Wearable Devices

New boat Nirvana Eutopia headphones enabled by Ceva

By Peter Cooney / April 8, 2024
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It seems that the strategic partnership announced by IP vendor Ceva and Headphone brand boAt back at CES 2024 is coming to fruition with boAt’s latest Nirvana Eutopia headphones entering the markets. These headphones boast a lot of interesting technology including: 3D Spatial audio with headtracking ENx™ for improved conversions BEASTTM mode enabling low latency audio streaming Up […]

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Qualcomm preparing for the rise of multi-use case earbuds

By Joe Murray / April 2, 2024
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Qualcomm’s introduction of the S3 and S5 Gen 3 Sound Platforms marks a significant leap forward in the audio device sector, especially with regards to the development of multi-use case TWS headphones. The new additions to the snapdragon sound platform aim to meet rising consumer expectations for superior audio quality mixed with low latency for […]

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Ambiq Apollo510 Delivers 30x Power Efficiency Improvement to Unleash Endpoint AI

By Peter Cooney / April 2, 2024
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Ambiq Micro was founded in 2010 focused initially on Real Time Clocks (RTC), it launched its first microcontroller in 2015. This microcontroller, known as Apollo and based on Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology  (SPOT) was able to achieve significantly lower power consumption and became widely used in power constrained devices such as smart watches. It has made gradual […]

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Headphones State of the Industry 2024, Updated Forecasts

By Peter Cooney / March 21, 2024
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SAR Insight & Consulting have recently published updated forecasts for all headphone markets, the latest data is now available on the platform. We’ve been tracking the headphone market since the company was founded over 10 years ago and it has been very interesting to see how this market has transformed in that time. The latest […]

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Open-Ear Headphones on the Rise

By Lachlan Cooney / March 10, 2024
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Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in open-ear wireless earbuds on the market. In 2021, we saw the release of the Purpods from Mpow and more recently the release of the Ultra Open Earbuds from Bose. Some other notable releases include: Soundgear Sense from JBL in 2023 Open Sport from JLab in 2022 Open EarBuds S50 from 1More in […]

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Bose enters open-ear headphone market

By Joe Murray / March 8, 2024
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November 27, 2023, Harman announced the acquisition of Roon, a music software company most well-known for its Roon app. Roon Labs was founded in 2015, but its journey in music technology began much earlier, in 2004. The founders were involved in developing music software for companies like Sooloos, Meridian Audio, and HP before establishing Roon […]

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Charging Ahead: Solar-Powered Headphones. Future Headphone Market Growth?

By Peter Cooney / February 9, 2024
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The incorporation of Powerfoyle solar technology into headphone design represents a notable advancement in sustainable audio solutions, a trend I touched upon in a previous CES roundup. Among the latest products featuring this innovation is the A6219 on-ear GO headphones, showcased as part of the 2024 Philips Sound Range. This introduction underscores a significant shift towards […]

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Master & Dynamics mind reading headphones

By Peter Cooney / January 26, 2024
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As expected CES 2024 brought many new consumer electronic devices with it, in the wearable industry few are as ambitious as the team-up product of Master & Dynamic and Neurable’s Neuro headphones. The new brainwave measuring headphones can reportedly track your brain activity throughout the day and identify moments of high focus and stress which […]

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CES 2024 Round Up – Sustainability, Smart Homes, AI for Voice, Audio Platforms and Ambient IoT

By Peter Cooney / January 19, 2024
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Getting back to normal? Are we “getting back to normal”, CES 2024 suggest so. This was my 8th year attending in my current role and anecdotally it felt as busy as it ever was pre-COVID. The CEA stated that there were 135,000+ attendees, which is close to the usual 150,000+. As always there was a wide range of […]

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Creative Aurvana Ace Series: Precision in Every Note

By Peter Cooney / November 28, 2023
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The latest headphones from Creative – Aurvana Ace Series – are the first consumer TWS device to use MEMS speakers, supplied by xMEMS. This follows other devices announced with xMEMS speakers such as hearing aids and IEMs. We are still yet to see a fully MEMS speaker based high volume consumer device and this is […]

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