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A new audio brand spun out of Japan’s NTT is showing off some personal audio tech at CES 2024 that is remarkable not for what it has, but what it…

Nwm’s open-air headphones are literally not there

For years, any time someone asked which brand of headphones they should buy for a flight, the answer was a simple one syllable: Bose. The company’s QuietComfort line had long…

Bose QuietComfort Ultra earn their name and maybe even their $429 price tag

Seeing as how 700 is the largest number known to humankind, Bose has shifted into Ultra mode for its top of the line QuietComfort wireless headphones. The QuietComfort 700s were…

Bose upgrades its QuietComfort line

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Former Bose employees are resurrecting Sleepbuds

I can’t recall a piece of hardware of recent vintage that I wanted to like more than Bose Sleepbuds. That made them all the more frustrating. In recent years, I’ve been on a kind of mini-quest to find a suitable pair of sleeping headphones. As a terrible sleeper, I love the idea, but the reality…

6:00 am PDT • August 22, 2023
Former Bose employees are resurrecting Sleepbuds

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After five years, Beats Studio 3’s replacement is finally here

Next week, Beats will have debuted its first product 15 years ago. The headphone maker quickly established itself as a status symbol, on the strength of partnerships with musicians and sports influencers. It was a rare feat in the world of consumer electronics, where cool factor largely takes a back seat to functionality. For Beats,…

7:00 am PDT • July 19, 2023
After five years, Beats Studio 3’s replacement is finally here

Nura suffered the same quiet fate as countless startups before. The innovative Australian firm was effectively acqui-hired by Masimo, which has been amassing its own arm of audio brands. The…

These are the first Denon-branded Nura headphones

Every so often, a new startup crosses your radar and reminds you how exciting hardware can be. It’s a relative rarity in consumer electronics, a category dominated by corporations like…

Headphone startup Nura gets acqui-hired by Denon parent, Masimo

Back in August, the FDA announced it was making a big change in the world of hearing aids: From October onward, hearing aids would be available without a prescription, over…

Hearing aids may be the surprise holiday gift category nobody saw coming

When Nothing was unveiled early last year, founder Carl Pei promised that the hardware startup had a full road map. Early stories about the London-based firm alluded to a pitch…

Nothing is prepping a new pair of earbuds

The first AirPods Pro were a revelation. It felt like Apple was finally all in on doing a pair of earbuds right — a big change from the days of…

Let’s check out the new AirPods Pro

We review a lot of headphones and earbuds here at TechCrunch, and most of them compete for the low- or mid-range of the earbud market. With price points ranging from…

Angry Miao’s Cyberblade gaming earbuds are the pinnacle of overengineering

Apple and Kim Kardashian announced their first collaboration this week, taking the Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds to new, nude-toned heights. In hues so neutral they could make even Sir…

Apple announces ‘Beats x Kim’ collab, but all I see is shapewear

Today, Netflix announced that it is bringing spatial audio to all devices with the aim of enhancing the listening experience throughout its catalog of original titles. Currently, the content that…

Netflix rolls out spatial audio to all devices, available for ‘Stranger Things’ and more

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Nura brings its killer audio tech to a pair of pro earbuds

Few consumer electronics categories matured as quickly as wireless earbuds. We went from the first good implementation of the technology to near ubiquity, seemingly overnight. Suddenly a good pair is cheap and they seem to be everywhere. It’s precisely for this reason that it’s become nearly impossible to distinguish yourself from the masses of companies…

5:00 am PDT • June 28, 2022
Nura brings its killer audio tech to a pair of pro earbuds

The other day, Brian reported on Sony’s new LinkBuds headphones, including its partnership with “what if Brian Eno was a piece of computer software” app Endel. The company uses really…

Endel’s generative soundscapes show up in Sony’s new headphones

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Sony delivers a killer new pair of earbuds

Surprise! While we were all (understandably) preoccupied with the latest addition to Sony’s excellent over-ear headphones, the LinkBuds S managed to mostly fly under the radar. This likely happened for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the company’s confusing naming scheme. It’s not clear where the new earbuds slot in at…

