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Apple users looking for Bluetooth headphones: Your music can sound better.

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Before we start, here’re some facts you might not know about Bluetooth.

1. Bluetooth was invented in 1994.
Congrats BT, you reached adulthood this year!


2. It was named after a 10th century Scandinavian king, called Harald I Blåtand (“Bluetooth”) Gormsson.
Legend has it that the king was known for eating lots of blueberries and subsequently sporting blue teeth, therefore given the nickname “Bluetooth”. His runic initials can be seen in the Bluetooth logo.

BT Logo Breakdown

3. The first commercially available Bluetooth headset only appeared in 2000.
That’s more than a decade ago!

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If you’re reading this post, you’re probably already using Bluetooth headphones, or are looking for one.

A lot of people bemoan that wireless music doesn’t sound as good as wired music. Why is that so? Well, we need to understand how audio is sent to a wireless headphone.

Firstly, the Bluetooth transmitter chooses a codec (a blending of the words “coder” and “decoder”) to digitally compress the audio for sending to the headphone.

Then, the headphone decompresses the file for playback.

All Bluetooth stereo headphones support Subband Coding (SBC), a codec designed to provide reasonably good audio quality. However, it does not give you high-quality music streaming. Your music will still sound compressed – which many of us hate.

Enter another codec: aptX, which is designed to encode CD-quality audio stream without loss of sound quality. Rejoice! Many Bluetooth headphones now support aptX, which is great news to music lovers.

However, here’s the caveat most people don’t know about: both the headphone and the source must support aptX – if either one lacks aptX support, the default SBC codec will be used instead.

Currently, aptX support is limited to mostly high-end Android smartphones and Hi-Fi wireless devices. It is not implemented in Apple devices such as iPhones and iPods.


Wait. What?

Yep! Apple users everywhere, bummer.

Thankfully, not all hope is lost! There’s still Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), which is a codec popular on Apple’s iTunes and even Youtube. Unlike aptX, it is supported by Apple devices. The only problem: AAC support in wireless headphones is not very common…

… Until Klipsch released its long-awaited R6 In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones! 

R6 In Ear BT Lifestyle

Boasting support for both aptX and AAC, our R6 BT gives you high quality audio no matter which platform you’re using!

AAC Codec

So, if you’re on the lookout for new Bluetooth headphones, look no further. With this, you’ll never have to settle for low-grade audio anymore.


What’re you waiting for? Get yours now at today!

New Klipsch Earphones That Pack A Punch

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First of all, welcome to the TC Acoustic blog!
Keep yourselves posted about the latest news on Klipsch, Sonos, and related events that are upcoming, right here on this blog.
You will find original content, interesting tips and tricks and maybe even hidden gems like discount codes on our web store or giveaways.
Stay tuned, and stay informed.

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We know the complaints:

“I hate it when my earphones feel loose.”
“I don’t like any gear that feels like a burden. It’s gotta be a part of me.”
“I end up removing my earphones halfway through.”
“It may be wireless, but the signal keeps dropping intermittently.”
“I keep pulling on my wires.”

Klipsch AS-5i BlueKlipsch AW-4i Blue

Enter the Klipsch AS-5i and the Klipsch AW-4i.
They are built to help you never to say those things anymore.

Klipsch AS-5i in the Gym

The Klipsch AS-5i earphones are lightweight and fit snugly around your ears. They are equipped with Klipsch’s patented oval-shaped ear tips, which will feel like they are a part of you. You can be almost sure they are not gonna get in your way

The Kevlar-armored cables are gonna make sure your cables will not fray or snap and the 3-button remote will be your best friend in controlling your music and also reducing the cable weight. Oh, did we mention that they won’t be dying on you because they need no batteries and they ain’t afraid of sweat (or rain drops, for that matter).

Klipsch AW-4i with XL Remote

The Klipsch AW-4i are a little different. Don’t let the smaller digit on the model name fool you. It doesn’t mean it works less than the AS-5i. In fact, they serve a completely different purpose.

By now you should have noticed the extra large remote. This is the glove-proof and hassle-free solution to those who are a little more adventurous than simply jogging or hitting the weights in the gym. To all the cyclist and rock climbers who don gloves for your rigorous activity, you’d understand how much trouble this XL remote is gonna save you. Gone are the days you have to feel your way through the gloves to find the right buttons to press.

