audio

The Best Bluetooth Headphones For Every Discerning Ear

I love headphones, always have. That’s probably because for most of my life, I was hearing impaired. Headphones were the only way for me to hear music the way it was supposed to be heard — the treble, the bass and everything in between. But I don’t want to be tethered to my laptop and phone: I want to do it wirelessly.


The Best Bluetooth Speaker For Every Portable Need

Your average cheap portable Bluetooth speaker is garbage — the crap to quality ratio in the category is absurd. But I’ve spent the last few months combing through loads of speakers under $US200 and found four that are actually good.


Gift Guide: 7 Sonic Gifts For Your Favourite Music Nerd 

Whether you’re rocking Serial or the latest Taylor Swift banger we’re all listening to more sound than ever these days. Here’s a selection of audio kit that will make someone’s life sound a little better without necessarily breaking your bank.


How Many Of These Old Cassette Tape Designs Do You Remember?

It’s hard to remember a time where our musical picks weren’t contained in a Spotify playlist. But just a few years ago, we were still preserving our audio masterpieces on cassette tapes. Tapedeck.org is a project of a German graffiti artist named Neck, who has been collecting images of these analogue gems from another era.


Can You Hear The Difference In High Quality Music? Test Yourself

Here’s a simple test that lets you toggle between an extremely high-quality file music file and a low-quality music file. Can you tell the difference?


Quirky's Ohm Bluetooth Speaker Charges Wirelessly So It's Always Ready

Portable Bluetooth speakers are awesome and convenient until, inevitably, you want to take yours somewhere and it’s out of batteries. This new speaker from Quirky is less likely to suffer this indignity because it charges wirelessly.


This Transforming Briefcase Turntable Is A Walkman For Your Records

Just because you prefer the warm, crackly sound of vinyl records to MP3s doesn’t necessarily mean you also like being tethered to a home stereo whenever you want to listen to your record collection. So Pyle has created this portable turntable that transforms into a briefcase for easy transport, and also includes a rechargeable battery powering a pair of flip-out speakers.


Beats Now Makes A Wireless Version Of Its Wildly Popular Solo2 Cans

Beats just announced a wireless Bluetooth version of the revamped Solo2 headphones it announced a few months ago. The Solo are the company’s best-selling headphones, largely because they’re fashionable.


This Is What Wikipedia Sounds Like

While you may expect it to sound more akin to a room full of people who all think they’re right trying to shout louder than each other, it turns out Wikipedia actually sounds rather beautiful.


Parrot Zik 2.0 Hands-On: The World's Most Advanced Headphones? Maybe.

The first time I tried the Parrot Zik headphones, my jaw dropped. The world around me disappeared. I felt like I was right there in the sound studio with the artist. So you can imagine my excitement to try the updated Zik 2.0. If you don’t mind paying $US400 for headphones, you should be excited too.