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Tree illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Sonos Introduces Wild Tracks

As travelers hit the road with the all-new Sonos Roam, an ultra-portable smart speaker built to deliver unmatched sound both at home and on any adventure, Sonos announces its latest campaign: Wild Tracks. A recent study conducted by Sonos found that 74% of respondents choose music as their preferred adventure buddy, even over friends and select family members. And because certain destinations feature an unmatched splendor that merits a soundtrack of its own, Wild Tracks invites consumers to explore the world’s most beloved outdoor destinations with eleven partner-curated playlists from the likes of Emma Lovewell, Joe Holder, and more.

To inspire this exploration, Wild Tracks features multiple elements, including a :60 film that visually and sonically explores the relationship between sound and nature (check it out here!) and uniquely-curated playlists that encourage listeners to seek their own adventure. Each playlist was inspired by America’s premier outdoor destinations and curated by the following music lovers and nature enthusiasts:

  • Glacier National Park, curated by Peloton Senior Instructor Emma Lovewell
  • Kings Canyon National Park, curated by founder of The Ocho System and Health + Wellness Consultant, Joe Holder
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, curated by Diversity & Inclusion Educator and Sustainability Advocate, Laura Edmondson
  • Chattahoochee River National Park, curated by Meditation Expert and Model, Nikia Phoenix
  • North Cascades National Park, curated by Adventure Enthusiast and Travel Photographer, Renee Hahnel
  • Bugaboo Provincial Park, curated by Mountain Climber, Andrea Ference
  • Banff National Park, curated by Nature Photographer, Eric Rubens
  • Cape Scott Provincial Park, curated by Adventure Enthusiast, Karin Keller
  • Horseshoe Bend, curated by Travel Journalist, Travis Levius
  • Grand Teton National Park, curated by Adventure Photographer Max Seigal
  • Watkins Glen State Park, curated by Travel + Adventure Photographer Max Loewenstein

“With excitement especially high for travel this summer, we wanted to inspire Sonos fans to get outside and explore the world around them,” said Nicole Gullaci, Director of Americas Marketing, Sonos. “We know from our own research that listening to music and spending time outdoors are the top two activities people use to relax. With our thoughtfully-curated Wild Tracks playlists, consumers can truly immerse themselves in their natural surroundings and be transported wherever they choose to embrace the great outdoors.”

Roam expands the radius of the Sonos experience and is the perfect companion to adventure – both physically and sonically. Available at Sonos starting at $169, Roam sounds incredible for its size, is effortless to set up and control, and packs new innovation into a premium, lightweight, and durable design. With Roam, it’s easier than ever to enjoy music and more from anywhere.

To learn more about Wild Tracks, the all-new Sonos Roam, and get inspired to explore the great outdoors, please visit Sonos Wild Tracks.

Home Entertainment System illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Three Ways To Amp up Your Home Entertainment

Your home should be the place you are most comfortable. On top of that, if you’re the kind of person who loves to entertain guests, you want your home to be a place where others can not only be comfortable but have a memorable experience. Here are three things you can do to create a home where you can maximize entertaining others or simply allow yourself to really unwind. 

1. Audio Is Everything 

When you think of an entertaining event, is it possible to think of one that’s totally silent? One reason people love seeing movies in theaters is because the surround-sound audio seems larger than life. When you attend concerts, nothing gets your blood pumping quite like feel the bass resonating in your chest cavity. Whether you aim to entertain with a great home theater or with quality parties, your home audio Nashville must be top-notch. Watching movies is one thing; experiencing them is another. 

2. Drinks Must Be on-Hand

Any good event has interesting drinks available. That doesn’t even mean they have to be alcoholic — having a unique craft soda available can add a unique element to a get-together. Make sure the space you’re hosting parties in has drinks nearby. You might want to have a mini-fridge stocked in the basement, or you could even use an everyday cooler. However it’s done, the point is to make sure nobody has to ask for a drink or question where they might be. 

