Tag Archive: Audio


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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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.

Few  [Read More…]

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…]