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Razer Wants You To Ditch That Gaming Headset For... A Gaming Soundbar

Razer has long been one of the leaders in gaming headsets and, well, gamingeverything. Today the company’s relentless course lands at a $US200 soundbar that’s aimed at making your frags boom so powerfully the neighbours will know which Call of Duty you’re playing.


Listen To The Historic Sounds Of Space Travel On NASA's SoundCloud

In space, perhaps nobody can hear your scream — but that doesn’t mean that stellar travel is a silent pursuit. Now, NASA has started compiling mountains of historic space-related audio clips for us all to listen to. And there are some belters.


How Much Data Does Your Streaming Music App Eat Up?

A reader, Chris, wrote us yesterday with a very good question about streaming music services: “…how do they compare when it comes to data usage? How does Google’s compression compare to Pandora, Spotify or the Amazon player? Funky playlists and mood music is all well and good, but how much of my 4g/mo are they going to eat?”


Bowers & Wilkins' First Bluetooth Speaker Is A Stunner

If you’re going to dive head first into an already crowded market like the world of Bluetooth speakers, you better do something to make your product instantly stand out. And it looks like Bowers & Wilkins has done just that with its new T7 compact speaker featuring a stylish honeycomb design that actually helps strengthen its housing to reduce vibrations and improve its sound.


Twitter's Audio Cards Put Music Right In Your Tweets

Twitter is launching a new music feature that lets people embed audio in their tweets. This means just like you can put a photo or video in a tweet, you’ll be able to insert audio soon too. Twitter is partnering with Soundcloud to let people listen to music in their timelines on iOS and Android.


The Most Famous Drum Machine Ever Made Gets Its Own Documentary

If you’re a fan of hip hop or electronic music, you’ve heard that sick, signature beat of the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Heck, if you’re a fan of music in general you’ve probably heard it, because the 808 is the most famous drum machine ever made. And now it has its own documentary.


Tape Decks Hacked So You Can Scratch Cassettes Like They're Records

In the video above, audio nerd Jeremy Bell demonstrates his invention, the ScrubBoard, which allows him to scratch tapes with his hands as if they are records. One of the advantages to the ScrubBoard is that you don’t have to hit the crossfader cut off the sound, you can just lift your finger off which means that you can scratch with two hands at once.


Hearing The Sounds Of Paragliding Is Breathtaking

Usually when you think of things that take your breath away, you don’t think of sounds. It’s the spectacular view or the amazing feeling or the perfect performance. But this video that highlights the sound of paragliding is pretty breathtaking. I closed my eyes and listened and felt the nature around me.


I Built My Own Speaker From Sonos Components, And You Can Too

Sonos’ pop-up Studio in New York reminds me of summer camp, where you were never sent home without something to show your parents. Except instead of a popsicle-stick sculpture, Sonos sent me home with a speaker I built myself.


Shure's New Headphones Are An Audio Legend's Shot At Cheap Cans

It’s not uncommon for people to shell out hundreds of dollars for a pair of headphones that aren’t even good, which is why a set of $US40 cans from a company we actually trust sounds pretty darn good.


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