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It seems that the AirPods Studio will arrive in multiple colours. (Image source: @choco_bit)

The Apple AirPods Studio may have a U1 chip for seamless wearing as supposed video leaks

Rumour has it that Apple will utilise the U1 chip in the AirPods Studio, its first set of AirPods-branded over-ear headphones. Reputedly set to launch for US$349, the AirPods will be highly customisable and have so far been spotte...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:20:00 +0200
The DCS-8302LH Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera. (Source: D-Link)

D-Link releases a "True FHD" Wi-Fi security camera with AI person detection, weatherproofing and IPv6 support

D-Link has announced the DCS-8302LH Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera. Despite one part of its name, the OEM asserts it is sleek and sophisticated to have inside the house as well. It also packs features such as IR for night vision, AI...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:03:00 +0200
Turtle Beach's Stealth 700 and 600 Gen 2s. (Source: Turtle Beach)

Turtle Beach releases second-gen Stealth 700 and 600 headsets for the PS4/5 and Xbox

Turtle Beach has announced that the latest in its Stealth series of headsets for PlayStation or Xbox are available to purchase from today (September 20, 2020). These new variants of the "best sellers" in the wireless audio categor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 20 Sep 2020 18:41:00 +0200
The latest Chromecast device, according to a new leak. (Source: WinFuture)

Google's upcoming smart speaker and Chromecast device are allegedly leaked in full ahead of their launch

Google has indicated that it will launch new smart home products alongside the Pixels 5 and 4a (5G) at these smartphones' launch at the end of September. However, a leaks site may have spoiled any surprise left in conjunction with...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:56:00 +0200
The new Vecnos IQUI. (Source: Vecnos)

Vecnos launches its new IQUI "pen-sized" 360-degree camera

Vecnos is a spin-off from Ricoh that is dedicated to making compact lifestyle cameras. It has finally unveiled its first 360-degree camera in full. The IQUI fits its 4 proprietary lenses and their controls into a laser-pointer for...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:29:00 +0200
A first look at the AirPods Studio. (Image source: @choco_bit)

Leaked AirPods Studio photo and renders confirm the design of Apple's upcoming US$349 over-ear headphones

A photo of the AirPods Studio has leaked online, sparking debate about Apple's rumoured US$349 over-ear headphones. The headphones feature an industrial design, but apparently multiple versions are in development. No 3.5 mm headph...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:22:00 +0200
The new JAM Audio Travel ANC headphones. (Source: JAM Audio)

JAM Audio's latest wireless headphones offer ANC and a fold-away design for US$60

JAM Audio has launched the Travel ANC wireless headphones. The OEM claims that they are rated for up to 24 hours of battery life, or 18 with active noise-cancelling (ANC) on. Their design also allows for folding up or folding flat
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:30:00 +0200
HP Omen Blast gaming headset. (Image Source: HP)

HP Omen Blast and Omen Frequency Wireless gaming headsets promise immersive 7.1-channel audio and long hours of comfort listening

HP has announced new additions to its gaming accessory lineup. The Omen Blast and Omen Frequency Wireless are designed to offer maximal comfort during extended gaming sessions while offering clear 7.1-channel surround. The Omen Bl...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:47:00 +0200
The new ROCCAT Elo headsets. (Source: ROCCAT)

ROCCAT unleashes its latest Elo series with 7.1 channel surround sound and Turtle Beach technology

The gaming headset maker ROCCAT has collaborated with its new parent, Turtle Beach, on its new Elo series. It comes in cross-platform stereo, USB and wireless varieties, all of which are rated for 7.1 surround sound. The Elos also...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:12:00 +0200
The Pixel 5, according to a new leak. (Source: Twitter)

Google sets a date for the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G launch

The Pixel 5 - not to mention the 5G variant of the 4a - have been anticipated for quite some time. Now, Google has finally confirmed a date for the launch of these new smartphones. This event will also see the debut of the latest ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:09:00 +0200
The purported "AirPods" seized by US Customs. (Image: USCPB)

OnePlus Buds confused for counterfeit Apple AirPods by US Customs in bust

US Customs has embarrassed itself and OnePlus in issuing a press release claiming to have seized US$398,000 worth of “counterfeit Apple AirPod Earbuds.” It was only when a tweet was posted showing examples from the purported hall ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:03:00 +0200
The FreeBuds Pro. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei claims its new FreeBuds Pro and FreeLaces Pro have "industry-leading" noise-cancellation

Huawei has also launched its latest hearables at its ongoing Developer Conference. The FreeBuds Pro have the AirPod form-factor; however, it is also claimed that they have "intelligent dynamic noise cancellation" and active noise ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:45:00 +0200
The Bose QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds are available to order now. (Image source: Bose)

Bose shakes up the TWS earbud market with the QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds

