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Blue Microphones Ella planar magnetic headphones review: Fantastic sound, with or wihout the onboard amp

Blue brings its strut-like headband and a Class AB amplifier to a set of planar magnetic cans.

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless comes in three colors.

V-Moda gives you a choice: Use its new Crossfade 2 headphones with or without wires

You get Hi-Res Audio certification with a cable, or aptX Bluetooth decoding without one.

Libratone Q Adapt

Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear headphone review: Good sound, but minor problems abound

The convenience of Lightning doesn't make up for the poorly designed ear tips and only average noise cancellation.

The perforated grille on the front is for aesthetics only.  The driver is located only through the t

MartinLogan Motion AFX review: Remarkable add-on speakers for object-oriented movie soundtracks

Add Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to your home theater's repertoire without cutting holes in your ceiling.

Libratone's Q Adapt wireless active noise cancelling headphones

Libratone Q Adapt wireless headphones review: You control how much of the world to allow in

These noise-cancelling cans are stylish and they sound great, but that's not enough to put them at the top of our list.

Amiron Home headphones

Beyerdynamic Amiron home headphones review: no high-tech gewgaws, just sweet sound

The bass response, dynamics, and musical reproduction these headphones produce will make you want to leave your Bluetooth headphones behind.

High-res digital audio players

Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Onkyo, and Questyle; one shines above all the others.

Astell&Kern AK70 hi-res audio player

Astell&Kern AK70 high-res digital audio player review: Sweet sound and strong features make it a winner

The AK70 is one of the first hi-res audio players on the market to support aptX HD hi-res music streaming over Bluetooth, but its lack of MQA support has us scratching our heads.

Paradigm PW Amp front

Paradigm PW Amp review: This DTS Play-Fi amplifier will bring out the best from your speakers

This powerful amplifier with ARC room correction will fix your room's acoustic problems while streaming hi-res music.

SVS SB16-Ultra subwoofer

SVS SB16-Ultra subwoofer review: This astonishing sub will rock your house—and your neighbor's, too

High-tech features and a supremely powerful amplifier team up to produce some of the deepest, cleanest bass you'll experience outside of an IMAX theater.

Onkyo's new SBT-A500 network soundbar

The guts of Onkyo's SBT-A500 sound bar come in an external box to give the speaker an ultra-low profile

Onkyo's ultra-low profile soundbar and wireless subwoofer will support Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Apple AirPlay, and all the streaming services you know and love.

Tidal and MQA logos

High-res music-streaming service Tidal launches MQA codec support (finally)

Tidal has one thing going for it: High-resolution music streaming. Adding MQA support will render the service even more unique. And there will be plenty of other ways to enjoy MQA-encoded music in 2017.

Blue's new Satellite wireless headphones come in different color styles.

Blue Microphones unveils Satellite: Wireless, amplified, noise-cancelling headphones

Dedicated noise-cancelling drivers ensure your high-fidelity experience won't be compromised in noisy environments.

Onkyo's Alexa-powered speaker has a camera, temperature, and humidity sensors that can tell you abou

Onkyo's VC-FLX1 smart speaker combines Alexa, sensors, and a webcam

This smart speaker doesn’t just sound good. Its on-board camera, temperature, and humidity sensors can let you know what’s happening and alert you in an emergency.

Blue Microphones Ella and Sadie headphones

Blue Microphones expands its amplified headphone lineup with the Ella planar-magnetic and Sadie Hi-Fi

Blue has redesigned the strut-like headphone band introduced with its acclaimed Mo-Fi headphones, and upgraded the amplifier to a Class AB design for even better audio quality.