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What Is TWS Technology?

Wireless headphones are steadily flooding the market, and the most popular are the so-called True Wireless Stereo models, where the headphones communicate wirelessly with the audio source as well as with each other. I recently spoke with the European marketing director of a company that makes great wireless headphones. I would be happy to state what it was about, but the man asked me to leave him unnamed if I had to quote him. His company specializes in wireless in-ear headphones – these are the ones that should be pushed into the ear canal. I enthusiastically conveyed to him the

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Pro-Ject X1 Review

From the first P1 to the latest X1, Pro-Ject has been constantly improving its turntables, learning from the rich experience with its customers. In 1991, Pro-Ject showed the world its first P1 turntable. The “low-budget and high-end turntable”, as described, tended to provide a rounded solution for listening to records at a time when the CD had already taken the upper hand over vinyl. It was a fully reduced, manual device equipped with a Sumiko Oyster speaker, with manual gear shifting and English instruction with rather linguistic errors. This turntable has been designated by Pro-Ject from the beginning as an

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Sennheiser Momentum 2 Review

Encouraged by the great success of the Momentum headphones, Sennheiser began designing the second generation, and for our review, we selected the largest model on offer – the Momentum II over-ear. The new Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless lets you experience crystal clear MOMENTUM sound without being attached to a cable. These high-resolution headphones sets the benchmark for performance, style, and comfort in the wireless headphone category. Bluetooth technology is integrated with engineering expertise to ensure the MOMENTUM signature sound remains intact. Near Field Communication (NFC) is provided for effortless “at a touch” Bluetooth pairing with any NFC enabled device. Further enhancing

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AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Review

The popular DragonFly from AudioQuest in the latest version retains the title of one of the most compact, if not the most compact, portable D/A converter and headphone amplifier. Although mobile music is more popular than ever due to the advancement of mobile phones, true quality audio is not often encountered in this category. Namely, in addition to higher quality and more expensive headphones, this requires the presence of an additional headamp and DAC. There are certainly choices, but mostly cigarette-pack devices, which in size and mass, are often a burden while on the move. Therefore, experts at the British

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Bose S1 Pro Review

A lot of times we need a good portable speaker. Whether it be a private party, a street gig, voice announcements in the schoolyard, or a brief performance at a pub. Existing solutions are good, but then something is always wrong. There is no power outlet nearby, the speaker is too quiet, the speaker is too big, the sound is undifferentiated … The Bose S1 Pro offers us a multifunction box that should do just this – a speaker for everyone. The Bose S1 Pro is a compact 2-way PA active speaker with a 6-inch (15 cm) bass speaker and

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Technics SL-1500C Review

Technics SL-1500C Review – Choosing a $ 2,000 turntable offers several very good options, and the SL-1500C is definitely one to consider. About five years ago, Panasonic, determined to reinvigorate its Technics brand, finally found a recipe for how to achieve it, combining innovation and long-standing neglected knowledge from classic hi-fi into new devices, which is offered to its old audience as well as to new ones, which Technics knew by word of mouth and seeing their legendary DJ turntable in clubs, where it simply refused to stop spinning. And it mostly revolved around variations on that turntable. It has

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JBL Flip 5 Review

JBL Flip 5 Review – is it better than its predecessor? The popular JBL speaker, Flip, has its fifth incarnation. The novelty generates more power, has an updated interface and refreshed design. How has the sound of Flip changed and is the speaker worth the money? Flip 5 was first shown at the January CES trade show, but for its appearance in stores, we had to wait more than half a year. While it may look amazing in terms of concept and dimensions, the new model manages to deliver even better sound, while retaining a distinctive and very practical design,

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Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Review

If you are looking for high-quality headphones that can be used in the home via cable but also on the go via a Bluetooth connection and affordable enough, Sennheiser offers a solution with its new Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT. The new HD Series models were unveiled at the CES Show in January 2019. In addition to the corded headphones (HD 4.20S and HD 4.30), as well as the HD 4.50 BTNC flagship with active noise reduction system, the HD 4.40 BT headphones were also introduced which provide cable or Bluetooth connection. The Construction of Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT The tested

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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4 Review

Distinctive design, plenty of power and ease of use are the most significant features of the new Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4 speaker, which does not allow wi-fi connectivity but is available at a far more affordable price. Like the other models in the series, the Onyx Studio 4 features a distinctive design, with a case that is mounted on the legs and slightly angled backward. The shape of the case is most accurately described as a combination of two convex surfaces, with a protruding front and back, so the device looks very attractive and futuristic from every angle. The

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Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Review

We tested Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC wireless headphones, which are a great smartphone companion – both on the road and at home. The expansion of Sennheiser’s HD 4 series of headphones introduced last year with new models HD 4.40BT and HD 4.50BTNC met with great recognition of the market. This manufacturer’s strategy could have been foreseen because, firstly, Sennheiser introduced models from other series, with Momentum at the forefront, in a similar way, and secondly wireless headphones are the most popular in this price range. In the case of Sennheiser, the fact of carefully refining new constructions does not raise the

