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Building the perfect portable Bluetooth speaker isn't just about making one small and light; it's about getting that perfect mix of features. To our mind, that means a speaker with a small body that's...
Future Macs could one day adjust audio based on where you're sitting
As Apple gears up to release its super-powered iMac Pro this December, the tech giant already seems to have some lofty ideas in mind for future computers.A new patent from Apple was published this past...
Move over Tidal, Deezer is getting serious about hi-res audio with MQA support
Bringing to an end Tidal's reign as the only hi-res music streaming service in town, MQA has announced that it's working with Deezer to bring its audio technology to the platform. MQA is a music codec...
When earphones just aren’t enough, it’s time to shoulder-mount some speakers. First shown off at this year’s CES show, and now found in their final form at IFA 2017, JBL used this year’s IFA conference...
The LG V30 is getting advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio features
One of the things that fans of LG's V series have come to expect is next-level audio in their smartphones. The LG V20 featured a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) which essentially converts...
Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ Soundbar
In the great pantheon of audio manufacturers you’ll find names like Klipsch, Audio-Technica, Polk, Bose, KEF, Harman Kardon and now, finally, Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer’s meteoric rise to...
Sony UBP-X800 4K UHD Blu-ray player
Sony may have given UHD Blu-ray short shrift with the PS4 Pro, but it now offers two dedicated 4K Blu-ray players: the custom-install centric UBP-X1000ES and this mainstream torch bearer, the UBP-X800.The...
Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar
Sony’s first Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar is a beast. 1180mm wide and partnered with a wireless sub, it boasts an engineering heritage that’s more stereophile than TV audio and has a finish commensurate...
DeepMind AI teaches itself about the world by watching videos
Lions roar: video clips beat labels for AIs seeking knowledgeOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyvideBy Matt ReynoldsTo an untrained AI, the world is a blur of confusing data streams. Most humans have no problem making...
Razer Thresher Ultimate
The Razer Thresher Ultimate is a beast of a gaming headset that rivals, and in some ways even surpasses, the reigning champ, the Astro A50 Wireless. The Thresher is sleek, powerful, easy to setup and...
LG Q8 is the smaller, waterproof LG V20 you really wanted
The LG Q8 just popped up on the company's Italian site, detailing a new phone that will seem startlingly like the LG V20. That's actually what's likable about it.The LG V20 was a good phone, but it wasn’t...
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017
As a professional videographer, you have a limited number of tools to choose from to craft your project into a finished product. You could opt for the granddaddy of them all, and look at the options that...
You can now experience what Notre Dame looks and sounds like - thanks to VR
When we talk about virtual reality's ability to transport us to whole new worlds, we often focus on the visual elements – the resolution of the displays, the quality of the head tracking, and so forth....
Top 10 best Linux apps of 2017
Audacity is an editing program which allows you to record and tinker with audio. Not only can Audacity record audio simultaneously from various inputs (for example, a USB microphone), it can also trim...
Dolby Access is going to change the way you hear your Xbox One games
Dolby Access might be the best-kept secret of E3 2017. Actually, that distinction belongs to Metroid Prime 4, but nevertheless, it’s a nifty app targeted specifically at Xbox One (including Xbox One S...
Acoustica Basic Edition
As the free version of a premium audio editor, it’s not surprising that Acoustica Basic Edition is a much more stylish affair than its open source and donation-supported counterparts.Acoustica Basic EditionWhere...
Despite what its name suggests, free audio editor mp3DirectCut does much more than just dissect compressed audio files – you can also use it to make a new recording, normalize volume, apply fades, detect...
It might not be as feature-packed as Audacity, but Ocenaudio is an excellent free audio editor for podcasters and home musicians.OcenaudioWhere to download: https://www.ocenaudio.com/Type: Audio editorDeveloper:...
DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Editor
There are so many free programs for manipulating sound files, it's unsurprising that several are named 'Free Audio Editor'. The one we're looking at here is by DVDVideoSoft, not FAEMedia (whose software...
The best phones for music
Cameras, clock speeds, call quality; there are a lot of standards by which you can measure the abilities of a modern smartphone. One that often gets overlooked, however, is audio ability.Like compact...
