Friday, October 31, 2014

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Bang & Olufsen launched its first Bluetooth speaker featuring its True 360 sound experience and a 24-hour battery life. BeoPlay A2 is a premium Bluetooth speaker that is made to move. Two channels on each side of the BeoPlay A2 speaker gives a full stereo experience although you have such a flat form factor. The placement of the drivers on each side, and the Bang & Olufsen solution called Power Response Enhancement ensure sound radiation around the edges, giving you a True360 sound experience.

The core of the speaker is made out of extruded aluminium. The technique allows for complex cross sections, and ensures an excellent surface finish.

The sleek BeoPlay A2 speaker features an aluminum base flanked by polymer speaker grilles, and a short premium full-grain leather strap for carrying, available in elegant green, pitch black or cool grey.

It measures 4.4 x 14.2 x 25.6 cm (1.7 x 5.6 x 10 inches) and weighs 1.1 kg (2.42 lb).
Spec.: two 3-inch full range drivers, two 3-inch passive bass radiators and two 3/4-inch tweeters – all of which is driven by a 180-Watt amplifier that delivers an effective frequency range of 55Hz to 24kHz.

BeoPlay A2 speaker is available now, priced at €349 ($440).

Get it from Amazon: B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen

De Grisogono Crazy Skull, A One-Of-A-Kind Halloween Watch

You don’t have to be crazy to wear the “Crazy Skull” watch from Swiss jeweler de Grisogono. The skull is a favorite design object for many designers – Alexander McQueen and Damian Hirst are just a couple of them. Often considered as a symbol of mortality, courage, non-conformity and free-thinking, however in Hamlet Shakespeare used skull as a symbol to express humor and despair.

It took de Grisogono’s creative director Fawaz Gruosi almost a year to do research and development. And 250 hours of complex jewelry work was done by master watchmakers and gem-setters, goldsmiths, diamond-cutters and polishers to get everything right. This unique creation feature a set of teeth made from white baguette-cut diamonds weighing 7.70 karats in total. An in-house built mouth mechanism that took 9 months to develop creates a bit of Halloween magic. When the lower jaw is opened, the “Crazy Skull” sticks out its tongue – set with 66 pink sapphires or rubies.

“My creative process starts with an idea running through my head. Then I make a design and start to look for the appropriate stones. In order to unleash my creativity, I never take into account commercial, financial or temporal constraints. Creativity is therefore a pure expression of passion,” said Fawaz Gruosi.

The skull itself is snow-set with 890 diamonds or rubies close to 23 karats. In all, twenty different sizes of stones are encrusted. Its nose made from a heart-cut 1.5 karat white diamond, come from a 3 karat square-cut stone. It also has a kinetic technology inspired time mechanism where spiral setting of black and white diamonds gives the impression of movement inside two magnetic eyes.

The quartz SF 10-44 caliber movement powered skull is offered in three versions – black carbonado, rubies and white diamonds. A galuchat strap with two bone-shaped, diamond or ruby studded clasps complete the watch. Limited to just 10 pieces, the Crazy Skull depending on customization could cost between $633,000 and $822,000.

Hello Kitty Headphones by Beats by Dr.Dre for 40th Anniversary

To commemorate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, Beats by Dr. Dre teamed up with Sanrio to release a special collection, which will include new Solo2 commemorative headphones and popular UrBeats earphones with an adorable custom Hello Kitty case.

Now you and your favorite feline friend can hear your music wherever you go. New Solo2 over-the-ear headphones feature an all-over Hello Kitty print in a signature red, white, and blue color scheme, while he new urBeats in-ear earphones feature the same colors along with a bow decoration and a matching bow-shaped collector’s pouch.

Both, headphones ($249.95) and earphones ($149.95) will be available worldwide in mid-November, but all Hello Kitty fans will have to wait until their official debut during Hello Kitty Con 2014 in Los Angeles, scheduled for October 30 – November, 2014.

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