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4 Ways To Get Better Audio From Your Smartphone

Among the many portable gadgets that the smartphone has killed off — digital camera, PDA, sat nav — is the MP3 player. Phones are now very competent jukeboxes with some great apps, but are you putting up with an average-quality listening experience when you don’t need to? Here are four ways to change that.


We Built A Bose Speaker (Kinda)

Bose has a long history of making great-yet-pricey speakers. But its latest, the BoseBUILD Speaker Cube, is a first for the company — a build-your-own speaker, intended for kids. It’s designed to help teach the basic concepts of sound and speaker design. It’s a cool idea, with dead simple setup and instructions, but for $US150, it could be a bit of a hard sell.


This Incredible Collection Of 400 Vintage Boomboxes Recently Went Up For Sale

If you happen to be in the market for 400 vintage boomboxes, then you’ll be sorry you missed this. Craig Kenton, a New Zealander who’s collected boomboxes for 15 years, put his entire collection up for auction, and it’s huge.


The 10 Ugliest Headphones Ever Made

Before product designers were scratching their heads trying to figure out how to make gadgets look good on your wrist, they had to figure out how to make them look good on your head. Eventually, they succeeded, but not with some horrifying results along the way. Even modern headphone makers get caught up in a flashy fad every now and then.


Bose QuietComfort 35 Bluetooth Headphones: The Gizmodo Review

I’ve never loved Bose headphones. Out of the box, they always felt a bit flimsy, and on my head, the audio quality seemed subpar for the price. At least that’s what I thought before I tried the new QuietComfort 35 Wireless cans. The noise cancellation is peerless, and the sound is terrific — for the most part.


The Best Multiroom Wireless Speaker System To Fill Your Home With Music

We’ve spent hundreds of hours over several months using six multiroom wireless speaker systems in every possible room and even outside to find the best multiroom wireless speaker system. Though new competition is better than ever, Sonos is still the best for most people. If you want something cheaper, Google Chromecast Audio does a decent job, but you’ll need to provide your own speakers.


Bryston Made A Turntable, And It Is Extra Fancy

Bryston has a turntable. This might not sound like a big deal, but it was only a year ago the audio specialist said that turntables would never be designed by the company. A change of mind has occurred and oh, wow, the result is stunning.

At $4,999 (I told you it is fancy!) the BLP-1 promises impeccable sound quality and unique design, exceptional speed stability and mitigating resonances, to dispel any unwanted noise whilst still maintaining the best possible vinyl playback.


The Force Awakens' Soundtrack On Vinyl Has 3D Spinning Holograms Etched Onto The Records

Given the resurgence in the popularity of records, Disney didn’t really have to do much to sell copies of The Force Awakens soundtrack now that it’s finally available on vinyl, months after the film’s release. But if you still need a reason to drop $US50 ($69) on another copy, the records feature 3D holograms etched right onto them.


Intel Thinks USB-C Should Replace The Headphone Jack

While every other port on your computer has become digitised and smarter, the good ‘ol 3.5mm headphone jack has remained as a bastion of analogue data transmission. But Intel thinks the time has come for its replacement, and it looks like USB-C.


A Tiny Death Star Is The Only Reason You Should Buy A Levitating Speaker

An unknown breakthrough in consumer levitation technology has led to an influx of floating speakers that don’t sound any different, but look kinda cool — were this the mid-’80s. Before you write them off completely, someone has managed to find a way to make these novelties genuinely worthy of your desk space, as a tiny Death Star replica.


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