Our team in TC Acoustic went one step further in testing its alleged “all weather” quality. We dipped the entire earphones (except for the drivers, of course) into water for a few seconds and pull them out, just to see how “all weather” it was. They still work after the dunking test. No, they still work WHILE being dunked. Now, that is truly weather-proof. The AW-4i is built to endure a good beating from any weather and any activity.

What’s most important? Both of these bad boys sound awesome. You get the same Klipsch quality on these lightweight champions.

The new pro-sports series introduced in July 2015 give those who live an active lifestyle and athletes an addition gear to add into their arsenal. These two earphones are designed to not just support the athlete, but also increase performance. Studies have shown that (the right mix of) music indeed increases the overall physical performance in exercising. Music helps to block out the little voice in your brain telling you, “it’s time to quit”. But it ain’t just about distraction. Music of the appropriate tempo for your workout can contribute to increased performance.

Yada, yada, yada. All you have to know that music is pretty darn important if you’re serious about working out good. So your listening experience matters, sporty ones.

Check them out today:

Listen on Sonos: Five New Music Services (Sonos)

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Deezer Elite, TIDAL, 22tracks, Mixcloud, and Saavn are the latest music services available to stream wirelessly on Sonos.

Since 2005, we’ve added 60 different music streaming services worldwide to Sonos, and we’re taking this opportunity to highlight the five newest ones so you can continue with your music discovery at home. As your options increase, you can enjoy the one service of your choice or the few that will allow you to listen and explore exactly how you want to in every room of your home.

Using our universal search feature, you can explore across all your services at the same time—quickly and easily. Whether you’re into services like Spotify, TuneIn, and SoundCloud or explore live sessions on Daytrotter and tastemaker playlists on Shuffler.FM, it’s all there.

Today, we’re sharing five new services on Sonos: Deezer Elite, TIDAL, 22tracks, Mixcloud, and Saavn. Each one of which offers a range of features like high definition audio formats, handpicked station and playlist creation, and a new region of music discovery on Sonos.

But how do you decide which one to try first? Think of the list of music services as a musical choose-your-own-adventure.

In search of a higher quality stream to appreciate the details in your favorite tracks?
Check out Deezer Elite or TIDAL. Both offer CD quality (16- bit, 44.1kHz, FLAC lossless) music streams so you can hear every detail, including that faint metallic ringing from the crash of cymbals and extra resonance from each strum of the guitar with both services.

  • Deezer Elite, exclusively available for listeners on Sonos, offers subscriptions for $9.99 when purchased for a year or more and $14.99 when purchased monthly. The regular service price is $19.99.
  • TIDAL’s high-definition streaming subscription costs $19.99/month.

Not in the mood to build a playlist or just want someone else, like a professional DJ, to select your music for you?
22tracks offers playlists curated by local DJs from Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris, while Mixcloud offers a new take on radio with huge collections of radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. These aren’t your top 40 type of music discovery services. They cater to DIY music enthusiasts looking to get their hands dirty searching for that perfect song. Both 22tracks and Mixcloud are free and available globally.

Been searching for your favorite tracks in every corner of the world?
Then we recommend the Indian-language and Bollywood songs brought to you by Saavn. They offer everything from newest songs to the hard-to-find classics with a catalogue that includes millions of tracks waiting to be streamed wirelessly throughout your home. The SaavnPro subscription is available to all globally for $3.99/month.

Across all of your services, are you sick of hearing your kid’s latest pop anthem?
You can now add multiple accounts (up to 32) and easily toggle between them to keep your personal listing uniquely yours. Just because you’ve added your personal Spotify account, for example, doesn’t mean that everyone else in the family needs to alter your finely tuned playlists with their favorites.

To explore these and the additional services available on Sonos, select “Add Music Services” within your music menu on the Sonos App. Stay on the lookout for more as we’re always adding new services in both beta and general release.

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Blog courtesy of Sonos

Sonos Play:5 is one of Oprah's Favorite Things 2015

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Oprah has recently revealed her famous list of Favorite Things for 2015 and she says this year’s 87 gorgeous gifts “just might be the most versatile and fun ever.”

