JBL’s popular portable Bluetooth speaker lineup and wireless gaming headset series have been expanded with new launches at CES 2022. JBL Pulse 5 and JBL BoomBox 3, launched by the Samsung-owned brand, offers Bluetooth v5.3 connectivity and offer wireless pairing with up to two smartphones or tablets at a time. The new JBL Pulse 5 pairs JBL’s 360-degree immersive sound with LED light show, while JBL BoomBox 3 has a three-way acoustic speaker design and is said to deliver up to 24 hours of playtime.
JBL has also expanded its series of PartyBox speakers with the new JBL PartyBox Encore. The portable party speaker is said to deliver 100W of sound output and have a IPX4-rated splash-proof design. JBL has also announced new additions to its Quantum range with the company’s first true wireless gaming headset, JBL Quantum TWS, and two over-ear headsets —JBL Quantum 810 and JBL Quantum 610. These are joined by JBL’s first USB microphone — JBL Quantum Stream. All three Quantum headphones use JBL’s QuantumEngine PC software to customise RGB colours and more. JBL Live Pro 2 in-ear true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds are another new audio offering from the brand.
JBL Pulse 5, JBL BoomBox 3, JBL PartyBox Encore price, availability
The new JBL Pulse 5 comes with a price tag of EUR 249 (roughly Rs. 20,900) and JBL BoomBox 3 will retail for EUR 549 (roughly Rs. 46,200). Additionally, JBL PartyBox Encore will retail at EUR 349 (roughly Rs. 29,300)
JBL BoomBox 3 will be available in Black and Squad colour options. Colour options of the other two devices are not yet revealed by JBL. New JBL portable speakers and JBL PartyBox Encore will be available for purchase via the company’s official website and selected retailers starting summer 2022.
JBL Quantum Stream, JBL Quantum TWS, JBL Quantum 810, JBL Quantum 610, JBL Live Pro 2 price, availability
JBL Quantum Stream will retail for EUR 99.99 (roughly Rs. 8,400). JBL Quantum TWS and JBL Quantum 610 are priced at EUR 149 (roughly Rs. 12,500) and JBL Quantum 810 headsets are launched with a price tag of 179 (roughly Rs. 15,000). JBL Live Pro 2 in-ear TWS earbuds will retail for EUR 179.99 (roughly Rs. 15,100).
All the new additions to the JBL Quantum lineup will be available for purchase in Blue, Red, and Green colour options. JBL Live Pro 2 come in Blue, Black and White colour options.
According to JBL, all new devices in the Quantum lineup along with JBL Live Pro 2 will go on sale starting spring 2022 via the official website and select retailers.
India pricing and availability details of the new JBL products are yet to be announced.
JBL Pulse 5, JBL Boombox 3, JBL PartyBox Encore Specifications, features
The new portable speakers by JBL come with fresh designs and improvements over their predecessors. As mentioned, JBL Pulse 5 pairs 360-degree immersive sound with a LED light show. JBL BoomBox 3 has a three-way acoustic speaker design. Both the devices feature Bluetooth v5.3 for connectivity and offer wireless connectivity to up to two smartphones or tablets to the speaker. They are IP67 rated for water and dust resistance as well. Users can choose colours and effects through the JBL Portable app available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store. JBL Pulse 5 and JBL BoomBox 3 can be paired with two JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers for stereo sound or link multiple JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers.
JBL Pulse 5 is said to deliver up to 12 hours of playtime on a single charge. It supports USB Type-C charging as well.
JBL Boombox 3 packs a subwoofer, two mid-range drivers, and two tweeters. The portable speaker is said to deliver deeper bass than its predecessors. JBL Boombox 3 is said to deliver up to 24 hours of playtime. It has an inbuilt power bank which allows users to charge their devices.
JBL PartyBox Encore comes with a digital wireless microphone (with AA batteries). With the dedicated JBL PartyBox app, users can customise the lightshow. It has a speaker output power of 100W and offers up to 10 hours of playtime with JBL PartyBox Lightshow. The party speaker has an IPX4 rating for water resistance and has USB and aux-in input. It offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth v5.1. JBL PartyBox Encore can be used to pair two speakers together for stereo sound as well.
JBL Quantum Stream, JBL Quantum TWS, JBL Quantum 810, JBL Quantum 610, JBL Live Pro 2 specifications, features
JBL Quantum Stream is introduced by the company as its first USB microphone. The dual-condenser microphone has a reversible stand that provides 360-degree movement, with additional mounting options. It has a metal design, and the stand is made up of aluminium. It also includes a metal ring and iron net. The microphone of JBL Quantum Stream features 2x14mm electret condenser with 24bit and 96kHz sampling rate. It features two selectable voice pick-up patterns to isolate one voice or include many. JBL has provided a mute button with an RGB ring indicator light. The latest JBL USB microphone is compatible with JBL QuantumEngine PC software.
