Harman Kardon has released 5 new earphones/headphones including two sound-isolating in ear models for the iPhone. There are also two on-ear and one over-ear headphones made for Apple devices. All have noise-cancelling technology, 30 hours of battery life and made with slow-retention foam for a comfortable fit. Look for BT, AE, CL and NI -phones to come out this summer with prices starting at $99.97.
JVC has a new 4.1Ch Audio Tower that almost does too much. The iPod/iPhone dock comes with HD Audio, CD playability, MP3 and WMA support and can offer regular or 360º stereo from its four speakers. Available in black, white or red, the NX-SA5 has the additional benefit of not only purifying your device, but the built-in Ionizer will clean the surrounding air.
Denon has a new series of 11 models of headphones that can do more than just listen. For example, their Globe Cruiser can run an iOS travel app, the Music Mania comes with the ability to adjust EQ and integrate with TuneIn Radio, the Urban Raver is for those who like to share music on social websites and Exercise Freak has GPS for tracking activities. The headphones will be available at prices starting at $179.00 beginning August 2012.
Insignia has created the first IAAIS-compliant HD Radio Tuner with voice response. Good for the visually impaired or those who like the simplicity, the Narrator features a 2.4" color LCD display with station song and artist information. It has 10 AM and 20 FM presets, bookmarks, a dual alarm with snooze function and 3.5mm headphone jack. Included with the package is Radio Reader Service, an adapter and both AM and FM antennas.
The iFrogz wireless Boost uses near-field technology to pump amplified sound or tunes out of two 2W x 2RMS speakers. It runs on a USB power connector or 3 AA batteries and is compatible with most devices. Get 15 hours of play or 6 months of standby time when battery driven.
Check out JVC's all-in-one Kaboom. The boombox/dock can play almost any audio type with support for iPod/iPhone and features twin super woofers, full-range speakers and twist auto-door lock. The 40W NB90-B also features an FM digital tuner with 30 presets, a CD player and a CD player. And for the serious, it also has mic and guitar inputs. Now all you need is a shoulder big enough to carry it.
One of Yamaha's newest receivers is the RX-V573. With 7 amp options that include 7.1 surround, Bi-Amp double power and Zone B extended sound, the device features AirPlay. Charging for iGadget or MP3 player, sound optimization and compressed music enhancer are other features.
An AV Controller App provides support for music streaming for PC and Apple products while their Cinema DSP 3D provides a super solution for any home theater. The long awaited 4K pass-through will provide four times the resolution of a 1080p display. The RX-V573 is available for pre-order now.
Like Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga, you can help create your next set of headphones. OrigAudio will let you customize your new Designears by selecting artwork, logos, graphics, photos and patterns. The phones are noise-cancelling, have full-stereo sound and built-in volume control. Designears have cushioned ear cups, come in a handy travel case and are priced at a $69.99. The company also offers DIY speakers.
Previously, one had to use software to create a synthesized voice but now realtime music is possible with the Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard. The player inputs lyrics by entering Japanese characters and music simultaneously, with buttons for consonants and vowels. It turns out that users who tried the prototype could manage it after about three hours. Although it is still a prototype and there is no English equivalent, we suspect both may soon be in the works.
Digital Innovations has what they say is the first Docking Station for Android. Available with remote, the speaker/dock provides 2.1 stereo sound and a free app with functions such as play/pause, skip/back and volume control. It accommodates your device in both portrait and landscape mode. Micro USB and 3.5 mm audio connectors allow for simple plug-and-play.