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Elgato teases Project WAVE, the new best entry-level streaming mic?

Jak Connor | Jan 7, 2020 at 5:14 am CST

CES 2020 - Elgato has really shown their colors at this year's CES with the announcements of the 4K60 S+ and also the Key Light Air, but what about their mystery announcement?

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If you head on over to the Elgato website, you can find a teaser trailer for what is called 'Project WAVE'. Before clicking into the video, it says that this product is "the next big thing from Elgato" and that it's arriving this Spring. So what is it? If you watch the video, you might have noticed what I have provided in the above screenshot. I think this part, in particular, gives away what Elgato has planned for this Spring -- a new streamer microphone.

Why do I think it's a streamer microphone? Well, if you look at the screenshot, you will notice a turn knob that has multiple sources such as mic, game chat, music, and SFX. Judging by the video, this product will be able to jump between different audio sources and control them independently.

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Sennheiser has showcased some sleek, and affordable headphones at CES

Jak Connor | Jan 7, 2020 at 3:12 am CST

CES 2020 - During CES this year, Sennheiser has revealed two new wireless headphones that are surprisingly really affordable.

Sennheiser has showcased some sleek, and affordable headphones at CES | TweakTown.com

The two new headphones are the HD 350BT and the noise cancelling version the HD 450BT. Both models are Bluetooth 5.0 ready and offer 30 hours of pleasurable listening. When the battery gets low and you need to charge them up quickly, the USB-C fast charger will be your best-friend.

They also come with a dedicated voice assistant button. So how much are we looking at for Sennheisers new headphones? Surprisingly not that much. The 350BT comes in at $130 and the $220 for the 450BT. Sennheiser has said that they will begin shipping the 350BT in mid Janaury and plan to roll out the 450BT sometime in mid February.

JBL has revealed its $100 super colorful Apple AirPod competitor

Jak Connor | Jan 7, 2020 at 2:08 am CST

CES 2020 - JBL has unveiled their new earbuds which are directly aimed at Apple's AirPods, are they worth it though?

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JBL has revealed at this year's CES its new line of wireless earbuds that seem to be directly aimed at Apple AirPods. JBL has shown off the TUNE 220TWS in a variety of different colors, they have a sleek design and will last for about three hours on a charge. The charging case comes with an additional sixteen hours of battery, and the earbuds are priced at just $100.

JBL hasn't stopped there, though. The other new higher-end model is the LIVE 300TWS, which is quite a big step up in the features department when compared to the TUNE 220TWS. The 300TWS comes with a higher level of water resistance, JBL's TalkThru mode (lowers phone audio when people are talking to you, so you don't have to take out your earbuds), and AmbientAware which lets you hear sounds around you. The 300TWS model has about four hours of charge, and the case comes with fourteen hours of additional charge. The 300TWS is priced at $150.

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The JBL Bar 9.1 is a Dolby Atmos soundbar that has wireless speakers

Jak Connor | Jan 7, 2020 at 1:47 am CST

CES 2020 - JBL has just unveiled its first Dobly Atmos compatible soundbar, the fun doesn't stop there though, as it has detachable speakers.

The JBL Bar 9.1 is a Dolby Atmos soundbar that has wireless speakers | TweakTown.com

JBL has just introduced to the public its first Dobly Atmos-compatible soundbar dubbed the JBL Bar 9.1. The JBL Bar 9.1 comes with four Dolby Atmos drivers that vertically project sound to the roof and bounce the audio around the room, creating more immersion.

The soundbar also comes with two removable speakers that can be placed around the room at the users' leisure. These speakers are designed for any setup, the bar itself chargers the wireless speakers, and they will run for about 10 hours playback. The subwoofer seen above is 10-inches tall, and the entire system is 820 watts. For convenience purposes, JBL has also equipped the soundbar with built-in Chromecast, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth support. This spring, the JBL Bar 9.1 will be going on sale for $100.

JBL cannonballs into the gaming headset with 7 glorious headsets

Jak Connor | Jan 7, 2020 at 1:32 am CST

CES 2020 - JBL isn't just stepping into the gaming headset market, they are cannonballing with the new Quantum lineup announced at CES.

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JBL has just announced a new line of gaming headsets that are more than special. JBL will be offering consumers a massive price range to choose from, seven separate headsets that start at the $40 mark, and range all the way up to the flagship model priced at $300. JBL has also developed it's very own 7.1 virtualized surround sound and head tracking technology that is integrated into the $80 Quantum 300 and above models.

Are you wondering about wireless? Sure. JBL has wireless support with the $149 Quantum 600 and $199 Quantum 800. The highest-end model, Quantum One, comes equipped with the company's 360-degree sound technology that allows users to turn their heads and experience more realistic sound. Typically in a virtual surround sound headset, the speakers inside the headset track the ears and not users head. With JBL's 360-degree sound technology, users will be able to turn their heads and follow specific sounds.