3. Lighting Is the Cherry on Top 

Going to a friend’s house for some drinks is a party, and parties are great. However, the difference between a party and an event is the ambiance. Imagine going to the exact same event, but their living room has been rearranged and they’ve hung up some interesting lights to create a completely different atmosphere. You are bound to remember that event more than the other everyday parties you’ve attended recently. 

You can accomplish unique lighting in many different ways, and most of them are very simple. The easiest is to buy some string lights that simply plug into your outlets. They can easily be hung temporarily and stored for later use — it shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes to set them up every time. You can even experiment with using various colored bulbs in your existing fixtures. You don’t have to go crazy, but just doing something a little different will make a big difference. 

It doesn’t take much to make a party stand out. If you have a quality sound system, you’ll already be leaps and bounds above the average event that has TV speakers or a run-of-the-mill stereo. Just like going out to eat, your friends will be happy if they never have to ask for a refill on their beverage, and you can really make the event memorable by changing the atmosphere. Don’t think you have to do all of this for other people, though — doing all of these same things for yourself will make for an incredibly relaxing night in. 

Heather Skovlund Music illustration for 360 Magazine

Puro Pro Headphone Review

By: Emily Bunn

 Calling all audiophiles! The Puro Pro Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Volume Limited Headphones with Built-In Mic are the newest audio accoutrement that will sound like music to your ears, literally. Listen to today’s top hits, like Gwen Stefani’s “Slow Clap” feat. Saweetie, or The Weeknd’sSave Your Tears” feat. Ariana Grande.

With the Puro Pro Hybrid headphones, you can jam out to your favorite songs without compromising your hearing. Users can choose between having a maximum volume of either 85dB or 95dB. On the 85dB setting, users can safely listen to tunes for up to eight hours. On the 95dB setting, users can safely rock out for up to 50 minutes with no fear.

While cranking your favorite tunes, immerse your ears in a luxurious studio-grade listening experience with the Puro Balanced Response Curve. With 40mm dynamic drivers, listeners are guaranteed clear, crisp vocals and full, dynamic bass audio. The dynamic range of the headphone is 20Hz – 20kHz, with less <1 percent total harmonic distortion. Further, the Puro Pro’s leather ear cushions and headband allows for a comfortable listening experience. The design is foldable, so these headphones are perfect for on-the-go travel. Marrying high-quality design and premium audio capabilities, the Puro Pro’s allow you to rock out like never before.

Even when you’re surrounded by external noise, the premium active noise cancelling (ANC) technology of the Puro Pros promise significant noise reduction. Users have the option of choosing between two levels of ambient noise cancelling ability, offering both general and deep noise reduction. The headphones include five microphones– four of them for ambient noise cancelling, and one for communicating via calls.

Your personalized concert can be longer than ever before with the long battery life of the Puro Pros. With a playtime of up to 28 hours with active noise cancellation, or 32 without ANC. The Puro Pros allow for 300 hours of standby time. Access your favorite tunes on all your device with the headphone’s Bluetooth 5.0 capability.

The Puro Pros take listening to music up a notch, with pitch-perfect performance and practical design. If you aren’t completely satisfied, however, the company offers a one year warranty and thirty day money back guarantee. The Puro Pro Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Volume Limited Headphones with Built-In Mic are available for purchase here.

Features

  • Volume Limited (85 dB and 95dB)
  • Puro Balanced Response Curve
  • Ambient Noise Reduction
  • Microphone
  • Wireless
  • Long-lasting Battery Life
  • Custom 40mm Dynamic Drivers
  • Dynamic Range of 20Hz – 20kHz with <1% total harmonic distortion

Contents

  • Hard Carrying Case
  • 5mm Limiter Audio Cable
  • Charging Cable

Puro Pro Headphone image via Noyd Communications Inc. for use by 360 Magazine

Puro Pro Headphone image via Noyd Communications Inc.

Trevor Bauer x Lids

All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.

In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.

Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.

Bauer said he has been a Lids customer for many years.

