Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics/Audio Equipment

Fortnite is finally getting better spatial audio

One of the reasons I couldn’t get into Fortnite was the sound. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has an excellent and accurate sound model, and that made it difficult to move to another game that doesn’t. In Fortnite, it was difficult to tell where attacks were coming from. That is changing in the battle royale shooter, because developer […]

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Pixel Buds with hands-free Google Assistant will arrive in 2020

Google today released the second-generation version of Pixel Buds, earbuds with a dedicated chip for on-device machine learning that gets rid of the string that held the first generation earbuds together. The device is made to allow environmental ambient sound and uses adaptive sound to adjust volume based on your environment so it may go […]

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Sennheiser GSP 670 review — Great sound with a disappointing quirk

Sennheiser makes some awesome wired gaming headsets. Now, the company claims that low-latency wireless tech is finally in a place where it is willing to go fully wireless. The Sennheiser GSP 670 launched earlier this year, and it has the high-quality audio and build quality that you would expect without having to deal with a […]

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In-ear AirPods with noise cancellation appear in iOS 13.2 beta

Apple’s third-generation AirPods have been rumored for almost as long as its second-generation version, though the specific features and design changes have remained ambiguous — noise cancellation and water resistance were said to be likely candidates. Today’s beta release of iOS 13.2 appears to be shedding some light on the topic, as a new icon […]

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Surface Earbuds work with any virtual assistant, not just Cortana

Unlike last year’s Surface Headphones, which only worked with Cortana, the Surface Earbuds that Microsoft announced today work with any virtual assistant. That means you can use the Surface Earbuds with Cortana, but also with Alexa, Bixby, Google Assistant, Siri, or any other competitor. We talked to Surface Earbuds product lead Mohammed Samji to find […]

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Microsoft’s wireless Surface Earbuds feature voice control

Microsoft announced something of a surprise during a press event in New York City this morning. Alongside a coterie of new Surface models, including a Surface laptop and an ultra-slim ARM-powered Surface tablet, the Seattle company debuted earbuds featuring voice controls. They’ll be available later this year, starting at $249. The new earbuds — the […]

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Amazon unveils Echo Buds, Alexa-enabled earbuds with noise cancellation

During a press conference this morning at the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle, Amazon formally announced a widely anticipated new product: first-party earbuds. They’re wireless and cost less than $129, putting them within striking distance of Apple’s AirPods, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds, and other rivals. Noteworthy features include up to 5 hours of battery life and […]

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Amazon unveils Echo Studio with subwoofer and 3D Dolby sound

Amazon today unveiled the Echo Studio, a smart speaker that works with AI assistant Alexa that includes 3D Dolby Atmos to optimize sound based on room metrics. The Echo Studio includes 3 mid-range speakers — left, right, and top — with directional tweeter and a 5-inch subwoofer for bass and bigger sound. Users can also […]

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Microsoft improves conference room audio with AI that taps multiple mics

It’s always frustrating when conference room audio doesn’t reliably reach parties who’ve dialed in remotely. Poor acoustics and interference invariably contribute to reduced clarity and crispness on the other end of the line, which is why scientists at Microsoft’s Speech and Dialog Research Group recently proposed a system that bolsters audio quality by tapping the […]

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Analogue introduces DAC to use its HDMI consoles on classic TVs

One of the best ways to play retro games on a modern display is with Analogue’s Mega Sg and Super Nt consoles. Those systems enable you to plug in your old cartridges and output them at HD resolutions over an HDMI connection. The result looks great on even high-end 4K panels. But what if you […]

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Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 are open-air earbuds with active noise cancellation

For better or worse, Apple’s AirPods have become the de-facto earbuds worn by folks living wire-free lifestyles, with an estimated 60% share of the global wireless earbuds market as of April 2019. Despite the valiant efforts of Jabra, Samsung, Jlab, Bose, and others, the Cupertino company’s flagship hasn’t yet been unseated from its pole position. […]

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Sonos Move lets you take Google Assistant and Alexa anywhere

When John MacFarlane, Craig Shelburne, Tom Cullen, and Trung Mai founded Sonos in 2002 to develop high-end audio hardware for the home, they surely never envisioned a future in which AI-imbued portable speakers would become ubiquitous. After a few false starts, like Amazon’s now-discontinued Echo Tap, stereos like Ultimate Ears’ Megablast (which features Alexa) and […]

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Turtle Beach launches $150 Elite Atlas Aero wireless gaming headset

Accessory manufacturer Turtle Beach has a couple of new products it’s going to reveal at the Gamescom fan gathering in Germany next week. The Elite Atlas Aero is the company’s latest premium wireless headset for the PC. The Atlas Edge PC Audio Enhancer, meanwhile, is a USB dongle that could improve the audio in any […]

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Aipower’s Wearbuds are wireless earbuds that charge on your wrist

Aipower thinks there’s a better way to charge wireless earbuds: embedding them in a digital watch. The company’s Wearbuds are nearing the end of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which ends today. It’s not often that you see innovations coming from Chinese companies in the mobile space, but the concept behind Wearbuds is interesting. In […]

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Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 sound card review — The best for making and listening to audio

Sound cards are not a component that most people think about when building or upgrading a PC. You settle for your motherboard’s built-in sound card because you can get HDMI sound out of a video card or USB sound from a dedicated headset. But for anyone who wants the absolute best possible audio from their […]

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Diamond-encrusted AirPods with a marble stand can be yours for $20,000

Apple’s wireless AirPods earphones have been one of the company’s most surprising hits over the past few years, helping its wearables category grow beyond the Apple Watch. But one Los Angeles-based designer thinks the white plastic earbuds could stand to be fancier, so he’s blinging them out with a few upgrades: 1,000 tiny diamonds, white […]

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Logitech G Pro X headset review: Sleek comfort for real pros

Logitech is one of the more well-respected peripheral manufacturers in the PC-gaming space. Its Logitech G lineup of products have won people over with smart design that is both comfortable and capable of high performance. Those are qualities the company has brought into the Logitech G Pro X gaming headset, which is available this month […]

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Apple updates iPod touch with A10 Fusion, AR, and up to 256GB storage

Apple cemented the iPod’s status as a relic by discontinuing all but one model, and then hid the sole survivor — iPod touch — in its stores. Yet the company has decided to keep the inexpensive media player alive with today’s release of the seventh-generation iPod touch. The new iPod touch is substantially similar to […]

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