JBL Authentics: The Bonkers 270W Smart Speaker (with both Google & Alexa) Makes Waves at IFA 2023

With an output of 270W, JBL’s new Authentics series may just be the most powerful smart speaker out there. The series boasts not only a “timeless retro design” but also a groundbreaking feature: the simultaneous integration of both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Unveiled at IFA 2023, the JBL Authentics series encompasses three distinct models — the Authentics 200, 300, and 500. Paying homage to the timeless appeal of the 1970s-era JBL L100 speaker, this series seamlessly blends nostalgia with cutting-edge technology. One of the key highlights of this series is the seamless coexistence of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Users can effortlessly engage either voice assistant by simply invoking their respective ‘hotwords’. It’s important to note that the idea of coexisting voice assistants isn’t novel, with Sonos already offering speakers that house both Google Assistant and Alexa. However, these smart assistants are restricted to responding one at a time. What sets JBL’s innovation apart is the concurrent responsiveness of both Google Assistant and Alexa. Whether it’s the intuitive Google Assistant or the efficient Alexa, users can switch between the two according to their needs and preferences.

Designer: JBL

The Authentics 300 stands out as a portable marvel, designed to accompany you on your musical journey. With a built-in handle that lets you carry it around everywhere and an impressive 8-hour battery life, this model ensures your music keeps playing wherever you go. What’s more, the consumer-replaceable battery adds a layer of convenience to ensure a longer product lifespan.

Drawing inspiration from the design of the JBL L100 speaker, the Authentics 300 features a captivating grid pattern reminiscent of the sound-proofing padding seen in audio recording setups (a feature that the L100 mimicked). The “custom synthetic leather-wrapped enclosure” enhances the speaker’s tactile appeal, while gold-colored aluminum accents give the speaker its undeniably premium appeal. Its high-flying design aside, the speaker still reflects JBL’s commitment to the environment by employing recycled plastic, fabric, and aluminum in its construction. The user-replaceable battery is also a nod to the new EU regulations that require consumer gadgets to now allow batteries to be accessed and replaced by consumers.

Designed for audiophiles, the speaker’s interface comes with dedicated controls for bass and treble, along with a play/pause button, volume control, and even a dedicated button to like tracks. The rear of the Authentics 300 (as well as the 500) features an ethernet port for a dedicated wired internet connection, along with a 3.5mm audio input, a USB-C port, and a power supply port.

As the flagship of the Authentics series, the Authentics 500 captures the essence of premium sound. With its powerful configuration, it offers three 1-inch tweeters, three 2.75-inch midrange woofers, and a 6.5-inch down-firing subwoofer. This unique arrangement results in an impressive 270 watts of 3.1-channel sound, enhanced further by Dolby Atmos technology.

The Authentics 500 also mirrors its predecessor’s design inspiration. The iconic grid pattern on the grill, reminiscent of the JBL L100, serves as a captivating nod to audio history. The flagship also comes with the synthetic leather-wrapped enclosure and aluminum accents (employing the same recycled materials as the Authentics 300), but visibly lacks the handle that the Authentics 300 had, making it less transport-friendly.

Connectivity is a breeze, with Bluetooth, aux input, and Ethernet ensuring compatibility with multiple devices. The speakers seamlessly integrate with AirPlay, Alexa Multi-Room Music, Spotify Connect, and Chromecast, with Tidal Connect on the horizon. Moreover, future firmware updates promise the ability to orchestrate stereo and multi-channel sound setups by pairing multiple JBL speakers.

Though the concept of simultaneous voice assistants might be in its infancy, the groundwork laid by JBL, Google, and Amazon is fairly promising. As we navigate this evolving landscape, the notion of both Alexa and Google Assistant coexisting on a single platform isn’t merely a fleeting experiment but a step towards a more intelligent future. Now if only my smart-speaker had ChatGPT built into it…

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Apple Brandy

From family-owned and operated Shady Knoll Orchards & Distillery, this flavorful apple brandy is crafted from fruit grown on the family’s farm in New York’s picturesque Hudson Valley region. Shady Knoll does all processing, fermenting, distilling, barrel-aging and bottling on site. For the apple brandy, Shady Knoll ferments all the fruit naturally over the course of several months. The liquid is then double-distilled and aged for at least three-and-a-half years in new toasted American oak barrels. It’s then finished for four months in ex-Madeira barrels from Portugal. The result is an award-winning craft spirit with a delectable, layered profile.

