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Buy This Wooden Speaker, Help A Deaf Person Hear

LSTN isn’t your average audio company. The Los Angeles-based enterprise turned head a couple years ago when it started selling sleek wood and chrome headphones. Now, LSTN is expanding into the world of Bluetooth speakers with a very lovely box named Apollo.


What It's Like To Wear Bionic Earbuds

If you love live music, the new Here Active Listening System is an impossibly nerdy idea that might change the way you experience your favourite hobby. I’ve been using one of the first production versions of the sound-altering tech for a few days, and I’m excited about the potential for a world in which I might never hear anything except for exactly what I want to — exactly the way I want to.


Fender's New In-Ear Headphones Can Cost As Much As A Guitar

The guitar manufacturer Fender has launched its first ever range of in-ear headphones — sorry, Pro In-Ear Monitors — and they cost up to $US500 ($715) a pair.


The Directional Pad On This Retro NES Bluetooth Speaker Really Works

8Bitdo is probably best known for its Bluetooth gaming controllers, including the NES30 that paid homage to Nintendo’s original 8-bit console. But the company is now expanding its catalogue with a new Bluetooth speaker that longtime gamers will find equally hard to resist.


Google Cardboard Gets A Big Upgrade With Realistic 3D Audio

When you strap on a VR headset, you’re immediately in awe of the new digital world that’s slowly manipulating your brain. The visuals sell the sensation, but sound is what makes it stick. Google’s taking strides towards making that sound more convincing.


Sony's Best CES 2016 Gadgets Are Made For Your Ears And Eyes Alike

Sony’s onto something this year. Its TVs are incredibly bright, but that’s not what caught my attention. It’s the company’s persistence in pushing Hi-Res Audio, and its range of high-quality headphones and speakers, both wired and wireless, that is finally paying off.


Harman's Voyager Drive Speakers Let You Take Your Car's Sound System With You

Unless you’re an endurance racer who spends 24 hours in their vehicle, there’s not much point to sinking a small fortune into a killer sound system you rarely get to hear. But with Harman’s new Voyager Drive, your car’s stereo easily becomes a portable Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere.


Samsung's New Soundbar Doesn't Need Speakers In Your Ceiling For 3-D Audio

Soundbars aren’t normally the go-to option for crazy immersive surround sound, but a Samsung-Dolby partnership is hoping to change that. Using a pair of rear speakers, a soundbar and the ceiling of your den, Samsung’s trying to recreate the 3-D feeling of a Dolby Atmos cinema.


Bowers & Wilkins' First Wireless Headphones Are Brilliant, Except For One Thing

I don’t usually like on-ear headphones. It’s mostly a comfort thing — that and the loner desire to close myself off from the outside world. But when I heard that the beloved Bowers & Wilkins P5 on-ear headphones were going wireless, I had to try them, and there’s plenty to like.


Roland Boutique Series Review: Retro Synth Sound For Modern Day Dial Turners

With software these days you can recreate almost any sound you want. The hulking equipment that used to produce electronic music is long gone. And yet, people have a desire to touch buttons and turn knobs. The Roland Boutique Series is a middle-ground between the digital age of music making and the classic synths of old. It’s a ton of fun — even if you don’t exactly know what you’re doing.


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