Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pace, the latest wireless earbuds in the Jabra Sport lineup

Next we have another wireless sports headset from our friends over at Jabra and this time around, they have provided us with the Sport Pace. The Sport Pace, following the recent releases of the active lifestyle inspired lineup, which includes the Pulse and Coach, was designed to keep you on track. The Pace wireless ear buds provide in ear updates, workout tips, and motivational guidance for training through the Jabra Sports Life app. Unboxed and app installed, it is time to see how the Pace stands against it’s Jabra Sport siblings.
I didn’t know what to think of the supportive arms that go behind my ears, but after wearing a short time, it was hardly noticeable unless while wearing a hat. What is particularly enjoyed was how light they were, weighing in at less than an ounce, while still being capable of delivering six hour of playback and the ability to take a hit. They take a few hours to fully charge but like a lot of new electronic devices being released, the Sport Pace offers a rapid charge ability, which allows an hour’s worth of music and monitoring in only 15 minutes of charge.
In terms of sound quality, Pace performs much a lot like the Pulse or Coach, with bass heavy delivery paired with clarity that didn’t disappoint regardless to genre or volume. The accompanying app, which delivers the feature that sets Pace apart from other wireless headphones was easy to use and was pretty convenient and delivered with just a touch of a button. Along with tracking my workout history, the Sport Life App also integrates with other sports applications preventing having to prioritize between apps.

After my time spent with Jabra’s Sport Pace, there is a lot of bang for your buck in this featherweight package. Being so light that they were hardly there to the lightning fast charge to get me through a workout when I forgot to recharge, I was hard pressed to come up with any downside, outside of not providing a travel case or enough playback time to tune out noisy neighbors on long trips. The Jabra Sport Pace is available now in three reflective colors for the price of $99.99.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Phantom Pain - $39.99 on Amazon TODAY ONLY

Get it while it's hot...literally.  I wouldn't expect a price like this again until maybe Black Friday in a few weeks.  Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is only $39.99 on Amazon today only get it here, here or even HERE!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Turcom unveils their new rugged portable speaker, the Titan

We are at it again with another Bluetooth speaker review and this time around we have a smaller, more portable audio device with Turcom’s TS-455 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. This little speaker come equipped with two speakers packing 5 watts of power each and wrapped in and smooth looking Aluminum casing. Along with the sleek design, this speaker is not built to be babied as it is rated at IPX5 standards so it water resistant to boot. In terms of the other technical internal specs, we have a Bluetooth 4.0 chip and 1800 mAh battery to allow 12 hours of playback between charges. Sounds good on paper, so lets see how it performs out of the box. 
For starters, this little speaker looks smooth and aluminum shell is a great complement to the MacBook while being slim enough to fit in my laptop bag without excessive bulk. The battery life is also surprising as most of the compact, or even the larger speakers I have reviewed, do not come with lengthy 12 hours standby. What good is the long battery life if you are like myself and forget to turn off before stowing away, well Turcom thought of this as well by including an auto-sleep function. In terms of the sound, it was not great, but it was not bad either as it was just enough to fill a room with clear sound with good highs but the mid and low range were nothing to write home about. 

Is this a bad thing, not at all when you see how slim and compact the durable aluminum wrapped speaker is. The internals and features are also some of the speaker’s stand out features over other portable wireless speakers in it’s class. The incorporation of the Bluetooth 4.0 chip allows this speaker to sync up with any Bluetooth compatible device such as computer, tablet, or phone. Now for the price tag, Turcom has the speaker priced at $55.99 which is a fitting price for it, but at the time of this review, the speaker was marked down to $37.99, which is great price point for this little beast. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Emotiva provides us with their new Bluetooth Speakers, the Airmotiv 3B

From personal audio and onto room filling sound, we move onto a pair of palm sized Bluetooth stereo speakers. Emotiva has provided me with the Airmotiv 3B, a pair of 2 way speakers measuring in at only 4 inches by 5 inches that have thirty watts of power going to each channel. These powered speakers provide real two way sound, by way of 3/4-inch tweeter and 3 inch woofer, while the enclosure comes with a tuned port design. I threw my pair up on my desktop, but they would fit in equally well on a nightstand or shelf, so it is time to see how they perform. 
My first thought after removing from the large box, was that of apprehension due to the small stature. However, once linked and streaming I was more than pleasantly surprised as there was so much sound, easily filling just about every room in my house. I was able to crank these speakers all the way up without distortion, although I would not suggest it as they get louder than most would think. On top of being loud, the Airmotiv 3B’s are clear with most music genres, I did notice that bass heavy hip hop gave these compact speakers a run for their money trying to hit the lower ranges of bass sometimes sounding a bit flat. But most importantly, a high bit rate playback provides a great listening experience, which is rarely found in Bluetooth speakers, especially those similar in size. 
With a number of HiFi Bluetooth speaker reviews under my belt, and I have come to the conclusion that speakers that come wrapped in fabric, never disappoint. If I could change anything, it would be the ability to add a subwoofer to get some more depth in the mix. Aside from the lack of depth, the clarity and the small footprint greatly overshadow the small complaint as they can fill a room with sound and were up to the beating, regardless of the playlist. Emotiva's Airmotiv 3B Bluetooth speakers are available now for $199.