Works by Tatiana Bilbao and PAU among installations at Exhibit Columbus

Tatiana Bilbao staircase Exhibit Columbus

Installations by Mexico City-based Tatiana Bilbao Estudio and New York-based Practice for Architecture and Urbanism feature in the fourth Exhibit Columbus held in downtown Columbus, Indiana.

The annual event features art installations created by global designers, university professors and a local high school design team, exhibited throughout the city.

A white canopy over an intersection in downtown Columbus
The fourth annual Exhibit Columbus features work from Tatiana Bilbao Estudio and PAU

2023’s Exhibit Columbus features installations celebrating the architectural legacy of the city, which is famous for its high concentration of modernist architecture, including a number of buildings by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.

The theme, Public by Design, was chosen to prompt participants as to how collaborations between designers and communities can create more equitable and attractive cities.

A large, bright blue staircase with furniture and objects attached
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio installed a bright blue staircase and gateway

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio encouraged guests to design public space by offering a “library of things” such as furniture, objects and sports equipment.

Objects such as chairs, baskets, tables, shovels, mats and soccer balls were encased in an oversized blue bookshelf that spans the entry to a local library and an adjoining oversized staircase of the same blue hue.

A white canopy over an intersection in downtown Columbus
PAU’s canopy spans a major intersection and was modelled after the Pantheon

Participants can gather the objects to make a public space of their own in order to “express their desires and intentions”.

At a major crossroads in the city’s downtown, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) created a white, ballooning canopy for civic engagement and celebratory purposes.

A structure of red coated bamboo poles
Studio Zewde designed a bamboo structure in the shape of a nearby hill

Capped at the same height as the neighbouring buildings, the canopy spans the intersection and draws from diverse forms – from the Pantheon in Athens to the wigwam, a dwelling typical to Indigenous people of what is now the eastern United States and Canada.

Lights were installed in each corner to cast a variety of colours on the underside of the canopy at night.

An observation deck overlooking a field of flowers
PORT studio planted an arch of native species in a downtown park

In nearby Mill Race Park, New York’s Studio Zewde installed a sweeping red structure made of bamboo poles and crossbeams, shaped in a sloping semi-circle.

The spine-like installation was modelled after the hill opposite and placed in a festival field as an homage to the community’s strong ties to the two topographical landmarks.

A long metal terrace with brightly coloured awnings
A high school design team designed a network of canopies and seating

On the same site, PORT planted a band of native plants that follow the same arc as a community centre building in the park.

It is subdivided into 12 distinct plots of varying plant species that act as “rewilding experiments”, some mown and others left to grow wild, bookmarked by lines of wildflowers.

Brightly coloured observation decks and survey poles were arranged along the edge of the project.

Also, a series of trellises and seating created by a team of high school students used moveable furniture to encourage guests to create a community space of their own, not unlike Bilbao’s installation.

An installation with undulating plastic tubing held up by blue poles
A model of subterranean water pipes was displayed by a group of university professors

Made with 1,000 linear feet of steel tubing, the structure spans sixty-four feet and features brightly coloured awnings and Lego-like blocks for seating.

An installation created by full-time university professors Halina Steiner, Tameka Baba, Forbes Lipschitz and Shelby Doyle of The Ohio State University and Iowa State University College of Design encourages conversations about urban waterways with a brightly coloured model of subterranean water infrastructure.

A sound installation by Deborah Garcia of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was programmed to transform a building’s structural rumblings into a therapeutic melody.

The curatorial team included designers and city officials. Exhibit Columbus will host an ongoing series of activities, installations and talks throughout the remainder of the exhibition.

In 2020, Dezeen teamed up with Exhibit Columbus to host four talks exploring the future of cities in the centre of the USA and in 2019, SO-IL wrapped 130 trees in a colourful hammock for the event.

The photography is by Hadley Fruits.

Exhibit Columbus will be on show throughout Columbus, Indiana until 26 November, 2023. For more exhibitions, events and talks in architecture and design, visit the Dezeen Events Guide.

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Salvaged E-Scooters Salvaged From The Swedish Canals Make Up This Collection Of Lamps, Seatings & Grills

The world is drastically changing, and it’s affecting the way we live and function. However, the irony is that the world is drastically changing because of our unhealthy practices and us! It’s now imperative to live more sustainably, carefully, and consciously. Integrating sustainability into our day-to-day lives has become crucial. I’m all for swapping my everyday mass-produced products for recycled or sustainable alternatives, but this is the first time I’ve come across something as unique as ‘E-metabolism’.

