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Jabra Launches Two Premium True Wireless Earbuds

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Jabr has launched two new premium earbuds in its Elite true wireless earbuds range. The Jabra Elite 8 Active, tested to be the world’s toughest earbuds, and the Elite 10, Jabra’s most advanced earbuds for work and life with clear calls, all-day comfort and optimised to deliver a more immersive Dolby Atmos experience through Dolby Head Tracking.                                            

Jabra’s new addition to its active range, the Elite 8 Active, will set a new standard for durability and fit. Built for much more than running or sports, they are designed to be durable enough for users regardless of what they choose to do and wherever life takes them. The Elite 8 Active buds pass all the required tests for the US Military Standard for Ruggedized Electronics (810H).

That is everything from humidity and high temperature to rain and altitude. They are completely watertight when submerged up to 1.5m. – they are IP68 rated, meaning that they are fully dust and waterproof, whilst the charging case is IP54 rated to be dust and splashproof. In addition, we put Elite 8 Active through its paces with Highly Accelerated Corrosion Testing (HACT). This requires the earbuds to pass 11 full cycles of testing, including enduring 2 hours in 40°C temperatures with 93% humidity, going through a 15-minute splash test in salt water, and surviving a 15-minute 40°C heat drying test, to successfully prove their anti-corrosion credentials. All of this whilst staying secure in the ear with the improved grip provided by Jabra ShakeGrip technology.

While Jabra Elite 8 Active earbuds are proud to be tough, they have not sacrificed their sound, or aesthetic. They are made to fuel workouts with incredible sound thanks to Dolby Audio, which delivers lifelike, clear sound for a longer and more comfortable listening experience. The Adaptive Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) automatically optimizes the ANC performance to the environment you’re in. Wind Neutralizing HearThrough technology also muffles any wind interference without blocking out traffic, ensuring safety without compromising on steady sound.

With 6-mic call technology and wind noise protecting mesh, stable smartwatch connectivity, Google Assistant, Fast Pair, Swift Pair and Spotify Tap, and battery life for up to 8 hours (32hours with a case), these earbuds are just as good for working as for working out. Jabra’s new top-of-the-line Elite 10 earbuds promise the best combination of comfort, sound and calls anywhere, for both work and life. These true wireless earbuds, which are optimized for enjoying content in Dolby Atmos, are truly immersive and Jabra’s first earbuds to support Dolby Head Tracking.

Dolby Head Tracking engages listeners in a whole new way by keeping them in the centre of the soundstage as they move their heads, enabling a more natural sound experience for all your favourite entertainment, including both Dolby Atmos and stereo content. And when available, the combination of Dolby Head Tracking together with Dolby Atmos content further elevates the sound with incredible detail and clarity for the ultimate Dolby Atmos listening experience.

Elite 10 also eliminates surrounding noise with Jabra Advanced Active Noise CancellationTM. The ultra-powerful ANC auto-adjusts for what’s around you. This is achieved by infrasonic waves that measure the ear canal and algorithms which detect noise leakage and wind conditions. As a result, the earbuds will automatically switch to the highest ANC gain in noisier environments and reduce the gain in quiet places.

Designed with learnings from Elite 7 Pro for fit and Elite 85t for all-day wearing comfort, the Elite 10 is the first in Jabra’s true wireless earbuds range to offer Jabra ComfortFit technology for the most natural, airy fit and less occlusion, due to its semi-open design that relieves ear pressure, allowing users to walk and talk in comfort. Every surface the ear touches is made of soft silicon for a snug fit, meaning less wearing fatigue for all-day use. These earbuds are also designed to cater for more ear shapes and sizes than ever before.

The Elite 10 is complete with 6-mic call technology for crystal-clear calls, a 6-hour battery (27 hours with case), a pocket-friendly cradle optimised for wireless charging, Bluetooth Multipoint connection, hands-free voice assistance and easy pairing.  

Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra, said, “Jabra has been successful by identifying user needs and then applying our unique audio engineering capabilities to meet those needs. For Elite 10, we focused on comfort, calls and music performance to meet the need for all-day use from music to meetings. For Elite 8 Active, we meet the need for users to be confident to use their earbuds, wherever they are, from work to work-out”

Javier Foncillas, VP of Commercial Partnerships & Global Sales at Dolby Laboratories said, “Dolby innovations have redefined how entertainment is created and experienced for consumers across the world. We share Jabra’s passion and ambition for quality, and the combination of the new hero Elite range together with Dolby’s latest audio innovations like Dolby Head Tracking and Dolby Audio are a perfect match.”

Elite 8 Active is available for AED 699/SAR 749, in caramel, navy, black and dark grey, while the Elite 10 is available for AED 849/SAR 899, in cream, cocoa, titanium black, gloss black, and matte black.

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Soundpeats Air4 Pro Wireless Earbuds Review: A Strong Contender in the Budget ANC Market

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The Soundpeats Air4 Pro earbuds have carved a niche in the wireless earbud market, offering hybrid active noise cancellation (ANC) and a feature set that rivals premium brands at a significantly lower price point. But are they too good to be true? Let’s find out!

