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High-resolution audio is getting a lot buzz as of late thanks to the efforts of Tidal, Neil Young and others. While Tidal had a test of its own, NPR set up another quiz to see if you can tell the difference between MP3s and uncompressed WAVs. I couldn't, and I listened to the samples through a pai...

June 3rd 2015 at 6:05pm 0 Comments
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Jay Z's music-streaming service, Tidal, relies heavily on bringing exclusive content to subscribers. But it knows more features are needed to complement that. Today, in an effort to make the overall experience better for its users, Tidal is launching desktop apps for both Mac and Windows -- albeit...

June 3rd 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Far too often, our listening experience is diminished by inferior speakers. Give your music the intensely good sound it deserves with the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker. Not only does it have a highly impressive rating of 9.4/10 among Engadget readers, but it's currently running at $50 with free shi...

June 3rd 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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While most of the internet was busy oogling the Fallout 4 trailer, Apple delivered some bad news to owners of Dr. Dre's super-sized speaker. The company is recalling the Beats Pill XL, citing the wireless speaker's battery tendency to overheat in rare cases and creating the risk of a fire. In the...

June 3rd 2015 at 10:18am 0 Comments
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Rumors that Apple is going to debut its retooled music offering at WWDC next week are nothing new. However, in a report by The Wall Street Journal comes word that the streaming service will be priced at $10 a month when it's announced in a matter of days. That would put the unlimited Beats Music/i...

June 1st 2015 at 2:58pm 0 Comments
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What your tablet lacks isn't NFC or a fingerprint reader. It's a pop-up case that houses six speakers (with subwoofer), and support for 5.1 channel surround sound. Maybe? ASUS says it will output six times the volume of the base tablet, and packs enough power to annoy neighbors for up to six hours...

June 1st 2015 at 2:44am 0 Comments
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Thanks to Beats, there's no shortage of $200 headphones on the market. But what about cans coming from folks known for their speakers rather than their rhymes? Given their heritage in the audio space, I had high hopes for both the Klipsch Reference On-Ear Premium headphones as well as Polk's Hinge...

May 29th 2015 at 11:38am 0 Comments
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Last summer, I spent some time getting to know the first four entries in Samsung's "Level" audio line. There's a new item this year, though: a wireless version of the original Level On headphones. In case you missed the first roundup, this model is an on-ear option, and it ended up being my favori...

May 22nd 2015 at 11:20am 0 Comments
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DirecTV saw what YouTube and Netflix were doing with their kid-focused apps, and decided that it, too, wanted a piece of that action. After many months of toil, the company has busted out DirecTV Kids, an iOS app that lets your rugrats consume content from your cable package at no extra cost. Desi...

May 22nd 2015 at 10:42am 0 Comments
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The addition of video and podcasts is great, but Spotify is looking to enhance workouts, too. Selecting the perfect tracks to match your run will be quite easy, now that the app now measures your pace and picks tunes in a matter of seconds. What's more, the Spotify Running feature will play nice w...

May 20th 2015 at 11:58am 0 Comments
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When it was announced back in January, Apogee promised to deliver its Groove USB headphone amp and digital-to-analong converter (DAC) this spring. Well, the company kept its word as the audio accessory is now available for $295. What does a few hundred dollars buy you? Groove touts up to 24 bit/19...

May 19th 2015 at 3:22pm 0 Comments