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JBL takes Quantum leap into NZ gaming audio market
The company has launched its range of gaming headsets and PC speakers in Aotearoa New Zealand as the headset market thrives.
Worldwide headphone market on track despite COVID-19
The worldwide headphones market is expected to experience strong growth in 2020, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.
Hands-on review: BackBeat FIT 6100 Wireless Sport
This is definitely a hot headset that accentuates your cool factor.
Hands-on review: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headphones
I’m estimating I have doubled my coolness factor by wearing them, because they have to be one of the best-looking headsets I’ve seen.
Panasonic brings back high-spec audio brand, Technics
The top-end audio range of headphones, speakers and turntables return to New Zealand.
Review: BlueAnt’s Pump Air 2, low-cost, true-wireless
The market for true-wireless headphones at a lower price-point is increasing. Are Aussie-owned BlueAnt’s Pump Air 2 what you’ve been looking for?
Hands-on review: OPPO ENCO Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
The tone and clarity is brilliant. I’m just waiting to see how they cope with Barry Gibb’s falsetto. The melody and lyrics are clear with rich tones. Oh no! I can feel my feet tapping and my arms want to disco! Help!
JBL releases new wireless headphones & home audio products
JBL has released a bunch of new home audio and wireless headphone goodies in New Zealand, which is probably good timing since the great Kiwi summer isn’t too far away now.
Hands-on review: The wireless headset with uncompromising sound quality
The machined aluminium construction promises durability, but not at the expense of comfort because this headset feels superlatively comfy, even after hours of use.
New, stylish microbuds from Aussie success story
Weighing four grams, BlueAnt’s Pump Air 2 are one of the world’s smallest and lightest true wireless microbuds.
The rise and rise of ‘hearables’, as told by IDC
Ear-worn devices captured 46.9% of the overall wearables market during the 2Q19, up from 24.8% a year ago.
Premium headphones driving revenue boom, says Futuresource
Thanks to the trend in premium brands, worldwide headphone revenue is growing four times faster than shipment numbers.
Bose revamps iconic QuietComfort headphones
The Bose 700s use the next-generation Bose noise cancellation for improved noise reduction and sophisticated electronic circuitry that eliminates the “hiss” regularly heard in other headphones.
Jabra’s environment-aware headphones hit Aotearoa
The headphones include SmartSound that automatically adjusts the sound and noise cancelling based on the user’s environment.
Hands-on review: TUF Gaming H7 Wireless headset
For those of us who wear glasses, it can be very hard to find a comfortable headset.
Hands-on review: House of Marley's Exodus headphones
House of Marley have always been conscious of the environment, and their new Exodus headphones are the perfect choice for eco-friendly music lovers.
Jabra’s new wireless work/play earbuds
The Evolve 65e earbuds come with a Jabra Link 370 USB Bluetooth adapter, enabling simultaneous connectivity to a PC and smartphone.
Sony launches headphones with 30-hour battery life
Sony’s EXTRA BASS series has a new family member that sports up to 30 hours battery life.
Sony to launch a slew of home entertainment goodies
Sony’s latest range of TVs, home entertainment and audio are all on show at this year’s CES Las Vegas.
Headphones market revenue still on the rise, says Futuresource
Thanks to the desire for advanced features like noise-cancelling and true wireless, the revenue in headphones has grown 26% in 3Q18.
UPDATED Review: Blue Mic’s Satellite headphones are good but...
Blue has responded to what I described as an “insidious issue” of quality control - Satellite headphones deliver on sound, aesthetic, and comfort.
Consumer audio market poised for rapid growth - Futuresource
Smart speakers are a big part of the growth although headphones are doing some heavy lifting with prices on the up due to richer features.
Hands-on review: Logitech G1 Pro Gaming Headphones and Mouse
For the serious gamer, this kit will have you happily spreading mayhem in glorious surround sound.
Review: Blue Mic's Lola and Ella headphones
Blue Microphones is working on branching out into the headphone market. A reviewer checks out two of the companies offerings.