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The Magzet allows users to plug in their audio devices with safer, easier-to-use magnets

One of the least exciting pieces of technology on a smartphone is the 3.5 mm audio jack. There's not a lot of room to make changes there, but Magzet is aiming to do some innovating by turning any audio jack into a magnet connector. It's a simple change, but one that promises to make plugging in audio devices easier, and a whole lot cooler.  Read More

B&O sound is coming to HP devices

Your next HP laptop will have premium audio powered by Bang & Olufsen rather than Beats, after the electronics giant drew its existing partnership to a close. The end to the HP/Beats deal, which has been in place since 2009, was widely predicted after Apple purchased Dr. Dre's music company for US$3 billion last May.  Read More

Arrays of gold, pillar-supported bowtie nanoantennas have been used to record audio inform...

The use of optical sound-on-film recording on early movie films revolutionized the motion picture industry and remained the standard method of audio recording in that medium for more than 80 years. Now researchers from the University of Illinois have emulated that feat in miniature by claiming to have recorded the world's first optically encoded audio onto a plasmonic film substrate. The size of human hair, this substrate has a capacity over five-and-a-half thousand times greater than conventional analog magnetic recording media.  Read More

Melomind is a hew headset and app aimed at helping users to manage stress (Photo: Stu Roba...

The emergence of consumer electroencephalography (EEG) devices is giving us new ways to monitor and train our brains. One such device is the Melomind, which promises to help users better manage stress. To do so, it delivers 15-minute sessions of specially designed music.  Read More

S-Bubble has a plastic screw-on cover (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

Ours is a world overflowing with Bluetooth speakers, all trying to set themselves apart from the growing pack. One of the latest features in that quest is buoyancy. We've reviewed higher-end speakers like the Nyne Aqua that really do deliver a floating party, and there's others on the lower-end that disappoint – like the S-Bubble from little-known company Slive.  Read More

The Uamp is small enough to fit in the coin pocket of a pair of jeans

The speakers on many smartphones can be painfully lacking in detail and bottom end, and really start to distort when the volume is pushed to levels guaranteed to annoy fellow commuters. Listening to music with the help of the built-in headphone jack will almost certainly offer an improved sonic experience, but high quality? Probably not. External headphone amps can help to increase the quality of mobile music devices, but (with some notable exceptions) these can add significant bulk to your pocket. A tiny new headphone amp named Uamp is making a bid for production on Kickstarter and, though small in size, its makers reckon that portable music lovers are in for a clearer, louder and richer listening experience.  Read More

Oppo Digital's PM-3 closed-back planar magnetic headphones with the company's HA-2 portabl...

Oppo Digital has added a new pair of planar magnetic headphones to its existing PM-1 and PM-2 models. At just over 10 oz, the company claims that the stylish PM-3 cans are the world's lightest closed-back planar magnetic headphones, while also holding the promise of audiophile-pleasing performance without the audiophile price tag.  Read More

The Splash Tunes Pro delivers plenty of sound for the bathroom (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.co...

We're really beginning to like singing (or arguing with out favorite podcasts) in the shower, thanks to the Splash Tunes Pro waterproof shower speaker from FresheTech. This small, unassuming suction cup-mounted Bluetooth speaker delivers a surprising amount of sound in a speaker that costs US$70.  Read More

The car really stands out when it's finished in this particular shade of blue (Photo: Loz ...

The latest Audi Q7 will be going in to battle with some seriously tough competition in the luxury SUV market – as well as the usual suspects like BMW’s X5 and Mercedes’ ML-Class (soon to be GLE-Class), Volvo has thrown its hat into the ring with the new XC90. To set it apart from the crowd, Ingolstadt’s finest sound engineers have created the new 3D Sound system, which Gizmag tried out at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.  Read More

The Meteor M2 multimedia stereo speaker system from Samson Technologies (Photo: Paul Ridde...

Among the raft of new consumer audio products that Samson Technologies took to CES last month was a desktop speaker system for computers, laptops and tablets. The company says that the Meteor M2 stereo speakers promise studio quality sound that breaks barriers in desktop audio at volumes that go "well beyond its compact size." We got our hands on a review system and have spent much of this month putting those claims to the test.  Read More

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