TWS

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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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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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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xMEMS brings speakers plus programmable vent to production

By Peter Cooney / April 20, 2023
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​The SAR audio team visited xMEMS during our recent short tour of the Bay Area. During this time we were treated to a demo from the xMEMS team of its most recent products. SAR has been covering MEMS speakers for a few years now and are well versed on xMEMS products and their competitors (see MEMS […]

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Knowles Releases High-Performance Digital Voice Vibration Sensor for High-Fidelity Voice Pick-Up in TWS

By Peter Cooney / April 13, 2023
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Knowles announced its new product to compete in what is commonly known as the “bone conduction” sensor market for TWS (this should not be confused with bone conduction headphones, which transmit audio). This sensor is used to pick up the vibration of the human skull and to assist with voice pick up in noisy or windy […]

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NuraTrue Pro earbuds offer custom sound and exceptional spatial audio

By Kian Rayment / March 27, 2023
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​We hear the term ‘spatial audio’ being used a lot in in the tech world. It’s also sometimes referred to as ‘3D audio’, or ‘immersive audio’. It can get quite confusing, especially when there are two technologies which could both be referred to by any of these terms. As these technologies are relatively new, there are not […]

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Why buy four chips if you only need one?

By Peter Cooney / November 28, 2022
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This is an interesting development in TWS sensors, it shows a continuing trend towards sensor integration, primarily to reduce cost but also improve such things as waterproofing. This particular sensor from Azoteq boast touch, wear, docking and force sensing in one component, which usually requires 3 or 4 separate sensors.   SAR Insight’s TWS database shows […]

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