This week in the gadget world, a lot happened. Apple’s new Self Repair Program will finally allow customers to repair their iPhones.
Tidal has announced the launch of its first free, ad-supported streaming service.
Microsoft also stunned Xbox owners by releasing Halo Infinite (exclusively for online multiplayer) roughly a month earlier than expected. Master Chief has returned (again).
A slew of new products were also unveiled. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Beyerdynamic MMX 100 and MMX 150
Beyerdynamic, one of the most well-known names in hi-fi studio headphones, has released two new gaming headsets in its MMX line, both of which are shockingly inexpensive.
The first is the MMX 100 ($99), which are closed-back wired headphones with a 3.5mm connection for connecting to your Xbox or Playstation controller.
The MMX 150 ($149) is a digital USB headset for PC games with an integrated sound card and more immersive features.
Both gaming headsets are now available in black or grey.
Meze Audio Liric
The Romanian audio company is best known for its hi-fi planar magnetic headphones, which may generate a clearer and more broader soundstage than standard headphones with dynamic drivers, and has now launched the Liric,
its first closed-back planar magnetic headphones. Magnesium, leather, and aluminium are used to create the high-end headphones.
Furthermore, their new bespoke planar magnetic driver was developed (shrunk down and adjusted) to sound like the company’s higher-end Empyrean ($2,999) headphones.
Fender Acoustasonic Player Telecaster
Fender has revealed a new hybrid guitar, which is an electric guitar that can also sound like an acoustic guitar.
The all-new Acoustasonic Player Telecaster features a simpler design, with a three-way voice selector rather than the five-way voice selector found on the company’s previous hybrid guitars,
It is one of the reasons it costs nearly half as much. It’s also geared at guitarists who are just starting out.
It’s currently available in four colours: black, blonde, brown, and white.
Denon AH-C830NCW and AH-C630W Wireless Earbuds
Denon is a high-end audio manufacturer that produces anything from amplifiers to home theatre systems, wireless speakers to audiophile-grade speakers.
It’s also finally getting into the wireless earphones industry, as every audio company seems to be doing these days.
The AH-C830NCW ($159) and AH-C630W ($99) are the company’s first two wireless earbuds.
They have a similar stem shape to AirPods and promise to deliver high-end sound at an accessible price.
The most expensive of the two new models comes with somewhat better sound and active noise cancellation.
Popsockets Popmount Car for MagSafe
Popsockets has released a new MagSafe-compatible car mount that adheres to your car’s air vent and magnetically secures your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 (horizontally or vertically) while driving.
The best part is that it’s designed to work with the company’s current PopGrip for MagSafe ($30),
It eliminates the need to remove your Popsockets grip every time you want to use your iPhone for navigation in the car.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo
The Instax Mini Evo, Fujifilm’s newest instant film camera, is unlike any other. It’s more like a digital camera in operation. Like any other digital camera,
it features a digital sensor, a rear LCD screen, and the ability to save up to 100 digital photographs (thanks to a microSD card slot).
You may choose which photographs to print and even apply a filter, just like with an instant film camera.
The camera features a 28mm f/2 lens, but you may pick between 10 different lens effects before shooting to produce a unique photo.
In February 2022, the Instax Mini Evo will be available.
McIntosh C12000 Pre amplifier
McIntosh has unveiled a stunning and highly high-end preamplifier for die-hard audiophiles.
The C12000 has a unique two-chassis architecture that separates the power controls and data ports from the connections/circuitry using two independent modules,
The C12000 Controller Module ($8,000) and the C12000 Preamplifier Module ($8,000).
There are 12 distinct analogue inputs on the preamp, as well as a headphone jack for private listening, making it incredibly adaptable and adjustable.
The C12000 glows blue and green and is largely comprised of stainless steel and brushed aluminium, as is typical of McIntosh components.