Tag: sound

Working from home still? Get the sounds of the office

Sitting at home can be a solitary affair. The enforced coronavirus lockdown has led to many working from home and many companies have no plans for that to change any time soon. Many previously saw home working as an ideal solution to the stresses and strains of commuting, …

Podcast 254 – Blimey! Remember these?

“Sporadic” seems to be the word for these podcasts. If you’ve listened to some of them then you might be aware that they’re usually recorded in the car as it’s the only free time I have. However, these are not normal times. These are very strange times and …

HONOR Magic EarBuds – Review

After having my perception of all non-Apple AirPods ruined by some shady £10 in-ear replicas, I didn’t hold out too much hope for these Magic Earbuds from HONOR. They’re available in the UK now and you can find them on the new HONOR website here. That new website – …

Podcast 252 – Coronavirus Lockdown Biscuit Special

Normally I record these podcasts whilst driving to and from work. However, the world has turned upside down of late and I’m instead sitting at home eating far too many biscuits. It’s all a bit weird isn’t it? The coronavirus has changed things so much, and despite the …

Sudio Regent II Wireless Headphones – Review

These are classed as over-ear headphones but do sit more on your ears. They are, let me tell you, rather classy in appearance. Price-wise they’re classy too, at £79 in either black or white, but do check our exclusive coupon code later on in this review to get …

Urbanista Detroit headphones now available

Hailing from Sweden, Urbanista are a top lifestyle audio brand and have today announced their new Detroit headphone. They are available in black, green and peach for just £59. They’re stylish and deliver 12 hours of playback after a fast charge, so just 15 minutes will give up to three …

LG G7 ThinQ – DTS:X 3D Surround Sound and added “Boom”!

Most leaked handset in history? Yep, it’s certainly getting that way. Over the weekend we found more details of the battery and screen on the LG G7, now we’re getting more on the audio side of things. We saw the thing in Barcelona in February but then there …

Brainwavz Delta In Ear Earbuds – Review

No Bluetooth headphones today. No. This time it’s a set of wired headphones. These come courtesy of a company called BrainWavz who, apart from already having a very cool name, also make these well-priced in-ear headphones. They’re “IEM”, which means “In Ear Monitors” and help to isolate the …

HTC U11 – Photo special

HTC have dropped out of the limelight of late. Vodafone don’t seem to be ranging any of their handsets and Three are all out of stock of the HTC 10. Whilst playing with their U Play and U Ultra it occured to me that both handsets had pretty …

KitSound Immerse Active Noise Cancelling Earphones – Review

Last time I went to the airport, I was properly obsessed with some big over-ear headphones which had noise cancelling technology built in. I put them on, pressed the switch on the side and – instantly – the noise of the airport vanished. It’s all down to something …

Dr Meter Sound Level Meter – Review

Welcome people. Welcome to yet another very random review. Years ago I started reviewing smartphones and now, now I’m getting LED lights and all sorts of other random gadgets. Today we’ve got a sound level meter and, well, it does just what you’d expect it to really. On …

How to make your family car sound like a V8

You may remember my indestructible Audi A4. She’s an old girl now and has been on the road for a decade. I bought a Bluetooth OBD gadget to plug into it just so that I could find out what all those error lights on the dashboard are. Yes, …

Facebook to play videos with sound ON as you scroll

We don’t tend to have too many disagreements with our ad suppliers, but one thing we really don’t like is adverts that autoplay sound. Sure, we have to display adverts to pay for the increasingly large servers, but ones that start shouting some Daz washing powder at you …

Edifier MP700 RAVE Bluetooth Active Speaker – Review

The first thing you notice about this particular Bluetooth speaker is the price. It’s £229 on Amazon. That, I have to say, is a massive price-tag for a Bluetooth speaker. It weighs in at 1.6 kg and measures 29.4 x 6.7 x 17 cm. At 1.6Kg it isn’t …

Kitsound Immerse Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – A Review

So here I am in my 40’s and up until this review had never tried Noise Cancelling Headphones. So as a regular user  of Kitsound equipment I jumped at the opportunity to review the new Kitsound Immerse Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones for my friends at Coolsmartphone.com. Kitsound kit tends …

iClever BoostSound BTS07 Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Remember our BTS08 review from the other day? Well, this is the smaller brother. It’s definitely easier to carry around and is a lot lighter. Likewise, it’s thinner at both ends and I found it pretty easy to fit into a coat pocket. This one, unlike the BTS08, …

iClever BoostSound BTS08 Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Available from Amazon US for $49.99, this definitely isn’t one of those speakers you pop into your coat pocket. Measuring in ay 25.15 x 11.18 x 13.21 cm it’s definitely got some “meat” to it, and I mean that in a good way. Up top, four touch-control keys …

aLLreLi F5 Bluetooth Headphones – Review

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s been a reoccurring theme whenever we review Bluetooth headphones. There’s definitely two types of headphones that I’ve found over the years. The first type will last for ages and they’re usually in-ear, but the sound quality just isn’t that brilliant. …

Clarkson, Hammond and May guide you on your way

After watching two weeks of “The Grand Tour”, I’ve realised that both me and my son are calling it “New Top Gear”. It’s totally blown away any BBC attempt at the show, with the crazy antics turned up to 11 and the 4K footage beautifully filmed, it’s proving …

Mpow Thor Foldable Bluetooth Headphones – Review

If you’re after some “proper” over-ear headphones with noise cancelling tech, these could be on your shopping list. First though, perhaps the biggest plus point for me is the price – just £18.89 on Amazon as I type, which is really rather good. The headphones have the usual …

So, you want to listen to music AND charge your iPhone 7?

