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KEF introduces M Series headphones bred from HiFi speaker know-howBy Mark Hearn posted Apr 24th, 2013 at 7:45 PM 0DNPMostly known for its extravagant speaker systems, KEF is finally taking a whack at ear gear. Today, the company announced two new types of HiFi headphones, known as the M Series, which include a pair of on-ear cups M500 and a set of in-ear buds M200. Priced at $300, the M500 sports a full aluminum frame and sweat resistant padding, along with a 10mm driver for lows and a 5.5mm driver for mids and highs in each earcup. If enclosed head gear isn’t your thing, the $200 M200 offers an aluminum housing and a pair of silicone ear tips with an adjustable arm for improved comfort. Like their pricer sibling, these earphones also feature a dual-driver system. While we’ve yet to spend time with the M500 or M200, their press pictures and specs aren’t too shabby. Call it a hunch, but we doubt they’ll need any celebrity endorsements. For more info on KEF’s new headphone line, hit the presser after the break.
Sonos Playbar review: an excellent and expensive home theater addition HDBy Michael Gorman posted Mar 25th, 2013 at 10:00 AM 23Sonos Playbar review an excellent and expensive home theater additionMore Info Sonos Playbar: a home theater soundbar that wirelessly streams music for $699, we go hands- and ears on Sonos Playbar appears at the FCC Sonos for iOS adds direct device streaming, takes PCs out of the equation hands-onSonos has found a sweet spot in the audio world. Its wireless technology and ability to stream music from almost any source — be it from the cloud or local storage — have given it considerable geek cred, yet its simple setup still offers mass appeal. Of course, none of that would matter if its systems didn’t sound good, but fortunately, Sonos’ Play:3, Play:5 and its Sub have all impressed with the quality of audio they produce. The $699 Playbar is the newest member of the family, and with this product, Sonos is setting its sights squarely on the home theater market. Is it fit for your living room? Read on to find out.
Fotodiox brings 140-megapixel images to your NEX, medium format lens not included
Fotodiox has a new take on E-mount lens adapters that’ll give you 140-megapixel images by performing an interesting trick: moving the camera. The rather spendy device uses an interchangeable lens mount that accepts either Pentax 645, Mamiya 645 or Hasselblad V medium format lenses, coupled with a moveable platform to mount your Sony NEX. When ready to fire, you check the built-in exposure screen to frame the shot and the system moves the NEX around to grab images at predetermined, “precisely-positioned” locations in the lens’ field of view. After stitching it all together in Photoshop or similar software, the result is either a panorama or medium format photo (depending on camera orientation) — 140-megapixels’ worth in the case of a Sony NEX-7. Besides the $500 adapter, the aforementioned medium format lens and a tripod, you’ll likely require a healthy dollop of patience to use it, too — and forget about video, of course. Check the PR after the break for more.
Ferrari shows 949HP LaFerrari hybrid, gives FF drivers iPad minis and SiriEveryone knew Ferrari was cooking up its first hybrid, and that it would be very quick when it was pegged as an Enzo successor. Still, we didn’t quite expect the sledgehammer that is the LaFerrari. Never mind the very redundant naming scheme: there’s a 789HP V12 mated with 160HP of electric power, the 949HP combination of which takes the supercar to 62MPH in less than 3 seconds and makes it the overall fastest Ferrari to date. There’s a nod to eco-friendliness with relatively low emissions, but the hybrid component mostly powers a KERS system that fills out the few weak points in the torque band. You won’t have the chance to buy the LaFerrari — all 499 units of the €1 million $1.3 million flagship are spoken for — but there’s already talk of future hybrids that will run solely on electric power some or all of the time.Don’t be too forlorn if you have money to burn on a tech-centric Ferrari, though. The Maranello crew is also showing the very first results of its Apple collaboration through an upgraded FF. The four-seater GT now has Siri voice integration and ships with a pair of iPad minis to keep backseaters entertained when the 652HP V12 somehow isn’t exciting enough. Ferrari hasn’t said how much the upgraded FF costs, although we imagine that the iOS-linked costs are drops in the bucket next to the vehicle itself. Chairman Luca di Montezemolo hints that it’s just the start of the Apple relationship, too, as Ferrari will be “more precise” about the union in the months ahead.