“To hear a full frequency of a recording, you don’t even have to turn it up loud!”
-Kool Kojak, multi-platinum songwriter who produced Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Katy Perry
Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with the team at Munitio, a precision sound brand specializing in lifestyle electronic accessories. Pronounced “Muni-she-yo,” as in the Latin word for fortification and defense, Munitio audio gear embodies strength, authenticity, and style. Before this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, I must admit, I wasn’t familiar with this small San Diego-based company. Now that I am, I am excited to tell you more about it and share my review of one of its flagship products, the new SV earphones.
The Munitio SV earphones are one of the most balanced pairs of earphones I’ve had the pleasure of trying out. To say I was very impressed with their exquisite, crystalline sound delivery would be an understatement. Listening to music through the SVs was a surreal experience. The complexity and clearly delineated layers of acoustics the SVs pumped out would impress even the most discerning audiophile.
The SVs captured my attention on so many levels. On the one hand, it was easy to get lost in the pristine sound quality of whatever I happened to be listening to; On the other hand, I found myself in auditory awe at all of the details and nuances I was able to hear using these precision earphones. In some instances, songs I’m very familiar with felt like I had never heard songs, which in actuality, I was very familiar with.
“More consumers are realizing it’s better to have headphones that sound good based on personal listening tastes, rather than just buying what everyone else has,” said MUNITIO co-founder Danny Massaro. “Appearance is obviously important too, so we’ve created headphones with unique style and sound identities that appeal to certain lifestyles and listening preferences and allow people to hear their music like never before.”
Their latest addition to an already stellar line up continues in the tradition of excellence! Regarding the SVs, MUNITIO co-founder, Danny Massaro had this to say, “Acoustically, each MUNITIO product is designed with its own unique sound identity that appeals to an individual’s personal listening preference. For instance, the SV is defined by an ultra-smooth frequency response curve through the mids and highs, exceptional vocal clarity and fast, accurate crossover transitions between instrumentals. Stylistically, MUNITIO products take their cues from a variety of different sources, but always with studio-grade performance, rugged industrial design and tactical functionality at the core. Some of the SVs design heritage comes from the world of high performance racing. You can see that reflected with the flat, tangle-free ribbon cable and the slotted bass port and curves of the aluminum housing earpiece.”
With so many great headphones and earphones out there to choose from, it can be a true challenge for any one company to break away from the pack and gain recognition. Add to that, that I am particularly critical of headphones and speakers and weigh my words carefully when offering my reviews of audio equipment, being raised the son of an audiophile myself. With the SVs, the detail-oriented team of professionals at Munitio have succeeded in not only impressing me, but also in taking high-end audio engineering to a whole new level.
The Munitio SVs may be some of the pricier earphones the company has to offer, but if $130.00 isn’t in your budget, do yourself a favor and check out their high quality Billets that will only cost you $70.00 and I’d say that even these lower priced models perform better than 75% of the earphones on the market today. On the other hand, if you are looking for some of the best earphones money can buy, be sure to take a gander at Munitio’s Nines ($170.00), which are their top of the line, premium sonic experience earphones.
Know anyone who likes to adventure, who loves the great outdoors or who is into roughing it? If you do, then you’ll want to bookmark this article about a great, ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker from Philips.
Philips needs little introduction of course, as one of the pioneers and leaders in the world of hi-fidelity sound systems. Now the company that has for decades now, consistently raised the bar as to what we can expect high-quality audio reproduction to sound like, introduces to the world, the ultimate ruggedized portable Bluetooth speaker solution.
The Philips Shoqbox 7200 is a powerhouse of sound, packing 2, 4-watt neodymium drivers into a compact and super-sturdy structure that is both stylish and highly functional and durable. I was extremely impressed with the Philips Shoqbox. It has everything you could want in a rugged speaker and none of the things that you don’t want. It is drop-proof and shockproof and lightweight, measuring right at 7 inches by 3 inches. It is also splash proof, meaning that minor exposure to water won’t damage it, and if it did happen to fall in the water and become completely submerged for a brief moment, if all your port covers are sealed properly, your Shoqbox should theoretically be just fine.
I have to say, I haven’t done a full submersion test with the Shoqbox. I am simply defining what the term “splash proof” indicates in terms of a device’s waterproof-ness. For the more technically inclined, the Shoqbox’s protection level could also be described as meeting an IP-54 rating, with its superb protection from the ingress of objects, debris, dust and liquids.
The Shoqbox is also feature rich, and the only rugged Bluetooth speaker to integrate both gesture control and voice feedback into the device. The gesture control allows you to play and pause and skip tracks with simple, swiping hand motions, and the voice feedback will keep you informed of the battery level. The lithium battery is good to go for 8 solid hours of sound escapades between charges and, as if all that weren’t enough, it has a built-in microphone so that the speaker can be used as a speakerphone!
Like most small Bluetooth speakers, it can receive a signal up to 30 feet away from the source. The Shoqbox also comes with a 3.5mm line-in jack for the times when Bluetooth is unavailable. You can also connect two Shoqbox speakers wirelessly for amazingly crisp, clear and loud stereo sound.
When it comes to sound, this thunderous speaker will blow you away. It’s a fantastic speaker compared to all the other Bluetooth speakers in the market rugged or otherwise, so when you take into consideration it’s rugged durability, I’d say the Shoqbox has few rivals in the world of rugged Bluetooth speakers when it comes to toughness, sound quality or portability.
