Techradar
a day
A new Xbox One update is on the way for users in the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider Program and though it isnt bringing any particularly big changes, some of the release notes suggest there are exciting plans in motion for the consoles sound with full Dolby Atmos support. At the moment, the Xbox One does support Dolby Atmos sound for Xbox Insiders but only through its Blu-ray player. The latest release notes state that in the new update the audio output page will be under construction and some of the new settings arent yet functional or ready for testing. Tactical advantage Among these not-yet-functional settings is the New support [...] planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. Microsoft says an announcement will be made when the new features are ready to try, but until that time enabling them will have no effect.
Techradar
a day
It has a few problems of its own including poor noise isolation and a lack of fidelity but if youre looking for a no-fuss pair of earbuds that charge in 5 minutes and dont mind dropping some cash on them, the Beats X are for you. Read the full review: Beats X Life is full of trade-offs, and it's the same with the Bose QuietControl 30s. On the plus side you get a level of noise cancellation thats on a par with the brand's over-ear headphones, but the compromise here is on sound quality, which is simply not as good as that of other in-ear or over-ear headphones weve tried. Read the full review: Bose QuietControl 30 Theres lots to like about the AirPods including their sound quality, and how seamlessly they pair with your device. But despite some positives, we just can't give the AirPods the top spot on the list.
Techradar - Reviews
4 days
Its specs are the same as its top competitors, including the ZTE Axon 7 , HTC 10 , LG G5, and Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the US. It has the same processor, RAM and internal storage and even a microSD card slot (no modding needed). The 13MP camera on back and real-flash-included 5MP camera in front are solid, though you can't miss that extreme camera bump in back. Somehow, even with that bump, it's still not the best in the world, just really good for everything but low light. Goodbye 3.5mm headphone jack, hello easily losable adapter Three things will throw people about the Moto Z: its lack of a headphone jack in favor of audio through the USB Type-C port, its initially limited availability and its un-Moto-like price. Its USB-C means of piping audio to earbuds means that the phone comes with an easily losable 3.5mm adapter, and you won't be able to charge and play music through headphones at the same time.
Techradar
6 days
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 5. Sony MDR-ZX770BT 6. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 7. Bose QuietComfort 35 8. Sony MDR-1000X 9. Bowers & Wilkins P7 10. Denon AH-MM400 Questions? Concerns? Comments? Let us know in the comments below! Not sold on over-ears? Check out our guide to the best headphones overall. The Oppo PM-3's are a truly stunning pair of headphones. Make no mistake, we've reviewed a lot of headphones in the last 10 years but none have we become more fond of than the PM-3. They're equally comfortable being plugged into a headphone amp at home as they are commuting through the hustle and bustle of a big city, and they stand head and shoulders above rival products from bigger brands. We really can't recommend them highly enough, they're just amazing. Read the full review: Oppo PM-3 The Philips Fidelio X2's are a superb pair of headphones offering premium comfort and build quality with a sound that rivals even the most vaunted audiophile cans.
Techradar - Reviews
7 days
The buds themselves are a simple cyclindrical design, of plastic construction. Its a step down from the metal construction of the wired E10s, but we were happy with how solid these buds felt. There are no extra bits of plastic to keep them in your ears during a workout, however, so these might not make the best pair of exercise headphones. On the right-side cable is the sets in-line remote, but be warned the way it works is a little unconventional. Instead of combining a set of volume controls with a single button that handles all playback controls, the SoundMagic E10BT remote uses both volume controls to skip forward and backward through tracks. So when you want to skip a track youll hold the volume up button for a couple of seconds, rather than double-tapping the middle button as on other headphones.
Techradar - Reviews
7 days
Status Audio is not like most other headphone-makers. Its a brand-less brand, its whole game being No Logos, No Celebrities, Just Sound. The value of the $79 (65/around AU$102) Status Audio CB-1 is pretty much impossible to dispute, particularly when theres a lot to like about the sound. Its not perfect. These arent miracle headphones. But they are a solid buy. Design and features Large over-ear design Comfortable pads Logo-free but with some flashy metal rings Status Audio calls the CB-1 studio monitor headphones, implying theyre the kind a producer might use to mix an album. However, they could easily be mistaken for a gaming headset instead. Theyre big full-size headphones with thick pads and a chunky headband. You can wear them outside, sure, but judging by how many headphone-makers crank out smaller, less brash-looking portable pairs these days, they dont exactly look the height of fashion.
