IFA 2020: The best audio announcements from the show

Just like that, IFA 2020 has come and gone, but there is much to celebrate from the Berlin-based trade show. All announcements can be overwhelming, so in this roundup we are focusing on the audio segment of the show. From premium speakers to noise-canceling advances, these are the most interesting audio-related announcements from IFA 2020.

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Harman kardon quotes 200

Herman Kardon Quote 200 Smart Speaker's Lifestyle Image In Black.

Harman Kardon introduced his latest portable speaker, the Harman Kardon Citation 200. This smart speaker looks and sounds great, but that’s not all: It has an IPX4 rating, meaning it’s water resistant and its blended wool fabric is easy to clean.

The Citation 200 supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Just say “Hey Google” to set your favorite songs, reminders, and more. Both Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay are supported, allowing you to easily access your favorite streaming services. A tweeter, midrange driver and two passive radiators rest within the cylindrical housing. Battery life lasts up to eight hours on a single charge, and the package includes a sleek charging cradle. If you bring it to a friend’s place and need to top it, you can use a USB-C cable instead.

Although we do not yet have a release date for the Harman Kardon quote 200, it will be available in 349 in Winter Gray and Classic Black.

JBL Xtreme 3

Presenting a product of the jbl xtreme 3 water and dust resistant speaker in the navy against a white background.

The JBL Xtreme 3 is cut from the same fabric as the rest of the JBL Xtreme speaker line. It has a long cylindrical construction with bass radiators on both sides. Battery life is upgraded from the previous version: now you get 15 hours of playtime on one charge. Although it is a large speaker, it is portable and means that it can be carried on the road, as indicated by its IP67 dust and water-resistance ratings. Adventurers can purchase the JBL Xtreme 3 in November for $ 349.95.

Asus ROG Delta S with MQA

Asus ROG Delta S presents MQA Gaming Headset

Asus broke new ground at IFA 2020 by releasing the first gaming headset with MQA audio. This means that the Asus ROG Delta S USB-C gaming headset reproduces the catchy sound that dictates how you would hear it in 3D space instead of in stereo mode. This is incredibly important for gamers, as it makes it easier to identify where important voices are coming from (such as in the footsteps of an enemy). The ROG Delta S uses the ESS 9281 codec with a quad-DAC converter, and can even be used to listen to MQA audio from music streaming services such as Tidal.

We will update this article when there is more information about availability and pricing.

Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless

Lifestyle image of a person wearing the Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless.

The Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless marries high-quality audio with a functional design. Sennheiser prioritizes audio quality first, but that does not mean that construction and design fall on the edge. Conversely: These premium earphones use noise-canceling Senhaiser Momentum True Wireless 2 and similar drivers found in a sophisticated, minimalist design. The earphones use Bluetooth 5.1 firmware, and support aptX, AAC, and SBC. No matter who is listening, everyone can benefit from high quality Bluetooth audio.

Touch controls are integrated into the earbuds’ flat panel housing, and allow for direct virtual assistant access. Noise-reducing microphones are embedded to ensure clear audio transmission. Listeners are promised an impressive seven-hour battery life, with 20 hours of standby time. The earphones will be available on September 15 in black and white for $ 199.95.

Qualcomm Adaptive ANC

Qualcomm logo wifi 6 days

Qualcomm has a hand in everything. The chipmaker recently announced Qualcomm Adaptive ANC, a dedicated processor that promises to improve real-time noise-cancellation performance. This means that headsets featuring Qualcomm Adaptive ANC will optimize noise-canceling regardless of the fit of the headset, similar to the operation of the Samsung-Galaxy Buds Live. Building a technique that intelligently accepts noise-canceling intensity despite a poor fit. Noise cancellation will suit your specific environment and the transition between noisy environments will be smooth. The technology will be available on the Qualcomm 514X series of Bluetooth SoCs.

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