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Audio

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Review of Bose QuietComfort 20i Headphones

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As a longtime owner of Bose QuietComfort 15 noise cancelling, over-the-ear headphones, I liked the technology and was pleased to learn of a new model coming with improved noise cancelling circuitry in a much smaller in-ear version. When the new Bose QuietComfort 20i phones were introduced at a demo of the headphones at a Bose event in New York City several weeks ago, I knew immediately that I wanted a pair. I ordered them when they became available in early September. Though I like the quality and comfort level, my main issue with the larger Model 15 headphones was size. They were simply too large and bulky to have on me all the time. So I relegated them for home use and they were terrific.

K-Tek Introduces the Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount

ImageK-Tek, a designer and manufacturer of mic booms and other audio gear, has announced the Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount with a new patent-pending design that offers maximum isolation with minimum compromise. "We saw a need for a modern microphone suspension that not only isolates the microphone, but is lightweight, incredibly strong and allows for quick microphone changes." said Brenda Klemme Parker, K-Tek's CEO. "We came up with something simple, elegant and it works." K-Tek's Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount earned several awards when it premiered at NAB earlier this year. Inspired by nature's extended coil design, seen in many natural phenomena like the seashell, K-Tek's Nautilus fits both short and medium length shotgun microphones, as well as smaller cardioid production microphones.

Bose Ups The Technology In Noise-Cancelling Headphones

ImageBose has long been the leader in noise-cancelling headphones, and this week the company introduced its best model yet--the new QuietComfort 20 Headphones. Though these headphones are designed primarily as a consumer product, they have clear professional applications, such as monitoring professional sound recording in noisy environments. The new QuietComfort 20 headphones are the first in-ear noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. They are clearly the best in-ear models ever offered and Bose has more combined patents on them than any other product it has ever produced. The performance is stunning.

Shure Introduces VP83, VP83F LensHopper Microphones for DSLRs

ImageShure introduced the VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone and the VP83F with integrated flash recording at NAB. The ultra-compact condenser shotgun microphones, with an isolation suspension system developed exclusively with Rycote, are engineered to provide broadcast professionals, videographers, filmmakers, video journalists, field reporters, and others with an all-in-one solution for capturing  audio with DSLR cameras and portable video/audio recorders.  The VP83 and VP83F feature all-metal construction, are designed to provide RF immunity and include directional supercardioid/lobar polar patterns to reject unwanted off-axis audio. 

RODE Announces the SmartLav Microphone

ImageRØDE Microphones has announced the SmartLav, a new lapel microphone that connects directly to the headset jack of Apple iOS devices. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, SmartLav delivers premium quality audio capture in a compact and accessible form factor.  The SmartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of film, television and broadcast scenarios, or wherever professional quality audio is required in a discreet, portable format without the complication and expense of additional wireless equipment, particularly where multiple talent is involved.