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Harman Kardon FLY headphone series is made for ‘savvy’ commuters

Harman Kardon FLY headphone series is made for ‘savvy’ commuters

Among the other audio products it launched at CES 2020 is Harman Kardon's new FLY product line, the company's first headphone series launched since 2014. At this point in time, the FLY series features a total of three models: the FLY TWS true wireless headphones, the FLY BT Bluetooth model, and the FLY ANC, a model that features active noise cancellation.

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Belkin Soundform Elite combines a Hi-Fi speaker with a wireless charger

Belkin Soundform Elite combines a Hi-Fi speaker with a wireless charger

Accessory maker Belkin is probably best known for its chargers, cables, and power banks but now it is dipping its toes into a brand new market. It partnered with audio brand Devialet to develop a new audio accessory that doesn't simply connect to a speaker but is a speaker in its own right. And something more up Belkin's alley, the Soundform Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker also doubles as a wireless charger to boot.

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Bluetooth LE Audio official – and the uses will surprise you

Bluetooth LE Audio official – and the uses will surprise you

As we enter into 2020, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is announcing a new specification for audio over Bluetooth. Just as we have devices that can leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), we’ll soon see audio devices that use Bluetooth LE Audio. It sounds like it’ll be some time yet before we hear more about Bluetooth LE Audio, but at CES this year, the Bluetooth SIG is outlining a couple of potential applications for the spec.

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Sennheiser HD 450BT and 350BT headphones boast 30hr battery life

Sennheiser HD 450BT and 350BT headphones boast 30hr battery life

Audio company Sennheiser has introduced two new wireless headphones models, the HD 450BT and the HD 350BT. These two models are nearly identical, the only difference between the two being the HD 450BT's inclusion of active noise cancellation. Among the models' many features is one particularly notable offering: incredibly long battery life.

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Sennheiser and Continental speakerless audio turns cars into instruments

Sennheiser and Continental speakerless audio turns cars into instruments

Automobiles are becoming more and more advanced these days, almost becoming like smartphones on wheels. Especially with the advent of full or hybrid electric vehicles, smart car systems, and the upcoming 5G, modern cars offer an almost completely new experience to both drivers and passengers except in one aspect. Audio is still delivered by conventional speaker systems, something that Sennheiser and Continental are working to change with their new immersive audio system that turns the whole car into a soundbox.

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Jabra Elite Active 75t, Elite 45h earphones drown out the CES 2020 crowd

Jabra Elite Active 75t, Elite 45h earphones drown out the CES 2020 crowd

There are times when you want or even need to take in all the sights and sounds around you, like the CES 2020 showroom floor in Las Vegas. Other times, you'd want to just listen silently to your music and podcasts no matter where you are. Jabra has got your ears covered, both figuratively and literally, with two new audio accessories that block out the noise when you want to immerse yourself in sound whether you're out for a jog or sitting at your desk.

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Apple patent makes MacBook audio sound like it’s coming from other places

Apple patent makes MacBook audio sound like it’s coming from other places

Many people these days consume their digital content on smartphones and laptops but while these may be loud enough, they don't offer the same immersion as theaters or even home entertainment systems do. Sure, you can attach or stream to speakers for a surround effect but if all that you have are your MacBook's loud speakers, you're out of luck. At least until Apple implements this new patent that can create sound that seems to come from any part of a room other than your laptop.

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JBL Reflect Eternal headphones use solar power for ‘unlimited’ playback

JBL Reflect Eternal headphones use solar power for ‘unlimited’ playback

JBL has introduced what it calls 'self-charging' headphones: the new JBL Reflect Eternal. This model features a solar panel built into the headband, enabling the headphones to passively charge throughout the day. With this design, JBL aims to make manual charging sessions a rarity or, at least, to increase playback time before an outlet is needed.

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Pixel 4 audio performance is good but still needs work according to DxOMark

Pixel 4 audio performance is good but still needs work according to DxOMark

Thanks to the surprising success of the first-ever Pixel, a lot of attention has been paid to the camera capabilities of Google's smartphones. This year, however, at least two of the Pixel 4's best features don't have anything to do with cameras at all. Live Transcribe and Live Caption, not to mention the shiny new Recording app, all play up to the phone's audio capabilities. And almost by fate, DxOMark has a new Audio testing protocol to measure just how good those capabilities are.

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Billboard 200 album chart will soon include streaming music video data

Billboard 200 album chart will soon include streaming music video data

Billboard 200, the record chart that ranks the 200 most popular music albums in the US, will start factoring in the number of times a video has been streamed on YouTube and other music streaming services, Billboard has announced. The change will take place on January 3, after which point the new data will have an effect on the Billboard 200 chart's rankings.

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Google Podcasts gets new personalized recommendations tab

Google Podcasts gets new personalized recommendations tab

Google Podcasts, the company's lackluster audio app, has added another feature that brings it closer to competing with the market's existing dominant products. Users have recently noticed the arrival of a new 'Recommended' tab that shows users personalized content recommendations based on their past listening habits. Users can directly access and play specific episode recommendations from this new tab.

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iOS 13.3 reveals details on Apple’s upcoming Powerbeats4 earbuds

iOS 13.3 reveals details on Apple’s upcoming Powerbeats4 earbuds

Apple is preparing to launch a new Powerbeats4 model of wireless earbuds, at least based on a discovery found in the recently released iOS 13.3. The Powerbeats 4 would be the next iteration in the line following the Powerbeats3 model, which Apple currently sells for $199.99 USD. Based on the iOS 13.3 discovery, the Powerbeats4 will probably feature Apple's H1 proprietary chip.

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