New Equipment: Summer 2022 | Sound & Image

Summer is perfect for kicking back, relaxing and enjoying music and videos. There’s plenty of gear to enhance the experience, including products that allow you to let go on the way or while lounging on the beach or by the pool. Then there are units that are intended for indoor use, where you may be inclined to turn on a fan or turn on the air conditioning. Just grab a cool drink and select your product!

Addicted to Wireless Buds

FOFO (Fear Of Falling Out) persists no matter how long you wear these wireless earbuds, the type that’s carried entirely by your own ear sockets. Along with the ongoing fear of a bud detaching and rolling away, there is a suspicion that buds stuck deep in your ears could pose a safety hazard, especially if you’re running outside and not fully aware of potential hazards.

Enter Cleer Audio’s new ARC Open-Ear True Wireless Earbuds ($130) that slip over your earlobes in safety-hook fashion. With the buds aimed into your ears, the arrangement lets in just enough ambient noise that you don’t feel completely cut off from the world.

The “hook” is a flexible, bendable plastic that conforms to any lobe. The buds are said to have a comfortable design with no pinching and allow you to maintain spatial awareness. The battery life is an estimated 7 hours. Touch controls allow you to adjust volume, play and skip tracks, and answer or end calls. The buds pack generously sized 0.6-inch graphene neodymium drivers and the ARC’s Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity is aptX ready.

Offered in blue or grey, the earbuds come with a carrying case for charging pads. Visit cleeraudio.com for more information.

Tribit gets the party started with StormBox Blast

Tribit promises rich, balanced sound from its new StormBox Blast portable Bluetooth speaker, the company’s most powerful outdoor speaker yet.

The $200 Stormbox Blast is a party maker in its own right that combines a waterproof boombox design with high audio performance and a visual light show – ideal for camping trips, beach parties, backyard parties and more. Its IPX7 rating means it can be submerged in 3ft of water for up to 30 minutes without incident, so the party can go rain or shine.

With up to 30 hours of playtime between charges, the StormBox Blast delivers 90 watts of total power to its dual 4″ woofers (30 watts each) and 1″ tweeters (15 watts each) and features an XBass button for adding a little rumble to the party. A row of 32 color LEDs on the front can be synchronized to the music, creating a soundtrack generated light show that pulses to the music.

The StormBox Blast connects to a source player via Bluetooth 5.3 and has a USB port behind a rubberized flap on the back that can be used to charge phones and other devices. The speaker weighs 16 pounds and is 16 inches in diameter with a handle that makes party hopping a breeze. Visit tribit.com for more information.

Cabinet Tronix increases entertainment in the backyard

Why settle for staring at your phone’s tiny screen while stretching out by the pool when you can wheel a big-screen TV and mini-fridge in front of your lounge chair? The Cabinet Tronix Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner is an adjustable entertainment center on wheels that accommodates TVs with screens up to 65 inches. For example, if you’re watching shark documentaries, the TV can be manually rotated up to 360 degrees so those in the pool can also see the action. When the TV is not in use, it retracts into the cabinet via a motorized system.

The interior is made of solid mahogany and includes a mini-fridge with a see-through door so you can keep track of beer supplies without getting up and a stainless steel ice bucket that holds up to 40-pound cubes. There’s also a built-in walnut/cherry cutting board, condiment station, and storage for bottles, cocktail glasses, shakers, and more.

A pair of detachable lights hang over the bar to help you distinguish between olives and pearl onions as the sun goes down, and a charging dock in the storage door helps get your phone’s battery back to 100 percent even when you’re not. A variety of finish options are available including wood, stone or stucco and wood, each with a stone or metal top. You can even add an optional soundbar for more powerful sound.

Cabinet Tronix Outdoor TV Lift cabinets start at $6,150 and the lift mechanism is covered by a 10-year warranty. Visit Cabinet-tronix.com for more information.

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