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Intel eyes a future where USB-C headphones reign supreme

Intel eyes a future where USB-C headphones reign supreme

The rumored impending death of the 3.5mm audio jack, at least in the smartphone industry, has people worked up into a frenzy. There are some arguments about why ditching it for USB-C would be best; there are ample arguments about why the transition would be a mistake. Some vow to never buy a phone that doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack; others say Bluetooth is the way of the future anyway, so who cares? Intel, it seems, is voting for that rumored USB-C headphones future, and it says there are some why it makes sense.

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth Headphones Review

Marshall Major II Bluetooth Headphones Review

Marshall excited music lovers a few years back with the unveiling of its then-new headphones, bringing its audio prowess to the most personal of audio items -- headphones -- alongside an iconic and refreshingly different design. The company has released some models since then, one of the newest being the Marshall Major II headphones. These particular headphones come in both non-Bluetooth and Bluetooth varieties, with the latter being a particularly welcomed addition. Many have questioned whether the wireless version is worth the extra cost, and so we got our hands on a pair to find out for ourselves.

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Spotify ‘Kids’ section brings music, fairy tales, lullabies, and more

Spotify ‘Kids’ section brings music, fairy tales, lullabies, and more

Spotify has a music category for just about everything, and that now includes a "Kids" section. The newly launched category is a shortcut way to find kid-friendly music, and it's broken down into specific age ranges for even more narrow results. The category includes music collected together into genres like “Family Road Trip,” “Milk & Cookies,” and “Kindie," as well as spoken content.

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Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Mixing together the primitive and modern is a new Bluetooth speaker that pulses flames to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. Called Fireside Audiobox, the speaker is battery-powered and uses propane to fuel the flames; combined together, you get all the functionality of a portable wire-free speaker coupled with the classic beautify of an open flame. It's like lighting candles and playing music, only better.

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LG V20 teased to be first phone with quad DAC support

LG V20 teased to be first phone with quad DAC support

Smartphone screens have already reached high resolutions, some going as far as 4K. Smartphone cameras, though not yet there, have come a lot closer to producing professional quality photos and videos. While we wait for battery innovation to kick in, what is next area for improvement. If LG's latest "name drop" is to be taken at face value, it will be in audio. The Korean OEM has just teased that its upcoming LG V20 will be the first smartphone to flaunt a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC component, promised to level up the audio game in the mobile market.

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Urbanears Fall/Winter 2016 headphones come in pastel colors

Urbanears Fall/Winter 2016 headphones come in pastel colors

Not everyone wants a pair of flashy or otherwise ostentatious headphones, and that’s where Urbanears’ new fall/winter 2016 collection comes in. These headphones, which span five different styles, are available in three colors: Snow Blue and Powder Rose, both of which are soft pastel colors, as well as Nougat Beige, which is more of a soft bronze color. The headphones are designed to complement the cool and icy seasons ahead, and span both on-ear and in-ear types to match the needs of many users.

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Braven XXL Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

Braven XXL Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

Bluetooth speakers are usually a mixed bag. If you want something portable enough to slip in your pocket, chances are you have to accept middling sound quality. If you've got space in your backpack, then you can step up to decent audio reproduction, but typically there will be a compromise on battery life. And then there's the Braven XXL.

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JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

For many years, your options for connecting headphones to your mobile phone were either a headphone port or Bluetooth. Things are changing today with consistent rumors that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headphone port and use its lightning port for headphones. Android users will get a similar capability via headphones that connect to the USB-C port like these JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones.

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Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips has a new line of audio products called Nitro, and the line presently has three products in it: the NTX400 tower speaker, the HX50 headphones, and the HX10 earbuds. All three items are unique because of the colorful LED lights embedded in them. When you listen to music, these LEDs illuminate and keep pace with the music, making your tunes visible for yourself and anyone else who’s around to enjoy.

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Urbanista Seattle headphones let you share your music

Urbanista Seattle headphones let you share your music

Swedish company Urbanista has announced a new pair of headphones called “Seattle.” The Seattle headphones have an on-ear foldable construction with a fairly plain design and, in the case of three out of four models, a single-color scheme. The company hails this as Scandinavian minimalism, and it does hold its own sort of appeal compared to the myriad of complex, flashy alternatives. The headphones are designed for modern users, and as such has an integrated microphone for taking calls, as well an interesting social feature.

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Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Last month, Amazon was granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that listen for a specific keyword in order to suspend the noise-cancelling feature. They could, it seems, be set up with something like your name as the keyword, causing the headphones to suspend the noise-cancelling aspect whenever someone nearby says your name. The headphones can also listen for specific noises or patterns of noises — a car horn, perhaps, for extra safety while jogging.

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Plex music libraries can now be streamed on Sonos speakers

Plex music libraries can now be streamed on Sonos speakers

Plex has announced support for Sonos speakers, allowing users to browse their Plex music library directly from the Sonos app and play whatever audio they’d like. It’s good news for those who use Plex to organize and access their media libraries, and it represents yet another option Sonos users have. Says Plex, Sonos users also have the option of accessing their music library remotely from whatever (connected) location they're in.

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