Category: Audio / Visual

Jabra Elite 45h Launched – £90 On-ear headphones with 50 hours battery life

The new Jabra Elite 45h could be the perfect affordable solution for long days in the office and long haul travel. These new on-ear headphones offers 50 hours on just one charge and the ability to get 10 hours of play from just 15-minutes charging. That is 10 hours more battery life than when I reported about the Elite 45h during CES back in January. The compact foldable design is perfect for travel too, and the on-ear design should offer superior comfort for long use compared to in-ear headphones (plus, no other in-ear option offers that battery life). Leveraging...

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Realme Buds Air Neo vs Apple AirPods – Budget AirPod clones that are better than expected

Realme are extending the availability of their products in the UK to include the various affordable AIoT accessories they sell. This includes: Realme Buds Air Neo for £39.99Realme Powerbank for £19.99Realme Watch for £54.99Realme Band for £24.99 I have been sent a few of these, so I will be reviewing them over the next week or so. The Realme Buds Air Neo are blatant AirPod rip-off with a similar name and almost identical design. With a £40 price tag, I had very low expectations, but they are actually much better than expected. Sale real Buds Air Neo - Wireless...

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Google Android TV Stick “Sabrina” will use older Amlogic S905X2 chipset but still a big upgrade vs Chromecast Ultra

It has been two years since the Chromecast 3rd gen was released and nearly 4 years since the Chromecast Ultra, but it looks like we will get some new hardware soon. A recent Android TV dongle, code-named “Sabrina” was revealed in a marketing video. Now a pre-release firmware build for the device has identified some of the hardware specifications by examining the “Device Tree Source” (DTS) files contained within the boot image. The files specify which hardware features of the SoC platform to enable when booting. Google Android TV Stick Specification Withing the code it is revealed the device...

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Tribit FlyBuds 1 True Wireless Earbuds Review – Incredibly cheap offering good performance for the money Score 75%

Tribit FlyBuds 1 True Wireless Earbuds Review – Incredibly cheap offering good performance for the money

There is no shortage of affordable true wireless earbuds on Amazon nowadays. Generally, I have found most of them to be surprisingly good considering the price. However, it can still be difficult to choose with so many options. Tribit are one of the many companies competing for your money, they have some exceptionally well-reviewed Bluetooth speakers and headphones, so they have a good experience with audio. This appears to be their second generation of earbuds adopting a new symmetric design, a higher IP rating and adding wireless charging while offering a lower RRP of £39.99 and currently available for...

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Sonos Arc vs Beam vs Playbar – Sonos finally updates the Playbar for serious home cinema with eArc offering Dolby Atmos and TrueHD

Sonos was doing smart speakers before they were a thing, and they do them well with some incredible options. However, when it comes to home cinema, they have been flagging behind. The soundbar market has boomed as people realise they can get the benefit of a multi-speaker system from just one device. Sonos first introduced their first attempt at a soundbar, the Playbar back in 2013, followed by the Playbase in 2017. While these were both superb speakers producing excellent sound, for home cinema they were both outdated at launch with their lack of HDMI and limited compatibility with...

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Huawei Freebuds 3i vs Freebuds 3 – Affordable active noise-cancelling earphones with silicon tips

The Huawei Freebuds 3 was a slightly confused pair of earphones offering active noise cancelling but then an open design fit – which is generally the opposite of what you want for noise cancelling. While the design decision was odd, and open fit earphones don't really work in my ears, I did love them, and still use them today. I use them for office work, and when I go for long walks, with some 3rd party silicon ear tops they fit great, and I love the sound quality they produce. New low price Now Huawei has introduced the Freebuds...

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Mu6 Space 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review – Are they better than the Sony WH-1000XM3 & Bose QC35 II? Score 78%

Mu6 Space 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review – Are they better than the Sony WH-1000XM3 & Bose QC35 II?

I was vaguely familiar with  Mu6 when they first got in touch, originally launching on Indiegogo in early 2019 they were a company that I have never paid much attention too, drowned out by the millions of other people trying to launch products of crown funding. It turns out they are pretty good at making headphones the original Mu6 (now Space 1) were a well-reviewed paired of headphones, and they are back again with the Space 2 upgrading many of the specs with significantly improved active noise cancelling performance (ANC). Mu6 Space 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with 6...

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FiiO K5 Pro Desktop DAC Review – A multi-input DAC perfect for consoles & PC gaming Score 88%

FiiO K5 Pro Desktop DAC Review – A multi-input DAC perfect for consoles & PC gaming

Following on from my review of the Creative Sound BlasterX G6, I have also been using the FiiO K5 Pro Desktop DAC as a possible alternative solution to my needs. On my office desk, I have multiple monitors, in the morning I work with music playing from my main PC but then at lunch, I will watch some media on my Nvidia Shield on the left monitor. Previously I used two separate sets of speakers, which was messy, but I had a spare set from my old office, so it was cost-effective. Sadly, one set had started to die;...

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Sudio FEM true wireless earphones review with 15% DISCOUNT CODE – TWS earphones that look as good as they sound – Score 80%

Sudio FEM true wireless earphones review with 15% DISCOUNT CODE – TWS earphones that look as good as they sound –

I have featured Sudio four times over the years, and they are back again today with their latest FEM true wireless earphones. Sudio have defined themselves from many other brands by designing audio products that look as good as they sound. Their website includes a lookbook more akin to a fashion brand than audio. Being Swedish, their design philosophy is typically clean and elegant, there are flourishes of bling, with metallic accents on some of their designs, nothing is gaudy. Priced at £119 this is the most expensive pair of TWS earphones Sudio have made, and this places them...

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How To Choose The Best Sound System For Your Home

There are many aspects to a happy home, and arguably one of the most important is the interaction of the family members on a regular basis. With bonding becoming either scarce or almost non-existent among families nowadays due to various reasons, it is crucial to take an initiative to improve whatever little chance you can get to bond with each other. Perhaps one of the most common reasons for members to gather together besides mealtimes is entertainment. Hence, giving importance to it can revive the dying tradition of family bonding for good. Having an ever-reliable entertainment system is one...

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Anker Nebula Capsule II mini projector review – Is it better than the older Capsule, Mars & Benq GV1? Score 90%

Anker Nebula Capsule II mini projector review – Is it better than the older Capsule, Mars & Benq GV1?

Pico and mini projectors have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering big-screen entertainment anywhere you want, at a reasonably affordable price. The Nebula Capsule II is the latest projector from Anker padding out their product lineup to include four projectors in total. Nebula Capsule II Smart Mini Projector, by Anker, Palm-Sized 200 ANSI Lumen 720p HD Portable Projector with Wi-Fi, DLP, 8W Speaker, 100 Inch Picture, 5,000+ Apps, Movie Projector, Home Entertainment £549.99 Buy on Amazon Nebula Capsule II vs Capsule vs Capsule Max vs Mars II   Nebula Capsule IINebula CapsuleNebula Capsule MaxNebula Mars II Pro ChipsetAmlogic S905X...

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Netflix starts streaming in AV1 but do any chipsets support it? Amlogic S905X4, S908X vs Broadcom BCM7218X

Video codecs are not the most exciting of things but they make a huge difference with the media we consume. Currently, when we watch Netflix they use the VP9 codec by default which was originally developed by Google. This codec is natively supported on Android in both software and the hardware. The hardware support is important as it reduces the workload on the CPU, which avoids performance issues. AV1 is a newer codec which is a royalty-free open codec, so free for anyone to use and it is was backed with some of the biggest names in the business...

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