It is aimed at a completely different clientele like the in-ears described above Audeze (pronounced like “Odyssey”) with the world’s first closed in-ears with planar driver technology. In contrast to the otherwise common piston-stroke diaphragms or balanced mode radiators, planar drivers work with a foil clamped at the edge, which in the case of the Audeze Euclid is set in motion according to the magnetostatic principle. A drive in which Audeze has also specialized in headphone headphones. However, magnetostats are usually designed in an open design. That the Euclid Working with acoustically closed enclosures, as is usual for in-ears, is a specialty.
The ultimate goal is of course the best possible sound, for which discerning listeners are willing to make some compromises. For example, by foregoing wireless operation and using significantly larger funds than usual. The Euclid costs around 1,500 euros.
The 18-millimeter planar drivers in the Euclid should score with the highest phase accuracy with a completely linear frequency response and deliver a maximum sound pressure of 120 dB with a distortion factor of less than 0.1%, which, according to Audeze, is the highest sound pressure of all closed in-ear headphones of its size be. Thanks to a high sensitivity of 110 dB / mW, the manufacturer promises a dynamic range that should put other products in this category in the shade.
The shape of the housing, milled from solid stucco aluminum in a matt black finish, is designed for maximum long-term comfort. The cables are connected to the handset via MMCX connectors. In addition, the cables can be easily exchanged. For those who prefer to enjoy music wirelessly, Audeze will soon be offering a Bluetooth adapter. A symmetrical connection option is also to follow. The scope of delivery includes silicone and comply foam ear tips as well as SpinFit ear tips.
The Audeze Euclid is exclusively available in Germany and Austria cma audio and is now available in selected specialist shops and via the online shop cma.audio. The recommended retail price is 1,499 euros.
PHILIPS 242B1G: INEXPENSIVE 24-INCH MONITOR WITH “GREEN FEATURES”
Not a week without a new monitor, it seems. MMD / Philips puts a screen that costs around 200 euros on the (virtual) shelf. According to the manufacturer, the Philips 242B1G (60.5 cm / 23.8 “) was developed” especially for environmentally conscious professionals “who want to work” sustainably and productively. “Who doesn’t want that?
The display with LED backlight from the B series from Philips Monitors is said to be particularly economical in consumption. It should be switched on (according to EnergyStar, see data sheet) get by with 12.8 W, in Eco mode even with only 8.6 W. In standby mode it needs 0.35 W. The “green” features include a PowerSensor, LightSensor and a zero-watt power switch .
A Full HD IPS panel is installed as the display, to which MMD attributes exceptional color accuracy with 102% sRGB gamut coverage and a wide viewing angle (178/178 °). The refresh rate is 75 Hz – 25% more than common office displays with 60 Hz. A USB hub with four USB 3.2 ports is installed for connectivity, one of which supports fast charging of smartphones and similar devices .
The Philips 242B1G is now available for 209 euros (RRP). (At Amazon currently not listed.)
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NEW B&W APP AVAILABLE FOR FORMATION SERIES
A new app is available for owners of B&W products from the Formation series (iOS and Android). This offers access to an extended number of music streaming services: Qobuz, TIDAL, TuneIn, Dash Radio, NTS Radio and SoundCloud. Further subscription services and streaming platforms are to be added in the coming months. With Qobuz, music can be played back on formation devices with a high resolution of up to 24 bit / 96 kHz. (96 kHz is the transmission limit of the formation wireless technology.)
The Bowers & Wilkins Music App summarizes the content of all available music in a common interface, which should improve clarity. A “smart”, personalized recommendation function and selected Bowers & Wilkins playlists should make the new music experience in the app perfect, according to the press release.
Initially, the new Bowers & Wilkins Music App is available in parallel to the well-known Bowers & Wilkins Home App, which is still necessary for setting up and installing the Formation devices. In the course of the year, B&W plans to combine all app functions for Formation products in the new Music App. – Better late than never.
All other functions will be retained after the merger, such as AirPlay 2, Bluetooth aptX-HD support for streaming from mobile devices, integrated support for Spotify Connect and Roon and the “Works With Alexa” certification.
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NEW ELECTROCOMPANIET TANA SL-2 AND L-2 ACTIVE SPEAKERS
The Norwegian manufacturer Electrocompaniet has revised its TANA active loudspeakers from the EC-Living series. The Tana SL-2 active speakers with built-in streamer are the successors to the SL-1 and, according to the manufacturer, have been optimized in practically all aspects. In addition to new drivers and the use of passive drivers for bass support, the signal paths have also been shortened and the touch panel has been improved. The result is an even more audiophile sound with the same dimensions.
The Tana L-2 add-on loudspeaker, which can be used to expand the SL-2 into a stereo pair, has also seen similar improvements. The speakers are driven by internal Class A / B amplifiers with 150W power. A fast DSP takes care of the signal processing on a digital level.
The changes Tana SL-1 / L-1 in the overview:
- Improved touch panel
- new amplifier / PSU / DAC unit and new DSP software
- Concealed entrances for installation close to the wall
- Interchangeable design strips (standard SILVER version) and fabric coverings
- New tweeter
- New bass loudspeaker with 2 additional passive drivers
- Optimized board layout – all components on one board
- Improved DSP
- Roon ready
- Tidal Connect
- Airplay2 (from March / April 2021)
- New wireless transmission between the speakers
The price for the TANA SL-2 is 1,699 euros, the additional loudspeaker L-2 costs 1,499 euros.
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KLIPSCH PROMEDIA 2.1 BT: THE RETURN OF THE ROAR DICE?
In the early days of computer sound and music playback, the first active desktop speakers appeared. They were usually the cheapest, with plastic housings, the most primitive driver technology, and terrible sound. – Which earned them the unflattering nickname “Roaring Cube”. In addition, “subwoofers” placed under the table, which apart from the level offered almost no acoustic adjustments to the satellites, cemented the bad reputation of the “PC speakers”.
In the course of time, not only did the playback quality on computers improve, but at some point users also asked for more quality. Gradually, significantly better speakers for the desktop came onto the market, and today there are suitable sound transducers for almost every requirement. The very nasty roaring cubes of the early days are not quite extinct either – there are plenty of offers in the PC junk corner of every electronics store and on Amazon. But there are definitely affordable solutions with really good sound, so that nobody has to bother with such disposable speakers out of excessive economy.
Around 250 euros: that’s how much the renowned loudspeaker manufacturer Klipsch is asking for the brand new sound system ProMedia 2.1 BT. This is a set consisting of two satellite speakers plus a subwoofer especially for use on a computer / notebook.
Either Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm jack cable (analog) is used for the connection. A USB audio port would have been nicer, but unfortunately Klipsch saved it. Another jack connection on the master speaker allows the connection of headphones / headsets.
Together with the subwoofer, the manufacturer promises a frequency range of 35-22,000 Hz. The power electronics deliver a total of 100 W continuous power and up to 260 W short-term power, which should be good for 110 dB sound pressure level. Unfortunately, in this set too, the subwoofer can only be regulated in terms of level and not in phase. The target group will probably place the bass cube somewhere as well hidden as possible, instead of where it sounds best together with the satellites. That has a bit of the charm of bygone days of the howler cube.
More information on the product page. The RRP of the ProMedia 2.1 BT Set is 249 euros. At Amazon currently not listed.