The ~$300 active noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphone market is heating up. Bose was arguably the pioneer of the segment, but many other audio companies have since thrown their hats into the ring. One of the latest entrants is Audio-Technica, a company with plenty of reputation to uphold.
Having spent several weeks with the ATH-ANC900BT, I've found that it's deserving of the Audio-Technica logos on it in terms of sound quality, but it falls short in other arenas. It reminds me a lot of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II in many ways, both good and bad. Ultimately, I don't think it's worth the $299 asking price given all of the issues. Read More
Sony's flagship wireless noise-cancelling headphones have been discounted several times since their release, but most have been by way of Rakuten site-wide coupon codes. For those of you who prefer to purchase from a more familiar retailer, the WH-1000XM3 is now being discounted at Amazon, B&H, Walmart, and more to $298 ($52 off). Read More
Bose's QuietComfort line has always prioritized, as you might have guessed, quiet and comfort. The QC35 was already a critically-acclaimed set of Bluetooth headphones for its excellent noise-cancelling tech and sheer comfort, and the QC35 II added Google Assistant on top of all that. The QC35 II has now been discounted at several retailers, including Amazon, Bose, and Best Buy, by $50 to $299. Read More
AKG is one of the more well-known names in the audio industry, producing headphones, microphones, conference systems, and more. Woot is currently offering two models of refurbished AKG on-ear headphones for a lot less than MSRP: the N60NC (wired) for $89.99 and the N60NCBT (Bluetooth) for $139.99. Read More
Most of us that cover Bluetooth audio here at AP really like Phiaton; the company does an excellent job at providing a blend of good sound quality, stellar battery life, and an attractive price point. Phiaton's latest product, the neckbud-style BT 150 NC, looks to be in the same vein from many appearances. Read More
Are the people you call with your shiny new Nexus 6P saying that they can't hear you? Then you might want to check out several threads on the Google Product Forum and XDA-Developers. A common problem among early adopters seems to be weak and spotty voice quality - that's the voice of the Nexus 6P owner, not the other call party. At the time of writing, several dozen owners across the two sites are reporting very similar problems, both in standard call mode and when using the speakerphone. Google representatives have responded on the official forum, and say that they're looking into it. Read More
Looking for some high-end headphones? Then you need to head on over to Amazon post-haste. Some of Sony's best around-the-ear noise-cancelling cans, charmingly named the MDR1RNC and MDR10RNC, are on sale for 50% off or better. But this is a Daily Deal for the United States, so you've only got until midnight Central time to get an order in. That's 1 AM for you in the Eastern time zone and 10 PM for those of you on Pacific time.
The MDR1RNC is the more premium option, normally going for a whopping $500, but now discounted to $237.99. These active noise-cancelling cans claim to block up to 99% of ambient noise when powered thanks to the "full-auto AINC auto noise canceling function with Dual Noise Sensor technology." The set includes massive 50mm drivers with frequency response from 5-24Hz. Read More
Take a look at the photo below and try to figure out exactly what it is. A head-mounted carbon fiber sunshade? The latest Milan fashion inspired by Catholic nun habits? A solar-powered personal telepathy machine for the eco-friendly supervillain? The answer is none of the above: it's a giant plastic dome that, according to creator Silentium, cancels out surrounding ambient noise.
That's right, it's a real version of the Cone of Silence, favored by agents of a certain fictional spy agency.
To be fair, Silentium isn't just some fly-by-night company hoping to make headlines at the yearly parade of weird tech in the less-traveled halls of CES. Read More
We've all heard the story before. A brand new, very popular device rolls out to the public and everybody hurries to get their hands on it. Shortly thereafter, people start to notice some of the more serious issues that degrade the experience or even make the gadget unusable. When that device is a phone and one of those issues is audio quality during calls and recordings, people can become justifiably angry. It seems this is exactly what's happening with quite a few Nexus 5 owners, as audio going into the built-in microphone is plagued by hissing, popping, loud static, and very low volume. Read More