Spotlight on: KEF MUO Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

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gunmetal 7They were recently awarded ‘Best portable wireless speaker over £200’ at this year’s What HiFi? Awards, but what’s so great about the KEF MUO?

Crafted by industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, the KEF MUO is encased in an aluminium outershell with soft rubber feet that have been optimally positioned to allow the MUO to be placed at the right angle during desktop use. KEF believes that this type of structure is ideal for eliminating unwanted vibrations, paving the way for rich, natural sound.

According to KEF, ordinary portable speakers have small drivers that inevitably sacrifice bass extension and frequency dispersion. To combat this, KEF’S engineers developed a miniature version of the legendary Uni-Q ‘point source’ driver array. As explained on their website, with the central tweeter dome decoupled from the outer cone by a flexible membrane, the whole diaphragm is free to pump out midrange frequencies as powerfully as a conventional driver while allowing the tweeter dome to move independently. This gives MUO the ability to reproduce the higher registers with pinpoint accuracy. The MF cone is profiled to act as a waveguide for the tweeter, further widening the soundstage to fill the room with full-bodied, stunningly clear sound. MUO also features an innovative long throw auxiliary bass radiator that’s been cleverly engineered to maintain its rigidity over the entire surface so as to deliver the tight, clean and generous bass extension you’d expect from a much larger speaker.

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KEF’S  MUO speakers can also be wirelessly synced together via Bluetooth aptX®, allowing you to stream CD-like quality stereo. When placed far apart – for a party or a social gathering -you can select the ‘dual-connect’ party mode to replicate the same full-range response in each speaker. This means that everybody at your event gets the full benefit of the music you’re playing. MUO also has an internal sensor that automatically optimises output to suit its orientation. Simply put, it delivers the same outstanding acoustic depth and definition whether it’s standing upright or horizontally.

Connection to any computer or mobile device is made easy via the 3.Smm Aux input. With NFC Android mobile devices, you can also benefit from the ‘tap-to-pair’ function – just hold the device against MUO and they’re paired ready to stream your music in seconds. Finally, MUO comes with a rechargeable battery that allows up to 12 hours of play time.

Buy the KEF MUO here.

Read What Hi.Fi?’s 5 Star review here.

Check out KEF’s website here.


Technical Specifications:

Model Muo
Drive units 2 x 50mm (2.0in.) full range Uni-Q driver
1 x Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR)
Inputs Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX® codec
3.5mm AUX
Micro USB – charging and firmware update
Bluetooth range 10m
Bluetooth capacity 2 devices
Bluetooth memory 8 devices
Battery type Li-ion rechargable battery
Battery charging time 3 hours to fully charge
Battery life 12 hours playback time
Dimension (H x W x D) 80 x 210 x 60 mm (3.1 x 8.3 x 2.3 in.)
Weight 0.8kg (1.8lbs.)
Power input 5V D.C. 2A
App KEF MUO

5 tech-savvy Xmas gifts for your…brother

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You’ve got your mam’s present sorted, and your dad’s. So now, what do you get that brother of yours who you pretend gets on your nerves, but deep down you really love?

Fear not, we’re here to help! If there’s one thing that guys love, it’s their gadgets. We’ve put together a list of five great Christmas gifts, ideal for any tech-loving brother of yours!

Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Performance Fit earphones- Cobalt Blue

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Is your brother sports mad? If so, then he’ll love these sport performance earphones from Yurbud. Developed by athletes for athletes, Yurbuds feature special twistlock technology and a flexsoft comfort fit so they won’t ever hurt your ears or fall out.Their ergonomic design is also sweat and water-resistant, as well as allowing ambient noise so that you can remain aware of your surroundings.

 

 

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 6 Composite case Slate/Black

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Has your brother recently bought an iPhone 6? If he has, then the last thing he’d want would be for it to get damaged, or worse, bent. With this composite case from Urban Armor, that certainly won’t happen. This case has a hard outer shell to protect against scratches and a soft inner core to ensure a snug fit for your phone. It also comes with a free HD screen guard for even more added protection.

 

 

Gumdrop Drop Tech Series Protective Case for iPad Air – Black/Red

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Is your brother constantly worried about dropping his iPad ? Well, not anymore. If you’re looking for the most durable, yet affordable protection for the iPad Air, you’ve found it in the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad Air. Shock absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad Air specifically conforms to the shape of the iPad Air and offers multiple layers of protection.

