How to equalize: Fine Tune your listening experience

Just cut all frequencies above 20 kHz-ish to get rid of excess highs that you can’t even hear. This is called adding a low-pass filter. Once you’ve done that, just tweak the points until those cymbals are just how you like them. Remember, even if you’re just learning how to …

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How to edit your voice: get a perfect voice recording

Use the de-esser. If you’re like me, proximity to your microphone means very sibilant vocals. If you find your s, sh, f, and other high-frequency sounds are really grating in your voice recording: use the de-esser. This is a tool that will take a certain range of frequencies that make up these sounds …

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The ultimate guide to audio connections

If you ever caught yourself wondering how audio gets transferred between devices, this is for you. In this article, we'll go over the headphone jack, USB-C, speaker wires, RCA cables, and optical cables just to name a few!

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How to podcast at home: Become a stay-at-home superstar

Once you’ve taken steps to mitigate echoes and noise, the next step is to gather your equipment. The first thing you’re going to need is a dedicated microphone, though we recommend limiting your search to microphones that are designed for podcasting.Depending on how deep down this rabbit hole you want to go, you have a lot to choose from.There are some ways to record a …

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How to read audio charts: Everything you need to know

The charts used at SoundGuys illustrate how sounds on the frequency spectrum are reproduced by the audio device being assessed, using a decibel scale on the vertical (y) axis, and a logarithmic frequency scale along the bottom (x-axis). You’ll notice that our response charts hover around the 0dB point on the y axis.

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How to properly power your speakers

You’ll need the formula 1/Ωtotal = 1/Ω1 + 1/Ω2 + 1/Ω3 + …. For example, two 4Ω speakers in parallel have a combined impedance of 2Ω. Or a more complex connection of two 4Ω and one 6Ω speakers have an impedance of just 1.5Ω. This is important to know, as parallel connections can easily load down your amplifier, causing it to

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How to connect speakers to your TV

Step 1: Look at the back of your TV. If you can see and access the panel where your TV’s inputs and outputs reside, then great! Move on to step 2 immediately. If your TV is already mounted to the wall and you can’t see the outputs, you may want to check the user manual or do an online search for your specific model.

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Field recording: A beginner's guide to quality audio

The lav microphone is very commonly used outside because of its portability. Whether you’re a reporter on the go or making a short travel vlog for your YouTube channel, lav mics are small and easy to use.If you’re short on audio engineers and are doing everything yourself, being able to get clean audio from something that fits in your pocket can be powerful.

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How to choose a microphone: Everything you need to know

The first kind of microphone is a dynamic microphone. If you picture the mic that a singer or even your favorite comedian uses on stage, you’re most likely picturing a dynamic microphone. These microphones do great in noisy environments. They have a small coil on the inside that’s sensitive to sound vibrations.

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The ultimate guide to Bluetooth headphones: Wired is still

Look, we get it: Bluetooth headphones are convenient.It’s the K-cup coffee machine of audio. Like the aforementioned liquid sadness brewer, Bluetooth is a crappy, expensive facsimile of the real deal—but many, many people enjoy it because it’s …

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Ear tips: How to find the right ones for that perfect

Typically, a quick visit to a manufacturer’s website will do the trick. Comply walks users through finding compatible ear tips via its “find your fit” module. This is a basic, step-by-step process that guarantees compatibility. As you can see, there are a few variables when it …

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Everything you need to know about surround sound in

You may have seen terms like spatial audio, 7.1, DTS, surround sound, and 3D sound in marketing materials when shopping for headphones—and not just for gaming headsets—but how does surround sound in headphones work exactly?. Let’s dig into the history of surround sound, learn a little about the tech that makes headphone surround work, and take a look at the competing standards.

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How to find new music

The act of finding new songs isn’t really an exercise in finding music: it’s often a search for an emotional payoff. If you want to chase a feeling, you need to be able to have that feeling in the first place. If you’re looking for new jams, you need to know what you’re feeling right now, and where you want to go when you find the right

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DAC issues: How to get rid of pops and connection errors

Another simple solution is to add an externally powered USB hub between your computer and your DAC. This will supply ample power to the DAC that the underpowered USB ports just can’t deliver. It’s also a good idea to reserve the hub for the DAC alone. Try a different USB port. DACs can have issues with USB 3.0.

