Sony introduces the LED Light Bulb Speaker

Sony has unveiled an innovative new product — its LED Light Bulb Speaker. The LED light bulb screws into your regular light fittings and doubles as a Bluetooth speaker which syncs with your smartphone, tablet or desktop to provide music wherever you also need light. You can control the volume of your music from your device, but also the brightness of the bulb, meaning that you can set the mood on the fly.

The Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker will get an initial release in Japan on May for a price of ¥23,880 (approximately $199 USD), and will hopefully see a wider global release later on.

Samsung’s new ‘ring’ speakers pipe sound in every direction

Samsung WAM6500 portable speaker


Samsung has tackled just about every kind of speaker you can imagine, but it hasn’t had an answer to hot-selling 360-degree speakers like the UE Boom. Well, that changes today: the Korean firm has unveiled the WAM6500 and WAM7500, its first compact one-piece speakers to promise room-filling sound. Both center around a “ring radiator” that pipes audio in every direction while supposedly striking a careful balance between bass and treble. If you ask us, though, they’re as much about the “premium” styling as anything else. The portable 6500 (above) looks like the kettle from an avant garde kitchen, while the tabletop-oriented 7500 (below) could easily double as a 31st-century desk lamp. Samsung hasn’t divulged pricing, but these fashion-forward designs will likely command a premium.

On top of this, the tech giant is expanding its Curved Soundbar range to accommodate the wider range of curved TVs it has in store. The 6000, 6500 and 8500 series join the 7500 line, and they’ll give you curvy audio for sets in sizes ranging from 45 to 78 inches. If you splurge on the 8500, you’ll also get a “wider” 9.1-channel surround sound effect courtesy of three extra speakers. There’s no word as to how much these new soundbars will cost, although history suggests that you’ll find out shortly before they ship.

Samsung WAM7500 speaker

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Sony SRS X3 Portable Speaker


Sony have announced a new powerful, pocket-sized piece of audio equipment in the shape of the SRS X3 Portable Speaker. At just 18.5 cm wide and 6.5 cm deep, this diminutive speaker packs a punch far greater than its size might suggest, using an advanced internal driver to deliver punchy, room-filling highs and distortion-free lows for up to seven hours, completely wirelessly from your phone or other Bluetooth device.
A release date is set for June 21.
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X-mini (Singapore) 2014 Spring/Summer “Thumbsize” Speakers


Image of X-mini 2014 Spring/Summer "Thumbsize" SpeakersFounded in SingaporeX-mini is a lifestyle technology brand specializing in unique, functional products for the digital age. Its ‘Thumbsize” speakers, in particular, have been creating some buzz recently with their promise of offering big sound beyond their compact size. Available in various colors and models like the ME and WE, the affordable, diminutive speakers are intended to provide sonic boosts for smartphones and tablets, and can stand alone or be combined to form a virtual wall of sound.
Better yet are features like Bluetooth capability, a 1.5W output, and a playback time of six hours when fully charged — specs made even more impressive considering the speakers’ ultra light weight. Perfect for great sound wherever you are this season, X-mini’s “Thumbsize” speakers are available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
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Kyocera piezoelectric film speaker delivers 180-degree sound to thin TVs and tablets

The thinner our devices become, the less room there is for speakers and other thicker components. Kyocera (“Kyoto Ceramics,” multinational electronics and ceramics manufacturer headquartered in Kyoto, Japan) today announced that it has developed an ultra-thin, lightweight (medium-size model thickness: 1mm; weight: 7g) audio device, called “Smart Sonic® Sound.”

The new product is based on the company’s long history of pioneering fine ceramic technology and utilizes a piezoelectric actuator combined with a special film to create a piezo film speaker. Smart Sonic Sound will not only contribute to making digital devices even thinner – such as flat-screen TVs, PCs and tablets – but also enhances audio quality for a much more realistic audio experience. Its low directivity characteristics broaden the sound projection range, providing 180-degree sound quality and bringing delicate and minute sounds to life.

This innovative piezo actuator audio technology is being utilized in a flat-screen television for the first time*1 by LG Electronics, Inc. in the company’s new 55″ curved-screen OLED TV.

Smart Sonic Sound comes in three different sizes (large, medium and small), and Kyocera plans to expand its use in a broad range of applications including digital devices and automotive applications with strict weight requirements.

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Kyocera piezoelectric film speaker delivers 180-degree sound to thin TVs and tablets