I pointed it out after the announcement but, if I’m being honest, it’s not going to be a massive deal-breaker for most iPhone owners. See, I can understand to some degree because Apple give you just a single USB-C port in the MacBook Pro. It looks neat, it …

1byone Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Review

When you’re young and full of beans you really enjoy writing about tech. Mobile phones, gadgets, gizmos – it lights your fire. Then, after several years of looking a Bluetooth speakers, you start to wane a little. You get sent dozens and dozens of the things. Some are …

Move over HTC, Ford want to be quietly brilliant.

Modern cars tend to have a lot of sound proofing, especially if you’re driving one of those diesel cars. It’s to reduce engine noise, but despite how nice your tyres might be, there’s still road noise to deal with. Ford have been thinking of new ways to sort …

That Samsung whistle. GONE!

We’ve all been there. Whether it be a packed train, a busy office, a corridor, bus-stop or supermarket. The infamous Samsung “whistle” notification goes off, then someone imitates it with their very own mouth-powered version. It’s been the “sign of the Samsung” for years now, but now early …

Editorial – HTC are back.

In recent months there’s been a keen media interest in two mobile launches,the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Handsets like the Xperia Z, the Ascend P2 or the Nexus 4 are also in the running but all eyes seem to be focused on the HTC One …

MWC – HTC in Barcelona. A full workout with the One

Last week we were in London for the launch of this, the HTC One. The launch event was pretty crowded and, although we got a video demo and some pictures, I asked the guys at the HTC stand to give us a full run-through of every new feature …

RHA MA150 Earphones Review

The recently launched RHA MA150 earphones recently dropped through my letterbox in an unassuming brown box made from recycled cardboard.  Flimsy as anything the box did not give out a sign of quality and did not bode well for the contents. RHA’s MA150 earphones are the Glaswegian company’s latest …

Samsung Galaxy Music Announced

Samsung have announced a new handset today in the form of the Galaxy Music. With a 280×320 3″ LCD screen, a 3mp rear camera and 4gb of internal storage the handset is certainly budget in specification.  The Galaxy music will be shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. …

Beats grabs 25% back from HTC

Those Dr. Dre Beats headphones are now a familiar sight on buses and trains. HTC helped to bring the brand to the smartphone world thanks to handsets like the HTC Rhyme. HTC were the majority shareholder with 51% of the company. Today the HTC share has dropped down …

Gear4 StreetParty Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

If you’ve been reading our reviews recently then you’ll know we have tested a few speakers but none of them as yet have been able to become my own personal”Daily Driver” no pun intended. Recently I have ben testing the Gear4 StreetParty Wireless Speaker, a bluetooth speaker with …

SoundWave SW50 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Whilst many smartphones now come with in-ear headphones and on-board technology to make your tunes sound better, there’s still a certain amount of disappointment when you use the external speaker on your phone for playing music. Sound quality is also a bit pants when using the external speaker …

Dive into our all-new podcast!

Hey, you lovely reader. Have you had a listen to our Podcast ? If not, it’s definitely worth listening too. Each week our team get together to discuss the weekly happenings. Right now we’re on episode 3 but you can get all of the podcasts here and there’s …

The Coolsmartphone Podcast – Episode 2

Here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Episode 2 of the Coolsmartphone podcast. On this episode we discuss Windows Phone 8, Microsoft Surface, Nexus Tablet, Jelly Bean, iOS vs Android and more Your hosts this week are Jamie Ryan, Ravi Patel and Tom Ranson. You can …

Looking to get those “free” Beats headphones?

Some of the HTC devices we reviewed last year included these Dr. Dre Beats headphones. They work with the Beats technology in the phone to deliver superior quality sound into your eardrums. You can see them in our Sensation XE review and I remember seeing them in the …

Samsung Sound Horn Review

So, whilst I can’t review any Galaxy SIII accessories yet, I can at least review some Galaxy SII accessories instead. This is called the Samsung Galaxy S2 Sound Station Sound Horn, but I’m just going to call it the “Sound Horn” because it’s a lot better for my …

HTC Sensation XE Review

We’ve been sent a quite a few headphones over recent weeks. Some noise-cancelling ones, some fashionables ones, some really big over-ear ones. All of them try and solve a long-term problem with most smartphones, and that’s the sound quality coming out of the 3.5mm audio port. Ever since …

HTC Sensation XE headed to Orange

Well.. look what we have here. Thanks to somobile for the tip here, Orange now have the Sensation XE on their “Coming soon” pages. It’s a bit like the standard Sensation, except a bit faster and with better audio via the Beats technology. You may remember that we …

HTC Sensation XL Announced

HTC have just announced a new smartphone to the world, the HTC Sensation XL and the XL plays a REALLY big part (no pun intended) in the difference over the original HTC Sensation Consider this the twin brother of the HTC TItan which we saw only recently running …

Optimus 2X goodies, for everyone

Those lovely people at xda-developers have managed to “borrow” bits from the upcoming LG Optimus 2X. They’ve got the ringtones, the backdrops, the ringtones and some widgets too. We’re particularly loving the Live Wallpapers. This, the “Water Drop” Live Wallpaper, is really nice, although it did make us …