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Hush smart earplugs actively cancel noise and intelligently wake you for perfect sleep

Hush smart earplugs actively cancel noise and intelligently wake you for perfect sleep

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Hush is a new Kickstarter project that aims to offer people the best sleep possible thanks to active noise cancellation and more.The Hush smart earplugs actively record noise and play the opposite sound waves in order to create true silence. But they... >>

Plantronics Backbeat Pro review: Belting Bluetooth headphones
4.5 stars

Plantronics Backbeat Pro review: Belting Bluetooth headphones

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Plantronics has come a long way from making mobile phone headsets for city slickers. It's latest over-ear creation is the BackBeat Pro, wireless Bluetooth headphones crammed with great features including active noise cancellation.But does a company best... >>

Sonos 5.2 update with multi-account support for Android and enhanced Playbar sound available now

Sonos 5.2 update with multi-account support for Android and enhanced Playbar sound available now

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Sonos released a new software update for beta users, Sonos 5.2, last month. It is now available for everyone bringing new features as well as improving the performance of the company's Playbar speaker.Available from today for Android users, the biggest... >>

Music sounds better with... Andy C

Music sounds better with... Andy C

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Drum & bass legend Andy C has his roots firmly bedded in the underground music scene as the founder of RAM Records, but the wider public will be hearing a lot more from the man in the coming years.Hot from signing to Atlantic Records, the globe-trotting... >>

How to delete and buy again Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas

How to delete and buy again Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas

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It's Christmastime and that means it's time for giving. So why not give cash toward fighting Ebola?Better yet, spend your money on the fight and get something in return. Bob Geldof and Band Aid 30, for instance, recently released another version of Do... >>

From this photo you’ll never guess who's the new face of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

From this photo you’ll never guess who's the new face of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

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Did you guess Parrot Zik 2.0 had Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner Conchita Wurst as its new ambassador?The second generation of Zik represents an improvement on an already impressive set of headphones. Zik 2.0 are 17 per cent lighter than their predecessor... >>

Balanced Mode Radiator speaker tech explained: What is it and does it make a difference?

Balanced Mode Radiator speaker tech explained: What is it and does it make a difference?

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There are several different types of speaker technology used in modern day systems and set-ups, some having been adopted for many years. However, Balanced Mode Radiator technology (BMR) is a fairly new driver tech that British speaker manufacturer Cambridge... >>

Spotify has paid $2 billion in royalties, claims Spotify CEO in response to Taylor Swift

Spotify has paid $2 billion in royalties, claims Spotify CEO in response to Taylor Swift

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Daniel Ek wants you to take Taylor Swift's opinions on Spotify with a grain of salt.The founder and CEO of Spotify has published a lengthy blog post, in an attempt to argue against the image that artists such as Swift are painting of Spotify. Swift is... >>

Music sounds better with... Sigma

Music sounds better with... Sigma

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This week's "music sounds better with..." interview, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, focuses on British drum and bass duo Sigma, who have seen their last two single releases top the UK charts. Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie have only been signed... >>

Beats Solo2 with Apple brand and Beats connectivity spotted in FCC leak

Beats Solo2 with Apple brand and Beats connectivity spotted in FCC leak

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Apple-owned Beats has a set of wireless Solo2 headphones in the works, according to new documents that recently passed through the US Federal Communications Commission.The FCC documents don't reveal too much apart from the fact that the headphones are... >>

The Spotify debate: Here are the celebs who either love it or hate it

The Spotify debate: Here are the celebs who either love it or hate it

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In case you haven't heard: Taylor Swift doesn't like Spotify.She's just the latest artist to not only speak out against music-streaming services but also withhold an album release and remove an entire back catalogue of music from Spotify.There have been... >>

Music sounds better with... 4Music's Miquita Oliver

Music sounds better with... 4Music's Miquita Oliver

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We've talked to plenty of celebrities and industry figureheads over the last few weeks for our "music sounds better with..." series of features, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, but all of the interviewees have been men up to now. That's just the... >>

Pure Voca Bluetooth speaker announced with hands-free calling

Pure Voca Bluetooth speaker announced with hands-free calling

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Pure's audio engineers have been busy tuning its very own Bluetooth speaker, which was announced today, called Voca.Pure is best known for its digital radios, some of which do feature Bluetooth streaming. The Voca will be purely a Bluetooth speaker for... >>

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound

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In our hunt for the best headphones we've been donning the Philips Fidelio M2BT Bluetooth wireless on-ears to see whether these cans deliver audio that defies their small scale.As the update to the earlier Fidelio M1BT, the latest generation M2BT makes... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio

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If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones to wear at home, but don't want to break the bank, and aren't interested in bass-boosted unnatural listening, then the Audio-Technica M50x are a definite contender.Whether or not the Japanese manufacturer... >>

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

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Arcam has poured its audio expertise into the Solo Bar, which the Cambridge-based company is claiming to be a soundbar fit for audiophiles. It's designed not just to bring audio enhancements to your TV, but to do much of the work that an AV receiver... >>

