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Bose is making the first pair of smart sunglasses that focus, as you might expect, on audio. They’re called the Bose Frames, and while its open-ear design will surprise you, that’s actually the least shocking part of the announcement.
Bose didn’t provide an example of exactly how Bose AR will work, but the company noted that the tech "knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more.”
On paper, that sounds awfully intriguing — these smart sunglasses could give you a guided museum tour, for example, or help you navigate a new city with step-by-step directions without pulling out your phone, or provide information at the tap of a button.… Read the full article
High-end headphones and Personal Fi. I’ve evaluated a goodly handful of ‘phones and headphone amps over many years, with some excellent results. Some were large cost-no-object designs, built for home, listening room, or office use only; others were compact and portable, for the music lover on the go. (I do a fair amount of flying, and appreciate good portable gear.) I also have some great headphones and headphone amps for stay-at-home. Either way, I’m well served.
As a result, over the years I’ve built up a collection of reference headphones, of various types.… Read the full article
Companies releasing limited-edition headphones are seemingly starting to follow the idea of cachet that high-end sneaker manufacturers have been monopolizing for years when it comes to rarity and street cred.
It’s an interesting sales model and one that creates intense hype and buzz within a close-knit community like those that both sneaker freakers and hardcore headphone lovers share.
Who hasn’t seen hundreds of teens and twenty-somethings (and the odd mid-40s collector) patiently (but expectantly) standing in a line winding around a city block at 7 a.m.… Read the full article
The following is a press release issued by Astell&Kern. Irvine, CA | November 27, 2018 – Astell&Kern, a global leader in portable high-resolution audio players and accessories, announces a new headphone, the AK T5p 2nd Generation, produced in partnership with world-famous headphone manufacturer Beyerdynamic and Diana, a new universal fit In-Ear Monitor designed by world-renown IEM manufacturer Jerry Harvey Audio. Astell&Kern AK T5p 2nd Generation The AK T5p 2nd Gen headphone is produced for Astell&Kern by Beyerdynamic and has been tuned for Astell&Kern players, and shows off the best-in-class details, clarity and supreme bass for listeners.… Read the full article
David Williamson, with additional comments from David W. Robinson
Some days it’s tough being the source for headphone recommendations among my friend group.
First, there’s an overwhelming amount of digital advertisements for “premium” and “cutting-edge” headphones crowding everyone’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds that one must contend with. Every social-media-derived question seems to be about a product that has never been peer-reviewed, cannot be procured from a reputable seller, and can only be ordered on a mobile device from a website that only accepts bitcoins.… Read the full article