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95, (about 12/AU$20). Aural tradition Amazon-owned competitor Audible used to be a part of the Sonos ecosystem, but eventually dropped support for the feature, leaving audio book fans to rely on workarounds to get their spoken word fix on Sonos until now. Coincidentally, Amazon Echo owners can still access Audible content on their smart speaker - surprising no one. Audiobooks.com is no stranger to venturing beyond smartphones and tablets. The service is also available on Android Auto, CarPlay, Apple TV , and select General Motors, Jaguar, and Land Rover vehicles. Sonos has also supported a variety of audio apps, to include the likes of Bandcamp . That said, the service does still support a standard iOS and Android app, so unless you're really all about hearing Tina Fey narrate her Bossypants memoir throughout your home, you can still opt to enjoy the service with a traditional set of headphones (and most likely any other Bluetooth-enabled speaker.) Check out the best Sonos deals of January 2017
Expert Reviews
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In that sense, the Philips is a no-brainer for those on a tight budget looking for convenient, noise-cancelling headphones. READ NEXT: The best in-ears, on-ears, Bluetooth, noise-cancelling and sports headphones you can buy today Philips SHB9850NC Wireless Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone (Activeshield Pro, NFC) - Black £109.99 Buy now Philips SHB9850NC review: Design and features The good news is that the design doesnt feel as cheap as you might expect. Yes, the adjustable headband is made of plastic, and yes, that means it’ll likely snap if you sit on them by accident. However, in most other respects, the SHB9850NC are well-designed. What I like about them best is that they’re lightweight and very comfortable. The soft earcups cradle your ears snugly but dont feel too tight, yet they feel secure on your head and dont feel like they’ll slide off at the slightest provocation.
Expert Reviews
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In that sense, the Philips is a no-brainer for those on a tight budget looking for convenient, noise-cancelling headphones. READ NEXT: The best in-ears, on-ears, Bluetooth, noise-cancelling and sports headphones you can buy today Philips SHB9850NC Wireless Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone (Activeshield Pro, NFC) - Black £109.99 Buy now Philips SHB9850NC review: Design and features The good news is that the design doesnt feel as cheap as you might expect. Yes, the adjustable headband is made of plastic, and yes, that means it’ll likely snap if you sit on them by accident. However, in most other respects, the SHB9850NC are well-designed. What I like about them best is that they’re lightweight and very comfortable. The soft earcups cradle your ears snugly but dont feel too tight, yet they feel secure on your head and dont feel like they’ll slide off at the slightest provocation.
Android Police
6 days
What was wrong with 3.5mm audio jacks? They have been standard for many years, they worked reliably, and you could find tons of headphones that supported them. But no, companies have to sometimes invent reasons to change things around and here we are with the 3.5mm jack mysteriously disappearing from modern smartphones to be replaced by USB-C digital audio. Yes, I know that size constraints matter, but so far, the released phones with no jack don't make a good case for that argument and don't provide any new hardware that uses the additional empty space favorably. Read More [Because that doesn't sound ridiculous] HTC has an app to update the firmware of its USB-C to 3.5mm adapter was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
Politico
6 days
Rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis, the email obtained by POLITICO says. Also, the inauguration committee is only hosting three balls, a departure from the usual eight or 10, with a president who doesn't necessarily enjoy schmoozing and small-talk. Yet many hotels and businesses say they are doing just fine — just with a different crowd. The Embassy Row Hotel's main event next weekend is an all-women's disco, catering to the Women’s March on Washington planned for next Saturday. The invitation to dance, dance, dance at the Dupont Circle luxury venue bills three women DJs and colored wireless headphones but has no mention of the president. The hotel is sold out. Some restaurants like the Foggy Bottom bistro Ris, are expecting business to boom with a mix of protesters and guests, said owner Ris Lacoste, who was initially worried about whether there would be a dip in diners.
