Google IO 2016 Coverage

JBL’s latest noise cancelling headphones use a USB-C plug

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The writing is on the wall for the 3.5mm headphone jack; the rumor mill is talking up its demise in Apple’s iPhone 7, but even manufacturers on the other side of the fence are bracing for a new technology. JBL, for instance, is releasing its latest pair of noise cancelling headphones that use a USB Type-C connection instead of the old-fashioned 3.5mm jack. Read more

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEG in-ear headphones review

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Over recent weeks I have had the pleasure to use Sennheiser’s Momentum M2 IEG In-Ear headphones. First off, I’d like to mention that these are one of best pairs of headphones I’ve ever tested. No only do the Momentum In-Ear headphones have superior sound quality, they also have a stunning design, a built-in mic, noise cancelling, and quick controls. Unlike the majority of speakers and headphones, the extra functionality that comes with the Momentum In-Ear headphones doesn’t sacrifice sound quality. Sound quality is exceptional, and I would recommend anyone/everyone to take a listen.

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Kickstarter project by Kuai puts biometric devices in headphones form factor

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A new project on Kickstarter takes a unique approach to measuring biometric data for users engaged in a variety of sporting activities. Most of the efforts we have seen in recent years involve activity trackers worn on the wrist and many companies are incorporating those features into their smartwatch solutions. A few other companies, like FitBit, also produce hardware that can be clipped on the body somewhere to measure things like steps taken. Kuai is currently raising funds to take all of this and put it in the form of headphones. Read more

Xiaomi launching Mi Store in US, only to sell headphones and fitness tracker

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, creator of popular devices like the Mi Note and Mi Redmi, will be making its first steps in the United States market. Unfortunately, though, it’s not to bring us any devices from the Mi line.

Instead, US customers will be able to purchase items from Xiaomi’s accessory products, like headphones and its Mi Band wearable fitness tracker. Read more

OnePlus announces JBL partnership and E1+ Earphones

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Just after announcing an update that inludes support for high-resolution audio, OnePlus have announced a partnership with audio pioneers JBL and are launching the E1+ Earphones tailor-made for the young company’s flagship device. The headphones feature 9mm JBL drivers with PureBass technology and a flat, tangle-resistant cable. Also included is an in-line three-button remote which does everything you’d expect it to, but can also take photos. Read more

Samsung gets into mobile audio market with new Level portfolio

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Samsung announced today a portfolio of new products for the premium mobile audio market. The new Samsung Level devices include three headphones and a Bluetooth speaker that will work with smartphones and tablets, though Samsung includes easy syncing with their Milk Music service. The devices include the Level Over, the Level On, the Level In, and the Level Box. Read more