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Are Beats Headphones Really Designed To Trick You?

Last month, Beats by Dre headphones went in for a thorough slagging across the internet, and on this here blog, on the basis of a teardown of the flashy cans. The exercise, conducted by a venture capital outfit called Bolt that focuses on hardware startups, seemed to prove that the headphones were a sham. It turns out… » 7/10/15 7:19pm 7/10/15 7:19pm

Save Nearly 50% on These High-End Computer Speakers

M-Audio’s AV 40s are The Wirecutter’s favorite computer speakers, but awfully pricey at their usual $150. Today only though, B&H will sell you a pair for just $80, which is the best price we’ve ever seen. If you want a pair, I suspect these will sell out early, so secure yours quickly. [M-Audio AV 40 Computer Speakers » 6/29/15 6:15pm 6/29/15 6:15pm

Cut the Cord With These $30 On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

We’ve seen lots of Bluetooth earbuds in the $20-$30 range, but if you prefer on-ears, this is one of the best deals we’ve seen to date. Etekcity’s RoverBeats F1 Bluetooth headphones boast 10 hours of battery life, a built-in mic for handsfree calls, and a 4.4 star review average. [Etekcity RoverBeats F1: Bluetooth… » 6/18/15 6:15pm 6/18/15 6:15pm

Samsung's New Speakers Are Basically Portal Guns

Samsung says these fancy wireless speakers were created at a "state-of-the-art audio lab in Valencia, California." We know better. They're clearly the product of Aperture Science, the secret think tank responsible for a hilarious murderous artificial intelligence, not to mention one hell of a teleportation tool. » 12/30/14 2:38am 12/30/14 2:38am

I'm Finally Starting To Like It When The PS4 Controller Talks

Ever since I started playing games on my PS4, one thing about the console's controller has always stood out to me. It makes a lot of noise. Audio feedback is nothing new or unique to the DualShock 4, but it's particularly...noticeable on the thing. Like the controller is nudging you and shouting, "Hey! I'm over here!" » 12/08/14 4:42pm 12/08/14 4:42pm

The Best Sound Bar

The SONOS PLAYBAR exemplifies what we look for in a sound bar, and you agree, having crowned it the best in the category after almost 5000 votes. The PLAYBAR isn't just a beautiful object, it's also easy to set up and easy on the ears, and brings with it an optional ecosystem of speakers and subwoofers to fill… » 10/06/14 3:46pm 10/06/14 3:46pm

What's the Best Sound Bar?

A sound bar is by far the easiest way to upgrade your living room audio, without all the potential complications that come with speaker installation. There are quite a few great models to choose from, so today we're calling on you to get in the comments and nominate your favorite. Tell us, which sound bar is the best? » 9/29/14 2:45pm 9/29/14 2:45pm

Five Best Headphones

After a huge number of nominations , we have your five choices for Best Headphones. Even more compelling is that three of your five picks are the same as the contenders from Lifehacker's 2012 Hive Five , which really speaks to the quality of these cans. Head for the comments and vote by starring your favorite. » 8/07/14 4:15pm 8/07/14 4:15pm

The Best Desktop Computer Speakers

Taking more than double the votes of the runner-up, the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speaker System is your choice for best desktop speakers. The fact that these same speakers won Lifehacker's Desktop Speaker Hive Five back in 2012 make the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 one of our most definitive winners and easiest… » 4/21/14 10:15am 4/21/14 10:15am

Forza Developer: Cars Are Basically Big Trumpets

"The best way I've ever been able to describe a car is think of it as a really complicated wind instrument. The engine is sucking air in, it's causing an explosion, and it's sucking air out. That creates a note that resonates through the pipe much as you would with a brass instrument. By adjusting the length and the… » 12/11/12 6:00pm 12/11/12 6:00pm