Bit Tech Forums
6 days
For quite a while I've been using a generic Bluetooth so I can use any of my 3.5mm headphones, sadly it has gone missing so it's time to find a new one. The main reason I like one is so I can put my phone someone and still control the track skipping, I know dedicated earphones can but I don't fancy touching my head each time to skip a track. So, what do people recommend? On quick glance on Amazon I found this No idea if better money is better quality etc, my last one was £10 and was fantastic Cheers
Techradar - Reviews
7 days
On the debit side though, these are far from the most stylish-looking headphones weve ever worn. The oversized earcups and double band bridge give it a sort of monstrous quality, like they were designed for a giants head rather than regular people. That said, while the headphones work on mobile devices, they probably wouldnt be the pair of cans youd take to the gym or elsewhere and thus maybe the design wont bother you as much as it did us. The metal, plastic and pleather coalesce into a comfortable if a bit obtuse pair of cans. Performance Sonys Platinum Headset is a surprisingly balanced piece of kit. The low-end comes on strong, but never overbearing, and it really shines with mids and highs. Listening to movies and music may not be the headsets intended purpose, but its certainly no slouch in either of those areas.
Techradar - Reviews
7 days
Aesthetically we feel the P9 Signatures arent quite as stylish as the rest of the B&W lineup, which includes some of the best-looking headphones out there. The P9s, in comparison, look more bulky and plasticky, although this is hardly a deal-breaker. A final point on the form factor of these headphones is that theyre probably at the edge of what wed consider portable. Theres a lot of technology built into these cans, and the result is that theyre very bulky, and moderately heavy. We personally had no trouble using them while out and about, but if you prefer your headphones light and portable then these might not be the pair for you. Performance Refined and subtle, the B&W P9 Signatures offer a simply stunning level of detail. Maybe its down to the fact that the headband is decoupled from each ear or the angling of the transducer, but all we know is that they sound simply excellent.
Mashable
7 days
In the six+ years since the final Harry Potter film was released, there's been no shortage of songs, parodies and skits made about J.K. Rowling's magical franchise. But there's been nothing quite like this. SEE ALSO: This Harry Potter' and Taylor Swift mashup is wand-wavingly magical "Black Magic (Black Harry Potter)" is a rap by Belgian artist Yung Mavu. The video was shared on YouTube around a week ago, but it's recently shot up to over 2 million views. Fair warning: it's probably best to to watch this one with headphones on. Khloe Kardashian would rather eat a fish eye than answer a question about O.J. Simpson Candy bandit squirrel finally gets caught in the act Monkeys mourning the 'death' of a robot monkey will hit you right in the feels Improve your day and watch Ed Sheeran cover 'Fresh Prince' theme Read more... More about Yung Mavu , Belgium , Jk Rowling , Rap , and Harry Potter
Techradar - Reviews
7 days
You wont be able to use your own headphones unless youve got some USB-C cans theres no headphone jack here again, as we start the move towards a lack of headphone jacks on smartphones. Hi-Res audio recording is supported by the new four microphone set up, with HTC claiming that the extra recording will allow for 3D sound - which is something were sure weve heard countless times before, but the hardware in here will definitely support some decent sound capture and augment 4K video nicely. The camera is a 12MP affair, and is essentially the same one seen on the HTC 10. This means its got a strong performance in low light (thanks to the f/1.8 aperture), automatic HDR, RAW support and Ultrapixel 2 technology with larger pixels for enhanced low light capture. Curiously, the front facing 16MP sensor (we know, larger than the back) is also Ultrapixel-enabled, but combines four pixels into one to create a lighter image.
Techradar - Reviews
7 days
The camera on the HTC U Play is a 16MP sensor, with phase detection autofocus and an f/2.0 aperture, which doesnt really scream out anything special. Its a strong enough snapper, but theres nothing particularly high-end about it. The HTC U Ultra packs more depth and color into its snaps at close zoom Photos taken were quite bright, but lacked the color depth of the HTC U Ultras, which is likely down to less optimisation of the image processing on the cheaper U Play handset. Audio is still impressive though, with the phone coming with bundled USonic headphones and the ability to recalibrate audio depending on your surroundings, to give optimum sound when out and about - and you'll need them, as there's no headphone jack, just USB-C. We didnt get the chance to try the new headphones during our preview, but previous versions of this on the HTC 10 Evo, for example, worked well.
