A lot happened this week in the gadget space. Apple will finally allow customers to repair their iPhones via the new self-repair program. Tidal announces its first free, ad-supported streaming tier. Microsoft surprised Xbox owners by releasing them infinite aura (Only for online multiplayer) about a month before it’s scheduled. Yes, Master Chief is back (again). A host of new products were also announced. Here’s what you need to know.
Meze Audio Liric
The Romanian audio company is known for its high fidelity magnetic headphones — which can produce a clearer and wider sound range than conventional headphones with dynamic drivers — and this week announced Liric, its first pair of flat magnetic headphones with a closed-back design. The premium headphones are made from a combination of magnesium, leather and aluminum. Most importantly, its new custom flat magnetic driver has been redesigned (minimized and tuned) to look similar to the company’s high-end Empyrean headphones ($2999).
price: 2000 dollars
Beyerdynamic MMX 100 and MMX 150
Beyerdynamic, one of the biggest names in hi-fi studio headphones, has announced two new gaming headsets in the MMX Series – both surprisingly affordable. First, there’s the MMX 100 ($99), which are closed-back wired headphones designed to connect to your Xbox controller or Playstation via the 3.5mm jack. Second, there’s the MMX 150 ($149) which is a digital USB headset with a built-in sound card and more immersive features for PC gamers.
Both headphones are now available in black or gray.
price: $99 – $149
Fender Acoustasonic Player Telecaster
Fender has announced a relatively affordable hybrid guitar — an electric guitar that’s also capable of sounding like an acoustic guitar. The all-new Acoustasonic Player Telecaster features a streamlined design, with a 3-way audio selector rather than the five-way of the company’s other hybrid guitars, which is a big reason it’s nearly half the price. It is also aimed at more beginner guitarists.
It’s now available in four different colors: black, blonde, brown or white.
price: 1200 dollars
Denon AH-C830NCW and AH-C630W Wireless Headphones
Denon is a hi-fi audio company that manufactures all audio amplifiers for home theater systems, wireless subwoofers to first class amplifiers. And just as every audio manufacturer seems to be doing that today, it has finally made its way into the wireless earbuds market. The first two wireless earbuds, the AH-C830NCW ($159) and AH-C630W ($99), share a similar stem design to the AirPods, but they promise to bring high-end sound at an affordable price. The more expensive of the two new models adds slightly improved sound and active noise cancellation.
price: $99 – $159
Car Popsockets Popmount for MagSafe
Popsockets has announced a new MagSafe-compatible car mount that sticks to your car’s air vent and magnetically holds your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 (either horizontally or vertically) in place while you’re driving. The goal is that it is designed to work with the existing company PopGrip for MagSafe ($30) and solve the problem of having to take off your Popsockets grip every time you want to go somewhere in the car and use your iPhone for commuting.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo
Fujifilm’s latest instant film camera, the Instax Mini Evo, is different from the rest. It works like a digital camera. It has a digital sensor, a rear LCD screen and the ability to store up to 100 digital photos (thanks to a micro SD card slot) just like any other digital camera. Like the instant movie camera, you can choose the photos you want to print and add a filter. The camera has a 28mm f/2 lens, but before shooting, you can choose from 10 different lens effects to get a different shot.
Instax Mini Evo will be available in February 2022.
price: $ 200
McIntosh C12000 . preamplifier
McIntosh announces a great, ultra-high-quality subwoofer for the very committed audio enthusiast. The all-new C12000 features a unique dual-chassis design that uses two different modules, the C12000 Control Unit ($8000) and the C12000 Preamplifier Unit ($8000), to separate power controls and data ports from connections/circuits. The entire preamp is designed to be extremely versatile and customizable, with 12 different analog inputs including headphone jacks for private listening. As is typical with McIntosh components, the C12000 glows blue-green and is made mostly of stainless steel and brushed aluminium.
price: $16,000 (or $8,000 per unit)
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