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Samsung announces Level, its new mobile audio range of headphones and speakers

Samsung announces Level, its new mobile audio range of headphones and speakers

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Samsung has officially announced its Level range of mobile audio products for international release. These "premium audio products" include Bluetooth speakers and headphones.The new categories comprise: Level Over headphones, Level On headphones, Level... >>

Sol Republic Relays review
5.0 stars

Sol Republic Relays review

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We loved the Sol Republic Calvin Harris tuned over-the-ear headphones that we reviewed last year. In fact we loved them so much that we nominated them for an award. What made those headphones so special was that they were a perfect package of sound quality,... >>

Naim's Muso aluminium wireless streaming music system to launch in September with app

Naim's Muso aluminium wireless streaming music system to launch in September with app

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British company Naim Audio has unveiled Muso. It's a wireless music system with a loudspeaker design, and it is capable of streaming and amplifying your music.Muso boasts 450 watts of power from six 75-watt digital amplifiers, meaning it can act as your... >>

Sonos tests software to turn its music streaming system completely wireless

Sonos tests software to turn its music streaming system completely wireless

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Sonos is testing software that will make your Sonos wireless home music system truly wireless.At present, you need to have one component - either a Bridge or one of the speakers - connected by LAN cable to a router. However, advanced Wi-Fi software will... >>

Tonino Lamborghini in-ear headphones designed for high-quality sound, even during sport

Tonino Lamborghini in-ear headphones designed for high-quality sound, even during sport

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Tonino Lamborghini is the same brand that brought us the Antares luxury phones. Now the son of Lamborghini cars owner is moving into earphones with a new range to cover all needs.At the top end of the new range is the Quantum HL-01 in-ears. These are... >>

Deezer update brings free radio on mobiles, Mac beta and integration of local files

Deezer update brings free radio on mobiles, Mac beta and integration of local files

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Deezer has announced several major updates that give free music to mobile users and allow integration of downloaded music files.Deezer for Mac has launched as a beta from today. This allows users to merge their stored library of music with online streaming... >>

Cromatica is the Bluetooth open-source light-speaker centrepiece we want in our homes

Cromatica is the Bluetooth open-source light-speaker centrepiece we want in our homes

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Cromatica isn’t just a light and speaker combination, it's a beautifully designed software and hardware open-source centrepiece.The half-speaker half-lamp is made by Digital Habits who has a history of creating well-designed audio equipment. This is... >>

Spotify desktop update arrives all in black, has yours updated yet?

Spotify desktop update arrives all in black, has yours updated yet?

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Six days ago Spotify announced its first major overhaul in years. The rollout to desktops has taken a while with ours only just arriving today.The new layout has gone to the dark side adopting a black background along with more cleanly defined icons and... >>

Hands-on: Jawbone Era review

Hands-on: Jawbone Era review

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Bluetooth headsets have been around for years, but only now in the age of multiple mics, fast charging and low power Bluetooth 4.0 are they really becoming an all day gadget.Jawbone, one of the pioneers of Bluetooth headsets, has just released its new... >>

Next gen Apple EarPods could feature accelerometers and improved voice recognition

Next gen Apple EarPods could feature accelerometers and improved voice recognition

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Apple's next generation of EarPod headphones could feature accelerometers that help detect voice input more accurately. They will be smart enough to detect vibrations in the user's bone or tissue that result from talking.The upgraded EarPods have appeared... >>

Dali Kubik Free review
5.0 stars

Dali Kubik Free review

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Buying good speakers has never been cheap, if you want quality then you have to stump up a bit of cash. That said, we've never considered paying nearly £1,000 for a pair of Bluetooth speakers before. On the surface, that sounds ridiculous because you... >>

New Nokia Lumia range to be accompanied by MD-12 Bluetooth speaker the size of an Apple

New Nokia Lumia range to be accompanied by MD-12 Bluetooth speaker the size of an Apple

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While the legal world kicks its feet over Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division, the latter department is merrily going about its business, launching new hardware.The Nokia Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930 Windows Phone 8.1... >>

Afterguard sailboat-racing HUD glasses pushed out to sea

Afterguard sailboat-racing HUD glasses pushed out to sea

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Sailors ahoy. Afterguard is here to bring all the tactical data of sailing to the eyes of seafarers so they can concentrate on the boat without looking away at screen read-outs.Heads up display glasses are an ideal solution for sailors who constantly... >>

