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Etymotic ER3 XR Review & Rating

When Etymotic announced a new pair of earphones intended for audiophiles on a relative budget, I was elated—we’re just not seeing many top-notch, affordable in-ears lately. At $179, the ER3 XR earphones aren’t cheap, but they’re significantly less expensive than their five-star sibling, the ER4 XR. Etymotic also offers the …

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Etymotic ER3 SE Review & Rating

The Etymotic ER3 SE earphones are the companion pair to Etymotic’s excellent, Editors’ Choice-winning ER3 XR. Both are priced at $179, and both offer flat response that borders on clinical—the audio is crisp, bright, and clear, and the bass depth isn’t pushed forward as it so often is in most …

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Hands On With Microsoft’s Surface Headphones

Microsoft spent much of last year working with makers of high-end audio products to get its Cortana voice assistant integrated into smart speakers similar to the Amazon Echo or Google Home. The first product that resulted from that effort was the Harman Kardon Invoke, which turned out to be a …

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Soul Emotion Review & Rating

Of the complaints against true wireless earbuds, two that stand out across the board are poor battery life and high price. But one of those issues might soon be a thing of the past, as we’re starting to see some relatively affordable models hit the market. The Soul Emotion earbuds …

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JLab Epic Air Elite Review & Rating

When JLab’s Epic Air earphones arrived last year, they felt like a big step forward for true wireless earbuds—they looked different than the competition and had better battery specs. At $149, the new Epic Air Elite earbuds cost the same, but boast even more battery life for their charging case …

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Best Earbuds (In-Ear Headphones) 2018

Earphones vs. Earbuds If you’re a music lover, chances are you’re not happy with your phone or media player’s bundled earphones. Most of the time, they sound pretty dismal. Some devices don’t come with any earphones at all, but even the models that do include them tend not to offer …

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Best True Wireless Earbuds 2018

Wireless vs. Wire-Free Earbuds If the term “true wireless” sounds like sales jargon to you, we’re with you. Regardless of whether you call them “true wireless,” “cable-free,” or “wire-free,” the important distinction between these and typical earphones is the complete lack of a cable connecting the earpieces. When cable-free designs …

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Marshall Minor II Bluetooth Review & Rating

Marshall has designed some of our favorite wireless headphones and speakers. The company’s latest earphones, the Minor II Bluetooth, don’t quite fall into that category. They deliver solid bass depth, but for $129, something feels off. The decision to make these earbuds rather than in-canal earphones is a little surprising, …

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