This week has been filled with rumors about upcoming releases from Apple and Sonos. On top of that, a slew of new tech products have been announced, including innovative wireless headphones from Sony and Audio-Technica, new projectors from and LG Epson, a slew of high-end audio components from Marantz and McIntosh.
Here’s what you need to know.
The Sony LinkBuds are new wireless headphones with an innovative design: there is a physical hole to let in external sounds. The idea is that it’s like an always-on transparency mode, so you can hear your music while listening to the world around you. Plus, the LinkBuds are some of the smallest wireless earbuds you can buy. They are now available in white or black.
Olympus OM OM-1 System
Olympus (recently acquired by OM Digital Solutions) has announced its very first Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera: the OM System OM-1. The compact shooter packs a 20-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor, an advanced autofocus system with high-speed shooting capabilities (up to 120fps), as well as 4K video capture (at 60fps) . It also has an IP53 weather resistance rating. It’s available for pre-order now, with shipping expected to begin in March.
Price: $2,199 (body); $2,799 (with 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II kit lens)
Marantz Model 40n
Marantz has announced a new integrated amplifier, the Model 40n, designed to drive high-end loudspeakers – it can deliver 70 watts per channel at 8 ohms – and be the central hub of your new-age hi-fi system. The 40n model supports most of the most diverse connectivity, both wireless (including Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2, Tidal Connect and Bluetooth) and analog (HDMI ARC, phono, optical and coaxial). It will be available in two finishes (black or silver) in March.
Sumiko Wellfleet phono cartridge
The Sumiko Wellfleet is the company’s newest MM phono cartridge, designed for hi-fi DIY enthusiasts looking to upgrade their current turntable. The Wellfleet has a nude elliptical diamond stylus which Sumiko claims eliminates the binding between the tip and the shaft of the stylus and reduces tip mass, resulting in an even more accurate signal. It is available now.
Audio-Technica has announced a new pair of wireless headphones with one standout feature: truly exceptional battery life. Each ATH-CKS50TW earbud has a battery life of 20 hours. Add the case and they can provide a total of 50 hours of juice. (For context, Apple’s newest and longest-lasting AirPods 3 get up to six hours per earbud and a total of 30 hours with the charging case.) That impressive battery life of the new wireless earbuds from Audio-Technica is with active noise cancellation enabled disabled, Nevertheless; when turned on, the ATH-CKS50TW still boasts a pretty impressive 15 hours per earbud.
McIntosh MX180 A/V Processor
The McIntosh MX180 is no ordinary AV receiver. It’s a super high-end component designed for people who spend a small fortune on home theater system(s). It’s 4K and 8K compatible, so you know it’s ready for any current or future entertainment system (optimized for 15.1 or 9.1.6 surround speaker setups). It supports all new age surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro and Auro-3D. And it has the typical black and silver finish, with illuminating blue and green lights that all high-end McIntosh components are known for.
LG CineBeam HU715Q
The LG CineBeam HU715Q is the company’s latest short-throw projector capable of delivering a 120-inch image (huge) with 4K resolution while just inches from your wall. The CineBeam HU715Q comes with webOS built-in (so it works to access your favorite streaming apps just like with a smart TV) and it has a built-in 2.2 speaker system so you could you don’t even need a soundbar. It will be available in the coming months.
Epson Pro Cinema LS12000
The Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 is the company’s latest long-throw project optimized for gaming. It comes with a single HDMI 2.1 port and is capable of delivering 4K image at up to 120fps, making it ideal for Xbox Series X or PS5. And while it’s pricey, its $5,000 price tag actually makes it considerably more affordable than the competition.
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