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The Audioengine B2 Bluetooth speaker has premium sound

There are oh so many Bluetooth speakers out there. Little plastic ones that sound tinny, larger battery-operated speakers that you can take with you and improve the sound quality. In a departure from the small and the portable is this new speaker from Audioengine (US$299.00). The company, which...

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AstoundSound Music player can enhance audio from iOS devices

The AstoundSound Music Player (free with a single in-app purchase option at US$2.99) is an audio 'enhancer' designed to increase the 3D spatial effects that can be enjoyed while listening through headphones, speakers, and in cars. Play your music through the app, and when you switch on the...

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Voice Jam Studio offers professional vocal looping, effects

Voice Jam Studio is a powerful vocal recorder for iPad with dozens of professional effects, looping, fine tuning and even video recording so you're able to produce high quality audio and get creative with the process. The app includes four tracks to record your loops and layer them, plus other...

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Saloote is a flawed attempt at online music collaboration

Saloote is a free app for iPhone that enables musicians to get creative with each other through the power of the Internet. Film yourself jamming out to your favorite tune, then create mashups with strangers around the world to collaborate and form an online band of sorts. Choose your...

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Rdio app gets iOS 8 and CarPlay support, upgraded sound across subscriptions

The war between streaming services is great for consumers, because it's created an arms race of sorts between each services app's to be better than the rest. Todays latest upgrade comes courtesy of Rdio, featuring improved sound quality, CarPlay support, optimized visuals for iOS 8. On the...

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Video: How to easily make your own ringtones in GarageBand for iOS

While the iPhone's standard ringtones certainly have their respective charms there's nothing quite like picking your own ringtones. It's your own little inside joke whenever your Grandmother calls and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" plays or you get a ring from the boss set to the "Imperial March."...

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Listen to Soundgarden in DTS 11.1 sound on your headphones

A while back I talked about the new SRS system for improving audio on Macs and iOS devices. DTS has now jumped into the sound improvement fray with the first Rock album released in DTS Headphone: X format, which claims to recreate an 11.1 channel system on standard headphones and speakers. The...

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For Mom: Korus delivers wireless audio without hassles

Given the wide assortment of wireless audio technologies in today's ecosystem, it's easy to get bogged down in sound quality and engineering specs. What's not so easy is explaining to a parent or less tech-savvy relative how they should use their devices and connections amongst the current crop of...

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Start your own mosh pit with the Metalcore Breakdown Composer

Out in the sea of odd samplers and drum machines on the iOS platform there's one understandable blind spot for music apps; metalcore. Birthed out the hardcore punk and death metal scenes the sub-genre started promisingly before becoming incredibly repetitive. Depending on your tastes Metalcore...

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NuForce NE-600X earbuds improve the sound of your tunes (Updated)

With iPhones being used more frequently than iPods for listening to music, people have begun to look at ways to improve on the EarPods included in every iPhone box. NuForce is a small California company that has a rather complete line of audio equipment, from pre-amps and amplifiers for home stereo...

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Audio Memos for iOS: Like Apple's Voice Memo, only much better

Apple's Voice Memos has been around since iOS 3, and in iOS 7 it got a new look and a new icon, but no new features. You can record a voice memo, trim it, and email or text it and Voice Memos also supports AirDrop. It's a good audio recorder, but it's not for the power user. Audio Memos is far more...

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Music apps that use YouTube to listen to your favorite songs for free

Today Beats launched its own music service, which I'm trying out for the 7-day trial period. Engadget has a good writeup of the Beats Music experience here. I previously subscribed to Spotify, Rdio and Pandora. I've also been a big fan of Slacker (the comedy channels are awesome), Stitcher (for...

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The SteelSeries H Wireless headset is the jack of all trades, and the master of them, too

Wireless gaming headsets are a product category with a lot of players and very few superstars. Some headsets make syncing a simple affair only to produce subpar audio, while others trade battery life for good looks. In short, there are very few products that hit half of the high notes, much less...

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Improve your Mac audio with the Audioengine D3 DAC

Audioengine recently released a premium 24-bit DAC (digital to analog converter) that lets you bypass your Mac headphone jack and send the audio through a USB port. The result is an audible and sometimes dramatic improvement in music quality. The D3 is US$189.00, a very reasonable price as...

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Ringtone Director Presidential Edition lets Obama or Bush announce your messages

Ringtone Director Presidential Edition (US$0.99) lets your iPhone announce incoming messages in voices that sound like that of US President Barack Obama or former President George W. Bush. Using the app is simple. First, type what you want Obama or Bush to say, then you'll receive a link to an .m4r...

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