True wireless earbuds are big business these days, and they’re especially popular since Apple released its to-be-seen-with AirPods. Samsung's first attempt at this product category in 2016 was a little disappointing, but the updated Gear IconX that came out the following year offered improved battery life, a redesigned case, and better connectivity. The $200 price tag was too high for what you got, but frequent discounts made them a slightly more viable prospect.
Fast-forward to 2019 and Samsung is back with its latest iteration. Galaxy Buds is already a far more appealing and marketable name. They also cost much less than their predecessors at $130, even undercutting the AirPods by a full $30. Read More
We've been looking at crazy high-end phones at MWC the past few days, but it's often the simpler accessories that keep our phones functional and pleasant to use day-in and day-out. And right now Amazon's got a number of Anker power, audio, and data products on sale to help out with just that.
For most of them, you will need to use a coupon code when checking out, so make sure to order quickly before they expire. Read More
The hottest noise-canceling headphones come at a premium — big names like Sony's WH-1000XM3 can cost more than $300. But there are more affordable alternatives! The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are a good one, and right now, they're just $120 — a sum our own Rita describes as "almost a steal." Read More
Apple popularized fully cordless audio with its AirPods, but other manufacturers also offer cheaper or better alternatives. A good illustration is Aukey's in-ear buds, which are much more discreet than their counterpart — meaning they don't look like toothbrush heads — and cost $100 less. The below coupons make them $20 cheaper and therefore one of the most affordable products in their category, at just $39.59. Read More
Sony has been producing noise-cancelling headphones for some time now, and the WH-1000XM3 is its best offering in that category yet. Its biggest downside is price — at $350, I personally think these headphones are worth every penny, but there's no denying they're expensive. For those of you who've been waiting for a deal, MassGenie is currently offering them for $291.99, which is $58 off the MSRP. Read More
In today's $350 wireless, ANC-equipped over-ear headphones space, there are two primary competitors: Bose's QuietComfort 35 II and Sony's WH-1000XM3. Bose has long been championed as the king of the segment by many, but it seems impossible to talk about the QC35 II these days without someone butting in about how the identically-priced 1000XM3 is superior. After some time with the 1000XM3, I understand why everyone has been talking about it. Read More
Audio-Technica is a fan-favorite manufacturer of comparatively reasonably priced, high-quality audio gear. The company announced a slew of new products at CES this year, including several pairs of new additions to its noise-canceling QuietPoint line. Among those are the ATH-ANC900BT, a pair of high-end wireless cans meant to compete with the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM3. Read More
Assistant-powered hardware is a hot commodity; people much prefer "smart" to "dumb" when it comes to speakers and headphones recently. So Jabra's new Elite 85h headphones — which combine Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant support together with all the other accouterments you expect in a pair of noise-canceling headphones — should end up being pretty popular, assuming they sound good. Read More
Are you listening to music right now? You probably are. If you're looking to upgrade whatever it is you're listening on, you have a ton of options. Android Police has tested all kinds of headphones and speakers this year, but those reviews are a whole lot of words to read. So here, as part of our Most Wanted series, is a digestible list of the audio gear we're really feeling this year. Read More
German company Sennheiser has a sterling reputation for creating high-quality audio products, so I was understandably enthused when I learned they were making a pair of true wireless earbuds. These products have improved a great deal since they first burst onto the scene, but they still tend to lag behind wired equivalents in terms of sound and can’t compete with bulkier Bluetooth sets in battery life.
Since Sennheiser is pretty late to the true wireless game, you would hope its engineers have taken their time to craft something superior to the many rival products already on the market. As it turns out, that’s not far from the truth. Read More