Sennheiser is a brand that is known for quality audio products for many years now. The company offers a wide range of audio accessories – right from entry-level and mid-range to professional gear for recording studios and so on. And one of the new products the company has launched onto the regional market is the MKE 200 Directional Microphone, which is aimed at content creators.
The MKE 200 is a microphone intended for use with smartphones, DSLR cameras, and mirrorless cameras. Measuring 2.70-by-2.4-by-1.5 inches (HWD) and weighing just 43-gms, the MKE 200 is quite lightweight. The microphone, clad in all-black, also comes with a built-in cold shoe mount that allows you to quickly attach it to DSLRs or smartphone rigs if you happen to have one.
The build quality of the device is top-notch – the cylindrical enclosure you see is made of metal and the device’s condenser capsule delivers a frequency ranging from 40Hz to 20kHz. In order to use the Sennheiser MKE 200, you do not require batteries – it’s just a plug and record solution.
Inside the box, you get the MKE 200, a furry windshield (a faux-fur deadcat), two 3.5mm coiled cables (one of them labeled smartphone), and a pouch to put everything in. The microphone itself does not have any controls or buttons on it. So you will need to tweak the audio settings on your smartphone or camera before you start using the MKE 200 with your device of choice to get an optimum recording level.
The MKE 200 comes with a concealed shock mount, which keeps the camera setup feeling nice and solid rather than rattly. The built-in plastic windscreen also proves to be beneficial. Thus, the MKE 200 handles wind quite well on its own without needing to step up to the included faux-fur deadcat.
For reviewing the MKE 200, we set it up with a Samsung Note 20 to simulate an unboxing session. What we ended up with was a crisp and clear sound. For an interview setting test, I used a Nikon D5300 DSLR camera. We shot the interview subject in a quiet room from about four feet. Then, we moved back about seven feet for a wider shot. In both the setups, the MKE 200 delivered a crisp detailed sound that a brand such as Sennheiser is known for.
Next, we did a shooting session outdoors with the wind blowing. Once finished, we assessed the audio footage and came away impressed. There was no wind noise at all. For a price of AED 399, the Sennheiser MKE 200 does a really good job of capturing high-quality audio that pairs well with your video footage. If you are on the lookout for a quality vlogging microphone that does not burn a hole in your pocket, we highly recommend the Sennheiser MKE 200.
Price: AED 399
Sennheiser MKE 200 Directional Microphone AED 399
For reviewing the MKE 200, we set it up with a Samsung Note 20 to simulate an unboxing session. What we ended up with was a crisp and clear sound. For an interview setting test, I used a Nikon D5300 DSLR camera.
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Belkin Expands its Audio Portfolio with SOUNDFORM in the Middle East
Belkin is expanding its SOUNDFORM Audio portfolio in the Middle East to include unique products with different purposes. The expanded lineup caters to customers’ different needs and lifestyles, from video conferencing to health and fitness requirements. The SOUNDFORM Audio range harnesses Belkin’s expertise in sound developed through years of robust in-house research and development efforts. Guided by the “Sound Connects Us” vision, Belkin designs affordable but powerful audio solutions with people in mind. The earbuds and speakers incorporate the proprietary Belkin Signature Sound with custom drivers that deliver powerful bass and minimal distortion.
Industry-leading battery life is also an essential feature of the earbud range, along with new technology integrations such as Apple’s Find My app. The SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds deliver superior sound and all-day battery life. They come with dual microphones and advanced environmental noise cancellation (ENC). You can even keep track of your charging case privately and securely using the Apple Find My app. They are available in the UAE for AED 399 and in KSA for SAR 399.
The SOUNDFORM Rise True Wireless Earbuds deliver all-day battery life and high-quality sound in a compact and stylish form factor. They also come with dual microphones and advanced environmental noise cancellation (ENC) and are available in black, white, and blue. They are available in the UAE for AED 299 and in KSA for SAR 299.
The SOUNDFORM Move (and Move Plus) True Wireless Earbuds have seamless Bluetooth pairing and controls, all-day comfort with a sealed in-ear fit, and up to five hours of playtime per charge, plus another 19 hours of charge in the case. Targeted at fitness enthusiasts, they come with an IPX5 rating, meaning they’re workout and weather-resistant, and one microphone in each bud allows for flexible single-ear use. They are available in the UAE for AED 199 and in KSA for SAR 199.
The SOUNDFORM™ True Wireless Earbuds mark Belkin’s first iteration of truly wireless earbuds. These earphones deliver immersive sound with deep bass and compact charging case for ultimate convenience. Advanced touch controls give a device-free experience while they are IPX5-rated for splash and sweat resistance. They are available in the UAE for AED 199 and in KSA for SAR 199.
All products are available to purchase online and at key local retailers.
