This review is about the Sonos Play:5 but it's a little more than that. I've had various bits of Sonos kit running in my home for several years so it's also about the user experience that comes from being a long-term user of Sonos' kit. While Sonos gear is priced at the premium end of the market, the quality it delivers in terms of sound quality and usability means any new entrants (this means you Apple with your HomePod) needs to be very good.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Ever walked into one of those 'home cinema' showrooms? It's mad fun.
You wander in, sit on those custom leather chairs. Look up at that world class projector and the crisp audio. You imagine yourself kicking back after a long day at work. Ah, this is the life. You sip on a nice cold drink.
Then you look at the price tag and have coronary.
"So how can I do something kinda like this that doesn't cost $AU400,000?"
Uh, good question.
Do you have an audiophile in your life - that person who takes their love of music and high quality sound to the next level? And are you at a loss when it comes to buying for them at Christmas time?
We've compiled some gift ideas for audio-obsessed people that will quite literally be music to their ears.
Dear Lifehacker, After going through my third pair of earphones for my mobile in recent times, I was wondering if there is a "preferred" way to keep the phone in your pocket? Do you have the lead facing upwards from the outside of the pocket, or down towards the groin? I'm sick of my earphones not lasting a year before the connection becomes sketchy.
Google's Pixel Buds are more than a pair of wireless earbuds. Equipped with an inbuilt language translator and assorted Google AI tricks, they promise to be essential travel accessories - particularly when holidaying or working abroad. If you're keen to get your hands on some, here is the pricing, specifications and release date for Australia!
The newly-unveiled Pixel Buds promise to be the ultimate travel companion. In addition to putting your music and all the power of Google in reach at all times, they offer instant vocal translations straight into your ear - just like a real-life Babel fish.
Unveiled at the Made By Google event in San Francisco, the $249 earbuds don't yet have an Australian release date but are expected to be available by the end of the year. They're part of a slew of new Google-made hardware including the Pixel 2 smartphones, a Pixelbook laptop, new Google Home speakers and the Clips camera.
Whether you're in the market for some new cans or just curious about what makes headphones sound, well, good, knowing what to listen for is a pretty important way to pick out quality. You could play your favourite songs on different headphones and compare them, but some are specially tuned to enhance certain types of music, making some songs sound bass-heavy while other songs are muddy or flat. You can get an idea of what good headphones are supposed to sound like using whatever cans you have now thanks to a site dedicated to benchmarking audio equipment.
Your favourite technology company, Google, is working on an upcoming feature that could put the kibosh on autoplaying videos for good. Soon you'll be able to silence the worst offenders permanently, saving you the headache of searching for a mute button over and over again.
When the MP3 first came out in the 1990s, it was a revolutionary digital audio coding format that significantly reduced the file size of audio content. It dropped sizes by 95 per cent. This changed the culture around listening to music: People could carry a massive number of songs on a small device instead of lugging around physical CDs.
I am not an audiophile, but I do love convenience. And comfort. And it is quite inconvenient when you just want to use your headphones to drown out the subway and find yourself tangled in a cord like an invasive weed, or when the sound is dominated by the rustling stethoscopic vibrations of said cord. It is more convenient to have no wires at all. If you are also a fan of convenience, perhaps you should try some wireless Bluetooth headphones.
Buying a HD TV specifically for sports is a bit of a hurdle. How big a screen do you need? Are response times more important than contrast ratio? Should the types of sports you like factor into the decision? And do you need to worry about newfangled 4K and HDR?
In the following guide, we will attempt to answer these questions and more - just in time for Super Bowl Sunday!