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Sea Fishing Tackle: Shakespeare Salt Extreme Bass Fishing Rod ReviewAlthough I actually do enjoy freshwater fishing, sea fishing is my true passion.One bit of gear I grab often is my Shakespeare Salt Extreme bass fishing rod.It's skilfully designed to handle a wide selection of bass fishing locales and conditions almost anyplace in the UK.I particularly like that the Salt Extreme is made from a durable carbon blank with a slender and elegant profile.Whether I'm fishing in a estuary or in the sea itself, this rod is always equal to the task, and has few issues with rough ground.Fitted with quality Fuji guides, this rod also offers spigot joints that make for a secure fit.Another key feature is the butt gimbal which allows me to utilize a rod bucket when fighting larger fish.
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Sep 16, 2020: In this report, our team offers a comprehensive analysis of Bass Guitar market, SWOT analysis of the most prominent players in this landscape.Along with an industrial chain,market statistics in terms of revenue, sales, price, capacity, regional market analysis,segment-wise data,and market forecast information are offered in the full study, etc.This report focuses on top manufacturers in global market, Involved the assessment of Sales, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer, coveringRickenbackerFenderIbanezErnie Ball Music ManSquierNS DesignKalaYamahaDownload sample Copy of This Report at: https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/global-bass-guitar-market-2020-2026/request-sampleFoderaLaklandSchecterEpiphoneGibsonHofnerMartinGuildTaylorFender Custom ShopESPJacksonGretschPRSTraveler GuitarTakamineWashburnBrowse Full Report With TOC @ https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/global-bass-guitar-market-2020-2026Journey InstrumentsPeaveyGodinTobySteinbergerOn the basis of product, this report displays the Sales, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into4-String Bass Guitars5-String Bass Guitars6+ String Bass GuitarsOthersBy Application, this report focuses on Sales, Market share and Growth Rate of each application, can be divided intoProfessionalAmateurBy Regions, this report splits global market into several key regions, with Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin market share of top players in these regions, from 2014 to 2026 (forecast), likeChinaUSAEuropeJapanKoreaIndiaSoutheast AsiaSouth AmericaAbout Radiant InsightsRadiant Insights is a platform for companies looking to meet their market research and business intelligence requirements.We assist and facilitate organizations and individuals procure market research reports, helping them in the decision making process.We have a comprehensive collection of reports, covering over 40 key industries and a host of micro markets.In addition to over extensive database of reports, our experienced research coordinators also offer a host of ancillary services such as, research partnerships/ tie-ups and customized research solutions.For More Information, Visit Radiant InsightsContact: Michelle Thoras Corporate Sales Specialist, USA Radiant Insights, Inc Phone: 1-415-349-0054 Toll Free: 1-888-202-9519 Email: [email protected] Blog URL: http://consumergoods691.wordpress.com
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Maruti Suzuki Baleno has delivered revolutionary ways of travelling entertainment.When it comes to Baleno accessories, car music system gives you an extraordinary entertaining experience which sets this accessory apart from other brands.Baleno car music system provides an amazing sound quality that does not let you have a dull moment.Thanks to the brand and especially its model, the song you listen to on the music system does not have to be limited.Now enjoy your music from other sources too.Reasons why should you buy music systemCar music system for Baleno gives you the experience of crystal clear audio/songs quality and better-sounding bass in it as it offers Bluetooth speakers, car stereos, CD players, and touch players features.Through Bluetooth, it gives you freedom from wires and can be connect around easily.Generally, music system needs a cable that links them to a smart phone, but through Bluetooth speakers, it put an end to this cable limitation.
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Bookshelf speakers are one of many factors that you consider, like TV, desk, curtains, and more while planning to design the interior of your home office, bedroom, shop, etc.The can be placed on stands, table, bookshelf, desk, and several other small-spaced places.If we talk about the sound quality of bookshelf speakers, they produce excellent sound quality with good bass and treble.It produces a great sound and is a pair of low-budget speakers.Klipsch R-51PMKlipsch R-51PM is another powerful pair of bookshelf speakers.It produces a great sound because of the R-51PM, which is responsible for vibrant sounds in small rooms.They are also very attractive and include a lot of features.Goldwood AA321BThe Goldwood AA321B speakers are very simple, sleek, and compact.It comes with a traditional amplifier and 2.5” polypropylene woofers.
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge At Best Buy, you can save $60 off the usual cost of Jabra’s Elite 75t truly wireless earbuds, which are one of the best options around if you like a lot of bass in your sound. This price cut brings the black version down to a far more reasonable $120, though you have to be signed in with your Best Buy account to see the deal. Once you’re logged in, a box should appear under the price, allowing you to check a box to knock the price down from the sale price of $150 to $120. This deal lasts until September 12th. If you want a color other than black, the gold beige and titanium black colorways are $150 ($30 off) at Best Buy and at Amazon. Image: Jabra For something far, far more affordable in Jabra’s catalog of wireless... Continue reading…
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Google Magenta A new Google Magenta project (created by an intern!) lets you mix lo-fi, hip-hop music tracks to build a custom music room in your browser, with no musical ability required. Magenta is designed to use Google’s machine learning systems for the creation of art and music, and the Lo-Fi Player is a fun example of what it can do. When you open Lo-Fi Player, you’re taken to a pixellated virtual “room” where you click different objects — a clock, a cat, or a piano, for instance— in the room to change the different tracks, like the bass line and the melody. “The view outside the window relates to the background sound in the track, and you can change both the visual and the music by clicking on the window,” Lo-Fi Player creator Vibert Thio wrote... Continue reading…
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Take a moment to listen to his music, listen to his backing vocals and adlibs, as someone who has mastered hundreds of songs at this point I can tell you right now, most of his music would not have the same appeal as it does if the mixing was trash.When you’re working on a project for at least an hour your ears tend to adapt to the tonal balance and the fact that you are working on your own song can cloud your judgment.So take a break away from the music and also consult someone you trust.Ask them for honest and positive feedback, is the bass too strong?Best Trap BeatsReference material you like because our ears get used to tonal balance easily, referencing a song that has mastering you like can give you great insight on what needs fixing.I’d recommend referencing a song with a similar beat to yours or even better a rapper who has a similar tone to yours since different voices need different approaches to mastering.Leverage Mastering Software There are tons of software out there, if you use FL studio for everything then you can try plugging like Vexing SPAN or Limiter N06.If you prefer mastering software’s I highly recommend Ozone or NOIZ LabYou can choose to lead fans back to your profile or to your Specify or sound cloud Allow the ads to run for 4 days.
