audio Stories May 12
audio Stories May 10
There are plenty of truly wireless earbud options out there right now. Plenty fall into the budget category, while a lot cost a pretty penny without actually delivering quality. 1More’s EVO earbuds look to change that, offering much higher fidelity for a comparable price. This is our full 1More EVO review.
audio Stories May 5
Sony XM5 retail packaging confirms less battery life than originally thought and Google Assistant
Last week we saw leaked official-looking images that showed off the sleek new design of the upcoming Sony XM5s, along with information suggesting that the battery life of these new headphones would reach 40 hours. Even newer leaks of retail packaging suggest otherwise.
audio Stories April 28
Sony WH-1000XM5 look to introduce a new design to the Assistant-equipped ANC headphones
Since the release of Sony’s wireless over-ear headphones, we’ve been excited to see how the company tackles a new generation of Google Assistant-powered cans. Well, that two-year wait seems to be almost over as some highly-detailed images have surfaced showcasing the – what we expect Sony to call – new WH-1000XM5s.
audio Stories August 23, 2016
OnePlus set to announce something on August 25th, likely just a pair of headphones
Through a new teaser video on its YouTube channel, OnePlus has just revealed that it will be announcing a new product later this week on August 25th. The 30-second teaser features an acoustic soundtrack and shows a spinning “V2” logo on vinyl…
audio Stories June 15, 2016
Android has long had issues with audio latency that resulted in a lack of audio editing apps. To remedy this, Marshmallow introduced a professional audio requirement last year. Now, NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet K1 meets those requirements thanks to a software update currently rolling out.
audio Stories May 7, 2016
One of the things I love most about the modern tech industry is that so many lesser-known companies are building great gear for a fraction of the cost of the big-name brands. One such example is British company, Rock Jaw Audio. Its flagship product, the Alfa Genus V2, is an incredibly versatile and well-made set of earphones that’ll set you back less than $50.
audio Stories February 24, 2016
Official RCA and Optical cables for Chromecast Audio now available on the Google Store
The Chromecast Audio has been out for several months now, but Google has just now released some official cable accessories for the device. Neither of them are particularly special, but they do sport the bright yellow color that you’re probably familiar with if you have seen the aux cable that comes bundled with the device…
audio Stories December 15, 2015
LG has unveiled a new range of audio products for both home entertainment and for parties. As Google fans, it’s the home entertainment range we’re most interested in, and that’s because the company’s new sound bar systems include baked-in support for Google Cast. The SH8, SH7 and SH6 sound bars will be shown off in more depth at CES next month, and come with a boatload of wireless connectivity options…
audio Stories December 10, 2015
audio Stories September 17, 2015
While Chromecast has long supported Google Play Music, Netflix, Pandora, and other subscription services, Spotify — one of the most popular music streaming services — has long been left off the list. According to leaked internal documents that 9to5Google has seen, Google is preparing a slew of Chromecast announcements for later this month, one of which being Spotify support for Chromecast… expand full story
audio Stories September 8, 2015
Rdio adds support for Google Cast for audio, more connected speaker systems & smart TVs
Popular music streaming service Rdio is today announcing an expansion of its support for connected speaker systems and smart TVs, including Google’s new Google Cast for Audio platform introduced earlier this year.
In addition to supporting speakers that integrate Google’s Cast for audio platform, the music service is now available on Harman/Kardon, Denon, and the DTS Play-Fi Whole-Home Wireless ecosystem featuring leading brands such as Definitive Technology, Phorus, Polk Audio and Wren. The company also noted that it’s now available on Samsung smart TVs and arriving soon on smart TVs from LG and Hisense.
Previously Rdio was only available on Sonos speakers and setup boxes like the Apple TV and Google Chromecast.
Rdio is available free with ads or as an ad-free service for $9.99/month unlimited or on certain devices for $3.99/month with a limited number of on demand songs per day.
audio Stories August 15, 2015
Edifier is a company normally known for making audio products with an ultra-modern, abstract or minimalist design. I’ve reviewed and tested a few of their speakers in the past, and they’ve all had an unusual aesthetic. It was a refreshing change, then, to get my hands on the R1700BT bookshelf speakers. They’re Bluetooth, versatile, look good and sound great. More impressive, they’re available for a little over £100.
audio Stories June 19, 2015
Spotify 3.1 beta for Android arrives with new Running feature, audio/video shows, and more
After first announcing a handful of new features and redesigned apps last month for iOS users, today most of those features are arriving for the Spotify beta for Android ahead of a public release. The highlight changes include Spotify’s new Running feature that automatically detects an ideal tempo to creates playlist based on your running pace, more content, and a redesigned Now start page.
The update, version 3.1, also brings audio and video shows that were first introduced to web and iOS users last month in addition to other new content and UI tweaks throughout the app. The new content includes videos and podcasts from ABC, BBC, Comedy Central, Condé Nast Entertainment, ESPN, Fusion, Maker Studios, NBC, TED, Vice News, and more.
The new features are currently only available to users in the US, UK, Sweden and Germany, and will likely roll out to all users beyond Spotify’s beta channel in the near future.
audio Stories January 5, 2015
Google today announced Google Cast for audio, which the company says takes advantage of Chromecast tech to send audio to third-party hardware like speakers, A/V receivers, and sound bars. The feature will allow users to tap a “cast” button from within music and radio apps on Android, iOS and the web to stream audio to Google Cast enabled speakers. expand full story
audio Stories October 16, 2014
Twitter introduces new audio card, allowing in-line audio playback in mobile apps
Twitter announced a change coming to its mobile apps today that allows users to play music directly from a tweet. The new Twitter Audio Card will allow certain users (there’s a list on Twitter’s blog) to share audio uploaded to SoundCloud with users in-line. Users will be able to listen to these embeds while they continue browsing their timelines.
Twitter says it’s just starting to test the feature right now and plans to roll it out to more content creators and partner audio sites in the future. You can try it out in Twitter for Android right now.