Audio

Bose embraces LE audio and proprietary spatial audio

By Kian Rayment / September 28, 2023
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This piece of news touches on two significant points. The new Bose headphones and earbuds are coming LE Audio ready, also packed with an exciting proprietary 3D audio solution. SAR is seeing a steady uptake of the new LE Audio standard amongst vendors, however, there is some hesitancy for low-end TWS vendors to fully commit […]

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New Xbox Designs for 2024 Leaked

By Lachlan Cooney / September 20, 2023
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Recently, a document was leaked during the FTC vs Microsoft case revealing their plans to refresh the current line of consoles in 2024. This includes the Series X, Series S, and a brand-new controller. The most eye-catching change is definitely to the Series X console, going from a boxy, fridge-like design to a much smoother […]

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SAR at IFA

By Joe Murray / September 14, 2023
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IFA 2023 unveiled many interesting new products and even some surprising trends. SAR was there to ensure we got all the inside knowledge. Our first takeaway from the Berlin-based electronics show was the drive to XR. At SAR we have been anticipating the rise in these products for a few years now, however, IFA was […]

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Bang & Olufsen Unveils Its New Beolab 8 Wireless Speaker

By Kian Rayment / September 14, 2023
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Beolab 8—the attractive new room speaker offering from Bang & Olufsen—is now being welcomed to homes. The news comes as Sonos also welcomes a predecessor to its battery-powered lineup, the Sonos Move 2. The Beolab 8 comes with a few standout features, for example beam-width control which adapts to listening profiles. Also UWB (ultra-wide band) […]

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Samsung Unveils Vision for AI-Powered Home Appliances Revolution

By Peter Cooney / September 13, 2023
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The IFA show floor was packed with the latest home appliances from a wide range of brands and demonstrated just how far the market has transitioned to connected devices. Some brands such as LG have gone all in for connected appliances, adding Wi-Fi to most of the range, through its ThinQ platform. SAR’s latest home […]

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Solar power to improve speaker performance

By Joe Murray / September 13, 2023
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​Urbanista has continued its venture into sustainable consumer devices by releasing a new light-powered speaker made from recycled materials. The speaker, which retails for $149, is fully waterproof and offers a USB-C charging port if the solar charge is not fast enough. While at SAR we don’t expect solar to be the primary source of […]

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Garmin signs purchase agreement to acquire JL Audio, a highly regarded audio solutions manufacturer

By Kian Rayment / August 15, 2023
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​Announced just this week is that Garmin is one step closer to acquiring JL Audio. This partnership will be significant due to the potential gains for Garmin in audio engineering expertise. Most notably we are aware of Garmin for its contribution to GPS technologies across a range of markets, including automotive, marine, and fitness/outdoors. JL […]

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Exotic New Silicon-Based Speakers Are Coming to Next-Generation Earbuds

By Peter Cooney / August 15, 2023
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MEMS speakers design wins are starting to accelerate, and the technology is being recognised by more media outlets. Recently I was invited to help WSJ journalist Christopher Mims with an article discussing the market, highlighting two vendors xMEMS and uSound. Here are some of the quotes from me, for more details please view the full article […]

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Cirrus Logic Helps Ease PC Industry Transition to New MIPI SoundWire® Interface

By Peter Cooney / August 4, 2023
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Source: https://www.cirrus.com/applications/laptops-and-tablets/laptops/ ​​​Soundwire, initially launched in 2014, serves as a common interface to facilitate audio features and functions across diverse devices. It underwent an update in 2022 to extend its reach in the market by supporting more sophisticated audio components. The PC space is seen as fertile ground for audio improvement. Several vendors are seeking to […]

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Wires vs Lossless Codecs

By Joe Murray / August 1, 2023
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​Apple has just released the latest product from their subsidiary, Beats. The new Beats Studio Pro’s, which retail for $349.99, ironically still comes with wired connections. Despite Apple being the company that inspired many others to drop any connection holes from smartphones in the first place. This has been done to allow users to stream […]

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