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The holidays are almost here: These are the best headphones you can buy

The holidays are almost here: These are the best headphones you can buy

By about 7 hours ago.

Even if you’re not a self-described audiophile, you can certainly appreciate the difference between a pair of headphones that sound good and a pair that doesn’t. In fact, headphones are probably the one category of accessory where you really shouldn’t skimp, because you absolutely get what you pay for.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to spend $1,000, $600 or even $400 to get a fantastic pair of high-end headphones ahead of the holidays this year. In this post, we have collected six fantastic options that each deliver incredible sound without breaking the bank. More →

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Why Did Apple Kill The iPod Classic

This is why Apple killed one of its most beloved and iconic gadgets

By on October 28, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

This is why Apple killed one of its most beloved and iconic gadgets

Although it’s become fashionable to use your smartphone as your music player these days, those of us who are hardcore music fans this fall mourned the loss of the iPod Classic, the iconic digital music player that offered us up to 160GB of storage. Business Insider notes that Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday talked about why his company decided to axe the Classic and it turns out that it was a simple matter of supply and demand. More →

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Apple iPod Launch 2001

The funniest thing you’ll read all day: Apple fans’ reaction to the original iPod in 2001

By on September 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

The funniest thing you’ll read all day: Apple fans’ reaction to the original iPod in 2001

Some Apple fans were upset by the launch of the Apple Watch last week, as the device’s design wasn’t as stylish as they had hoped it would be. However, it turns out this sort of reaction on the part of the Apple fan base isn’t new because many of them had similar reactions to the first-generation iPod when it was launched all the way back in 2001. More →

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Sony Walkman Hi-Res Audio

Hands-on with the new Walkman: Sony is bringing the music player back to life

By on September 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

Hands-on with the new Walkman: Sony is bringing the music player back to life

Long before cell phones replaced MP3 players, before the iPod eliminated any trace of competition, there was one name that was synonymous with portable music: Walkman. Sony’s Walkman line has been through countless incarnations since its debut as a cassette player in 1979, but the latest might be the most interesting in recent memory. More →

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Why Are Beats So Expensive

Why Beats headphones are so ridiculously overpriced

By on September 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Why Beats headphones are so ridiculously overpriced

Beats headphones aren’t exactly beloved in the audiophile community and yet Dr. Dre’s company still gets away with charging an obscene $300 per pair for its Beats Studio Headphones. Why? A new MKBHD video that went viral over the weekend does a nice job of breaking things down: Basically, Beats can get away with charging so much more for its headphones thanks to the magic of branding. More →

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Apple iTunes 24-Bit Music

Here’s one way Apple might make you care about iTunes again

By on April 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Here’s one way Apple might make you care about iTunes again

Can iTunes stay relevant in the era of Pandora and Spotify? That’s a key question that Apple is trying to answer as it mulls a major overhaul of its iconic digital music store that has seen revenues from music sales drop in recent years while streaming services have grown ever-more popular. MacRumors points us to a recent rumor posted by music blogger Robert Hutton, who says that Apple is planning to introduce 24-bit lossless audio files to the iTunes Store, which would vastly improve the sound quality of any songs you buy through it. More →

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Nokia Portable Media Player Leak Guru

Nokia’s ‘Guru’ portable media player allegedly leaked

By on October 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Nokia’s ‘Guru’ portable media player allegedly leaked

It would appear that Nokia is planning on expanding its hardware lineup rather extensively in the near future. Last Thursday, a patent and subsequent video revealed Nokia’s frist attempt at a smartwatch, complete with six screens and interchangeable pieces, and now an image has leaked that seems to show off an MP3 player from the cellphone maker as well. The image comes courtesy of @evleaks, along with the supposed codename, “Guru.” The infamous Twitter leaker claims that the Nokia Guru will be competition for the iPod shuffle, with NFC (near field communication) capacity built in — though shortly after the image appeared online, @evleaks retweeted The Verge’s Tom Warren who posited that the Guru would end up being a bluetooth headset rather than a media player. Nokia’s media event is only one day away, so don’t be surprised to see some brand new hardware from the newly acquired company, including whatever the Guru turns out to be.

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Sonos PLAY:1 Hands-on

Sonos PLAY:1 becomes a less expensive Trojan Horse for just $199

Sonos PLAY:1 becomes a less expensive Trojan Horse for just $199

By on October 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

The barrier to entry in the world of Sonos has normally been reasonably high. The company’s products sell in the $400 plus range, with the Sonos PLAYBAR retailing for $699. On Monday, however, Sonos is introducing the PLAY:1, a portable speaker that’s smaller and more compact than the PLAY:5 and PLAY:3, and less expensive as well. It sells for $199 and while it features just one speaker (instead of three and five for the other PLAY units, respectively), it really packs a punch. More →

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Sonos PLAYBAR Review

The Boy Genius Report: Sonos’ PLAYBAR takes over the living room

The Boy Genius Report: Sonos’ PLAYBAR takes over the living room

By on March 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

I’ve been using Sonos’ brand new PLAYBAR for over a week, but it was apparent that the product is a hit even after just a few hours of use. The Sonos PLAYBAR is a sound bar, a high quality bar-shaped speaker enclosure that can be mounted below your television on the wall, or placed on your entertainment console to combine three front speakers into one. What makes the Sonos PLAYBAR so amazing is that it finally tackles a space that was so confusing, so commercialized, and so devoid of any innovation whatsoever. More →

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Ford Sync Spotify Integration

Ford Sync’s new Spotify integration signals further decline of traditional radio

By on February 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM.

Ford Sync’s new Spotify integration signals further decline of traditional radio

We had the opportunity to tour the Ford booth on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress, and were treated to a first-hand walk-through of the newest version of the company’s Sync in-car media and voice command technology. Chief among the new features is Spotify integration, giving subscribers ubiquitous access to the streaming music service by way of a few simple voice commands. More →

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Mobile Audio Study

Hearing is believing: People don’t realize how important great sound is until they experience it

Hearing is believing: People don’t realize how important great sound is until they experience it

By on February 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM.

Sound quality is a hugely important part of the multimedia experience on mobile devices that often gets overlooked. It’s not easy to convey how big the impact of good sound quality is on the overall experience, but a new Parks Associates study commissioned by Dolby set out to do just that. The study’s findings, set to be published later today by Dolby, show that the majority of smartphone owners consider sound quality to some degree when choosing a smartphone or tablet. After hearing an audio demonstration from a device that features enhanced sound, however, the overwhelming majority of users acknowledge that audio quality is an important feature on mobile devices. More →

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Sonos PLAYBAR Release Date

Sonos steps into the home theater space with the PLAYBAR

By on February 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM.

Sonos steps into the home theater space with the PLAYBAR

Sonos has long been the best modular audio system you could put into your home for unlimited music in every room, but now the company is changing the game. With the introduction of the Sonos PLAYBAR, a sound bar for your television and home theater set up, you’re now able to use Sonos’ existing speakers and subwoofer along with the PLAYBAR to provide wireless, high-definition audio for your movie and TV-watching experience. More →

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