Designer: Andra Formen

Designed by Andra Formen, a design studio based in Malmö, Sweden, the E-metabolism is a unique and innovative collection of table lamps, indoor garden systems, seating, floor lamps, and a grill made from the salvaged and recycled elements of e-scooters. The studio took it upon itself to research how electric scooters could be recycled into various smaller products. The E-metabolism collection was produced by four designers of the studio’s team along with two divers, who dived into the murky canals of Malmö to salvage electric scooters that had been carelessly discarded. The parts were disassembled to explore their possibilities and utility.

“Our mission is to turn toxic waste in the form of electric scooters from the bottom of the canal into pieces of art,” says Oskar Olsson of Andra Formen. E-metabolism is an effort on the part of the studio to utilize existing waste as resources to build with. “With the project, we investigate how electric scooters can be seen as materials and how their inherent design can create inspiration for new objects. Built of ancient skeletons and artifacts,” concludes Olsson.

The scooters used in the project were collected from remote areas in and around the canals, where they were discovered in a broken state, or in states of disrepair. The design studio transformed the broken-down vehicles into brand new designs with a recycled chic appearance, although certain pieces such as the floor lamp and the desk lamps have a more raw and ragtag style, which intrigues you with their colorful and evocative visual appeal. The E-metabolism collection is on display online, and you can inquire about purchasing them if you’re interested.

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Dezeen Debate features "excellent and ambitious" photographs of Buenos Aires slum before redevelopment

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The latest edition of our Dezeen Debate newsletter features Cristóbal Palma photographs of a Buenos Aires slum before its redevelopment. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now.

Chilean photographer Palma photographed a slum in Buenos Aires before a project to redevelop the area has begun. Palma’s images of the community, which is home to more than 40,000 residents, showcased the ad-hoc buildings and dense streetscapes.

Commenters were intrigued, with one labelling Palma’s work “architectural photography at its very best”. Another described the photographic documentation as an “excellent and ambitious” project.

A home in Lahaina destroyed by fire
“The design professions are not stepping up to address the wildfires problem”

Other stories in this week’s newsletter that fired up the comments section included an opinion piece that discusses the design profession’s role in the “wildfire problem”, a grey stucco house in Houston by O’Neill McVoy Architects and a hotel in Rome by Ian Schrager’s The Edition group.

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Studio Gang and SCAPE add timber canopy to "inclusive" park on Memphis waterfront

Tom Lee Park in Memphis

US firms Studio Gang and SCAPE have created a public park alongside the Mississippi River in Memphis that features a mass-timber shade structure and an installation by artist Theaster Gates.

Officially called Day One at Tom Lee Park, the park comprises 31 acres of land along the river, with walking paths, fields, river terraces and a large activities area sheltered under a massive glulam canopy.

Park on Mississippi with wooden canopy and city in background
Studio Gang and SCAPE redesigned a park on the Memphis waterfront. Photo by Conner Ryan

Chicago-based architecture practice Studio Gang designed the masterplan for the park, while SCAPE carried out the landscaping, which included the remediation of the soil and the planting of more than a thousand trees.

Running six miles along the waterfront, the park is meant to reconnect the city to the water and provide a “model for inclusive public space making”, according to Memphis River Parks Partnership (MRRP), the non-profit that oversees Tom Lee Park.

“Tom Lee Park is adjacent to a crescent of disinvested neighborhoods that have only gotten poorer in the last 50 years – including the lowest-income zip code in Tennessee,” said MRRP.

Park with wooden canopy
It features a canopy, playground and acres of landscaped space

The remodelled park was centred around what the team calls the Active Core, which features a 16,000-square-foot shade structure made out of glued-laminated timber (glulam).

Named in memory Tyre Nichols, a Black man killed by police earlier this year, the Sunset Canopy is supported by six steel columns and features “louvered roof monitors”. The name refers to Nichol’s reported hobby of photographing sunsets.

Fish-shaped playground structure
It has a river-themed playground. Photo by Ty Cole

The canopy covers a basketball court with a surface designed by artist James Little, who was born in Memphis.

An entrance called the Civic Gateway provides access from the city and features what the team claims is the nation’s first “the first ADA-compliant crossing to the river’s edge” via a switchback pathway that leads down a series of bluffs.