JBL Quantum TWS is another new addition to the company’s Quantum range. JBL is touting JBL Quantum TWS as its first true wireless gaming headset. The Quantum TWS are made for mobile and console gamers alike. With a USB Type-C adapter, the headset ensures low-latency playback across PC, Mac, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and compatible mobile handsets.
The in-ear gaming headset have six beamforming microphones (three on each earbud). They support virtual surround sound, adaptive noise cancelling, and an ambient pass-through. The gaming headset are IPX5 water-resistant. JBL Quantum TWS also supports two connections at the same time via USB Type-C dongle or Bluetooth v5.2. Users will also get multi-AI support via JBL Quantum TWS when connected to a mobile device. In addition to JBL QuantumEngine PC software, they are compatible with the JBL Headphones app. JBL says they can last up to eight hours on a charge alone, and up to 24 hours with the case.
JBL Quantum 610 and JBL Quantum 810 support JBL Quantum Surround and DTS Headphone:X 2.0. Like all other new models in the Quantum series, JBL Quantum 610, and JBL Quantum 810 are also compatible with the JBL QuantumEngine PC software and allow users to customise the audio and RGB lighting effects.
JBL Quantum 810 sports 50mm drivers and have active noise cancelling (ANC) feature along with a voice-focus beam microphone. The gaming headset uses a 2.4GHz wireless connection and allows pairing via Bluetooth v5.2. They are claimed by JBL to deliver up to 30-hour battery life.
JBL Quantum 610, like the JBL Quantum 810 model, features hi-resolution certified 50mm drivers powered by the JBL Quantum Sound Signature. They feature a voice-focussed flip-up boom microphone with auto-on and off mute feature. They use a 2.4GHz wireless connection and are said to offer up to 40 hours of battery life. They can be put on charging while gaming as well.
JBL Live Pro 2 TWS earbuds come with true adaptive noise cancelling feature. The earbuds feature 11mm drivers and six microphones with noise and wind isolation technology. JBL Live Pro 2 support dual connection and sync with Google fast pair. They also support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, offering a hands-free voice control option for users. Users can access the device with touch control or through the dedicated JBL headphone app. They are IPX5 rated for water as well. JBL Live Pro 2 are said to deliver up to 40 hours of playback time with 10 hours on the earbud and 30 hours from the charging case, in a single charge. The earbuds are said to offer up to four hours of playback time with 15 minutes of charging. They also said to support Qi compatible charging as well.
Best deals today: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, M1 MacBook Air, and more
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Today’s best deals feature tons of cool products, starting with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is now available for as low as $700 after a couple of conditions. This crazy deal is available thanks to Samsung’s latest Memorial Day deals, where you will be able to pick up a Galaxy Z Flip 3 for as low as $125.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 usually sells for $1,800, but the latest deals will let you score massive savings. The first option lets you get the Galaxy Z Fold 3 for $700 after a $1,100 discount that becomes available after trading in up to two of your current devices. This will get you a new and unlocked device with 256GB storage space on any of its three different color options. Further, this deal will also get you a free Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with your purchase.
If you don’t want to trade in any of your current devices, you can also head over to Amazon.com, where the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is now available for $1,400 after scoring a 22 percent discount that translates to $400 savings. This deal will also get you $230 extra savings when you purchase one or more Galaxy Z Fold 3 devices. And if you want to get one of these foldables for less, you can also consider picking up a renewed model that now sells for $980 after seeing a $509 discount.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is one of the best and coolest foldable phones on the market. It features a large 7.6-inch Infinity Flex display, stunning specs, stylus support, and other great features.
Next in our deals selection, we have Apple’s 2020 version of the MacBook Air that looks identical to its predecessor. However, this model comes powered by Apple’s M1 processor. It is now available for $1,179 after receiving a 6 percent discount that will get you $70 savings.
Apple’s M1 MacBook Air comes packed with a 13.3-inch Retina display, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage space, all-day battery life, and a fanless design that makes it even lighter and quieter than other laptops in its category. As a result, this laptop may be the best option for those looking to enter Apple’s Mac segment, and it will be perfect for creators and people who use graphics-intensive apps.
However, you don’t need to pay more than $1,000 for a new laptop. Especially when you only need your new device to get basic schoolwork done. If that’s all you need, we suggest you check out the Samsung Chromebook Go Slim Laptop which comes packed with an Intel Celeron N4500 processor, 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM. This model currently sells for $250 after getting a $50 discount, so it’s a nice option to consider.