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Vinyl: Is it better than streaming or should we stay digital

Vinyl has a number of physical limitations to consider. If the frequency of the recorded audio is low and the amplitude is too high (loud), the needle becomes prone to bouncing out of the groove and causes the record to skip. Audio engineers apply specific mixing rules to music recorded to vinyl to prevent skips and tracking errors.

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FLAC files: How to get the most out of them

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, and it’s a digital audio file format like MP3, but with a major, important difference: it is a lossless file type—meaning that no audio data is discarded during the encoding process.This results in significantly larger files than MP3, but you can rest assured that there’s no detail missing from the files you’re hearing.

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How speakers work: The basics to start

How speakers work: the basics. A speaker driver is the raw electroacoustic component that makes a loudspeaker work. As a transducer, its function is to transform energy from one form to another. Specifically, this transducer transforms the amplified electrical waves from your playback device, be that your phone or the cartridge of your

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The ultimate guide to Bluetooth headphones: aptX and aptX

Let’s face it: Bluetooth audio quality has never really been good enough to satisfy the pickiest listeners out there, and a number of competing “high quality”codecs have appeared to fill the void in quality left by the default low-complexity sub-band codec found on all Bluetooth headsets.Qualcomm’s aptX is the most commonly supported alternative in both headphone and smartphone

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How to comfortably wear headphones with glasses

Clamping force makes a world of difference. The Beats Solo and Beats Solo Pro line of headphones clamp too tightly to be comfortable headphones with glasses. Another thing to keep in mind for headphones with glasses is clamping force. Any pressure placed on the head, especially on the sides, will be felt even more when wearing glasses.

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How to clean your AirPods Pro

To clean your AirPods Pro case, wipe its surface using a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. If you must, you can slightly dampen the cloth with isopropyl alcohol to get rid of any grime. Don't get any liquid in the charging ports or metal contacts. To keep your case nice and …

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YouTube Music Premium review

YouTube Music is YouTube’s counter to other popular ad-free streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.. YouTube Music Premium has officially taken Google Play Music’s place in the streaming service sphere. Read on: From Google Play Music to YouTube Music, finally forced to switch YouTube Music offers a vast library of official and unofficial music videos that populate search

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How to fix problems with Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are a very popular pair of headphones, and for good reason. They have accurate sound quality, integrated smart assistants, and remain some of the best noise cancelling headphones available. With so many features, it may be difficult to understand how to …

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How do noise-cancelling headphones work

The microphone array (shown here as the holes in the side) records the noise around you to calculate how to cancel it. Headphones make use of this by way of tiny microphones on the outside of your headphones. They listen to the ambient noise around you, and then the onboard electronics take it from there. The headphones then create sound that

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How to fix problems with AirPods

How to pair with iOS devices. If you’re on iOS then the process for pairing your AirPods is super easy. All you have to do is flip the lid open on the AirPods or AirPods Pro near an iOS device. A card will pop up on your iPhone or iPad that will show a quick animation of the earbuds with a small button that says “Connect” for you to press.

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Beats Solo Pro review

iPhone users will get the most out of the Beats Solo Pro because of the H1 chip. This allows for hands-free access to Siri, immediate pairing, and greater power efficiency than when used with Android devices. Fashion-forward listeners will turn heads at these headphones. Whether you go with a muted or vivid color palette, the physical design of the headset is clean and attractive.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 review

Among the best in its class, the Sony WH-1000XM4 offers very good noise cancelation and isolation. Plots like the one above give a rough idea of how much noise is cancelled across the audible spectrum of 20Hz – 20kHZ (the limits of human hearing). Taller peaks in the chart above correspond to more noise being removed.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen) review

The speaker has multiple microphones that make it great at picking up your voice. The Amazon Echo (4th Gen) is, well, the fourth generation of its popular smart speaker. The original Echo looked like a large soda can but every model since then has been progressively more refined (and round). The third-generation Echo was a small, doughy-looking

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Bone conduction headphones: Gimmick or godsend

Although true wireless earbuds have been hogging the limelight as of late, there’s another breed of specialized wireless earphones garnering attention: bone conduction headphones. These have deep-seated roots in the hearing aid industry, but naysayers and die-hard fans are abound.Let’s break down whether or not bone conduction headsets are a gimmick or something more.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review

Samsung noted the Galaxy Buds’ wild success and took a calculated approach to the Buds Plus: these are virtually identical to last year’s model with most of the changes taking place under the housings.. The all-plastic build feels cheap, but has its benefits by keeping the earphones lightweight, comfortable, and lest we forget: affordable.

