Marshall Motif ANC Review – Noise cancelling earbuds with the iconic Marshal sound and design

Having previously been impressed with the Marshall Emberton II, and I have recently been checking out their first pair of active noise-cancelling earbuds, the Motif ANC. These are premium-priced earbuds with the quintessential Marshal design.   Specification Design and Fit There is not really a great deal you can do to make earbuds look good, … Read more

Khadas Tea DAC Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier Review – A slim MagSafe equipped DAC for iPhone users

Khadas’ Tea is a brilliant new ultra-slimline high-resolution headphone amplifier designed to work seamlessly with an iPhone 12 or higher. Specification Type: USB DAC + Headphone Amplifier + Bluetooth Model: Khadas  Chipset: Sabre ESS ES9281AC Pro Bluetooth: Qualcomm QCC5125 Amplifier: Amplifier RT6863D (Buffer Stage) Frequency range: 20 – 40 000Hz Compatibility: PCM up to 32bit/768kHz … Read more

Edifier W240TN True Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds Review

The Edifier W240TN is the latest pair of ANC earbuds in the ever-growing list of Edifier earbuds. A quick scan of Amazon shows at least seven different TWS earbuds from Edifier. The new W240TN sit somewhere in the upper middle of Edifiers range, albeit still quite cheap at just £80. It is only the NeoBud … Read more

Anker Soundcore Sleep A10 Bluetooth Earbuds Initial Impressions Review – Cheaper & arguably better vs Bose Sleepbuds, Kokoon Nightbuds and QuietOn

Soundcore by Anker has launched its first pair of sleep earbuds. These join a small but growing list of in-ear devices that aim to help sleep, predominantly by reducing external noise. I have had these earbuds for a bit over a week, but I was unfortunately not provided the beta APK for the Soundcore app … Read more

Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 Review vs FreeBuds Pro & Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro

The Huawei FreeBuds Pro were probably my favourite earbuds back in 2020. There was something I just loved about them, and I think at the time they offered an excellent balance of price, ANC performance and sound quality, making them more appealing than premium-priced options from Apple, Bose and Sony. I am also not overly … Read more

Anker Soundcore Space A40 Review – True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Following on from my review of the excellent Anker Soundcore Space Q45, I have also been trying the Soundcore Space A40. While the Soundcore Space Q45 appears to be the successor of the Soundcore Life Q35, it is not quite as easy to work out what these are replacing, I assume the Soundcore A3i or … Read more

Gravastar Sirius Pro TWS Earbuds Review – Form over function

Gravastar is Bluetooth audio specialist that differentiates itself from all the other generic audio brands by creating products in a striking industrial alienesque design. The overall build quality and aesthetic of all the devices are excellent, and they will appeal to gamers, movie fans and younger generations in general. However, this focus on build quality … Read more

Edifier STAX Spirit S3 revives STAX brand with Hi-Fi Bluetooth planar headphones

The Stax brand was a legendary Japanese brand that produced a variety of audio products from 1960 to 1995. Then after going insolvent was reformed as STAX and has continued to produce electrostatic headphones since. Electrostatic headphones require their own special headphone amplifier; therefore with the current STAX range of products, the minimum investment is … Read more

Creative BT-W4 Review – One of the first Bluetooth transmitter dongles with aptX Adaptive

I reviewed the Creative BT-W3 Bluetooth transmitter almost two years ago. The Creative BT-W4 is a refresh of that device, bringing the specification up to modern standards. This new Bluetooth dongle is one of the first on the market by a big brand to support aptX Adaptive, but this means that the older aptX LL … Read more

Sony WH-1000XM5 vs WH-1000XM4 Headphones – The best ANC headphones got better

The Sony WH-1000X range of headphones is generally regarded as the best active noise-cancelling headphones on the market. Every couple of years, Sony update them, the WH-1000XM4 were launched back in 2020 for £349, and yesterday Sony announced the WH-1000XM5 for £379. Audio technology is not as fast-paced as computers and phones, so can headphones … Read more

EPOS H3Pro Hybrid Review – A Low latency Gaming Headset with ANC

I reviewed the EPOS H3 Hybrid Gaming Headset back in 2021, and I have now finally managed to get my hands on the EPOS H3Pro. This takes the winning formula of the H3 Hybrid and improves it with low latency wireless connectivity and active noise cancelling. Buy from Currys Features Lag-free wireless with low-latency dongle​ … Read more

Shokz OpenRun Pro Review – By far the best bone conduction headphones

I was impressed with the Shokz OpenRun when I reviewed them at the start of the year. Now, during MWC 2022, the Shokz OpenRun Pro has launched in the UK. These new headphones up the audio quality but cost a bit more and are not quite as waterproof. Specification Battery life: 10 Hours Charge time: … Read more

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