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Creative Launches a Wide Range of Audio Devices and Accessories

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Creative Technology has announced the launch of a wide range of new products that include the Aurvana ANC Headphones, Muvo 2 series of wireless speakers, Nuno series of wireless speakers, Roar series of wireless speakers, Outlier Sports series of earphones, and SB X series of gaming products.

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iRoar Rock

The new Creative Aurvana ANC is a high-performance headset designed for urban travelers. The headphone comes with a durable braided audio cable with inline microphone for music controls and phone calls. The Aurvana ANC utilizes specially designed built-in microphones embedded in both earcups to dynamically monitor the levels of external ambient noise entering the ear. The headphone then intelligently cancels out the external environmental noise so users enjoy only the desired audio coming from the headphone.

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iRoar Go

Creative also announced the Muvo 2 Series of splashproof/dustproof (IP66-rated) speakers and the more compact palm-sized Muvo 2c speakers. These speakers are designed to provide today’s smartphone and tablet users with a small but powerful Bluetooth speaker solution that they can take with them just about anywhere—the Muvo 2 series is waterproof and even dustproof. The Creative Muvo 2 and 2c also allows users to connect a second speaker wirelessly for an even wider sound stage.

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iRoar

Creative’s new Nuno Series of designer lifestyle portable Bluetooth speakers are made using a special fabric material. The series comprises of the compact Creative Nuno and the even more compact palm-sized Nuno Micro.

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Sound Blaster Katana

The company’s new iRoar Go features 2 high-performance amplifiers – one dedicated to driving lows and mids, another solely for delivering highs – they produce clear, spacious, well-balanced audio without compromising on the bass. As a result, the iRoar Go is able to deliver powerful room-filling audio that is not sweet-spot dependant. Users can even choose between placing the speaker horizontally for room-filling and balanced audio, or vertically for louder and more directed audio.

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Aurvana In-Ear2 Plus

The Creative iRoar Intelligent Portable Bluetooth Speaker System is a compact multipurpose iRoar that represents the next step in the evolution of portable speakers. It features good audio performance, expandability, intelligent audio processing, personalization and a collaborative open platform that allows for value-added third-party add-ons such as the iRoar Mic and the iRoar Rock Subwoofer. And, it is twice as powerful as the original Sound Blaster Roar and has a huge 20-hour battery life.

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Aurvana ANC

The Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro is a powerful compact Bluetooth Speaker made for audio entertainment and professional usage as a wireless personal PA system (public address system) when used with the optional wireless Creative iRoar Mic. The Sound Blaster Roar Pro is the first in the all new professional series of speakers by Creative and comes in exclusive Matte Black.

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Kratos

The Creative Outlier Sports is specially engineered and acoustically tuned to deliver clear detailed audio with powerful bass.  The high-performance sweatproof Bluetooth headphones personify the ideal headphone audio experience for the active lifestyle enthusiast who draws inspiration from music while free from wires.

The Creative SB Blaze Performance Gaming Headset is made for the serious gamer. It delivers an amazing level of power, precision and comfort for its price point. Fans of its predecessor, the Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset, will welcome the fact that the new headset meets the same design and audio standards, but is now available in an edgier military matte black finish.

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BlasterX H3

The company also announced new additions to its Sound BlasterX Gaming Series of devices. The new additions include the Sound BlasterX H7, which is a HD 7.1 Surround USB circumaural gaming headset. The new Sound BlasterX H5 is a analog circumaural gaming headset, while the Sound BlasterX H3 is a portable analog circumaural gaming headset. The Sound BlasterX P5 on the other hand is a in-ear gaming earphone, and the Sound BlasterX G5 is a 7.1 HD audio external sound card with built-in headphone amplifier. The company’s Sound BlasterX G1 is a thumb-sized USB sound card with true 7.1 HD surround sound.

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Sound Blaster Roar Pro

The Sound BlasterX Katana is, according to Creative, the world’s first Under-Monitor Audio System that comes with Creative’s most powerful multi-core audio DSP. This doubles as a high-end Sound Blaster sound card/DAC that projects 24-bit high-resolution audio for lossless, crystal-clear and impressive room-filling sound.

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Kratos

Its sophisticated tri-amplified design that powers 5-drivers comprises of 2 up-firing midbass drivers, 2 high-excursion tweeters, and a long-throw subwoofer, each individually powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier for precise audio reproduction at each part of the audio spectrum. Incorporating BlasterX Acoustic Engine and a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder, the Sound BlasterX Katana gives users immersive audio for games and movies. The sleek audio system, crafted with brushed aluminium, also features a programmable Aurora Reactive lighting system with 16.8 million colours.

