Big sound, small pack­age

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By TAN KIT HOONG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

At­las Hifi Cor­po­ra­tion Malaysia sdn Bhd has launched a cou­ple of new prod­ucts un­der the Bose brand, namely the soundlink Mini Blue­tooth speaker and the QuietComfort 20 in-ear noise­can­celling head­phones.

the soundlink speaker may look pretty small but rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Bose were very happy to demon­strate how big a sound you can get from the speak­ers.

thanks to newly-de­signed trans­duc­ers which move twice the vol­ume of air as con­ven­tional units, the speaker is able to pro­duce clear mid- and high­fre­quen­cies. For low notes, it uses two pas­sive ra­di­a­tors.

the built-in lithium-ion bat­tery al­lows for up to seven hours of bat­tery life and as an op­tional ex­tra, there are a num­ber of soft cov­ers avail­able in orange, green and blue.

If it’s head­phones you’re look­ing for, Bose also has the QC20, the com­pany’s first in-ear ac­tive noise can­celling head­phones.

the QC20 blocks out ex­ter­nal sound by util­is­ing pas­sive noise can­cel­la­tion via soft sil­i­con earplugs, as well as ac­tive elec­tronic noise can­cel­la­tion which re­quires power.

It also has an aware mode which stops the noise can­cel­la­tion at a push of a but­ton, thus elim­i­nat­ing the need to re­move the ear­phones when hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion.

the recharge­able bat­tery is rated to last 16 hours on a sin­gle charge al­though it will still work even when the bat­tery is de­pleted but with­out ac­tive noise can­cel­la­tion.

It comes in two flavours — the QuietComfort 20 which has in-line con­trols for Win­dows, an­droid and Black­Berry phones, and QuietComfort 20i which works with iOs de­vices.

the soundlink Mini re­tails for RM1,100, while the QC20 goes for RM1,560.

++++ www.at­las-hifi.com.my

Crisp and clear: de­spite its size, the SoundLink speaker pro­duces clear mid- and high-fre­quen­cies.

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