Beats Electronics launched three new products today adding to their ever-growing line of wares designed to bring studio-quality audio to today’s listener.
The vision of Beats Co-Founders, legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, is to re-introduce sound to today’s listener, giving them music the way the producer intended it to be heard and bringing back what has been lost through poor quality equipment and digital music encoding. The new portfolio of products carries this vision forward.
Introduced today were:
• Beats Pill Portable Wireless Speaker. Amazing sound from an aptly-named small Bluetooth speaker. The first speaker to support tap-to-pair NFC and apt-X technology for easy and instant Bluetooth audio. Designed to optimize sound quality and maximize volume. Available in black, white and red for $199.
• The Executive Over-the-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones. Designed to balance noise cancellation that is so important to many travelers without compromising sound. Features all of the benefits of the Beats by Dre Studio Headphones with the added benefit of blocking out jet engine noises and screaming children. Available in a classic silver color featuring high-end metallic and leather finishes for $299.
• urBeats In-Ear Headphones. This newest mid-price edition to the Beats earphone line features tough metal housing for more durability, better sound, and beautiful looks. Available in Black, White and Gunmetal for $99.
The new product line takes clear aim at competing products, such as the Jawbone JAMBOX speaker and the BOSE QuietComfort headset. From what we heard today, Beats’ aim was perfect because they hit the bullseye!
All three products are available now from the Beats Store, authorized Beats resellers and at www.beatsbydre.com.
Additionally, Beats announced today that artist and producer Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame has joined the company, bringing yet another relentless perfectionist to the team.
With CES coming up, it's time to take a break and charge-up for 4 days on our feet, very little food, and tons of alcohol. It's a tough job but....
We're headed two hours south from LA - to San Diego . The city has a rep as a family vaca spot (hello, theme parks like Sea World) but we discovered a way to make it a luxury weekend va-ca.
We're staying at the new boutique Andaz hotel, located downtown in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where they greet you with a complimentary drink during check-in.
With only 159 guest rooms (including 13 suites) it's understated luxury with fabulous service. You can spend the entire two days there, at the Ivy wine bar with 88 wines by the glass or enjoying the view from the Ivy Rooftop and Lounge, which features the requisite cabanas and fabulous cocktails. There's even a multi-leveled nightclub with DJ's, dancing and Quarter kitchen, their signature restaurant, will soon be converted to a Katsuya, which is just another excuse to go back.
Should you want to venture out from your hotel-home, we're in love with the GOGA boutique, owned by Project Runway contestant Gordana which features her unique designs and sourced-jewelry, most from local artisans. 401 Market Street ; (619) 564-7660.
For a truly French meal, we treated ourselves to Bertrand's at Mister A's , which Gayot voted as one of the Top 10 Penthouse Restaurants in the United States. 2550 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor; (619)239-1377. It was the best food we've had since, well, Paris.
And there wasn't a whale in sight the entire trip.
It looks like platinum, sparkles like platium but it's lighter, and more affordable? That's Palladium metal, which was actually discovered in 1803, is now making a big play for the luxury jewely market. While it has the aesthetic appeal of platinum, it's affordable, compared to platinum or gold. (As of last week, gold is was trading at a higher cost than platinum.)
Part of the platinum group of metal, palladium is one of four precious metals. It is silvery white in color, but of higher quality than silver. Palladium is rarer than gold and its color won’t tarnish over time. Palladium metal is being used by many top jewelry designers including Simon G, Todd Reed, Martin Flyer, Sorella and more.
Unlike with other metals, large and bolder pieces are comfortable to wear for hours since the metal is so lightweight.
The ad campaign certainly got our attention with spokespeople like Kelly Osborne declaring they are “So Over heavy metal." For more info, check out Luxury Palladium.
Going for a run or a quick work out during lunch is often the only way some people can squeeze in the time to exercise. That's why we love this very clever (but presumably VERY expensive) idea from My Lane, which gives you your own space to change, shower and get yourself ready for work again. Ideal for those who like to exercise during the day but either don't have a shower at work or feel weird about getting naked when your colleagues are metres away!
[Via Yanko Design]
Juicy Couture new product is putting a fresh coat of paint on the old picnic theme. Available for pre-order, the Staycation Kit has everything you need to have a fun day at the park. The kit comes in a logo-themed leather tote bag that contains two mp3 speakers. There's also cutlery, dishes, and tumblers which are diswasher safe. There's even a blanket and cloth napkins that are machine washable.
The speaker dimensions are 12"H x 13"W x 6"D. There's no word on the wattage, so the sound quality is anyone's guess. The kit is available for $248. Just like the tagline says it's "everything you need to take your beau or bestie out for a picnic."