Detail of glulam canopy
The Sunset Canopy is made from glued-laminated timber

Adjacent to the path are a series of groves and fields for recreation and gathering as well as a series of misters to keep guests cool during the hot Memphis summers.

In a forested area, an installation by artist Theaster Gates called A Monument to Listening includes an array of rounded, black chairs set on top of a square of pavement.

The installation, as well as an adjacent sculpture created by artist David Allan Clark in 2006, were dedicated to the park’s namesake, Tom Lee, a Black river worker who allegedly swam to save dozens of people who were drowning in the river after a boat sank in 1925.

Steps in park
SCAPE created a series of walking paths and ADA compliant entrances to the park. Photo by Conner Ryan

Denmark-based playground designer Monstrum installed a “river-themed” play area, designed in collaboration with SCAPE near the Sunset Canopy.

Arrayed near the playground are a series of timber pavilions that according to the team are passively cooled and will be the site for concessions.

On the water, SCAPE and Studio Gang installed a series of terraces that allow onlookers to view the river and the restored intermediary foilage between the river and the park.

A series of structures were placed on these terraces, including a classroom and a pollinator lab, where visitors on a wooden platform can view the “native pollinator meadow close to the river’s edge”.

The park embarked on the redevelopment five years ago, bringing on a number of sponsors, and according to Studio Gang, a number of community members were consulted.

The present boundaries of the park were formed in the 1990s, when it was expanded by the Army Corps of Engineers, and has served as a site for local festivals. However, advocates for the project said that the park had fallen into disarray in recent years, mirroring a decades-long economic slump in Memphis.

“Like many American cities, Memphis turned its back on the waterfront as it grew during the second half of the 20th century,” said MRRP.

“For a long time, Tom Lee Park was an unremarkable swath of turf – even used, at one point, as a city dump.”

Black chairs on pavement by Theaster Gates at sunset
Theaster Gates’ permanent installation is dedicated to the park’s namesake, Tom Lee. Photo by Conner Ryan

Other projects redeveloping the waterfront in Memphis include an art museum by Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron. North, in Cleveland, the owner of the city’s professional basketball team, the Cavaliers, has begun redevelopment of that city’s waterfront.

The photography is by Tom Harris unless stated otherwise.

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Switchbot S10: A Surprisingly Clever Home Robot Cleaner that can even Refill your Humidifier

SwitchBot’s latest release at IFA 2023 isn’t just another entry in the growing market of home automation. The S10 Floor Cleaning Robot robot takes a step forward by integrating features that make it not just autonomous, but also self-reliant.

The S10 joins SwitchBot’s growing roster of home automation systems. While SwitchBot’s most popular products are its most creative ones too (like the autonomous curtain robot or the ‘button pusher’), the company’s cultivated an entire ecosystem of smart-home tech that build on each other’s capabilities. The S10 does so too, with a combination of advanced navigation, cleaning, and even intelligent water management. The smart floor cleaner navigates your home, cleaning each corner, but also automatically refills its water tanks and drains out the dirty water in the process. Once done, the S10 heads back to its charging dock where it auto-dries its mop head, and if that wasn’t enough, the robot can even refill your humidifier for you. After all, it takes more than a clean floor to make a house feel comfortable!

Designer: SwitchBot

Flagship-level Cleaning Robot with 6500Pa High Suction

The S10 follows SwitchBot’s company ethos of ‘delegating physical tasks to robots’ by being an expert floor cleaner that also auto-maintains itself after every cleaning cycle. 6500Pa high suction ensures the S10 grabs every single particle of dust off the floor or even embedded within your carpet. While on the floor, the S10 scrubs, washes, and cleans with its new roller mop system. However, the second it finds itself on a carpet, the S10 stops the water-spray and auto-lifts the mop-head to ensure your carpet doesn’t get wet at all. Meanwhile, it also self-cleans its mop-head 300 times a minute.

Industry-first Auto Water Refill and Drain System

The most eye-catching feature of the S10 is undoubtedly its auto water refill and drain system. While robotic vacuums have been around for a while, the S10 takes it a step further. It’s capable of autonomously refilling its water tank when needed and draining it after use. This is accomplished through a connection to existing plumbing in your home—be it in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.

The real advantage here is the convenience and time-saving aspect. Imagine not having to interrupt your day to refill or empty a water tank. The S10 essentially takes the manual labor out of floor cleaning, allowing you to focus on your day-to-day activities without any disruptions.

