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Samsung Launches New Sound Tower and Soundbar Range

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Samsung has launched a new range of Sound Towers and Soundbars. The Sound Tower is designed to ensure powerful sound is seamlessly compatible with Samsung’s widescreen TVs and any social surroundings – with bi-directional and dominant sound replicating the scene of a vibrant nightclub with high power of 1500W. Thanks to this feature, music is the essence when it comes to epic parties, with the Sound Tower sure to leave everyone completely captivated in the moment.

Consumers can also upgrade the quality of any home interior or future social gathering with the Sound Tower’s stylish and innovative design, while the product’s built-in 10-inch woofer produces the most powerful, unprecedented bass beat that nobody has ever experienced before. What’s more, the Sound Tower is also accompanied by LED party lights and Bluetooth multi-connection, as well as group play and DJ effect functions. Available in three models – including the highly anticipated MX-T70 – the Sound Tower promises to provide a host of simultaneous benefits through these next-generation features and this latest innovation will ensure home entertainment and party lovers’ experience sound like never before.

Samsung’s soundbars and TV models elevate cinematic experiences, delivering stunning sound that tunes into users’ viewing environments by analyzing the dimensions of the space they’re in using SpaceFit Sound+. SpaceFit Sound+ combines SpaceFit Sound technology, which delivers optimized audio, and Auto EQ (auto equalizer) technology. Together, the SpaceFit Sound and Auto EQ solutions use embedded microphones to thoroughly survey the viewing space, and then feed that data to the soundbar to enable it to deliver a tailored sound experience.

But the collaboration between the Samsung TV and the soundbar does not stop there. Samsung’s innovative, proprietary Q-Symphony technology additionally combines and enhances the sound generated by the TV and soundbar to guarantee optimal sound quality. Normally, when you connect a soundbar to your TV, the sound is emitted only from the soundbar. What’s more, some technical issues involving out-of-sync sound and tone disparities between the two devices had been observed. Q-Symphony overcomes these issues by incorporating a stereoscopic sound effect that allows sound to play through the speakers of both the TV and soundbar, providing a richer and more realistic sound experience.

While Samsung TVs offer incredible sound from the tiniest of speakers, nothing rounds out the home theater experience like the addition of a Samsung soundbar, which can include exclusive – and previously mentioned – Q-Symphony tech, syncing audio from the Samsung TV to deliver enhanced 3-dimensional sound that ensures sound matches the visual. The soundbars even measure its environment to project audio precisely where it needs to be. In addition, the range boasts the industry’s first 11.1.4 channel sound, bringing you right into the center of the action with a deep, rich, and complete immersive experience.

Then there’s the Bass Boost and Tap Sound features. Bass Boost allows users to add “more boom” with a simple click. For those who play music from their mobile devices, Tap Sound makes it as simple as tapping a device to the soundbar, making it easy to take full control of the listening experience. The industry’s first 11.1.4 channel sound was mentioned above, and this is such a hot topic in the soundbar world that it deserves further elaboration.

With this feature, new soundbar models deliver a more advanced 11.1.4–channel set-up, providing a more vivid surround sound effect in action–packed scenes. By using only four speakers – a main soundbar speaker, a subwoofer, and two rear speakers –select soundbars produce a standard of high-quality sound that other premium AV receivers would need double the power and number of inputs to match, placing them at the forefront of attractiveness and effectiveness.

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Review: Sennheiser CX True Wireless Earbuds

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Sennheiser has entered into the affordable wireless earbuds category with the launch of the new CX True Wireless earbuds. This pair of wireless earbuds are part of the company’s CX range and are a bit similar-looking to the CX 400BT. However, one area where it differs is the fact that the company has equipped each bud with its own homemade TrueResponse transducer.

While the earbuds lack active noise canceling (ANC) feature, they do impress with the sheer quality of audio they offer. In terms of size, the earbuds do feel a bit bulky, but they are quite lightweight nevertheless. They also fit snuggly into the ears and do not slip out even during an intense head-banging session!

Sennheiser also offers a Smart Control App that lets you control, personalise, update and configure the Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds or any Sennheiser headphone, headset, or soundbar for that matter. Through the Smart Control App, you can also adjust the EQ to your liking. The earbuds support wireless connectivity through Bluetooth 5.2, along with aptX for lag-free connectivity with Android smartphones.