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Outlier Sports

The Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 2.1 gaming speaker system features built-in Sound Blaster USB audio for up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution playback to reproduce highly detailed lossless audio and wooden enclosures for fuller, more natural sound than plastic based designs.

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MUVO 2c

Stay tuned for a review of all these devices!

The pricing of the new products: Creative Aurvana ANC at AED 499; Creative Muvo 2 at AED 269; Creative Muvo 2c at AED 189; Creative Nuno at AED 179; Creative Nuno Micro at AED 99;  Creative iRoar Go at AED 749; Creative iRoar at AED 1299; Creative iRoar Mic at AED 299; Creative iRoar Rock at AED 499; Sound Blaster Roar Pro at AED 899;  Creative Outlier Sports at $69.99; Creative SB Blaze at AED 149; Sound BlasterX H7 at AED 599; Sound BlasterX H5 at AED 489; Sound BlasterX H3 at AED 289; Sound BlasterX P5 at AED 289; Sound BlasterX G5 at AED 649; Sound BlasterX G1 at AED 189; Sound BlasterX Katana at AED 1199;  Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 at AED 499; Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 at AED 309.

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Shure Launches AONIC FREE True Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones

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Shure is unveiling the latest addition to its AONIC listening portfolio—AONIC FREE True Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones. Following up on the heels of the launch of AONIC 215 GEN 2, the AONIC FREE earphones introduce a new hook-free, pocketable design and unite it with the same unmatched studio-quality sound that artists, audiophiles, commuters, technophiles, and music lovers have relied on from Shure’s AONIC line. AONIC FREE boasts top-notch call performance in a sleek, lightweight, and compact design with long-lasting battery life, meaning these earphones are ready for an on-the-go lifestyle and the adventure that lies ahead.

Engineered from decades of experience supporting legendary performers, AONIC FREE provides clear, studio-quality sound with deep bass. This class-leading sound is powered by a premium amplifier and driver combination that was rigorously tested and tuned together—providing an unparalleled listening experience tailored to user preferences. In a world where personalization is expected, listeners can express their musical identity by customizing their audio experience with the ShurePlus Play app’s custom multi-band EQ and pre-sets.

Whether commuting to work or tuning out the drone of an airplane engine as you get ready to take off, exceptional Sound Isolation Technology is incorporated, blocking out most environmental noise. To hear immediate surroundings, Environmental Mode activates exterior microphones with just the press of a button—now users can hear traffic while traversing a busy city.

Notable key features and benefits include:

  • Sound Isolation TechnologyBased on in-ear monitors worn by musicians for hours at a time on stage, AONIC FREE’s combination of a foam sleeve and an ergonomically angled design comfortably block up to 37dB while providing a distortion-free, secure fit for use all day long. 
  • Long-Lasting Battery LifeWith 21 total hours of playback, your epic playlist has met its match. The earbuds provide seven hours of listening with two full additional charges from the pocket-friendly carrying case. A fast charge feature provides one hour of playback after only 15 minutes in the case. The case’s form factor was designed to transport easily, so users will never be without a charge.
  • Crystal Clear Phone CallsAONIC Free makes it easy to navigate calls no matter the circumstance. With strategically placed mics with beamforming Digital Sound Processing (DSP) that intelligently picks up just your voice, Autogain Control that reduces the volume of music while on a call, and noise suppression technology that blocks wind noise, your voice is heard – not the surrounding environment.  
  • Optimal UsabilityUsers have the freedom to customize volume, playback, and call control with a single press on either the left or right earbud. Button function can also be customized in the ShurePlus Play App.
  • Customizable EQWhen paired with the free ShurePlus PLAY App, listeners can personalize Environment Mode levels. Available for iOS and Android, the app is also a full-featured music player with EQ, supporting standard and hi-res music files. In addition to the feature controls, it lets users customize tone and voice prompts for important notifications, like power on/off, connection confirmation, and low battery.

AONIC FREE features Bluetooth 5 and supports multiple audio codecs, including aptX, AAC, and SBC. Shure’s True Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones, AONIC FREE, are now available in Graphite Grey. Purchase includes the earphones, a fit kit with Comply foam sleeves in S/M/L, pocketable charging case, and USB-C charging cable.

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Review: Logitech MX Keys Mini

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If you are a content creator, you know how important the right keyboard and mouse are. It can either make or break your entire workflow. Logitech is a brand that understands all of that and it kept that thought in mind when it set out to create a perfect keyboard for content creators.

Say “Hello!” to the Logitech MX Keys Mini. It’s the best wireless keyboard I have used in recent years. Featuring a minimalist design, the MX Keys Mini offers the best features of the standard-sized MX Keys, minus the Num pad. While the MX Keys Mini costs the same as the full-sized MX Keys keyboard, at $99.99, it also brings in lots of bells and whistles to make that investment worthwhile.