Bose has unleashed two sets of TWS earbuds called the QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds. With one billed as offering the most effective noise cancellation ever and the other as having amazing sound with 'unmovable design', Bose is gu...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:17:00 +0200
The VAVA 12-in-1 docking station. (Source: Notebookcheck)

VAVA USB type C 12-in-1 Docking Station hands-on review

VAVA is a new RAVPOWER brand for this OEM's home- and work-related accessories. They include a range of docks or hubs for USB type C-only laptops. This 12-in-1 variant offers up to 8 different types of I/O or utility to devices such as MacBooks. Can it deliver on these claims when connected to a high-powered gaming ultrabook?
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:40:00 +0200
The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 retails for under £100. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Hands-On: Setting the standard for affordable wireless earbuds

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 may have an unusual name, but they offer incredible value for money. Priced at under £100, the Melomania 1 offers unrivalled audio quality and battery life while remaining impressively compact.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:12:00 +0200
First impressions with the Sony WH-1000XM4. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Sony WH-1000XM4: First Impressions with an underwhelming upgrade

Sony finally got around to releasing the WH-1000XM4 last month, its premium set of over-ear headphones. Since we were such fans of previous generations, we thought we would take the fourth-generation units for a spin to see what S...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 10 Sep 2020 23:39:00 +0200
The TicPods 2 Pro Plus comes in two colours. (Image source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro Plus: Modest changes from the TicPods 2 Pro for US$139.99

Mobvoi has replaced the TicPods 2 Pro, which it announced in January. The new earbuds, called the TicPods 2 Pro Plus, feature some minor improvements and are priced at US$139.99.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 10 Sep 2020 23:18:00 +0200
The Xbox Series S looks like a fancy speaker and this is why. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft issues a full spec breakdown for the Xbox Series S (and X)

Microsoft has just introduced the concept of the Xbox Series S. Now, it has gone into greater detail on its upcoming, all-new digital-only console. The product also gets an AMD Zen 2-based CPU and an RDNA GPU, albeit not exactly t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 17:23:00 +0200
1More shows off some of its audio products. (Source: 1More)

1More announces that its ANC earbuds are the first TWS devices to be THX-certified

1More launched its first pair of true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC) in late 2019. Now, it has revealed that the same accessories have attained a certification from the audio authority THX. This...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:27:00 +0200
The new Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones. (Source: Redmi)

Redmi launches its SonicBass Wireless Earphones in Nepal

The new Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones are accessories of the 'neckbud' variety alluded to in a leak earlier in 2020. Now, the brand has finally launched them in their first market, Nepal. They will cost the equivalent of abou...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 15:59:00 +0200
Realme's Buds have cut a swathe through the TWS market. (Source: Realme)

Realme will launch its first pair of ANC TWS earbuds in India: new leak

Realme has made a successful foray into the true-wireless (TWS) earbud market recently. Then again, none of its products have have the sought-after spec of active noise cancelling (ANC). A new leak suggests it is coming in a new s...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:37:00 +0200
Realme is very proud of its new achievement. (Source: Twitter)

Realme is the #1 TWS audio brand in India following its second recorded quarter in this market

Realme rose to be a top 5 hearable (or audio wearables with a smart component) brand in research on the Indian sector of this market during the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). Now, a new Counterpoint Research report on the same sp...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 06 Sep 2020 16:02:00 +0200
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo headphones. (Source: Skullcandy)

Skullcandy releases the Crusher Evo headphones, the latest in its line to feature Haptic Bass

Skullcandy has announced the latest addition to the Crusher series of personal audio products. The Evo headphones are equipped with Haptic Bass, which reinforces this range with physical feedback. They also offer the option of bui...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:26:00 +0200
TCL unveils its AiPQ Engine Gen 2. (Source: TCL)

IFA 2020 | TCL claims its latest AI-powered AV processor will unleash the true potential of its QLED and mini-LED panels

TCL has launched its second-gen AiPQ Engine at IFA 2020. It is a platform rated to enhance this OEM's big-screen TVs, particularly those made with mini-LED or quantum-dot LED (QLED). The Engine allows for "real-time audiovisual op...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 04 Sep 2020 23:52:00 +0200
The new TCL 10 TABMAX. (Source: TCL)

IFA 2020 | TCL launches 2 new affordable FHD+ tablets with Wi-Fi or 4G connectivity

The TCL 10 TABMAX and 10 TABMID are 2 new slates launched at IFA this year. They feature their brand's in-house NXTVISION technology for "the most vibrant colors and rich details", as well as reduced blue-light emission. They may ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 04 Sep 2020 18:35:00 +0200
Adaptive ANC is a new TWS feature. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm's Adaptive ANC might be the next big thing in TWS earbud specs