Design and Comfort
The Air4 Pro comes in a sleek charging case with a brushed metal finish that feels surprisingly premium for the price. The earbuds themselves have a familiar in-ear design with silicone ear tips. They fit snugly in the ears and provide a secure feel – inside the package, you also get two pairs of extra silicone ear tips which can be used to get a perfect fit.

The touch controls on the earbuds are responsive and customisable. You can control playback, volume, ANC, and even activate your virtual assistant with simple taps and holds. The controls offer a good amount of functionality and are quite convenient to use.

Sound Quality
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro boasts 13mm dynamic drivers, which deliver a surprisingly good audio experience for the price. The bass is the star of the show, offering a rich and punchy sound that’s perfect for bass-heavy genres like electronic music and hip-hop. However, the bass doesn’t overpower the mids and trebles. Vocals remain clear, and instruments retain their detail, creating a well-balanced soundscape.

The Air4 Pro also features an EQ (equalizer) app, allowing you to customise the sound profile to your preference. You can choose from presets or create your own custom EQ settings, giving you more control over your listening experience.

Noise Cancellation
The ANC on the Air4 Pro is a definite highlight for budget-conscious buyers. It effectively cuts down on low-frequency noise such as airplane hum and traffic rumble. During our tests, the ANC did a decent job of creating a more peaceful listening environment.

The Air4 Pro also offers a transparency mode, which allows you to hear your surroundings without having to remove the earbuds. This helps stay aware of your environment or carry on conversations without taking your earbuds out.

Call Quality
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro uses six microphones with built-in AptX Voice technology for clear call quality. By supporting a high 32kHz sampling rate and maintaining a wide 16kHz frequency response, these earbuds capture the subtleties of your voice, ensuring your voice is transmitted clearly during phone calls and video conferences.

Battery Life
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro offers a decent battery life, with the earbuds lasting up to 5 hours on a single charge with ANC turned on. The charging case provides an additional 2 recharge cycles, bringing the total listening time to around 15 hours. This is sufficient for most users to get through a workday or a long commute. The case itself charges via USB-C, which is a welcome touch.

App Functionality
As mentioned earlier, the Soundpeats app allows you to access the EQ settings and customise the sound profile of the Air4 Pro earbuds. The app also displays the battery level of both the earbuds and the charging case.

Verdict
The Soundpeats Air4 Pro is a great option for budget-minded listeners who prioritise good sound quality, especially those who enjoy bass-heavy genres. The ANC is a valuable addition at this price point, offering a more immersive listening experience. The secure fit and long battery life make them suitable for everyday use, commuting, and workouts.

Price: AED 239

Soundpeats Air4 Pro Wireless Earbuds AED 239
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3.5

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The Soundpeats Air4 Pro boasts 13mm dynamic drivers, which deliver a surprisingly good audio experience for the price. The bass is the star of the show, offering a rich and punchy sound that’s perfect for bass-heavy genres like electronic music and hip-hop.

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Sennheiser Launches the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 in the Middle East

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Sennheiser has launched the new MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 in the Middle East. This latest generation flagship earbuds from Sennheiser are equipped with impressive and useful technological advancements. At the heart of MOMENTUM True Wireless 4’s appeal is its ability to provide an unmatched fusion of superior sound quality, innovative features, and personalized comfort. It is by the trifecta of the latest Snapdragon Sound Technology with Qualcomm aptX Lossless Technology, Auracast and ultra-low-latency mode, this portable powerhouse series offers uncompromised sound to the high-performance audio enthusiast. These earbuds also ensure top-tier performance and compatibility with the next generation of wireless technology i.e. Bluetooth 5.4 connectivity.

Heston Saldanha, General Manager, Sonova Consumer Hearing (Sennheiser ME), said, “The introduction of the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 in the UAE market is a proud moment for us at Sennheiser. These earbuds go beyond delivering excellent sound. They embody our commitment to providing users with a comprehensive audio experience. With its perfect blend of personalized comfort and cutting-edge features, we are confident that these earbuds will be able to deliver premium sound experiences.”

Building on the Qualcomm S5 Sound Gen 2 platform, the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 supports both aptX Lossless and aptX Adaptive Audio. Additionally, upcoming firmware updates will introduce Bluetooth LE Audio with LC3 and AURACAST capabilities. These features promise a future-proof listening experience, offering premium sound quality without compromising on latency, making the MTW4 ideal for watching videos, gaming, and communicating on devices where low latency is crucial.

MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 brings Qualcomm RF Front End (RFFE) technology with Sennheiser’s signature TrueResponse transducer technology. Its improved antenna design results in greater RF sensitivity, an improved signal-to-noise ratio, and dynamic role switching for faster connections and better on-the-go signal continuity. Such advancements ensure a seamless and natural user experience, surpassing previous generations of MOMENTUM True Wireless earbuds.

Battery life is another area where the MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 shines, offering up to 7.5 hours of continuous use, extendable to 30 hours with the charging case. The inclusion of quick charging capabilities allows for up to 1 hour of additional playback with just 8 minutes of charging. The USB-C charging case and integrated Qi wireless charging option add convenience while the new battery protection mode optimizes charging cycles to upgrade the earbuds’ long-term battery performance.