Techradar
7 days
The conversation is largely had through Google Now (no Google Assistant here, just yet) but will be able to have a rudimentary contextual conversation with you. Audio performer HTC hasn't reinvented itself too much with these new phones, beyond the new design and AI, but that does mean it's still bundling powerful Hi-Res Audio headphones in the box, with USonic buds coming bundled with both phones. You'll want to hang on to them though, as there's no headphone jack on either of these devices - it's all USB-C here, and there's no audio adaptor in the box. If that doesn't bother you, then you won't have to wait long to get your hands on either of these phones, with the HTC U Ultra release date set for mid-February for Europe and earlier for Asia, with confirmation still coming for other territories. We don't have a price just yet, but expect the U Ultra to sit below high-end flagship territory and the U Play to be on the higher end of the mid-range tier. Will either of these be the best smartphone of 2017?
Futurity
8 days
That's what we're studying. DiZio and James Lackner, professor of physiology, co-direct the Ashton Graybiel lab. Even the people who get motion sick want to come back because it's so fun, DiZio says. How MART works Riders are strapped in with a five-point harness, blindfolded, and made to wear soundproof headphones. There's a joystick on the right arm, an emergency stop button on the left. The chair can move side-to-side, tilt back and forth, and twist. In theory, it can move 360° in any of these directions, but in most experiments it goes no farther than 60° to one side or the other. Astronauts offer science an extreme view of awe The chair can move in two directions at once so sitting in it, you feel more like you are wobbling than going in a single straight direction. Using the joystick, you have to find the point where the chair would once again be balanced.
PCWorld
8 days
CES is always a great show for headphones, and 2017 was no exception Image by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal You dont need to be an audiophile to appreciate a great pair of headphones, you just need to love music. Those big cans can take your audio experience to a whole other level, whether you’re listening to Verdi’s Requiem or Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” or Warren G’s “Regulate.” To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Techradar
10 days
The iPhone 7 Plus is the best iPhone available right now, giving you a whole heap of power, water resistant body, not one, but two cameras on the back and super slick performance. It does use the same design as previous handsets, and Apple's removed the headphone jack and upped the price - but if your pockets are deep and headphones wireless you'll love the 7 Plus. The camera is a big improvement on the 6S Plus, and it'll only get better once Apple rolls out its depth-of-field feature later this year. Read the full review: iPhone 7 Plus What's next? Not a lot has been heard about a new, larger iPhone, but the current whisper is that it'll be the iPhone 7S Plus with minor upgrades, and there'll be no larger, re-designed iPhone 8 Plus . However, we often don't hear a lot about the bigger iPhone until after June. Also consider: The standard iPhone 7 is very good too, with a more manageable form factor and lower price point it's the phone that's likely to appeal to a wider audience - but for those looking for Apple perfection it has to be the 7 Plus.
Techradar
10 days
It's no tablet king, but it does what it sets out to well, and considering its price tag the Amazon Fire HD 6 is difficult to knock. The cameras are worth avoiding, and the built in speakers aren't great, but as long as you can get over Amazon's slightly restrictive Fire OS and the lack of Google's services then the HD 6 is a perfect pocket slate. Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 6 The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) is among the best of the retail giants tablets, as while its in many ways lower end than the similar HD 10, the smaller screen is sharper as a result, and the price is lower. It also delivers surprisingly strong gaming performance, with a decent amount of power for the money. The speakers arent great and the cameras are awful, but tablets arent for taking photos and you can always use headphones. What you do get is solid if not spectacular performance, and tight integration with Amazons other services through Fire OS, all at a price thats well below most of the non-Amazon branded competition.
Techradar
10 days
It offers unlimited calls and texts with 1GB of data for 28 and no upfront cost. If you can handle the low data allowance you'll love this deal, as it's perfect for people who prefer to talk or text than surf the internet. However, you do need to pay 29.99 upfront, but that's still not a bad price for such a decent smartphone, but some free Beat EP headphones will help sweeten the deal. The total 24 month cost is 701.99 Get this deal: from Carphone Warehouse Nexus 5X 32GB | Free phone | Unlimited calls | Unlimited texts | 3GB data | 31.50pm O2 has had some nice Nexus 5X deals in the last few months, such as this deal which gives you the 32GB handset for free, along with unlimited calls and texts and a decent 3GB of 4G data each month. This deal is a good balance if you want a bit more data each month while keeping monthly payments low.