9:00 am PDT • May 18, 2022
Sony delivers a killer new pair of earbuds

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The best headphones just got better (and pricier)

When it comes to headphones, Sony’s got to work harder than many. Apple, Samsung, even Google — these companies are able to move a lot of product based largely on their smartphone businesses. That’s not a knock against any of the above — all make varying degrees of perfectly fine to great headphones — it’s…

9:00 am PDT • May 12, 2022
The best headphones just got better (and pricier)

The Pixel Buds Pro seem understandably destined to get lost in the shuffle (deluge, really) of today’s Google hardware announcements — so we’ll keep things relatively short. The tl;dr here…

Google finally brings noise cancellation to Pixel Buds

Sony makes some of the best headphones. The WF-1000xm5? Terrific. WH-1000xm4? Fantastic. One of the best things about the latter is their noise canceling. It’s true that they’re long overdue…

Sony’s new headphones have giant holes to let sound in

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Our favorite wireless earbuds

Earbuds should be easy to review. Compared to the myriad other product categories we look at day in, day out, there aren’t that many variables. Do they sound good? How’s the battery life? What about the noise canceling? How do they fit? That last bit is, of course, highly subjective — even more so than…

9:28 am PDT • November 1, 2021
Our favorite wireless earbuds

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Beats Fit Pro review: Ahead of the pack

The thing that makes earbuds supremely difficult to review is that no two sets of ears are exactly the same. Heck, no two ears are exactly the same, period. As someone prone to pain using the wrong set for an extended period, I can appreciate the importance of finding the right pair. When the Beats…

7:00 am PDT • November 1, 2021
Beats Fit Pro review: Ahead of the pack

AirPods are nearly five years old, and while the product line has seen some major additions over the years, things have looked pretty similar for the entry-level product. Today, Apple…

Apple announces third-generation AirPods with new design, spatial audio

Following a spate of leaks, Bose this morning announced the latest addition to its well-loved over-ear headphones. The QuietComfort 45 (which replace the 35 II) sport improved noise cancellation and…

Bose’s QuietComfort 45 arrive September 23 for $330

It’s been a busy summer for Clubhouse. The hit social audio app rolled out new messaging features and an Android app over the last few months and now the company…

Clubhouse is adding spatial audio effects to make users feel like they’re really in the room

If you use AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, your mobile Netflix watching is about to get a bit more immersive. Yesterday, Netflix confirmed that it has begun rolling out spatial…

Spatial audio is coming to Netflix on iPhone and iPad

Some Bluetooth bugginess and questionable mic performance aside, I liked the NuraTrue quite a bit. And obviously, I’m always in favor of smaller companies mixing it up with tech giants,…

Nura offers a smaller, cheaper version of its wireless earbuds for rent

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Nura finally goes fully wireless with the NuraTrue buds

The NuraTrue earbuds announced today mark the company’s third entry into the headphone market, following the over-ear Nuraphones and the tethered Nuraloop.

7:00 am PDT • July 28, 2021
Nura finally goes fully wireless with the NuraTrue buds

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Here’s Nothing’s $99 Ear (1) buds

It’s been just over five months since Carl Pei first told the world about Nothing. Perhaps it’s just the way time moves these days or maybe it’s the fact that the company has trickled out information in the intervening months. Whatever the case, it feels like we’ve been waiting on today’s full Ear (1) reveal…

6:30 am PDT • July 27, 2021
Here’s Nothing’s $99 Ear (1) buds

Fittingly, we don’t know a lot about Nothing. The young hardware startup has, however, done a stellar job building hype around precisely that fact. In the lead up to the…

Nothing’s Ear (1) earbuds will feature noise cancelling and run $99

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Beats Studio Buds offer a compact design, noise-canceling and Android/iOS fast pairing at $150

When they were released in 2019, Powerbeats Pro were standouts. Two-plus years later, they remain one of the more well-rounded wireless earbuds on the market. There are things I would change, of course. Even in 2019, that charging case was ridiculously large. In 2021, the original case is all the more absurd. And, of course,…

8:00 am PDT • June 14, 2021
Beats Studio Buds offer a compact design, noise-canceling and Android/iOS fast pairing at $150