“As I’ve become more invested in design and branding in recent years, the opportunity to collaborate with such an iconic retailer, especially as its first MLB athlete partner, is really meaningful,” Bauer said.

Lawrence Berger, co-founder and partner at Ames Watson and Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings, said Bauer is equally impressive on and off the mound.

“Lids has been the leading headwear retailer for years, in large part due to the popularity of baseball hats, and we cannot think of a better individual to be our first MLB athlete partner than Trevor. We look forward to combining his passion for design with our talented creative team to make some incredible merchandise and content,” Berger said.

Bauer is the reigning MLBPA Players Choice NL Outstanding Pitcher and a finalist for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Bauer puts his season up against those of Jacob deGrom, who won the award in 2018 and 2019, and Yu Darvish, who debuted in 2012 with Bauer and is eyeing his first Cy Young Award, as well.

Bauer posted his career-best earned run average in 2020 of 1.73, second best in baseball only behind Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber. He won five games and anchored a Reds pitching staff that landed the seventh seed in the playoffs.

He also garnered attention for contributions to baseball as a whole with his self-titled YouTube channel and Momentum, an athlete-driven media company with the goal of connecting fans to the game.

Momentum uses authentic player stories to affect the public perception of baseball. With over 500 original pieces of audio and video, Momentum has built popular series like Bauer Bytes and Live At Bats. Its content has also been distributed through digital channels and partners like PlayersTV and FOX Sports.

You can follow Bauer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

You can also follow Lids on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

MASN Hate Me visual

MASN – “Hate Me”

MASN RELEASES THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “HATE ME!” DEBUT EP HOW TO KILL A ROCKSTAR DUE OUT THIS SUMMER

Artist on the rise MASN releases the music video for his latest track “Hate Me!” today via RCA Records. Watch
HERE. “Hate Me!” dropped last week and was featured on Billboard’s “10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week” and Ones To Watch “#NowWatching” playlist. This track also marks the first release off his debut EP How To Kill A Rockstar which is due out later this summer.

19-year-old Eagle Mountain, Utah native MASN exploded onto the scene last year when his hit single “Psycho!” dropped in January 2019. The track exploded online and had garnered over 99M combined audio and video streams worldwide and over 1.5M TikTok. 

Shortly after he released “Val!um” and earlier this year “Psycho!” feat. Trippie Redd which marked MASNs first release with RCA Records. Earlier this month, German DJs/Producers Topic & B-Case remixed “Psycho!” check it out HERE. MASNs expansive creative palette distills into a dreamy melting pot of lo-fi beatcraft, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity, and lush pop. He amplifies every side of himself within his songs and is looking forward to sharing his debut EP How To Kill A Rockstar which is due out later this summer.

To Buy/Stream/Watch “Hate Me!”: Official Video – HERE

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PuroQuiet Headset Review

PuroQuiet’s new Active Noise Cancelling Headphones do exactly what they promise – they deliver the great sound you want to hear, and none of the sound you don’t. With 82% noise isolation, listeners can put these on in loud environments and hear audio crisply, without damaging their ears. This is great for children as well, who may not be aware of the dangers of loud headphones. This is also why PuroQuiet has installed a volume limit on the headphones, to protect children from this damage.

The headset is great for calls, as it comes with a microphone that makes 2 way calling easy when mobile or in loud environments, and especially on flights. The headset is light, so it isn’t a burden to carry around on a busy day. Many headphones can hurt your scalp or ears after extensive use, but PuroQuiet’s lightweight aluminum material, plush ear pads, and leather headband protect from this kind of discomfort. 

Of course the set is also great for music of any kind – the whistle tones of Ariana Grande on “Rain on Me” or the low bass riffs of Paul McCartney can be heard as clearly as ever.

On top of all this, the new PuroQuiet headphone set is affordable, so you can get quality audio without breaking the bank. They are also very durable, ensuring you get your money’s worth.