Of all the gadgets that tempt and goad us into poetry (sometimes unintended) while we bring to you the fascinating world of personal electronics, the least we expected to jump into the category was an audio amplifier. But it has happened so, and we couldn't help but be blown over. Completely.
The Elekit EK amplifier is a classic case of ugly-duckling-turns-awesome-swan in the history of amplifiers. It is a vacuum tube hybrid stereo amplifier designed by Koichi Futatsumata, and manufactured by Japanese audio equipment manufacturer Case Real, for the high-end audio electronics company Elekit. That a byproduct of the design motto to make an audio amplifier that would appeal to the younger generation. Sleek steel casing, hidden circuitry and mechanical parts, and all user interaction accomplished with just two aluminium dials sums up this great design. And the specs are overshadowed, if not completely outdone - output power of 10 + 10 Watts, sensitivity rating of 560mV (RCA jacks), 180mV (mini phone jack for your PMP), and 5Hz - 50kHz frequency response band.
Now for the sad news - not only is the sale of the Elekit EK amplifier "yet undecided", but even otherwise you may be far too bank-unworthy to be considered.
Would you believe it if we were to tell you that Vertu has released its first clamshell phone? No wait, let us rephrase that. Would you believe it if we were to tell you that Vertu has released its first clamshell phone for - as the promos say - the "global citizen"? You would, only, now you would wonder if you can dare to belong to this mysterious genre called "global citizen" given Vertu's historical exclusivity.
And we'd hate to tell you that most of us don't. Vertu's latest phone series - Constellation F Ayxta - is still as untouchable to common folks as ever. It is Vertu's first clamshell, and is made from expensive materials that include stainless steel, ceramic, leather, sapphire crystal (for the display) and aerospace grade aluminum parts. For those who didn't flinch, the Ayxta sports a 3MP camera with dual LED flash, GPS, 3G HSDPA, microSD card support, and an application called "City Brief" that apparently provides “restaurant recommendations, the latest exhibitions, shopping guides and important cultural etiquette tips.” Grooming that maybe crucial to look worthy of the luxury that you are flaunting, eh?
The Constellation Ayxta series is priced between €4,900 ($7,178) and €6,500 ($9,522). So there goes affordability outta the door.
As if the obnoxious sweatpants with their name across the ass weren't enough, the folks at Juicy Couture have unleashed their latest travesty upon the unsuspecting masses -- the Juicy Couture "Back To School" Flexi Keyboard. Hoping to appeal to the geek girl diva crowd, the rubber and silicone number comes in bubblegum pink, because as you know, women are just suckers for anything pretty and pink (eye roll). The lettering on the keyboard is done in Juicy's usual Old English lettering.
Cheap marketing ploy aside, this USB keyboard does have some good points. The rubber and silicone body lets users roll it up like a yoga mat, making it totally portable. It's also Mac and PC friendly.
The fancy pants keyboard is retailing at Nordstrom for a whopping $45, a little pricey for a keyboard, but such is the price of couture I guess.
Many luxury cell phones on the market tend to be all bling and no substance. Not so with mobiles from Canadian company Mobiado. These phones are the real deal offering style and some respectable technology. The company is known for creating some showstopping devices including the 2004 Professional, the first phone to be created from aircraft aluminum and the 2008 Professional 105ZAF, the first phone to be made from sapphire crystal from front to back.
Hoping to expand upon the tradition, Mobiado has just announced the release of the PRO105GCB Rose. The new addition to the Professional line comes with a frame created from 18 karat rose gold with hand painted lettering and symbols while the front and back and buttons are crafted from sapphire crystal. The phone also includes a 2-inch QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera with video capability, a music and video player, 1GB of internal memory and 3G network capability.
No word on pricing yet, but since it's a luxury phone, expect this glitzy phone to cost a pretty penny.
We'll have to wait and see what customers think of Amazon's new model of Kindle, the DX, but we can take a look at the specs right now. Unlike past models, the DX is designed to make it easier to read newspapers and magazines on a digital device.
Of course, this new gen e-reader can also be used for books - up to 3500 of them, in fact - that's 2000 more than its predecessor (275,000 books are available for the Kindle so far - and counting). But while it's very slim (just over 1/3 of an inch) and the new screen allows for more reading space, it does take up a bit more room.
Whether you'll be splashing out on a $489.00 pre-order or not, we'd be interested to know if you are willing (in theory) to give up a little more room in your travel bag (and a few more dollars) for a bigger screen... or do you prefer the original shape of the Kindle?
Amazon is obviously hedging its bets on that one, as both will be available for a while. (Although not outside America, darn it.)