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Is the world ready for vacuum-tube wireless headphones?


These new cans try to pub back some of the warmth and realism that digital compression takes away.
These new cans try to restore some of the warmth and realism that digital compression takes away.
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This post’s headline sounds like a joke, invoking technology used in antique radios, TVs and amplifiers, but the wireless headphones behind it seem entirely serious.

“écoute: the world’s only vacuum tube headphones, designed to compensate for the deficiencies of digital listening,” say the Indiegogo and Kickstarter funding-campaign pages. The French word “écoute” translates to “listen” in English.

These $34 bone-conduction headphones won’t clog your ears


Listen safely almost anywhere with these $34 open ear headphones.
Keep your earholes free with these headphones' bone-conduction technology.
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We all love to listen to music, and personal audio gear has evolved in many ways over the decades. For the most part, improvements in the tech have been focused on sound quality and portability. But these Open Ear Induction Stereo Wireless Headphones finally make a relatively new feature affordable.

For only $33.99 (regularly $109), you can have the ability to hear your tunes and the outside world without one disturbing the other.

World’s first lossless Wi-Fi headphones come from unexpected place


HED Unity lossless Wi-Fi headphones come with a hefty price tag -- $2,199.
HED Unity lossless Wi-Fi headphones come with a hefty price tag -- $2,199.
Photo: HED Technologies

Rumors swirled over the past few years that Sonos would take on Apple’s AirPods Max by releasing its first headphones, possibly with Wi-Fi in addition to Bluetooth. But a little-known Swiss startup has beaten both companies to the punch with a pricey new set of cans.

HED Technologies recently unveiled HED Unity, the world’s first wireless headphones to offer lossless, high-resolution audio streaming over a local Wi-Fi network at up to 24bit/96kHz.

FCC leak suggests Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones coming soon


The Bose QuietComfort 45s look like 35s on the outside, but audio and Bluetooth improvements are expected on the inside.
The Bose QuietComfort 45s look like 35s on the outside, but audio and Bluetooth improvements are expected on the inside.
Photo: FCC/Bose

A Federal Communications Commission certification reveals Bose may be about to roll out a long-awaited new version of its classic noise-canceling headphones. The company’s popular but long-in-the-tooth QuietComfort 35 and 35 II headphones appear to have a new sibling or, more likely, replacement: new Bose QuietComfort 45 over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation.

And the new headphones could arrive quite soon, bringing no telling what sort of upgrades to ANC, Bluetooth and audio quality.

Save big on Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling headphones


Beats Solo Pro
Don't miss this great buy on Beats noise-canceling headphones.
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Beats headphones set the standard for listening before Apple bought the company six years ago. Since then, Cupertino’s $3 billion acquisition has resulted in a slew of new products with Apple’s proprietary tech integrated into the Beats lineup for a seamless audio experience.

That means Beats fans know what to expect when using their headphones with Apple devices: smooth performance, excellent sound quality and thoughtful design. These Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones are no exception. That’s why they earned 4.7/5 stars on Amazon out of 5,520 reviews. And now Cult of Mac Deals can offer these headphones at a massive 46% discount.

AirPods Max will excite your ears, dazzle your eyes and empty your wallet [Review]


AirPods Max review: Apple's new noise-canceling headphones truly put the
Apple's new noise-canceling headphones truly put the "pod" in AirPods.
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With a sleek design and some sweet Apple magic, AirPods Pro Max headphones look great, sound exciting and reward those in the Apple ecosystem.

However, the hefty $549 price tag, some quirky design decisions and some very real limitations mean they’re not right for absolutely everyone.

AirPods Max: Apple’s new over-ear headphones look fantastic but mighty pricey


AirPods Max are available to order for $549.
AirPods Max, the first over-the-ear headphones sold under the Apple brand, combine a custom acoustic design with Apple H1 chips and advanced software.
Photo: Apple

Apple expanded its popular AirPods lineup Tuesday, unveiling a new over-the-ear model dubbed AirPods Max.

The high-end headphones promise to deliver “the magic of AirPods” in an all-new design. They boast high-fidelity, spatial audio and active noise cancellation like AirPods Pro. And they come in five colors. They’re available to order today, priced at $549.

Productively work from home with these affordable, smart noise-canceling headphones [Deals]


Mu Noise Headphones
Listen to your playlists in comfort, full fidelity and sans distractions with these top-notch Bluetooth headphones.
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Keeping distractions at bay is harder than ever, especially if you’re working from home. That makes noise-canceling headphones an essential tool for productivity (or just keeping your sanity).

If you don’t already own a set, this is your chance. We’ve got deals on smart noise-canceling headphones that won’t drain your bank account.

Defeat distractions with noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones [Deals]


BesDio Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Top notch noise cancellation, 30 hour battery life, and total comfort make these the perfect headphones for dodging distractions.
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Remote work means lots of potential distractions, even if it’s from the comfort of home. Family, neighbors, the TV in another room — there are plenty of ways to lose focus. So during the COVID-19 lockdown, noise-canceling headphones are an essential way to keep distractions at bay.