Headphones & Headsets

NuCurrent Transforms the Audio Collaboration Experience with NFC Charging

By Ross Denyer / October 10, 2023
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NuCurrent is a prominent member of the wireless power industry, specialising in developing wireless charging solutions for novel applications. Earlier this year, NuCurrent announced that it was partnering with Poly to implement wireless charging into devices and equipment. This partnership has resulted in the new Poly Voyager Surround 85 UC Bluetooth headset utilising NuCurrent’s NuSync technology. […]

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Qualcomm Releases the 2023 State of Sound Report

By Peter Cooney / October 5, 2023
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SAR Insight again assisted Qualcomm in the creation of its annual consumer survey – The State of Sound report. This year the audience was extended, to include South Korea and to cover the use of devices in the workplace, for gaming and hearing enhancement. There are lots of interesting results to explore for anyone working […]

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Sennheiser’s latest headphones

By Joe Murray / September 28, 2023
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Sennheiser has recently released what can be essentially viewed as a budget option for their MOMENTUM series. The new ACCENTUM wireless headphones are retailing for $150 less than the MOMENTUMs at $159.99 and are offering nearly identical features such hybrid ANC (just not adaptive like the MOMENTUM series), and fast charging. SAR Currently estimates that […]

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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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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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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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TikTok beta tests premium only streaming service

By Kian Rayment / July 20, 2023
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​​​TikTok is attempting to penetrate the already saturated digital music streaming market. The news recently comes as an expansion to beta testing offered in Brazil and Indonesia. According to the news, “TikTok says it’s inviting users in Australia, Mexico and Singapore to participate in the TikTok Music closed beta test starting today.”This is very significant as […]

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Shokz enter the TWS market

By Joe Murray / July 4, 2023
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Shokz has just announced its first TWS products with a twist. In a similar vein to how they have attempted to offer a safer solution to earbuds in the past without using audio transparency, their new earbuds offer what they are calling Air Conduction, which seems to be either Beamforming or something very similar. The […]

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Qualcomm S3 Gen 2 Sound Platform Portfolio

By Peter Cooney / July 4, 2023
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​​Qualcomm has announced an update to the Qualcomm S3 Gen 2 Sound platform portfolio, which is optimised for gaming. Latency is perhaps the biggest issue that is holding back widespread adoption of Bluetooth for gaming, many vendors continue to rely on proprietary RF to ensure latency is minimised. SAR Insight has talked about this many times. […]

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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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