A little Bluetooth speaker is a quick way to bring some music to the party, but they can be lacking volume and bass due to their size. Ultimate Ears’ $399.99 HyperBoom settles on the most obvious solution to that problem: Go big in every way possible. And boy, does it succeed.
Quirky microphone brand Neat was purchased by Turtle Beach back in January. And while the company hasn’t gotten any less quirky, its newest microphone is a bit … strange. Meet the Skyline, an “elegant” and affordable USB condenser microphone that’s shaped like a skyscraper.
TCL probably isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to true wireless earbuds, but I think that should probably change. The TCL MOVEAUDIO S600 is a solid little set of buds with ANC, Transparency Mode, wireless charging, and good audio quality—all for under a Benjamin.
Marshall just launched two new pairs of wireless earbuds, the Motif ANC and the stripped-down Minor III. Both earbuds are … uh, inspired by AirPods and AirPods Pro, sporting a near-identical design and feature-set.
Sennheiser is giving its most affordable pair of earbuds the “plus” treatment. Meet the new Sennheiser CX Plus, a stylish set of wireless earbuds with killer sound, ANC, and a Transparency mode to help you hear your surroundings. They ain’t exactly cheap at $180, but they’re a killer deal by Sennheiser standards.
In the U.S., basic hearing aids can cost up to $5,000 and are seldom covered by insurance. The $299 Olive Pro earbuds are true wireless earbuds that are actually hearing aids for a fraction of the price. But like a lot of “it’s both!” products, what you get is a jack of all trades and master of none.
Sonos is increasing prices for many of its speakers to cope with the global semiconductor shortage. Some speakers are going up by just $10 or $20, while products like the Arc soundbar face a $100 price hike. The price increases into effect on September 12th.
If you’re a fan of the Symfonisk table lamp speaker, made in collaboration with Sonos and IKEA, we’ve got (potentially) good news: A new leak has revealed a second-generation version and it features a removable lampshade you can swap out for another fashionable alternative.
Back in 2020, Sony CSL quietly announced an AI-powered music production plug-in that helps people generate new chords and melodies based on their personal style. But the tool, called Flow Machines or FM Machines, went mostly unnoticed. Now, Sony is launching Flow Machines as a free iPad app, greatly expanding its usability.
True wireless earbuds are the perfect audio accessory, as they don’t tether you to a headphone jack. You can use them at the gym, at work, while gaming, and during your commute. Some earbuds offer additional features, like wireless charging and hands-free access to your voice assistant.