HTC's new Deluxe Audio Strap could solve your neck strain woes
If you’ve ever worn the HTC Vive for any amount of time, you know two things: one, it’s very much the future of video games, and two, it can really wear out your neck muscles. Want to keep your neck in...
LeEco Le 2 hands-on review
LeEco has ambitious plans for India and aims to be among the top three smartphone manufacturers in India by the end of this fiscal. The company recently unveiled it's new mid range contender - the Le...
AI can doctor videos to put words in the mouths of speakers
Say what you want. We’ll dub the real words and face movements in laterDouble Truck Images/GettyBy Timothy RevellArtificial intelligence can put words right into your mouth. A new system takes a still...
The HTC U11 is a very different phone to others on the market. It’s the result of HTC needing to do something big to convince you that it’s the phone you should buy over the Samsung Galaxy S8 or forthcoming...
The MP3 is dead, say creators after terminating licensing
The MP3 is dead, according to its creators, who say that the digital audio encoding format has lost relevance in a world of new technology. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, part of the...
HTC U 11 teaser points to serious audio skills
While a pressure-sensitive frame is likely to be the highlight of the HTC U11 it’s seemingly not the only trick the phone will have up its sleeve, as a new teaser suggests you’ll be able to record sound...
Home Cinema AV receivers 101: the ultimate beginners guide
If you want to hear Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons fly realistically overhead, expertly track unseen Bokoblin in Hyrule or enjoy trouser-flapping road racing with Vin Diesel’s Furious crew, then you need...
Free MP3 Cutter and Editor
Free MP3 Cutter and Editor is a very simple little audio editing tool for occasions when a feature-packed program like Audacity would be overkill. It’s compatible with MP3 and WAV files, though it’s a...
Avidemux is a free video editor that's simple to use, even if you've never cut and manipulated your own footage before.AvidemuxURL: http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemuxType: Video editorDeveloper: Mean, Gruntster,...
Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset
Virtual reality sounds terrible. The bevy of 360-degree video cameras are visually immersive, but what they lack is convincing 'lifelike' audio. Cue the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset, which we first...
Audacity is an incredible free, open source audio editor that's just as good as many premium paid-for applications. You can use it to make your own recordings, remove noise, cut and combine clips, apply...
Calling AIMP a music player would be doing it a disservice. As well as playing music, the program also acts as an audio organizer, making it easy to change MP3 tags and create playlists.AIMPURL: https://www.aimp.ruType:...
The best free YouTube to MP3 converter 2017
The best free YouTube to MP3 converters1. Any Video Converter Free2. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter3. VideoGrabby4. Freemake Video Converter5. ClipGrabRead on for our detailed analysis of each programYouTube...
Samsung HW-MS650 Soundbar
Not content with dominating the TV world, Samsung now seems to have its sights set on becoming the number one brand for home entertainment audio, too. To bolster its claim to the audio kingdom it’s nabbed...
Bose accused of tracking customers' listening habits
Audio-gear manufacturer Bose has been accused of spying on users of its premium wireless headphones – including the very popular QuietComfort 35 – via the company’s Connect smartphone app.A new lawsuit...
Sennheiser thinks it's got the perfect mic to fix your GoPro audio woes
GoPro’s action camera lines may be adept at capturing high-octane footage, but there’s a reason GoPro-shot clips are so regularly overlaid with a backing track: in terms of audio, things aren’t always...
Bluesound Pulse 2
Wireless multiroom sound systems are beginning to inveigle their way into the pretentious world of proper hi-fi. They’ve long offered multiroom convenience, the original tenet of market leader Sonos,...
Yamaha takes on the Chromecast with its stripped-down MusicCast streamer
If you’re buying a new piece of audio equipment these days then chances are it will have support for at least one type of wireless connectivity, be it Bluetooth, Google Cast or AirPlay. But for those...
This new Sonos speaker will make your TV sound amazing — for $700
The first thing I noticed was how well I could hear quiet conversations and how balanced they were with other loud noises during movies and TV shows. I didn't once run into any audio issues that forced...
UE’s new Wonderboom speaker is now available Down Under
Intended as a replacement for the UE Roll in most markets, Logitech's newest Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speaker, the UE Wonderboom, is now officially available to purchase in Australia. With IPX7 certification...