Apple’s 2020 MacBook Air is still one of Cupertino’s best laptops. It features an M1 chip, a 13.3-inch Retina Display, all-day battery life, and other great features.
Samsung Class QLED Q60B Series
Yes, there are more Samsung products on sale. But now, we are going to focus on the smart TV segment, as the Samsung Class QLED Q60B Series is getting some interesting discounts. For instance, you can currently buy your new 85-inch Class QLED Q60B Series model with 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR for $1,998 after scoring a $300 discount that could easily get you another smart TV. You will find different savings depending on the display size you go for, so remember to check every option before deciding on one.
You can also score savings on the Class Neo QLED 4K QN85B Series Mini LED Quantum HDR that now starts at $1,298 after receiving a 13 percent discount that translates to $200 savings for those interested in buying one. The same $200 discount is applied to the 65 and 75-inch models, but the best savings come with the larger 85-inch option that is now up for grabs at $3,498 after a $500 discount.
Samsung Class QLED Q60B Series
Buy a new Samsung Class QLED Q60B Series and receive amazing image quality, a quantum processor Lite with 4K content upscaling, dual-LED technology to receive real-life colors, and more.
LG UltraFine Display Ergo
Still in the display category, but moving on to PC monitors, we have the LG UltraFine Display Ergo that is now receiving a 15 percent discount, which means you can take one home, or to your office for $597, which means you can get one and save more than $100. This will get you a 32-inch UltraFine Display Ergo display with UHD resolution, anti-glare coating, USB-C connectivity with 60W Power Delivery, 60Hz refresh rates, and more.
You can also score a larger 34-inch LG UltraWide Monitor with a QHD resolution and support for AMD FreeSyng, HDR 10, and more for $497 after scoring a 17 percent discount that translates to $103 savings. Either way, you will be getting a very practical monitor that will move around to meet your needs.
LG UltraFine Display Ergo
LG’s monitors with Ergo Stands will let you extend, retract, swivel, pivot, tilt and move your monitor around to fit your creative needs better. Plus, it’s compatible with the latest technology to give you an outstanding experience, bright colors, and more.
Ultimate Ears Hyperboom Bluetooth Speaker
Finally, we have the Ultimate Ears Hyperboom Portable & Home Wireless Bluetooth Speaker that is now available for $400 after scoring a $50 discount. This model features an insanely loud speaker, which comes with powerful bass, up to 150 ft range, and the best part is that it’s water-resistant, so you can take it to your pool party without a worry in the world. And if you want a more affordable option, you can also consider the JBL FLIP 5, which is also on sale. This model is now available for $100 after a 23 percent discount that will get you $30 savings. And the best part is that it is also waterproof.
Ultimate Ears Hyperboom Bluetooth Speaker
The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom Portable & Home Wireless Bluetooth Speaker features amazing sound, all-day battery life, adaptive equalizer, and more to help you enjoy your tunes anywhere you go.
Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 Wireless Neckband Earphones With 17 Hours Playback Time Launched in India
Zeb-Yoga 3 wireless neckband earphones have been launched by Zebronics in India. Zebronics says that these wireless neckband earphones offer an ergonomic and flexible design. The Zeb-Yoga 3 come with metallic magnetic earpieces and is designed for durability with superior build quality, according to the company. Moreover, Zebronics claims that these wireless neckband earphones also offer up to 17 hours of playback time and come with controls for media, and volume, and voice assistant support for Android and iOS devices.
Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 price, availability details
The Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 wireless neckband earphones will be available to purchase at an introductory price of Rs. 699 on the Reliance Digital online store. The earphones are listed on the Zebronics website with a price tag of Rs.1,899.
Buyers will get an option to choose the earphones in Black, Blue, Green and Orange colour options.
Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 specifications, features
The Zeb-Yoga 3 wireless neckband earphones feature 14mm drivers. As mentioned, the neckband earphones come with an ergonomic, flexible, and lightweight design. The earphones weigh just 27g and feature in-ear style earbuds.
Moreover, Zebronics says that the Zeb-Yoga 3 neckband earphones offer up to 17 hours of playback time with a rapid charging feature. A quick 10-minute charge will enable up to 8 hours of usage. For connectivity, they come with Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting your phone or other devices. In terms of dimensions, the Zeb-Yoga 3 measure 111.2×28.2×182.7mm.
Speaking on the launch, Pradeep Doshi, Director, Zebronics India, said, “We’re always working on upgrading our product portfolio and working in line with our mission of bringing premium to the masses. Zeb-Yoga 3 is the new introduction with peppy colours, so it’s not only about the performance, but it’s also about the style, an identity that you believe in.”