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Royole reveals Alexa-enabled speaker with flexible OLED display at CES

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 6, 2020 at 11:30 pm CST

CES 2020 - The world of foldable displays is really just beginning, with CES 2020 seeing companies unleash flexible and foldable displays -- with Chinese company Royole unveiling its new Mirage.

Royole reveals Alexa-enabled speaker with flexible OLED display at CES | TweakTown.com

Mirage is a new Alexa-enabled smart speaker with Royole using an 8-inch wraparound flexible OLED display, offering up the speaker for $899. It has a flexible OLED display that wraps around the speaker, with a built-in 5-megapixel camera that Royole didn't detail what would be the function of. Maybe for video calls?

Royole will have its new Alexa-powered Mirage speaker with its flexible OLED display going up for sale later this year for $899. I don't know how many people would buy it specifically for a flexible OLED display, but hey -- it's a start.

Seven-year-old boy has been hospitalized after eating an Apple AirPod

Jak Connor | Jan 3, 2020 at 2:09 am CST

AirPods were no doubt a sought after Christmas present, but when purchasing the gift for your lucky friend or family member, I bet you weren't thinking that they were going to eat them.

Seven-year-old boy has been hospitalized after eating an Apple AirPod | TweakTown.com

Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to a family in DeKalb County, Georgia, where a seven-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after consuming one of Apple's AirPods that he received as a Christmas gift. According to reports, the grandmother of the child was watching the seven-year-old while his mother was off doing her day job.

She then noticed that the child was choking and immediately rushed him to the emergency room. After doctors examined the child with X-rays and confirmed that he did indeed swallow one of his AirPods, they decided to let the tiny headphone pass through his bowels naturally, rather than putting him through surgery. The seven-year-old is now scared of going anywhere near his iPod as he is afraid that it might sync up with the headphone while it's still inside him. Quite understandable.

JBL's new self-charging headphones have UNLIMITED battery life

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm CST

JBL has just announced an interesting and tech-fueled pair of wireless headphones in the new Reflect Eternal, a new pair of over-ear headphones that are being crowdfunded, offering "virtually unlimited" listening.

Inside, JBL is tapping Powerfoyle material from Exeger which is capable of sucking in energy from the sun, and indirect and indoor light. This means that if you're under a source of light, you will be receiving charge to your new JBL Reflect Eternal headphones -- while you'll have up to 68 hours of listening time with a fully-charged headset when you're in darkness.

You can also plug the headphones into power with JBL saying 15 minutes of charge time will give you up to two hours of playback time. The headphones feature 40mm drivers with 20Hz to 20kHz frequency, hands-free calling, ambient audio amplification, multi-device pairing, and a voice assistant. They can even get a little wet, with JBL packing in IPX4 rated water resistance.

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Pringles made a gaming headset... that feeds you chips

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 26, 2019 at 7:11 pm CST

I didn't think I'd ever be writing about a gaming headset that feeds you mid-game, but it's the end of the decade and Pringles is feeling peckish, and experimental with its strange-but-cool Pringles Headset Hunger Hammer.

Pringles went out and 3D printed a bunch of components, strapped them to a Razer gaming headset -- and voila, a self-feeding gaming headset is born. The headset packs a motorized arm on the side that has a Pringles chip dispensed onto it, slowly positioned to go in front of your mouth -- waiting for you to chomp it down.

The chip maker (and not that type of chip, but the edible kind) thought it would be clever to team up with some Twitch streamers for a Pringles promotional tie-in with Gears 5. The new Hunger Hammer isn't going to be some product that will debut, and more of a fun marketing stunt for Pringles -- so don't blame me if you can't find this headset online, but maybe Fry's Electronics might have some.

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Rumor: AirPods Pro will cost $260, debut in 2019 and come in 8 colors

Jak Connor | Oct 28, 2019 at 2:36 am CDT

Awhile ago rumors were circling around that Apple were planning on releasing a second variant of the popular AirPods, the AirPods Pro.

Rumor: AirPods Pro will cost $260, debut in 2019 and come in 8 colors | TweakTown.com

Obviously, if Apple was to release the AirPods Pro they would arrive with a more hefty price tag, but what about color options? A new report out of Economic News Daily claims that Apple is actually in the process of developing the AirPods Pro but not just in one color option, but eight.

These color options would coincide with the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max color themes. The report also talks about the rumored specs for the AirProds Pro, and according to the report the new version of the pods will come with noise cancellation. How much would these AirPods Pro cost and when would they release? Rumors say that they could cost $260 and that they would release before the holiday season arrives.