Sony claims MDR-HW700DS 9.1 channel wireless headphones are world's first

Sony claims MDR-HW700DS 9.1 channel wireless headphones are world's first

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Sony is offering a cinematic surround sound experience with its new MDR-HW700DS 9.1 channel digital surround sound headphones. It claims, as of today, this is a world first.While the name might not sound so great the headphones themselves promise impressive... >>

Spotify embraces the dark side with new cross-platform design, adds Your Music too

Spotify embraces the dark side with new cross-platform design, adds Your Music too

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Spotify has undergone its first major redesign in many a year. The new interface, which launches for iPhone, desktop and web today and will be rolled out to all other platforms soon, adopts a black background and dark theme, counteracting the flat and... >>

Philips, Armin van Buuren team together for A5-Pro DJ headphones

Philips, Armin van Buuren team together for A5-Pro DJ headphones

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Philips and DJ star Armin van Buuren have paired together for a pair of A5-Pro professional DJ headphones, designed to meet the needs of a globe-trotting DJ.Van Buuren and Philips collaborated on the headphones to combine an aluminum close-back fit with... >>

Carry on raving wherever you are with Pioneer's SE-MX9, SE-MX7, SE-CX9 and SE-CX8 Superior Club Sound range

Carry on raving wherever you are with Pioneer's SE-MX9, SE-MX7, SE-CX9 and SE-CX8 Superior Club Sound range

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Pioneer has launched a new range of over and in-ear headphones that are tuned for those who particularly like dance music, almost directly taking on rival Beats.Whether it's happy hardcore, big beat, drumfunk or wonky, the Superior Club Sound range is... >>

Google Play Music for Chrome now lets you drag and upload music through the browser

Google Play Music for Chrome now lets you drag and upload music through the browser

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Google wants your entire music library to work nicely with its Google Play Music service, so it is letting you store every track you own in the cloud via Google Play Music for Chrome.Starting today, you can enable the Google Play Music for Chrome lab... >>

Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half

Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half

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Music streaming giant Spotify is hoping to attract students with a new price cut on Tuesday. Its Premium service - the top tier with no advertisements and unlimited music - is now priced at $4.99 per month for college students in the US, a cut in half... >>

NPR 24-hour iTunes Radio station debuts in US, becoming first news station on Apple's service

NPR 24-hour iTunes Radio station debuts in US, becoming first news station on Apple's service

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Apple launched iTunes Radio last autumn with music streaming in mind, and now its audio services has finally expanded beyond music by adding a news station. But it is not just any 'ole news station. It's National Public Radio.NPR - also called National... >>

Music streaming startup Musaic aims at Sonos, can also work with the Internet of Things

Music streaming startup Musaic aims at Sonos, can also work with the Internet of Things

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London-based Musiac has begun a Kickstarter campaign for a multi-room music system, made up of wireless speakers that can be placed around your home to blast the latest Miley Cyrus tunes.Musiac is taking on Sonos, a system already well-established in... >>

Quiksilver QS-1 HD headphones let your mates plug in and listen too

Quiksilver QS-1 HD headphones let your mates plug in and listen too

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After Quiksilver's success appearing on JBL headphones and opening its recording studio, the surf company has created its own headphones, the QS-1 HD.The QS-1 HD features a "Sharing Plug" that allows others to plug into the headphones and piggy-pack the... >>

Neil Young launching $399 high-fidelity audio player on Kickstarter this week

Neil Young launching $399 high-fidelity audio player on Kickstarter this week

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The PonoPlayer doesn't want to be the next iPod for the mass market, instead the best, high-resolution audio playback device for audiophiles. It was founded by artist Neil Young, who has critiqued modern audio playback in the past.Being shown-off at SXSW... >>

Beats Music API goes public, could be on a device near you soon

Beats Music API goes public, could be on a device near you soon

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Beats Music has taken a big step forward in opening up its API to developers. This means anyone can modify its code so it'll work on their platform, meaning TVs, cars, speakers - anything.Other streaming services like Spotify and Rdio already have open... >>

Denon's Music Mania series adds AH-C120 and AH-C50 in-ear headphones

Denon's Music Mania series adds AH-C120 and AH-C50 in-ear headphones

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Audio device maker Denon has introduced two new in-ear headphones within its Music Maniac series,  the AH-C120 and AH-C50.The AH-C120 Music Maniac in-ear headphones feature 11.5 mm drivers tuned to a Flat EQ, a "hybrid metal" housing that cuts out resonance... >>