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance
4.5 stars

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance

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Every manufacturer seems to be after a slice of the headphones market and AKG's approach with the Y50 on-ears is very savvy indeed.When we started testing the AKG Y50 headphones we assumed they were in the £150 price category based on their finish alone.... >>

Microsoft OneDrive for WP and Android updated with new UI and navigation features

Microsoft OneDrive for WP and Android updated with new UI and navigation features

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Microsoft has announced a new version of the OneDrive app for both Windows Phone and Android, following yesterday's announcement about Office 365 subscribers getting unlimited OneDrive storage.The updated apps now make it easier to access your files and... >>

Music sounds better with... sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle

Music sounds better with... sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle

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In our latest interview with a music industry professional we delve behind the scenes and focus on someone who's job is to make other people sound better. And he's great at his job. Sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle has worked with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart,... >>

Jabra Pulse review: Heart-rate monitor earphones put a virtual personal trainer in your ears
5.0 stars

Jabra Pulse review: Heart-rate monitor earphones put a virtual personal trainer in your ears

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Jabra isn't new to the Bluetooth earphones game, but it's a company leading the way. The Jabra Pulse is a fine example: more than just a pair of wireless sports earphones, it's also an advanced personal trainer that tracks your heart rate and blood oxygen... >>

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes in 2015

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes in 2015

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You might be using iTunes next year to stream your favourite tracks instead of buying them, thanks to Beats Music, it's claimed.In a report largely about how iTunes' digital music sales have slumped roughly 14 per cent worldwide since last year, The Wall... >>

Happy 13th birthday Apple iPod: Here's a look back at its life so far

Happy 13th birthday Apple iPod: Here's a look back at its life so far

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Thirteen years ago this week, Apple shook up the music industry with the launch of the first generation of iPod and while it may have come with a physical scroll wheel, huge hold switch and a FireWire port with cover, it made listening to music on the... >>

Sony MDR-1A review:  A-class over-ear headphones
5.0 stars

Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

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It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering quality... >>

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

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The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first Bluetooth speaker, launched under the B&O Play label. It's looking to force its way into a market that's already packed with plenty of options. We caught up with B&O prior to launch to get our hands on this speaker... >>

Pioneer SE-MX9 review
4.0 stars

Pioneer SE-MX9 review

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We're long-time users of headphones that promise "club sound", having adopted the Sennheiser HD25 through its two generations, so when the Pioneer SE-MX9 headphones - promising "superior club sound" at home or on the go - arrived through the door for... >>

Music sounds better with... Spotify's Mark Williamson

Music sounds better with... Spotify's Mark Williamson

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Pocket-lint's music discovery interview series, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, has featured an athlete, a musician and members of an audio manufacturer so far, but this week we turn to somebody integral to the changing nature of music delivery;... >>

Spotify Family gives up to four people access to a Spotify Premium account for a discounted fee

Spotify Family gives up to four people access to a Spotify Premium account for a discounted fee

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Spotify is soon to launch a new package for its music streaming service that gives all family members access to a full, personalised Spotify Premium account each for one flat, discounted fee.Spotify Family enables users to have up to four people on the... >>

Sennheiser Urbanite review
4.5 stars

Sennheiser Urbanite review

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With the headphones market booming we've often seen increasing price tags for products that don't always mean better sound or build quality. Not so the Sennheiser Urbanite on-ear headphones: these affordable £150 cans don't scrimp on sound, style or... >>

Music sounds better with... Alex James

Music sounds better with... Alex James

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The latest in our series we're running in collaboration with Cambridge Audio turns its attention on one of Pocket-lint's favourite bassists and one of the pioneers of Britpop, Alex James. We caught up with the Blur guitarist turned foodie as he was... >>

Hangouts Chrome is Google's new (and better) dedicated chat app for Chrome OS and Windows

Hangouts Chrome is Google's new (and better) dedicated chat app for Chrome OS and Windows

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Not to be outdone by Skype's latest overhaul, Google has reworked Hangouts for Chrome OS and Windows.The company debuted a new app on Thursday called Hangouts Chrome and described it as a "simpler, faster way to use Hangouts on your computer alongside... >>

Music sounds better with... Cambridge Audio's James Johnson-Flint and Dominic Baker

Music sounds better with... Cambridge Audio's James Johnson-Flint and Dominic Baker

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For the second part of our "music sounds better with..." series of interview features, we turn to the team we've partnered with for the run; Cambridge Audio. After finding out what Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford listens to on his audio devices,... >>

Teducation: We talk to Ted Baker on the launch of the Finisterre DAB radio

Teducation: We talk to Ted Baker on the launch of the Finisterre DAB radio

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Ted Baker took a leap from the fashion world of beautiful prints and wonderful tailoring into the land of audio recently when it launched a headphone range along with a Bluetooth speaker. We loved the Ted Baker Rockall headphones when we reviewed them.... >>

Music sounds better with... Greg Rutherford

Music sounds better with... Greg Rutherford

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Want a few ideas of what music tracks you should be lining up on your phone or MP3 player? Fancy trying something new that you wouldn't normally have thought to listen to? As part of a new regular series, Pocket-lint in collaboration with Cambridge Audio will... >>

WIN: A Cambridge Audio Go Bluetooth speaker worth £120

WIN: A Cambridge Audio Go Bluetooth speaker worth £120

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Cambridge Audio has announced a new and improved Go Bluetooth speaker and to celebrate its launch, Pocket-lint has teamed up with the audio brand to offer one lucky reader the chance to win one.Packed with music enriching technology, the new and improved... >>

What is the Digital Tick and is your radio defunct if you don't have one?

