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Tidal has arrived on Amazon Echo speakers

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

If you have an Amazon Echo speaker you can now stream music directly from Tidal, giving you more listening options than ever before. 

The streaming service, which is owned by Jay-Z, is designed to provide listeners with hi-fidelity audio, promising a level of sound quality equivalent to CDs. 

It's now the first streaming platform to take advantage of Amazon's Music Skills API, an initiative that makes it possible for services to add in support for Alexa themselves – in the past, companies like Spotify and Deezer had to rely on Amazon to enable Alexa support. 

No FLACs given

To use Tidal on your Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus you'll need to enable the dedicated Alexa skill – you will of course need a Tidal subscription as well.… Read the full article

Should I buy the Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset?

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

If you like a bit of variety when it comes to gaming, you may be struggling to find a headset that suits your consoles, handheld devices, and PC. Sennheiser is one brand that comes up frequently when you search online for gaming headsets, and its $249.95 (£219.99 / AU$399.95) GSP 600 model is designed to work with PC, Mac, and any console with a 3.5mm jack input. 

Why do you need a gaming headset in the first place? One reason is that they can provide a more immersive gaming experience than your TV or laptop’s built in speakers, which don’t always do games justice in terms of audio quality.… Read the full article

Apple’s selling refurbished HomePods at a discount

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

If you love the Apple HomePod but not its $349 price tag, you'll be pleased to know that you can now get your hands on a refurbished model through the Apple website with $50 off.

Now selling for $299 on the refurbished section of the store, the pre-owned HomePod is available in space gray or white to US customers, with a limited quantity available to purchase. 

Apple's Certified Refurbished products have been used and returned to the store, after which they are put through a "rigorous refurbishment process" to ensure they meet the company's "high standards".… Read the full article

Should I buy the RHA S500u / RHA S500i headphones?

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

If you’re looking for a pair of budget wired earphones, then you may have already come across British audio company RHA – and in particular, the RHA S500u and S500i in-ear headphones. 

Although wireless and true wireless headphones are all the rage at the moment, there are some instances where wired simply works better. Without the annoyance of dodgy Bluetooth connections, it’s easy to see why many of us haven’t cut the cord quite yet. 

Not only that, but wired headphones have historically delivered a better standard of audio quality than their wireless counterparts, as it’s more difficult to deliver hi-res sound over a Bluetooth connection. 

That’s not to say wired headphones will always give you a better listening experience; in fact, as technology advances, wireless headphones are beginning to compete with and even outperform them in terms of quality – but not yet in terms of price. 

So, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly, no-nonsense pair of in-ear headphones, wireless may just be the way to go, and the RHA S500u and S500i models could be a great place to start.… Read the full article

Xiaomi launches AirPod rivals for those on a super-tight budget

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Are you desperate for some Apple AirPods but don't have a spare $159 (£159 / AU$229) lying around? Today could be your lucky day, with the news that Chinese tech company Xiaomi has launched a pair of AirPod clones that cost just $29 based on current conversion rates.

Named the 'AirDots', the true wireless in-ears look to share many of the same features with the AirPods, including support for Bluetooth 5.0, tappable controls on the casing, and a portable charging case.… Read the full article

Denon releases luxe new headphones, the AH-D9200s

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Denon is well-known for making high-quality audio devices and accessories. Its latest pair of headphones, the AH-D9200s, look to be no exception. 

Handcrafted from Japanese bamboo, each pair is unique thanks to the patterning of the wood, which adds an organic touch to these high-tech headphones while also acting as natural dampeners to produce a warmer sound. 

The inclusion of 50mm nanofibre drivers, built to be lightweight but sturdy, means that the new headphones should give truly accurate sound.

Built with comfort in mind, the AH-D9200s feature a lightweight aluminum headband as well as soft leather ear-cushions, so you should be able to use them for long periods of time without feeling any discomfort. 

Luxury at a price

The new headphones come with two detachable cables (although it's worth noting they aren't Bluetooth-enabled, so don't abandon your cables); a 3m silver-coated cable with 6.3mm jack for listening at home, and a shorter 1.3m cable with 3.5mm jack to hook up to portable players like your smartphone.… Read the full article

Blue Yeti Nano microphone: should I buy it for podcasting?

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

It feels like everyone and their grandma has a podcast these days – and with good reason. Podcasting can be a really fun and easy way to delve into the subjects you love the most, whether you’re a true crime buff or a poetry know-it-all. 

That is, it’s easy if you have the right equipment. If you’ve recently looked for the best podcasting microphones online, you may have come across the Blue Yeti Nano.

If you’re not sure whether to go ahead and purchase this bitesize mic, read on for all the pros and cons of the Blue Yeti Nano.… Read the full article

KEF launches the LSX Wireless Music System for hi-res stereo sound

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

With the increased popularity of smart speakers, it feels like we’re seeing fewer stereo setups in the home – but British audio manufacturer KEF still believes that “two speakers are better than one” when it comes to the pursuit of high resolution audio. 

With that in mind, the company is combining the decades-old principle of stereo sound with modern wireless technology to deliver the LSX Wireless Music System, which they say will give your music “space to breathe in full-bodied, wide bandwidth stereo.”

With phase correction and distortion reduction, the new speakers should provide crystal clear audio, while four Class-D amplifiers means that the bass should pack a pretty powerful punch. 

True wireless

Designed for true wireless audio, the LSX Wireless Music System supports Apple Airplay 2, which means you’ll be able to use it with your Macbook Air, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as with Apple’s voice assistant Siri.… Read the full article

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Audio-Technica releases ATH-M50xBT wireless studio-grade headphones

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Audio-Technica has a long history of creating professional quality headphones, with its M50 series used in recording studios the world over, reportedly favored by the likes of Stormzy and Royal Blood.

Now the Japanese audio brand has cut the cord, making its famous headphones wireless with the ATH-M50xBT, which connect to your devices via Bluetooth. They are available to buy now for $199 (£179 / AU$379). 

Harnessing the sonic power of the original M50s, the new headphones should be great for listening on the move, with touch controls to activate your smartphone’s voice activated assistant – whether you use Siri or Google Assistant. 

The M50xBTs have been designed with portability in mind, with a collapsible design and 90 degree swivelling cups, which Audio-Technica says provides a high level of sound isolation, so listening in noisy environments like trains or planes should be easy.… Read the full article

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TicPods Free true wireless earphones are on sale now

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Following a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign from AI company Mobvoi, the TicPods Free true wireless headphones are now available to buy from its website for $129 / £119.99 / AU$199.

The new headphones look like a convincing dupe of the Apple AirPods, but with some crucial differences – although the design is similar, the TicPods come in a range of different colors and support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as Apple’s Siri.

Created by Mobvoi (the company behind some of our favorite smartwatches including the Ticwatch Pro and Ticwatch S), the in-ears come with a number of features including touch control and ambient noise cancelling technology. 

Touch and go

With a side touch panel on each earbud, you can control the TicPods using a number of gestures, including swiping up and down to adjust the volume, double tapping to answer and end calls, and long pressing to reject calls. 

A long press on the earbud should also activate your voice activated assistant of choice – whether you prefer Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa, the TicPods should have you covered.… Read the full article

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