Techradar
10 days
50 a month - which is a lot cheaper than many other deals that don't offer as much data. 3GB should be plenty for most people, and you also get unlimited minutes, all the texts you need and a free Sony Xperia X Compact handset as well. This deal is the cheapest it has been since the Sony Xperia X Compact launched, so now is a great time to jump on board. Total cost of this deal over 24 months is 636 Get this deal: from Carphone Warehouse Sony Xperia X Compact | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 5GB data | 38pm No upfront cost, a healthy 5GB of 4G data and a more than manageable 38 per month cost - this deal has the perfect balance of cost versus allowances, making it one of the best deals this month for a Sony Xperia X Compact. The 5GB of data each month means you can stream music from Spotify without worry - and that's just as well as you get some Beats EP headphones thrown in for free as well.
Techradar
11 days
99 per month - there's no upfront cost, which makes this a very tasty choice for those fancying some super-fast 4G - plus you get some IT7w headphones to boot! Total cost over 24 months is 983.76 View this deal: from Buy Mobiles Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals on O2 Samsung Galaxy S7 | 79.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data - 26.50pm This is a good lower-end deal with 3GB for you to play with - and the cost is down a touch this month. The unlimited calls and texts remains as ever, and the upfront cost is possible to swallow for many. This is a decent deal from Carphone this month, but it's still a good idea to see if 3GB fits your data limit. Total cost over 24 months is 715.99 View this deal over at Carphone Warehouse Samsung Galaxy S7 | 79.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data - 35pm You want 5GB of data and the silver version of the phone? This is the place to get it, and while it's a little to pay upfront, the data allowance isn't too bad.
Mashable
12 days
LAS VEGAS It's not every day that you get to try out a pair of $55,000 headphones, Sennheiser's ultra-high-end "Orpheus" HE 1. But on Friday, I got to test an even more expensive pair: Onkyo's $100,000 diamond-studded headphones and I (almost) got to directly compare the two. Of course, other than the exorbitant price, there's really no comparison: These two headphones are as different as they come. But that's how my cards fell on Friday; a meeting with Onkyo was set up just before the meeting on Sennheiser, so I tried to make the most of it. SEE ALSO: Vinci smart headphones have a friggin' screen on them Read more... More about Ces 2017 , Ces , Mashces , Ces2017 , and Sennheiser
Sky News
12 days
Ever fancied a pair of jeans that could direct you to your destination? No, I have not either, but should you, these may be a good fit. They link to your phone and tell you which way to go. There's also a bodysuit that monitors breathing, temperature respiration. And some speakers that hang around your neck, because who wants headphones anymore? You may not wear this one, but you will be keeping it pretty close.
CNET Reviews
13 days
The Hero headphones let you choose what to block out with directional ambient sound. You can also program specific voices that you want to hear no matter what.
PCWorld
14 days
Think of Launchboom’s new wearable Pinn like the love child of a smartwatch and a Bluetooth headset. The little gadget that clips to your clothing has a single wireless earbud you can detach to take calls, and it can notify you of text messages and email. The companion app lets you customize which smartphone notifications you want to receive, and they scroll by on the small OLED screen. Mark Hachman Pinn also acts as a Bluetooth shutter for taking photos, and a remote control for your music. Oh, and if your latest smartphone doesnt have a headphone jack for some insane reason, the Pinn does. You can plug your favorite headphones into Pinn, then stream music from your phone. There’s no onboard storage for keeping music on the Pinn itself. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Mashable
14 days
LAS VEGAS Over at Sony's Future Lab Program, concept prototypes with no clear purpose, price point or future on the market make for a fun way to pass the time at CES. At Sony's press showing, the company showed a "neckband-style" device officially called "Concept Prototype N" that takes a totally hands-free approach to wearables. SEE ALSO: Faraday Future just unveiled a super fast Tesla competitor here's what it looks like The device lets you listen to audio without the need for headphones. Instead, the wearable's small speakers project sound directly the user, thanks its sound image localization feature. Read more... More about Tech , Pics , Ces 2017 , and Watercooler