Review: Huawei FreeBuds 4
Huawei’s new FreeBuds 4 offers a boatload of features at a very attractive price point. These are a pair of True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Bluetooth earbuds that offer an open-fit active noise cancellation (ANC) 2.0 technology. The earbuds are also built to offer studio-quality sound, while also being comfortable to be worn for an extended period of time. The FreeBuds 4 is also compatible with Android and iOS – all you need to do is download the Huawei AI Life app to adjust settings or perform various controls such as wear detection, quick control, status query, noise cancelation, and device management.
In terms of design, Huawei has further refined the overall construction of the earbuds, making them thinner and lighter than those seen on the FreeBuds 4i. Colour options include Ceramic White and Silver Frost. We got the latter variant for this review. Having said that, the earbuds are very comfortable to wear. Usually, my ears feel sore if the earbuds do not come with a silicon tip. However, having worn the FreeBuds 4 for an extended period of time, I am glad to say, I did not encounter any soreness.
In addition, the earbuds also did not pop out of the ears when doing sudden movements or being active. So, they would also meet your needs if you are into activities such as outdoor runs and workouts. The moment you flip open the charging case, the earbuds get into pairing mode, pairing instantly if you own a Huawei phone.
For other smartphones, you just go through the normal Bluetooth pairing procedure. In any case, the charging case also includes a small button, which when pressed, activates the Bluetooth pairing mode.
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 uses a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) composite diaphragm that supports a frequency range of up to 40 kHz to deliver high resolution sound. The earbuds also accompany 14.3mm dynamic drivers that help to boost the overall audio performance. The FreeBuds 4 also feature Adaptive Ear Matching (AEM) technology. This means it automatically detects your ear’s shape and wearing condition, to optimise the overall audio performance.
The FreeBuds 4 also comes packed with the dual-microphone hybrid denoising technology, which helps to improve noise cancelation. These microphones can accurately pick up ambient noise, while also avoiding wind noise interference. This means the earbuds can cancel out up to 25 dB of noise when noise cancellation mode is turned on.
And if you want to use the FreeBuds 4 during your gaming sessions, you won’t be disappointed with the overall performance. The earbuds offer a Low Latency Mode, which uses a new game audio coding that can achieve a delay of 150ms in-game and can go as low as 90ms when the shooting action and sound are in sync. The earbuds also feature intuitive controls for playback and calls.
Tap twice on the stem of the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 to answer/reject a call, play/pause music, play previous/next song, and enable voice assistant. You can also swipe up and down the stem of the earbuds to control the volume.
A long press will enable or disable noise cancelation. In addition, if you remove one of the earbuds from your ears, the music will automatically pause and it will resume the moment you put the earbud back into your ear.
The earbuds did an incredible job when it came to audio quality. The highs, mids, and lows are very crystal clear. The bass performance was also on point. I was also impressed by the active noise cancellation on the earbuds – they did a very good job of keeping the outside noise isolated.
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 also performs really well in phone calls. The call quality was good and the person on the other side of the call was able to hear me clearly, too.
In terms of battery life, we clocked around 4 hours’ worth before the earbuds needed to recharge. The charging case offers four full charges before you need to connect it to a charger via the USB-C port.
For a price of AED 569, you get a really good pair of true wireless stereo Bluetooth earbuds that offer some premium features such as ANC, Low Latency Mode for gaming, and intuitive touch controls. The Huawei FreeBuds 4 is a pair of premium open-fit earbuds that offer impressive sound and very good ANC performance.
Price: AED 569
Photography by Ranbir Sen
Huawei FreeBuds 4 AED 569
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 uses a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) composite diaphragm that supports a frequency range of up to 40 kHz to deliver high-resolution sound. The earbuds also accompany 14.3mm dynamic drivers that help to boost the overall audio performance. The FreeBuds 4 also feature Adaptive Ear Matching (AEM) technology. This means it automatically detects your ear’s shape and wearing condition, to optimise the overall audio performance.
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Video: Sony Launches the new WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds in the UAE
Sony Middle East & Africa announced that the long-awaited addition of truly wireless noise-cancelling earbuds in the award-winning 1000X series – WF-1000XM4 – is now available in the UAE in Black and Silver for AED 1,199.
Providing industry-leading noise cancellation, the WF-1000XM4 is powered by the newly designed Integrated Processor V1.
Improved noise-cancelling performance and Bluetooth ‘System on Chip’ technology delivers the industry’s highest level of noise-cancelling yet uses less power than its predecessor.
Made to fit every ear, the new WF-1000XM4 offers a personalised experience that adjusts to every situation.
It now supports High-Resolution Audio Wireless, thanks to LDAC, Sony’s industry-adopted audio coding technology for exceptional sound quality.
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