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Hands-on review: Sennheiser HD 450 BT headphones
The 450 BT is a stylish headset that sounds great and has a form of noise cancellation for an affordable price. It doesn’t get better than that.
Hands-on review: The Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds
Although the WF-1000XM3s came out in 2019, they’re still available for purchase - and there's a good reason why they're so popular.
Hands-on review: Epos Sennheiser GSX 300 USB sound card
Epos want to turn your 3.5mm wired headphones into a gaming audio powerhouse with their GSX 300 Gaming Series external USB sound card.
Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones might just redefine smart audio
The ‘Speak-to-Chat’ feature completely removes the need to take off your headphones or pause your music when you need to talk to somebody.
Smart personal audio device shipments up 61% in APAC in Q1
Accounting for 21.1% of global shipments, Asia Pacific overtook Europe to become the third largest sub-region, after North America and Greater China.
Hands-on review: The Neo Smartpen RECO
Why, in 2020, would you need a voice recorder when smartphones and laptops do the same job? We find out.
Sony brings the noise with new high-power audio systems
Greater sound range and height, exciting lighting options, karaoke leaderboards, guitar inputs all in a single robust unit.
Hands-on review: JBL Tune 220TWS
Another great part of the design is the earbuds themselves. Most other earbuds on the market can’t be worn for more than two hours at a time because of the amount of pressure they put on ear canals. Thankfully, the JBL Tune 220 were designed with all-day wear in mind.
Global shipments of smart audio devices reach 96.2 million - Canalys
Strong growth was driven by smartphone vendors Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and others, as well as audio brands that pivoted to the true wireless stereo category more aggressively in the quarter.
Sony announces the WF-SP800N Sport headphones
Promising a battery life of up to nine hours between charges, you will likely want to keep wearing them after your workout, especially when you see some of their noise-cancelling features.
Soundvision solutions head Down Under with new distie
The professional audio vendor has formed an exclusive distribution agreement with Leader for the whole of Australia.
Hands on review: AirFly Pro - the Bluetooth tool you didn’t know you needed
Have you ever turned on the TV late at night while your flatmates are asleep and thought, ‘I wish I can just connect my AirPods or my wireless headphones to the TV?’ The AirFly Pro does just that.
The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM: Big sound in a little shoebox?
Oskar Howell spoke to UE principal product manager Doug Ebert about UE’s latest speaker, and how UE plans to change the sound system landscape.
Head to Head: Jaybird Vista True Wireless vs Razer Hammerhead True Wireless
With the release of the Apple Airpods, wireless earphones have experienced a renaissance. Oskar Howell picks up two of the market leaders to see how they fared when put head to head.
Hands-on review: Sennheiser Ambeo Sound Bar
The thirteen drivers will have your sound bouncing off your walls while placing you in the centre of all the action.
Machine learning to grow innovation as smart personal device market peaks
"These changes will accelerate in the next five years while technology advancements like machine learning and smart assistants will bring more radical innovations."
Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar marks the audio expert’s foray into home theatre
The AMBEO Soundbar is powered by 13 drivers and the latest virtualisation technology which was jointly developed with Fraunhofer IIS.
Panasonic brings back high-spec audio brand, Technics
The top-end audio range of headphones, speakers and turntables return to New Zealand.
Google launches four new home products
Google has made a bunch of announcements around the Nest Mini, Pixel Buds, Pixelbook and the Pixel 4 this week – here’s a quick roundup of what you need to know.
Spotify buys global audio marketplace SoundBetter
SoundBetter was founded in 2012 and it has become a hotspot for audio professionals who search for partners and better sounding content.
Bose revamps iconic QuietComfort headphones
The Bose 700s use the next-generation Bose noise cancellation for improved noise reduction and sophisticated electronic circuitry that eliminates the “hiss” regularly heard in other headphones.
Bose engineers 14 speakers for Chevrolet's 2020 Corvette Stingray
Bose says this is the ‘most powerful and highest performing sound system ever for a sports car'.
Startup launches AI-powered music curation service
Dubbed DIY AI, the service allows users to input a link to a song of their choosing, and within approximately 10 seconds Musiio will generate at least eight custom tags, including genre, BPM, key, and mood.
Sound masking tech vendor signs with A/NZ distributor
Jands is now the exclusive distributor of Cambridge Sound Management products in the region.