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Sony XB900N noise-canceling headphones have big bass, lower price

Sony XB900N noise-canceling headphones have big bass, lower price

Sony has a new set of noise-canceling headphones, and if the WH-1000XM3 proved too rich for your bank account, the WH-XB900N might fit the bill - and crank up your bass. Latest to join the Sony EXTRA BASS range, the new active noise-canceling headphones borrow the style of their more expensive sibling, along with some of the tech, too.

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 features: What’s different in these earbuds?

OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 features: What’s different in these earbuds?

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 were revealed today with a collection of new features. This pair of buds works with a triple-armature driver structure and one GoerTek dynamic driver - plus they sound pretty great. They're designed with the OnePlus 7 family of devices in mind - they match the hardware - but they're smooth and simple enough to collaborate with any phone that supports Bluetooth.

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Skullcandy Indy wireless earbuds launch as an $80 AirPods alternative

Skullcandy Indy wireless earbuds launch as an $80 AirPods alternative

Skullcandy has launched a new pair of truly wireless earbuds to compete with Apple's AirPods and the growing number of similar wire-free in-ear headphones models. The new Skullcandy Indy features two ear pieces with an elongated design, as well as a carrying case that includes a built-in battery for charging. Unlike some competing models, Skullcandy's offering has a budget price of $80.

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Qualcomm Smart Headset Platform adds Google Assistant, Fast Pair support

Qualcomm Smart Headset Platform adds Google Assistant, Fast Pair support

Thanks to the removal of headphone jacks on smartphones, Bluetooth headsets and earphones are becoming more and more common. With that comes expectations of standard functionality in addition to acceptable audio quality. Sometimes it's no longer sufficient to just sound good, these audio accessories need to be smart as well. To help prepare audio accessory makers for that reality, Qualcomm is updating its Smart Headset Platform to support two Google technologies that would immediately make Bluetooth headsets smarter.

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Urbanears Pampas wireless headphones offer 30 hour battery life

Urbanears Pampas wireless headphones offer 30 hour battery life

Swedish company Urbanears has announced its newest headphones model, the Pampas. These wireless over-ear headphones promise a combination of style and functionality, the most notable of which is more than 30 hours of audio playback on a single battery charge. The model offers audio sharing with a friend, USB-C charging, and more.

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Razer Hammerhead Duo earbuds have one Nintendo Switch-specific detail

Razer Hammerhead Duo earbuds have one Nintendo Switch-specific detail

The tiniest detail in the Razer Hammerhead Duo headset (earbuds) has an eye for the Nintendo Switch. To be clear, there'll be two versions of the Razer Hammerhead Duo, one for Switch, the other ready to roll with every other device under the sun. One is called "Razer Hammerhead Duo", the other is called "Razer Hammerhead Duo - Compatible with the Nintendo Switch". Sadly this version will not be in the eye-searing blues and reds of the Nintendo Switch console controllers.

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Powerbeats Pro gets some bad launch news

Powerbeats Pro gets some bad launch news

At the beginning of April, Apple and Beats officially revealed the Powerbeats Pro - a new set of wireless earbuds that had been rumored for quite some time in the lead up to that unveiling. Seemingly positioned as an alternative to AirPods 2, Apple and Beats announced that Powerbeats Pro would be available in four different colors: black, moss, ivory, and navy. We're learning today that only one of those colors will be available on launch day, with the rest coming down the pipeline later.

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Logitech Zone Wireless headphones also charge wirelessly

Logitech Zone Wireless headphones also charge wirelessly

Wireless headphones come in all shapes and sizes but most of them are still tethered to a wire in one important case. They may get their audio wirelessly via Bluetooth but they still need to plug into a USB port to charge. Logitech's new Zone Wireless headphones, on the other hand, are trying to set themselves apart exactly in that way, allowing users to conveniently drop the headphones, gently, of course, on a Qi wireless charging pad.

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Beats Powerbeats Pro pair AirPods 2 tech and sports fit

Beats Powerbeats Pro pair AirPods 2 tech and sports fit

Pulled the trigger on those new AirPods yet? Not so fast: the Beats Powerbeats Pro have arrived, packing the same Apple H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods but pairing it with noise isolation, sweat resistance, and even more battery life.

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Powerbeats Pro leaked, looking like sporty AirPods

Powerbeats Pro leaked, looking like sporty AirPods

Inside the software iOS 12.2 was a hidden bit of hardware, a pair of earbuds made by Apple in the Beats brand. These are called Powerbeats Pro, and they won't likely be cheap. It would appear like these headphones are extremely similar to AirPods in several respects - most obvious of all in their wireless nature - but they're living in a Beats design universe.

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Apple AirPods upgrade: Two reasons 2nd-gen AirPods are worth it

Apple AirPods upgrade: Two reasons 2nd-gen AirPods are worth it

Apple's new AirPods are here, and while there are several obvious reasons to upgrade, for me it's the small - but important - details that have my finger hovering over the buy button. A perennial success since they first launched in 2017, AirPods epitomize Apple getting things right when it comes to convenience and simplicity. Question is, if you're a happy first-generation AirPods owner, should you be upgrading?

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Razer Kraken 2019 released with price chop reboot

Razer Kraken 2019 released with price chop reboot

The folks at Razer adjusted the way they're delivering several accessories for gamers, in headphones, keyboards, and mice. The headphones part of this equation is the 2019 edition of the Razer Kraken. This set of headphones - a headset, as it were - rolls with a look that's very similar to the more expensive Kraken Tournament Edition, but comes with slightly lesser features in order to deliver a less expensive piece of hardware.

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