CES 2010: Final Thoughts

The Consumer Electronics show, the behemoth of tech, the Valhalla of gadgetry, has come and gone for yet another year. But this time, rather than arriving with a bang, it slinked into sight with something more like a whimper. CES…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Final Thoughts

CES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

It may have gotten off to a dull start thanks to the lacklustre showing from Microsoft, but CES 2010 today threw up some really nice surprises. Keep an eye out for the Light Blue Optic's Light Touch here in today's…

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CES 2010: EarVibe vibrating earphones on the way from Technocel

If you're the sort of person who gets a kick out of the stomach churning-sensation you get when standing next to loud, bass-y speakers, these EarVibe earphones from Technocel might interest you. Once the low-end frequencies of your favourite tracks…

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Sony shoves bass in your face, well, ears, with its XB series

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Let’s talk about bass. You don’t hear proper bass – you feel it. In your stomach, your gut. That feeling is generated by massive subwoofers bigger than your head vibrating the air. That’s why I’m more than a little skeptical of Sony’s new XB series of headphones.

They claim to recreate “club ambiance”, which presumably includes meat-headed bouncers, two-hour queues for the cloakroom and many, many, identical men in white shirts. There’s five models in the range – three closed-cup, over-the-head designs (the MDR-XB700/500/300s) and two in-ear models (MDR-XB40EX/20EX).

The over-the-heads have 50mm drivers, and the in-ears have “an innovative ‘direct vibe’ acoustic design”, apparently. They’ll all be available in March, but there’s no pricing info available yet. For all kinds of scientific diagrams, click to Sony’s Extra Bass page on their website.

Sony Extra Bass

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Duncan GeereSony shoves bass in your face, well, ears, with its XB series