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Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Streaming music service Tidal has introduced a pair of new features that enable some users to channel their inner DJs. With the features, users are able to adjust the length and speed of some songs to better suit their tastes (speed up the tempo for your exercising sessions, perhaps), then save those edited tracks to a playlist for enjoyment later on.

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QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

Apple's AirPods have made untethered Bluetooth earbuds mainstream, but the design itself -- that is, two untethered wireless ear pieces -- has been around for years. Go back far enough, and you'll find early models like the Sennheiser MX W1, a pair of big, clunky but functional earbuds that provided stereo audio without a wire tethering them together. As technology improves and prices substantially drop (the MX W1 retailed for $600 new), we've seen earbuds of this sort with increased frequency, and joining them are the QCY Q29 pair.

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The death of FM radio begins in Norway

The death of FM radio begins in Norway

The days of FM radio are numbered, at least in Norway. Beginning later this week, Norway will begin switching off its FM radio network as it transitions to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). It's the first country to commit to such a change, though depending on how it goes, other countries may soon follow suit.

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Audio-Technica unleashes new line of high-res earbuds and headphones

Audio-Technica unleashes new line of high-res earbuds and headphones

Audio-Technica has introduced a new line of high-res audio headphones and earbuds, the new Sound Reality series. This line is composed of the ATH-CKR100IS, the ATH-CKR90IS, and the ATH-CKR70IS earbuds, as well as the over-ear headphones ATH-DSR9BT and ATH-DSR7BT. Both of the latter models are wireless with Pure Digital Drive technology. Finally, there’s the over-ear ATH-SR9 headphones.

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Sennheiser HD1 wireless earbuds launch with 10-hour battery life

Sennheiser HD1 wireless earbuds launch with 10-hour battery life

Sennheiser, on the heels of its intriguing earbuds for recording binaural audio, has unveiled a new pair of in-ear headphones called the HD1. These earbuds are wireless thanks to Bluetooth 4.1; they feature Qualcomm apt-X, support for the AAC codec, and the neckband design that has polarized users since its first arrival on the market. Custom machined components, in part, contribute to a high sound quality.

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Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser is making it easy for anyone to record binaural ‘3D’ audio via its new AMBEO Smart Surround, a pair of earbuds with two microphones that record audio from the position of one’s ears. The Smart Surround will be made available with both Lightning and USB-C connectors, as well, ultimately giving consumers a way to record high-quality 3D audio for their similarly high-quality and VR videos.

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Basslet is the wearable subwoofer watch you’ve been looking for – sort of

Basslet is the wearable subwoofer watch you’ve been looking for – sort of

Have you ever come home from a night of dancing, gone to bed, and then tried to relive last night's sonic glory on your own personal audio system only to discover it lacked the body-abusing 'thump' of the club's subwoofers? Of course you have - but now there's a solution that fits right over your wrist. It's called Basslet.

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Sony Walkman NW-A35 looks like a thick, tiny Xperia XZ

Sony Walkman NW-A35 looks like a thick, tiny Xperia XZ

Some have declared the Walkman dead in the advent of iPods and then smartphones, but Sony refuses to give up on such an iconic brand. It has revived the name, given it a digital focus, and reshaped it with sometimes odd designs. The new Walkman NW-A35 that it just revealed at CES 2017 is such an example. You wouldn’t be blamed if you mistook it for one of Sony’s smartphones because it pretty much looks like a smaller but thicker version of the its Xperia XZ flagship. Without Android inside as well.

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Sony HT-MT500 and HT-MT300 soundbars are compact and wireless

Sony HT-MT500 and HT-MT300 soundbars are compact and wireless

Sony has unveiled a pair of compact soundbars, the HT-MT300 and the HT-MT500. Both models feature a modern design to, says Sony, match current living room design trends. The HT-MT500 also features high-resolution audio for enhancing and upscaling existing audio, while both feature a wireless and slim subwoofer. Both models include both NFC and Bluetooth.

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LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG is debuting a number of speakers and audio devices at this year's CES 2017 event, including sound bars and speakers designed to offer the best sound from users' TVs. Heading the lineup is the new SJ9 sound bar, which boasts of Dolby Atmos tech, a slim and sleek profile, and even "4K High Resolution Audio," which might be the first time you're hearing of such a feature on a speaker.

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NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA has wrapped up 2016 with a catchy tune put on video to the space agency’s biggest highlights over the last year. The music is accompanied by a photo of a cassette tape appropriate dubbed 'Goddard,' a word referring to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center located in Maryland. At only about a minute in length, the video doesn't even begin to detail all of Goddard's achievements throughout 2016, but it does offer a selection of the best ones.

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Samsung flaunts UHQ 32-bit audio tech in new speakers

Samsung flaunts UHQ 32-bit audio tech in new speakers

Samsung may have just recently acquired the HARMAN half of the Harman Kardon pair, but we won't be seeing the fruits of that investment just yet. Instead, at CES 2017, Samsung will be showcasing new audio equipment that are still based on its own hard work. Make no mistake, however, as these are just as buzzword-filled as any Harman Kardon product. For 2017, it seems that Samsung's buzzword will be "ultra high quality 32-bit audio" that aims to trump the current "hi-res audio" hype.

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