From Bang & Olufsen's updated classic turntable to Q Acoustics's first set of active loudspeakers, we've rounded up our favorite new products that were announced this past week.
Grado Labs GT220
The GT220 are the Brooklyn-based audio company's first pair of wireless earbuds. And while they lack active noise-cancellation, but they make up for in sound quality. The earbuds each have an 8mm driver and polycarbonate housings, and are poised to play high-resolution audio files. They charge via USB-C and support wireless charging.
Wyze has always been a champion of affordable smart home devices and its latest products slots right in with the mantra. It's a $50 smart thermostat that works with Alexa at launch, with support for Google Assistant coming soon. The Wyze Thermostat will also gain more premium smart features, such as auto-scheduling, later in 2021. It's available for preorder right now.
These are Wyze's first noise-canceling headphones — and first consumer audio product of any kind, to be fair — and their main selling point is price. They cost just $50. However Wyze promises that they'll push well-above their weight, sounding more like $200 headphones. They have two modes, active noise-cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes, but there's mode to have both off (which is probably is to save some costs). The Wyze Headphones are available for preorder right now and will ship this November.
Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor
Dell announced a high-end monitor to complete with Apple's ProDisplay XDR for the attention of creative professionals. It's the same size (32-inches) and same price ($5,000), but the real selling point of the Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor is that it has 2,000 mini-LED backlit dimming zone — it's first-ever 4K monitor to be able to create such colors and contrast. It will go on sale on November 5th.
Q Acoustics Q Active Speakers
Q Acoustics announced its first active powered speakers this week. The Q Active 200 and Q Active 400 are bookshelf and floor-standing speakers, respectively, and they come with a central Control Hub, which allows you to connect them to a variety of wired or wireless sources. This Control Hub has an HDMI ARC and optical digital inputs, so you can connect them right to your TV, as well as a built-in MM phono stage to connect to a turntable. For streamers, it can work with a Google Chromecast and Amazon Alexa ecosystem. It support AirPlay 2 and is Roon ready, too. These are high-end active speakers that can stream high-res audio (up to 32bit/192kHZ) and are designed to compete with the likes of KEF's new LS50 Wireless II.
Vizio 4K OLED T
Announced back at CES in the beginning of the year, Vizio's first OLED TVs are finally available to purchase — and you can actually get a good deal on them already. Best Buy is selling 55-inch or 65-inch models for $100 off. The catch is that you have to purchase by midnight tonight (Friday, October 9th) to get the deal.
Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4000c
The Beogram 4000c is a revived and upgraded version of Bang & Olufsen's iconic Beogram 4000 turntable from the 1970s. It looks very similar to the old classic — in fact it's made with many of the same parts — but Bang & Olufsen updated it with some modern touches, like a RIAA phono pre-amplifier and a new high-performance stylus, to bring up to present day hi-fi standards. However, Bang & Olufsen is only making 95 of them. And they're selling for $11,000 a pop.