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JBL Live 460NC: Huge sounds meet portability

Listen the way you want as ANC lets you focus on what you’re doing

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Motivation helps us be more productive in what we do. I think most would agree that music is one of those things that get us amped up. The good people at JBL came up with a new line of true wireless headphones for every lifestyle. One of which is the JBL Live 460NC– wireless on-ear noise cancelling headphones.

For those who dare to multitask on a regular basis, this listening device could be your ideal companion. The brand’s signature sound is ingrained in the JBL Live 460NC with an added benefit of true wireless technology. This allows you to move freely while enjoying your music.

Easy to pair

I have tried several wireless earphones from another reputable brand before. Bluetooth pairing can be a hassle sometimes but JBL took care of that by equipping Live 460NC with Bluetooth V5.0. It pairs up smoothly with phones, tablets and laptops with a range of up to 10 feet. You can also link it to two devices with its multi-point connection feature. Easily switch between your devices for entertainment and answering phone calls.

More music, less charging

Enjoy uninterrupted audio with up to 40 hours of battery life. It comes with a type-C USB charging cable and only takes about an hour and a half to fully charge. It promises four (4) hours of playtime in just 10 mins of charge so you can do it (quickly) before heading out.

Comfortable to wear

On average, I spend more than two hours a day wearing headphones. The lightweight construction of JBL Live 460NC, at 210 grams, makes it perfect for long periods of listening.

Soft faux leather ear cushions provide a secure fit (90 degrees rotatable cups)

Padded mesh fabric headband with adjustable mechanism

However, I find the small ear pads a little uncomfortable for long listening sessions. The clamping force is hard against my ears, more so when I’m lying on bed.

Mute all distractions

Adaptive Noise Cancelling is another great feature that lets you minimize the noise from the outside. But keep in mind that it won’t be able to totally mute everything. When the ANC is on, the sounds that are getting in are muffled and less bassy. And the small ear pads don’t seal as much as the bigger headphones or earbuds would.

If you start playing some songs, it will definitely mask the noise from the outside anyway. The good thing is that the sound quality is not affected by the ANC being turned on or off. Comprehensive button layout controls power, volume, play/pause, BT pair and Ambient Aware

Rock on outside

If you wear headphones while walking on a busy street, you need to be extra cautious. The Ambient Aware technology increases your environmental awareness by boosting ambient sounds while your music is playing.

TalkThru, on the other hand, lowers the music volume and amplifies speech so you can have a conversation while your headphones in on. Sound level on TalkThru mode is very low to the point that I can barely hear the music. But I guess that’s the whole point of it.

Listen the way you want

You can personalize how you listen with the JBL Headphones App. Thru this, you can set the ANC, TalkThru, Ambient Aware, Play & Pause Automation, Voice Assitant(OK Google and/or Alexa) and Custom EQ. You can also activate the Voice Assistant with a tap on the earcup. The Play & Pause function automatically pauses the playback once you remove it and resume playing when you put it back on.

How does it sound?

40mm drivers deliver a balanced tone and well-pronounced mid frequencies, giving emphasis on vocals and other stringed instruments. The bass is satisfying and it delivers smooth treble. If you want to make it “open up”, just add a little more treble on the EQ. That way, the drum cymbals will sound richer.

I like the EQ set to a soft V-shape when listening to rock. Most of the time, I just leave the EQ set on flat for a neutral sound. There are also some presets so you can just choose what suits your taste. Overall, it sounds good and covers a wide range of spectrum.

I listened to IU’s newest album, Lilac, with this headphones. “My Sea”, which is the 8th track, is one of my favorites. The song has a lot of different textures and her singing is very expressive.

The JBL Live460NC turned my room into a concert and I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t able to attend IU’s Love, Poem concert in Manila so I hope I don’t miss the chance to see her perform live next time. For now, the closest to the real thing is by listening to her songs through this headphones at max volume.

Comes with convenient detachable audio cable

This feature is an automatic win. If you forgot to charge your headphones, you can just attach the wire and continue rocking on. You can also plug it in to a headphone amp, DAC or digital effects processor for guitar practice. The 1/16” to 1/8” TRS cable can only transmit audio, so you can’t use the built-in mic.

My thoughts

If you want good sounding headphones that you can bring anywhere, you can’t go wrong with the JBL Live460NC. The construction feels sturdy and durable.  It is a big step-up from entry-level earbuds I’ve used.

Pricing and availability

JBL Live460NC retails at P6,999.00 and should be available in any JBL store by this time. It comes in 4 different colors; black, blue, white and pink to match your style.

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

Time to splurge!

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MacBook Pros

Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

AirPods 3

The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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Apple quietly launched a polishing cloth worth $19

Yes, it’s a piece of cloth

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All eyes were on the new MacBook Pro during Apple’s Unleashed event this week. With a new processor inside, it’s no surprise. However, behind all the glitz and glamor, Apple launched a more surprising product behind closed doors. For arguably its most premium product so far, the company launched the Apple Polishing Cloth for US$ 19.