PuroQuiet Active Noise Cancelling Headphones promote Healthy Ears® by protecting hearing in the following ways:

Active Noise Cancellation – ANC makes daily noise and background sounds up to 22 dB quieter, complemented by 82% of noise isolation. You can let your kids hear more of what you want them to hear with less distraction. The ANC switch puts the world on mute, so youngsters can listen clearly in loud environments without the need to increase volume beyond safe listening levels.

Volume Limiting to 85 dB– This is the maximum safe listening level as recommended by many organizations (Hearing Health Foundation, OSHA, World Health Organization, American Speech Pathology Association, etc.). Intelligent digital signal processing imperceptibly limits the volume so that listeners don’t even notice.

Studio Grade Audio Quality with our patent-pending Puro Balanced Response® curve – Genuine studio grade audio, engineered to deliver an amazing listening experience with clear, crisp vocals and full, dynamic bass all within our 85 dB volume limit.

Super soft protein leather wrapped headband and ear cushions – The plush ear pads, combined with an adjustable headband mean children can custom fit all head sizes and shapes to ensure a comfortable long-term fit. Less than 6oz of weight leaves almost no pressure on young heads.

FEATURES


• Puro Sound Labs Studio Grade Frequency Response • 22 Hours of Play Time and 16 Hours with ANC
• Durable, Light-weight Aluminum Construction
• Supple Protein Leather Ear Cushions and Headband • Microphone for 2-Way Calling
• Folds Flat for Travel CONTENTS
• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide

CONTENTS


• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide
*Measured at 1 kHz

Ocaso Festival, Costa Rica, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

OCASO 2020

“Be prepared to be teleported into a quantum realm of whimsicality.”360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery × Sam Berman

At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet. 

What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat. 

Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.

Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.

A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.

Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all. 

The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list. 

Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into. 

For additional information visit Ocaso Festival.

Local Guide

Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.

If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:

Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.

Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.

Khalid, Kevin Mazur, JBL FEST, 360 MAGAZINE

Khalid × JBL Fest

The 3rd annual JBL Fest wrapped up last night in Vegas, featuring three nights of epic performances from five-time GRAMMY nominee Khalid,popstar Bebe Rexha and hip-hop icons Run DMC. Celebrity appearances throughout JBL Fest included Priyanka & Nick Jonas, Shaq and the “Vanderpump Rules” cast.

*Photo by Kevin Mazur

JBL FEST, RUN DMC, 360 MAGAZINE, LAS VEGAS

3rd Annual JBL Fest


The 3rd annual JBL Fest kicked off last night in Vegas with JBL REMIX, hosted by legendary NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal (AKA DJ Diesel) and featuring an iconic throwback performance from Run DMC on the rooftop of Caesars Palace.

 
Just before Run DMC took the stage, DJ Diesel was seen catching up with fellow “Inside the NBA” co-host Kenny Smith in the VIP lounge.

 
Artist Cey Adams, who designed some of RUN DMC’s most iconic album covers, created an immersive experience with authentic graffiti tags, streetlamps and JBL-branded subway signs to transport guests back into New York City’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s.

 
*Note: The party continues tonight for CLUB JBL!, hosted by JBL ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas and featuring even more electrifying performances from Bebe Rexha, as well as fellow JBL ambassadors Armin van Buuren and DJ Tigerlily. Plus, the cast of “Vanderpump Rules” will walk the star-studded red carpet with a surprise guest you can’t miss.   
 
#JBLFEST
@JBLaudio
Facebook.com/JBL
 
 

*photo credit: Kevin Mazur

Yacht, boats, marina, audio system, 360 MAGAZINE, door county, Vaughn Lowery

A Handy Guide to Marine Audio Systems

Who says you can’t have a complete audio system on your boat? Read on to discover the ultimate guide to marine audio systems.

Are you interested in buying a new stereo system for your boat?

High-quality marine audio systems are sought after by boat owners because they can better your experiences while on your boat. Many people think that boat stereo systems aren’t all that, but they’re wrong.

In many cases, a boat’s audio system will be better than a car’s. This is because they’re more powerful, durable, and versatile. There are endless customization options when it comes to a boat’s audio system, so it’s important to know about the components.

