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Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is being paid to digital audio quality, even on smartphones, as terms like “hi-res audio” become mainstream. But what is hi-res audio really and how is it affecting even the mobile market? We take a deeper look, or rather a deeper listen.

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FM radio on smartphones? The FCC wants to see it happen

FM radio on smartphones? The FCC wants to see it happen

There's no lack of streaming radio apps available for your smartphone, but one thing that is still mysteriously in short supply is access to FM radio. Most smartphones today have FM radio antennas built into them, but those antennas are only active in about half of smartphones here in the US. The FCC's new commissioner, Ajit Pai, would like to see that change.

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Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook's update this week turns Facebook News Feed video sound on by default - so we've got to turn it back off again. While Facebook assures users that they've done testing with sound on by default with the social network's News Feed. They say their testing suggests that feedback for sound on by default was received positively. But JUST in case there's anyone out there who'd rather not hear videos without tapping, we've laid out here how to turn it off.

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Brexit fallout forces Sonos to raise prices in UK

Brexit fallout forces Sonos to raise prices in UK

Bad news for audiophiles who happen to be in the UK: Sonos hardware is about to get significantly more expensive. The company announced these pricing changes today, saying that they'll go into effect on February 23rd. If you've had your eye on some Sonos products, then, it's probably best to buy now instead of later.

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LG G6 gets a Quad DAC to pull in audio buffs

LG G6 gets a Quad DAC to pull in audio buffs

We're just a few weeks out from the official reveal of the LG G6, but as we wait for MWC 2017 to arrive, LG has been parting with some details. We already heard about the G6 display by way of the invitation to LG's press event, but today, LG announced that the G6 will feature a Quad DAC. LG is making a play for audio buffs here, or really anyone who would appreciate better sound coming from their smartphone.

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Sony EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers hit shelves next month

Sony EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers hit shelves next month

Sony has finally revealed the pricing and availability info for its previously unveiled EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers, as well as some EXTRA BASS Wireless Headphones. The company took the wraps off its new speaker last month during CES 2017, giving us a look at the features but without the pertinent availability details. As it turns out, both the headphones and the speakers will be hitting shelves in March.

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Sola wireless headphones feature integrated solar charger

Sola wireless headphones feature integrated solar charger

Wireless earbuds have their benefits, but prolonged usage isn’t one of them. These type of headphones usually last somewhere around 6 hours before needing charged again, and though you can switch to a pair of wired headphones in the meantime, that may be a hassle depending on circumstance. Aiming to be a solution to these problems is Sola, a pair of wireless earbuds that feature an integrated solar panel for passive charge assistance.

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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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