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Beats Powerbeats 3 wireless earbuds arrive: four key features

Beats Powerbeats 3 wireless earbuds arrive: four key features

Beats has launched the new Powerbeats 3, a pair of wireless earbuds designed for those who plan to wear them rain or shine. This newest Beats model is both sweat and water-resistant, meaning you can wear them while exercising or during a light drizzle. They're also wireless, removing the cable tether, but with a design meant to keep them firmly in your ears. Deliveries start November 1.

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics cut the cord on active noise cancelling headphones two years ago, and now it's back with the BackBeat PRO 2 to cut the price, too. Follow-up to the well received BackBeat PRO of 2014, the revamped model slims down the hit on your wallet and the space occupied in your bag. That's while still promising superlative wireless performance and enough battery life for back-to-back transatlantic flights with juice to spare.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Sennheiser GSP 350 high-end gaming headset arrives next month

Sennheiser GSP 350 high-end gaming headset arrives next month

Shortly after unveiling its GSP 300 gaming headset, Sennheiser is back with the GSP 350, a headset for gamers that takes gaming audio to “new levels.” The headset boasts, among other things, Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound and Sennheiser’s own tech, making it a high-end offering for those who want excellent sound quality while playing. According to Sennheiser, its new gaming headset includes a ‘best in class’ acoustic seal, a design that facilitates long wearing sessions without discomfort, and a foundation inspired by aviation headsets.

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Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature launch as latest luxury offering

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature launch as latest luxury offering

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the launch of its most luxurious headphones to date, the P9 Signature. With these headphones, audiophiles and music lovers get a mixture of high-end design and excellent sound quality, the combination of which makes for the perfect complement to one's music collection. Says the company, it designed these headphones in celebration of its 50th anniversary using the same team behind the 800 D3 loudspeakers. The company plans to launch a Lightning cable for iPhone users in early 2017.

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Sol Republic Relays Sport Wireless headphones won’t fall out

Sol Republic Relays Sport Wireless headphones won’t fall out

Sol Republic has some new headphones that it calls the ultimate sports headphones. The issue for people who are really into sports and want to listen to music at the same time is that normal headphones fall out of the ears with lots of activity. Sol Republic says that it spent two years doing the research to come up with these headphones.

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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 Galaxy S8 might ditch the headphone jack, too

Samsung Galaxy S8 might ditch the headphone jack, too

Are the headphone jack wars upon us? A new report suggests that Samsung is 'actively and aggressively' looking into the development of its own proprietary headphone jack following Apple's unveiling of the Lightning port-only iPhone 7. Such a decision may kick off an era of jack wars in which consumers are left with headphones that only work with certain devices or, when possible, require an adapter. It is suggested the new headphone jack won't be USB-C.

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3.5 things to know about Apple’s AirPods

3.5 things to know about Apple’s AirPods

Has Apple's first set of wireless headphones, the Apple AirPods, overshadowed even the new iPhone 7? There's certainly plenty of controversy - and confusion - about the earbuds, which take EarPod style and then snip off the cord. Are they only going to be useful if you have an iPhone 7? Will they play nice with your Surface Book? What happens if you lose one half of your AirPods set? We've got you covered with the answers.

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Beats by Dr. Dre rolls out new wireless headphones packing Apple W1 chip

Beats by Dr. Dre rolls out new wireless headphones packing Apple W1 chip

Beats by Dr. Dre has rolled out a new line up of three products that are all wireless earphones. The new line of products include the Beats X, Powerbeats 3, and Beats Solo 3 earphones and headphones. All three of the products are wireless and all use the new Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth, and Fast Fuel charging systems.

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Apple on iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack: time to move on

Apple on iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack: time to move on

Although the iPhone 7 has a lot of things going for it, it will probably go down in history as the iPhone that killed the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While it was something that almost all had foreseen months away, many refused to believe Apple would pull something so bold, almost heretical, until the very last-minute. Some called it hubris. Apple called it “courage”, which is now, apparently, a meme. For Apple executives, it was nothing but natural evolution that would eventually happen. It just so happened that Apple and the iPhone 7 is setting things in motion.

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Apple AirPods hands-on

Apple AirPods hands-on

The headphone jack is dead, but Apple giveth as it taketh away, and what it gives are AirPods. Well, it gives them if you cough up an extra $159 on top of the $649+ for your shiny new iPhone 7: otherwise you're stuck listening to music like a peasant with the wired, Lightning-connected EarPods bundled as standard with the new phone, or rocking it old-school with the ugly little Lightning to 3.5mm adapter that's also nestled in the box.

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