Read on to learn more about marine audio systems and how they work.

How Are Marine Stereos Unique?

Boat stereo systems stand out for a variety of reasons. These systems are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Unlike car stereos, marine stereos have to be loud enough to hear over the water.

Numerous things can affect audio equipment such as water, salt, and sunlight. These can affect the quality of audio equipment, potentially damaging them. Marine stereos are tested for thousands of hours to ensure that they endure the elements.

When the audio systems are tested, they’ll be blasted with water to ensure that everything is waterproof. They’ll also be exposed to ultraviolet light to simulate sun exposure. Before hitting the shelves, the systems will be applied with an additional coating to protect the circuits.

What Do They Have?

While marine systems have to be carefully made so they can withstand the outdoors, all of their components are equally durable. They have most of the same parts that car audio systems have, but also a few additional pieces:

Amplifiers

Marine amplifiers are much more powerful than standard car amplifiers because they generally have to play at louder volumes. These amplifiers are completely waterproof and provide enough power to play music that can be heard over the engine and water.

Subwoofers

Subwoofers are what produce the bass when you’re listening to a song. In most marine audio systems, the subwoofers are surrounded by rubber and plastic so that nothing leaks into them. These can be exposed or enclosed depending on how you want to mount them.

Wires and Cables

Without wires and cables, a sound system would be useless. All boat audio systems use marine-rated wiring to ensure that they don’t corrode because of saltwater. 

Satellite Radio

Unless you intend on listening to DVDs all the time, satellite radio is necessary for a marine system. As boats get further from the coast, radio systems tend to fade out. Satellite radio allows you to listen to a variety of stations from hundreds of miles offshore. 

Power Inverter

A power inverter is one of the most useful things you can have on board, especially if you use several small electronics. These can be equipped to your marine audio system to let you charge things like phone batteries, laptops, etc.

GPS and Bluetooth

Many modern marine audio systems are equipped with waterproof screens that let you control it. Having GPS navigation built into the system lets you see exactly where you are on the screen at all times.

Bluetooth is a feature that most radios have nowadays because it prevents people from having to hook their devices up to the radio. You can check out this article to learn more about Bluetooth radio gear.

Installing Components

Installing stereo components on boats varies with each boat, making it difficult to say where exactly things should go. However, this lets you can come up with a plethora of boat sound system ideas that can make your system unique.

If your boat already has a sound system installed, you can most likely mount things in the preexisting locations while also using the same wiring. Should you need to change something, you can cut the panels or run new wires at ease.

Many people put their amplifiers and subwoofers under their seats, but you can also use the side panels of your boat. Keep in mind that there are no rules when you’re installing components. Measure areas of your boat where you’d like to install something and choose parts based on that.

Things to Look for in Components

Aside from the fact that you can install a boat stereo system almost anywhere on your boat, you’ll have to make sure you know what you’re looking for. Here are some things to consider when browsing for gear: 

Durable Materials

While all boat stereo systems are designed to be waterproof, some are better options depending on the environment you’re in. For example, a boat that is in a sunny region will need to withstand more UV rays than a boat in a cloudy region. 

The Right Specs

The better the specifications are, the better your sound quality will be. When it comes to boats, it’s worth spending more on a system that sounds great whether it’s on land or water. You’ll also need to ensure that the gear you buy will fit your boat. 

High Power

Marine systems need to have a lot of power since you’ll be listening to music out in the open. Most systems are equipped with strong amplifiers, but you can always add external amps to make them more powerful.

Don’t Look down on Marine Audio Systems

If someone’s ever given you a hard time because of your interest in marine audio systems, you can prove them wrong by investing in a high-quality system.

Ensure that you purchase the right components so they don’t get damaged from the outdoor elements. These systems will withstand water, salt, and sunlight. Providing that you measure out your boat and gear, you can get a stereo system that beats any car’s.

Feel free to browse our tech section to read more articles about technologies that you can use to modernize your boat!