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Sennheiser’s New Momentum Wireless Are Still King of the Headphones

The celebrated sound junkies at Sennheiser have done it again. The company just released the third generation of the widely lauded Momentum Wireless headphones, and thanks to some meaningful upgrades, they’re still the king of the category. Bow down. Read More >>

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Finally, A Proper AirPods Competitor

The first time I picked up the Jaybird Vista truly wireless earbuds, a thought started looping through my head: These things are impossibly tiny and light. Even the case is pocket-sized. The sheer portability reminded me of AirPods, but there’s an essential distinction. The new Jaybird earbuds are practically bombproof. You can get them wet or bury them in dirt, and they’ll keep working. Functionally, the Vistas are probably the best fitness-focused earbuds I’ve tested. And did I mention—they’re so light! Read More >>

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Bose Is Back

Bose just released an important update to its popular line of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. They are different. They’re weirdly stylish. Most importantly, they’re good. Also expensive. Read More >>

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The Zippo-Case Klipsch Earbuds Actually Sound Pretty Dang Good

To help its first truly wireless earbuds standout in an already crowded market, Klipsch drew inspiration from another iconic item also found in pockets: the Zippo. A charging case that looks like a lighter is undoubtedly a clever marketing gimmick, but Klipsch has also delivered a solid set of wireless earbuds with its T5 True Wireless that have finally convinced me to give up the wired earbuds I’ve stubbornly held on to for years. Read More >>

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I Had Lasers Shot Into My Ears to Make the Perfect Custom Headphones

Silicone goop, home fitkits, and dual-camera guns that fire lasers into your noggin. These are just a few of the tools used to make the most hardcore custom in-ear monitors imaginable. We went to Ultimate Ears in the US state of California to see how technicians make bespoke headphones for some of the world’s top recording artists—and how they’re working to bring that tech to a broader audience of music geeks. Read More >>

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Sony’s Cheaper Noise-Cancelling Headphones Are an Instant Classic

Sony just released a more affordable set of noise-cancelling headphones called the WH-XB900N. The new wireless headphones sell for £230 and are an update to the company’s popular MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass headphones. At the same time, they also represent a cheaper version of Sony’s excellent £330 WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones. From afar, Sony’s more affordable new noise-cancelling headphones look almost identical to the price model. Up close, it’s evident that they’re not as good as Sony’s flagship, and that doesn’t matter to me at this price. Read More >>

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Bose’s Latest Headphones Tackle a New Frontier of Noise Cancelling, But Is It Worth the Extra Cash?

The new Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 aren’t so much a successor to the current QC35 II headphones. Instead, they’re an addition to Bose’s line of noise-cancelling headphones. A pricey addition. At £350 the 700s are £50 more than the QC35s. The step up in price doesn’t include huge tweaks to the noise-cancelling or the audio profile of the headphones. Instead, the big improvement and the one Bose hope you’ll pay a premium for, is superior audio fidelity when talking on the phone or using a digital assistant. Read More >>

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These Are the Very Best Truly Wireless Earbuds

Deciding which of the many sets of truly wireless earbuds to buy can feel like a daunting task. Unless you’re one of those people who believes the AirPods hype, in which case the decision might seem very easy. Don’t be that person. Read More >>

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These DIY Hot Glued AirPods Are Definitely Not a Status Symbol, but They Only Cost a Few Quid to Build

It doesn’t matter how easy they are to pair with your phone, paying £160 for a pair of wireless earbuds whose tiny battery dies after a year and a half just doesn’t feel worth it. Redditor Sam Cashook agrees, so instead of spending a small fortune on Apple’s most loseable gadgets, he hacked together his own AirPods using just a few pounds' worth of electronic parts. Read More >>

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Whoa, Sony Made Cheaper Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Sony, the company that unseated Bose as the king of noise-cancelling headphones, just announced a new set of noise-cancelling headphones that are £100 cheaper than its flagship set. They’re called the Sony XB900N. (XB stands for Extra Bass, by the way.) “Uh oh,” is probably what Bose is saying right now. “Whoa,” might be a more appropriate response from the average audio enthusiast. Read More >>

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless vs Bullets Wireless 2: What’s the Difference?

Despite some rumours that OnePlus would jump onto the wire-free earbud bandwagon, the company has not decided to ditch all their wires. Instead, it has released a newer version of last year's Bullets Wireless, in the inventively named Bullets Wireless 2. Obviously a new product means new features, but just how different are they compared to last year? Fortunately, I have both pairs in my possession, and can tell you just how different they are. Read More >>

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Master & Dynamic’s Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones Beat Sony in Two Important Ways

Sony has been the king of noise-cancelling headphones for the past couple of years, but a new royal has arrived: the new Master & Dynamic MW65. This finely crafted set of cans represent the company’s first attempt at noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, which might seem like a disadvantage. However, Master & Dynamic’s greatest strengths shine through in the headset’s luxurious design and exquisite sound quality. (Before you get too excited: The MW65 headphones are £450. Pretty isn’t cheap.) Sony still has a lot to offer in this battle, but it should guard the throne carefully. Read More >>

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These £3,000 Roll-Up Headphones Don’t Even Cup Your Ears

It doesn’t matter how amazing they sound, or how flawlessly they cancel noise; your fancy headphones are all but useless if they’re too clunky to actually carry around. Inspired by the metal links on a watch strap, the MKo1 Rollers from Luzli feature a neat head strap design that can be rolled up tight and compact for easily stashing in a bag. What’s not quite as neat is the headphone’s obscenely expensive price tag and limited functionality. Read More >>

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The New Truly Wireless Powerbeats Pro Seem Like the Better AirPods We’ve Wanted All Long

If the second generation of AirPods seemed underwhelming, the new Powerbeats Pro by Beats might just get your blood moving. They’re truly wireless earbuds designed for sports and equipped with the new Apple-made H1 chip, superior sound quality, as well as an eye-popping nine hours of battery life. In other words, the Powerbeats Pro earbuds can do everything the new AirPods can—but better. Read More >>

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Apple’s Powerbeats Looks to Be Going Wire-Free, and Its AirPods 2 Charging Case Has AirPower on It

9to5Mac reported on Monday that it has dug up imagery hidden in the freshly released iOS 12.2 update of what appears to be a new version of Apple’s Beats Powerbeats headphones, dubbed Powerbeats Pro, that really are wireless. It also seems to have once again teased its AirPower charging mat on packaging for second-generation AirPod charging cases. Read More >>