Launched quietly on Apple’s online store, the Polishing Cloth (yes, that’s its official name) can reportedly clean any Apple display with its “soft, nonabrasive material.” In terms of appearance, the new accessory has an incredibly simple design: a white square cloth with a subtle Apple logo.

If you’ve ever cleaned a device before, you might find the Polishing Cloth a bit familiar. Yes, it’s basically any nonabrasive microfiber cloth available on the market today. And it’s worth around ten times a non-branded one. With an exorbitant price relative to others, the accessory might have the most premium price for an Apple product.

However, despite the intense price, the new accessory is already sold out. Currently, the store page pegs the next earliest shipping date at six to eight weeks from now. Some of Apple’s products do require a more rigorous cleaning, according to Apple.  If you have such a device, you might find use for the expensive cloth. If not, well, there are cheaper alternatives.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 mini Review: STILL My Favorite!

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Sony adds water-resistant WF-C500 to its headphone line

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Sony WF-C500

Sony is making your music-listening experience even more personalized with the announcement of its new wireless headphones: the WF-C500.

Sony’s impressive WF-C500 is ideal for people who want to switch to truly wireless headphones and enjoy all their favorite music in even better quality.

With its unique sound customization, compact design, easy to use Bluetooth pairing, long lasting battery life and water-resistant feature, Sony’s newest headphones can now take your music anywhere.

Small size, uncompromising sound

The WF-C500 showcases a compact design that perfectly fits your ear, while delivering high quality sound powered by Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE).

This restores high frequency sound and fine fade-out sound to the track you’re listening to and create a more authentic listening experience.

The wireless headphones will also allow you to customize your sound aptly using the Equalizer setting in the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app.

That way, you can tailor your sound depending on the music genre you’re currently vibing to—whether it’s chill pop or bassy rap—with a variety of settings.

You can even create and save the preferred settings so you won’t have to tinker with controls the next time you plug the headphones in.

Comfort is key

The WF-C500 is small and light, while its ergonomic surface design helps create a more stable and secure fit in your ears to make them the perfect companion wherever you go.

Their rounded shape makes them a pleasure to wear, leaving you free to focus on music that matters to you.

Compact and stylish case

The truly wireless headphones come with a stylish cylindrical charging case that is small and definitely easy to carry around so you can take the earbuds anywhere you go.

Its translucent lid with a frosted glass-like texture adds on to a luxurious appearance and feel.

Effortless listening experience 

The WF-C500 has been specially designed to make every day listening trouble-free.

Aside from easy operation buttons like play, stop, skip and volume adjustments, they offer an easy way to access your preferred voice assistant like Google Assistant or Siri to make or receive calls hands-free.

You can connect to your preferred voice assistant to get directions, play music and send messages with just a click of a button.

Conversations also flow freely with hands-free calling, which is made clearer than ever with a high-quality built-in microphone.

Great for on the go

Sony WF-C500

The headphones will provide you with 10 hours of battery life, making it perfect for on the go listening.

Its handy charging case pushes that life up to 20 hours total. If you’re in a rush, you can easily add an hour of extra playtime by having a quick 10-minute charge.

Water-resistant for multitasking

With an IPX4 water resistance rating splashes and sweat are no problem for the WF-C500, meaning you can keep moving to the music while enjoying your passions like working out or being at the beach.

The WF-C500 is ideal for multitasking too. If you want to listen to your music while still being able to have a conversation, remove one earbud only from the charging case and use as normal.

A stable and reliable Bluetooth connection creates a seamless and uninterrupted listening experience that ensures it’s just you and the music.

Immersive audio features

Sony WF-C500

The WF-C500’s Bluetooth chip transmits sound to left and right ears simultaneously, along with optimized antenna design ensuring outstanding listening.

And with low audio latency, watching your favorite movies take on a whole different audio experience as well.

Additionally, WF-C500 allows playback of 360 Reality Audio tracks, personalized to the specific shape and size of the user’s ears.

With 360 Reality Audio you can bring the concert wherever you are or listen to music as if you’re with the artist in the recording studio.

Pairing is a breeze

The WF-C500 supports Google’s Fast Pair feature, which means you can pair the headphones with your Android device quickly and easily.

Swift Pair also makes it quick and easy to pair your headphones with your Windows 10 computer via Bluetooth.

Sustainability matters

Sony has not only designed the WF-C500 to be stylish but also with sustainability in mind.

Zero plastic is included in the packaging material of this model, reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of their products and practices.

Pricing and availability

The WF-C500 comes in black, white, green and orange and is now available for PhP 4,999 at Sony Centres and Authorized Dealers stores nationwide.

You may also shop for the WF-C500 at Lazada and Shopee.

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