Marshall Major IV wireless headphones offer great sound, plus 80+ hours of battery life and wireless charging – TechCrunch

Marshall’s new Major IV headphones ($149.99) combine lightweight comfort with wireless charging, and up to 80 hours of playback for an iconic headset that’s affordable and flexible. At home or on the go, these are a great option with unique features that you won’t find anywhere else in the headphone market. Basics This is the fourth iteration of Marshall’s Major on-ear wireless headphones, and they offer a number of improvements new to the lineup, including a new folding clip design that makes them even more compact when packed for travel…

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Shure’s SRH1540 headphones can upgrade your home setup with quality sound and all-day comfort – TechCrunch

We’re going checking out a range of different headphones on TC this week and next as part of our ‘Headphone Week’ series, and today I’m checking out the Shure SRH1540 ($499). These aren’t new – they’ve been a stand-by among audiophiles in their price range for years now. But there’s a great reason for that: They offer fantastic sound quality and value, as well as amazing comfort and wearability. The basics The SRH1540 from Shure are closed-back headphones that provide premium sound suitable either just for people who really like…

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Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay E8 Sport offer the best sound in workout-friendly true wireless earbuds – TechCrunch

Bang & Olufsen is taking its excellent track record for delivering maximum quality, natural-sounding audio and wrapping it in a sports-oriented package with the Beoplay E8 Sport ($350). These totally wireless earbuds come with a long list of great features, including IP57 water resistance, 30 total hours of battery life including up to seven hours on a single charge, and transparency mode for external audio pass-through. The basics The E8 Sport is a new version of the three-generation E8 totally wireless earphone that Bang & Olufsen has produced for a while…

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Bang & Olufsen’s latest Beoplay E8 fully wireless earbuds offer top sound and comfort – TechCrunch

Bang & Olufsen has an excellent reputation in home audio, and its original Beoplay E8 fully wireless headphones were a category leader when there was barely a category to lead. The company recently launched the third version of the E8, a new generation of hardware that comes with a number of improvements for better audio quality and convenience, including wireless charging, up to seven hours of continuous use on a single charge, and the latest Bluetooth standards for improved audio quality, operating distance and latency. B&O’s latest wireless headset is…

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Jabra’s Elite Active 75t earbuds offer great value and sound for both workouts and workdays – TechCrunch

Technology improvements over the past few years mean that most fully wireless earbuds are a lot better than they used to be. That has led to something of a narrowing of the field among competitors in this arena, but some of the players still stand out – and Jabra have definitely delivered a standout performer with its newest Elite Active 75t fully wireless earbuds. Basics Jabra’s Elite Active 75t is a successor to its very popular 65t line, with added moisture resistance designed specifically for exercise use, as indicated by…

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Boeing to resume aircraft manufacture in Puget Sound | News

Boeing will resume all commercial aircraft production in a phased approach at its Puget Sound-region facilities next week, after suspending operations last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At all of its sites, the company has taken extra precautions and instituted comprehensive procedures to keep people safe and fight the spread of Covid-19. “The health and safety of our employees, their families and communities is our shared priority,” said Stan Deal, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This phased approach ensures we have a reliable supply base; our personal protective…

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BBC Sound of 2020: Indescribable indie band Easy Life are the runners-up

Image copyright Island Records Image caption The quintet are formed of Murray Matravers, Oliver Cassidy, Sam Hewitt, Lewis Berry and Jordan Birtles Hard to describe, but easy to love, Leicester’s Easy Life have been named runners-up in the BBC’s Sound of 2020. The genre-hopping quintet formed “on a whim” in a pub two years ago, after earning their stripes in an assortment of swing and reggae bands around the city. Fronted by singer/trumpeter Murray Matravers, they’ve “bodged together” (their words) an incongruous mix of wonky hip-hop beats, gossamer jazz guitar,…

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BBC Sound of 2020: Bono’s son and his band Inhaler tipped for success

Image caption Eli Hewson (second right) with bandmates Josh Jenkinson, Robert Keating and Ryan McMahon Inhaler want to make it on their own terms, just like any band. The way they tell their story, the fact their frontman is the son of one of the world’s biggest rock stars is almost irrelevant. Yes, Elijah Hewson does have something of his dad’s on-stage magnetism. Yes, he has a familiar yearning voice. Yes, there is a certain resemblance in the unkempt 80s mullet. Yes, his dad is U2 singer Bono. But the…

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Op-Ed | What Does Your Brand Sound Like? | Opinion, Op Ed

Platforms like Instagram have become saturated; cluttered with images that offer little more than a quick media fix. It’s an increasingly tough, and expensive, place for fashion brands to forge meaningful relationships with consumers. Sure, fashion is fundamentally a visual medium. But what about tapping the other senses? What about sound? Fashion ultimately depends on creating an emotional response in shoppers; let’s face it, nobody really needs another handbag when you think about it rationally. And yet fashion brands have largely underused one of the most emotional media experiences of all:…

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