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An R2-D2 Bluetooth Speaker Is Obviously The Best Bluetooth Speaker

Does it really matter how this R2-D2 dome Bluetooth speaker sounds? Or how good its battery life is, or how easy it is to pair with your mobile device? If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan you’ve already decided this is the wireless speaker for you, so head on over to ThinkGeek to pre-order one.


Marshall's Rock N' Roll Android Phone Actually Looks Awesome

Marshall Headphones, the splinter manufacturer that labels “lifestyle” electronics with the amplifier brand’s logo and styling, is making a new Android phone with music-centric features. To be sure, there’s a little gimmicky nostalgia here, but forgive me lords of rock n’ roll authenticity if I kind of love it.


This Music Video Is Also An Amazing Lesson In Acoustics

Different places shape sound in unusual ways: a cathedral creates rich reverb, in wide open space your voice gets lost, and in an anechoic chamber very strange things happen indeed. This music video was shot in 15 different locations and it reveals how their acoustic characteristics vary so wildly.


Are Beats Headphones Really Designed To Trick You?

Last month, Beats by Dre headphones went in for a thorough slagging across the internet, and on this here blog, on the basis of a teardown of the flashy cans. The exercise, conducted by a venture capital outfit called Bolt that focuses on hardware startups, seemed to prove that the headphones were a sham. It turns out that the teardown itself was based on a sham: The headphones were counterfeit. But as revealed by our own teardown of what we’re pretty sure is a legit pair of Beats, Bolt wasn’t wrong about the quality of these devices.


Inside The Small Shop That Makes Fantastic Headphones The Old-School Way

For such a quaint shop that hasn’t advertised their headphones since 1964, Grado Headphones is a total powerhouse. Hypebeast took a tour to find out the story behind Grado and it’s fascinating to see how these old school makers of headphones compete with the excessive beaten industry of today.


Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story Of How Monster Lost The World

There’s never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of planes, clubs and footpaths everywhere: as mammoth, beloved and expensive as their namesake. But Dr Dre didn’t just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight train chest: The venture began as an unlikely partnership between a record-industry powerhouse and a boutique audio company best known for making expensive HDMI cables.


Use SoundCloud To Start Your Own Podcast For Free

A couple months ago, SoundCloud opened its podcasting service up to everyone. There are limits to what you can do with a free account, but it’s a great way to dip a toe into the podcasting waters without spending any money, and you don’t necessarily need any in-depth technical knowledge.


Google Tone Sends URLs To Nearby Computers Using Sound

Google has published a Chrome extension that allows you to share URLs in an interesting new way. Click a button and a simple chirrup from your computer’s speakers sends the link to other devices in earshot.


Smart And JBL Crammed A Concert Hall Into A Tiny ForTwo Hatch

Smart is all about being compact and efficient, so when the company teamed up with audio provider JBL, it naturally wanted to see how much sound it could squeeze into one of its little hatchbacks. The resultant ‘smart forgigs,’ which boasts 5720 watts of amplification, is a mobile concert hall guaranteed to give any struggling DJ an audience.


Hear How Your Name Sounds As A Hip-Hop Beat

With Typedrummer Kyle Stetz created an incredibly simple website that still has the power to destroy your day’s productivity. The idea is simple: turns whatever you type into a hypnotic sequenced drum beat. You can create the humble beginnings of a hip-hop track by simply mashing your keyboard.


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