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Google’s Pixel Buds are Finally Available in the UK

Google's Pixel Buds have been available over in the US and Canada for months now, but they're only just making their way to the UK Play Store - which is weird because I've had a review set lying around since at least November. So if you want a pair of earbuds that come with Google Assistant built in, you've got another option. Read More >>

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Of Course HomePod Will Only Support Apple-Owned Audio Services

Apple's HomePod is a little late to the smart speaker party, particularly compared to Amazon and Google, but it sounds like that's the least of the devices issues. Not only is it rather expensive, Apple's come out and revealed that the speaker won't be supporting any third-party audio services. Read More >>

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CES 2018: The Pin Art on This Bluetooth Speaker Dances to Your Music

One of the recent trends in Bluetooth speakers is the addition of colourful LEDs that blink and flash along with whatever music’s playing. But a company called Victrola has done something way out of left field by putting an animated Pin Art display on top of its new wireless speaker. Read More >>

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CES 2018: What Is Technics Doing?

The new, modular Technics SP-10R turntable plays records just like any other turntable. But, according to Technics, it plays records really, really, really well. It better since it’s priced at $10,000 (£7,389; UK pricing TBA) and up depending on just how you configure it. But the introduction of yet another Technics tribute model—or collector’s item if you’re being honest with yourself—makes you wonder. What exactly is this legendary audio company trying to do? Read More >>

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CES 2018: Sennheiser’s First Home Audio Product is a 3D Sound Bar That Blew My Mind

If you’re like me, you know Sennheiser as that sleek German company that makes dependably terrific headphones and microphones. That’s about to change. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Samsung Put a Big AKG Speaker Into a Refrigerator and It’s Oddly Awesome

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your refrigerator were also a goshdang boombox? I haven’t. That’s why it was so exciting when I saw a new Samsung refrigerator at CES that contained a stocky AKG speaker in the front door. It bumps tunes, and it keeps your milk cold. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Willi.i.am Just Bought a Headphone Company

For years Will.i.am has been peddling crap gadgets, in his attempt to become the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Some people might have hoped he'd give it a rest and stick with the music, but that isn't happening. Particularly not since his tech company i.am+ just bought out a headphone makers Earin. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Qualcomm Claims Its New Chip Will Triple Battery Life on Wireless Headphones

There are currently two major annoyances with wireless headphones: the Bluetooth can cut out in areas with a lot of signal noise, and battery life is mostly terrible. Qualcomm thinks it’s packed a better solution to both of those issues into a new chip. Read More >>

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Why Your Speakers Sound Terrible and How to Upgrade

Your phone has one, your laptop has one, and you’ve got a smart one in the corner of your room telling you the weather—but what makes a good speaker different from a so-so speaker? Why might you consider upgrading the audio capabilities of your TV or computer, and what should you look for if you do? Read More >>

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Roku’s Entering the Smart Audio Market, But Won’t Make the Hardware Itself

It's not hard to see why Roku devices are so popular. They smarten up your TV and let you stream from pretty much every service imaginable - without any of the pathetic squabbling that comes with Amazon's Fire TV or Google Chromecast. Now it's bringing that same take to the world of smart audio, with he key difference that it won't actually be making any of the hardware itself. Read More >>

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The Truly Wireless Earbuds You Should Buy Instead of AirPods

If you’d told me in 2007 that people would be walking around listening to music with wireless, popcorn-sized earbuds, I would have called you crazy. It is now 2017, and these futuristic little gadgets are a reality. But which ones are the best? Read More >>

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This Battery Pack Turns Your Google Home Into the Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every room in your house, but a better solution is to just make your Google Home portable with a fancy pair of battery pants. Read More >>

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Bowers & Wilkins’ New Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones Blew My Mind

I’m a longtime Bowers & Wilkins fan. The headphones are so good, I’ve always thought, they don’t even need noise-cancelling. Well, Bowers & Wilkins didn’t listen to my thoughts and recently released a set of noise-cancelling headphones. I was wrong. The Bowers & Wilkins PX are are the best wireless headphones the company’s ever made. Read More >>

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The Best Bluetooth Speaker Now Works With Alexa and It’s Amazing

When you’re a tech journalist, your friends typically have a classic, back-pocket question around the holiday season: What should I get So-and-So as a gift? My most-used answer used to be the Boom, a Bluetooth speaker made by Ultimate Ears. This year is different. This year it’s the Blast, an Alexa-powered speaker made by angels from heaven. Read More >>

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Sony’s Truly Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earbuds Are a Vision of the Future

When I first heard the pitch for the Sony WF-1000X, I thought I was hearing it wrong. Sony made a new set of wireless earbuds that aren’t just completely wireless—they also employ active noise-cancelling tech. This is a first for the wireless earbud industry, and let me be the first to tell you: It’s kind of awesome. Read More >>