Audio company Sennheiser has introduced a new pair of true wireless earbuds called the CX 400BT, ones that offer ‘exceptional sound quality,’ deep bass, and more, according to the company. The CX 400BT follows the company’s previously released MOMENTUM true wireless earbuds, this time around offering high fidelity, noise reduction, and more. True wireless earbuds are, of course, the earpieces … Continue reading
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If you’re looking for a place to check all the guitar chords, notes, bass, etc., then following are the sites you should look for:Ultimate GuitarIt is one of the most popularly used websites that brings you guitar tabs, lessons, reviews, and you get to be part of their thriving community in return.They are the oldest in this business, and they have managed to connect to more than 10 million people around the globe.They have a meta-search engine that brings you the results for your search from all the relevant sources.It provides small yet accurate tabs for your search.On their search bar, enter the name of the artist or songs you want, and it will show you more recommendations under “Users who played this also played…” tab.Along with bass, you can browse top music notes for clarinet, drumset, ukulele, and more.
  Working from home brings its own set of challenges, but having the right tools on hand can help you stay productive. We've rounded up the best work-from-home tech you can get to set up your home office. Our recommendations include a sharp computer monitor, a comfy keyboard and mouse, as well as an effective webcam and other essentials. We've personally used all these items when we have worked from home over the years. Read more: The best computer monitors of 2020 One of the biggest challenges of working from home is setting up a home office with the right tools, but once you've got everything in place, it's easier to get your work done.   Even if you don't have a ton of space or a dedicated room to turn into a home office, you can still have a comfortable and productive work-from-home setup. All you need is a table, chair, and a few key pieces of tech.  We've compiled this handy list of the best work-from-home tech to help you increase your productivity. The main tech essentials everyone needs to work remotely are reliable internet and a laptop, but we also recommend getting a monitor so you have a bigger screen to work from as well as a decent keyboard and mouse. With these gadgets, you'll feel much more comfortable working than you would if you had to squint over your small laptop screen all day.  Beyond those main tech gadgets, you may also want to get a few more accessories, so we've added others that are enjoyable to have, including everything from headphones and speakers to webcams and smart lights. My colleagues and I have all worked from home for varying lengths of time, and these are the tech gadgets we believe are essential to our productivity when we work remotely. Updated on 3/17/2020 by Joe Osborne, Tony Villas-Boas, and Les Shu: Added several new picks for newly conceived categories. Checked all links and prices for accuracy. This is an ongoing process, and we're updating these links regularly.A wireless mouse for your home office Logitech's MX Anywhere 2S Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5eab0528fc593d77c00a3863&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Logitech's Master 3 Model Wireless Mouse Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech Master 3 Model Wireless Laser Mouse Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e7a18e1ba85ee6978411762&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Logitech's MX Master Wireless Mouse is our top pick for the best computer mouse for good reason. It has an ergonomic design that's comfortable to use for hours on end and you can customize the functions of its buttons and the speed of the scroll wheel. I've been using this mouse to work for several months now, and it's helped limit the amount of wrist and hand fatigue I feel at the end of the day. It's also wireless, so it's an excellent mouse to have in your home office setup. — Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor A cheap Bluetooth keyboard for your home office Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e691d5384159f6a00054ed2&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% I've been using Logitech's K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard in the office for almost a full year. I like its compact design and I find the keys responsive for typing. I never use the numberpad on giant keyboards, so I prefer this no-frills option. It's wireless, too, so my small home office setup doesn't look cluttered by a bunch of cables. For about $30, it's an excellent affordable option. — Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor A gel wrist rest for your mouse Kensington ErgoSoft Wrist Rest Product Embed: Product Name: Kensington ErgoSoft Wrist Rest Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e691f6184159f6d1103d795&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% To limit wrist fatigue, I've been using Kensington's ErgoSoft Wrist Rest. It's essentially a small gel-filled wrist pad that you can position exactly where you need it. The sticky underside keeps it from shifting around on the table, but it's ideal to have the option to angle it or remove it as needed throughout the workday. — Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor A foldable Bluetooth keyboard Plugable Bluetooth Keyboard Product Embed: Product Name: Plugable Bluetooth Keyboard Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e691ffd54f25c630f4717a6&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% If you have limited space to work from home or you need to pack up your setup and take it with you, a foldable Bluetooth keyboard may be the answer. I've been using this full-size one from Plugable when I'm working from home unexpectedly. At the end of the day, I can easily fold it up and hide it away to regain access to my dining table. — Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor A smart display Google Nest Hub Product Embed: Product Name: Google Nest Hub with Google Assistant Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5d1bb4c9a17d6c33c85ebef6&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% I like to have a clock nearby when I'm working from home, because I am wont to lose track of time entirely. I also like to have music playing in the background. To address both of those needs, I set up the Google Nest Hub on my desk. Not only does it always show me the time, but it can also play music, do math for me, and answer any random questions I have while working. — Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor An affordable 27-inch monitor 27-inch Dell FreeSync Monitor Product Embed: Product Name: Dell 27-inch IPS LED FHD FreeSync Monitor Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e6921a554f25c656a5b86a9&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150%Product Embed: Product Name: Dell 27-Inch LED FreeSync Monitor Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e711232c48540797d1e0c52&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Although you can get fancy 4K, curved monitors for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, there are also plenty of decent displays for $200 or less. This 27-inch Dell FreeSync Monitor has a full HD IPS LED screen that should be both big enough and high-res enough for most people's needs. It uses Dell's ComfortView tech to limit reflections, blue light, and other distractions. It's the monitor I have setup for working from home. — Malarie Gokey, Deputy Editor A laptop that can be your WFH warrior for a long time Google Pixelbook Go Product Embed: Product Name: Google Pixelbook Go Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5dadcf6f4af9091a0d33d8b5&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Acer Chromebook 15.6 Product Embed: Product Name: Acer 15.6 Chromebook Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e7a1b1f2d654f22a2198f1a&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150%Product Embed: Product Name: Acer Chromebook 15.6 Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e711532c485405774664ae9&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% While many might scoff at $649 for a Chromebook, hold that thought until you take a peek at the Google Pixelbook Go's 1080p display, its excellent keyboard, sharp 1080p webcam, and spacious trackpad. For a combination of WFH-ready features such as these within similar aluminum-clad laptops, expect to pay at least $300 more. If you want to save even more, we'd suggest the Acer Chromebook 15, a $325 15-inch laptop with a 1080p screen and just enough performance and space to get you through this stint of working from home. