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Focal Listen Mobile Headphones Review

Focal Listen Mobile Headphones Review
French audio gear maker Focal may not be a common name among everyday electronics buyers, but they’re well known in the audiophile community for their high-end speakers, which can cost thousands of dollars. With the release of Focal’s Listen headphones, buyers can enjoy some of the engineering know how that goes into such fancy listening devices without breaking the bank. I recently spent some time wearing a pair of Listens as my daily headphones for work, which includes listening to a whole lot of audio, from music to movie trailers to podcasts to video games.

Review: Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer

Review: Definitive Technology W Studio Micro 3.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer
If you’re looking to amp up the sound in your living room from those tinny speakers built into your TV, but don’t want to run wires all over the place, a soundbar system is one of the best solutions.
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Review: Raumfeld One M Wireless Stereo Sound System

Review: Raumfeld One M Wireless Stereo Sound System
I’ve spent the last few weeks living with a variety of audio gear from German audiophile brand Raumfeld. Currently up for review is the Raumfeld One M – a single box 2.1 audio system that’s perfect for small to medium-size spaces like kitchens, offices, dens, and bedrooms. The One M offers a clean and modern design that looks great in just about any space.

Hack Replicates 3D Printed Object Based on 3D Printer’s Sound: Solid Echo

Hack Replicates 3D Printed Object Based on 3D Printer’s Sound: Solid Echo
It’s a tired joke, but there’s a real risk that mass adoption of 3D printing and 3D modeling will equate digital piracy with physical theft. Now it turns out you don’t have to swipe a 3D file to copy a printed object. 

Using Sound Localization for Navigation: Over Hear!

Using Sound Localization for Navigation: Over Hear!
Voice-guided navigation makes it a lot easier for drivers to follow directions for map applications. But a group of Electrical & Computer Engineering students from Cornell University have come up with a more intuitive solution. They created a hat-mounted navigation device that guides you by producing sound that appears to come from the direction of your destination. Abdurrahman Husnein, Sophia Yan and Vance Hancock’s goofy-looking device is managed by a Microchip PIC32 controller.

Ultrasonic Levitation Machine: Ultrasium Leviosa

Ultrasonic Levitation Machine: Ultrasium Leviosa
Earlier this year, we saw a device that could make objects hover and move in three dimensions using ultrasonic waves. Richard Haberkern’s Ultrasonic Levitation Machine is a lot simpler than that device, but it’s affordable and does what it says on the tin. The Ultrasonic Levitation Machine uses a small transducer and a reflector to create a standing wave.

Now You Can Wear the TARDIS Sound Wave as a Necklace

Now You Can Wear the TARDIS Sound Wave as a Necklace
I bet you never thought that you could wear a sound on your neck. This necklace has one of the most well-known sound waves in sci-fi history. The sound of the TARDIS has been captured in a cool visual and now you can get it in either laser-etched acrylic or wood as a necklace.

Imitone MIDI Controller Turns Voices Into MIDI Signals: Impressionist

Imitone MIDI Controller Turns Voices Into MIDI Signals: Impressionist
Digital audio software lets you emulate the sounds of instruments that you don’t own or know how to play in real life. But these programs don’t eliminate the learning curve. They’re still not intuitive. Imitone can change that.

Scientist Sounds off with World’s Longest Echo

Scientist Sounds off with World’s Longest Echo
If you’ve ever found yourself in a room where you discover that the acoustic properties create a great echo, you’ve probably tried to see how long you can make the echo last. I’ve certainly found myself clapping my hands or yelling “Helooooooo” when I find a space like that.

LG SoundPlate Puts the Sound Under Your TV

LG SoundPlate Puts the Sound Under Your TV
While there are plenty of soundbars available for improving the sound of your home theater, most of them have to sit in front of your TV set or hang above or below it on the wall.

Scientists Levitate Objects Using Ultrasound Waves

Scientists Levitate Objects Using Ultrasound Waves
Behold witchcraft! Some crazy mages who call themselves scientists are making stuff levitate using ultrasound waves. Check out the video below. It demonstrates three-dimensional, mid-air acoustic manipulation, aka levitation. Aka witchcraft!

Sono Concept Turns Windows into Noise Cancelling Devices: Pane of Silence

Sono Concept Turns Windows into Noise Cancelling Devices: Pane of Silence
Noise cancelling headphones are nothing new, but wouldn’t it be neat if there was a device that could provide an entire room with silence? You could soundproof your room, but that would be time-consuming and expensive.

Hacked NES Boots Unwanted Chatterboxes from Your Office

Hacked NES Boots Unwanted Chatterboxes from Your Office
Sick of people coming into your office and talking your ear off? There are plenty of ways to get them to leave, but I’ve never thought of using an old NES system to hurry them on their way.

Stealthbot: The Sam Fisher of Robots

Stealthbot: The Sam Fisher of Robots
There are plenty of robots roaming around these days, but researchers have developed a robot that is designed to be the sneakiest robot out there. It uses background noises to mask its actual presence, which is pretty amazing.

Sonic Wallets Sound off When You Spend Cash

Sonic Wallets Sound off When You Spend Cash
While it’s always fun to buy things, it’s not always fun that you have to deplete your funds to make it so. These new wallets serve as a not-so-subtle reminder to think about how you’re spending your precious cash every time you open them up.

Bomie’s Boom System: Look Ma, No Amp!

Bomie’s Boom System: Look Ma, No Amp!
There have been plenty of different passive amplifiers for smartphones, but I have to say that this one definitely stands out from the crowd. The Bomie’s Boom System is quite large, and could be something interesting to have in your living room if you don’t believe in powered speakers.
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