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Apple headphones would confirm Beats aren’t enough for everyone

Apple headphones would confirm Beats aren’t enough for everyone

A new pair of Apple wireless headphones were tipped this weekend, likely coming to the company's lineup at their next big event. As the company's wireless earbuds seem to have sold extraordinarily well since launch, there's a question of branding in the mix. Why did Apple buy Beats Electronics if not for their audio superiority?

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Apple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magic

Apple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magic

Apple is aiming to pivot its AirPods success into a set of Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones, reports suggest, effectively competing with its own Beats range. The AirPods, Apple's Bluetooth earphones which do away with wires between the two earpieces completely, have been a stand-out win for the Cupertino firm, and are still in high demand even a year after they first went on sale.

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Sony’s ‘Open Style’ AirPods-rival goes up for preorder

Sony’s ‘Open Style’ AirPods-rival goes up for preorder

Sony's smartest headphones in years have graduated to store shelves, with the Xperia Ear Open-Style Concept finally getting the green-light for production. The wireless headphones, previewed at IFA 2017, will launch this year as the Sony Xperia Ear Duo, the company confirmed today at Mobile World Congress.

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Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 earbuds promise audiophile quality at $99

Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 earbuds promise audiophile quality at $99

Optoma NuForce has teamed up with Massdrop to launch the Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 IEM earbuds, a model said to offer audiophile quality at a budget (relatively speaking) price. The earbuds were made in collaboration with Massdrop and its "audiophile enthusiast community," according to Optoma, which says the model sports three balanced armature drivers.

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PS4 Gold wireless headset is actually black

PS4 Gold wireless headset is actually black

This week the folks at Sony have released their latest in wireless headphone gear with the GOLD Wireless Headset for PS4. This device is a pair of headphones with an extremely simple design and an ever-so-slightly confusing title. They aren't actually gold in color, they're gold in performance - AKA good.

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Jabra Elite Active 65t are an AirPods alternative for athletes

Jabra Elite Active 65t are an AirPods alternative for athletes

At CES 2018, audio company Jabra announced a new product line called Elite, which is currently comprised of three earbuds models: the Elite 45e, Elite 65t, and Elite Active 65t. The first of the bunch, the 45e, feature a typical wired connection between the two otherwise wireless ear pieces, but the other two models are different: they're 'truly wireless,' meaning there aren't any wires connecting the bits together.

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Libratone TRACK+ wireless earbuds offer adjustable noise cancellation

Libratone TRACK+ wireless earbuds offer adjustable noise cancellation

Libratone is adding to its range of noise-cancelling earphones, introducing a new in-ear design to the line-up at CES 2018 today. The Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones keep the four levels of adjustable noise cancellation that the existing Q Adapt models offer, but package that with Bluetooth instead of cables.

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Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony MDR-1AM2, EXTRA BASS, sports earbuds: 2018 mobile audio lineup

Sony has unveiled a slew of mobile audio products, including portable speakers and earbuds. Joining the lineup is the new Sony MDR-1AM2, a sequel of sorts to the 1A model Sony launched back in 2014, as well as Sony's own alternative to AirPods -- the WI-SP700N "truly wireless" earbuds, which feature a charging case and no wires at all.

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JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

Audio company JBL has announced headphones featuring Google Assistant built-in. Called Everest, these wireless headphones tap Google's voice assistant for audible notifications and the ability to control music using voice instead of touch (though a bit of touch is still necessary). Google Assistant has been integrated into the Everest 710GA and 110GA around-ear headphones and earbuds.

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Sennheiser HD 820 closed-back headphones are made for audiophiles

Sennheiser HD 820 closed-back headphones are made for audiophiles

Open-back headphones have a special place in any audiophile's heart, but sometimes a closed-back pair are more appropriate. Here to fill that need is Sennheiser with its newly unveiled HD 820 closed-back headphones. Sennheiser says its HD 820 are dynamic stereo headphones sporting a glass transducer cover for keeping resonances to a minimum. The model has a circumaural design and is promised to "set a new benchmark" for closed-back headphones.

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Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon's smart assistance service, Alexa, has already made the jump from connected speaker to a number of different smart home products, but its next location will be portable devices. The company has announced a new "Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit" that will allow hardware manufacturers to integrate Alexa with wearable products like headphones and smartwatches.

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New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

It would appear that Google's not done innovating in the hardware universe. They've got a new sort of camera in the mix, one made for multiple kinds of devices. This camera doesn't just move in and out to adjust focus or zoom, it has a moving mirror, too. This is a camera unlike any we've seen in a smartphone or tablet ever before

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