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Lossless vs. Hi-Res Audio: What’s the Difference?

Streaming services are starting to make a big point of offering lossless audio, hi-res audio, or both, but which matters more? We’ll take a look at what both qualities mean and what the differences between them actually are….

What Is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)?

If you’ve looked into producing music, podcasts, or other audio projects, you’ve likely heard talk of digital audio workstations. So what are these tools, who are they meant for, and how do you know which one you should use? …

How to Get Better Laptop Sound Quality

Laptop speakers are frequently disappointing, with all but a handful of models to choose from if sound quality is a high priority. So what can you do about it, and what’s the best bang for your buck when it comes to laptop so…

How to Fix Bluetooth Audio Delay

Bluetooth is great for music or audiobooks, but as soon as you’re watching videos or gaming, it can introduce latency that makes everything look like a bad dub. Bluetooth speakers and headphones will always have lag, but ther…

USB vs. XLR Mic: Which Should You Buy?

A good microphone is essential when recording audio. As you shop for your microphone, you’ve probably seen USB mics and XLR mics. So what’s the difference between them, and which is best for your recording needs?…

What Is a Supercardioid Microphone?

If you’re in the market for a new microphone, you may have noticed the term “supercardioid” used to describe some mics. What does this mean, and how are these microphones different from other microphone types?…

What Is an Audio Crossover?

Crossovers are common features in audio equipment like speakers, but their purpose can seem like a mystery. Whether you’re wondering what the crossover knob on your subwoofer does or whether you should look for a speaker with…

What Is an Integrated Amplifier?

If you’re shopping for stereo or home theater components, you might have heard the term “integrated amplifier.” While these may sound like a specialized piece of equipment, they’re more common than you may think and have some…

Nothing Teases Its Next Pair of Earbuds

Hardware maker Nothing has gained plenty of press attention due to its products, including a smartphone and a pair of affordable ANC earbuds, as well as CEO Carl Pei’s marketing antics. The company will launch the Ear (Stick)…

Headphone Impedance and Sensitivity Explained

Sensitivity and impedance are both important factors for headphones, but they can be tough to understand. We’ll take a look at both and show you why they’re important and how to use that knowledge while headphone shopping….

What Is Audio Distortion, and What Causes It?

Spend any time shopping for audio products, whether it’s a Bluetooth speaker or an audiophile headphone amp, and you’ll hear about distortion. But what is audio distortion, and where does it come from in the first place?…

What Is Multipoint Bluetooth?

Multipoint Bluetooth aims to let your earbuds, headphones, or portable speaker pull double duty, switching between taking calls on your phone and watching a movie on your laptop. But how does that work, and how can it work fo…
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