Tag: Audio Reviews

Moshi’s combo USB-C audio & power dongle is a must-buy for charging while listening — especially in the car

Article Contents I will never change my opinion when it comes to the headphone jack: Taking it away was a terrible, consumer-unfriendly decision. Thanks to Google, Essential, OnePlus, and other OEMs, that means I have to work a bit harder to accommodate new devices into my firmly, happily tangled life, and one of the most annoying […]

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Harman Kardon Citation One review: The high-end Google Home you’ve been waiting for

Article Contents Harman Kardon is the flagship brand in the Samsung-owned audio empire also consisting also of JBL and AKG, and it has a decent reputation for making products with relative audiophile appeal. The group is no stranger to Google Assistant-equipped devices, but the Citation/Enchant range of speakers, subs, towers, and soundbars really caught our […]

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Marshall Stanmore II review: A powerful but pricey Assistant speaker

Article Contents You are no longer stuck with a few Google-branded speaker options if you want to invite Assistant into your home. There are speakers from JBL, Sony, and many others—including Marshall. The updated Marshall Stanmore II speaker launched recently, and it looks like a feasible alternative to Google’s best-in-class Home Max. It combines classic […]

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Aukey B60 Bluetooth earbuds review: USB-C charging and best-in-class comfort on the cheap

Article Contents It’s a bummer, but wireless audio gadget manufacturers seem reluctant to adopt the USB-C charging port found on most new phones, tablets, and even laptops. Otherwise exciting earbuds like the Soundcore Liberty Air and Jaybird Tarah Pro are still shipping with increasingly outdated microUSB ports — or worse, proprietary charging solutions. So it’s great […]

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Review: Soundcore Liberty Air true wireless earbuds are an incredible value

Article Contents Like it or not, headphone jacks are getting harder to find on smartphones, and that makes your wireless headphones more crucial than ever. There are some compelling true wireless options out there, but you have to spend big to get features like low-latency, Type-C charging, and long battery life. As the technology improves, […]

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Review: Sony’s $350 WH-1000XM3 headphones live up to the hype

Article Contents In today’s $350 wireless, ANC-equipped over-ear headphones space, there are two primary competitors: Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II and Sony’s WH-1000XM3. Bose has long been championed as the king of the segment by many, but it seems impossible to talk about the QC35 II these days without someone butting in about how the identically-priced […]

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RHA TrueConnect review: You can do better

Article Contents Everyone is trying to make true wireless earbuds these days, but most of these products aren’t very good. The technology has gotten cheap enough that any white label OEM can throw together a true wireless setup that does the bare minimum. Unless you simply refuse to have wires under any circumstances, these cheap […]

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Anker Soundcore Model Zero and Zero+ review: Premium wireless speakers, with or without Google Assistant

Article Contents Anker’s Soundcore sub-brand sells all kinds of wireless audio gear, from earbuds to soundbars. They generally target a pretty midrange market; they’re not chintzy by any means, but historically, they haven’t been expensive, either. Starting at $200, though, Anker’s new Soundcore Model Zero and Model Zero+ speakers are decidedly more premium than the […]

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Jaybird Tarah Pro review: Jaybird’s best wireless earbuds yet

Article Contents Jaybird has had a busy few months. Following September’s release of both the flagship X4 and budget Tarah, the company released last month the Tarah Pro, a second high-end headset that evidently shares enough in common with Jaybird’s entry-level offering to share its name. Tarah, it seems, is Jaybird’s name for these devices’ […]

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: Top of the class

Article Contents German company Sennheiser has a sterling reputation for creating high-quality audio products, so I was understandably enthused when I learned they were making a pair of true wireless earbuds. These products have improved a great deal since they first burst onto the scene, but they still tend to lag behind wired equivalents in […]

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Rowkin Ascent Charge+ review: Affordable but frustrating truly wireless earbuds

Article Contents If you peruse our Winter 2018 Most Wanted audio guide (and you should — good stuff in there), you’ll notice an unfortunate trend. With few exceptions, manufacturers of wireless audio gear seem timid about adopting USB Type-C charging. So I was excited to get my hands on the Rowkin Ascent Charge: they’re fully […]

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TicPods Free review: Capable true wireless earbuds that won’t break the bank

Article Contents True wireless earbuds have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last couple of years as the products have reached a price point and level of quality that make them viable purchases for mainstream consumers. The IFA 2018 show floor was packed with new models from various brands, and I’ve already reviewed […]

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Master & Dynamic MW07 review: Exceptional sounding true wireless earbuds, but probably too pricey for most

Article Contents As the 3.5mm headphone jack slowly descends into the freezing cold waters of the past, our audio options for most high-end Android phones are limited to three. We can use and subsequently lose the adapter, get some USB-C headphones, or we can ditch the wires altogether. Bluetooth earbuds inelegantly attached to one another […]

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Jaybird Tarah review: Not enough bang for your hundred bucks

Design, features, what’s in the box At first blush, you could be forgiven for mistaking the Tarah for the X4: same fin design to hold the buds in place, same remote placement, same Jaybird-branded cinch. But when you look closer, the differences become apparent. The cable is thinner, the remote has a sort of rubbery […]

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Jaybird X4 review: Great earbuds without much new to offer

The X4 look a lot like the X3. They’re two winged buds connected by a flat cable, in which the controller, battery, and microphone are embedded on the right-hand side. They’re better looking than the X3, which have a silver Jaybird emblem on each earpiece. By comparison, these are sleeker. They come in three colorways: […]

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JBL Link View review: Great sound from JBL, but Smart Displays still have a long way to go

Article Contents Smart displays aren’t for everyone. They’re not exactly tablets, but they look like ones and are both less and more useful, depending on how you look at them. With far superior sound and always listening mics, they act as a smart speaker for your home; but without real apps or a fully functional browser, […]

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Tribit X-Boom review: An incredible-sounding Bluetooth speaker for the money

Article Contents I’ll be honest – when we were first contacted about checking the new Tribit X-Boom out, I wasn’t expecting much from it. I had never heard of the company, and the design looked a little cartoonish. On top of all that, the $69.99 price tag was much lower than competing models from companies […]

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Earin M–2 review: Great sounding low-latency earbuds, but not without a few compromises

Article Contents Swedish company Earin was one of the frontrunners in developing true wireless earbuds, releasing the M–1 back in 2015. That first generation product had its fair share of issues, ranging from unreliable Bluetooth connectivity to unsatisfactory battery life. The startup that was recently acquired by Will.i.am brand i.am+ is now back with a follow-up […]

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Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 and 810 review: Active noise cancelation at more affordable prices

Along with the three BackBeat Fit models that I reviewed a few days ago, Plantronics announced on Monday two new Go headsets: the in-ear Go 410 and the over-ear Go 810. The governing idea behind the two units is to bring wireless noise cancelation to the masses at a more affordable price. The company says […]

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100, 2100, and 350 quick review: Sports earbuds done right

I’ve owned and reviewed plenty of Bluetooth headsets over the years, but the brand I keep coming back to again and again is Plantronics. The company balances quality, sound, and price very well and has produced some of my favorite and most-used earbuds. For years, you couldn’t see me anywhere without the red BackBeat Go […]

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Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 review: Great sound, excellent value

Article Contents Back at CES, I had the chance to chat with Optoma about what we could expect from the NuForce brand this year. I was promised that something good was in the works and that it would be worth the wait. So when the BE Sport4 arrived on my doorstep, some six months after […]

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