Expert Reviews
8 days
The Sony MDR-ZX310 fit the bill perfectly: they’re an ultra-portable headphone that comes in a variety of colours, and can be folded to be easily carried around. Its sound isnt jaw-dropping, but for £15 there’s not much to complain about. Bass is a touch flabby and undefined, and there’s not much snap or clarity to the midrange and treble frequencies, but they’re by no means offensive to listen to – and the slightly soft sound quality is very forgiving of less than pristine-sounding albums. If value for money and portability are at the top of your shopping list, and want an everyday pair of headphones, the MDR-ZX310 are a perfect choice. Sony MDRZX310 Foldable Headphones - Metallic Black £14.99 Buy now Key specsType: On-ear headphones, Connections: 3.5mm jack plug, Weight: 127g, Cable length: 1.2m Sennheiser HD206: Budget reference headphones Price when reviewed: £35 The Sennheiser HD201 were regarded as one of the best budget reference headphones money can buy, and the HD206 follow in their footsteps.
The Points Guy
13 days
There was a small cubby at the bottom of the seat in front of me that I could fit my shoes in, which was very convenient. I had to get out of my seat to reach the headphones that were stored in the seat-back pocket in front of me. One of the things I liked about the seat was a pre-set relax' setting, which was perfect for eating and watching movies on the in-flight entertainment system. The seat controls were loud and the seat itself moved slowly, but I had no trouble getting comfortable. Here's the seat in relax' mode. When fully flat, the seat made a nice, comfortable place to sleep for a few hours. One minor annoyance was the built-in headrest at the top of the seat, which put me in a slightly awkward sleeping position, but since I was so exhausted it didn't seem to matter. These seats also aren't the most private in the sky, with only a small divider between them (there was no one sitting next to me on this flight).
Expert Reviews
13 days
It’s also your ideal workout buddy thanks to the Bluetooth compatibility – which means you can pair the nano with some Bluetooth headphones – and the in-built Nike+ support and pedometer mean that you can track your distance, pace and calories burned during a run or gym session. This is a great-looking, durable iPod that does everything you’d want from it and more. Key specsSize (HWD): 7.7 x 4cm x 0.5cm; Weight: 31g; Battery life: 30hrs; Screen size: 2.5in; Storage: 16GB; microSD slot: No; Bluetooth connectivity: Yes (and Nike + Support); FM radio tuner: Yes; Wi-fi connectivity: No Astell Kern AK Jr High Resolution Audio Player: The best for sound quality Price when reviewed: £249 Astell Kern’s AK Jr offers a taste of the brand’s hi-res excellence for half the price of the AK70. You get 64GB of internal memory to fill with hi-res audio, and there’s also a microSD slot that can add another 64GB.
Techradar
15 days
While most wireless speakers sound OK, the Mini II proves that small speakers dont need to compromise on sound. Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Mini II It seems just about every speaker company has a wireless speaker that can take the abuse of being outdoors and Bose, a company most well-known for its brand of excellent noise-canceling headphones, is no different.If youre looking for something from Bose to take with you on your next hike, the $130 (about 100, AU$170) SoundLink Color II is the companys only splash-proof speaker that can stand up to the elements with an IPX4 rating. Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Color II Meet one of the Bluetooth speaker market's best-kept secrets. The Fugoo comes in your choice of jacket style (Style, Tough, or Sport), but no matter which one you choose, this speaker is just as suited for the elements as it is your coffee table.
TIME - Top Stories
15 days
Zee and her fellow researchers had 13 adults ages 60 and older spend two nights in a sleep lab. On both nights, the participants took a memory test at night, went to sleep wearing headphones and an electrode cap, and repeated the memory test in the morning. On one of those nights, headphone-clad participants were played a series of short bursts of pink noise during deep sleep, spaced out enough to prevent the brain from getting used to and ignoring them. The noise is fairly pleasant; it kind of resembles a rush of water, says Zee. Its just noticeable enough that the brain realizes its there, but not enough to disturb sleep. The sounds were timed to match their slow-wave oscillations. No noise was played during the other night. After analyzing everyone's sleep waves, the team found that people's slow-wave oscillations increased on the nights punctuated by pink noise.
MacRumors
17 days
The connection even remained firm while I tottered between two adjacent rooms indoors, so it's safe to say they have at least one up on the original Dash. The audio transparency feature is meant to let in ambient noise when you want to hear it. A long press on the volume up/down buttons turns the feature on/off. I didn't get much out of it, to be honest. The noises it allowed through were in the high-pitch range, and didn't significantly increase my awareness of my surroundings; it just made the sounds around me more distracting. With the original Dash headphones, swipes and taps on the buds' touch panels controlled music playback, while gestures let users nod or shake their heads to accept or reject phone calls, all of which could work haphazardly or feel too sensitive in practice. With physical buttons and no gestures, none of those issues are present with The Headphone buds and they respond a lot better as a result, although the buttons aren't very "clicky" and you can end up pushing the earpieces further into your ears when you press them, which isn't a nice sensation.
