November 2020

The UA Project Rock headphones.

Above left: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Right: JBL’s TUNE 115TWS. Below: Ausounds headphones.

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Of course, there’s more than just audio to consider this festive season. Christmas is traditionally a time when the family is glued to the telly, so what better excuse for consumers to splash out on a new screen. There’s the KBL Edge 4K TV range from

22 Or what about a multi-award-winning set of

headphones from beyerdynamic? The Amiron is an open-back headphone featuring the brand’s exclusive Tesla driver technology. The Amiron Home can handle high‑resolution audio files, which, when played back, retain all their musical details and come as close as possible to the original recording. At the lower end of the pricing scale, the Soul

BYRD has impressive balanced sound and bass response. The closed design stops the sound from leaking whilst also preventing ambient noise from creeping in. The slick, ergonomic design of the Soul BYRD and the flat shape of the earbuds allows them to sit discretely in your ear. Travelling home for Christmas? Samsung’s

Galaxy Buds Live are a funky audio companion. Built with AKG’s sound expertise, music can be enjoyed the way the artist intended, and can be uninterrupted too with Active Noise Cancellation. There’s also smartphone connectivity and three microphones for voice calls on the go. In the next issue of ERT, there will be a report

from this year’s Futuresource Audio Collaborative event on the battle for ‘Share of Ear’. Elsewhere, Simon Powell, Operations Director

at Henley Audio, says that if the rest of this year has taught us anything, if people can’t enjoy holidays and days or nights out, they would like to improve their entertainment at home. “For our industry I hope this trend continues,”

he says. “This is traditionally our busiest time of year – though with the introduction of Black Friday the window has widened into October during recent years.” In terms of successful product categories, it’s

not just headphones that are performing strongly. Mr Powell adds: “Products that help build the “home cinema” experience I expect to do well. These considered purchases or higher-end products people tend to gift themselves!

“Accessories and smaller items tend to be gifts

for others. We have also seen a separate growth in affordable turntables, as people investigate that way of interacting with their favourite music again. “We have a new range of Klipsch sound bars

that are launching now with different models being introduced early into next year.” Samsung is active in this sector too, with the

S-Series Soundbar (pictured far right). Boasting “the most natural room-filling sound”, the tech giant says, with dual-sided horn speakers and acoustic beam technology, the soundbar also includes Adaptive Sound, delivering optimised audio no matter what’s on the TV. Other sound-boosting features include a Music

Mode which adapts the audio for the perfect playlist playback and there is full smart compatibility with Amazon Alexa built-in.

Mitchell & Brown, available in 43, 50 and 55-inch and features a near borderless design. Sound quality has been upgraded, too, based on feedback from retailers and consumers alike; the sets now feature a built-in ‘speaker box’ which is designed to dramatically enhance TV sound and bring clearer dialogue to TV shows. The 50 and 55-inch models in the new JB-

UHD18114KBL range feature a built-in subwoofer, which delivers an even greater immersive movie and TV experience. Even better, how would

you like to make an additional £235+ profit when you sell an OLED TV this Christmas? It seems like a no brainer. And yet there are many retailers out there not taking advantage of this opportunity… which wall bracket manufacturer Vogel’s can offer. Vogel’s claims to be the only company offering

a wall bracket especially for OLED TVs on account of its smaller and lower VESA plate.

Mitchell & Brown’s KBL Edge 4K TV.

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