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor A webcam for acing all of those video meetings Logitech C920 Pro Computer Webcam  Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e711340c48540544d356e36&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150%Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech C920 Pro Computer Webcam Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e692425e4f9fe72875ecd59&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Logitech StreamCam Plus Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech StreamCam Plus Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e8631d82d654f3e182ddca0&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% If you expect to be holding internal (and outgoing) video meetings for quite some time, and you aren't going for the above recommended laptop, then pick up the Logitech C920. This is a 1080p webcam with an excellent stand for laptops, monitors, and tripods. While this is a plug-and-play option, it's also equipped with enhanced controls and filters for power users. That's a lot of webcam for just under $50. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor A mousepad with a wrist rest to prevent RSIs 3M Precise Mouse Pad Product Embed: Product Name: 3M Precise Mouse Pad with Gel Wrist Rest Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e692594e4f9fe749766adc8&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Look, there's enough to worry about much less a debilitating work injury preventing you from getting your work done. That's why we're recommending the 3M Precise Mouse Pad, because it's cheap, effective, and will keep your mouse hand comfortable with a wrist rest. Also, its tracking surface is designed for modern optical mice, so you're basically covered from every angle for less than $20. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor   A comfy office chair to plant your bottom Knoll ReGeneration Product Embed: Product Name: Knoll ReGeneration Chair Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e6926c184159f7747313ee3&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Space Seating Professional AirGrid Product Embed: Product Name: Space Seating Professional AirGrid Chair Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e69277054f25c6dc913d143&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% It's entirely too easy to spend a fortune on an office chair, so while we can personally recommend the Knoll ReGeneration as it's the New York City Insider office's chair of choice, it's also more than $800 for individual pricing. So, may we suggest the far more approachable Space Seating Professional AirGrid? It's a fraction of the price at $175, and offers many similar comfort features. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor A USB or USB-C hub for all of your gear Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 Product Embed: Product Name: Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5cffebecba3a7341ee69b3e5&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Adapter Product Embed: Product Name: HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Adapter Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5dcd6ce63afd372b2d0fc42d&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub Product Embed: Product Name: Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e69293084159f7ad83ca4e6&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% If you have a work laptop or even a personal one released within the last two years, chances are that it has one or more USB-C ports. Naturally, chances are if you have a USB-C laptop you have plenty more gadgets and accessories that use traditional USB or some other more legacy form of connection. That's where the Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 comes in with several ports and passthrough charging. It's also $80 generally, so something like the HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Adapter could do just as well for less than half as much. For anyone still rocking straight USB ports, we suggest the Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub for $43. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor A pair of noise-cancelling headphones Bose 700 Headphones Product Embed: Product Name: Bose 700 Headphones Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e6671f0fee23d11fc252258&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Though working from home likely gives you the freedom to pump up the volume on your speakers, headphones can still come in handy in many home offices — especially noise-cancelling models like the Bose 700s. Perfect for tuning out potential distractions around the house, or intruding sounds from outside, the Bose 700s feature some of the best noise cancellation tech on the market. They're especially well-suited for use during important work calls since the mics can isolate your voice from background noises. The Bose 700s are also our pick for the most comfortable noise-cancelling headphones, so you can wear them throughout the workday without any problems. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor       A desk for your new make-shift home office Three Posts Lamantia Computer Desk Product Embed: Product Name: Three Posts Lamantia Desk Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e692ac654f25c71b7398a6e&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Foundstone Black Desk (Out of stock until November) Product Embed: Product Name: Foundstone Black Desk Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e86339b671de0345b5abfd4&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Fully Jarvis Electric Adjustable Height Desk Product Embed: Product Name: Fully Jarvis Standing Desk Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5cf55b6d11e20513f206a126&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Parsons Desk Product Embed: Product Name: Wade Logan Parsons Desk Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5ed00391191824181c4cecf5&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Generally speaking, we recommend the Three Posts Lamantia Computer Desk as the best desk for its drawer space, dashing looks, and decent $220 price. However, those looking to save as much cash as possible without working on a box should take a look at the $107 Zipcode Design Folkston Desk. Finally, our favorite standing desk is the Fully Jarvis Electric Adjustable Height, which adjusts electronically to save your back. — Joe Osborne, Senior Technology Editor An affordable smart speaker Amazon Echo Dot Product Embed: Product Name: Amazon Echo Dot Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5d7ba68e2e22af0c477ca8a5&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% My Echo Dot has become an essential desktop companion whenever I work from home. The affordable Alexa device is our top pick for best budget smart speaker, and it packs all of the same digital assistant features found on Amazon's more expensive Echo products into a compact, budget-friendly package. Sound quality can't compete with genuine stereo speakers, but the Echo Dot gets the job done for casual background listening while I work. It's also a convenient tool for setting alarms and reminders, getting quick answers to questions, and receiving news and weather updates. And best of all? Its reliable voice control means you never have to step away from your keyboard.  — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor An UltraWide monitor LG 34WK650-W 34" 21:9 Monitor Product Embed: Product Name: LG 34WK650-W 34 Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e7a1cb12d41c166ec0b0813&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% I had the pleasure of testing out LG's 34WK650-W 34" 21:9 monitor for a few months and it completely opened my eyes up to the benefits of an UltraWide display in a home office. Typically, I work with a 24-inch 16:10 Dell UltraSharp monitor, and it performs very well for most needs. There are times, however, when there's just not enough real estate available on the screen for all the applications I have open. With the UltraWide design of the LG 34WK650-W, however, it's basically like having two monitors in one. Organizing different windows around your screen is a breeze, allowing you to multitask like a pro. The monitor also packs in several advanced display features, like HDR and FreeSync, which make it a fine fit for entertainment and gaming when you're not working. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor An affordable pair of desktop speakers Logitech Z313 Speaker System Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech Z313 2.1-Channel Speaker System Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e692da884159f01af77c5c3&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Logitech is known for its reliable desktop speaker models, and the company's Z313 are our top pick when it comes to budget computer speakers. The system includes compact left and right speakers, along with a dedicated subwoofer for extra bass while listening to music throughout the workday. Though far from high-end, audio performance is solid for such an inexpensive system, making them a very affordable upgrade from integrated speakers on your monitor or laptop. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor An ergonomic keyboard Logitech Ergo K860 Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech Ergo K860 Keyboard Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e692e8884159f02b329b436&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% If you plan to be desk-bound, an economic keyboard is essential, and my favorite is the new Logitech Ergo K860. I have used many ergonomic keyboards for the past 25 years, and none have worked as well as this one. I like the elevated wrist support that keeps my hands and arms in proper typing position. The split keyboard does take some getting used to, but after a day, I found myself typing away with minimal typos. The keys are well positioned and require very little travel distance, which means less strain on your hands and wrists. It's wireless, so you can easily move it, and it supports up to three Bluetooth devices — I love the ability to switch between my MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad quickly. Since I started using this keyboard regularly, it has lessened my wrist pain. — Les Shu, Senior Guides Editor A portable hard drive Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD Product Embed: Product Name: Seagate Fast SSD (500GB) Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e6930fb84159f05ff4a629a&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% If you have separate computers for work and home, an easy file sharing solution is to store on a portable hard drive, like Seagate's BarraCuda Fast SSD. In my previous years of testing hard drives, Seagate's are some of the more reliable ones I've used. This particular unit uses solid-state memory, which allows for fast read and write speeds (it can be used for gaming and productivity), and you can toss it inside a bag and not worry about damage to moving parts. The BarraCuda Fast SSD supports USB-C for fast transfer speeds of up to 540MB per second, but it's also compatible with older USB ports, albeit slower. — Les Shu, Senior Guides Editor A desk lamp TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp Product Embed: Product Name: TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5d9f4f47122bd531554a0209&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Whether you're burning the midnight oil or just need extra illumination, this TaoTronics LED desk lamp can add some much needed light. The brightness is adjustable to suit your workspace, and it has a built-in Qi-wireless charger for recharging your phone. For more desk lamp options, check out our guide.  — Les Shu, Senior Guides Editor A conference speaker phone Anker PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone Product Embed: Product Name: Anker PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5e6931c5e4f9fe0664055333&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Unless it's a quick call, I'm not a fan of using headsets or putting a phone against my ear for long hours. I also don't like terrible sounding speakers on my phone or laptop. The solution I've been using is the PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone from Anker. Yes, it's designed for group conferences, and it's portable, so you can take it on the road. But I like the sound quality it produces and that it has six microphones, so it can pick up my voice clearly regardless of where I am in the room. — Les Shu, Senior Guides Editor A multifunction printer Canon Pixma TR4520 Printer Product Embed: Product Name: Canon Pixma TR4520 Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5deeb00dfd9db207117b8cc5&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Whether you need to print, scan, copy, or even fax, the Canon Pixma TR4520 is an affordable all-in-one that does all those things. It's small enough that it doesn't take up a lot of space, and it has high-end features like two-sided printing and an automatic document feeder for multi-page scanning. For more affordable printer options, check out our guide. — Les Shu, Senior Guides Editor A micro-bead mouse wrist rest to keep you RSI free IMAK Cushion Ergobeads Wrist Rest Product Embed: Product Name: IMAK ErgoBeads Mouse Support Cushion Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5f4023991918243a0c7d5a38&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% I have a confession to make: I've been using the same Imak ErgoBeads wrist rest featured here for an undetermined amount of years. I've washed it regularly, of course, but let's just say it's not something I would let go of as a hand-me-down. This thing is the definition of computing comfort, in my opinion, and there are bundles that include a wrist rest for your keyboard. There's something about beads that perfectly contour to your wrist and feel like a down pillow underneath it. Don't make this tough time even worse with a repeated stress injury —  trust me, I know from experience. — Joe Osborne, Senior Tech Editor A strange-looking mouse that's worth the risk Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse Product Embed: Product Name: Logitech MX Vertical Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5f40259d5fa9a46bf609b8de&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% The Logitech MX Vertical looks odd, and feels even stranger when you put your hand on it. But after a few days, using it becomes second nature, and it's noticeably more comfortable than normal mice, especially if you use computers all day. I had an MX Vertical I left at BI's NYC office before the pandemic, and I ventured back into the city from the safety of my suburban home during the pandemic to get it back for my home setup. — Antonio Villas-Boas, Senior Reporter Nothing beats a classic mechanical keyboard Durgod Taurus K310 Mechanical Keyboard Product Embed: Product Name: Durgod Taurus K310 Mechanical Keyboard Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5f4026ff505f5338371d119a&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% I used the Durgod Taurus K310 mechanical keyboard for typing, and I absolutely love it. It has a classic mechanical look and feel, and it's a dream to type on. I have the "Cherry MX Silent Red" switches on mine, which means it's very quiet for a mechanical keyboard, which are typically loud. It has the Windows logo on the Command key, but it's equally compatible with MacOS devices, too. I like having the number pad on my keyboards, but it's also available in a smaller option without the number pad called the Taurus K320. — Antonio Villas-Boas, Senior Reporter     Don't settle for a cheap, flimsy office mouse pad Steelseries QCK Heavy Mousepad Product Embed: Product Name: Steelseries QcK Heavy Mousepad Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5f40293c3ad861118e3737fd&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% I initially wanted a larger, thick mouse pad