Chris wants to know why surround sound for gaming is different from Dolby 5.1 surround on his headphones. Leo wonders if the gaming audio is set up to use an app to give surround in the headphones vs. just listening to the system. Scott says that has to do with the bitstream that has to be decoded and the app is required. So if he's watching TV with his gaming headphones, he may not get surround. That's why Leo suggests hardware encoding. Even if he figures out a workaround though, Chris will likely be going to have lag.
Ronnie would like to buy active noise-canceling headphones, but the Bose headphones are way too expensive. Is there a more affordable option? Leo says that there are far better options now that don't cost an arm and a leg. The WireCutter says that the Bose 700s are the best, but they are costly. Anker's Soundcore Life Q20 is around $40 right now. Audio Technica makes a good pair!
With the launch of Apple's new high priced AirPods Pros, a sales record of over $4 BILLION dollars for the recent quarter was announced. Not the year, mind you. BUT THE QUARTER. It's a good holiday for Cupertino.
Meanwhile, Samsung tried to brag that they had sold over a million Samsung Galaxy Fold phones, but when called on it, they pulled the number back. Embarrassing.
Grant wants to only hear his headphone sound in mono because he's only got good hearing in one ear. Leo says that PopOS has only Surround and Stereo. But there's bound to be a mono sound driver online somewhere. Probably the easiest way would be to get a hardware option. People used to be able to get one at RadioShack. But sadly, that's in the past. Doctor Mom says that he can make headphones mono with an adapter from Monoprice. Here's how - https://www.cnet.com/news/making-headphones-mono/.
This week, Scott is talking about the Audeara A-01 headphones, which comes with an app that will give you a hearing test and then optimize your audio experience based on the results. It has active noise cancellation as well. You can also apply a hearing curve setting that will help you to hear the music better without turning the volume up. Price is around $300. So they're not cheap, but for what they offer, it's a pretty good deal. And it sounds better with noise cancelling on than off.
Scott has been reviewing in-ear monitor earphones of late, and the good thing about them is that they seal the monitor in your ear so you don't have to have the volume turned up so loud. Scott recently tested a pair from 1 More, which makes mostly wired models. But this set of wireless ones is their first foray into the market and can be charged by putting them into a case. Much like AirPods. Are they good as a wired model? Scott says almost, but not quite.
When I was invited to a Bose press event this week, seeing a new model Bose Noise Reduction Headphone wouldn't be out of the ordinary. But their new Bose 700 Noise Reduction Wireless Headphones add an exclusive innovation no one has done before. The Bose 700 uses 8 digital signal processing microphones, and up to four of them work to isolate a user’s voice from unwanted background sounds. This makes for dramatically clearer calls to home and work, and solid accuracy from your favourite VPA; Siri, Alexia and Google Assistant.
Scott has been testing a new in-ear monitor headphone called the REVONEXT, and when you put on the proper "tips" for your hears, the sound is really nice. Good bass, ground stereo sound. But if you use the wrong size tips, the sound degrades to being very tinny. They come with three different tip sizes and are only $30. But they're also wired headphones, so if you're a current iPhone user, you'll need a lightning adapter. Periodic Audio and Comply sell memory foam ear tips that will also work for them. Another cool function is that the cable that the IEMs use aredetachable.
Steven recently heard aboutHeadsets. How are they? Leo says that they use the same technology as the Bone Phone from the 70s, but better. It transmits the sound through the bone just below the temple. It promises hi-fidelity that's as good as earbuds or better. It works great for sports, driving, or anything where we can't have our ears blocked. They're bluetooth with good battery life. Leo can even use them to make phone calls.
Scott is now with Tech Hive, and he's doing reviews of headphones and Bluetooth speakers. He's becoming the "Giz Wiz" of audio products. You can read his review of PURO Kids Headphones, designed to protect their hearing here. He also says that the Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker is fantastic, and it's only $60.