earbuds

Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Calling Bluetooth earbuds "cordless" when they still have a cord connecting them always seemed like a cheat to me, so I had high hopes for the Samsung Gear IconX 2018 edition. Revamping the original wire-free earbuds of last year with more battery life and faster charging, they're a second chance for the company to take on Apple's widely-esteemed AirPods. And, given they'll play nicely with iOS devices just as they will Android, even iPhone owners are invited to the party.

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Sennheiser Ambeo 3D / VR audio recording earbuds now available

Sennheiser Ambeo 3D / VR audio recording earbuds now available

Earlier this year, Sennheiser introduced a headset that features microphones built into each ear piece. This design enables the headset to record 3D audio that sounds natural to the human ear, a type of recording known as binaural audio. Now, several months later, Sennheiser has announced the shipment of this headset, giving everyone a relatively cheap way to record 3D sound.

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Phiaton BT 150 NC neckband earbuds block almost all ambient noise

Phiaton BT 150 NC neckband earbuds block almost all ambient noise

Phiaton has launched a pair of neckband-style earbuds that are able to block out the majority of ambient noises, making them a great choice for anyone who needs noise-cancelling headphones with a lightweight and portable design. Called the BT 150 NC, these earbuds boast Bluetooth 4.2 alongside 12mm drivers and the ability to block up to 95-percent of ambient noises.

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NuForce BE Free8 Untethered Earbuds Review: the rise of AirPods competitors

NuForce BE Free8 Untethered Earbuds Review: the rise of AirPods competitors

Truly wireless earbuds -- the kind that feature two small ear pieces without a cable between them -- were popularized by AirPods, and now competitors are popping up all over the place. Among those competitors is Optoma and its newly launched NuForce BE Free8. Unlike its recent BE2 Bluetooth earbuds, which have a cable, the BE Free are two simple ear pieces alongside a charging case.

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Samsung Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 get a preorder date

Samsung Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 get a preorder date

Samsung's latest wireless earbuds and smartwatch, the Gear IconX 2018 and Gear Sport, have found themselves a release date. Announced back in August, the wearables will go up for pre-order from tomorrow, October 13, though they won't ship until October 27.

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Google Pixel Buds aim to make language barriers history

Google Pixel Buds aim to make language barriers history

For the most part, Google used its event in San Fransisco today to reveal everything we were expecting - the Google Home Mini, Pixelbook, and Pixel 2. Google ended its show with a couple of surprise announcements, though, leading off these mystery devices with the new Google Pixel Buds. As the name suggests, these are new earbuds featuring Pixel branding, but they're also capable of a lot more than just listening to music and pulling up Google Assistant.

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Optoma NuForce BE Free8 earbuds bring Hi-Fi in a tiny package

Optoma NuForce BE Free8 earbuds bring Hi-Fi in a tiny package

Let's face it. Apple ditching the headphone jack has changed the audio accessories market ever so slightly. More and more "truly wireless" earbuds, just like the Apple AirPods, are popping up left and right. That said, there has always been a shadow of doubt over the performance and quality of such miniscule headphones. Trying to dispel those doubts away, Optoma is launching the NuForce BE Free8 which utilizes all the necessary wireless technologies to deliver not just high-quality audio but also stable wireless connections.

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Fitbit smartwatch and wireless headphones release dates set

Fitbit smartwatch and wireless headphones release dates set

This week the Fitbit Iconic smartwatch and the Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones got their release details in order. The folks at Fitbit appear to be aiming to expand their fitness device empire beyond the fitness tracker business, moving to all manner of accessories (that just happen to do similar things). The Fitbit Iconic attempts to take the market where Apple Watch reigns supreme, while the Fitbit Flyer seem to be made to take on Beats (also owned by Apple).

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Bose SoundSport Free earbuds want you to ditch your AirPods

Bose SoundSport Free earbuds want you to ditch your AirPods

Bose is looking to break into the realm of the "truly wireless" today by introducing its new SoundSport Free earbuds. Focused directly at people who need a pair of wireless headphones for workouts, the SoundSport Free come with a number of exercise-friendly features, such as water and sweat resistance. They also boast an antenna that claims to keep a strong connection to your device, no matter where it happens to be.

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

This week the folks at Plantronics have gone to the wireless side with a collection of active/sport oriented earbuds and headphones. Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, and the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition. The BackBeat FIT 300 Series will be available starting today in four lovely colors, while the other three series will be made available "in early October."

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Shure kicks off Bluetooth earbuds line with SE112 and SE215

Shure kicks off Bluetooth earbuds line with SE112 and SE215

Audio company Shure has announced a new line of Bluetooth earbuds, and getting it off the ground are the Wireless SE112 and SE215. Both models sport Bluetooth 4.1 and feature a tethered-cable design rather than the plastic neckband design that some companies use. These models are built upon the foundation Shure set with its SE Sound Isolating Earphones, offering a wireless option for those looking for an upgrade.

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Jaybird RUN earbuds ditch the wires completely

Jaybird RUN earbuds ditch the wires completely

Like it or not, Apple is partly responsible for the rise in focus on Bluetooth headphones, especially the two-piece earbud kind. While wireless headsets are nothing new in the market, having two separate earbuds that can work together as well as independently is a harder trick to pull off. Which is why it is no surprise that Jaybird is quite proud of what it has accomplished in its new RUN headset, its first true wireless headset that was designed from start to finish with runners in mind.

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