Tag - Headphones
There's probably a graph somewhere showing appreciation of sound quality against age-related hearing loss. For our hearing will degrade over time, yet it seems equally certain that we can only get good headphones by listening to progressively better ones so that we can tell the difference, that we can learn what's possible. Consequently, we can say that the Meizu HD50 headphones sound much better than ones we've tried before, but recommending them is tricky.
Bose is making a move on the wireless headphones market, with a pair of audio accessories with active noise cancellation, among other announcements. The QuietComfort 35 are over-ear wireless headphones that follow on from the well-known QuietComfort 25, with the QuietControl 30 offering similar wireless noise cancellation with an in-ear form, while SoundSport and SoundSport Pulse are wireless earphones aimed at those wanting to keep fit.
Samsung has launched two new products aimed at the fitness market. The Gear IconX wireless earbuds are reminiscent of the rumored wireless EarPods that Apple is said to be developing for a future iPhone, that could ship without a standard 3.5mm jack. Along with the announcement of the earbuds, Samsung has also announced its latest wearable, the fitness-focused Gear Fit 2, with a curved AMOLED display.
Apple has applied for a patent that could allow headphone wearers the ability to switch between wireless and wired modes seamlessly. The application for "Audio Class-Compliant Charging Accessories for Wireless Headphones and Headsets" describes a way for the headphones to automatically make the switch between the two connection types, all without any extra intervention from the user aside from plugging in or disconnecting a cable.
If you're like us, you tend to Goldilocks your way from earbud to earbud -- some are too big, too small, too cheap, too expensive. Some have great designs and poor sound quality, while others sound great but don't have any style. Today, we're here to check out the Urbanears' Sumpan to see just where they fit in with the myriad of other earbuds we've come across.
Working out without music isn't fun, but working out with earbuds or headphones that are plugged into your phone can be a complete nightmare. That's where the Urbanears' Hellas come in: they're Bluetooth headphones, so there's no wires to get tangled up in, and they rest gently on your ears, so those of you who don't like earbuds can enjoy them as well. They're clearly designed for workouts in and out of the gym, but are they the best bang for your buck? Check them out in our review.
A pair of headphones that costs $500 through the Apple Store isn't exactly something that most people would even consider. However, if you are a music lover who is searching for the perfect pair of headphones for when you are on the go, spending a chunk of coin on a high-end set of cans could be a much better solution that buying multiple pairs of headphones at lower price points, but never feeling truly satisfied with your listening experience. The B&O BeoPlay H8 Wireless On-Ear Headphones are certainly expensive, but thanks to their versatility, could they be the last pair of headphones that you will buy? Find out in our review.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all headphones, including pairs from Sol Republic, Veho, and Brooklyn, as well as a fairly unique pair from Grain Audio which have earcups made from wood instead of plastic.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deal lists, MacNN occasionally finds offers that are interesting or major enough to have their own Big Deals post. Today, pamper your ears with high-class audio from a pair of stylish Bluetooth headphones, with the Kinivo URBN being offered at a 30 percent discount by our own MacNN Deals store.
There are rumors aplenty about whether Apple will drop the old 3.5mm jack plug for headphones in favor of wireless and the slimmer Lightning port. If it happens, though, we know exactly how it will go down in every sense, because we've seen this over and over again. We've seen it in hardware and we've seen it in software: Apple is remarkably consistent in how it makes changes that hurt us -- but it's also astonishingly consistent about how it works out for the best in the long run, most of the time.
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French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l