For starters, the MX Keys Mini includes a dedicated emoji key that offers relief to all the social media enthusiasts out there on the market. The emoji key also offers access to GIFs (powered by Tenor), Kaomojis, symbols, and the clipboard history. You also get a voice dictation key and a mic mute key that mutes on a system level.

In addition, there are a bunch of media control buttons such as play/pause, volume up and down, and mute. One of the features I really loved on this keyboard is its proximity sensors. These detect your hands and then illuminate the keyboard the moment your fingers approach the keys.

The backlit keys also automatically adjust to lighting conditions and turn off when you step away. Since the MX Keys Mini runs on built-in rechargeable batteries, this feature can increase the battery life of the keyboard. Charging the keyboard isn’t an issue – it uses a Type-C port to get charged.

According to Logitech, the MX Keys Mini stays powered up to 10 days on a full charge, or up to 5 months with the backlighting turned off. For this review, we used the MX Keys Mini for over two weeks and we still didn’t need a recharge. The keyboard also easily pairs wirelessly to up to three devices at a time via Bluetooth Low Energy.

The keyboard can also connect to PCs and Macs through the Logi Bolt USB receiver. This receiver, however, is not bundled with the keyboard and is to be purchased separately for a price of $14.99. The receiver can connect to up to 6 devices and offers a wireless range of 33 feet (10 meters).

Using the keyboard felt so good. The Perfect Stroke keys are very fluid and accurate and are very easy to hit. The overall build quality is very good, too. Logitech has used premium materials to build the keyboard and it shows. Even though the keyboard is small, it does have a heft to it and that itself is reassuring. The backlighting is also bright and the overall layout is very familiar.

For a price of $99.99, the Logitech MX Keys Mini isn’t a cheap keyboard. It also isn’t a keyboard for everyone. However, if you appreciate extra features on a keyboard that gell well with your overall workflow, you will like the MX Keys Mini. The Logitech MX Keys Mini thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

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Logitech MX Keys Mini $99.99
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For starters, the MX Keys Mini includes a dedicated emoji key that offers relief to all the social media enthusiasts out there on the market. The emoji key also offers access to GIFs (powered by Tenor), Kaomojis, symbols, and the clipboard history. You also get a voice dictation key and a mic mute key that mutes on a system level.

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Sony Launches the new XAV-AX3200 In-Car Entertainment System

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Sony has launched the new XAV-AX3200 in-car entertainment system. An array of smart features is embedded in the XAV-AX3200 for a better in-car connectivity experience – navigation, entertainment, and communication. The XAV-AX3200 further enhances in-car entertainment with the addition of an auxiliary A/V input that allows smooth connection with more audio-video sources, making every car ride even more enjoyable.

Key Features of the XAV-AX3200 Media Receiver

  • 9.5-inch display – Features lighter touch operation and improved visibility with an anti-glare touchscreen as well as space-saving installation with a single-DIN rear chassis
  • Auxiliary A/V Input – The rear connection terminal includes a 3.5mm audio and video input to hook up an external audio/video device such as a TV tuner, DVD player, game console, and more.
  • Apple CarPlay – Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with the car audio’s display and controls, enabling users to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimized for traffic, and more while the driver stays focused on the road. Supporting third-party navigation apps, Apple CarPlay provides even more choices to get to the destination.
  • Android Auto – Designed with safety and convenience in mind, Android Auto is a simpler way to use a smartphone with the car’s display. Drivers can stay connected, entertained, and informed while keeping their eyes on the road. Just press the voice control button on the AX3200.
  • WebLink Cast – WebLink is a lightweight app delivery platform designed especially for in-vehicle use. Using an Android or iOS device connection, it can mirror a smartphone screen right on the car audio display to offer reliable, responsive infotainment.
  • Rearview Camera with Adjustable Parking Guidelines – Use the connected rearview camera when shifting the vehicle’s transmission lever to the reverse position or simply tap the Rear Camera icon on the home screen.
  • Quick Wake Up –Drivers are ready to go right after turning on the ignition.
  • Sound Optimization – Digital Sound Processing (DSP) enables drivers to make adjustments while creating a sound field ideal for the inside of vehicles. The Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) creates an ambient sound as if there were speakers on the dashboard. The 10-band equalizer (EQ10) with 10 presets offers easy and effective frequency adjustment for various listening environments.
  • FLAC Audio File Compatible – Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) compresses without any loss in quality. It can playback FLAC files with up to 24-bit depth and sampling frequency at 48 kHz.
  • 3-Pre Out – For future expandability, the 3-pre out connectivity allows you to build a full acoustic system including a subwoofer, a mono amplifier, and 4-channel amplifier for even louder and powerful sound reproduction.

The XAV-AX3200 is now available across the Middle East and Africa region.

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