sleek, disc shape design of the original UE ROLL. Weighing in at just over half a pound, UE ROLL 2 packs in more sound without adding extra size or bulk.

Creative Releases the Sound Blaster Roar Pro

Creative Technology Ltd today announced the Sound Blaster Roar Pro -- a powerful compact Bluetooth Speaker made for audio entertainment and professional usage as a wireless personal PA system (public address system) when used with the optional wireless Creative iRoar Mic. The Sound Blaster Roar Pro is the first in the all new professional series of speakers by Creative and comes in exclusive Matte Black.

Compared to the Sound Blaster Roar Classic, the Sound Blaster Roar Pro features improved drivers for more refined audio performance, a longer battery-life of up to 10 hours, and a slideswitch that allows users to select different audio profiles (Warm, Neutral, and Energetic). "Creative's all new Roar Professional Series of speakers are designed to deliver powerful audio for personal entertainment on the go, and at the same time, double-up as powerful productivity tools when used to address groups of people at work, in classrooms, or in camps," said Low Long Chye, General Manager of Audio at Creative.

Creative Announces the Woof 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Creative Technology Ltd today announced the Creative Woof 3, the ideal micro-size Bluetooth speaker companion for smartphone and tablet users who want to enjoy their music out loud on the go. The series comes in a flourish of rich metallic colors inspired by the four seasons: Spring Crystallite, Summer Rouge, Autumn Gold, and Winter Chrome; ideal for users who appreciate both great aesthetics and audio.

Shaped like an inverted bell, the speaker produces clear audio that is directed upwards and well distributed. Creative Woof 3 has been designed to deliver audio that punches above its weight for speakers in its class. Encased within the durable premium metal alloy housing is a 45mm driver (12% larger than its predecessors in the Woof series), and an additional oversized passive bass radiator for an enhanced audio performance. It even doubles up as a speakerphone with its built-in invisible microphone when connected via Bluetooth with a smartphone.

Creative Announces Sound Blaster Roar 2 Wireless Speaker

Creative Technology Ltd today announced the availability in the United States of a brand new variant of the critically acclaimed Sound Blaster Roar portable Bluetooth wireless speaker -- the smaller, lighter, sexier, sweeter Sound Blaster Roar 2. The all new Sound Blaster Roar 2 portable Bluetoothwireless speaker retains the same 5 speaker drivers, electrical design, and 8-hour battery life as the Classic Sound Blaster Roar -- but is now 20% smaller and 10% lighter. And it is available in black or white.

Encased in a stylish sleek metallic housing that exudes the understated sophistication of a well-designed audio instrument, the smaller-lighter-sexier-sweeter Sound Blaster Roar 2 is sure to impress, whether it is used at the office, in a designer home, or at a party.

Creative Unveils the ROAR 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Creative Technology Ltd., today announced the launch of a brand new variant of the critically acclaimed Sound Blaster Roar portable Bluetooth wireless speaker − the smaller, lighter, sexier Sound Blaster Roar 2. The all new Sound Blaster Roar 2 portable Bluetooth wireless speaker retains the same 5 speaker drivers, electrical design, and
battery life as the Classic Sound Blaster Roar − but is now 20% smaller and 10% lighter. And it is available in black or white. Encased in a stylish sleek housing that exudes the understated sophistication of a well-designed audio instrument, the smaller-lighter-sexier Sound Blaster Roar 2 continues to impress, whether it is used at the office, in a designer home, or at a party.

LG Announces Music Flow Wi-Fi Series Speakers

LG Electronics (LG) today announced plans to introduce its new 2015 Music Flow Wi-Fi Series lineup for music and movie lovers worldwide. Demonstrated for the first time at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas next month, the U.S. LG audio lineup includes the company's first battery-powered Portable Wi-Fi Speaker, three additional Wi-Fi Speakers as well as three new upgraded Wi-Fi Sound Bars. These speakers are designed to be compatible with Android and iOS devices and allow consumers to build a custom home audio system that can be controlled using LG's Music Flow mobile app.

Each LG Music Flow Wi-Fi device can be used independently or connected to one another device wirelessly, using Advanced Wireless Network and Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz) technology to deliver a seamless audio experience. Unlike other Bluetooth speakers, streaming to a Music Flow Wi-Fi Series speaker from a smartphone continues uninterrupted when receiving a call. If home libraries aren't enough, users can stream music from service providers such as Spotify Connect, Rhapsody, TuneIn, and more.

