Tag Archive: Sound

Get some great sound and save $20 with the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro earbuds

Best Buy has a whole new set of deals of the day, and the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro true wireless earbuds are part of the savings. Get a pair for $ 129.99, which is down from the usual price of $ 150 and a match for one of the lowest we’ve seen this year. The last time we saw them go any lower than this was back in February when they dropped to $ 120. You can also find  [Read More…]

Improve your audio with a refurb Sonos Playbar sound bar on sale for $399

WorldWideStereo on eBay has the Sonos Playbar HiFi soundbar on sale for $ 399 refurbished. WWS is a Sonos authorized dealer, and this refurb unit is covered by a full Sonos one-year warranty. New versions of the Playbar still sell for around $ 600 or more at retailers like Best Buy. Finding it on sale at all has always been unusual, so finding it for this low and fully covered by Sonos is a tremendous deal.

Earlier this month,  [Read More…]

Google Stadia gets 5.1 surround sound and keyboard in browser

Stadia just got even better!

What you need to know Google Stadia is a cloud game streaming service. It’s getting a lot of interesting games in the coming months. It just got 5.1 surround sound, an on-screen keyboard, and more today. You can purchase a Stadia bundle for $ 130 through the Google Store.

Google Stadia is a next-generation cloud game streaming platform that launched late last year. For $ 10 a month — there’s a free  [Read More…]

The Definitive Technology Studio Slim sound bar system has dropped to $600

The Definitive Technology Studio Slim 3.1-channel sound bar system is down to $ 599.98 at Best Buy. This sound bar normally sells for around $ 800, and it’s going for as much as $ 1,000 at some retailers like Crutchfield. The drop to $ 600 is the lowest we have ever seen. Even when it has gone on sale in the past, it has only dropped as low as $ 650.

Not only is this a fantastic sounding piece  [Read More…]

Google is leveraging machine learning to make Duo calls sound better

The tech is called WaveNetEQ.

What you need to know Google is using machine learning to deal with packet loss of audio data on its video calling app. The feature’s already available on Pixel 4 devices via the December feature drop. Other as-yet-unnamed phones are also slated to receive the same tech in the future.

Google’s Duo is already “the best video calling service that you’re not using” — even Samsung, it seems, has seen light —  [Read More…]

Creative Outlier Gold review: Incredible sound, unmatched stamina

With an IPX5 design and 12-hour battery life, the Creative Outlier Gold are the best TWS earbuds for under $ 100.

Creative isn’t the first name you think of when you’re in the market for true wireless earbuds, but the brand has rolled out interesting products in the sub-$ 100 segment in the last 12 months. The Outlier Gold offer Creative’s 3D surround sound, and come with a laundry list of features that include IPX5 rating, Bluetooth  [Read More…]

HyperX Cloud Flight S headset hands-on: Great virtual surround sound

I’ve been testing out the HyperX Cloud Flight S for a couple of weeks now, and I love it.

HyperX recently made a new addition to its Cloud Flight wireless headset line with the HyperX Cloud Flight S. Upon first glance there isn’t much different other than a slight change in coloring on the earcups (goodbye stereotypical gamer red), but the Cloud Flight S actually offers a lot more than its older sibling. I’ve had about two  [Read More…]

These true wireless buds sound great, long battery life, and cost just $30

An easy recommendation (as long as you don’t care about waterproofing).

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but here at AC, I’ve turned into the person that gets to test out all of the true wireless earbuds. Amazon is filled with true wireless buds at all sorts of prices, and I’ve become the go-to person that gets to use them to see if they’re worth the light of day.

A lot of these earbuds target budget-conscious  [Read More…]

The Echo Buds offer great sound and Alexa access at a great price

At a jam-packed fall product launch this past September, Amazon announced over a dozen new Echo and Alexa products to a gathering of tech reporters and enthusiasts. Leading up to that announcement, perhaps no device was as widely anticipated as the Echo Buds, and initial reviews and impressions were mostly favorable.

But what are the Echo Buds, you might ask? The simple answer is that they’re Amazon’s first real attempt at truly wireless smart earbuds. The more complicated  [Read More…]

How to optimize the sound of your Bluetooth headphones

Bluetooth headphones offer the kind of freedom a wired heatset simply can’t, and while there’s a slight tradeoff in audio quality, it’s well worth it for most people in exchange for the added mobility. There are countless great Bluetooth options to choose from these days, but no matter what you get, you can probably improve the sound you get out of them with some simple tips.

Products used in this guide Best over-ear headphones: Sony WH1000XM3 ($ 255  [Read More…]