Magazine article Gramophone

Audio Gets More Personal with the Latest Arrivals: Deluxe Headphones, Elegant Wireless Speakers and a Sleak All-in-One System for Intimate Listening

Magazine article Gramophone

Audio Gets More Personal with the Latest Arrivals: Deluxe Headphones, Elegant Wireless Speakers and a Sleak All-in-One System for Intimate Listening

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Visiting Bang & Olufsen is always interesting, and while you can read more about why I was there in this month's Essay (page 129), what was also striking was the expansion of the company's B&O Play sub-brand, and how it's moving to integrate its product with personal audio systems. The B&O Playmaker is one such example, allowing any of the company's products to gain AirPlay and DLNA streaming capability, but more prosaic is the arrival of a new special-edition version of the company's H6 headphones, aimed even more squarely at the luxury market, with an almost-black agave green finish, and with the option of a cowhide headphone back made in association with Danish leatherworkers Graae Copenhagen. The headphones sell for 399 [pounds sterling], with the bag adding 129 [pounds sterling] to the price-tag.

Also new in headphones is the latest addition to the Philips Fidelio range, the M1BT, which comes complete with Bluetooth for wireless to portable devices. Selling for 250 [pounds sterling], the M1BT is one of the first headphone designs to adopt the latest Bluetooth 4.0 standard, along with APT-X (Android), AAC (Apple) and SBC for superior music streaming. Revised 4cm drivers along with twin bass ports are used to compensate for the loss of enclosure volume due to the Bluetooth circuitry, and the headphones have both volume and track-skip controls to 'drive' a connected player.

Also using Bluetooth are the new speakers from Simple Audio, the 399 [pounds sterling] Listen and the 79 [pounds sterling] Go. The Listen is a mains-powered unit with biamplification for its 25mm silk-dome tweeter and 7.5cm woofers, along with digital signal processing to optimise the sound. As well as Bluetooth it has USB connectivity and 3.5mm line-in and headphone sockets, and a dedicated output for use with an external subwoofer. It's supplied with a remote control handset. Meanwhile, the Go is a portable device, able to run for eight hours on a single charge, and with a built-in microphone with echo-cancelling for use as a speakerphone as well as a music player.

Audio Pro also has a new wireless speaker, the ADDON T10, selling for 299 [pounds sterling] in black or white lacquer finishes, or in a particularly vibrant orange with a leather handle for 349 [pounds sterling]. …

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