Audio - Audio hardware and technology
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  • 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.
    Xplay 6 is the latest vivo flagship smartphone. It is an upgraded version of Xplay 5s with larger internal storage, RAM, audio, and an extra camera. Of course, we are still concerning about the call quality.
    In 2016, we released 687 articles in Chinese, 180 of those are reviews, 30 are comments. We reviewed 34 earphones, 17 of those are in-ear phones, and the rest are headphones. Ten earphones are Chinese brand, and 5 of them attached special functions. We reviewed 12 speakers, 9 of them are able to connected to the internet or to speak.
    Although the headline is Smartphone, we are not just concerning smartphones, we are concerning all devices and contents that have close connection with smartphones, such as Smart Home, Voice Assistant, VR and so on.
    Here is our first annual report in English. Audio, which is our most concerning, comes first. The headset market is about to usher a upgradition. What will Chinese manufacturers do?
    Audio had never been a selling point for Huawei, nor do the Mate9. However, as the most serious media in smartphone audio testing, this review is necessary. We did not expect the Mate 9 high in audio performance, an average level is fine.
    They released X9, X9 Plus and Xplay 6 at the same time, all those smartphones adopted independent DAC for audio. Compared to the other ones, X9 has the lowest market position and weakest audio sub-system. However, vivo may be the only one who still adopts independent DAC.
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