Category: Audio

Tubular ’80s redux alert: Mixxtape brings mixtapes into the Bluetooth era.

The mixtape will just not go away, and that’s just fine by me. In this case, the beloved cassette of the days of yore now comes in form of a new MP3 player called the Mixxtape, courtesy of wildly popular Kickstarter campaign that blew away its funding goals faster than you can say don’t stop believin’. Order now and by the end of the year or so, you’ll be ready to start transferring your music library onto this sweet Bluetooth device that has a built-in LCD display and touch controls, a headphone jack, streaming capabilities, and an internal rechargeable...

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Kids Listen makes it super easy to find the best podcasts for kids

I’m not the only one in my house who loves listening to podcasts. My kids, especially my son, are big fans too, which is why I was so excited to discover Kids Listen, a web app that creates curated playlists of the best podcasts for kids. And from what I can tell, they’ve got very good taste. Hello, Wow in the World! Related: How to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone If you’ve ever tried to find good podcasts for kids on iTunes, then you know that the task can be pretty overwhelming. There are a ton of...

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The 13 best food podcasts for anyone who loves food.

With summer unofficially here and lots of road trips on the horizon, we’re always looking for new podcasts. In our experience, personal recommendations go a very long way, especially from fellow podcasters (that’s us!). Related: How to download podcasts and listen to them on your phone If you’re new to podcasts and want to know where to get started, or you’re a seasoned listener looking for some new ear candy, we rounded up 13 of the best food podcasts for families, or really, anyone who loves food. You certainly don’t need to be a foodie or gourmet or whatever...

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Why the new Beoplay P2 portable speakers just rose to the top of our tech gift wishlists.

We love our portable Bluetooth speakers around here, especially as the warm weather creeps in and we aim to take our favorite music (and ahem, favorite podcasts) outside. That’s why we’re smitten with the brand new Beoplay P2 Speaker — and right in time for Mother’s Day, too. (That’s another *ahem* in case you didn’t catch that.) Related: 4 great outdoor speakers for outdoor entertaining this summer These are no ordinary Bluetooth speakers. They promise an impressive 10-hour battery life, splash-resistance that parents pretty much require, and of course fantastic sound, all in a manageable 9.7 ounce package.  But what’s...

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Spotify and Chill on Valentine’s Day with Prince to serenade you

Your Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot more romantic thanks to the official news that Prince is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. Whoo! That’s right, all of his albums can be streamed all day, and… all night. Ahem.  Start off with a little Purple Rain, and then, depending on how your evening goes (aka when the kids finally fall asleep after their day long sugar high), Get Off? We’ll let you take it from here. And if you need more romantic ideas for a date night at home, parents, we’ve got them in spades. Or should we...

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Listen to music through your beanie. Congrats on winning winter.

We love finding swanky, stylish tech gifts for the men in our lives, and this year we’re swooning over this cashmere Bluetooth beanie we spotted at Neiman Marcus. Concealed, wireless headphones are built in to the hat, designed to fit over your ears, so they’ll be warm while you stream your favorite music or podcasts via Bluetooth. Not to mention the gorgeous, imported cashmere that makes it extraordinarily soft, and very upscale. Related: 11 cool audio gifts for men, whatever his style Wondering how it works? The beanie is entirely wireless and the battery lasts 6-8 hours, but it does comes with a charging...

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A new contender for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds around

Last year, after spending way too long researching the category, I bought a pair of NuForce BE6 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds by Optoma, and soon after, declared them best wireless Bluetooth earbuds thanks to their sleek look, lightweight construction, and very decent sound sound. Well, Optoma has already topped themselves, with their updated model, the NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. Kind of nice when you’re able to beat your own best product before someone else does, right? And with the new iPhone 7 coming sans headphone jack, you might need these more than you think. Reports from the audiophile boyfriend is that they stay in his larger ears even better...

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A booming new Bluetooth speaker that more of us can afford

Honestly, I’m not a hard-core audiophile who geeks out over the minute details about speaker drivers and subwoofers, but I am still picky with my speakers as I’m sure a lot of you are. I can hear the difference between a good speaker and a crappy one when I’m listening to my clean-the-house playlists or my favorite podcasts, and all things being equal, I admit I prefer the good ones. So I’m really happy to find an outstanding new portable speaker that delivers the booming bass to fill our loft kitchen or the vacation rental house patio, all without the sticker-shock price tag. Meet the new Vava Voo 20 Wireless...

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11 of the coolest audio gifts for Father’s Day, whatever his style

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we’ve started thinking about some cool Father’s Day tech gift options — in addition to the kids’ plaster handprints and construction paper ties, of course. The timing of this holiday is perfect because it coincides with the start of summer, which in my opinion, lends itself perfectly to cool audio gifts for Father’s Day options. Regardless of whether the favorite dad in your life is a rugged outdoorsman, a casual biker, a serious binge-watcher, or just a guy who loves his music, here are a handful of booming ideas that will most definitely get their fair share of use...

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4 great speakers for outdoor entertaining this summer, from waterproof to washable. (Really!)

The best part of hosting parties in the spring and summer is that everyone can be outside, so you don’t have to do a full clean-up of your house the next day. But if you tend to rely on a big indoor sound system, you may not just be able to turn those speakers outward in the windows. Instead, check out some of these terrific speakers for outdoor entertaining that I’ve found. I like them because they’re portable, colorful (don’t underestimate the importance of good design), and waterproof or resistant to varying degrees. Whether you’re entertaining near a pool, or just near messy kids,...

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