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Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal's OV wireless headset unveiled back in December is now available to purchase, the company has announced. Unlike similar earbuds and headsets, the OV brings Alexa directly to the user, enabling them to ask Amazon's personal assistant for help in various tasks. According to Onvocal, these are the first-ever 'smart headphones' featuring Intelligent Sound Control, enabling the user to control chat, ambient, and voice directly.

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JVC Marshmallow 2017 series headphones and earbuds arrive

JVC Marshmallow 2017 series headphones and earbuds arrive

JVC is known for its inexpensive audio products, ones that have surprisingly decent audio quality for their price. Perhaps most popular among the company's headphones offerings is its Marshmallow series, a product line mostly composed of earbuds. If your old Marshmallows are wearing out and you're in the market for a new pair, JVC has several options to choose from, having recently taken the wraps off its new Marshmallow HA-FX39BT, HA-ET50BT, HA-EC30BT, HA-S190BN, and HA-S90BN wireless models.

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Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones claim 30-hour battery life

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones claim 30-hour battery life

It seems that Bluetooth headphones are a dime a dozen these days, but Marshall is hoping it catches your attention with its new Monitor headphones. Marshall certainly has the fact that it's been waist deep in the music industry for 55 years going for it, but can these Monitor headphones stand out in a sea of other high-end sets?

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V-MODA Crossfade 2 wireless headphones offer hi-res audio in wired mode

V-MODA Crossfade 2 wireless headphones offer hi-res audio in wired mode

V-MODA has introduced its new Crossfade 2 headphones, a pair of over-the-ear headphones that feature both a wireless and a wired mode. When in wired mode, the Crossfade 2 are said to meet the Japan Audio Society certification for the Hi-Res Audio standard, making them suitable for use with lossless media players and streaming services. The wireless mode, meanwhile, gives users 33ft of freedom and the ability to connect to just about any consumer audio device sans wires.

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Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series hands-on: Bluetooth headphones on a budget

Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series hands-on: Bluetooth headphones on a budget

With Apple hastening the decline of the headphone jack, what do you do if you're not inclined to spend $150 or more on Bluetooth headphones? After taking on Bose back in October, Plantronics is back with an even more affordable set of cans, the BackBeat 500 Series. Promising some smarter Bluetooth tricks than AirPods, with a bargain $79.99 price tag, there's a lot to recommend them.

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Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Three months in, has the reality distortion field around the AirPods faded, or are Apple's Bluetooth headphones still my pick of iPhone accessories? They may have met with some ridicule when Apple revealed them, but the ongoing stock shortages would suggest that the mass market doesn't care: they want their AirPods, and they're willing to pay $159 for them. Having lived with them as my primary headphones for some time now, I can't say I disagree.

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Urbanears Spring/Summer 2017 Color Collection headphones unveiled

Urbanears Spring/Summer 2017 Color Collection headphones unveiled

Urbanears has introduced its new Spring/Summer 2017 Color Collection of headphones, of which there are three models available in different color options. According to the company, the newest models ‘take inspiration from bold shades of cosmic dust,’ hence the color options like Comet Green, Cosmos Purple, and Eclipse Blue. As with past collections, the headphones will be available from some Urbanears retailers around the globe.

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Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning earbuds have a port for iPhone charging

Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning earbuds have a port for iPhone charging

Pioneer has launched a new pair of earbuds equipped with a Lightning connector, the Pioneer Rayz and Rayz Plus. The latter of the two models addresses a critical problem for some iPhone owners, allowing the owner to both listen to audio through the earbuds and charge the handset at the same time. This is made possible via a slim in-line port on the earbuds’ cable to which a Lightning charging cable can be connected.

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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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B&O’s BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones are stunning

B&O’s BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones are stunning

B&O BeoPlay was always meant to be the affordable line compared to Bang & Olufsen's eye-wateringly expensive regular products, and finally there's a set of wireless headphones that appear to have got the message. The BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones join 2015's BeoPlay H7 model, which were widely praised for their style but criticized for their $449 launch price. Now, there's a considerably cheaper option.

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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

The new Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX headphones, delayed from last year, will finally be hitting store shelves this month it's been confirmed today. Announced back in September 2016, the wireless headphones were meant to land in the fall, but were postponed for unexplained reasons. Now, Apple-owned Beats has confirmed exactly when we'll be able to buy them, and the good news is that there's not long to wait.

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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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