Not surprisingly, the all-new Sonos Play:5 gained an audience with the great O herself. As she sat through the exclusive presentation of the all-new Play:5, she had to have this in her list this year. Here’s what Oprah has to say:

“For the music lover in your life, the crème de la crème of wireless speakers delivers sound quality like no other by analyzing a room’s acoustics and adjusting accordingly. Tunes can be played from a streaming service or a music library from a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer.” — Oprah


You can get your hands on these too.
Pre-order now here.


10 Things You Need To Know about the all-new Sonos Play:5

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The problem with music lovers today is that they pay for premium music streaming services to get better quality music, yet they settle for sub-standard Bluetooth or docking systems. Sometimes, even settling for the standard comes-with-the-phone earphones or laptop speakers. What’s the point then?

Thus, this November, Sonos introduces the all-new Play:5 – the ultimate smart speaker.

Play:5 Hero Image

So what can this new monster of a speaker do?
We’re gonna summarize with 10 Things You Need To Know about the all-new Sonos Play:5:

#1: Trueplay – Your personal sound engineer
Trueplay is an in-built room calibration technology that is available on the Sonos Play:1, Play:3 and Play:5 (both Gen 1 and this one). Many people spend hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars to get their speakers to sound great and ensure their rooms are renovated to become the perfect “music and sound room”. Calibrate every Sonos speakers to get the best possible sound for any room you place it in within minutes.


#2: Massive sound, resonant bass
The new Play:5 is packed with 3 tweeters + 3 long-throw woofers. A total of 6 drivers with dedicated amplifiers. These drivers are strategically positioned in the speakers. Two of the tweeters are side firing to increase the soundstage, and the three proprietary long-throw woofers give you bass that goes as low as 27Hz – as low as the Sonos Sub.


#3: Ultra-responsive touch sensors
Sonos has done away with buttons to interact with music. The all-new Play:5 allows users to simply tap on the touch controls of the speakers to Play, Pause, and control Volume. What’s new in this speaker is the ability to go to the next song or previous song with a simple swipe across the play/pause touch sensor.

Play:5 Touch Senors(Image Courtesy of

#4: Incredible power efficiency
We do not know what magic Sonos has put into these speakers, but its idle power saving of <2.5 watts is the lowest of all their speaker range. Even lower than the Play:1 (3.8 watts) and its predecessor Play:5 (8.0 watts). Your utility bills ain’t gonna rise with the all-new Play:5.

#5:  Smart triple-orientation & Stereo pairing
Everyone already knows that some of Sonos’ speakers have smart orientation built-in and can be paired as stereo. Like your smartphone’s accelerometer, it adjusts itself based on the orientation it is in. The all-new Play:5 has those features as well, but in addition, it can do the standard horizontal orientation or any vertical orientation. Changing its orientation also creates a different soundstage when paired in stereo – depending on what you prefer or require.


#6: Wireless performance of a Sonos Boost
6 strategically located antennas are built into the Play:5. It also has the advanced interference rejection to prevent frequency clashes from other wireless signals such as baby monitors and cordless phones.

#7: Polycarbonate Shell
Super durable, scratch-resistant and it looks extremely sleek with its matte finish. Most importantly, because it isn’t made of metal, it greatly reduces wireless interference. Its design is meant to fit right into any room like a missing puzzle piece.

Play:5 Diagonal

#8: Perforated Grill
The grill has a curvature to optimize sound stage and acoustic projection. In addition, almost 60,000 full-holes perforation on the grills ensures transparency of the sound. If that’s not enough, the Sonos tag is also micro-perforated so that the middle tweeter is not compromised.


#9: Humidity-resistant
Because of its non-metal composite, the all-new Play:5 can withstand high-humidity conditions such as bathrooms, kitchens and the unforgiving tropical climate.

#10: Most powerful surround speakers ever
Yes, this time, the all-new Play:5 can be used as surround speakers for your Sonos 5.1 home theatre set-up. This will ensure that the surround sound of your home theatre system is unrivalled in any way.

Bonus: Built for the future
Here’s your reward for reading this post – the all-new Play:5 has two microphones built into the speakers and it is not functional yet. In other words, Sonos has something up their sleeves and you can be sure more features are coming your way. Sonos mentioned in their behind-the-scenes video that this speaker will last you the “next 10 years” and it truly is “generations ahead”.  Check out the video below.