for PC gaming, but I'd find it difficult to be productive without the Steelseries QCK Heavy mousepad. Indeed, it's about twice as thick and twice as large as a standard cheap office mousepad, the cloth feels premium and smooth, and it's washable. It gives you a lot more room to swing your mouse around comfortably, and it makes a surprisingly positive impact on your comfort without needing to spend very much. — Antonio Villas-Boas, Senior Reporter       A worthy alternative to Bose's noise-cancelling headphones Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Cancelling Headphones Product Embed: Product Name: Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Cancelling Headphones Card Type: button https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5f402aa4de1e9615a2357d97&type=button&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% The Bose 700 are featured in this guide as ideal home office noise cancelling headsets. But I'd urge anyone to take a look at the Sony WH-1000XM4 noise cancelling headphones. They're slightly more comfortable than the Bose, in my opinion, and their customizable sound means I enjoy my music more than I do with the Bose, too. Noise cancelling is about as good, and they're $50 cheaper than the Bose, too. Plus, they dramatically reduce ambient noise for better phone calls, and there's no need to switch between your computer and your phone, as they can connect to both devices at the same time. — Antonio Villas-Boas, Senior Reporter
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Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Google pushed out a significant firmware update to its Pixel Buds this week, adding several new features to the true wireless earbuds including a “bass boost” setting, sharing detection (so you can individually set volume for each earbud when sharing one of them with someone), attention alerts, and more. The updated firmware was also supposed to address the connectivity and audio dropout problems that some early Pixel Buds buyers have been complaining about. After some time listening to the Pixel Buds today, I’d say Google succeeded at the first bit; bass boost makes for a very real improvement to sound quality if you were disappointed by low-end performance before. But the Pixel Buds’ wireless signal is still weaker than it should be,... Continue reading…
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Despite a few hiccups, Google’s Pixel Buds might just be my favorite true wireless earbuds on the market. The combination of clever, comfortable design with Google‘s unmatched assistant integration makes them a joy to use. But as with anything, they could be improved, and an update from Google today seeks to do just that. Google is adding a plethora of features to the Pixel Buds today that significantly expand their functionality. The most notable for many will likely be the new bass boost EQ, which should make the bass heads out there happy; this is accessible right from the device’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Google has finally launched more colors for its second-generation Pixel Buds, nearly four months since the true wireless headphones launched. In addition to “clearly white,” you can now buy the Pixel Buds in “oh so orange,” “quite mint,” and “almost black.” The second-generation Pixel Buds launched on April 27th, but they were only available in white at the time, despite Google also announcing the other three colors when the Pixel Buds were revealed in October. My colleague Chris Welch found in his review that the new Pixel Buds had a much-improved design over their predecessor (which were connected by a wire) but only an average battery life and weaker bass than their competitors. After the headphones launched, though, some users... Continue reading…
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To be clear, the EP 01 do not radiate color like the image illustrates. | Image: DropLabs DropLabs has a new upgraded version of its Bluetooth shoes that rumble your feet with bass, which is not only a product that exists, but they’re apparently popular enough to warrant a second-generation model. They’re now available in a “triple black” color variant, support dynamic tuning for content, and offer an in-app LED color wheel to let you control the lighting on the rear of each shoe (you know, so people can really tell that you’re wearing smart shoes). The company is also promising some “Easter eggs” that it doesn’t even spoil in its press release. Shoes are usually just outside our zone for coverage, but these aren’t just any shoes. The DropLaps shoes — originally released last year — can connect to your phone via Bluetooth... Continue reading…
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As nightlife reduces to a simmer across the globe, a group of European club promoters, creatives, and technologists have banded together to create a virtual experience: "Club Quarantäne." The virtual nightclub boasts a 360-degree video dance floor and sets from DJs and artists across Europe.  Since its inception, the club has hosted three parties and about 700,000 visitors. And like the exclusive Berlin club scene it's based on, 40,000 people were turned away on its first night. In a time when people are feeling more isolated than ever, the project says it aims to bring a sense of community — and a little bit of humor — to even the loneliest on lockdown.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. What is it, exactly, that makes a club a club? Is it the music? The lights? The bouncer tending the line outside? The revelers you chat with while waiting for the restroom? Carlo Luis Ruben Schenk might know the answer. He's a promoter from the clubbing capital of the world: Berlin. And since nightlife has been reduced to a simmer across the globe, he's been part of a team creating a virtual club for hundreds of thousands of visitors. Club Quarantäne has been that digital sanctuary for clubless bacchants. The venue, which can be attended through any desktop web browser, boasts a 360-degree-video dance floor, with the thumping bass of a techno set and visuals that range from futuristic greenhouses to industrial tunnels filled with laser lights.  There's even a "line" outside, with a countdown clock to getting in. A virtual bouncer asks questions like, "Do you know who's playing tonight?" and "Are you already a supporter?" When asked if there were any right answers, Schenk smiled. "It's random," he said in an interview with Business Insider, adding: "It's also a joke about security guys and the night hosts in clubs. Sometimes it really feels random why you aren't chosen to get in." The site is full of tongue-in-cheek references to Berlin's nightlife. Schenk estimated that 40,000 people, or 30% of attendees, were rejected during the club's first night. The good news: They can always refresh their browser and try again. There has been no shortage of digital music festivals since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Behemoths like Tomorrowland and small local concerts have all gone online. With the exception of Travis Scott's impressive Fortnite concert, the technology is pretty much the same: a livestream of a performance and the occasional link to an official Zoom party.  But the Club Quarantäne team, which includes promoters, technologists, and creatives from across Europe, believe that clubbing is more than just watching a DJ set. Rather, the team says, it's about the unique space that's created by artists and strangers that are pulled together by music. In a time when people are feeling more isolated than ever, the project aims to bring a sense of community to even the loneliest on lockdown.  The project has set itself apart from other online festivals by diving headfirst into the virtual experience, taking lessons from video gaming to reconstruct a club online. Since its inception in March, it's hosted three parties — which can each last up to 40 hours — and 700,000 visitors.  "You can listen to the music, you can join a Zoom party, you can chat with people, you can watch the visuals, you can influence the visuals," Schenk said.  "There were different ways of gameplay," For one party, the team created a "drip button." The more the users collectively clicked, the more the visuals morphed. The team has future plans that include making visuals steam when more users enter the dance floor, and leveraging microtransactions to let users buy "trees" to fill a virtual field. There are also "bathrooms" where users can pick a color to serve as their avatar and message with people across the world. People from Detroit to Warsaw chatted and passed out Zoom links to video-chat parties, attendees said.  Music quality was a big part of the initiative, too. Schenk's team asked artists for clubby sets — upbeat techno, atmospheric music — the stuff you'd hear in a boiler room at 4 a.m. They said they wanted a high-quality stream that could cater to users with serious sound systems.  Danya Adib, a 24-year-old from Redwood Shores, California, turned up her subwoofer to listen from her bedroom in the Bay Area. She said she used to frequent San Francisco's electronic music scene. "I closed my eyes and for a second I felt like I was back," she said in an interview with Business Insider. The nightlife industry globally has been shut down and struggling since the pandemic began. Approximately two-thirds of Berlin's 140 clubs are now facing acute threats of closure, according to ClubCommision, a trade organization. Some well-known institutions like Tresor, Sage Club, and The Watergate have survived through government loans, but many others, especially smaller clubs, have fallen into heavy debt or closed permanently. Gretchen, a club in Berlin, accrued more than 50,000 euros in debt, according to The Wall Street Journal. Club Quarantäne is not affiliated with any particular nightclub. Entry to Club Quarantäne is free, but visitors can make donations at a virtual "bar" that's already raised 14,000 euros for charities like Seawatch, which rescues refugees in the Mediterranean, or racial justice organizations.  The team says it's planning to come out with a series of Pride events that focus on queer collectives around the world. In the long term, the team hopes to move beyond their own Berlin club scene, to help brands and artists of other genres throw unique virtual events. "We don't want to do something that just fills the gap until Covid is over. We want to create a new way of performing music in the internet," Schenk said. "It should not replace live music, but it should be a serious way of sharing your musical art."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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  Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones are among the best wireless noise-cancelling headphones you can get in the $350 price range. They have excellent noise cancellation, phone call quality that cuts out a tremendous amount of ambient noise, great battery life, and amazing audio performance.  If you're not satisfied by the way they sound out of the box, you can use Sony's Headphones app to tweak them. It's worth doing, because you can get better sound than the historical gold standard in wireless noise-cancelling headphones — the $400 Bose 700.  If you're looking at wireless noise-cancelling headphones, chances are you're also looking at the Bose 700. If so, check out our direct comparison between the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose 700.  Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Right off the bat, the Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones should be serious contenders for your head and ears. Indeed, "wireless" and "noise cancelling" have been popular criteria, and Sony gets these two aspects absolutely right. You're also getting great sound quality that you can refine to your liking by using the Sony Headphones app, and you might even like them more than the historical gold standard in wireless noise-cancelling headphones — the $400 Bose 700.  If $350 is in your budget for wireless noise-cancelling headphones, the XM4 should absolutely be high up in your shortlist, but make sure to read the full review below to ensure they're for you. Specifications Drivers: 40mm dome Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, 3.5mm jack, USB Type-C charging Codecs: LDAC, DSEE Battery Life: 30 hours App: Sony Headphones for iOS and Android Comfort and design The XM4 are very comfortable headphones. The earcups covered in smooth leatherette are plush and don't grip onto my head, but they're just tight and lightweight enough that the headphones stay on while tilting and turning my head in every direction. For reference, my head around my brow and tips of my ears measure in at about 23 inches. The headband is made of something firmer, but also covered in smooth leatherette, and it doesn't apply too much pressure, nor does the top of my head get sore after long periods of listening.  Design-wise, the XM4 are pretty neutral and modern looking. Their matte plastic exterior is available in black and "silver," which looks more like a kind of light tan or gray beige. You could make the argument that there should be more metal for a pair of $350 headphones, but metal would probably add more weight, and it wouldn't really add much more to their premium feel. Sound quality What's objective and definitive is that the XM4 gets the basics right — they have a very rich sound and a good, fairly wide soundstage. Sony also boasts that it collaborated with Sony Music Studios Tokyo for the sound quality of the XM4s. To be honest, I'm not the right person to tell you how much that counts for, but I thought I'd mention it.  Outside of that, it's hard for me to tell you whether these sound good or not, because everyone hears differently and everyone has a preference to how their music sounds. And that happens to be an area where the XM4s shine. Their sound is customizable via the Sony Headphones app, and you can change the sound to however you want it to be. Customizing sound through equalizer (EQ) settings isn't new, it's just particularly effective with Sony's app and the XM4 headphones.  Thank goodness the XM4s are customizable, because their out-of-the-box sound isn't my favorite. In their default state, the XM4s have big, powerful sound that leans heavily towards bass and doesn't give very much attention to higher frequencies, which leads to a muffled sound that frankly isn't very impressive. If you like clarity and a better balance that features a little more treble and highs, the XM4 won't be for you, and you'll want to go into the Sony Headphones app to customize the sound.  So that's what I did, and I found an adjustment that makes my music sound amazing to me, and it was pretty easy and quick. In fact, my own customization turned the XM4 into a pair of headphones that are going to be hard to replace. It was worth going into the app and playing around with the sound settings, as I prefer the way the XM4 sound compared to the Bose. (If you're curious, I use the "Bright" preset, and set the "Clear Bass" to +5 or more.)  Some don't really care too much and just want a pair of headphones that they're told sound good without fiddling around in an app, and for those people, I'd suggest the $400 Bose 700 that can often be had for less. They offer excellent sound out of the box. Noise cancellation and battery life Noise cancellation on the XM4 is excellent and on par with Bose, which have set the standard for noise-cancelling wireless headphones with the Quiet Comfort line, and most recently its 700 line.  In an office-type environment at about 53 decibels, including air conditioning droning and a couple of loud fans, I could listen to music at significantly lower volumes than without noise cancelling. The ambient noise from the air conditioning and fans, and even the sound of my wife on a phone call in the same room was all but forgotten while listening to music.  Without music, some higher frequency fan noise was still audible, but the XM4 made the room significantly quieter and more comfortable to work in. I could also still hear my wife's phone conversation, but again, it was totally tolerable, and I could still easily work comfortably without feeling distracted.  I even tested the XM4 next to my home's 10KW backup power generator, which produces between 65 and 85 decibels — a range that decently represents a Midtown Manhattan avenue. The XM4 did remarkably well at cancelling out the generator's noise considering my proximity to the generator, and that the noise was coming exclusively from one source rather than the "everywhere" nature of noise in Manhattan. In a sentence, the XM4 will absolutely make subway and walking commutes in busy cities significantly more tolerable and comfortable.  