The new Sony LinkBuds S is not what we expected
Sony finally unveiled the successor of the XM4 wireless headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM5. Before the announcement, a few leaks suggested that Sony would unveil the XM5 headphones alongside the new Sony LinkBuds S, but it looks like the company needed a week to take the spotlight off of its new flagship headphones. The new LinkBuds S is finally here.
The Sony LinkBuds S has ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) and Ambient mode to help you hear your surroundings and cancel out noise in noisy and loud environments. The new wireless earbuds cost $200, and each earbud weighs only 4.8 g. The earbuds support Sony’s high-quality LDAC Bluetooth codec for a better sounding experience, but the earbuds themselves are more of a traditional earbud, as opposed to the previously announced Sony LinkBuds open ear earbuds.
Sony says that the “Link” part in the name stands for can link your outside and digital life with impressive features that make the transition seamless (via TheVerge). While it features the ambient mode that can be found on the original LinkBuds earbuds, it’s a completely different set of earbuds.
The earbuds feature a 5mm audio driver, and the sound quality is said to be improved a lot compared to other high-end and premium Sony wireless earbuds. When it comes to battery life, Sony says that it can last for up to six hours with ANC on, and nine hours with ANC turned off. The case can provide an additional 20 hours of playback. The charging case takes up to three hours to be fully charged via a USB-C port on the back. There’s no wireless charging.
The new LinkBuds S is also IPX4 rated, which means that it can survive some splashes of water, rain, and sweat, making it ideal for gym users who want to take advantage of ANC and the ambient mode features. The earbuds are available in three colors, Black, Desert Sand (Cream), and White. The earbuds start at $200, and are already available at Amazon and BestBuy. The Desert Sand color appears to be exclusively available at BestBuy.
Sony LinkBuds S
The new Sony LinkBuds S comes with an up to 6 hours of battery life, and 20 hours with the charging case. It features ANC and Ambient Sound features, and it has a noticeable improvement in sound quality compared to other competitive wireless earbuds.
Premium price doesn’t mean premium features
It might seem silly, but at $200 the Sony LinkBuds S isn’t just a standard cheap pair of wireless earbuds. The higher price tag means that it packs more features, and while the sound quality is said to be improved, and the ANC, Ambient Mode and microphone are all praised by early reviews, we must highlight the fact that wireless earbuds must have wireless charging capabilities at this price tag.
Wireless charging is a deal-breaker for me, and I could look past that feature for the traditional LinkBuds that cost slightly less, but it’s hard to overlook it for the LinkBuds S. I only ever charge my wireless audio gear with a cable when I’m in a hurry and they’re out of juice. Cable is faster and more efficient, but wireless charging allows me to throw them on the charging pad during the day and forget about it until I use them, usually at night or late evenings.
If the original LinkBuds and the LinkBuds S were both about $30 cheaper, it could easily be said that it’s to save on costs, but at $200, it’s an entirely different story. Let’s hope that the next generation of these two earbuds will get wireless charging.
I was excited to try these out for their seemingly superior Ambient mode, and while I’m still going to try and take it for a spin, I highly doubt they’ll become my new go-to wireless earbuds, unless the sound quality and overall set of features amaze me to the point that I no longer care about the deal-breaking wireless charging feature.
Sony LinkBuds S alternatives
Depending on your needs, you might be disappointed about the lack of wireless charging, but you might also not understand what this person is complaining about, after all, it’s not something that you might be using and relying on a day-to-day basis, as I do. That’s a fair point, but here are a few alternatives that cost roughly about the same price and come with the feature, making the Linkbuds S a hard to recommend, unless the Sony audio quality, great microphone, and excellent ANC/Ambient features are what you’re after.
Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds
Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds have one of the best noise-canceling features on the market today, and it has excellent audio drivers that deliver crisp and clear sound.
Apple AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro offers Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode to hear the world around you, and Adaptive EQ to fine-tune audio to your ears. The earbuds are sweat and water-resistant and last up to 6-hours on a single charge.
The new TWS Sony LinkBuds come with a unique ring-like open-ear design that lets you listen to your favorite music, and hear your surround sound. It doesn’t have wireless charging, unlike other earbuds on this list.
Nothing Ear (1)
Excellent pair of wireless earbuds in a unique transparent design and great battery life. Nothing Ear (1) is also compatible with both Android and iOS, and packs all of the features that you’re looking for in wireless earbuds at this price point.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
Galaxy Buds 2 are the latest TWS product from Samsung, which promises a great listening experience with ANC in a new lightweight design. At $149.99, it is hard to ignore them, especially if you already own a smartphone from Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro has impressive ANC and Ambient Mode features, supports wireless charging, and comes with overall OK battery life. They pair well with Samsung smartphones, as well as other Android devices and even iPhones.
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