Turtle Beach crafts headset specifically for Titanfall fanatics

Turtle Beach crafts headset specifically for Titanfall fanatics

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Turtle Beach, one of the leaders in game audio, has unveiled the Ear Force Titanfall Atlas headset due out just in time for Titanfall's launch on the Xbox One on 11 March.The Titanfall Atlas headset boasts high quality sound, so you can hear heavily-armoured,... >>

JBL Authentic L16 and L8 wireless speakers stream studio quality music from almost any device

JBL Authentic L16 and L8 wireless speakers stream studio quality music from almost any device

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JBL has announced a new Authentic Series of wireless speakers in the L16 and L8. Both work with virtually any device, feature digital music enhancing technology and play streams at studio quality.Both JBL Authentics L16 and L8 feature AirPlay, DLNA, NFC... >>

Microsoft's Xbox Music for Xbox One adds more than 92,000 music videos

Microsoft's Xbox Music for Xbox One adds more than 92,000 music videos

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Microsoft's Xbox Music streaming service for its Xbox One console system has added more than 92,000 music videos.According to a blog post from the Xbox team, the Xbox Music app has just begun to integrate a swathe of HD music videos. Although you don't... >>

Plantronics BackBeat Fit brings Bluetooth stereo to exercise

Plantronics BackBeat Fit brings Bluetooth stereo to exercise

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Plantronics is best know for Bluetooth headsets, but since the BackBeat Go 2 launched it's been doing well with Bluetooth stereo headsets. Now the Plantronics BackBeat Fit has been unveiled at MWC.The sports headphones offer a sweat-resistant, highly... >>

Sony adds digital noise cancellation to new Xperia Z2 smartphone and Z2 Tablet

Sony adds digital noise cancellation to new Xperia Z2 smartphone and Z2 Tablet

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Sony has added a noise-cancelling system to the Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, both of which have just been announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.The noise cancellation is the first of its kind, moving the brains of the operation... >>

Jarre AeroTwist turns the mobile Bluetooth speaker game around

Jarre AeroTwist turns the mobile Bluetooth speaker game around

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If you sometimes think the monotony of new Bluetooth speakers feels like going round in a circle, it's time to celebrate - the Jarre AeroTwist breaks the circle. Literally.This new chrome-plated ABS Bluetooth speaker uses a circular design which can be... >>

UK Top 40 music chart to include streaming figures for singles

UK Top 40 music chart to include streaming figures for singles

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The UK might be late to the party but it will soon begin taking streaming figures into account for the Top 40 singles chart.The US and Europe uses streaming figures when rating singles. The UK has used digital sales but ignored streaming so far.The head... >>

Nutz Pro Headphones review
4.0 stars

Nutz Pro Headphones review

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It's the era of Beats headphones, of statement audio wear. That's why big and sometimes brash over-ear cans are a popular move at the moment. Enter Nutz, a relatively new brand - it's only been around for 18-months - that has seemingly taken its inspirational... >>

De La Soul to give away entire music catalogue free for one day

De La Soul to give away entire music catalogue free for one day

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Hip-hop legends De La Soul are to give away digital copies of their entire back catalogue free for one day. From 4pm UK time (11am ET) today, 14 February, the group will allow fans to download every track and album in their discography on their website... >>

Google Play Music update lets you save radio stations offline

Google Play Music update lets you save radio stations offline

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Google Play Music has just been updated on Android to allow users to save radio stations for offline listening.The update lets users pin entire radio stations to their device for listening to when an internet connetion isn't available.READ: Google Play... >>

Beats X Alexander Wang collection includes studio headphones, earbuds and Pill in black and gold

Beats X Alexander Wang collection includes studio headphones, earbuds and Pill in black and gold

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Beats Electronics has collaborated with designer Alexander Wang on a limited-edition collection of custom Beats products.The Beats X Alexander Wang collection includes the Beats Studio headphones, Urbeats ear buds and the Beats Pill. Each piece is cloaked... >>

Dash earbuds store music, track heart rate and oxygen levels and work as a Bluetooth headset

Dash earbuds store music, track heart rate and oxygen levels and work as a Bluetooth headset

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Dash earbuds are a huge jump forward in earphone technology. They manage to cram in wireless Bluetooth 4.0 aptX connectivity, 4GB storage, touch-sensitive controls, and fitness tracking including heart rate and oxygen level monitoring.Dash is currently... >>