Active noise cancellation (ANC) has been found to be of interest for 71% of consumers planning to buy true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. However, the feature does require physical seals and a fit that some users may find less tol...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:57:00 +0200
The 95th Anniversary B&O H95 headphones. (Image: B&O)

Bang & Olufsen H95 headphones are targeted at discerning listeners

Bang & Olufsen has a well-earned reputation as the purveyor of high-quality audio experiences so it is always exciting when the company launches a new set of headphones. Its new H95 compact over ear headphones have all the traditi...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:41:00 +0200
Creative SXFI THEATER low-latency wireless over-ear headset fits even the young ones (Source: Own)

Creative SXFI THEATER hands-on: Premium materials, very good audio, decent battery life, rather basic software

Designed mainly as a wireless headset with Creative's proprietary sound-processing technology under the hood, the SXFI THEATER can also be wired to both digital and analog sources. Today we will take a closer look at the highs and lows of the Creative SXFI THEATER and try to come up with a conclusion.
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:30:00 +0200
PS5 promo headers could indicate imminent PS5 pre-orders. (Image source: Sony via Reddit - u/tizorres)

Sony gears up for PlayStation 5 pre-order pandemonium with new headers, and devs hoot about the PS5 SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine, but there's no optical audio out

It appears Sony might be preparing for PlayStation 5 pre-orders as new headers featuring titles like Gran Turismo 7 and Demon’s Souls have appeared on some official media channels. Devs have been singing the praises of the PS5’s S...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 02 Sep 2020 23:05:00 +0200
The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro. (Source: WPC)

Xiaomi's Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro may launch soon following an appearance on the Bluetooth SIG database

Xiaomi has what appear to be a Pro variant of its Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in the works. This has been confirmed overtly by the certification of products going by this name by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:23:00 +0200
Oppo Enco Free review - Premium TWS from the Far East

Oppo Enco Free review - Premium TWS from the Far East

More atmosphere. The Enco Free true wireless headphones from Oppo want to score points with good call quality, great sound, and protection against splashes. For less than 130 Euros (~$154), they're an exciting alternative to the FreeBuds 3 or the Galaxy Buds+. Our review reveals how the Oppo counterpart performs.
Daniel Schmidt, Sun, 30 Aug 2020 02:09:00 +0200
The Hachi Infinite M1. (Source: Hachi)

The Hachi Infinite M1 is a projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen and is now available on Amazon

Hachi's Infinite M1 is an AI-powered projector that can throw a working interface onto the desk or wall in front of it. Its maker originally launched it at CES 2020, and is now prepared to ship it from Amazon or its own website. I...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 28 Aug 2020 22:46:00 +0200
The professional headset market may take off into the next decade. (Source: Frost & Sullivan)

Global professional headset shipments may grow to 65.7 million units by 2026: new research

The number of "workplace-style" headsets shipped worldwide might exceed 65 million over the next 6 years, compared to a figure of 22.9 million from 2019. This may correspond to a market value of US$2.94 billion in 2026. This growt...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:34:00 +0200
SND RAY outlines some of its new wearable's features. (Source: Indiegogo)

SND RAY: the "best HiFi bone conduction sunglasses" are now on Indiegogo

Sunglasses that also act as personal audio devices are a rapidly expanding category of tech. The start-up SND RAY has put its take on this concept up for crowd-funding on Indiegogo. It claims that this product has improved audio q...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 27 Aug 2020 20:27:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro shake things up by coming in black. (Image source: WPC)

Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro show premium appeal in WPC listing

The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro from Xiaomi have appeared in a listing for the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Although there are scant details about the earphones in the WPC record, there is an image included of the Xiaomi ...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 26 Aug 2020 06:08:00 +0200
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Anniversary Edition bears the company's original logo. (Image source: Sennheiser)

Sennheiser presents Momentum True Wireless 2 Anniversary Edition for its 75th anniversary

Sennheiser has marked its 75th anniversary by releasing another version of the Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds. The price remains identical to the regular model, as does the hardware contained within the pricey earbuds. However, ...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 25 Aug 2020 19:14:00 +0200
Left: The Mobile DAC; right: The Mobile DAC PD with Power Delivery

Small and smaller: Two mobile USB-C DACs from Sharkoon tested

The Mobile DAC and Mobile DAC PD mobile USB-C sound cards from Sharkoon are inconspicuously compact and lightweight. They even have an integrated equalizer and are hi-res-audio certified. We have subjected both models to a practic...
Daniel Puschina, Sat, 22 Aug 2020 02:34:00 +0200
Google's Pixel Buds now come in white, mint, orange and black. (Image: Google)

Google adds new features to its Pixel Buds, expands range with new colors

Google has posted a blog outlining a new set of features being bestowed upon its true wireless Pixel Buds via a software update. The range has also been bolstered with the release of new variants in orange, mint and black colors.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:09:00 +0200
Razer is running a new promo. (Source: Razer)

