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Audio coverage including the best wireless headphones, Bluetooth noise-cancelling earbuds, wired headphones, and more.

Holiday Buying Guide Wireless Speakers

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

November 24th, 2014

In-home speaker systems have made a huge comeback over the past couple of years. Wireless has made all the difference, of course, because it makes listening to music at home easy and convenient. Gone are the days when streaming music throughout your house required thousands of dollars worth of equipment and professional installation. Now, you …

Holiday Buying Guide Headphones Earbuds

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

November 24th, 2014

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 …

Why Did Apple Kill The iPod Classic

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

October 28th, 2014

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 …

Sony Walkman Hi-Res Audio

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

September 3rd, 2014

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.

Why Are Beats So Expensive

Why Beats headphones are so ridiculously overpriced

September 1st, 2014

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 …

Apple iTunes 24-Bit Music

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

April 11th, 2014

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 …

Nokia Portable Media Player Leak Guru

Nokia’s ‘Guru’ portable media player allegedly leaked

October 21st, 2013

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 …