Samsung Expands Its Premium Home Audio Lineup

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the availability of the Shape M3 (WAM350) speaker, the latest addition to Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem of products and the new HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, the world's first TV-Matching Curved Soundbar uniquely designed to seamlessly complement Samsung's 55 and 65-inch Curved UHD TVs. Both products deliver superb sound quality for any listening environment.

"With a passion to elevate entertainment experiences for consumers, we continue to lead the industry in key audio segments and deliver innovative premium products designed to create the best audio and home theater entertainment experiences," said Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics America. "With the launch of the M3, we're excited to unveil the latest addition to our award winning Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem and demonstrate our commitment to the wireless audio market. Meanwhile, the arrival of the Curved Soundbar strikes the balance between outstanding sound quality and standout design that's meant to fit seamlessly with our Curved TVs and in any living room environment."

BRAVEN Introduces the 705 Portable Wireless Speaker

BRAVEN paints the audio world in vibrant colors with the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker. The ideal mobile speaker for tune lovers wishing to add a pop of color to their everyday music companion, BRAVEN's 705 features an outstanding combination of HD sound, striking design, and colorful personality.

Available in eight lively colors, BRAVEN 705 offers more than just stunning looks. The 705 delivers amazing sound for over 12 hours, has the modern style and vivid colors to fit every occasion, and doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. A true multi-purpose speaker, the 705 is clutch-sized, can fill the room with loud and clear sound, and showcases a unibody design with clean lines and sleek curves.

Samsung Introduces the Level Box mini Wireless Speaker

Samsung Electronics announced Samsung Level Box mini, the latest addition to Samsung's Level series of premium audio products. The Samsung Level Box mini delivers the high-quality sound as Level Box but within a lighter, more compact metallic body. The Level Box mini comes in an assortment of rich, vivid colors, giving consumers a stylish, affordable and exceptional listening experience.

The Samsung Level Box mini sports a large (55 mm) stereo speaker and a passive radiator, optimized to deliver premium-quality sound that is powerful, crisp and balanced. Level Box mini is compatible with the Samsung Level App, which provides Volume Control, Text-to-Speech, S Voice and SoundAlive. SoundAlive, Samsung's innovative audio technology, intelligently makes automatic adjustments to sound quality by analyzing the source to ensure the best sound quality.

Rapoo Announces A800 Bluetooth Speakers

Wireless your life. Rapoo, one of the world's leading manufacturers of peripherals in the wireless segment and the first manufacturer of products featuring 5 GHz wireless technology, holds an impressive 42% market share in China and is continually expanding its product portfolio. Rapoo produces innovative input devices offering maximum functionality and quality, and today announces the launch of its portable A800 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker.

With its stylish, sleek design, the A800 makes an impression right from the very first glance: The case, which measures in at just 426x116x109 mm, stands out from the crowd with its streamline curves and minimalistic looks. Even more astonishing are its compact dimensions, especially when the A800 shows off what's under its hood. Thanks to Rapoo's Guided Acoustic Wave Technology, which effectively enlarges the sound-generating surface of the speaker producing a sound experience that packs so much punch it's like a much larger speaker has generated it, this Bluetooth speaker delivers well-rounded, gutsy sound. What's more, Bluetooth 4.0 apt-X technology means music can be streamed from the player to the A800 without any audible loss of quality from up to 10 meters away and any angle.

Ultimate Ears Rolls Out New Limited Edition UE BOOM Speaker

Today Ultimate Ears is expanding its limited-edition lineup of UE BOOM with the announcement of its collaboration with artist Don Pendleton on UE BOOM - Jettison Edition. This limited-edition run of UE BOOM is designed with Pendleton's distinct organic cubist graphic style and is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for UE BOOM, aimed to blend people's passions for music, design and art.

For almost two decades, Pendleton has made his mark on the skate industry with his design patterns appearing on products from a variety of notable brands, such as Alien Workshop, Burton Snowboards, Element Skateboards, etnies and Mountain Dew. Now, Pendleton is turning up the volume on his art, bringing his recognizable colors and shapes to the smart acoustic skin of UE BOOM.

Samsung Announces US Availability of 'Level' Audio Portfolio

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) today announced the U.S. availability of the Samsung Level portfolio of premium mobile audio products. The Level audio portfolio is a collection of three premium headphones and a Bluetooth speaker -- all designed for portability and style while producing high quality sound.

The portfolio includes: Level Over, Level On, Level In and Level Box. All four devices work seamlessly with smartphones and tablets, and the Level Over can be further customized using the Samsung Level App to elevate the audio experience. In addition, the Level portfolio easily syncs with Milk Music powered by Slacker, Samsung's free music streaming service for select Galaxy devices, offering an easy-to-use interface and more than 200 stations to further amplify your music listening experience.
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