Auto Express
17 days
Location Two King's Cross St. Pancras, Central London Image 7 of 11 Image 7 of 11 The next stop was King’s Cross St Pancras. At 9.30am, the worst of the morning rush hour was over, but it still didnt take us long to spot careless drivers. We were soon passed by one motorist eating a sandwich with both his hands off the steering wheel. Traffic was moving slowly at the time, but there’s no way he could have reacted quickly enough had something unexpected happened. At King’s Cross we spotted nine motorists using headphones while driving. This, Rodger, pointed out, is dangerous as it means they are less likely to hear their surroundings, and more easily distracted by the music. The headphones were often connected to a mobile phone that made an appearance as soon as the traffic slowed down. • Dangerous drivers who kill could face life in jail For most drivers this seems almost intuitive – the moment traffic slows down to a crawl, the phone comes out of a pocket.
Auto Express
17 days
Location Two King's Cross St. Pancras, Central London Image 7 of 11 Image 7 of 11 The next stop was King’s Cross St Pancras. At 9.30am, the worst of the morning rush hour was over, but it still didnt take us long to spot careless drivers. We were soon passed by one motorist eating a sandwich with both his hands off the steering wheel. Traffic was moving slowly at the time, but there’s no way he could have reacted quickly enough had something unexpected happened. At King’s Cross we spotted nine motorists using headphones while driving. This, Rodger, pointed out, is dangerous as it means they are less likely to hear their surroundings, and more easily distracted by the music. The headphones were often connected to a mobile phone that made an appearance as soon as the traffic slowed down. • Dangerous drivers who kill could face life in jail For most drivers this seems almost intuitive – the moment traffic slows down to a crawl, the phone comes out of a pocket.
Radar Online
17 days
Rumour Has It no more. Adele has reportedly finally confirmed she is married to longtime love Simon Konecki . The singer, 28, told fans in Brisbane, Australia that she had wed Konecki, 42, and the father of her sonbut didn't say when. Adele spilled the beans during an explanation about writing her song Someone Like You. She told concert goers, I could see in their eyes as they were listening to it on their headphones that it reminded them of something or someone and that's what I wanted to remember. PHOTOS: Room Service, Special Orders & More! Adele & Beyonce’s OUTRAGEOUS Requests Exposed! How it was I felt at the beginning of the relationship that inspired that record, because as bad as a break up can be, as bitter and horrible and messy as it can be, that feeling when you first fall for someone is the best feeling on earth, and I am addicted to that feeling.
Techradar - Reviews
19 days
It seems just about every speaker company has a wireless speaker that can take the abuse of being outdoors and Bose, a company most well-known for its brand of excellent noise-canceling headphones, is no different. If youre looking for something from Bose to take with you on your next hike, the $130 (about 100, AU$170) SoundLink Color II is the companys only splash-proof speaker that can stand up to the elements with an IPX4 rating. Crafting a speaker to be used outdoors always requires compromise between size, weatherproofing, battery life and form factor. Thankfully, however, the Bose SoundLink Color II compromises very little for good sound and, while its not perfect, its still a great choice for those looking for a wireless speaker to use at the beach or on a hike. Heres why. Design The Bose SoundLink Color II looks much like the first generation SoundLink Color speaker, but is coated in a soft-touch rubber instead of hard plastic.
Digital Trends
19 days
Trolling the internet for hours on end to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the absolute best fit for you (and your wallet). The post The best headphones you can buy appeared first on Digital Trends .
Techradar - Reviews
21 days
This means youll end up with cable trailing across your body if you usually carry your phone in your right pocket. Theres a lot of cable too. Excessive amounts. No matter how tall you are, youre going to end up with lengths of bonus wiring - ours reaches our knee while stood with the connected phone in our pocket. Yes, this is better than coming up short, continually yanking the cable out of your phone, but a bit less cable would stop you having to bundle the excess into the pocket of your skinny jeans. Performance The Beats EPs design might do a good job of hiding the headphones affordable price tag, but their features list doesnt. With no Bluetooth connectivity options or inbuilt noise cancelling, these are headphones that kick it old school, with a 3.5mm headphone jack and cabled volume control the only features of note to speak of.
