Vinyl is the only worthwhile way to own music, but starting a record collection from zero can be a daunting to say the least. Do you just go buy your favorite album? Something classic? Something that lends itself well to analog sound? That’s for you to tell us, and your fellow readers this week.
These are troubled times for SoundCloud, with staff lay offs, changing CEOs, and talk of emergency investment securing its future for the time being. As with any service that’s looking shaky, users will be (and should be) worried about getting their stuff out—you may have years of playlists, uploads, and podcasts…
With its 24 hour battery life, iumpressive bass, and crystal clear sound quality, the Anker SoundCore has long been our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker. But its run may be at an end, because Anker just upgraded it with IPX5 water resistance, and you can get the new model for an all-time low $34 today.
Sony’s MDR line of Bluetooth headphones sold like gangbusters during Black Friday, but if you were holding out for noise cancelling models, Amazon’s rewarding your patience today with a $70 discount on the top-of the line MDR1000x.
With the new Sound Bar Flex, LG didn’t make the world’s best sound bar. It’s actually a bit of a stretch to call the modular, three-piece speaker system a sound bar at all. And at $430, the (mostly) wireless setup isn’t quite a bargain either. You know what, though? The Sound Bar Flex sure is fun to use.
Sound bars are all the rage right now, but if you want to build a home theater system piecemeal, like in the olden days, Amazon’s running a great deal today on JBL Arena audio gear.
If you want to cut the cord, but can’t abide earbuds, Sony’s popular on-ear MDRXB650BTs are on sale for $78 right now, within $10 of the all-time low we saw around Black Friday. These include NFC pairing, a built-in microphone, and 30 hours of battery life, and you even get your choice of three different colors.
Update 7/20: MassDrop recently put a limited supply of these back on sale, if you missed out last month.
I realize that some subset of you will never buy neckband Bluetooth headphones, and I’m sure you have your reasons. But for the rest of you, $35 is an insanely good price for a set with active noise cancellation. They’ll even run for 15 hours on a charge with noise cancellation enabled, and 20 hours with it turned off.
Doctor Who’s clone daughter, Jenny, has remained an enigma on the series. After departing on her own spaceship at the end of her first (and only) episode, “The Doctor’s Daughter,” she basically disappeared without a trace. Now, the character is finally returns as the star of her own audio drama series.
While it’s definitely the least popular of the original Amazon Echo trifecta, the battery-powered Amazon Tap is worth a look with this $70 refurbished deal.
Lots of cars these days come with dozens of speakers to pump music into passengers’ ears. But those speakers are heavy, and take up lots of space. That’s why Continental just devised a speaker-less audio system that actually uses your car’s interior trim panels to make sound. Here’s how it works.
Now that Amazon’s touchscreen-equipped Echo Show is out, and seems to be quite good, it bears repeating that you can buy two and save $100 with promo code SHOW2PACK. Owning two allows you to use them as videoconferencing intercoms, and even if you don’t need both yourself, maybe you could find a friend and go in…
Neckbud-style Bluetooth headphones certainly aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but some people swear by them for their battery life and exercise-friendly design, and both of Anker’s models are on sale today.
The advent of inexpensive Bluetooth headphones has been a net positive, but there’s no getting around it: They’re a pain in the ass to charge.