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LG TONE Studio, Free put an odd spin on the neckband design

LG TONE Studio, Free put an odd spin on the neckband design

As if the neckband design popularized by the likes of LG weren't "unique" enough, the Korean manufacturer is seemingly pushing the envelope in what that neckband can do. At CES 2017 next week, LG will show off the new LG TONE Studio and the LG TONE Free. The former, unlike its kin, has no earbuds at all and is, instead, a speaker you practically wear around your neck. The TONE Free, on the other hand, has earbuds that aren't chained to the neckband at all.

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4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

Apple's AirPods are a wireless tour de force, streamlining the Bluetooth process in a way that no other accessory has done before, but there are still rough edges in everyday use. As I found in my full AirPods review, although the cable-free earbuds get the fundamentals right, you should still expect some frustrations along the way. Luckily, there are a few easy things Apple could do to fix that: read on for my big AirPods complaints, and how they could be addressed.

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Apple AirPods Review

Apple AirPods Review

Wireless headphones have been ripe for a reboot for years now, but no contenders for the crown have divided opinion quite like Apple's AirPods. Revealed alongside the iPhone 7, the fully-wireless earbuds were intended to salve the pain of losing the headphone jack. Unforeseen delays meant that didn't quite go to plan, but now the AirPods are finally here, do they really deliver the best wire-free experience on the market?

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Lost Apple AirPods earbud? This is what a replacement will cost

Lost Apple AirPods earbud? This is what a replacement will cost

The worst has happened, you clumsy oaf, you've only gone and lost one of your precious Apple AirPods: now we know how much a replacement AirPod will cost you. The Cupertino company's wireless headphones are undoubtedly one of the must-have gifts this holiday season, at least for the avid iPhone and Mac users in your life, but their diminutive size and lack of wires also makes them something of a liability. Small things are easily lost, after all.

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Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal OV wireless earbuds have Amazon Alexa built in

Onvocal has introduced its new OV in-ear headphones with Amazon Alexa Voice Services built in. Using these earbuds, users can ask Alexa to do various things like open up the company’s music app, as one example. The earbuds can also be used to access other personal voice assistants like Siri by tapping a button. The headphones will be available next month, though they can be pre-ordered now.

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Apple AirPods release date to miss Christmas – but why?

Apple AirPods release date to miss Christmas – but why?

Delays in the final release of Apple's AirPods for iPhone 7 will push them past this year's holiday season. Several reasons why have popped up in the past couple of weeks, including today's insider insight from the Wall Street Journal. Their source is familiar with the development of the AirPods and says that Apple continues to work on perfecting the technology required to push these wireless earbuds past competing devices.

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Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music has unveiled a new set of over-ear headphones that have some cool and premium features. The headphones have automatic noise cancelling function to eliminate noise from the outside world to allow focus on the music. Active visual monitoring is a feature that gives a VU meter on the left and right ears of the headphones.

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Beoplay H9 wireless over-ear headphones pack active noise cancellation

Beoplay H9 wireless over-ear headphones pack active noise cancellation

For those out there who want headphones that look and sound good, B&O Play has a new offering called the Beoplay H9. These headphones are all about premium in listening experience and design with over-ear H9 headphones that aim to be comfortable and eliminate outside noise. The headphones use ANC noise cancelling tech to remove the listener from the sound around them and allow you to focus on the music you are listening to.

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The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The Here One smart earbuds which promised not only to make you forget your iPhone 7 lacks a headphone jack but put a virtual assistant right in your ear have been delayed, creators Doppler Labs confirmed today. The wireless headphones, put up for preorder earlier this year, promise active noise cancellation, music streaming, and the ability to boost speech. Much like Apple's AirPods, they're designed to be small and unobtrusive.

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Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Forget Apple AirPods: properly smart headphones should be able to stream your music all by themselves, not to mention throw in Amazon Alexa and act as personal DJ depending on what you're doing. That's the promise of Vinci, anyway, cutting the cord - physical or metaphorical - with your phone and instead using voice control and onboard smarts to stream from Spotify and other services. I tried a set out to see if headphones, not watches or eyepieces, really are the next big thing in wearables.

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Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones boast 30+ hours of playback

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones boast 30+ hours of playback

Marshall has launched a new pair of wireless headphones, the Marshall Mid Bluetooth model. The new offering looks very similar to the Major II headphones the company released a while ago, but with some notable differences, namely a new hinge and ear cup design. The previous model's best feature is still here, though: crazy long battery life. Marshall says you'll get at least 30 hours of playback per charge with the Mid Bluetooth.

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Boomphones Re-Up are headphones and a portable speaker in one

Boomphones Re-Up are headphones and a portable speaker in one

Typically if you want headphones for private listening and a portable speaker to share the music with a group, you need two devices. The new Boomphones Re-Up that have turned up on Kickstarter allow you to have both private and group listening with one device. Re-Up can be turned from headphones into a portable speaker at the press of a button.

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