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 your… » 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

Save Me From Assassin's Creed III's Nightmarish Hell-Children

The Assassin's Creed series has always been full of weird ambient dialogue. People on the street mutter the same few lines, and the mix never sounds quite right. Most of us have less-than-fond memories of the "Mah-ney mah-ney mah-ney!!" guy from earlier games in the series, and those accursed bums who bump and bug us… » 11/30/12 4:00pm 11/30/12 4:00pm

Without Music Or Gunfire, Black Ops II Becomes A Surreal Symphony Of…

Call of Duty games have a distinctive aural imprint. The whizzing bullets, grunting allies, ringing impacts and of course, the screams of the many men you kill. But what if the game were stripped down to only that last—what if the only things you heard in Call of Duty: Black Ops II were the combatants' voices? » 11/28/12 2:30pm 11/28/12 2:30pm

The First True 7.1 Surround Sound Headset Makes Me Want to Buy a Better…

Back in 2002 I dropped a large chunk of change on a pair of "true" 6.1 surround sound headphones. They were essentially a pair of normal headphones with extra speakers extending out to either side of each ear cup. They looked ridiculous. I loved them.

After spending three weeks with Razer's Tiamat 7.1, the world's… » 4/04/12 2:00pm 4/04/12 2:00pm

Wired for Great Sound, Just Not for Convenience

Making a consumer recommendation on a video game is rather simple: new ones typically cost $60, so the question is whether the thing is worth that. Hardware and peripherals are a bit trickier as a manufacturer can pile on features and conveniences, jacking up the price but, inevitably, making a recommendable luxury. » 1/19/12 6:00pm 1/19/12 6:00pm