Tag Archive: Audio


Wireless audio codecs and where headphones are today

Wireless headphones have come a long way, but has Bluetooth audio fidelity? Yes and no. The codecs are in place, but not so much the support. This is where we are today.

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Why don’t more phones have audio profile switches?

It’s one of the most useful features Android manufacturers leave out.

If you’ve ever used an iPhone or a recent OnePlus device, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the switch on the lefthand side above the volume buttons. While the exact functions of the switch will depend on which company’s phone you’re using, the main idea is the same: a hardware switch that instantly mutes your phone, without having to turn on your screen and adjust the volume manually.

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Gear Up: SōLIS intros line of Google Assistant-enabled home audio solutions

The SōLIS speaker line features five smart, connected audio products, each with its own intended audience. Choose from a variety of price points and aesthetic choices. Learn more about each of them.

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Google adds video and audio voicemail to Duo

Rolling out to Android and iOS starting today.

Google Duo has become one of the best video-calling apps around, and today it’s adding a helpful tool for when contacts you try to reach aren’t available.

Next time you call someone on Duo and they don’t answer, you’ll have an option to leave them a video message. Messages can be up to 30-seconds long, and once you’re happy with how your message turns out, you can send it to  [Read More…]

Here’s how Dirac is enabling Xiaomi to create better audio products

Dirac is a Swedish company that specializes in digital audio tuning solutions.

The first time I heard of Dirac was at Xiaomi’s Mi 3 launch event in India all the way back in 2014. Back then, Xiaomi was an unknown Chinese manufacturer that was taking the first step into a foreign market.

Hugo Barra was on hand to showcase the device, as were executives from Flipkart, which nabbed exclusive rights to sell the phone in the subcontinent.  [Read More…]

Improve your videos with better audio using the $40 Blue Snowball USB microphone

Talk about savings!

We haven’t shared a deal on the Blue Snowball condenser mic dropping to $ 40 since December. This is a regular price drop we’ve seen before, but it is $ 10 off the street price and a match for its lowest ever. Only the Black version of the mic is on sale, as White is still as $ 49.

If you need a mic for podcasts, streaming, or making any sort of online videos  [Read More…]

USB-C audio: Everything you need to know

The port on the phone isn’t the only difference, but some things are the same as they have always been.

There’s a good chance the next phone you buy will support USB-C audio, even if it still has a “regular” 3.5mm headphone jack. That means we’ll soon be seeing more headphones that have a USB-C connector because that’s how this circle works — support a thing and companies will make the things. But there’s a lot of  [Read More…]

Ascape Audio Ascend-1: These sweat-proof, wireless earbuds are 40% off

The wireless earbuds give deliver audio the way it was meant to be heard: clearly and free or cords. What’s more, your favorite digital assistant is one button push away.

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Audio controls for PlayStation 4: What you need to know

Trying to figure out how to adjust your audio settings on PS4? We have you covered.

We are living in a post manual world. Long gone are the days where you would pull a phone book sized document out of the packaging of your new piece of technology and read it in its entirety before you even thought about plugging in your device. If you’re anything like me, if there is a manual it gets immediately tossed  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s high-res Bluetooth audio codec aptX HD is now on over 60 devices

Qualcomm announced that more than 60 devices use its aptX HD codec, bringing more detailed music over a wireless connection.

As more and more manufacturers turn towards ditching the headphone jack, more and more users are turning to Bluetooth headphones and speakers to get their jam on. This used to mean compressed, horrible sounding music, but no so: with features like aptX, your songs sound much better than they used to with older headphones.

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