i-Blason’s Marble-inspired cases give your AirPods some serious bling

Designed to resemble a fancy lighter or a case for your cigar-cutter, i-Blason’s Cosmo Airpods cover looks pretty goddamn fantastic. With its interplay of marble-inlay and gold, each case has the appearance of a literal jewel. The cases (available in black, green, and pink) are relatively easy to install, as they slip on with a pretty snug fit. They even come with a patterned PU leather strap, the ability to charge wirelessly if you’re using the 2nd generation AirPods, and a cutout for plugging in a lightning cable, making it compatible with both generations of AirPods.

It’s worth noting though that the cases don’t literally come made with marble (or gold), which would unnecessarily increase the weight and affect its ability to be wirelessly charged. The graphics on the cases do look absolutely convincing though, and with a shock-absorbing TPU bumper running around the edges, your AirPods remain protected from accidental drops too!

Designer: i-Blason

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Ingrana’s Modular Synth Days Calendar gives you a new sound everyday for 15 years

Giving you a new sound to associate with each day of the year, Ingrana’s Modular Synth Days Calendar is a great way to understand synesthesia or cross-sense experiences. The modular synth comes with multiple modules, 24 keys, and two 3/4″ cables. The modules correspond to a day, date, month, and year going all the way till 31st December 2034, and each module sports a series of 3/4″ inlets you can plug your cables into. Modeled on a Moog synth, the Modular Synth Days calendar takes a funky approach to reading the date, as you plug in and out cables to connect modules to each other that in turn alter the synth’s sound, giving you a new sound each day. Hang it on the wall, display it on your desktop, and jam away till the year 2034! Or better still, hook it to your doorbell so you’ve got a new sounding riff every time someone shows up at your door!

Designer: Ingrana

Bose made a 360-degree audio AR experience for the new ‘Star Wars’

Audio-based augmented reality has taken something of a backseat to the more visually-driven stuff, but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of cool things happening in the area. Today, Bose is launching a brand new audio AR experience through the off...

Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus review: Improved, but still pricey

In 2018, Master & Dynamic joined the true wireless fray. The company had been making headphones for years, including a number of wireless models, but it had yet to jump on the latest earbud bandwagon. With the MW07, M&D was able to bring its...

Yamaha’s latest turntable steps into the future while paying a tribute to the past!

Yamaha’s latest turntable is not your usual aluminum platter, tonearm and cartridge trio. It promises to be much more. The Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 combines the iconic vinyl record player with modern wireless technology. Old school meets modernity in this game-changing audio product. Supported by an array of MusicCast speakers, the Vinyl 500 can be wirelessly connected to all of them using wi-fi, enabling seamless multi-room listening. However, a phono output can be used to connect to any pre-existing external preamps for those who prefer a traditional audio experience.

The Vinyl 500 has taken huge leaps into the future. It can effortlessly connect to all the popular music streaming platforms such as Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, Amazon Music and etc. Amped with Bluetooth and AirPlay, the Vinyl 500 invites in more devices for instant connectivity and versatile listening. Spicing things up further, the vinyl turntable is compatible with the MusicCast app, allowing you to easily control the system and your playlist from all over your home!

Sleek and minimalistic, Yamaha’s latest vinyl baby is reminiscent of a classic piano. Equipped with a straight tonearm and belt-drive motor, the turntable was designed to ensure the minimization of noise disruptions caused by vibrations. Available in two neutral shades of black and white, the MusicCast Vinyl 500 is a classy addition to any living space, and as Yamaha described it themselves, it is “A step into the future with a tribute to the past”.

Designer: Yamaha

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Sony SRS-WS1 Wearable Speaker Review: Personal Audio without Headphones

Most audio output devices fall into one of two categories: headphones for personal listening, and loudspeakers for group listening. But Sony’s new device falls somewhere between the two – a speaker you can wear. The SRS-WS1 is designed for those times that you want the sound quality and volume of a loudspeakers, but don’t want to wake the whole house.

Rather than pressing up against your ears or sitting inside of them, the SRS-WS1 sits around your neck and rests on your shoulders, using a unique acoustic design to channel audio to your ears. Additionally, it enhances the sound by producing vibrations you can feel. This design produces big sounds, while still allowing you to hear ambient sounds, which makes them great for people who might still need to be aware of their surroundings while enjoying high quality audio.

Setting up the SRS-WS1 is easy. Simply place the wireless transmitter and charging base on your table near your television or other audio source, then plug in the included optical or 3.5mm analog cable to its audio output. Just be sure to set your audio output to PCM if you’re using the digital connection. The wearable speaker operates wirelessly from up to about 25 feet away, letting you enjoy movies, TV, and video games from your couch. It runs for up to 7 hours on a charge, and can be juiced back up by docking the speaker on the charging base. It’s not a huge deal, but I would have liked to see the charging base and wireless transmitter combined into a single device instead of two.

What’s particularly impressive is just how rich and impactful the sound is with the wearable speakers sitting over your shoulders. There’s plenty of volume, and a nice, immersive soundstage, with crisp and clear dialogue, and surprising dynamic range. The vibration effect is pretty cool too, adding some thump to the low end. It’s not the bass boom you might be used to, it’s more of a haptic rumble sensation. Depending on your preferences, Sony lets you choose from three different intensity levels for the vibration feedback.

One thing I really enjoyed about wearing the SRS-WS1 was how much more comfortable they are than wearing headphones. I could see wearing these for hours without the fatigue that headphones can cause. It’s also really nice to be able to get up from the couch and walk to the kitchen and still hear your audio just as clearly and without volume changes. Keep in mind, unlike some headphones, others can hear what you’re listening too when they’re nearby. You won’t hear the sound in an adjacent room or across the house, but you can definitely hear it if you’re sitting next to someone wearing the speakers, and from several feet away.

While they’re primarily designed for listening to TV audio, they can be connected directly to other devices the included 3.5mm audio adapter cable. That said, I really wish they had included Bluetooth functionality, as I’d love to listen to music from my iPhone with these too.

In today’s sea of gadget homogeneity, it’s refreshing to see Sony step out of the box and create something that’s really unique and innovative here. It’s kind of niche in its use cases, but if you want great sound quality without disturbing the whole house, and would like something more comfortable than headphones, the SRS-WS1 is definitely worth considering. They’re available now, direct from Sony for $299.99.

Making Music with Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel has long been one of the most popular pieces of business software, and is used by pretty much every company on the planet to create spreadsheets, databases, charts, tables, and financial models. It also can be used to play video games. Now, it turns out it can make music as well.

Using custom Visual Basic macros and buttons, musician Dylan Tallchief was able to create a working drum machine sequencer that works right Excel. The trick is that it generates MIDI signals and sends them to either a virtual synthesizer on your computer, or to an external MIDI device. Check it out in action in the video below:

If you’ve got Excel 2019 or Office 365 and want to give this thing a whirl, you can download the Excel Drum Machine spreadsheet on Google Drive, and if you enjoy what you heard, consider supporting Dylan on Patreon.

Podcasts can now win Pulitzer Prizes

Podcasts like S-Town, Serial and Believed aren't just enthralling, they're also great examples of hard-hitting, in-depth reporting. With that in mind, the Pulitzer Prize Board is adding a new journalism prize category for audio reporting.