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Happy Thanksgiving 2017 from iLounge!

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and we at iLounge would like to wish you a happy holiday and express how grateful all of us are for your readership and support. We’ll be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday, returning to normal updates on Monday, November 27th. Happy Thanksgiving!

Review: Shure SHA900 Portable Amplifier

Last month, we attended the Audio Engineering Society show in New York City looking for interesting things to feature here on iLounge. We stopped by Shure's booth — it's a company we've long known for their microphones and reference IEMs like the SE530. What we were not expecting was a chrome-bodied, MFi-certified portable headphone amplifier with an OLED display. Shure sent us a review sample of this amp — the SHA900 — and though we're very impressed with its performance and features, we're not sure its price is fully justified.

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Daily Deals: Black Friday Sale

It’s the time of year again when late November brings Thanksgiving turkey and great deals, and this year we have our Black Friday Gear and Gadget Sale where you can get an additional 20% off almost anything in our iLounge Deals store with the coupon code BFRIDAY20 (some exclusions apply). In addition, check out some of the especially great deals we have not only in Gear and Gadgets but also for Software and Online Courses.

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Review: KEF Q300 Bookshelf Speakers

If you've ever shopped for speakers before, KEF likely needs no introduction. This British company has been making home audio components for over 50 years, and has been a favorite of audiophiles for about as long. In anticipation of KEF's recent update to its Q-Series speakers, we're taking a look at a bookshelf speaker that has become one of the go-to recommended speakers in the audiophile community: the Q300. Though the Q350 has been announced, the Q300 is still available and can be purchased for about half the price of the new model. We think the Q300 is one of the best ways to get started in this hobby.

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Daily Deals: Pre-Black Friday Sale

It’s the time of year again when late November brings Thanksgiving turkey and great deals, and this year we have our Black Friday Gear and Gadget Sale where you can get an additional 20% off almost anything in our iLounge Deals store with the coupon code BFRIDAY20 (some exclusions apply). In addition, check out some of the especially great deals we have not only in Gear and Gadgets but also for Software and Online Courses.

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Review: Nuheara IQbuds True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

We're taking a detour from our normal audio reviews to look at a headphone that, uniquely, is less focused on listening than it is on hearing. Launched after a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign, Nuheara's IQbuds are "true wireless" earbuds that promise to enhance your hearing ability, boosting the sounds you want to hear and letting you customize your hearing to your environment. After hearing through the IQbuds for a few weeks, we find that their "Dynamic Noise Control" can be impressive at times, but they're something short of magical.

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Review: Optima NuForce HEM Dynamic In-Ear Headphones

Optoma is a company we first became aware of years ago for their home theater projectors. In more recent years, they've become popular in the headphone community for their line of IEMS, DACs, and headphone amplifiers, which sport the NuForce brand. Foremost among these are the NuForce HEM, or "Hi-Res Ear Monitor" IEMs. This week we're testing the HEM Dynamic, the entry-level model in the lineup. We find that although the HEM Dynamic sounds good, it has one fatal flaw that soured the experience.

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Gear: Burkley Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet Case for iPhone X

If you’re looking for a wallet case for your new iPhone X, we think you’ll be especially pleased with the latest entry from New York fashion house Burkley, the Magnetic Detachable Leather Wallet Case. Despite the somewhat awkward name, this elegant new wallet case features handcrafted Turkish leather along with a magnetically detachable inner shell that looks and feels great by itself — effectively giving you two cases in one. It’s one of our favorite new wallet cases for the iPhone X.

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Apple rumored to be releasing second-generation iPhone SE next year

After rumors about an updated iPhone SE went nowhere this year, China’s Economic Daily News is again claiming that there will be a second-generation version of the device coming, this time in the first half of 2018. The new assembly plant in Bangalore, India that helped Apple get its foot in the door in India is now rumored to be the likely site to produce the new model as well. While Apple skipped updating the iPhone SE in 2017, markets like India and China still have high demand for a smartphone at a lower price point than the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. Last month a questionable report from Tekz24 speculated about the hardware inside a new SE, including an upgrade to the A10 Fusion chip and slightly larger battery than the current device.

OtterBox reveals Star Wars-themed cases ahead of new movie’s release

OtterBox has released five Star Wars-themed versions of its Symmetry Series cases ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The cases are available for the iPhone 7/8 ($45) and iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus ($55), but not the iPhone X. The cases feature stylized versions of the Star Wars logo, a Storm Trooper, lovable robot BB-8, protagonist Rey and the ultimate villain Darth Vader and include the trademark OtterBox raised beveled edge to keep the touchscreen tucked away from harm during drops.





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