Techradar
21 days
Let me guess why youre here. Did your favorite pair of cans just snap on you? Are you finally retiring your trusty headphones youve had for years? Or maybe youre just here because you need a good deal on headphones as soon as possible, no questions asked. I get it. And Im here to help. What you see before you is the definitive guide to the best cheap headphone deals anywhere on the net well, OK, almost anywhere. A few words of caution before you dive into the world of discount audio, however. First off, headphones can be cheap. Like, dirt cheap. But as tempting as it is to shell out for the first pair of $5/3 headphones you see, you need to resist that urge. The kind of headphones you find in discount bins around the world are there for a reason they suck. Uber cheap headphones are bad for a number of reasons, but the main two are that they usually dont sound very good and, worse, theyre usually made from cheap components.
Expert Reviews
23 days
I had no problems connecting to my phone via Bluetooth or to my earphones. READ NEXT: Best Bluetooth headphones and earphones – our pick of the best of 2017 Fitness is always important for smartwatch owners, and I’m glad to see Huawei addressing this by including built-in GPS, dedicated Huawei fitness apps and a heart-rate monitor. I found the heart rate to be accurate, although if you’re serious about fitness tracking, I’d buy a dedicated heart-rate monitor for your chest for better readings. Combining these features with the sports band, you’ll be able to take the Watch 2 Sport on runs. It’s also IP68-certified, where it’ wil survive a splash and rain drops, but make sure you dont submerge it as it isnt waterproof. Huawei Watch 2 specs at a glance L: 48.9; W: 45; H: 12.6mm 1.2in circular AMOLED display 390 x 390 pixels with a pixel density of 326ppi The Sport is approx 40g and the Classic 47g (excluding watch straps) 4GB storage 1.
Techradar
25 days
Few other phones have this problem and hopefully the LG G6 won't either. 6. Front-facing stereo speakers The LG G5 just has a single speaker on the bottom edge of the phone and while it's adequate it's no match for a quality pair of front-facing stereo speakers. Granted, audio through headphones is far more important and the G5 does a good job there, but it would be nice if the LG G6 also has powerful built-in speakers. 7. More modules The ability to augment the LG G5's hardware is theoretically one of its best features, as it's not really something we've seen before outside the likes of Project Ara, which isn't out yet. But currently there are only two plug-in modules for the G5 and neither feel particularly essential. Hopefully more will come, but we want a far wider selection for the G6 at launch, so buyers can really customise it and make it their own.
PerezHilton
a month
Let the comedian himself tell the rest: "When I got to my gate, the woman was there, too. Great – we were both going to Tokyo. When I travel abroad, I get embarrassed by other Americans doing things one hundred times less embarrassing than leaving animal feces on the floor of an airport. To make it worse, her dog was now barking at everyone who walked by. While her dog barked at the world, the woman had moved from face-timing with no headphones to listening to music with no headphones." He continued: "Everyone else tried to ignore her, sitting as far away from her as they could. I am not everyone else. I sat down right next to the horrible woman. "Are you going to London on business?" I said. "I'm going to Tokyo," she responded gruffly, annoyed that I interrupted her DJing. "Oh, I said. Then you better hurry. That flight got moved to gate 53C.
Expert Reviews
a month
A blue light on the remote indicates if the earphones are connected to your smartphone and both earbudscables are terminated into a shirt-clip compartment that houses the battery. Battery life is a quoted at a reasonable 10-12hrs. See related Best Bluetooth headphones 2017: The best wireless in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones to buy Brainwavz BLU-100 review: Bluetooth headphone brilliance for £30 To me, the battery compartment makes the design a little awkward. If you dont happen to be wearing something that’s easy to clip the battery compartment to, the E10BT’s arent comfortable to wear. On the plus side, if you do there’s no problem – in this situation, they’re very light on the ear, and there’s no sign of heavy microphonics (cable rubbing noise). Lastly, the earphones connect through Bluetooth v4.2, they’ll playback 24-bit audio files and have a wireless range of 10m.
The Points Guy
a month
The airline offered over-the-ear headphones but I brought my own to use instead. If you dont want to hold the iPad in your lap or on the tray table, a metal arm folds out from the seat and is designed to hold the tablet in place. I already mentioned this, but the design makes it difficult to move from your seat while keeping the iPad in place, which could get annoying if you — or worse, your neighbormoves around a lot during the flight. As for the entertainment itself, the selection was decent. I had no trouble picking out two movies to watch, but if you’re planning on staying awake the entire time, you might tire of these options. In addition to movies, there are a number of TV shows, music and games to keep you busy. The interface was simple, intuitive and featured sharp graphics thanks to the iPad Pro. However, some features that you're likely used to seeing from other business-class products, such as the Airshow or point-of-view cameras, are lacking (though technically, the airshow is shown on screens mounted to the front wall of the cabin).