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The Best Way to Upgrade Your Cheap, Crappy Earbuds

Listen, I get it. Your phone came with a pair of earbuds, and you’ve been using them every day, because they’re fine. Things could be so much better, my friend. Sometimes in life, it’s worth splurging on on a thing you use a lot. And upgrading from your tinny, terrible earbuds to proper headphones is one of those times. Read More >>

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Bose Has a Pricey Winner With Its Sleep-Friendly Earbuds

Sleeping on the weekends is rough. My flat is across the street from a bar that grows only louder and more crowded in the height of summer, so a good Saturday night snooze is usually out of the question. Raucous drinkers, the thump of the bass from the building, and the sound of my air conditioner create a cacophony nearly impossible to ignore. I’m not a fan. But Bose thinks its “Sleepbuds,” white noise masking earbuds designed to be worn during sleep (coming to the UK this autumn), can help alleviate the issue without resorting to the tried and true noise-cancelling technology used in some of its headphones. I get the appeal, but can a £229 white noise generator jammed in my ear canal really solve my sleeping problems? Read More >>

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If This Leak Is Legit, the Pixel 3 XL Will Be Google’s Ugliest Phone Yet

If you’re worried that Google might change its mind about including the hated notch on its rumoured Pixel 3 smartphone, don’t be: You’re still getting that terrible notch, if this alleged unboxing of a Pixel 3 XL is the real deal. Read More >>

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Flares Jet Earphones Review: Superior Quality For An Everyday Budget

Last year, audio company Flare Audio sent me a pair of their flagship earphones, the Flares Pro, to review. I liked them, but noted that their price tag – £350 – was far too high, regardless of how good quality they were. Well, the company heard my short-pocketed cries and released a new range of more reasonably-priced in-ear headphones: the Flares Jet. Starting at £50, they come in two varieties – the Jet 1, made of polymer, and Jet 2, made of aluminium (£70). I’ve tried out both sets, and you know what? They’re pretty damn nice. Read More >>

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You Can Now Use Wireless Headphones With Your Nintendo Switch Thanks to This Dongle

If your smartphone of choice has forced you to upgrade to wireless headphones, you probably hate having to swap them out for a corded pair when you want to play your Nintendo Switch with a little privacy. The portable console doesn’t come with Bluetooth, but a tiny dongle called the Genki does, theoretically making it easy to upgrade your Switch so it plays nice with your wireless headphones. Read More >>

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We’re Almost Certainly Getting Some New AirPods—What Will They Be?

A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple, after the runaway success of its AirPods, is working on more than one addition to its line of headphones. A new pair of higher-end AirPods are rumoured to debut in 2019, along with a pair of over-ear headphones. That’s a ways away, and Apple still owes us a few previously announced products, but the thought of some new wireless earbuds has me pretty excited about Apple’s in-house audio line. It also means I should probably start saving up now, because Apple’s reportedly going to charge a premium for its most interesting upgrades. Read More >>

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Sony Almost Made the Perfect Commuter Earbuds

There are two ways of listening to music: you can shut everything out and focus purely on the tunes, or you can use music to enhance other activities in your life. Headphones and earbuds, especially those of the noise-cancelling variety, are quite good at first; you just put some on, turn up the volume, and let everything else fade away. However, when it comes to the second kind of enjoyment of tunes, earbuds aren’t quite as proficient. Now sometimes that’s a good thing, because I doubt many people like hearing others grunt at the gym or taking a jackhammer to the street. But at the same time, wearing earbuds often means you lose the ability to hear the bell of a bike coming up from behind you, or the chirping of birds on a beautiful day in the park. Read More >>

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I’d Love Sony’s New Truly Wireless Earbuds If the Battery Didn’t Suck

Despite many tries, no company has nailed truly wireless earbuds. Apple’s AirPods come close, but the lack of sports-friendly features has always been a problem. That’s why I was so excited to see Sony release a set of truly wireless earbuds that are not only tight-fitting and water resistant, they also come with noise-cancelling. After two weeks of testing, I have to admit that the new Sony buds aren’t perfect, but they’re seductively good. Read More >>

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3D Headphones Startup Shutters, Leaving Backers Empty-Handed and Distinctly Poorer

Ossic, the company developing the Ossic X over-ear headphones designed primarily for virtual reality headsets, has ceased production after failing to deliver pre-orders to crowdfunding backers and is shutting down “effective immediately.” While Ossic blames lack of demand for its niche product (in addition to manufacturing difficulties), the company sure did raise a lot of money with its headphone concept, and to say people are a bit annoyed they aren’t getting their fancy cans anytime soon is an understatement. Read More >>

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Bullets Wireless are OnePlus’s Bluetooth Earbuds, But They’re Not Jumping on the Wire-Free Bandwagon

Today is the day OnePlus launches the OnePlus 6, the latest in its line of budget premium-tier smartphones. It's also got other products in the pipeline, and they've just announced that a new set of wireless earbuds are on the way. But unlike Apple, Samsung, Sony, and countless other companies, OnePlus isn't going down the zero-wire route. Read More >>

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The Best Gaming Headphones Under £120

If you’re serious about gaming, you need a good pair of headphones. And if you want to communicate to your team, you’re going to need a mic too. But that doesn’t mean you have to drop a tonne of money on something that will address both issues. So to find out which headset does the best job of marrying these two functions without cleaning out your bank balance, we pitted five popular gaming peripheral makers against each other in a battle to see which is best. Read More >>

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Audeze Wants to Change How You Think About Gaming Headphones and 3D Audio

3D audio in headphones that envelops you like a surround sound home cinema is an elusive thing. The market is dominated by products for gamers, who play content that’s mixed for surround sound, and who want to hear the crunch of opponents in the bushes behind them as it’s a matter of life and death (in a game at least). Also they don’t want to wake the neighbors at 3AM. 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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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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It’s Now Too Late to Get AirPods From the Apple Store (and Most Other Places) Before 2018

It is now officially too late to secure a pair of AirPods before the end of the holiday season via the Apple online store, MacRumors reported, with orders originating in the “United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and several other countries” now showing delivery dates in January. Read More >>