LG Chromebase Announced. A 21.5-inch ChromeOS Desktop

ChromeOS has been mainly reserved for laptops until now. LG has decided to try and buck this trend by announcing the LG Chromebase, a 21.5-inch ChromeOS powered all in one desktop. The display is 1080p IPS LCD which hides an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD inside. You will also find your … Read more

Elmo Box-i T350 LED HD Gaming Projector Review

We don’t often feature projectors on this blog, but we recently got to review the the Elmo Box-i T350 portable LED projector.  This is a somewhat unknown company to consumers because Elmo established itself in the education market, but is now looking at targeting consumers with this portable gaming projector. Unlike your normal home theatre … Read more

Win a Kensington Keyfolio Exact with Bluetooth Keyboard for the iPad Air

** Thank you to everyone that entered, the winners are Anthony, Matt, and Andrew, they have all been contacted and replied to the emails so we hope to have the prizes sent out today (Monday 23rd December) **   Our friends at Kensington have kindly donated a Keyfolio Exact and 2 x Comercio Hard Folio Cases to … Read more

Kensington KeyFolio Exact with Keyboard for iPad Air Review

We have reviewed a few tablet cases recently and today we have the Kensington KeyFolio Exact for you. This case ups the ante quite a bit and is a folio style case with a bluetooth keyboard which currently retails at £119.99 on the Kensignton website. At nearly £120 this is not aimed at your casual … Read more

Amazon promises 30 minute delivery via drones with Amazon Prime Air

Amazon has become an unstoppable force over recent years, and even with bad press they seem to be getting bigger and bigger. One of the reasons behind their growth is innovation which can sometimes seem a little eccentric.

This time Jeff Bezos has revealed that the company have developed drones that are capable of carrying 5 pounds (2.26KG) to your home within 30 minutes.

86% of Amazons packages fit this weight criteria and the drone will sit at the end of a conveyer belt waiting to pick up your package and then carry them up to 10 miles to your home.

Obviously there are a whole bunch of obstacles to overcome before this becomes reality, the main one being flight regulations from the corresponding countries they are rolled out too. Also it would likely be restricted to the most populous of cities that are within the 10 mile reach of an Amazon fulfilment centre. Health and safety issues will also come into play, and no doubt working out how to avoid people trying to steal the packages.

We can’t wait to see the final service in operation though.

JBL Synchros S700 Headphones with LiveStage Review

Following our trip to Liverpool last week for the press even and launch of the new JBL Synchros S700 headphones, we have had chance to check them out for a few days and see how they sound with music other than live acoustic sets.

In case you missed our previous posts the S700 headphones are the result of over a years worth of scientific research by JBL into what makes a headphone sound good, previously no other company has approached the subject in a  scientific manor and there has been no consensus on what is the best sound for headphones. The result of this research was that people actually preferred a neutral sound rather than with excessive bass.

As part of the research, JBL also wanted to come up with a way to make headphones sound more like you are listening to music as it was designed to be listened to, and that is via stereo in a reference level room taking into account the natural resonance of the surroundings. With headphones the sound is play directly into your ears so it is not being bounced across multiple surfaces giving an immersive effect or a sense of direction.  Therefore with the Synchros S700 music can (optionally) be played through a DSP which alters the sound to mimic being listened to in a natural stereo environment. This technology means that the headphones have to be powered and they are use a lithium ion battery which is charged via the headphone cables.

JBL Synchros S700_ Glacier White

Our initial impression of the headphones was that they are exceptionally well built, they are very sturdy, quite heavy and made up of a cast aluminium with leather ear cushions, we found them really comfortable though extended use they did make our ears a little hot. They come with 2 sets of cables, one for Android and one for iPhone, as well as a nice carry case. Overall these have a very premium feel to them.

During the press even we got to listen to them during a live performance from Jonas and the Massive Attraction. When switching between passive and SoundStage we found the SoundStage to be quite impressive with it actually making the performance sound more like a live performance. During the following days we have had chance to listen to them with a wide range of music from Rock, Electronica, Hip Hop etc, and unfortunately we found the LiveStage to be slightly less impressive, we found that bass seemed to be reduced and it felt slightly unbalanced. In passive mode the headphones do seem to be surprisingly bass heavy considering JBL says they are supposed to be more natural sounding, and it is possible this is why we were less impressed with soundstage the second time round as we are just used to everything being so bass heavy nowadays.

With the headphones in active or passive we found them very capable, they handled everything we through at them without any distortion, even with the heaviest bass tracks we could find the headphones played them comfortably and everything sounded quite powerful, in passive mode bass was really deep in places which we think will appeal to a lot of younger people (contrary to JBLs findings).

Overall, even though we were not 100% sure if we preferred LiveStage or passive these are excellent headphones with a ultra premium feel that you are not going to be disappointed with. You can currently get the Synchros S700 headphones from the JBL store for £299 which is expensive, but if you are looking for some premium headphones that are going to last you several years we don't think you will be disappointed with these. JBL also offer a 30 day return policy so you are free to try them out yourself and decide how much you like them.

They are available now from here

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