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Sonos’ newest lineup includes a powerful wireless speaker for music and a Dolby Atmos soundbar for movies — here’s how to pre-order the new speakers

Sonos’ latest speaker lineup includes three models: the Sonos Arc, Sonos Five, and Sonos Sub. The Sonos Arc is priced at A$1,399, and replaces the Playbar and Playbase as the company’s new premium home theatre soundbar. Sonos Five serves as the successor to the current Play:5, and offers refreshed colour […]
Sonos’ newest lineup includes a powerful wireless speaker for music and a Dolby Atmos soundbar for movies — here’s how to pre-order the new speakers
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I tried Apple’s new AirPods Pro and Sony’s popular ‘AirPods killer’ earbuds, and if you care about sound quality, the winner is clear

Apple’s latest Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds. The AirPods Pro give iPhone users some extra features that Android users don’t have access to. They also have a smaller case and wireless charging, and are sweat- and water-resistant. But the Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds sound better, are better at noise-cancelling, and have better battery […]
I tried Apple’s new AirPods Pro and Sony’s popular ‘AirPods killer’ earbuds, and if you care about sound quality, the winner is clear
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After backlash, Sonos CEO apologizes and says company will no longer prevent newer smart speakers from getting updates if you still owned older models

Sonos announced earlier this week that older Sonos speakers would no longer receive new updates after May 20, and older devices in a Sonos system would also prevent newer models from receiving updates, too. After facing backlash from customers, Sonos’s CEO announced on Thursday that it’s working to continue support […]
After backlash, Sonos CEO apologizes and says company will no longer prevent newer smart speakers from getting updates if you still owned older models
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Apple’s AirPods Pro have replaced Powerbeats Pro as my go-to workout headphones

I’ve tried countless headphones for working out, but none are better than AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro are secure and super comfortable. You’ll often forget you’re wearing them, even while jogging or running. The best part? Apple’s earbuds also feature noise-cancelling, so you can exercise in peace without listening to the […]
Apple’s AirPods Pro have replaced Powerbeats Pro as my go-to workout headphones
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People have been lining up at Apple stores to buy the new $250 AirPods Pro

Apple’s$US250 AirPods Pro were released on Wednesday, and some Apple Store locations had lines of people waiting to buy or try them. Lines aren’t unusual for new iPhone releases, but they’re not common for new headphones. Especially considering the AirPods Pro were quietly announced rather than launching during a major […]
People have been lining up at Apple stores to buy the new $250 AirPods Pro
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National Geographic’s hit ‘Overheard’ podcast is coming back for a season 2 in October and will explore stories like how beavers impact climate change

The popular podcast “Overheard at National Geographic” will be back Oct. 15 with a second season. As National Geographic’s flagship podcast, the show uses audio to draw listeners into stories in a more intimate way, according to host Peter Gwin. Season two will feature female trailblazers and an episode about […]
National Geographic’s hit ‘Overheard’ podcast is coming back for a season 2 in October and will explore stories like how beavers impact climate change
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MicrophoneGate: The world’s biggest tech companies were caught sending sensitive audio from customers to human contractors. Here’s where they stand now.

Over the past several months, we’ve seen a slew of reports about how audio recordings captured by voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana were sent off to human contractors for further evaluation. In the case of Siri, for instance, contractors “regularly” heard recordings of […]
MicrophoneGate: The world’s biggest tech companies were caught sending sensitive audio from customers to human contractors. Here’s where they stand now.
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The new $400 Bose 700 wireless noise-cancelling headphones are nearly perfect

Bose’s new 700 Noise Cancelling Headphones are a new, more premium model compared to the company’s beloved QuietComfort series. They’re comfortable, have the best noise cancelling so far, and great battery life. The biggest improvement over Bose’s previous models is call quality: the Bose 700 cancel out ambient noise not […]
The new $400 Bose 700 wireless noise-cancelling headphones are nearly perfect
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Beats’ $250 wireless earbuds are the perfect headphones for the summer

Powerbeats Pro, the $US250 wireless headphones from Beats, launched in May. They’re the best workout headphones I’ve ever used, and they’re perfect for the hot summer months. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. In late May, Apple-owned Beats was kind enough to send me the Powerbeats Pro, a completely […]
Beats’ $250 wireless earbuds are the perfect headphones for the summer
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Sony just announced $230 wireless earbuds to take on Apple’s AirPods — here’s what they can do

Sony unveiled new $US230 wirelessnoise-cancelling earbuds called the WF-1000XM3. The WF-1000XM3 are essentially the wireless earbud version of its “Bose-killer” WH-1000XM3 headphones. They’re more expensive than Apple’sAirPods, but they come with more features, and maybe better sound. They’re available for preorder starting Friday, July 5, with a full release in […]
Sony just announced $230 wireless earbuds to take on Apple’s AirPods — here’s what they can do
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Bose released a brand-new pair of $400 noise-cancelling headphones — here’s how they compare to the trusty and iconic QC 35s