Charging Dock with Spacious 4L Dust Tank

Designed to be the place where the S10 goes for a quick pit stop, the charging dock also empties out the S10’s dust tank and dries the mop-head while charging the robot. The highly automated process requires no human intervention as the S10 autonomously makes its way to the dock when it needs to charge or empty its dust tank. The spacious 4-liter dust tank also has you covered for weeks, and requires replacing every 70 days.

The 4L dust tank is accessible from the top of the charging dock

Hey SwitchBot, Fill the Humidifier!

Is a product really a SwitchBot product if it isn’t eliminating human intervention altogether? The company is championing what they call the world of IoRT, or Internet of Robot Things, in an effort to make human life more comfortable. The idea started with a simple button that pushes switches at home and has now blossomed into a floor-cleaning robot that will occasionally even fill the humidifier in your house. Designed to work with the SwitchBot Humidifier 2 (available as a standalone device), the S10 can transport water from the Water Station directly to your humidifier, filling it up so you don’t need to.

Smart Sensors: The Brain Behind the Brawn

The S10 comes equipped with smart LiDAR sensors that are the real workhorses behind its effective cleaning. These sensors map out your living space, detect obstacles, and even adapt to different types of flooring. Whether your home has tile, hardwood, or carpet, the S10 adjusts its cleaning mode accordingly, ensuring smear-free cleaning on floors, and moreover, keeping your carpet pristine and dry. The smart AI also avoids obstacles and ventures away from no-go zones, giving you reliable cleaning based exactly on your requirements.

The SwitchBot S10 is scheduled to release on Kickstarter in October with a $1199.99 price tag. The S10 bot joins SwitchBot’s army of IoRT devices designed to help automate life and leave the chores to robots and the living to humans. An app powers the S10, which lets you set routines, delineate no-go zones, and access other functions/stats. SwitchBot is currently displaying the S10 floor cleaning robot along with other devices at IFA 2023 in Berlin.

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Graduate Hotels spotlights its diverse interiors with new book

Graduate Hotel's book

Promotion: Nashville-based hospitality brand Graduate Hotels has launched a self-titled book spotlighting its hotels in university towns and cities across the world.

Titled Graduate Hotels, the publication covers the company’s more than 35 hotels throughout the US and UK, each individually designed to reflect its location’s history, culture and university campus.

Interior of Graduate Hotels
Graduate Hotels has more than 30 hotels across the US and UK. Photo and photo above is by Steve Freihon

The hotels span from the East to West coast – from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Seattle, Washington, and across the Atlantic to Oxford and Cambridge in the UK.

The book presents how Graduate Hotels’ design team sources decorative pieces by local artists and brings “the stories of the dynamic local communities to life” through hand-crafted interiors.

Interior of Graduate Hotels
Graduate Hotels was founded by Benjamin Weprin in 2014. Photo is by Steve Freihon

Written by the company’s founder and CEO, Benjamin Weprin, the 272-page book outlines how the brand’s interior design styles vary from retro-futurism at Graduate Hotels’ Cincinnati, Ohio, to neo-classical in Evanston, Illinois.

Each hotel aims to incorporate the charm of its local university and town. The brand’s newest hotel – Graduate Palo Alto in California – is a historic renovation of Palo Alto’s iconic Hotel President. The new design blends the original 1929 design details with new elements informed by Stanford University and the Bay Area.

Photo of Graduate Hotels open book
The 272-page book explores traditional and modern interior design. Photo is by Steve Freihon

Following the brand’s motto “we are all students”, Graduate Hotels aims to evoke nostalgia for alumni and travellers alike, providing an insight into student life and incorporating the local university’s ethos.

Alongside the book, Graduate Hotels has launched its Generation G campaign, which aims to not only unite students and graduates but people from all generations.

“Generation G is emblematic of Graduate’s motto, embracing the idea that there is always more to learn and discover,” said Graduate Hotels. “Whether you are a foodie, adventurer, current college student or parent, we’re all Generation G.”

Outside pool of Graduate Hotels
The hotels span from the East to the West coast of the USA and the UK. Photo is by Digital Love Studio

To celebrate Generation G, Graduate Hotels partnered with producer DJ White Shadow to create a playlist to play across its hotels and has organised a number of fringe events, including live storytelling events with New York’s The Moth.

