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Bluetooth Earbuds That Are Tangle-Proof and Hard to Lose

FOR ANY MUSIC lover who longs to be untethered from a smartphone, Bluetooth headphones look like they’d offer the ultimate freedom. In reality, though, they can be harder to live with than expected. Totally wire-free models, like Apple’s futuristic AirPods, are easy to lose. Over-the-ear models weigh you down too much to feel truly liberating. And those Bluetooth ’buds whose earpieces are linked by a single wire have their drawbacks, too: subpar battery life and unwieldy...

Klipsch and Capitol Records Introduce Special Edition Speakers

INDIANAPOLIS, IND, Aug. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Klipsch®, a tech-driven audio company, and Capitol Records®, one of the world’s preeminent record companies and biggest hit maker of our time, today announces the launch of a special edition series of Klipsch and Capitol Records co-branded Heritage and Heritage Wireless speakers. These two iconic brands have united to celebrate over seven decades of bringing the power, detail, and emotion of live music to life and into homes.The Klipsch...

Readers' Choice Awards 2017: Headphones and Speakers

Your speakers and headphones of choice may say a lot about you and your tastes. Do you choose the most basic, utilitarian option? Do you select one with a recognizable logo? If so, do you do so because of the sound quality or the prestige? Or is your choice purely about getting the best audio for your buck?Regardless of your motivations, this month's PCMag Readers' Choice Award survey will help you figure out which brands do the best job delighting their users and which leave them...

Fiio X5 Gen III Digital Audio Player with F5 Balanced In-Ear Headphones: Great Sound at an Entry-Level Price Point

Last year I reviewed Fiio's M3 DAP, which broke the mold and set new standards for great-sounding, CD-quality, microscopically sized DAPs at the sub-$100 USD price point. But if you wanted a more full-featured unit—especially on a budget—you were basically out of luck, with the only real competition starting at about the $500 USD mark. And if you want anything that most people consider truly respectable, try quadrupling that figure (at the time) for an Astell and Kern or the like. Fiio's...