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Our team has tried out the all-new Play:5 and we were absolutely blown away by its quality, technology and massive sound. We are excited to see how this is going to improve even more with future software updates.

If you can’t wait for it, then PRE-ORDER now by clicking here.

Sonos' New Products Are A Win Against Forced Obsolescence (Forbes Tech)

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This past week, Sonos—makers of speakers that have become popular for their ability to play music directly from a wide variety of streaming services—made two big announcements: An evolutionary update to their Play:5 flagship speaker (out November 20), and one almost-magical software feature called Trueplay.

First, lets back up. As far as consumer electronics companies goes, Sonos is a strange beast. The gadget world is notorious for an unending train of forced obsolescence. Whether it’s an operating system update that slows or freezes an aging gadget or the addition of a must-have new feature, your year-old devices never quite seem good enough. Sonos largely ditches that playbook, opting instead to keep its products on shelves for years, while releasing new ones on a blue-moon basis. To put some numbers behind this, the last major Sonos release was way back in 2013, when the company released the bookshelf-and-bathroom-sized Play:1.

Sonos is also a company that tends to nurture its existing product line. Longtime Sonos users will notice that regular software updates fundamentally change the way their years-old products operate, giving these devices the smarts of brand-new gadgets, without forcing consumers to spend more money. When the Play:1 launched three years ago, it required a device called a “Bridge” to hook into your home network router before its wireless magic could do its thing. Today, updated software allows these same Play:1 devices to stream songs sans Bridge. And if you happened to already have a Bridge, it’s not wasted: Sonos’ new software allows them to serve as network extenders for the Sonos system, making it easier for speakers in the far reaches of a large house to play nice with each other.

Sonos' new TruePlay feature tunes the company's speakers for specific rooms (photo: Sonos)

Which brings us to Trueplay, which may be the most ambitious effort I’ve ever seen to breathe new life into old electronics. This feature, which arrives via an update to the iOS version of the Sonos mobile app sometime prior to the Play:5′s November 20 release, is designed to map a room’s unique acoustic properties, and then use this information to optimize the way each speaker plays. According to Sonos reps, this is important because consumers tend to be pretty haphazard in terms of how they place their speakers. Sure, audiophiles may know these things matter, but the average consumer is just as likely to leave speakers behind a nightstand, or facing a wall, or squished together in a corner. “We visited hundreds of homes with Sonos and it became super clear that the real world is really messy in terms of what speaker placement and room acoustics do with the sound,” says Jon Reilly, a Sonos product manager.

TruePlay works by having the user slowly walk around the perimeter of a room, waving their iOS device around in the air. The entire process takes about 45 seconds (after a short tutorial video), during which time the Sonos speakers play a high-pitched chirp that sounds like it came from a Space Invaders-esque video game. As it moves around the room, the iOS device’s microphone picks up this chirp, and uses all sorts of software and algorithmic wizardry to tune the speakers accordingly. If you use a modicum of common sense when placing your speakers, you’re unlikely to notice a huge change in the way things sound, but if you tend to shove things in the corner or behind books (hey, I have friends who do this!), you’ll probably be pretty pleased (and possibly astonished) with the improvement.

The new Sonos Play:5 streaming speaker (photo: Sonos)

The new Sonos Play:5 streaming speaker (photo: Sonos)

And while one can be forgiven for viewing such support for old speakers as a sign that Sonos doesn’t actually want us to buy their new products, the company has one worth looking at. The brand-new Play:5, which replaces a years-old model of the same name, is the company’s biggest and baddest sound speaker yet. A slick rounded box, the Play:5 contains six discreet speakers behind its grill: three tweeters and three midwoofers, each with a dedicated amplifier. These guts deliver what Reilly describes as “well over two times the acoustic horsepower” of the old Play:5, making this speaker plenty loud and plenty clear at these high volumes (I never once felt like my room was anything less than full of sound), with a surprising amount of bass for a standalone box. Like other Sonos speakers, the new Play:5 also works as an expandable set, with the ability to easily pair it with a second Play:5 for an impromptu stereo performance.

In many ways, Sonos’ strategy feels like a throwback to the old days of hi-fi, when speakers were treated more like furniture than gadgets, and built and bought to last for years—or even decades. With software as a tool, Sonos reps told me their goal is to design products that last at least 10 years. And in era where we’re used to throwing out our phones every year or two, this is an approach I can get behind.