With its convenient carabineer bolt and dense rubber bumper surrounding the speaker’s grill, this speaker will keep up with even the most adventurous and extreme of us. Whether in the wild, the forest, the desert, the rainforest, the beach or the mountaintop, camping out, or even just for a family weekend picnic, the Shoqbox is one of the best portable and heavy-duty speaker options you will come across.
At this special time of year, it’s worth note that even if you personally don’t care for spending time out in nature, the Shoqbox would make a great holiday gift for any outdoorsy and adventurous souls in your life.
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All you do is plug it into a USB source and then plug your charging cable into the other end and let it do its thing. Your device will be charged in no time.
It is not recommended, however, that you use it in a hub. Plug it directly into a computer or AC adapter.
On the front, there is a single button. This is used to signal charging modes, which include blue for all devices except Galaxy Tab, red for all devices except iPad, and LED off for data transfer only, no charging.
It measures a mere 1.75 x 0.74 x 0.4 inches. The input Voltage is DC 5V, output CD 5V, with an output current of 700mA-2100mA.
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I’ve written about Mapi’s iPad cases before, and I’m a fan of their materials and quality. They make cases for iPads that learn from Apple’s SmartCover concept and
Like Apple’s SmartCover, the flap folds in a triangle, to landscape mode, the phone is elevated about an inch and offers a great angle to view videos, on an airplane
One problem with protective cases can be that they are big and bulky; they add mass to an otherwise sleek device. However, that doesn’t have to be the “case”. Let me introduce you to the X-Doria Smart Jacket for the iPad Mini.
It is slim, trim, and attractive. At the same time it offers perfectly adequate protection with a sturdy polycarbonate cover that securely snaps onto the iPad like a lobster shell. It will guard against impact and scratches.
The raised surface on the back adds further insulation and provides a surface for gripping and stability. In other words, it won’t slip out of your hands.
The flexible cover, while adding protection, also serves as a two-position stand when folded. It has built-in magnets that serve to wake up or put your device to sleep when opened and closed.
This multi-functional case offers great versatility for viewing movies, playing games, reading books, and surfing the Web. It makes it a perfect work station as well for some serious typing. Write your next novel on it.
You can get a whole wardrobe of SmartJacets as it comes in a choice of white, black, blue, and pink as a reasonable price of only $34.99. You can get one from the manufacturer here:
My only disappointment is that the case will not act as a stand in the portrait position. I hope this problem will be remedied in the next iteration.
I’ve been a fan of the Olloclip since it came out, so I was glad to see the iPhone 5 version was coming. In fact, I’ve been able to play with a prerelease version for a few weeks, and you can get one now that it was
The Olloclip addresses three shortcomings that otherwise might prevent you from using your iPhone as your everyday camera. The Olloclip is a slip on lens kit that includes a fisheye lens, a macro lens, and a wide angle lens. Combined with the iPhone’s native lens, it’s hard to imagine any scenario that you wouldn’t have the right lens for, and because it slips on so easily, you can probably get the
If you were not already familiar with the Alano family of deluxe leather cases by Portenzo, I’d describe them as a great combination of rustic, old world charm and a modern-classic appearance. These high-quality leather iDevice cases are absolutely exquisite and bring an earthy, organic feel to our all metal and glass iPads. The simplicity and practical functionality of the Portenzo cases will suit many an iPad and iPhone user perfectly. Anyone who appreciates a little old world, country flavor with their iDevices, will certainly appreciate these cases.
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The Alano leather cases from Portenzo are available here, with prices for iDevices cases starting as low as $45.00.
This sleek case with its unique design boasts three layers of protection with patented Reactive Protection Technology (RPT), which actually hardens on impact.
It comes in five color choices including yellow/black, red/black, matte black, metallic blue, and metallic silver.
The X-Protect design allows easy access to all ports and buttons.
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If you are a gamer upon any mobile platform you’ll know just how fitting the fingers playing games with a mobile device can be, and so the obvious remedy would be to get a gaming accessory for the device that enables you to have much better control instead of tax the actual fingers a great deal, and if you are an iOS gamer with an iPhone there happens to be a solution ultimately available in are the iCADE Mobile Gaming System for iPhone.The iCADE Mobile for the iPhone features a classic controller setting that makes it simple to play old style and modern day games on the iPhone, with Four front going through cation buttons, Several shoulder buttons and a 4-way directional pad as well as a cradle to store your iOS smartphone.Grasping the ergonomic office iCADE Mobile controller delivers full view of the gaming display and can supply in both scenery and symbol mode, attaches via Wireless, is compatible with the actual iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and apple ipod touch 3rd as well as 4th era with an apple ipod touch insert integrated.Several iOS developers have created games which feature iCADE support, including such video games as Half way Arcade, Tremendous lemonade Manufacturing facility, Retro Racing, Super Super Worm, IronStar Arena, Warblade HD, Cyborg Livestock, AirAttack HD, Forehead Run, Increase, and many more.
If you’re one for taking pictures using your mobile phone you’ll know that there exists those moments while you could do with being able to snap an image when you’re not holding your device, as an example when you wish to be in that group image. Well if you own an iPhone(http://www.skinthemoon.com/device/cellphone/apple-iphone-4s.html) there is a little accessory(http://www.newiphonegadget.com/) accessible that can help you receive in that group shot when taking a photo making use of your iPhone.
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