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Review: Sony’s $350 WH-1000XM3 headphones live up to the hype

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

In today's $350 wireless, ANC-equipped over-ear headphones space, there are two primary competitors: Bose's QuietComfort 35 II and Sony's WH-1000XM3. Bose has long been championed as the king of the segment by many, but it seems impossible to talk about the QC35 II these days without someone butting in about how the identically-priced 1000XM3 is superior. After some time with the 1000XM3, I understand why everyone has been talking about them.

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Review: Sony's $350 WH-1000XM3 headphones live up to the hype was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Audio-Technica announces high-end ATH-ANC900BT noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Audio-Technica is a fan-favorite manufacturer of comparatively reasonably priced, high-quality audio gear. The company announced a slew of new products at CES this year, including several pairs of new additions to its noise-canceling QuietPoint line. Among those are the ATH-ANC900BT, a pair of high-end wireless cans meant to compete with the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM3.

The ATH-ANC900BT have a nearly-identical frequency response and driver size compared to Sony's latest noise-canceling headphones, and Audio-Technica says they can provide up to 35 hours of wireless playback with active noise cancellation on, or 60 with ANC switched off.

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Audio-Technica announces high-end ATH-ANC900BT noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jabra’s new Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones have Alexa and Assistant built-in

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Assistant-powered hardware is a hot commodity; people much prefer "smart" to "dumb" when it comes to speakers and headphones recently. So Jabra's new Elite 85h headphones — which combine Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant support together with all the other accouterments you expect in a pair of noise-canceling headphones — should end up being pretty popular, assuming they sound good.

We even managed to confirm with a Jabra representative that the Assistant functionality is built-in, and not the typical external shortcut, though there is one twist: we're told the standard "OK Google" hotword is replaced by saying "Assistant" when it is enabled.

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Jabra's new Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones have Alexa and Assistant built-in was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best wireless headphones, USB-C earbuds, and smart speakers you can buy (Winter 2018)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Are you listening to music right now? You probably are. If you're looking to upgrade whatever it is you're listening on, you have a ton of options. Android Police has tested all kinds of headphones and speakers this year, but those reviews are a whole lot of words to read. So here, as part of our Most Wanted series, is a digestible list of the audio gear we're really feeling this year.

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The best wireless headphones, USB-C earbuds, and smart speakers you can buy (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: Top of the class

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

German company Sennheiser has a sterling reputation for creating high-quality audio products, so I was understandably enthused when I learned they were making a pair of true wireless earbuds. These products have improved a great deal since they first burst onto the scene, but they still tend to lag behind wired equivalents in terms of sound and can’t compete with bulkier Bluetooth sets in battery life.

Since Sennheiser is pretty late to the true wireless game, you would hope its engineers have taken their time to craft something superior to the many rival products already on the market.

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: Top of the class was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend poll: What kind of headphones do you use with your smartphone?

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

The fight for the headphone jack seems to be a losing battle, much to my own cable-loving chagrin. With the simultaneous popularity of Bluetooth headphone deals and a growing tolerance for jack-less phones, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the question: What kind of headphones are you using for your phone?

We've done this poll before, and I'd like to see how the number may have changed over the years — specifically if you've been moving to wireless headphones in droves, as comments seem to suggest.

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Weekend poll: What kind of headphones do you use with your smartphone? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Chinese AI company Mobvoi hosted an event in London today, in part to raise awareness for digital wellbeing, but mainly to make two announcements. The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds that we first heard about in April are now on general sale, but the main attraction is the brand new TicWatch C2.

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[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Fast Pair learns to share Bluetooth pairing data across your Android devices — and soon Chromebooks, too

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

With so many phone-makers dropping physical headphone jacks in favor of a Bluetooth-dominated music experience, we're all the more aware of the sacrifices we make going the wireless route. Beyond concerns over latency, battery life, and sound fidelity, it's also important to consider issues with setup; while it's effortless to plug in a pair of wired headphones and immediately get listening, Bluetooth pairing isn't always as straightforward. Last year Google took steps to simplify things with the introduction of its Fast Pair system, and today we get word of the latest Fast Pair enhancements.

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Fast Pair learns to share Bluetooth pairing data across your Android devices — and soon Chromebooks, too was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Bose QuietComfort 25 acoustic noise canceling headphones are $110 on Amazon ($90 off)

Monday, November 26th, 2018

The Bose QuietComfort 25 wired headphone might be a little over four years old, but they still hold up remarkably well as a high-quality acoustic noise canceling headset at a great value. During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales the headphones are even more affordable, dropping from a regular price of roughly $200 to $109.99 on Amazon.

That's almost half off, though the regular price may have been heading downward to begin with.

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Bose QuietComfort 25 acoustic noise canceling headphones are $110 on Amazon ($90 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sennheiser HD1 Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation just $200 ($150 off)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Those "truly wireless" earbuds may seem to be the most popular headphones these days, but there's something to be said for having a set of cans that sit over your ears. Thankfully for fans of the fuller headphone form-factor, Sennheiser's HD1 Bluetooth headphones (complete with Active Noise Cancelation) are on sale at just $200 for Black Friday.

Not all retailers seem to be participating — Best Buy, for example, seems to think $350 is a discount.

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Sennheiser HD1 Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation just $200 ($150 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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