As for battery life, Sony touts an impressive 30 hours, and five hours of listening time from a quick 10-minute top-off charge with 1.5A or more adapter. All in all, battery life in real life is great — it never felt as if I was constantly charging the XM4.  Phone calls Sony has worked to improve the ambient noise reduction during phone calls, and that work paid off. I had a phone conversation at around the 65-75 decibel range (near my generator), and the person I was speaking with said, for the most part, they wouldn't know I was next to a noisy engine that produces 10,000 watts of power at 240 volts.  Basically, that means you can walk around a city's busy streets and have a comfortable conversation with barely any city noise making its way into the phone call.   That brings the XM4s up to the Bose 700 region for phone call performance, which is saying something. The Bose 700 were a revelation for ambient noise control for phone calls.  Apps and other features The Sony Headphones app is utilitarian but necessary to customize the sound to your liking, and while it was quick and easy for me, I see plenty of room for improvement to make it more intuitive and more attractive, especially for those who are less inclined on tech. Sony has loaded the XM4s with one feature that's incredibly important for a pair of wireless headphones in 2020 and beyond, as well as a bunch of features that aren't entirely necessary, even questionable.  First, the important feature the XM4s include is Bluetooth multipoint technology, which lets you connect to two devices at the same time. Multipoint is essential if you often switch between your phone and computer — you can listen to music from your computer with the headphones, as well as pick up a phone call from your phone without any manual switching.  Another feature that works well is "Quick Attention," which reduces your music's volume and turns off noise cancelling when you place your hand over the right earcup. That's great when you need to communicate with someone briefly, like when you're buying something. Volume and noise cancellation come right back when you remove your hand from the right earcup. I'd still think I'm being rude if I kept my headphones on while communicating with another human being, but at least the motion of putting your hand to the earcup is an indication that you're doing something to pay attention to them.  There's also "Speak To Chat," where the headphones detect when you're talking, and music and noise cancellation are totally turned off. When the headphones detect that you're no longer talking, music and noise cancellation are re-engaged after a set amount of time. It works well, but if I'm going to chat with anyone for more than a brief amount of time, I'm going to take off the headphones. If it's not obvious, this is one of the questionable features.   The Sony app includes a noise cancellation optimizer designed to, well, optimize noise cancellation for you by analyzing anything that might alter the earcups' seal around your ears. I'm not entirely sure if it works, to be honest, but optimized or not, sound quality and noise cancellation remain excellent. There's also a "360 Reality Audio" feature that supposedly enhances audio with some kind of surround sound enhancements. The setup process is odd, as you need to take photos of your ears, and it only works with the Tidal, Nugs, and Deezer streaming apps. I don't use any of these apps, so I couldn't test this feature. Honestly, these kinds of features rarely end up enhancing anything for the better.  Should you buy the Sony WH-1000XM4? Yep! I could leave it at that, but I need to disclose that the XM4s work best if you use the Sony Headphones app. Maybe you'll like the default sound, but I find it lackluster. After a little effortless tweaking, the XM4 became one of my favorite pairs of all-around headphones — you're getting some of the best sound quality, comfort, noise cancellation, and phone call quality in the $350 price range.  If $350 is on the higher side, you could still pick up Sony's previous generation in the XM series, the WH-1000XM3. Sound quality, noise cancellation, and comfort are all just a hair under the new XM4, but for the sub-$250 price tags we're seeing these days for the XM3, they're a bargain. To note, the XM3s would also benefit from some minor finagling with the app to get the sound you like. See what we said about the XM3 headphones around the time they were released.  If you're truly not interested in playing around with an app and you "just want a good pair of headphones," I'd recommend the Bose 700 instead. You can check out the Bose 700 review here.  Pros: Comfortable, long battery life, excellent noise cancellation, great audio quality, incredibly effective sound customization, impressive ambient noise reduction for phone calls Cons: Default sound is muffled and lacks highs and clarity, app is utilitarian and not super intuitive  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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  The brand-new $350 Sony WH-1000XM4 and the latest $400 Bose 700 offer very similar propositions — a premium set of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones that sound amazing. At the same time, they're quite different in almost every way. They sound different, they come with different features, and they're priced differently, too.  For people who "just want a pair of good headphones" out of the box and aren't likely to download apps and customize sound, the Bose 700 come highly recommended. With that said, if you're willing to use the Sony Headphones app and play around with different sound styles, the Sony WH-1000XM4 could let you enjoy your music even more than the Bose. At the end of the day, you'll be happy with either pair of headphones. They have similarly excellent noise cancellation and ambient noise reduction during phone calls.  The Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 both tick off all the basics for a premium headphone experience in 2020 and beyond — they help hush the noise around you with active noise cancelling, they deliver premium sound, they're comfortable, and they're wireless. At $350 for the Sony WH-1000XM4 and $400 retail for the Bose 700, they offer more than simply the basics. You get important features that let you connect to two devices at a time (great if you switch between your computer and phone), and they also offer among the best phone call quality I've ever heard on headphones. You're getting excellent bang for your buck with these cans.  I've had the luxury and pleasure to try both of these headphones side-by-side, and there are important and major differences between the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 you should know about before making a decision. You can also check out the full review for the Bose 700 here.  The Sony WH-1000XM4 can be preordered now, and will be released and available to buy starting in mid-August. The Bose 700 were released in June 2019.  Table of Contents: StaticDesign and comfort The Bose 700 have a more modern and sleek design with stylish organic curves throughout the headband and exterior earcups. On heads and ears, the Bose 700 feel comfortable. The pads are soft yet sturdy enough to keep their form over longer listening periods. They don't clamp down too much on my head and ears, and the headband doesn't hurt the top of my head over time, and I can move my head back and forth with having them slip off.   Meanwhile, the Sony WH-1000XM4 have a more neutral headphone design that few can complain about. Overall, the Sonys are more comfortable than the Bose. The Sonys are lightweight and slightly more plush and softer around the ears than the Bose 700, but still secure enough to prevent the headphones from moving around with head movements. The headband is comfortable and places less strain on the top of the head, too.  The Sonys can become a little more compact and fold up into a sort of ball shape with their folding earcup design, whereas the best the Bose can do is twist their earcups to become flat.  