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HyperX has released the $149.99 Cloud Mix Buds wireless earbuds that can connect via Bluetooth or with the included USB-C 2.4GHz transmitter. While sound and battery life are great, they’re lacking in comfort and fit. HyperX has distilled some of its gaming headset know-how into a much more portable form factor: a set of wireless earbuds called the Cloud Mix Buds. These $149.99 earbuds largely replicate the standard features of over-ear gaming headphones, at

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Apple’s hidden setting instantly makes your video and audio calls sound better

In the Control Center on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, there’s a feature called Voice Isolation that makes you sound better on your calls. Anywhere you can turn it on, you should. Whenever possible, I like to use FaceTime Audio or WhatsApp instead of making regular phone calls. The people I’m calling see it like a normal phone call, but the audio quality is leaps and bounds better than a good old-fashioned phone call. But!

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Sony WH-1000XM5 review: new design, new sound, new price

Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 noise-canceling headphones are the company’s most advanced to date — but also the most expensive at $400. For that money, you get a fresh design, upgraded sound, and even better ANC. Sony has a brand new flagship set of noise-canceling headphones: the WH-1000XM5. And as much as we’ve ragged on Sony’s terrible product names before, I think that at least with the 1000X series, people get it: these have always been among the

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Go listen to this podcast about the history of the Windows startup sound

The Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast has a two-part series on the history of the Windows jingle, featuring Brian Eno and other composers and artists. The Windows XP startup sound is forever engrained in my mind, those tinkling chimes bringing back memories of AIM, Civilization III, and endless hours spent trying to download music through Napster and Kazaa followed by endless hours spent trying to

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Telegram now lets you set any sound for your notifications

Telegram has added custom notification sounds in an update, letting you set audio files uploaded from your phone or recorded voice messages as a tone. In a new update, Telegram announced it’s letting users set any sound as their notification tone. You can use short audio files uploaded from your phone and save voice messages as notification tones from a chat. Telegram says it currently supports

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YouTube TV is testing surround sound on Android TV, Google TV, and Roku

YouTube TV is testing out 5.1 Dobly surround sound on Android TV, Google TV, and Roku devices. The service says it’s still working "internally and with partners" to bring the feature to Apple TV, Fire TV, and game consoles. YouTube TV is testing support for Dolby 5.1 surround sound on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices. In a tweet, the platform said 5.1 audio will “launch on those devices next” if “everything runs smoothly” during the test. If you were

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Razer’s new streaming accessories help make you sound and look better

Razer’s trio of new products are aimed at making you sound and look your best while streaming. The $249.99 Audio Mixer, the $299 Key Light Chroma, and the $99 Seiren Bluetooth lapel mic for on-the-go vlogging. Razer’s trio of new products are aimed at making you sound and look your streaming best. While you’re at a desk, Razer’s $249.99 Audio Mixer offers four channels of audio control along with a variety of audio processing options, and the new

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Chord’s Mojo 2 is a pricey gadget aimed at improving the sound of wired headphones

Chord has announced a successor to the Mojo, a battery-powered accessory that aims to improve the sound of your wired headphones. New features for the Mojo 2 include a USB-C input, better battery life, and new tone controls. British audio manufacturer Chord has announced a successor to the excellent Mojo, a battery-powered accessory that aims to improve the sound of your wired headphones or speakers when paired with your phone, laptop, tablet, or other digital media

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Neil Young says he ‘felt better’ after leaving Spotify and its ‘shitty’ sound quality

Rock legend Neil Young says he’s "happy and proud" to have left Spotify over misinformation on the platform while blasting the service for what he describes as "degraded and neutered sound." Even after departing the platform, Neil Young isn’t done criticizing Spotify yet. Today, the rock legend has published another letter on his website, describing Spotify as a purveyor of “more songs and less sound.” Young says that he “felt

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Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

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Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

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