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Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony says that today’s music is mostly characterized by “heavy-hitting bass lines and dropping beats.” That means you’ll need speakers that can handle those adequately, not exactly the domain of headphones, especially in-ear pieces. Not so, says Sony. At least not for its EXTRA BASS headphones. It is introducing four new such headsets at CES 2017, two wireless, one wired, and one in-ear. All with deep bass notes, convenient smartphone integration and, in the case of one, even noise cancellation.

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4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

Apple's AirPods are a wireless tour de force, streamlining the Bluetooth process in a way that no other accessory has done before, but there are still rough edges in everyday use. As I found in my full AirPods review, although the cable-free earbuds get the fundamentals right, you should still expect some frustrations along the way. Luckily, there are a few easy things Apple could do to fix that: read on for my big AirPods complaints, and how they could be addressed.

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Apple AirPods drop and wash tests show surprising durability

Apple AirPods drop and wash tests show surprising durability

Apple AirPods just recently hit retail, and with that release comes all sorts of drop tests. YouTuber EverythingApplePro has put together one of the most comprehensive durability tests yet, not only dropping the AirPods from a variety of heights, but also putting them through a number of water tests. How did they fare? The results might surprise you.

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Apple AirPods now in Australia, New Zealand, Monday for US

Apple AirPods now in Australia, New Zealand, Monday for US

The long awaited, and delayed day for Apple fans and iPhone 7 owners has finally arrived. At least for the very, very early birds in Australia and New Zealand. The Apple AirPods have finally landed in stores as well as on doorsteps as Apple officially starts rolling out its odd-looking completely wireless Bluetooth earbuds. That does mean that a 19th December roll out for the US will be right on schedule for people to grab before Christmas. That is, however, if they don’t run out of supplies immediately.

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Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Best AirPod alternatives when Apple is late

Unless you're one of the few early birds, chances are, you won't be plugging Apple's new and odd AirPods into your ears come Christmas time. You can still try your luck and make a goose chase when the earbuds hit stores next week, but you might also have better luck turning your gaze somewhere else. While the AirPods do have a distinct advantage when it comes to the iPhone 7, they're hardly the only game in town. And, depending on your actual needs, they might not even be the best. If you're still looking for a good pair of wireless buds for your ears, here's a shortlist for your holiday wish list.

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Muzik One headphones is as smart as it is wireless

Muzik One headphones is as smart as it is wireless

Wireless Bluetooth headphones are now a dime a dozen, and expect the numbers to balloon further now that the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack. Naturally, the competition will be fiercer and manufacturers will need to compete on more than just name alone. Muzik believes that its new pair, the Muzik One, has such a winning formula. Calling it the "smartphone of headphones", the "hybrid" wireless and wired headphones not only connects to your smartphone but, via your smartphone, to your social networks as well as Spotify.

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LG FORCE Bluetooth around-the-ear headset ditches the collar

LG FORCE Bluetooth around-the-ear headset ditches the collar

You may not be a fan of Apple’s new AirPods, but luckily for you there are plenty of wireless Bluetooth headsets to go around. In fact, in the heat of all the hoopla around the iPhone 7’s lack of a headphone jack, LG is launching another one of its own pair. Dubbed the LG FORCE, this Bluetooth headset forgoes the around-the-neck design of the company’s famous TONE line in order to emphasize its around-the-ear comfort. And while you can, indeed, use it with any Bluetooth device like the iPhone 7, LG would, of course, prefer you to prepare it with its new LG V20 smartphone.

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Samsung LEVEL Active headphones promise a firm but comfy grip on ears

Samsung LEVEL Active headphones promise a firm but comfy grip on ears

Somewhat a bit late to capitalize on the Olympics fever, Samsung has finally announced the availability of its new LEVEL Active Bluetooth headphones. Built and designed for very active users, the headphones offer hooks that cling to your ears and rugged materials that withstand both elements and sweat. And, of course, pairing with Android smartphones, particularly Samsung’s own Galaxy line, the LEVEL Active offers integration with apps to provide a “smarter” way to exercise.

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Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

As product ideas go, "the Star Trek communicator, made real" requires little explanation. Orion Labs' Onyx aims to keep our smartphones in our pockets and bags where they belong, and return us to the halcyon days of push-to-talk or - if you're old enough to remember them - walkie-talkies by getting us into group conversations again.

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Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Not all Bluetooth headsets are created equal, and nowhere is that more readily apparent when it comes to the divide between stereo headphones and mono earpieces. For the former, music is the primary goal and voice calls generally an afterthought; for the latter, a focus on speech generally leaves your music as a second-class citizen, and certainly in mono. Jabra, though, claims to have erased that divide.

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Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony has set its sights on the "evolution of communication", and it's not content to let Google, Amazon, and Apple hog the spotlight in AI. The company may have a patchy track-record with its Xperia range of phones and tablets over the past few years, but with the rebooting of its mobile business in 2016 and a more ambitious strategy centered on smart products with more unusual form-factors and functions, it could well be time to take Sony seriously again.

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Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser PRESENCE headsets offer HD audio in tough environments

Sennheiser has a new line of Bluetooth headsets, and they’re designed to offer high definition audio even in tough environments — windy days spent outdoors, for example, which render many headsets useless. Among other things, the new Sennheiser headphones feature enhanced noise filtering, as well as a wider range of styles to suit various wearer needs and comfort levels. Sennheiser’s SpeakFocus, ActiveGard, and WindSafe technologies are all present.

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