TechTicker: Planar-InEar from Audeze, "greener" 24"-Monitor from Philips, howler cube from Klipsch and more

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 The recommended retail price is 1,499 euros.

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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