Sony selling its waterproof MP3 player in a bottle of water

Sony selling its waterproof MP3 player in a bottle of water

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Sony wants to convince you its waterproof NWZ-W273 MP3 player can really go with you for a swim. The company has begun an advertising campaign in New Zealand to sell the waterproof MP3 player within a bottle of water. It's called the Bottled Walkman,... >>

LG's Heart Rate Earphones gain regulatory approval, could launch in US soon

LG's Heart Rate Earphones gain regulatory approval, could launch in US soon

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LG's heart rate-tracking earphones have gained regulatory approval in the US, after crossing the desk of the FCC on Tuesday.When LG took the wraps off the Heart Rate Earphones alongside its Lifeband Touch in January, a release date wasn't provided. The... >>

Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter available from March

Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter available from March

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Microsoft has announced the Xbox One Stereo Headset and the Stereo Headset Adapter will be available in March, for £59.99 and £19.99 respectively.The Xbox One-branded stereo headset will bring all your gaming audio as well as chat straight to your... >>

Shuffler.fm comes to Sonos speakers for recommendation-based internet radio at home

Shuffler.fm comes to Sonos speakers for recommendation-based internet radio at home

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Sonos has announced that from 4pm today Shuffler.fm will be available in the Sonos Labs.Shuffler is an internet radio platform that selects the best music sites and blogs worldwide and pulls the top tracks in for users to listen to all from one place.READ: Which... >>

Sign up for The Times digital edition, get Spotify free for a year

Sign up for The Times digital edition, get Spotify free for a year

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Spotify has teamed up with The Times and The Sunday Times to give subscribers of the newspapers' digital editions free Spotify for a year.You'll be able to listen to Spotify's 20 million songs while you read the paper, and save some cash at the same time. A... >>

Beep wants to be the Chromecast of audio with $149 in-home streamer

Beep wants to be the Chromecast of audio with $149 in-home streamer

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Built by two former Google employees, Beep is aiming to be the Chromecast of speakers.The $149 gadget connects through your speakers and Wi-Fi network to let you stream music throughout your home from a mobile phone. Essentially Beep is like Sonos, except... >>

Logitech's UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker is both durable and portable for £79

Logitech's UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker is both durable and portable for £79

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Logitech's Ultimate Ears brand has introduced a new portable Bluetooth speaker, and it's called the UE Mini Boom.The UE Mini Boom features a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, support for Bluetooth connectivity from up to 50 feet away, micro-USB charging,... >>

Last.fm will now stream Spotify's catalogue of 20 million songs

Last.fm will now stream Spotify's catalogue of 20 million songs

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Last.fm and Spotify are now on the same team. Sort of.From today, Spotify will allow Last.fm’s 55 million registered users to access its catalogue of 20 million songs, meaning they'll be able to browse individual tracks, full albums, playlists and recommendations... >>

Blue Aura x10 stereo speaker boasts Bluetooth and NFC connectivity for £309

Blue Aura x10 stereo speaker boasts Bluetooth and NFC connectivity for £309

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Wireless speaker company Blue Aura has introduced a new stereo speaker with support for Bluetooth and NFC, and it is called the x10.The x10 sports a 22cm x 32cm x 12cm measurement, so it's relatively small for a stereo speaker, and it is available in... >>

Immersion gaming headset can track gamer rage, increase difficulty accordingly

Immersion gaming headset can track gamer rage, increase difficulty accordingly

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Seattle-based designer Sam Matson has created a new headset dubbed the Immersion that can track gamer rage - something that happens to the best of us. The headset, just a prototype at the moment, carries biometric sensors to track a gamer's heart rate.... >>

Spotify now lets artists list and sell merchandise - and it won't take fees or commission

Spotify now lets artists list and sell merchandise - and it won't take fees or commission

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Spotify is tackling the world of e-commerce by letting artists sell their own merchandise to followers within the music-streaming service.As a way to provide additional revenue opportunities to artists, Spotify has partnered with a company called Topspin... >>

Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 review
5.0 stars

Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 review

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Gaming headsets, at first glance, might seem like the sort of thing that aren't of interest to most people unless you're a hardcore gamer. But we've been using the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z22 for a while now, and we have to say, we think there's a lot... >>

Bowers & Wilkins teams with Maserati for special-edition blue P5 headphones

Bowers & Wilkins teams with Maserati for special-edition blue P5 headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins and car manufacturer Maserati have partnered to bring you a special-edition pair of P5 portable headphones. The company's already share a good working relationship, with the audio brand providing tuned in-car audio systems for the Maserati... >>