Tag Archive: Audio


Harman’s all new audio equipment lineups are taking IFA 2018 by storm

So much new to talk about.

IFA 2018 tech show is currently underway in Berlin. The American equivalent would be the Consumer Electronics Show, so you can imagine a lot of companies use this as a chance to introduce brand new tech lineups. Harman, Samsung’s audio subsidiary, is taking the opportunity to announce several different types of audio products this week.

The first announcement is the Harman Kardon Citation speaker series. This will be a modular home  [Read More…]

The Arlo Audio Doorbell and Arlo Chime have joined the Arlo family of products

Netgear has just welcomed the Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime into its line up of home security products. These two new security products work in tandem to guard the most important gateway into your home.

Arlo Audio Doorbell

Unlike many other smart doorbells on the market, there is no camera. Instead, the Arlo Audio Doorbell calls your phone via the Arlo app and allows you to communicate through a microphone and speaker in the doorbell.

You have the choice of speaking  [Read More…]

Wireless audio codecs and where headphones are today

Despite how one may feel about wireless headphones, they’re the future. The future is wireless. The industry is well on the path to transition everything it can to the cordless goal.

As an audiophile, I’m one in the reluctant bunch that shrugs at the notion. I can’t say that wireless headphones haven’t come a long way. As a reviewer, I get a chance to try many wireless headphones, and I’ve actually been left impressed a couple times. That said, terrible  [Read More…]

Netgear’s latest smart home gadget is the Arlo Audio Doorbell

There’s also a new Arlo Chime accessory.

Netgear’s Arlo brand has become fairly well-known for its wireless security cameras, and now the company’s expanding its reaches in the smart home market with the Arlo Audio Doorbell.

The Audio Doorbell (left) and Arlo Chime (right)

As soon as someone rings the Arlo Doorbell, you’ll receive a call on your phone through the free Arlo app. Once you get the call, you can either accept it or send  [Read More…]

How to configure audio toggles in Android P

From vibrate toggles to DND, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re at a nice dinner or in a quiet waiting room, few things are as embarrassing as having your phone sound off at full volume because you got a phone call or Twitter notification.

For the times when you want to make sure you only get a small vibration for anything that comes up or you just want to silence notifications entirely, it’s important to know what  [Read More…]

JBL Reflect Contour 2 Wireless Sport Earbuds review: Step up your wireless audio

Wireless earbuds today take a lot of shapes and sizes. What started out as the around-the-neck form has turned into completely wireless earpieces. But, while the latter is more ergonomic and convenient, none have been able to really succeed, with considerable compromise to crucial aspects like battery life, connectivity reliability, and price. This is all while wired “wireless” alternative have gotten better and better, making their presence in the market still very relevant.

In light of this, we’re checking out  [Read More…]

Huawei’s new MediaPad M5 tablets focus on providing a great audio experience

The days when tablets used to be all the rage are gone, yet some Android OEMs remain in the habit of launching new slate models from time to time.

For example, Huawei this week announced the new MediaPad M5 series in the US. Consisting of three models, the new tablet family is available for purchase at Amazon and Newegg.

Customers will be able to pick between 8.4-inch and 10.8-inch versions both available in Space Gray. Alternatively, Huawei also offers a  [Read More…]

Dirac Panorama Sound aims to bring next-level audio to smartphones

.Speakers and audio quality can be an important parameter for those who rely on heavy video streaming or love to listen to music. Unfortunately, it’s a fact that smartphone speakers aren’t very good, although some Android OEMs are trying to change that.

It’s the case of Smartisan, an obscure phone maker, which just released an interesting smartphone in China. It’s called the Nut R1 and it’s the first handset to launch with Dirac Panorama Sound on board.

For those unaware,  [Read More…]

How to deal with 3D audio not working on your PlayStation VR

If you can’t hear, you can’t be immersed.

Being surrounded by the sounds of what you are watching in VR is part of what creates such an immersive experience. PlayStation VR is no exception to this, delivering 3D sound that makes everything sound as if you are actually surrounded by what you see. So if your sound isn’t working correctly, it can throw a serious wrench into your enjoyment. That’s why we’ve got the details on how  [Read More…]

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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