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This week we have some reviews for music and photography lovers. First, James Trew put the GoPro Hero 10 Black through his pace and was impressed by the capabilities of the new GP2 processor. Billy Steele then listens to Jabra’s $ 80 Elite 3 earbuds, and considers them one of the best devices in the business due to the combination of price and features. Lastly, Terrence O’Brien played with the Arturia SQ80V synth emulator just to be enchanted by the fluid user interface and timeless sounds.
James Trew is clear about the new GoPro Hero 10 Black: it’s remarkably similar to last year’s model, except for the impressive new GP2 processor. The chip increases the frame rates, including 5.3K at 60fps. It is also responsible for the updated HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization technology, which provides smoother recording scenarios, a faster user interface, faster media downloads and even improvements to the front. GoPro says the GP2’s capabilities can also help produce better photos and videos.
In James’ test, it was born well: he saw noticeably better image quality of the Hero 10 Black than of the Hero 9. James said the detail difference was immediately noticeable at a 100 percent harvest, where the Hero 10 could capture textures such as road surface or leaves. He also enjoys the extra flexibility of the new resolution and frame rate combinations – another bonus of the GP2 processing power. The Hero 10 Black also adds a hydrophobic lens cover, which prevents water droplets from blurring, 4K video at 120 fps for respectable slow-mo, and good, old-fashioned wired transmission. With one of the only drawbacks as a shorter battery life, James says the Hero 10 takes and builds on everything that worked for GoPro devices.
The Jabra Elite 3 earbuds have a lot to do: they are affordable, functional controls, a comfortable fit thanks to a new design, impressive sound quality and a solid set of features. Billy Steele says that they far exceeded his expectations and offered incredible value for their price of $ 80. During the test, he was immediately impressed by the sound quality, which was skilled at extracting details such as the rattle of a snare drum. light. While he found that the quality of the call was only serviceable, he thought of other things — such as a muffled ministry on the earbuds. He was also pleased with the nearly seven-hour battery life.
However, low-cost models give off some things that you can take for granted on other earbuds, and here the Elite 3 buttons lack wireless and active noise cancellation. Billy said one of the few downsides to the Elite 3s is the function of an automatic pause — he finds it annoying, but not a resemblance. He also mentioned that the only EQ adjustments are available in presets, but that the Elite 3 outperformed similar models here due to its balanced tuning and great clarity. With few drawbacks, Billy considers it one of the best wireless products from Jabra.
Terrence O’Brien has been working on the buttons for some time on Arturia’s new SQ 80V, a synth emulator designed to mimic the dusty charm of the Ensoniq SQ-80. The device features the original 75 waveforms as well as ‘hidden’ waves of the SQ-80 to offer users a wide range of sound design possibilities. The majority of the controls, three LFOs and four envelopes, are on a mouse-friendly synthesis tab, while you can change the oscillator waves and adjust the filter from the device itself.
Terrence says the SQ80 V is ideal for crushed digital sounds, and the two sound packages released next to the emulator match the feel. While these packs made it easy to find sounds in the predefined presets, Terrence said it’s also easy to build your own patches because of the menu and tabs. He calls the interface ‘clean, charmingly retro and easy to navigate’. Overall, Terrence said he digs the SQ80 V because it is accessible to synth players while delivering warm, timeless sound.