Category: Audio

Olixar ToughBeats Outdoor Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

Toughbeats speaker in the bathroom

Portable audio solutions have come quite a long way over the years when we consider early innovations such as the Sony Walkman through to the iPod and modern smartphones. With the introduction of Bluetooth, we’ve seen external speakers rise in popularity in and outside the home for both personal and social enjoyment. One niche that has been carved out …

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Aftershokz AS500 Bluez 2 Open Ear Wireless Stereo Headphones Unboxing

Bone Conduction Headphones

I have gone through a number of headphones over the years as I’ve either been interested in or required specific features, such as: noise-cancellation, Bluetooth connectivity (to use with my Lumia 1520), built-in microphone, software integration with other peripherals (i.e. keyboard and mouse). My Logitech UE9000 headphones seemed to easily cover all of those features …

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Avantree Audition Bluetooth Headphones Review

I’m changing things up a bit for this article which will be an amalgam of what I’ve traditionally done in separate articles. Introduction First up, I want to thank MobileZap for sending me a pair of Avantree Audition Bluetooth Stereo NFC Headphones to review. These Avantree headphones are just one pair of a wider range …

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GEEK – High Resolution USB DAC for Headphones

If you’re into your music you might of bought yourself a pair of really nice headphones and then connected them to your desktop or laptop computer. More often than not, computers will feature some sort of integrated audio solution (such as Realtek) which will do the trick but if you’re after a fantastic audio experience …

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Noise-Cancelling Headphones and a Lack of Audio Output

The obvious joke that you could take away from reading the title would be that your noise cancelling headphones might be working too well and are blocking everything including the audio you want to hear – trust me that this isn’t the case for this article 🙂 Noise-cancelling headphones and earphones do require power to …

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CPU Enhanced Halt, DPCs and Audio Stuttering

DPC Latency Checker - DPC uninhibited system

For a while, my desktop computer has been having issues with audio stuttering and I’ve undertaken things such as downgrading VLC (which helped a bit) and also updating the audio and network drivers on my desktop computer (which also helped a bit but didn’t completely eliminate the issue). I found that network activity tended to …

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A Simple Way to Improve Audio Quality

Here’s a quick tip for this evening. It is fairly common these days for us to plug in our smartphones, tablets and portable music players into our car audio systems, home entertainment systems or other standalone speakers to enjoy some music or listen to podcasts. However, in order to ensure that you are preserving audio …

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Fix Choppy Audio in VLC Player

Update: If this doesn’t work for you then read this post. For a long time, VLC has been one of the well regarded media players with its ability to play almost any audio and video format without having to install special codec packs. It’s relatively small size in terms of disk space consumption and memory …

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Panasonic RP-HC700 Noise Cancelling Headphones Preview

I managed to get some time today to record the preview video for the Panasonic RP-HC700 noise cancelling headphones that I previously unboxed here. In the video, I show you the physical characteristics of the headphones including where the battery is installed and cover off some more of the technical specifications (in which the audiophiles …

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Panasonic RP-HC55 Noise Cancelling Earphones Unboxing

This week I received a pair of noise cancelling headphones but I also received a pair of Panasonic RP-HC55 noise cancelling earphones (which also seem to go by the model number RP-HC55E-S with the S seemingly pertaining to the silver colour). These canal earphones are rated at 88% noise reduction compared to the RP-HC700 headphones …

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