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Bose embraces LE audio and proprietary spatial audio

By Peter Cooney / 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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Windows 11 Adds Bluetooth LE Audio Support

By Peter Cooney / May 25, 2023
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This announcement demonstrates that Bluetooth LE Audio is soon to become mainstream. It’s addition to the Windows 11 will bring this to a very wide audience and allow new Bluetooth LE Audio enabled peripheral devices, such as TWS earbuds, to connect to millions of Windows PCs. SAR expects the number of Bluetooth LE Audio enabled […]

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Head Acoustics offers LE Audio testing environment

By Joe Murray / May 24, 2023
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​Head Acoustics has updated its solutions to support testing of the new Bluetooth LE Audio protocol. LE Audio, while it was announced in January 2020, it is only just come to market in the past year or so. One issue for companies adopting this technology into their portfolio of headphones is the risk of negative […]

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Wired Earbuds Are Cool Again

By Peter Cooney / May 10, 2023
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Wired earbuds were becoming a thing of the past – until now? There is still growth in the TWS market, which is why sometimes the prospect of wired earbuds goes amiss. However, the concept does make complete sense if you think about it. The Magnesium V3 Entry level IEMs piqued my interest this week. Ear […]

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Will UWB change the world of headphones?

By Peter Cooney / March 27, 2023
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Bluetooth will continue to be the primary technology for wireless audio for many years to come. Its massive ecosystem of devices and the continual improvements made by its 1000s of members makes it a formidable force. It does have inherent limitations however, as it is trying to do many things well. One area where Bluetooth […]

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Knowles releases new TWS reference design with best-in-class music experience and advanced features

By Peter Cooney / October 19, 2022
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The reference design is not dead! This is still a very valuable technique to highlight new technologies and give developers an easier way to start a design, as well as guide existing customers towards using these new products. Knowles’ new reference design brings together its hybrid driver and SiSonic MEMS microphones alongside a Qualcomm QCC5144 […]

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MediaTek is getting ready to spin off its Airoha subsidiary

By Peter Cooney / April 13, 2022
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In the past several years, Airoha became quite successful in Bluetooth audio related markets and more recently, it has had significant success in the TWS earbuds market, with customers including Sony, Beats by Apple, JBL by Harman, Skullcandy and Xiaomi.  Qualcomm’s once large dominant position in the Bluetooth headset market (through its CSR acquisition) has […]

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