Sennheiser has also focused on enhancing the acoustical experience. An array of six microphones improves voice pickup and the effectiveness of the Adaptive Noise Cancelling system, adapting swiftly and efficiently to environmental noise. The adaptive equalizer ensures consistent sound quality across various content types, while features like Sound Personalization, Sound Zone, and Sound Check are seamlessly integrated into the new hardware via the Smart Control App.

The newly designed ear tip and nozzle offer better protection from earwax, ensuring that users can fully immerse themselves in the evolved tuning. The MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 comes with a comprehensive fit kit, allowing users to find the perfect combination of comfort and stability, further enhanced by a fit test within the Smart Control app to ensure optimal bass response and noise-cancelling performance.

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 will be available in 3 colours – Black Graphite, White Silver, and Black Copper. This sophisticated sound solution offers a host of progressive features with a timeless design, encapsulating Sennheiser’s unwavering commitment to quality. Its launch unlocks a mesmerising new world of sound for audio enthusiasts, promising experiences that are deeply immersive.

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ASUS ROG Cetra True Wireless Speednova Review: A Great Choice for Mobile Gamers

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The ASUS ROG Cetra True Wireless Speednova aims to be the ultimate weapon for mobile gamers. With a feature set boasting ultra-low latency wireless, high-fidelity audio, and active noise cancellation (ANC), it promises an immersive and uninterrupted experience. But does it live up to the hype?

Unboxing and First Impressions
The Speednova arrives in a sleek, ROG-branded box. Inside, you’ll find the charging case, earbuds, multiple ear tips for a secure fit, a USB-C cable, a USB-C to USB-A adapter, and a 2.4 GHz wireless dongle.

The case itself is compact and lightweight, featuring a subtle RGB lighting strip that adds a touch of gamer flair. The earbuds are comfortable and have a secure, in-ear design. Build quality feels excellent, with a mix of matte and glossy plastics.

Features
The Speednova boasts two key features for competitive gamers: ROG SpeedNova low-latency wireless technology and Bluetooth 5.2. The included dongle provides a rock-solid connection with minimal audio delay, perfect for Twitch-based games where timing is crucial. Bluetooth offers a convenient option for everyday use, and the multipoint functionality lets you connect to two devices simultaneously.

For audiophiles, the Speednova offers high-resolution 24-bit 96 kHz audio support, ensuring crisp and detailed sound. The Dirac Opteo sound enhancement further refines the experience, offering customisable profiles for gaming, movies, and music. The Bass Boost mode adds some much-needed thump for explosion-heavy games.

The ANC on the Speednova is surprisingly effective for in-ears, blocking out a good amount of ambient noise. It comes with an “Auto” mode that automatically adjusts noise cancellation based on your environment. This is handy, but we found manually switching between ANC modes yielded better results in different scenarios.

Another highlight is the Bone Conduction AI microphone. This innovative tech uses bone vibrations in your jaw to enhance voice clarity, resulting in crystal-clear communication during in-game chats or calls. This is a significant improvement over traditional microphones that can struggle with background noise.

Battery Life and Usability
The Speednova boasts a lengthy battery life, with ASUS claiming up to 46 hours of combined use with the charging case. In our testing, we achieved around 5-6 hours per charge on the earbuds themselves, with the case providing multiple top-ups. This is impressive for wireless earbuds, especially considering ANC usage.

The touch controls on the earbuds are responsive and customisable through the Armoury Crate software. They offer basic functions such as play/pause, volume control, and skipping tracks.

Gaming Performance
The Speednova shines when it comes to mobile gaming. The combination of low-latency wireless, clear audio, and comfortable design makes for extended gaming sessions without fatigue. Footsteps and in-game cues are reproduced accurately, giving you a competitive edge. The microphone ensures your teammates can hear you loud and clear, even in noisy environments.

Music and Entertainment
While the Speednova prioritises gaming, it also holds its own for music and entertainment. The customisable audio profiles allow you to tailor the sound to your preference. The strong bass response is enjoyable for action movies and certain music genres.

Call Quality
The Bone Conduction AI microphone makes the Speednova a great choice for calls. During our tests, voice came through crisp and clear, even in moderately noisy environments. This makes the Speednova a good option for gamers who frequently use voice chat or for those who take a lot of calls on the go.

Verdict
The ASUS ROG Cetra True Wireless Speednova is a compelling option for mobile gamers seeking a feature-rich, low-latency wireless experience. The combination of excellent audio quality, effective ANC, and comfortable design makes it a strong contender in the crowded wireless earbud market. The ASUS ROG Cetra True Wireless Speednova comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 950 approx.

ASUS ROG Cetra True Wireless Speednova AED 950 approx.
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4

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For audiophiles, the Speednova offers high-resolution 24-bit 96 kHz audio support, ensuring crisp and detailed sound. The Dirac Opteo sound enhancement further refines the experience, offering customisable profiles for gaming, movies, and music. The Bass Boost mode adds some much-needed thump for explosion-heavy games.

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