What is the Digital Tick and is your radio defunct if you don't have one?

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If you enjoy listening to the radio you may want to check your device as they are at risk when the digital switch-over happens.The UK government has announced major analogue FM radio stations will likely be switched off the moment digital radio reaches... >>

Apple is shutting down Beats Music... or, wait, maybe it isn't

Apple is shutting down Beats Music... or, wait, maybe it isn't

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It's important to remember that rumour reports are in fact just rumours. And the latest example involves a story about Apple allegedly planning to shut down the Beats Music streaming service as well as the Beats Music brand.TechCrunch has claimed, according... >>

Don't like U2? Here's how to remove the free album from your iTunes account

Don't like U2? Here's how to remove the free album from your iTunes account

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They are one of the most popular bands in the world, but following the announcement from Apple that it would be giving away the new U2 album on iTunes for free until the middle of October, many have turned to Twitter and Facebook to show their distain.Whether... >>

Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

Bose SoundLink adds Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones

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Bose has announced two new wireless products in its SoundLink series: the Color Bluetooth speaker and on-ear Bluetooth headphones.The new SoundLink Color is the most affordable Bose Bluetooth speaker yet, designed to let you take your tunes with you on... >>

Onkyo takes over at Pioneer as pressure of Sonos starts to impact

Onkyo takes over at Pioneer as pressure of Sonos starts to impact

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As the landscape of the music industry continues to shift and change thanks to the success of newer brands like Sonos, those that survive have to continue to adapt to stay in the game.The latest partnership/merger/takeover is between AV specialists Pioneer... >>

Move over Qobuz, Deezer Elite to stream lossless music to Sonos too

Move over Qobuz, Deezer Elite to stream lossless music to Sonos too

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Deezer has announced a new subscription plan for Sonos owners who like a little more refinement in their audio quality. Deezer Elite is a global High Resolution Audio service that will offer digital lossless captures of songs for streaming through the... >>

Philips Fidelio M2L headphones connect to iPhone and iPad via Lightning connector for 24-bit DAC sound

Philips Fidelio M2L headphones connect to iPhone and iPad via Lightning connector for 24-bit DAC sound

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Philips is making the bold claim that its Fidelio M2L headphones are the first on the market that can connect to an Apple iPhone or iPod via the Lightning connector. For this reason they're able to deliver high-quality 24-bit Digital to Analogue Conversion... >>

RIP, the Apple iPod Classic is dead after 13 years

RIP, the Apple iPod Classic is dead after 13 years

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In all the furore of Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Watch launch last night there was a death. Quietly the iPod Classic was discontinued permanently.This will mark 13 years since the iPod appeared on the scene to begin taking the digital music revolution... >>

U2 and Apple join forces to give away new album for free, download it now from iTunes

U2 and Apple join forces to give away new album for free, download it now from iTunes

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Apple is giving away U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, for free through iTunes and Beats Music.Starting today, the 11 track LP will be gifted to each and every iTunes subscriber - estimated at over half a billion worldwide - on a global rollout. You... >>

Samsung Gear Circle Bluetooth headset perhaps surprises all (hands-on)

Samsung Gear Circle Bluetooth headset perhaps surprises all (hands-on)

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When the name "Samsung Gear Circle" first leaked it lead many to believe that the Korean company was about to announce its own round smartwatch, much like the Motorola Moto 360 or LG G Watch R. Instead, Samsung unveiled a curved display watch that looks... >>

Bose QC 25 noise-cancelling headphones now out for preorder, replacing QC 15 headphones

Bose QC 25 noise-cancelling headphones now out for preorder, replacing QC 15 headphones

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Bose has announced a new pair noice-cancelling headphones, appropriately called the QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones.The company said the new over-the-ear headphones, which will replace the popular QuietComfort 15 headphones, feature... >>

Monster debuts SoundStage wireless speaker system and app, with audio-streaming support

Monster debuts SoundStage wireless speaker system and app, with audio-streaming support

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Monster has announced a new wireless music system called Monster SoundStage. It offers multiple speakers and audio-streaming capabalities.Apple may have bought Beats Audio, but that hasn't stopped the company that created Beats' original headphones... >>

Sennheiser unveils premium Momentum In-Ear and Urbanite headphones

Sennheiser unveils premium Momentum In-Ear and Urbanite headphones

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Sennheiser has revealed two new sets of headphones from the IFA tradeshow in Berlin. The Momentum In-Ear and Urbanite headphones.The Momentum In-Ear headphones offer a new acoustic design with what Sennhieser calls "class leading transducer technology".... >>