The charging case of the CX True Wireless is also very similar to those that accompany the CX 400BT. While the earbuds offer a battery life of up to 9 hours, you do get two additional full charges in the case, making it a total of 27 hours of battery life.

Once out of the box, you do need to perform a firmware update, which then provides you with a touch-sensitive interface on each of the earbuds to customise the commands. You can use it to control audio, answer calls or even launch your phone’s assistant.

The earbuds also come packed with dual microphones, which optimizes voice pick-up for calls and voice assistant access even when using just one earbud. Each earbud can also be used individually via a simple ‘role switching’ feature. Using the Smart Control app, you can allow the Sidetone feature to enable their own voice to be heard during calls.

The Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds are also IPX4 rated – so you don’t need to worry about sweat or splashes of water. During our tests at a consistent volume level of 70dB, the earbuds offered a total battery life of 8 hours and 27 minutes, before they needed a recharge.

Audio quality was fantastic – it offered very nice and deep bass, very natural-sounding mids, and very clear highs. The quality of audio on calls was also very impressive. The earbuds fit very comfortably into the ears and you really do get a very tight seal to eliminate outside noise to some extent.

While the CX True Wireless is available in both matte black and matte white for a price of AED 549, it does not accompany any bells and whistles such as ANC, wireless charging, and so on.

What it does however offer is a comfortable fit, excellent audio quality, and very good battery life. If you are looking for an excellent pair of wireless earbuds and do not really care about the bells and whistles, the Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds could very well turn out to be a great choice.

Price: AED 549

Sennheiser CX True Wireless Earbuds AED 549
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While the earbuds lack active noise canceling (ANC) feature, they do impress with the sheer quality of audio they offer. In terms of size, the earbuds do feel a bit bulky, but they are quite lightweight nevertheless. They also fit snuggly into the ears and do not slip out even during an intense head-banging session!

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C2G Now Offers a Complete Family of HDMI HDBaseT Extenders

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C2G has announced that the company is now offering a complete family of HDM  HDBaseT extenders for the delivery of uncompressed HDMI video and audio signals — in addition to VGA, IR, RS232, USB-C, USB 2.0, and analog audio — over a single network patch cable to displays in conference rooms, huddle rooms, classrooms, lecture halls, and more. “Our HDMI HDBaseT extenders are the perfect solutions for any commercial installation where AV signals need to be distributed — with USB and control signals alongside them — beyond the length limitations of standard HDMI cabling,” said Jennifer Crotinger, C2G Product Manager, C2G, a brand of Legrand. “For integrators, the devices embody the four pillars that set C2G apart from other solutions on the market: testing, quality, convenience, and confidence.”

The C2G family of HDMI HDBaseT extenders includes 16 transmitters, receivers, and transmitter/receiver kits with included power adapters. Leveraging the latest HDBaseT chipset technology, the devices support resolutions up to 4K at 60Hz (4:2:0) and extend single or dual HDMI sources up to 130 feet or 328 feet over a single Cat6a cable. To meet the needs of any commercial application, the family includes solutions with support for:

  • VGA resolutions up to 1920×1200 at 60Hz
  • Visual lossless compression (VLC)
  • USB-C pass-through
  • High-speed USB 2.0 pass-through for KVM control of devices such as USB cameras, keyboards, and mice
  • One-way and bi-directional IR and RS232 pass-through
  • Analog audio pass-through
  • Multichannel audio formats including PCM 2.0/5.1/7.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS:X
  • API command control through transmitter Micro USB ports or receiver RS232 ports
  • Automatic switching between input sources
  • CEC pass-through for central control of all HDMI-compatible devices

Transmitters are offered in box and wall plate form factors, with wall plate transmitters available in single- and dual-gang configurations. Receivers are available with built-in scaling, in addition to S/PDIF outputs for the de-embedding of connected audio devices for audio distribution. All devices are HDCP 2.2-compliant to ensure a secure connection between the source and display. For greater installation flexibility, Power over Cable (PoC) and Power over HDBaseT (PoH) support mean that only one power adapter is required at the transmitter or receiver to power both units.

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Belkin Expands its Audio Portfolio with SOUNDFORM in the Middle East

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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.

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