Bose’s new 700 noise-cancelling headphones are said to have better noise-cancelling tech than the trusty and iconic QuietComfort 35 headphones. Bose also says it made some major improvements to noise-cancellation during phone calls so that the person you’re speaking with doesn’t hear ambient noise. The new Bose 700headphones cost $US400 […]
Bose released a brand-new pair of $400 noise-cancelling headphones — here’s how they compare to the trusty and iconic QC 35s
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The 5 best headphones we tried in 2018

We’re not going to pretend that we’ve tried every pair of headphones out there, but we can at least tell you our favourites of the year. Below, you’ll find three pairs with noise cancelling and two without. They’re all wireless, and they’re mostly the over-ear kind of headphones, with two […]
The 5 best headphones we tried in 2018
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I’ve never had so many people ask me about headphones when I was wearing the Surface Headphones, but I just can’t recommend them

Microsoft’s$US350 Surface Headphones are the company’s first-ever headphones. They look beautiful and are very comfortable. But the sound quality fall short, especially compared to the competition. I get it, the Microsoft Surface Headphones are new, flashy, and perhaps something that can compete with the top choice in audio and noise […]
I’ve never had so many people ask me about headphones when I was wearing the Surface Headphones, but I just can’t recommend them
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The software for Sennheiser’s high-end headphones have a bizarre and potentially dangerous bug that makes users vulnerable to hackers

Sennheiser’s HeadSetup headphone software for PC and Macs contains a vulnerability that could allow hackers to show users up fake websites that look perfectly legitimate. Sennheiser has issued an update which every HeadSetup user, past or present, should download and install now. Sennheiser also offers alternative steps to remove the […]
The software for Sennheiser’s high-end headphones have a bizarre and potentially dangerous bug that makes users vulnerable to hackers
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This high-end French audio company revealed its new futuristic-looking $1,000 speaker — and believe it or not, it’s the most affordable model yet

Devialet, the French audio company behind the expensive and high-end Phantom speaker series, just introduced a cheaper speaker to its lineup. The Phantom Reactor, available late October, starts at $US1,000 – and despite its smaller size, it still packs a punch. The speaker is aimed at music enthusiasts who can’t […]
This high-end French audio company revealed its new futuristic-looking $1,000 speaker — and believe it or not, it’s the most affordable model yet
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Microsoft is launching this sleek pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones

Microsoft just announced the release of its $US350 Surface Headphones. The headphones will feature active and passive noise cancelation, bluetooth and wired connections, fast charging, and Cortana support. The Surface Headphones will be available later this holiday season. Apple has its AirPods, Google built the Pixel Buds, and now Microsoft […]
Microsoft is launching this sleek pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones
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Why TV speakers suck

Each year TV picture quality improves, but the sound quality has not followed suit. As TVs get thinner and bezels get smaller, manufacturers start to sacrifice audio quality. Following is a transcript of the video. You just paid a ton of money for a brand new 4K TV. You get […]
Why TV speakers suck
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Apple is working on high-end headphones to compete with Bose

Apple is working on over-ear headphones that could launch as soon as next year. It’s also working on next-generation AirPods with water resistance and noise-cancelling, according to a Bloomberg report. Apple could launch a pair of over-ear headphones as soon as 2019, according to a report from Bloomberg citing people […]
Apple is working on high-end headphones to compete with Bose
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8 reasons you should buy the Sonos One instead of Apple’s HomePod

Apple finally released the HomePod smart speaker this month, but it’s not looking like the device to buy. Before the HomePod, other smart speakers like Google Home, Amazon’s Echo, and the Sonos One were playing music from Spotify, Google Music, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, and other streaming services. The HomePod […]
8 reasons you should buy the Sonos One instead of Apple’s HomePod
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Sonos and IKEA are teaming up to create a speaker that can act as a shelf

IKEA released details about its first product that will be made with Sonos since the two companies announced an upcoming collaboration in December 2017. The IKEA/Sonos speaker will be designed to be functional as a piece of furniture, like a shelf, or it can be integrated into IKEA furniture so […]
Sonos and IKEA are teaming up to create a speaker that can act as a shelf
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Here’s why you should never put Q-Tips in your ears

VIDEO: Most people don't use Q-tips properly and wind up putting them inside their ears to feel "clean." Big mistake! Not only is ear wax good for you, but putting a Q-Tip anywhere except for the outermost parts of your ear can be a big detriment to your health.
Here’s why you should never put Q-Tips in your ears
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Here’s why your recorded voice sounds weird

VIDEO: If you've ever had a Friend or your family member record you on video, then it's hard to not notice how different we sound. We brought in William H. Shapiro, an audiologist and a clinical associate professor from NYU Langone, to tell us why we cringe when listening to recordings of ourselves.
Here’s why your recorded voice sounds weird
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5 reasons you should buy Apple’s $30 earbuds instead of the $160 AirPods

Apple’s wireless earbuds, called AirPods, are one of my favourite gadgets right now – and one of my favourite Apple products ever. That said, AirPods are not for everyone. Here are 5 reasons you should consider Apple’s wired $US30 EarPods instead of the company’s $US160 AirPods: 1. The price is […]
5 reasons you should buy Apple’s $30 earbuds instead of the $160 AirPods
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