Jays from Sweden joined the earphone market in 2006 with the balanced armature earphone, d-Jays. Since then, their engineers have been busy creating new technology and designs for their products. Later, they introduced the dynamic driver, j-Jays and the dual balanced armature, q-Jays that we tested in May 2009. Today, we have the s-Jays, an earphone that uses a new technology dubbed, ‘siren’, which refers to armature drivers which work similarly to moving coil drivers (dynamic). The drivers are designed to maximize low frequency performance and allow for high volume output without distortion. Jays has taken this technology and put it in their s-Jay, for the reasonable sum of $89.99.
Klipsch, a leader in consumer and professional speaker systems since 1946, began production of premium earphones in 2007 with the Custom Series and the Image X10. In 2008, the X5 joined ranks in alongside the X10 in the Image line, and in 2009, two new members, the Image S2 and the Image S4, become the newest entrants from Klipsch. Both house new dynamic (moving coil) drivers, a departure from the X5 and X10, which use balanced armatures. Today, we have the Klipsch’s cheapest model, the Image S2, a $49.99 earphone which contends with many other affordable earphones. Be on the lookout for this earphone from electronics’ vendors in August as Klipsch have not yet released the new S2 and S4 earphones.
Apple’s wildly successful App Store was not the first mobile software catalogue, but it has been the most successful and with over 65 000 apps with a billion and a half sales, it is a digital steamroller. That Palm would enter the same market with the Pre was an easy forecast. As of 16 June, their SDK opened up to general development – a move that will take usher their Pre and its fanbase into the mainstream. Or will it?
Established 2005 in southern California, MEELectronics focus on providing customers with quality products and services at the best prices possible. MEElectronics’ products are aimed at iPod and iPhone owners,
offering a multitude of earphones and portable speakers. Today, we have their top-tier earphones with us, the Ai-M6 and the Ai-M9. Both house the same driver, same specifications, and the same sound. The difference you ask? The Ai-M6 is a $39.99 “over the ear” style inner earphone and the Ai-M9 is a $19.99 “straight down cable” style inner earphone that has a mic’d brother for only $10 more.
Phiaton, a brand new company that branched from Cresyn Audio introduced itself to our Industry last year, is a stylish, quality manufacturer that focuses on insane-looking products and superior sound quality. Here with us today is the Phiaton Primal Series 200 Earphones which house dual balanced armature drivers with an Integrated 2-Way Crossover and a price tag of $249.99.
Needless to say, once the package arrived, I was expectantly ripping the plastic off of these “Mini Jet Engines” which stun even from the first glance.
After 2008’s popular Image X5, which debuted at $100 less than the X10, Klipsch began expanding the affordable line of their inner
earphones. In 2009, the S2 and S4 join the Image line at the more reasonable prices of $49.99 and $79.99. When Klipsch designed the new earphones, they utilised brand new drivers which were made specifically for their sound signature. So, the S4 houses a special 8mm dynamic driver which packs dual neodymium magnets and the audio performance for which Klipsch is famous. Happily, Klipsch also introduced the iPhone-friendly S4i
which features a mic and remote and is priced at $99.99.
Bndoarn, a relatively new user at MacRumors has opened a thread discussion new features of OS 3.0 that are undocumented. The list is quite juicy, detailing quite mundane updates and bug fixes to major improvements. Naturally, WWDC’s keynote would be boring place to mention that letter keys are narrower than last time or that dashes no longer force songs in a playlist to appear first. However, it is surprising that Apple did not mention larger changes like the ability to download redeem codes from your iDevice.
Just a short note. TMA has been moved to a nicer server and in the move, left its friends (a few pictures from today’s Kryzer review) back somewhere in God’s Country. The bad news? That was the bad news. The good news is that Louis will fix those links upon his arrival back in Canada and all will be well and should be ‘snappier’!
If you are still curious, there is just so much more to tell, but the timing is not right. The next few weeks will carry some goodly news all around this site, but we will need your feedback. If things go amiss, please inform us as we cannot see all or do all all the time 😉
If you haven’t already heard by now, TouchMyApps recently joined Clan Wars, where iPhone sites recruit clan members and go head to head for weekly prizes. Well we emerged victorious in week 2 (thanks for all the ball tossing everyone!), where we collectively accumulated 138,593 tickets in the game of 10 Balls 7 Cups (just barely defeated Portable Gamer’s 126,885 tix). All TMA clan members are entitled to one of Freeverse’s PC/Mac games for coming in 1st:
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Thanks to Freeverse for these generous prizes! If you’re one of our clan members who joined up in week 2 (but didn’t let us know for some reason), now would be a great time so I can send you your prize! Just submit a comment here or email me at info[at]touchmyapps[dot]com if you’re one such member. For those who still haven’t joined our Clan, its not too late! There are still 2 more weeks of prizes to be won! (10 Balls 7 Cups ended April 12th) Oh, and we’re leading the pack once again this week! Yeeehaw! Check here for more details.
Do you enjoy playing with (skee)balls? Is TouchMyApps right up there amongst your favorite iPhone blogs? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, then come support our Clan! Inspired by Tim Haines and his Burnball Tribes, The Portable Gamer spearheaded Clan Wars, where social gaming (and smack talking) take spotlight . Using the awesome 10 Balls 7 Cups game as the arena, Clans collectively pool their tickets for weekly prizes. This week (ending Apr 5th), the Clan with the most tickets accumulated in 10 Balls will receive free Freeverse games for their PC or MAC. Sweeeet! Better yet, we’re in the lead! (closely followed by TPG) So jump on the bandwagon for a great chance at free games!
If you haven’t played 10 Balls 7 Cups yet, now would be a great time to start tossing some balls. Young’s review of this addictive game can be found here. So what are you waiting for? Complete details after the jump!