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Computers

Beats is out, B&O is in for HP laptops and tablets

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

Science

World's first plasmonic nanostructure recording could produce storage breakthrough

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

Music Review

Review: S-Bubble Floating Bluetooth Speaker

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

Electronics

Tiny Uamp turns your music-playing smartphone into a portable hi-fi

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

Automotive

Ears-on with Audi's 3D Sound system

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

Computers Review

Review: Meteor M2 multimedia stereo speaker system

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

Home Entertainment Review

Review: A-Audio Icon and Legacy headphones

When it comes to over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones, good sound quality can leave a lot to be desired. A-Audio is a relative newcomer to the already crowded headphone market, but its headphones are designed to offer excellent sound in a plush and stylish build. A-Audio sent us two pairs to review, its Legacy wired headphones and the Icon Bluetooth headphones. Here's our look at both models and how they performed. Read More

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