How to avoid ‘mumblegate’ with the Bose SoundTouch 300
Whether it’s Doctor Who, Jamaica Inn, or, most recently, SS-GB, over the years many TV fans have been infuriated by those shows that haven’t made their actors audible enough for them to understand. There...
Android O devices are going to sound way better thanks to Sony
Sometimes innovation isn’t as simple as removing a 3.5mm headphone jack from a phone. In fact, if you want to see what real innovation in audio looks like, take a gander at Sony’s collaboration with Google...
Google Home is playing audio ads for Beauty and the Beast
Today some Google Home owners are hearing something extra when they ask for a summary of the day ahead from the smart speaker: an advertisement for the opening of Beauty and the Beast. Several users on...
WikiLeaks dump: CIA targeted everyday gadgets were used to snoop
NEW YORK -- Maybe the CIA is spying on you through your television set after all. Documents released by WikiLeaks allege a CIA surveillance program that targets everyday gadgets ranging from smart TVs...
Denon Heos 5 HS2 Multiroom Bluetooth speaker
In the world of multiroom wireless audio, Heos by Denon was the first convincing audio alternative to market leader Sonos. It was just as easy to set-up as its better known rival, and offered comparable...
The best CD ripper 2017
When you want to archive your CD collection, you can just rip the tracks using Windows Explorer or your regular media player. However, the quality of those files will never be as good as the original...
West and Dolby Partner on Lifelike Audio Collaboration
Better audio for more engaging remote meetings is just one of the benefits of West's new InterCall Reservationless-Plus with Dolby Voice solution. West Corp. and Dolby Laboratories are giving teleconferences...
Valve wants to improve your VR audio experience
The visuals you see as you're moving around virtual reality space are only one part of the whole experience, and the audio needs to be just as immersive if you're going to trick your brain into thinking...
Valve surprise-announces middleware 3D sound toolkit, gives it away
Valve Software reader comments 3 Share this story Every hopeful gaming thread on the Internet has at least one person making this kind of guess: Valve Software will one day drop its next major project...
Sonos Playbase leaks online, will boost the audio of your cramped home cinema
Got a nice big 4K TV, but not enough room for surround sound speakers or a soundbar to accompany it? The Sonos Playbase may be the perfect partner for your telly, if a series of leaks revealing the product...
Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 headset
Does your love for PC gaming express itself with an LED-filled rig, multiple view-filling screens and a racing chair that wouldn’t look out of place in a starship cockpit? Then you’ll go gaga for Asus’s...
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player
Despite the format selling over a million discs, many people still see UHD Blu-rays (and their players) as the preserve of rich cinema fans who don’t mind shelling out top dollar for the best possible...
Samsung HW-K850 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Dolby has been seriously busy over recent months with an apparent campaign of ‘democratizing’ its home entertainment products. The recent CES in Las Vegas underlined this by being awash with new conveniently...
These are the changes coming to the Xbox One interface soon
Microsoft isn’t slowing down on its promise to deliver monthly updates to Xbox One. The team in Richmond has cooked up an extra set of feature updates called the Creators Update that will offer a new...
The best cheap soundbar deals in January 2017
Soundbars make a lot of sense. On their own, most TVs simply don’t have the capacity to output stunning video and exceptional audio. Unless you’re buying a top-of-the-line OLED from LG, you’re probably...
Big updates for Logic Pro and GarageBand add features for audio pros
Enlarge / Apple has added Touch Bar support to Logic Pro along with a bunch of other features.Apple reader comments 4 Share this story Apple has released major updates to its Logic Pro X audio recording...
The best free audio editor 2017
The best free audio editorWhen you want to edit an audio file – whether it's to create a custom ringtone for your phone, make your own podcasts or record music – the prospect of choosing the right audio...
Audio books are now just a tap away on Sonos speakers
Still catching up on all that holiday reading you put off? If you own a Sonos system, you may be able to catch up on your book backlog (booklog?) as easily as listening with the inclusion of audio books...
The best cheap Sonos deals in January 2017
Sonos systems are great. They enable you to control the music from wherever you are in the house, and sync multiple speakers to the same song. Not only does that make for one heck of a party trick, but...
New, faster HDMI 2.1 cables are on the way – here’s what you need to know
There's a new HDMI standard in town, and it wants your telly and your VR headset. Unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, HDMI Licensing announced a new set of specifications for a version 2.1 of its must-use...
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