 

Joby Gorillapod Action Tripod with Mount for GoPro- Black/Red

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Does your brother fancy himself as a bit of an action photographer? Is his GoPro camera constantly by his side wherever he goes? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Joby Gorillapod action tripod for GoPro is the perfect gift for him. Thanks to the ballhead, taking the perfect shot has never been easier.Use the ballhead with adjustment knob to easily fine tune your composition after you’ve positioned the GorillaPod legs. Use the bubble level to ensure your composition is level, especially handy since most action cameras don’t have an LCD preview screen. Take fun self-timer shots, create amazing  timelapse photo series or incredible stop motion videos!

Klipsch KG-200 Pro Audio Wired Gaming Set

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If your brother is an avid gamer then he will love the KG-200 Pro Audio Wired Gaming Set from Klipsch. Designed for use with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One* (3rd party adapter required) and PCs, the wired KG-200 provides listeners with athletic mesh ear pads for long-term wear, comfort and breathability while still providing superior levels of noise isolation. Equipped with 40mm precision-tuned drivers and four selectable EQ presets (Fidelity, Combat, Stealth and Sport), the headset delivers optimized sound for every game type. Large, easily-accessible controls are located on the right earcup for controlling EQ, chat volume, game volume and mic monitor.

All products are available now on our website, or by clicking the relevant images above. Enjoy!

 

Youtube launches music subscription service

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Google’s video sharing website Youtube has launched a paid monthly subscription service called Youtube Music Key.

Similar to Spotify, the service allows users to stream unlimited ad-free music videos for a fee of $7.99(€6.41) a month. Users will also be able to download videos and watch them while offline.

The monthly fee also comes with a subscription to Google Play Music.

At the moment, subscription is by invitation only but we love the “sound” of this one!

To celebrate, here’s a music video that we’re really enjoying at the moment:

Owl Post 9-12-14

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U2′s Songs of Innocence: Familiar But Surprising, Free But Costly The biggest surprise of the launch of U2’s new album isn’t the way it was released—it’s how good the songs are.

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Headphones:

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1. Do I prefer in-ear or over-ear headphones?

This is really a case of what feels most comfortable for you. In addition to choosing between these two, you can also choose HOW they fit into the ear. For example, you can get a basic cable with an earbud on it, or you can choose an earpiece that hooks over the back of the ear. Over-ear headphones come in various sizes- some barely cover the ear itself, whilst others are as big and cosy as a pair of ear muffs!

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2. Do I need them to be portable?

If you will be wearing them on your daily commute or at the gym, while jogging in the park or waiting around to catch a flight, then the answer is most definitely yes! Choose lightweight headphones with a robust carrying case. You can find folding headphones for extra convenience, which is great if you like over-ear headphones but need them to be small enough to carry around. If however, you want to keep them by your bed-side to lull yourself to sleep with your favourite music, or to have them in the living room next to your hi-fi system, then the answer is probably no, which gives you the option of choosing heavier or bulkier headphones if you wish.

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3. What conditions will I be using them in?

If you will be wearing the headphones outdoors in all weather, while camping or at the beach, you need to choose headphones that can best withstand these conditions. Some headphones will have thicker or tangle-proof cords, larger buttons, waterproof features etc. to help you overcome various issues.

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4. What devices will they need to be compatible with?

You can get headphones with a mic and controls compatible with your android or Apple devices. If you have different devices at your disposal, think about which ones you want your headphones to be fully compatible with. So this will most likely be whichever device you use the most, be it your iPad, Android smartphone or whatever.

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5. Which is more important to me – design or sound quality?

It’s difficult, but certainly not impossible to find it all in one perfect product – exceptional sound quality together with a flawless and beautiful design. Besides, people have different tastes when it comes to how headphones look and nobody wants to use a product that they think is ugly, do they? So do your homework by reading reviews that inform you about both aspects. Do the headphones last well? What is the sound like? Are they the ultimate fashion accessory? Then make your buying decision based on what matters most to you.

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Now in Stock! Fantastic Chrismas Gift

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Morning everybody and Happy Halloween!
We wanted to let you know about the fabulous new Klipsch product that we recently added to stock.
It’s called the Klipsch Gig Portable Wireless Music System. And when we say portable, we mean portable.
Small enough to fit on the palm of your hand and yet still boasting a truly astounding full-range sound, this fantastic little music system will blow your mind!

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For full details, check out our listing and you’ll soon be adding it to your Christmas wish list!
http://www.soundzdirect.com/klipsch-gig-portable-wireless-music-system.html