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 >>

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 >>

Microsoft Just Worked Out How to Make the Headphone Jack Fit in Half the Normal Space

When Apple, Google, and others removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from their phones, we were told it's all about ushering in the digital future of music and connectivity. It was also to save space, since the 3.5mm port is quite a bulky component, relative to everything else. Apple needed space for its haptic sensors, and Google claims it needed the room to pave way for the bezel free phones of the future. Read More >>

Innovative Headphone Maker Doppler Labs Was Too Good For This World

Doppler Labs emerged four years ago as a rare breed in the startup world. It had an original idea—putting a computer in everyone’s ear and allowing them to control the sound of their world—and it was ambitious without forcing snake oil down people’s throats. On Tuesday, the company announced that it was going out of business. Read More >>

Google Wants to Beat AirPods with Software

With the Pixel 2, Google joined Apple in the race to kill the headphone jack. But you can’t kill the jack if you don’t have a solid wireless solution to fall back on. Which is why, on Tuesday, Google announced that it's doing a riff on one of the Apple’s coolest features: the seamless pairing of phones to Bluetooth headphones like the Apple Airpods. Now you should be able to pair your new Google headphones to your Android device with a tap. Read More >>

Some Apple HomePod Sounds Leak, and Boy Are They Soothing

Look, I don’t really care about Apple’s upcoming HomePod because even though it might sound fantastic, I’m not convinced I need to drop a few hundred pounds on yet another smart speaker. Even so, I appreciate a job well done, no matter how small, and the person or people responsible for the status sounds for the HomePod have created some of the most relaxing little tunes found on any device yet. Read More >>

Sorry Bose, the Best Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones Are Now Made By Sony

It’s rare to see a company make an almost perfect product. It’s even rarer to see them improve an almost perfect product. And yet, here we are. Sony’s already incredible MDR-1000X wireless, adaptive noise-cancelling headphones got an upgrade earlier this year and dropped the price to £330. I’ve been testing the new model for a few weeks now, and let me tell you, they’re so good you’ll probably want to upgrade from your Bose. Read More >>

Flares Pro Earphones Review: Fancy, But Pricey

I should probably preface this by saying I’m not in any way an audiophile. While I truly appreciate good quality sound, I don’t know a thing about stereo width, audio frequencies or what ‘warm’* is meant to sound like. I listen to music as much as the next person though, and since I much prefer in-ear buds over a pair of big, bulky outer ear headphones, I was very intrigued to see exactly how good something from the top end of the market could possibly be. Read More >>

The UE Blast Might Be the First Portable Speaker With Alexa Worth Caring About

Tonnes of speakers already work with Alexa, and even more mobile devices feature Amazon’s digital assistant so you can talk to her on-the-go. But when it comes to solid portable speakers with Alexa built in, the pickings are actually kind of slim. Read More >>

PSA: The Pixel Buds’ Wire is Important, So Don’t be the Moron That Cuts It

Properly wireless earbuds are all the rage these days, with Samsung, Apple, and other big name companies releasing their own totally-wire-free audio pods. Google said to hell with that, and released a pair of earbuds with a wire attached - for reasons they haven't fully revealed. Read More >>

Swapping the Headphone Jack for USB-C Makes More Sense Than What Apple Did

Last night Google unveiled the Pixel 2, and one of the noticeable changes is that, like the iPhone 7, this phone doesn't have a headphone jack. It's not the first non-Apple phone to do this (Moto Z and HTC U Ultra are two good examples), but it does look like the first time it's happened to a premium-tier flagship. Or, at least, the first that people care about. They cared enough to let out an audible groan when it was mentioned at least. Read More >>

Google’s Got a Proper Smart Speaker Now, Called Google Home Max

Google Home is already a smart speaker of sorts, but since every company wants to take on Sonos these days it's gone and revealed something new and (presumably) better. It's Called Google Home Max, and it actually looks like a speaker, rather than some sort of weird plant pot. Read More >>

The Best Beats Headphones Are Getting Better, Bit by Bit

Here’s a bold statement: Beats headphones have gotten better since Apple bought the company. They’re still kind of a trick, fueled by premium marketing from the tech company that invented premium marketing. The new Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are no different. They’re better! But they’re still Beats. Read More >>

If You Have Gigantic Ears No One Will Know You Bought These £37 Knockoff AirPods

Not everyone can afford to spend £159 on a pair of wireless in-ear headphones. But if you’re desperate to make people think you can, don’t for a second think that these £37 wireless alternatives are going to fool anyone—unless you’re 12 feet tall with equally massive ears. Read More >>

These Completely Wireless Jaybird Headphones Are Almost Amazing

This autumn seems like the season we’re finally going to see an amazing new family of gadgets: completely wireless headphones that work properly. Sure, companies have tried for years, but most of those attempts have sucked (or been really hard to actually buy). And now, Jaybird is sprinting out of the gates with Run, a slick set of earbuds that practically disappear in your ears. Unfortunately, the new Jaybird buds have some problems. Read More >>