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HiFiMan HE4XX Review

If you’ve always wondered how you can step into the world of high-end audio at the lowest cost, HiFiMan offers the answer in the form of the excellent HE-4XX headphones. HiFiMan 4XX are planar-magnetic, open-ended headphones based on its HE-400i HiFiMan, but it does bring a few modifications to its build quality and acoustic performance, making it an overall better, yet significantly cheaper. This is one of the cheapest entrances to the world of planar-magnetic headphones, but also high-quality (not to say “audiophile”) sound. The HiFiMan HE4XX are open-planar-magnetic headphones, built on the company’s own HE-400i model, available for sale

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Denon AH-D7200 Review

Denon AH-D7200 – Denon’s latest premium headphones are once again attracting fans of this underrated part of the audio system with its great sound and aesthetics. Denon began its tradition in audio production in 1910, and to this day has produced a huge number of all-purpose components, but 50 years ago they started designing and manufacturing headphones. The tested model is so anniversary, but with its solutions and sound and a clear reminiscence of the days when Denon incorporated drivers from the famous manufacturer Fostex in his models. During this period, they produced several legendary models that are still famous

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Denon AH-D5200 Review

Denon is a well-known and very popular consumer electronics manufacturer among the good audio lovers in both the professional and home audio and video worlds. Perhaps a little less well known to the public is that the company also offers a line of Hi-Fi headphones, so this time around, we’ve taken their new model, the AH-D5200, to the test. In its offer, Denon has a total of six models of similarly designed headphones, and the tested model is right in the middle of that offer. Recently, it is obvious that more and more people are willing to put aside the

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Meze 99 Classics Review

Over the last few years, the home audio market has seen a fair amount of change. Business activity on the Internet has enabled many small, local companies to sell their products to consumers all over the globe, without having to rely on retailers. On the other hand, crowdfunding enables small companies to establish serial production with minimal investments. There are many such companies, but without good products, they can hardly make themselves visible on the market. One such product arrived at our office for testing. Meze 99 Classic headphones come from Romania and represent the pinnacle of this company’s hard

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Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 Review

Ultimate Ears is a well-known company to most professional musicians, and their owner, Logitech, strives to introduce this brand and their products to a broader, mostly younger, population. Since its inception in 1995, the company has been producing in-ear monitor headphones for musicians, and in 2005 began manufacturing a commercial line of headphones. In 2008, they were purchased by Logitech and in 2013 Ultimate Ears began manufacturing wireless speakers. In addition to the UE Megaboom speakers we got for testing, Logitech offers a smaller UE Boom 2 and UE Roll 2 models that resemble a cushion in design, and all

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Bose Frames Review: Audio Sunglasses With Very Good Sound

Bose Frames music glasses will save your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun while giving your everyday life a soundtrack – without blocking your ears. The most famous smart glasses that have seen the light of day so far are Google Glasses. It was a futuristic gadget with great ambitions, but also a noise of technical and conceptual deficiencies, which ultimately ruled it and turned it into an object of mockery. Bose Frames can also be called smart glasses, but they have absolutely no touch with the Google product because their “smartness” manifests itself in a completely different

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Edifier S2000 Pro Review

You will fall in love with Edifier S2000 Pro Active Speakers at a glance and then once again when you hear them. It’s really hard to come up with better quality and impressive acoustic presentation for that price. If you are following the world of high-quality audio, we do not need to introduce the Edifier to you. This is a Canadian-Chinese manufacturer who built the name on active speakers with an excellent price-performance ratio. In this description, we will refer to the company’s model S2000 Pro, which fully fits that description. Although these speakers cost a little $ 400, once

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KEF LS50 Review

Finally, we can present a KEF LS50 Review article. Read below why I bought the KEF LS50 speakers before testing, and why they became a permanent part of my own system. It all starts from the High-End Fair in Munich where the KEF LS50 was premiered in 2012. They were created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the company, but also as the ‘successors’ to the legendary BBC LS3/5A speakers, which KEF once produced under a BBC license. Even then, there was talk of a new ‘killer’ compact speaker on the market, and the KEF showroom filled many visitors eager

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Sennheiser HD 650 Review

HD 650 was the best Sennheiser product from 2003 to 2008. Afterward, the HD700 and HD800 came out. However, even after 15 years on the market, the HD 650 is still a premium model of headphones worth having. The fundamental feature is their very smooth frequency response, with no pronounced nonlinearities, a slightly pronounced area that gives a tone warmth from 30 Hz to 500 Hz and a slightly muted high-frequency range. However, long has been the way to perfection. Prior to the HD650, Sennheiser first developed the HD 580 in 1993. The predecessors of the HD 600 were the

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Pro-Ject Essential 3 Review

The Pro-Ject Essential 3 turntable is a great example of how a manufacturer can offer something new, interesting, and quality for relatively little money. In its program, Pro-Ject offers a huge number of turntables that meet the requirements of various categories of users. It is not disputed that the company has vast experience that they have accumulated in the construction of turntables in recent years, and certainly have the technology that helps their knowledge to effectively implement in every new model. But looking at the turntable on the test raises the question of how far it is possible to innovate

