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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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Naturespace, a "sonic landscape" app, has a special Halloween surprise

Naturespace is simply one of my favorite apps, and that includes every piece of software I've used since 1978. If you've ever had problems with ringing in the ears or going to sleep, Naturespace could also be one of the greatest things ever. In short, it is a sonic landscape app, with access to...

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Vanished is a unique and compelling iPhone game

I'm not much of a gamer, but every so often one comes along that grabs my attention. Vanished for iPhone has a unique premise, clever execution, and until Oct. 1, it's free. Here's the scenario: You awake in a dark room and hear some noises. To make the effect complete, you close your eyes, and the...

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Hooray! Skype iPhone update lets you join group voice calls

The Skype app for iOS has been pushed out with some significant changes, all for the better. The app now lets you join voice calls from your iDevice. It also claims video and voice call quality improvements. FAQs are now built into the app, and the dial pad has been tweaked. Skype is a free app,...

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Intermission transforms audio streaming with TiVo-like replay

I've been a huge fan of Rogue Amoeba products for years. They offer clever audio solutions for OS X. Rogue Amoeba's new Intermission (US$15) utility fills a role on my Mac that I never even knew I needed. Intermission enables you to pause, rewind and skip through live audio streams. This lets you...

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CanOpener is an excellent app for listening with headphones on iOS

There have been several apps designed to enhance the experience of listening on headphones, using a variety of digital manipulations of the signal. CanOpener is a new entry in the audio app derby, and it's a solid debut. CanOpener is a US$4.99 universal app with an extensive feature set. A...

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A possible fix for your Mac's lost audio alerts

I've experienced this issue many times. A new email arrives, or some other such event that ought to trigger an audible alert from my Mac, but I get nothing but silence. Until Apple decides to fix this long-standing problem, the Mac Observer has one possible solution. They suggest unplugging any...

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