Deal | Razer is offering US$200 off various Blade notebooks for its Back to School event

Razer is weighing in on the traditional Back to School sales period with offers on many of its Blade 15 Base Edition, 15 Advanced and Pro 17 notebooks. These PCs are available at US$200 off their normal prices during this event. T...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 19 Aug 2020 00:34:00 +0200
The new Yoga ANC Headphones will be available from October. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo brings its ANC game with the Shadow Black Yoga Headphones

Lenovo has revealed a new pair of its Yoga ANC Headphones. The over-ear headphones come in what Lenovo calls Shadow Black and offer up to 14 hours of battery life. The Yoga ANC Headphones will retail for US$149.99, making them a m...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 18 Aug 2020 21:43:00 +0200
UGREEN HiTune TWS inside charging case, affordable TWS hands-on review (Source: Own)

UGREEN HiTune TWS hands-on: Solid build, good for calls, average when it comes to music

Although not impossible, it is not easy to find good wireless earbuds below the US$50 price point nowadays. With the HiTune TWS, UGREEN attempts to establish a foothold in a market that is growing rapidly and will not stop anytime soon. Today, we will see what is good and what is bad about this headset.
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 18 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0200
LG offers free TWS earbuds with select TVs. (Source: LG USA)

LG is now throwing a pair of TONE Free TWS earbuds in with every puchase of most 2020 OLED TVs

LG USA has announced that every customer who buys an eligible OLED TV from its 2020 line-up will also get a pair of TONE Frees as a promotional gift. They are this OEM's latest TWS earbuds that are tuned by Meridian and are rated ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 15 Aug 2020 19:02:00 +0200
Telegram unveils video calling for its anniversary. (Source: Telegram)

Telegram celebrates its seventh anniversary with the announcement of video calling for Android

The popular messaging app Telegram marks its seventh year of business today (August 14, 2020). It has ushered this anniversary in along with a new feature: video calling. It now exists in alpha form, boasting picture-in-picture an...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 14 Aug 2020 23:31:00 +0200
Mobvoi's new Earbuds Gesture. (Source: Indiegogo)

Mobvoi's new TWS earbud Indiegogo campaign is funded by 200% in its first 30 minutes

Today (August 13, 2020), Mobvoi launched its latest Earbud Gesture product on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The OEM was able to score its goal twice over within the first hour of this project going live. The TWS devices in ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:12:00 +0200
THX Spatial Audio has some new features. (Source: THX)

THX announces new Game Profiles for its Windows 10 Spatial Audio app

The THX Spatial Audio app is software developed in conjunction with Razer that may improve the immersion offered by headsets of nearly any type. Its latest update is to add Spatial Audio Game Profiles, which may improve environmen...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:19:00 +0200
The Creative SXFI AIR offers good value for money. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Creative SXFI Air Hands-On Review: An intriguing but ultimately disappointing pair of over-ear headphones

The Creative SXFI AIR is a US$140 pair of over-ear headphones that packs plenty of features. With a Super X-Fi DSP, Bluetooth, line-in, USB Type-C and a microSD card reader, you are spoilt for choice with the SXFI AIR. Average bat...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 07 Aug 2020 19:03:00 +0200
The release of the Sony WH-1000XM4 is here, at long last. (Image source: Sony)

Sony finally releases the WH-1000XM4, almost two years on from the WH-1000XM3

Sony has finally released the WH-1000XM4, almost two years after it released its last edition in the WH-1000XM series. Little has changed from the WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM4 save for a few new features. Battery life remains at 30 h...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:19:00 +0200
The Ovisen S201 is more than just a smartwatch. (Image source: Gearbest)

Ovisen S201: A stylish smartwatch that packs a pair of wireless earbuds

The Ovisen S201 is reminiscent of many cheap smartwatches, but it has a trick up its sleeve. Unusually, Ovisen has integrated a pair of wireless earbuds that charge from within the body of the smartwatch.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:12:00 +0200
The Sony WH-1000XM4 will be available in two colours. (Image source: Sony via Best Buy)

Sony WH-1000XM4: Amazon France & MediaMarkt listings drop early for new premium ANC headphones as review appears online ahead of release

The release of the WH-1000XM4 is almost upon us, at least according to the publication of more retailer listings and even a video review. Sony appears to have made some minor changes from the headphones that it released two years ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:16:00 +0200
Samsung has uploaded several deeper dive videos of its just launched Galaxy devices. (Image: Samsung)

Samsung's official Galaxy Unpacked device deeper dive videos are now live

Following its August 5 Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has now posted several new videos of its launch devices. Each offers a deeper dive into the Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Watch 3. We can expec...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:10:00 +0200

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