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Technology: Enjoy studio-like clarity with new Sony MDR XB920

Available in an aluminium finish with orange-coloured rings running around in the exterior of the housing, the MDR XB920 gives a retro-techno feel. Its grey, comfy ear pads offer an impressive noise cancellation, the best we have seen in any on-ear headphones in a long time. It sits snugly on the ear, sans any discomfort. The clarity of sound is perfect; the extra bass gives it a studio-like sound, free from any disturbance.

In fact, you can hear the minutest of sounds, clearly. Despite its bulkiness, the MDR XB920 is perfect company for relaxed listening, indoors as well as outdoors. It comes with two detachable aux-in cables — one is your standard cable whereas the other comes with controls like play, pause, and accept a call. The flexibility makes it useful for smart phones and music players.

Overall, the MDR XB920 stands out with its style and sound. But if you were paying 13K for a pair of headphones, you would want it to be good at everything, right? Everything here doesn’t only include clarity of sound, style, noise cancellation and ruggedness of use, but also the materials used. The MDR XB920 uses faux leather for its earpads and headband, and unfortunately, we found bits of it falling outaround the headband seam. Not a good sight in a 13K headphone. The sound is good, though, but aren’t we paying for more than just that?

At All major electronic stores.
Price Rs 12,990

Apple to unveil new iPads
The web is abuzz with the news that Apple is planning to unveil two new iPads in an invite-only event, later this month. According to tech news website AllThingsD, Apple will unveil the new iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 on October 22 at the event.

The fifth-generation iPad is expected to feature a thinner, lighter design akin to the iPad Mini’s, an improved camera, and will run on the new 64-bit A7 chip, it said.

Harman unveils new audio products
Harman Kardon and JBL launched a new range of audio products in India. The new range includes four new J series of headphones with microphones from JBL, the stereo speaker JBL Pebbles with USB connectivity, and wireless speakers — JBL Pulse with NFC connectivity, and Go+Play by Harmon Kardon.

The main attraction, however, was the JBL OnBeat Rumble, a loudspeaker dock with sub-woofer system, priced similar to the GO+Play at `24,990.
Available by October-end
 

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