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1MORE Portable BT Review

With its first Bluetooth speaker, 1MORE has come up with a number of pleasant surprises in terms of both: features and acoustic performance. Having produced a number of excellent wired and wireless headphones, which you have already read about on this site, 1MORE decided to try out on a (pre) crowded field of portable Bluetooth speakers. The company’s first such device bears the generic name Portable BT Speaker, but nothing about its capabilities is commonplace. What is more, we are of the opinion that for the given price it is one of the best choices on the market. It is

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JBL Flip 4 Review

The JBL Flip 4, as its name implies, is the fourth generation of the Flip Portable Bluetooth Speaker, the biggest novelty being the IPX7 certification. In other words, Flip 4 is resistant to water to a depth of one meter, while Flip 3 was only resistant to possible splashing. We get the impression that solid Bluetooth speakers are still a neglected category. Buyers of such devices are usually divided into those who buy (or receive) a “boombox”, and those who are notorious for the prestigious Bang & Olufsen models or Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin. The first category cannot be expected

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Pro-Ject Tube Box S2 Review

It is unnecessary to re-analyze vinyl returns to audiophile systems, but this trend, if it can be viewed in this way, has its reasons. Rare are the ones who started listening to vinyl records on the wave of their return, because most younger physical media consumers do not even have discotheques. Most turntable users today are recruited from a bunch of music lovers who already own some records and want to rebuild their collection or listen to older valuable records. In such an environment, turntables and equipment manufacturers swim like fish in the water. On the one hand, they have

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Sennheiser HD 558 Review

Sennheiser does not need to be presented separately, it is one of the largest and most influential headphones manufacturers for over half a century. Their product range is extremely broad in both product types and prices. Most good sound lovers have met their headphones at some point.  The Sennheiser HD 588 belongs to the higher-end of the Sennheiser’s headphones that incorporate a multitude of patented technologies that make Sennheiser what it is. Within their product division, the HD 588 are audiophile headphones for home use. The headphones are large and completely cover the ear and sit very comfortably on the

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Best Budget Bluetooth Speakers – Top 10 List

Unlike cell phones and TVs, the Bluetooth speaker-test is much more subjective. The answer to the question of what to buy is best given by a comparative test, such as this. I have selected the ten best and most affordable Bluetooth speakers in different price categories. Individual tests are not the best solution here. Only when you listen to them simultaneously, with the same content in the same room and outdoors, you can judge the quality of each Bluetooth speaker. Bluetooth speakers are cool gadgets. The sound quality coming out of these boxes is amazing, and although at first, I

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Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital Review

Pro-Ject is a company we are very familiar with. Their offer is divided into two main parts: turntables and Box Design products. Turntables are almost always the best buy products in their class, and Box Design products are often an excellent price and quality ratio. Miniature dimensions are a basic feature of all Box Design products. Amplifiers, headphone preamps, digital-to-analog converters, streamers, or all components of a single audio system, can be found, only reduced. For this issue, we had the opportunity to test the Pre Box S2 Digital. Behind this long name, we find a small preamplifier, a headphone

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Sennheiser HD 599 Review

The Sennheiser HD 599 headphones give a mature sound with a colorful midrange and a delicate and beautifully extended treble. It’s always worth waiting for the annual Berlin IFA for just one reason – it is there that the first official presentations have devices that will not be available until after some time. It resembles a fashion situation – the latest trends appear before the actual season, which allows you to organize the wardrobe and prepare for the arrival of the “new”. IFA is, therefore, a kind of compass of the latest trends and it is not surprising that it attracts

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Onkyo CP-1050 Review

For a long time now I have been slightly watching the completely dormant collection of vinyl records I have collected over the past 35 years. At one point, I sold out most of the records and completely turned to create a quality audio system with a primary digital sound source, with the promise of myself that sometimes I would listen to some worthy vinyl. I have often done this as a small obligation and a pleasure, but for various reasons never enough or systematically. So recently I decided to put into operation some of the turntables that were also left

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JBL Charge 4 Review

What does the fourth generation of the JBL Charge wireless speaker bring? Read our test … The most serious competitor of the new JBL Charge 4 speaker is probably the Flip 4 of the same brand. What speaks in favor of the JBL Charge 4? First of all, the powerbank function (which means both a more efficient battery and longer working time) and a new type of USB connector – C. But Flip also has an ace up its sleeve: it offers hands-free mode and integration with the Siri or Google Now voice assistant, and, unlike Flip, stereo sound. Which

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JBL Xtreme 2 Review

The new Xtreme 2 sounds even better than before, lasts as long as ever and has learned some new tricks, like diving. The first version of JBL Xtreme set a new standard among mobile Bluetooth speakers. The device was able to publicize a large party, delighted with dynamic and entertaining sound and bass, which could even be seen thanks to vibrating passive membranes. The Xtreme 2 model is a bit heavier and has larger bass drivers (70 mm instead of 63 mm), generates deeper low tones (55 Hz instead of 70 Hz) and is waterproof (IPX7 instead of IPX4). Check

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