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Hush earplugs are designed to block out noise and to further mask noise with soothing soun...

Trying to get to sleep when there's unwanted noise in the background can be a fruitless and frustrating experience. You could try and block out the noise with earplugs, but sometimes that's just not enough. The new Hush earplugs are controlled by a smartphone and mask noise with soothing sounds.  Read More

The Helios Bluetooth solar-powered headphones use a photovoltaic panel to draw on power fr...

We first came across the idea of solar-powered Bluetooth headphones back in 2009. Five years later, the proliferation of Bluetooth LE and the capability of today's solar cells has given London-based startup Exod the tools needed to turn the concept into reality. With its Helios headphones, the company is dangling the prospect of a dangle-free listening experience in front of mobile music lovers.  Read More

Archt One delivers even, omnidirectional sound (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

Last month, Gizmag reported on the Archt One (pronounced "ark-one") Kickstarter kick-off and its promise to fill a room with consistent, high quality omnidirectional sound via its warhead-shaped wireless speaker. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out a demo unit at home for a few days to see if the Archt keeps its promise.  Read More

The line array being tested at the University of Southampton's Institute of Sound and Vibr...

It's a classic situation ... a family is watching TV, but in order for the grandparents to be able to hear it, the volume is turned up too loud for everyone else's liking. A PhD student from the University of Southampton, however, might have a solution. Marcos Simón has developed a speaker system that projects high-volume audio to just one spot in the room.  Read More

YouTube has launched an invite-only beta of a subscription music service

YouTube's long-rumored music service will soon be a reality, Google announced Wednesday. Dubbed YouTube Music Key, the monthly subscription service launched an invite-only beta with minimal details.  Read More

When you dive into the app it becomes pretty clear how much effort Parrot has put into its...

Around two years after the release of its Zik headphones, Parrot is again looking to prick up the ears of audiophiles after a wireless listening solution. The Zik 2.0 headphones are to be released next week, and after a little hands on time with its new set of cans, our early observations are they provide an impressive listening experience.  Read More

The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first portable Bluetooth speaker

Portable Bluetooth speakers are handy for listening to music on the go, but freeing yourself from the hassle of wires doesn't mean much if you're always fretting over battery life. Bang & Olufsen's BeoPlay A2 may have you covered in this regard, as it promises 24 hours of continuous playback from a single charge – which the firm reckons is unmatched for a speaker of its size and type.  Read More

3D sound and 360 degree panoramic images help visitors get a real feel for a city

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the sights and sounds of cities like New York, San Francisco, Stockholm or Oslo without leaving home, take a look at the Sound City Project, an immersive audiovisual experience combining 3D sounds and panoramic views of popular and iconic world locations.  Read More

The researchers behind the Ear-IT project say a city's acoustics can help reduce traffic c...

As the Internet of Things starts to take hold, we're seeing the emergence of gadgets equipped with all kinds of sensors to improve the world around us, from energy-saving climate control systems to smart locks for the front door. But have you ever thought about how sound might be measured and used to bring another level of automation? For the last two years, the Ear-IT project has been monitoring acoustics in the Spanish city of Santander, and says the results could improve the lives of its residents in ways ranging from improved traffic flow to energy savings in the home.  Read More

The Soundbox Desk and accompanying chair is crafted from acacia wood, copper and steel

If you like your audio equipment with a vintage feel, there's a whole host of devices blending new technologies with an old-school aesthetic. Then again, if you're going to cast your mind back, while not go all the way back? Herein lies the thinking behind Korean metal art and design student Jina U's Soundbox Desk, a unique design that uses a phonograph-style horn to amplify the audio from your smart phone, without the need for electricity.  Read More

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