Seth Porges is a writer and co-creator of Cloth app. For more fun, follow Seth on Twitter at @sethporges, or subscribe to him on Facebook or Google+.

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Sonos Connect Video

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Sonos also work with your existing speakers. The Connect is the solution to your current setup.

Setting up a Sonos system: Todd Richards

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Completely new to Sonos, watch how fast pro-snowboarder and TV personality Todd Richards sets up his Sonos.

Introducing the Sonos Boost

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Sonos Boost will solve your wireless woes and increase the coverage of your Sonos system. Enterprise grade performance with advanced intereference rejection. Check it out in this video!

How Sonos Outshines Apple in Home Audio (NYTimes)

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Sonos should have been roadkill beneath Apple’s tires.

The Santa Barbara, Calif., start-up was formed by a software entrepreneur, John MacFarlane, in 2002 with a plan to reinvent the home stereo for the digital age, not long after Apple came out with a steamroller of a product, the iPod, that did the same thing for portable music.

At an industry conference, Steven P. Jobs, the late chief executive of Apple, warned Mr. MacFarlane that he might sue Sonos for the design of its stereo remote control, which used an iPod-like click wheel for browsing a music collection. Later, Apple came out with a speaker system for its portal music player, called the iPod Hi-Fi, that signaled its interest in Sonos’s bailiwick, home audio.

But here is Sonos a decade later, a private company that approached a quarter-billion dollars in revenue last year, about double its sales the prior year. Sonos is that rarest of birds in the technology world – a small consumer electronics company (as opposed to Apple and the mostly Asian firms that dominate the business) that had to build sales the old-fashioned way: by hustling its way into stores rather than relying on the viral marketing that defines many Internet hits today.

The biggest reason Sonos has survived though, is by doing what Apple does: paying attention to the little things. “The company we are constantly learning from is Apple,” Mr. MacFarlane said in an interview. “They get all the details right.”

Sonos arguably gets more details right about home audio than Apple does, as I learned while reacquainting myself with the company’s products over the past few weeks. The company’s most visible products, now sold in Target and other mass-market stores, are integrated speakers and amplifiers, likes its $299 Play:3, which connects to your home network and plays music from your iTunes music library or from Spotify, Pandora and other Internet music services. Sonos shines far brighter if you add a speaker (or two — each speaker can work either as a single stereo unit or in a pair, with left and right channels sent to each one). Sonos can send music to speakers in multiple rooms simultaneously, for when you really want to rock out. Alternatively, you can send different music to different rooms, so rocking out can be tailored to each listener.

Years ago, I cobbled together a similar whole-home stereo system using two $99 Apple products – the AirPort Express and Apple TV – that I hook up to traditional stereo systems. With this set-up, I can use an Apple technology called AirPlay to stream music stored on my computer to different rooms simultaneously. An Apple app for the iPhone and iPad, called Remote, lets me pick what I want to listen from anywhere in the house.

There are drawbacks that leave this system lacking compared with Sonos, though. Apple’s Remote app can’t power up my stereo receivers, and although you can change the volume of music from the app, that only works well if my receiver’s separate volume controls are at an appropriate level. I usually have to run around to different rooms fiddling with my stereo gear to make sure everything sounds right.

With Sonos, I could sit on the couch with my iPad or iPhone (the company makes remote-control apps for both) and it all just worked. This is part of the reason why Sonos decided it needed to make its own integrated speakers that don’t rely on an external stereo receiver and speakers. A complex system like that tends to work better when one company designs every key piece of it with painstaking attention to detail.

Mr. MacFarlane believes Apple ultimately decided not to design a home-stereo system that competes more directly with Sonos because it wanted to stay focused on bigger opportunities, like the mobile phone and television markets. “Audio is a much smaller market than what gets Apple out of bed in the morning,” he said.

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Blog courtesy of NYTimes

Introducing the Sonos SUB

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Learn about the Sonos SUB with this short clip!

Sonos: Speaker Duet with Rodrigo &amp;amp; Gabriela

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Sonos strives to be true to the artist’s intent. This video is a crazy example of how Sonos can sound just like live performance.