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Anker Soundcore Life Q35 review

Anker has made a name for itself in various affordable consumer electronics markets. Under the Soundcore name, the company is now attempting a coup in the audio industry with premium features at a fraction of the cost of the competition.The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 is the company’s latest pair of flagship over-ear headphones, and seemingly attempts to pack as many features as possible …

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Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar review

When the soundbar is calibrating, it will play a series of sweeps to help it map out the room. This helps the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar to not only determine how best to adjust its own performance, but also figure out how to use the room around it to create a …

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Best PlayStation 5 headsets of 2021

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P leaves the right features to the console. Now that we know for sure the PlayStation 5 3D Audio feature works with just about every gaming headset that can connect to the console, there’s not a whole lot of reason to stick to just Sony-built headsets like the Pulse 3D.

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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review

These over-ears offer plenty of great features that go toe-to-toe with the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2. You’ll get solid noise cancelling, good sound quality, Bluetooth 5.1, the aptX HD codec, Bluetooth multipoint, and great battery life. These aren’t as sleek looking as the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 and they also don’t have as

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Anker Soundcore Spirit X2 review

The microphone quality isn’t perfect but it sounds good enough for phone calls while out and about. The Anker Soundcore Spirit X2 true wireless earbuds do have a microphone and it’s actually really good. Considering the price and the use case of these headphones I was not expecting them to sound as good as they do.

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Turtle Beach Recon 500 review: Simple, yet unremarkable

The headset comes in black, as well as gray camo. The Turtle Beach Recon 500 is a pretty good gaming headset—it’s comfortable, it sounds pretty good, and it has a great microphone. It’s easy to set up, and requires very little fiddling to use. At just under $80 USD, it’s …

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Skullcandy Crusher Evo review

The company is best known for its cheaper earbuds but today we’re looking at the Skullcandy Crusher Evo which has Bluetooth 5.0, an adjustable bass slider, and is priced around $200 USD. Editor’s note: this Skullcandy Crusher Evo review was updated on May 5, 2021, to update the scoring with the results of our audience poll.

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Sennheiser PXC 550-II review

Sennheiser usually pays little mind to gimmicks and marketing ploys, and instead puts all of its efforts toward functionality and sound quality. The company takes that same approach to the Sennheiser PXC 550-II noise cancelling headphones, a long-awaited upgrade to …

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JBL LIVE 300 TWS review

JBL is the king of the hill when it comes to speakers, but it has a slew of true wireless offerings too.Today, we’re looking at the JBL LIVE 300 TWS, a pair of pedestrian true wireless buds with smart features like Google Assistant and various listening modes to keep you safe. The LIVE 300 TWS is billed as the headset for everyone, so let’s put that notion to the test.

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Jabra Elite 75t review

7.8. Comfort. 8.5. 6.9. Bottom Line. The Jabra elite 75t aren’t perfect, but they’re still great. If you want a pair of everyday true wireless earbuds to throw in your pocket on your way to work, in the gym after, and then while errands on the weekend, these are the way to go. 7.9.

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Sony WF-SP800N review

Sony claims that the WF-SP800N true wireless earbuds will get nine hours of constant playback and in our testing that was pretty spot on. At a constant output of 75dB, we recorded 9 hours, 56 minutes of constant playback which is impressive. Unfortunately, the case only has one extra charge in it, so as soon as you charge up the earbuds from 0

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Master & Dynamic MW08 review

The Master and Dynamic MW08 earbuds feel solid, like precision pieces in a clock. They’re made of ceramic, aluminum, and stainless steel. Our test pair is in the white ceramic colorway, which is a pleasing slightly grey-toned white. It’s different from Apple’s signature stark white, but it will still match your other devices.

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OnePlus Buds Z review

The OnePlus Buds Z is a very good pair of earbuds for anyone on a budget, and it’s’ among our favorite true wireless earbuds under $50. Sure, the limited onboard controls are an inconvenience, but that can be addressed with a firmware update. What the earbuds do, they do well: fast charging is superb, as is the IP55 durability certification.

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JBL Clip 3 review: A great speaker but the Clip 4 is

One of the best features of the Clip 3 is that, yes, it’s actually waterproof. You can completely submerge it in up to 1 meter of water if need be thanks to the IPX7 build, and the carabiner being built into the frame just gives it a more rugged feel overall. The JBL Clip 3 has a few design changes, but it’s still easily recognizable.

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