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Interview with the inventor: Nura's adaptive headphones turn our understanding of hearing on its head

Your perception of sound and mine are very, very different. That's why my favorite headphones sound tinny and awful to you, and yours sound woofy and messy to me. People's ears vary so much in physiology that it's like we each get a randomized graphic equalizer at birth, with up to 20 decibel swings each way as we go up and down the audible frequency spectrum. Even your left and right ear are different from one another. Nura's adaptive headphones measure these differences with a short test, then tune themselves so that they sound amazing for every listener. We had a chance to pass them around the Gizmag office and speak with Nura co-founder Kyle Slater. And while it wasn't a surprise that they sounded fantastic, what really blew us away was how terrible they sounded when we tried each other's sonic profiles.Read More

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Bose's latest headphones cut the cables along with background noise

In a continuously cacophonous world, there may be few pleasures greater than a personal bubble of comfortable silence to ease the mind. Bose, known for pioneering active noise cancelling (ANC) tech, has evolved a couple if its top models for a more convenient experience. Both the over-ear QuietComfort 35 and in-ear QuietControl 30 headphones add Bluetooth wireless to the company's leading ANC tech.Read More

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Nura adapts to anatomy for perfectly personalized audio

When new headphones hit the market, many tout hefty hardware specs and/or a varied type of fit for enhanced comfort. But the latest sidesteps this standard approach with a peculiar dual-form that also caters to anyone who can appreciate customized audio. Not only do the Nura headphones combine in- and over-ear styles together as one, its soundwave technology is designed to automatically measure hearing and adapt the sound to match the listener.Read More

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Review: Super-small wireless earbuds pack in big sound and features

Between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, Qi wireless charging and someday possibly Li-Fi, there may very well come a day when kids look back on the 2010's and say, "Can you believe they actually used to use wires?". Certainly one of the more fun aspects of the wireless revolution has been the increasing availability and quality of Bluetooth headphones. A new set of wireless earbuds with built-in microphones has just been released on Kickstarter that truly raise the bar in this arena. We tried them out.Read More

Wearables Review

Pushing my belly and flipping my hood to listen to tunes

Hoodies and headphones go together like Star Wars and sequels. A new company plans to capitalize on that music/clothing combo with the launch of the Hiody sweatshirt on Kickstarter. It embeds headphones in the hood of a premium sweatshirt and a control button just above the pockets. But just how well does the high-tech hoodie work? We got our hands on one to find out.Read More

Home Entertainment Review

Review: Miyo DAC/amp turns up the heat on handy hi-res music listening

Just over a year ago, a bunch of audio nerds launched a Kickstarter to get a new digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp into the hands of fellow high resolution music lovers. The Colorado startup promised backers that the palm-friendly Miyo would deliver the same kind of audio quality and sonic detail found in a professional recording studio. The campaign proved successful and the aluminum brick has since started shipping to consumers. We've spent the last few weeks rocking out with this useful audio toolbox, while also feeling the warmth radiating from the device itself.Read More

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Review: u-Jays on-ear headphones offer easy repair and upgrade

Shelling out a couple of hundred dollars for a pair of high-end headphones is something of an investment, so if they turn out to be fragile or aren't comfortable, it can be a waste of money. Swedish headphone developer Jays has swapped the bells-and-whistles approach for one of comfort and ruggedness for its latest u-Jays on-ear headphones.We plugged in a pair to see how they performed.Read More

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Vie Shair headphones swap cushions for air frames to improve comfort

Even the plushest headphone ear cushions can end up generating fatigue to the point where breaks are necessary. A new startup, based out of Tokyo, Japan, has come up with a headphone design that addresses the stress and heat buildup associated with typical over-ear units. The Vie Shair headphones feature a unique air frame that relieves pressure on the ears while providing more environmental awareness.

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Major release sees Marshall go unplugged

A little over 5 years ago, Marshall teamed up with Sweden's Zound Industries to break into the headphones market with the Major on-ears. Last year, the iconic British amp maker also entered the crowded mobile space with the audiocentric-but-mediocre London smartphone. Music lovers looking to tap into the phone's high quality streaming prowess no longer need to wander off brand, they can now go cable-free with the Major II Bluetooth headphones.Read More

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