Audio - Audio hardware and technology
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  • The Samsung Note 7 recall seriously harmed Samsung's brand around the world, especially in China. Could its brand image be overhauled? S8 & S8+ is the key factor. This time we got S8 and S8+ at the same time, so the audio review is about both of them. Both are Chinese version.
    Since Pixel C released in 2015, Pixel series had replaced the Nexus series to become the most Google Android brand. The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone released last October were the upgradation version of Nexus 6 series, ODM by HTC. We bought the Pixel XL to see its performance and experience the latest Android. As a Google product, how about its audio performance?
    S50 is Edifier's very first sound bar, which uses a Titanium dome tweeter and two 70mm aluminum sub-woofers for each channel. This sound bar, just like other Edifier products, is also equipped with Edifier's digital crossover technology, and a TAS 5754 amplifier.
    Not long ago, a wealth young reader provided a Huawei Mate 9 for us to test. The audio performance of Huawei Mate 9 is just average. Will this Pro vision have a Pro audio performance? We suppose the answer is NO, because Huawei does not mention anything special on audio.
    CM102 is a new JBL branded speaker system, but it does not seem like a JBL product, because it just has an ordinary appearance. It adopts wood cabinet rather than plastic, which are widely adopted by other JBL speakers. Sold at 999 - 1299 RMB (about $150-200).
    Edifier S880 is a 2.0 active speaker system that will be released in China soon. If just look at this name, you may consider that it has a similar market positioning with the S1000, and it is also sold at RMB 1198 (about 160 USD). However, S880 has a much smaller size than S1000/S2000 series, and it is more suitable to be placed on bookshelf.
    AirPulse A200 is the very first product that Edifier used the trademark and cooperated with Phil Jones. Since May 2011, Edifier released their new logo, and officially unveiled at the press conference. It adopts a brand new ribbon tweeter and a re-designed mid-woofer.
    Edifier released A200 active speaker with the high-end brand, AirPluse. The A200 horn loaded tweeter is a true ribbon tweeter. The 5.5" woofer in the A200 is an aluminum cone/large voice coil signature Phil Jones design.
    Games had been one of the most important program since the day HMD boned. Now, this console generation is able to cope with 3D VR rendering at an entry level. As a leader in entertaining, technology and beloved, Sony, also a leader in console, released PlayStation VR in Oct. 2016.
    CM102 is a 2.0 speaker with 1-inch silk dome tweeters and 4-inch metal woofer. By now, CM102 is sold at 999RMB (about $150), and JBL also provides another version for USB stream playing with a higher price. How it sounds like?
    vivo brands Xplay series as the highest ending smartphone. However, because of the high price, Xplay series are sold much less than X series. vivo choose to upgrade Xplay series with a longer term. Each time when vivo upgrade Xplay series, they will also improve the audio performance, and that's what we concern most.
    As part of the Apple iPhone 7 press conference, Apple also introduced a new range of Beats by Dre headphones, all of which include the same W1 chip just like the new AirPods. Beats Solo 3 is the 2nd gen of Solo Wireless. It up to 40 hours of battery life. Or, with Fast Fuel, a quick 5-minute charge provides 3 hours of playback.
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