As part of the campaign, Graduate Hotels has launched a competition to win free hotel stays for a year and is offering up to 30 per cent off its bookings.

Graduate Hotels was founded in 2014 by Benjamin Weprin and has since grown to 31 hotels in the US, two in the UK, and an additional four in development in Princeton, Auburn, Austin and Dallas, Texas.

To view more about Graduate Hotels’ book, visit its website.

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Industrial Designer Uses 3D-Printed Legs to Turn Discarded Buckets Into Rolling Stools

“I was extremely curious about how to solve various common problems using standard materials,” writes Industrial designer Manuel Golub, who’s based in Argentina. “I used to collect discarded materials to reuse, which allowed me to make mistakes and gain experience without having to buy them.”

Golub came across a dumpster outside of a building renovation in Mar del Plata. Among the finds were joint compound buckets, which had a feature that called out to him: “I chose one of the constructive resolutions of the injection-molded bucket, specifically the ribs on the top where a hermetic seal and the handle anchor are placed. These ribs are highly resistant and provide structural strength to the bucket in that area.”

With the goal of turning these discarded buckets into rolling stools, Golub designed two-piece legs that could sandwich the bucket, register against the ribs and be joined with two M6 Allen screws. The Tachoseat was born.

“With the first prototype, I was able to draw initial conclusions. It was necessary to make some structural adjustments, such as moving the pivot axis of the wheels outside the outer face of the bucket. This change generates better stability and solidity in movement.”

“As a final product, the tachoseat allows the user to move effortlessly in all directions through space. During testing, I found it to be particularly useful for navigating within my studio-workshop.”

“Regarding aesthetics, different models could be created by changing the colors of the standard bucket or the 3D printed [legs].”

“The World’s Toughest Earbuds” from Jabra are Military-Grade and come with Dolby spatial audio

Jabra Elite 10 TWS Earbuds

In a market dominated by giants like Apple and Samsung, Jabra is stepping up to the plate with their latest offerings that aim to redefine the earbud experience. The Elite 10 and Elite 8 Active, showcased at IFA 2023 in Berlin, are poised to set a new standard for audio quality, durability, and innovation, challenging the status quo in the world of personal audio.

Jabra’s Elite 10 earbuds are designed to be a true testament to the brand’s commitment to audio excellence. Packed with upgraded 10-millimeter drivers, these earbuds promise an auditory experience that’s richer and more detailed than ever before. The company has even joined forces with Dolby to introduce head-tracking spatial audio, aimed at providing a heightened sense of immersion and a wider soundstage. While opinions on head tracking might differ, the option adds a layer of depth for those who seek a more enveloping sonic journey.

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Understanding that comfort is paramount for consumers, Jabra has reimagined the design of their Elite 10 buds. The semi-open design ensures a comfortable fit and eliminates any feeling of ear-clogging or discomfort. Notably, the oval-shaped silicone ear tips offer extended comfort without intruding deep into the ears. Despite this emphasis on comfort, Jabra hasn’t compromised on active noise cancellation (ANC). Utilizing advanced scanning technology, these earbuds dynamically adjust the ANC filter, ensuring an optimal level of noise cancellation tailored to your surroundings.

Jabra Elite 8 Active TWS Earbuds

For fitness enthusiasts, the Elite 8 Active emerges as a standout option. Branded as “the world’s toughest earbuds,” these buds have undergone rigorous testing, surpassing industry standards. Boasting an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and even meeting Military Standard 810H for ruggedness, these earbuds can endure extreme temperatures, shocks, saltwater exposure, and submersion. With Jabra’s signature ShakeGrip coating, they stay securely in place during even the most intense workouts. The Elite 8 Active also has Dolby spatial audio, but it isn’t quite as immersive and effective as the one on the Elite 10 which also offers head-tracking.

Both the Elite 10 and Elite 8 Active share a plethora of features, including wireless charging, multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, standalone mono mode, and compatibility with LE Audio. While they currently support AAC and SBC codecs out of the box, a future firmware update will integrate LC3 and LC3 Plus codecs for even better sound quality. Plus, these earbuds offer Fast Pair on Android and Swift Pair on PC for effortless device connection.

The Elite 10 and Elite 8 Active are slated for release in September, promising an upgraded audio experience and durability that’s tailor-made for diverse lifestyles. As Jabra continues to tread its path alongside industry giants, these new offerings beckon a closer look at how they’re set to redefine our auditory encounters.

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