Entries from Manifest Tech Blog tagged with 'Audio'

Google Assistant on the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker

The Amazon Echo Bluetooth speaker with the Amazon Alexa digital personal assistant is designed to integrate voice-based personal assistance into your home (see previous post). And smartphone-based assistants like Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana make sure the same...

Amazon Echo Dot and Alexa Digital Assistant

We're entering the era of digital personal assistants -- voice-controlled devices that provide information, keep notes and reminders, and even carry out actions for us. Smartphone-based systems like Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana can retrieve information, play music,...

Creative iRoar Intelligent Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

The Creative iRoar Bluetooth speaker is a ridiculously powerful and full-featured box o' sound. This is a booming speaker with 5 drivers. Lay it on its side for maximum sound, with dual 2" high-frequency drivers facing out the side,...

Jabra Halo Smart Neckband Bluetooth Headphones

If you're on the phone a lot during the day, and also like listening to music, the Jabra Halo Smart neckband-style Bluetooth headphones are a great choice, with great sound, great battery life, and a smart design. These have...

Sound Blaster Roar 2 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker

I'm a big fan of portable Bluetooth speakers to share the music from our portable devices. There are nice small more portable speakers for an office space or hotel room, and larger ones to pump up the sound for a...

Brookstone Cat-Ear Headphones

Yes, Cat Ear Headphones from Brookstone -- really. These are the brainchild of Victoria Hu and Wenqing Yan, recent graduates of the University of California at Berkeley who are also anime fans (think of Japanese cartoon drawings with waifish...

AFTERSHOKZ Bluez 2 Open Ear Wireless Headphones

You can have your music, and your situational awareness too. Headphones and earphones are great for delivering your personal music, but they do cover over or plug up your ears -- which means you lose connection with what's happening around...

Ulimate Ears Goes MEGABOOM

The Ulimate Ears BOOM wireless speaker (see earlier post) was a big hit at my Holiday Gadget presentations this season, demonstating clear and clean sound even in large rooms. But there's more -- the new UE MEGABOOM boosts the sound...

DUBS Acoustic Filters

We are exposed to so much noise -- in the city, or on a plane, or at a concert. For our own sanity (and for our long-term hearing), it's helpful to wear some kind of earplugs to reduce the clatter...

Jabra Stealth Headset with Voice Control

Jabra has nice options if you're interested in lightweight wireless headphones (the Jabra Move Wireless - see previous post), and a similar answer for Bluetooth phone headsets -- the Jabra Stealth headset. The Stealth is a particularly small and discreet...

Jabra Move Wireless Headphones

If you're looking for simple and lightweight Bluetooth headphones then check out the Jabra Move Wireless headphones for clear sound and clean design. They're comfortable to wear and easy to carry at 5.6 ounces. The straightforward Scandinavian-insired design includes...

Ultimate Ears UE BOOM

Ultimate Ears specializes in custom fitted earphones for professional musicians and touring artists. As part of Logitech, it also has been expanding its line of premium speakers and earphones for the consumer market -- as I've covered previously. The current...

Phiaton Chord MS 530 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Phiaton Chord MS 530 headphones are a high-end product that come loaded with features -- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless, voice microphone, and active noise cancelling. The Chords start as sharp-looking on-ear headphones, part of the Phiaton Moderna Series, "known...

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Speaker

It would be cool to fill your home with music, playing in every room as you move around. I've seen houses like this, with speakers embedded in the walls, from living room to kitchen to master bath -- and using...

Bell'O Digital BDH806 Compact Headphones

I'd have to say that the Bell'O Digital BDH806 on-ear headphones are an excellent balance of compact and lightweight design, clean looks, solid audio, and affordable pricing. But who is Bell'O? The parent company, Bell'O International, is an industry-leading...

Parrot Zik Headphones

Audio gear like headphones used to be defined by its sound qualities, the way the designers tuned the sound -- for example to be "more brassy" for strong percussion, or have a "strong bass" for heavy metal. But new digital...

Jawbone MINI JAMBOX Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth wireless speakers are a great way to share your music by enhancing the sound beyond your smartphone or tablet's internal speakers. However, there's an obvious trade-off between shrinking speakers for better portability versus loudness and audio quality. But the...

Audio-Technica SonicFuel Earphones

The Audio-Technica SonicFuel line of earphones are designed for active, daily use -- combining comfort, style, and immersive listening. The SonicFuel line (aka ATH-CKX) includes three models, 5, 7, and 9, available as earphones or in the communications version...

Jabra REVO Headphones with Dolby Digital

The Jabra REVO headphones combine a comfortable and durable design with the bonus of Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement. The Dolby Digital enhancement comes from the free Jabra Sound App for iOS and Android (requires product key). You can...

VOXX 808 Studio Over-Ear Headphones

VOXX International is a consumer electronics and accessories company with brands including RCA, Acoustic Research, Jensen, and, of course, Audiovox. This gives the company an amazingly broad range, and the impetus to develop slightly different products that deliver technology at...

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