Former Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen predicts what the top three will be in the Austrian Grand Prix 2015.
From Beats to Bose, the headphones market is a tough one to crack these days.
With the slightest of designs able to pack more punch than some stereo systems and a plethora of unique additions to every new release, manufacturers are constantly bidding for ways to stand out and sell more units.
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Danish company Jabra are no different and they are making remarkable strides with their sport specific offerings.
The SPORT ROX headphones utilise Dolby technology to deliver pulsating soundtracks to your sporting endeavours but it is in the intricacies of their makeup that they truly shine.
Their EarWings and EarGels are two of those inventions that highlight this.
The small hooks of the former sit in the ridge of the ear’s Cymba Conchae to deliver stability to the headphones, negating any disruption that may be caused on your run, cycle or row; whatever it is you’re doing.
Adding an extra layer of comfort are the Gels which surround the speaker that enters the ear canal.
Both are practical and comfortable and come in different sizes tailored to the user. This attention to design and the needs of each individual are subtle little touches that make SPORT ROX a worthy competitor to the rest of the industry.
The technology doesn’t end there, either.
Unique Power Magnets snap the headphones together for easy tidying away, while the steel design (built towards US Military standards) protects against all types of weather, including sand – an obvious challenge in the UAE.
They are also wireless, which allows the user to sync their music from a device and the handy Jabra app is there for additional support.
Comfortable, unique and carrying a custom fit for users, the SPORT ROX are as practical as they are ground-breaking.
All-in-all, it’s a very nice offering from Jabra.
VERDICT: 8/10 – Bearing their own identity, with simplistic yet necessary add-ons, this is a triumph in sporting headphones and design.
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Slowest and last in the morning, Sebastian Vettel bounced back to top the times with Ferrari in Friday's unpredictable second free practice session for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.
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But the four-time world champion German had little to celebrate on a cold and cloudy afternoon in the Styrian Alps as his session ended early due to ongoing gearbox problems – the reason he flopped in the morning – while all the drivers struggled to generate enough warmth in their tyres to deliver decent lap times.
Vettel's best lap was clocked in 1min 9.600sec, enabling him to outpace his nearest rivals Finns Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, by 0.011sec, and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.260. Rosberg had topped the times in the morning ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The defending world champion and series leader Hamilton was down in fifth in the second Mercedes, 0.537sec adrift, behind Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado who was fourth for Lotus before going off through the gravel at Turn Three in the closing minutes.
German Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Force India ahead of Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus, Dutch teenager Max Verstappen of Toro Rosso, Brazilian Felipe Nasr of Sauber and Mexican Sergio Perez in the second Force India.
On a day of incidents and problems, Hamilton struggled to find his form notably with the 'super soft' tyres and appeared to be ragged and lacking precision around the short Red Bull Ring circuit, where he locked up frequently at the first and last turns. Hamilton qualified ninth last season.
The struggling McLaren-Honda team endured another torrid day and in the second session was forced to abandon the fray with both cars. Briton Jenson Button gave up after 17 laps with an engine problem that led to the team calling two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso in to avoid a similar problem.
Brazilian Felipe Massa also had problems on his way to 15th in the second Williams at the track where he took pole last year, a place ahead of Alonso. Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull was only 17th and Button 18th.