At first glance, this appears to be a typical portable cassette player from the 1980s, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that Pl8ty is actually a Bluetooth 5.0 speaker. That’s right, it doubles as a 3200mAh power-bank and uses your smartphone as a cassette. Features include real playback buttons, a volume knob, headphone jack, USB-C port, and an aux-in so you can connect the speaker to an external device. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Bose Sleepbuds II feature much better noise masking than its predecessor and introduce new categories of content to combat the other barrier to rest: the inability to relax. This model combines new acoustic as well as electronics design, a revamped enclosure that’s lighter than a dime, new proprietary ear tips for a secure, super-soft fit, and over 35 free tracks. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones are touted as the best in the lineup yet, and you can get a pair for $199.95 shipped, today only, originally $299.95. This model builds upon Solo3 Wireless’ award-winning sound profile with an evolved acoustic platform, a refined driver with optimized diaphragm geometries, two beam-forming microphones, an updated speech-detecting accelerometer and Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC). Product page. Read more for a hands-on review and additional information.
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US Customs and Border Protection mistakenly seized a shipment of OnePlus Buds this past weekend at John F. Kennedy International Airport and touted them as counterfeit electronic goods. That’s right, CBP officers thought they had seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod Earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility, and they went on to say that if “the merchandise were genuine, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been $398,000.” Read more for a hands-on video of the OnePlus Buds to see just how close they are to AirPods.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds have leaked, and they are almost ready to take on the AirPods Pro, or just anyone looking for an alternative. Originally called the Noise-Cancelling Earbuds 700, this device claims to offer 6-hours on a full charge and a perfect for taking phone calls, thanks to a custom-designed microphone array. Each pair also come with the company’s popular StayHear Max tips, complete with an integrated stability arc, that are both sweat and water resistant.Read more for the leaked teaser trailer and additional information.
Sony’s WHXB900N Noise Cancelling Headphones offer heart thumping bass, and you can pick up a pair for $148 shipped, today only, originally $248. In addition to Alexa voice control, Sony’s noise cancellation technology uses additional microphones to assist in isolating sound while talking on the phone, resulting in improved phone call quality as well as audio. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Anker’s Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker boasts 24-hour battery life to play your audio playing all day long, and you can get one for $20.79 after clipping the on-page 10% off coupon, today only, originally $29.99. Featuring dual full-range drivers, a patented bass port, fine-tuned Digital Signal Processor, and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Sony’s SRS-XB12 Mini Bluetooth Speaker has more bass than you’d expect from a device this size, and you can pick one up for $38 shipped, today only, originally $59.99. It features a passive radiator that works together with the monaural speaker to enhance low-end tones, giving the bass a boost despite the compact size. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Anker’s Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are perfect for train, bus, as well as plane rides, and you can get a pair for $39.99 shipped, this week only, originally $59.99. It uses custom 40mm dynamic drivers reproduce music with rich details and amazing clarity for a heightened listening experience. Built-in internal and external microphones are designed to cancel out an extended range of low and mid-frequency noises, like airplane engines and traffic. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Anyone seeking an AirPods alternative should consider the new OnePlus Buds, which packs high-tech features like Warp Charging, while delivering high-quality audio playback. What is Warp Charging? Just a 10 minute charge is enough to keep the music going for up to 10 hours, thanks to its 430mAh battery in the case and each earphone having a 35mAh battery. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on video review, and additional information.