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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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Sennheiser HD1 wireless earbuds launch with 10-hour battery life

Sennheiser HD1 wireless earbuds launch with 10-hour battery life

Sennheiser, on the heels of its intriguing earbuds for recording binaural audio, has unveiled a new pair of in-ear headphones called the HD1. These earbuds are wireless thanks to Bluetooth 4.1; they feature Qualcomm apt-X, support for the AAC codec, and the neckband design that has polarized users since its first arrival on the market. Custom machined components, in part, contribute to a high sound quality.

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Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser is making it easy for anyone to record binaural ‘3D’ audio via its new AMBEO Smart Surround, a pair of earbuds with two microphones that record audio from the position of one’s ears. The Smart Surround will be made available with both Lightning and USB-C connectors, as well, ultimately giving consumers a way to record high-quality 3D audio for their similarly high-quality and VR videos.

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Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony says that today’s music is mostly characterized by “heavy-hitting bass lines and dropping beats.” That means you’ll need speakers that can handle those adequately, not exactly the domain of headphones, especially in-ear pieces. Not so, says Sony. At least not for its EXTRA BASS headphones. It is introducing four new such headsets at CES 2017, two wireless, one wired, and one in-ear. All with deep bass notes, convenient smartphone integration and, in the case of one, even noise cancellation.

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Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech given its gaming headset range an upgrade, retiring the Greek God naming but adding a new, G533 Wireless Gaming Headset to the line-up for CES 2017. Announced today, the G533 targets PC gamers rather than their console counterparts, raiding the parts bin of the more expensive G933 for its Pro-G audio drivers. While it doesn't have Dolby 7.1 surround sound, the G533 does offer DTX Headphone X 3D sound support.

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