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Pioneer Rayz Plus: Stunning Music Quality over Lightning Connector

Pioneer Rayz Plus: Stunning Music Quality over Lightning Connector

I have something to proclaim – I am a die-hard Apple fanboy. Everything in my arsenal of tech gear is from the fruit company: a Mac Mini for my desktop, a Macbook Air for my lappy, and of course, a glorious iPhone X that looks amazing every time the OLED screen lights to life. As much as the iPhone excels in possibly everything that you throw at it (just look here to see how awesome the A11 Bionic chip is), I am still really sore about the omission of the great ol’ 3.5mm headphone jack (this will never get old).…
Soul Electronics RUN FREE PRO BIO: A.I Running Coach

Soul Electronics RUN FREE PRO BIO: A.I Running Coach

SOUL Electronics’ RUN FREE PRO BIO earphones serve as one’s personal running coach powered by artificial intelligence. The brand — a pioneer in A.I earphones — powers the device through its unique Biomech Engine®. Offering on-the-spot voice coaching during each run, the RUN FREE PRO BIO informs the runner to make changes in their running form if necessary, such as in the head angle or gait, improving running efficiency and lowering any risk of injury. These earphones are also known for their easy usage and safety features. including 11 hours of runtime with a single full charge, and LED lights…
Muzen Audio Launches in Singapore: Retro Meets Modern in This New Wave Of Portable Speakers

Muzen Audio Launches in Singapore: Retro Meets Modern in This New Wave Of Portable Speakers

Muzen Audio (Muzen) is set to make its first foray into Southeast Asia with the launch of its bestselling On The Road (OTR) series of portable speakers with radio functions in Singapore. Featuring the slogan “Hear Singapore – Muzen Audio is Here”, sales of the Muzen OTR commenced at the IT Show 2019 – from 7 to 10 March 2019 – and is currently sold at selected retailers. Muzen aims to release more of its OTR products in Singapore over the course of the year. Connecting people through a shared love for music and radio, Muzen brings radio back into…
Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones Review: The Sound of Silence

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones Review: The Sound of Silence

As an avid traveller who needs to get work done on the go, having a quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones is an everyday bag essential. My daily driver was the Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones (2017), and it was my go-to when I simply wanted to unwind and drown everything else out. First Impressions The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones immediately caught my eyes (and ears) at SITEX 2018’s Sony booth. I remember being amazed at the comfortable fit and the active noise cancellation when I first laid my hands on the headphones. It got me wondering: how much could Sony…
A Second Chance at Freedom: Jaybird’s Freedom 2 Wireless Sports Headphones

A Second Chance at Freedom: Jaybird’s Freedom 2 Wireless Sports Headphones

Music is a display of one’s individuality whether it is the listener or the performer. It is an essential part of our life where we indulge in to get away from our hectic lifestyles, and which better way to do that than to get a device that replaces those disturbing white noises during our daily commutes with quality audio? Sleek and precise. The Jaybird Freedom 2 overwhelms your hearing senses by giving you the ability to distinguish the different layers of the music. It feels like ecstasy being able to hear all the different highs and lows of the music…
Review: The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Is a Premium Product Fit for Working Professionals

Review: The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Is a Premium Product Fit for Working Professionals

There are so many things to love about the Voyager 8200 UC that it is difficult to decide where to begin. The boomless Bluetooth stereo headset, released end-2017, was made specifically with working professionals in mind. In short, the product delivers on what it promises – the Voyager 8200 UC makes for a practical work companion. One would immediately notice the comfort of the muffs putting the headset on. They feel exceptional, like the softest leather encased pillow one will ever feel. This writer was wearing glasses when testing the product, and even so, the headset felt luxuriously comfortable –…
Review: New Toys from Astell & Kern A Promising Step Forward

Review: New Toys from Astell & Kern A Promising Step Forward

Renowned Korean portable audio manufacturer iRiver has recently announced two new high-resolution Digital Audio Players under their Astell & Kern (A&K) brand – the A&norma SR15, and the A&futura SE100, to complement their flagship, the A&ultima SP1000. iRiver also introduced a new entry-level In-Ear Monitor, the Jerry Harvey/Astell&Kern Billie Jean. This completes the rebranding of the A&K player lineup, with the A&norma representing the standard, entry-level lineup, the A&futura representing the premium, sub-flagship tiered players, and the A&ultima holding the spot for A&K’s flagship offerings. I was recently at Smoke & Mirrors to witness the launch event, hosted by AV…
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom vs. Megaboom: Does Size Matter?

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom vs. Megaboom: Does Size Matter?

Ultimate Ears is known for standing alongside the likes of JBL and Bose when it comes to producing good quality portable speakers, and these speakers can often be seen being used by dancers and performers all around Singapore, whether it is for producing good music for dance practice or rehearsals in open spaces. Or, simply used as a subtle way to holler at passersby that dancers are in ‘da house. As a dancer myself, I have known that a significant number of people from my social circle – friends and mentors alike – are advocates of UE speakers, and they…
B&O Beoplay H8i & H9i: Headphones That Keep Ahead

B&O Beoplay H8i & H9i: Headphones That Keep Ahead

Music is one of those great things that you live for, which is already more than I can say about life itself sometimes. As someone who is personally more attuned with introversion, it has been an invaluable part of my life, letting me cope with the white noise of everyday routine and making the silence of crowds more palatable for my ears. In the age of modernity, it is no longer a question of accessing music, but of how to best consume it—how do we make music a part of our everyday lives with the best experience possible? Answering this…
Logitech MX Sound 2.0: For Home, and House Music

Logitech MX Sound 2.0: For Home, and House Music

At S$149, the Logitech MX Sound 2.0 will serve as a hefty first upgrade to your default PC speakers. Yes, you definitely need an upgrade once you know how great Logitech’s new MX Sound is. Why, you ask? Don’t you listen to music? What, still using Spotify with ads? Wha… what are you doing? The Logitech MX Sound 2.0 is clearly designed for the good ol’ desktop – you won’t be lugging them around, that’s for sure. They have a depth of 16cm and a diameter of 8.4cm, but don’t let the seemingly unassuming specs fool you – they’re easily…
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