Sound quality Bose 700: These have Bose's signature silky smooth sound, with rich, crisp, clear bass, a wide soundstage, clear separation, and superb clarity. Few can fault this audio quality and sound.  Bass-heads won't be satisfied here, however, as Bose tends to be more conservative and "refined" compared to the Sony WH-1000XM series — while listening to a lot of music, from Reggae to electronic music, I find myself wanting more rolling bass that fills my ears for the span of a song.  Sony WH-1000 XM4: The Sony WH-1000 XM4 produce a more powerful and exciting sound than the Bose 700. With that said, clarity, soundstage, and separation aren't as good — the Sonys almost sound muffled compared to the Bose. Out of the box, the Bose 700 are likely to be more appealing, at least for those who value clarity and clearly hearing different instruments as if they were spread out from each other.  But the Sonys really have two types of sound: out-of-the-box, and whatever you want them to be. Indeed, you can customize the sound the XM4s deliver through the Sony Music app, and it makes a big difference, and it's far more comprehensive than what you get with Bose or the built-in equalizers in most phones. For me, Sony's customization means I can get the best of both worlds — the XM4's signature power and excitement, some extra bass, as well as a clearer sound with a wider soundstage and separation that's almost as good as the Bose.  The Sonys are more versatile than the Bose, and that counts for a lot.  Noise cancelling and battery life I tested the noise cancelling abilities of these two headphones in a room that measured 53 decibels, a level produced by an air conditioner vent blowing glorious cold air above me, and two loud Vornado fans (one medium, one personal size) blowing close by that simulated a fairly loud office. I also tested the noise cancelling around a 10KW power generator at sound levels between 65 and 85 decibels.  Both the Bose 700 and Sony XM4 do a remarkable and similar job of cancelling out noise. In my simulated office setting, the fan noises were almost completely eliminated without music. With music, even at lower volumes, ambient noise is all but forgotten. As for the generator test, I could absolutely still hear the loud engine that creates 10,000 watts at 240 volts with both headphones, but the sound was dramatically reduced to a tolerable level.  If I had to pick one that made things quieter than the other, I'd say the Bose was ever so slightly more effective, but not by much at all. You'll be happy with whichever pair you go for when it comes to noise cancelling.  As for battery life, Sony claims 30 hours and five hours of listening time from a quick 10-minute top-off charge with 1.5A or more adapter. Bose claims a 20-hour battery life and three and a half hours of listening time from a 15-minute charge. Whether they actually last 30 hours in unclean — to be honest, I'm not timing how long I'm using them with every listening session. But I can safely say the Sonys lasted longer than the Bose before needing a charge.  Phone calls The Bose 700s' party trick when they were first released was their incredibly effective ambient noise cancellation during phone calls, which works for both you and the person you're speaking to on the phone.  I tested a phone call with both headphones while standing around the corner from a very loud 10KW power generator, where decibel levels read between 65 and 70 decibels — just below the 73.4 average decibel level of the NYC streets, according to this study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) from 2015. The Bose and Sony headphones both performed very well. The person I called could hear my voice clearly over the sound of the generator, and couldn't actually hear the generator humming along at 70 decibels for most of the call. To be extra nitpicky, the person I called said the Sonys had more static noise than the Bose, and that my voice sounded more tinny.  To be sure, a phone call using headphones that don't have some kind of active noise reduction for calls would be extremely uncomfortable.  It seems the headphones' limit was about the 80 to 85 decibel range, where I stood right next to the generator, which is over twice as loud as 70 decibels. 85 decibels is about as loud as a gas-powered lawnmower or a leaf blower, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At 80 decibels, a conversation was impossible — both me and the person I called were constantly being cut off, and it simply wasn't a good time.  For reference, neither headphones worked as well at reducing the generator's noise than the phone I was using, the Pixel 4XL. In fact, the Pixel 4XL allowed a totally normal conversation right next to the generator at 85 decibels. It sucked for me, being right next to the equivalent of a leaf blower, but the person I was calling wasn't too affected.  Apps and other features Both headphones have proximity sensors that pause and resume music when you take the headphones on and off.  Both headphones have Bluetooth multi-point, which means you can connect to two devices at the same time. It's useful if you use the headphones between your phone and your computer. This is a new addition for Sony, as the previous XM3 headphones didn't have multi-point.  Both headphones have touch sensor controls on the exterior earcups.  The Bose Music app is significantly more polished and prettier than the Sony Headphones app. With that said, the Bose Music app isn't as rich in features. The Bose app offers pretty basic and generic customizations for a pair of "smart" headphones, like adjusting the level of noise cancellation and the level of your voice so you can hear yourself during a phone call. It also lets you customize what smart voice assistant you want to use. Conversely, the Sony Headphones app is rich in features, but it's not as pretty or user-friendly. It includes similar features as the Bose app, as well as a "Speak to chat" feature that automatically pauses music and turns off noise cancelling when you start speaking out loud, which is designed to let you keep your headphones on if someone starts speaking to you. By default, the music resumes and noise cancellation turns back on 30 seconds after you're finished speaking. You can adjust the amount of time for your music and noise cancellation to resume. It works surprisingly well, but at the same time, I think keeping headphones on while anyone is speaking to you is rude, so I'd take them off anyway. There's also "Quick Attention" that lets you cover the right earcup to disengage noise cancellation and reduce audio volume. Noise cancelling and volume return once you remove your hand from the right earcup. It works well, and it's perhaps less rude, as covering the earcup is at least an indication that you're doing something to pay attention to the person you're speaking to.  The Sony app also includes a noise cancellation optimizer designed to, well, optimize noise cancellation for you by analyzing anything that might alter the earcups' seal around your ears and adjusting the sound. I'm not entirely sure if it works, to be honest, but optimized or not, sound quality and noise cancellation remain excellent. There's also a "360 Reality Audio" feature that supposedly enhances audio with some kind of surround sound enhancements. The setup process is odd, as you need to take photos of your ears, and it only works with the Tidal, Nugs, and Deezer streaming apps. I don't use any of these apps, so I couldn't test this feature. Honestly, these kinds of features rarely end up enhancing anything for the better.  Which one should you get? The $50 discrepancy between these two headphones isn't going to sway a decision here — you can find deals on the Bose fairly regularly, and the Sonys will get their days of deals soon enough (they were just released at the time of writing).  You'll be pleased with either seeing as they perform similarly in noise cancelling and phone call quality. And both have excellent sound quality.  But against my preference, I can see myself recommending the Bose 700 more often than the Sony WH-1000XM4 because they sound better out of the box, and I know some people aren't likely to fiddle around with an app to customize the sound.  If I know the person is a little more techy and they're open to customizing their sound through an app, I'd recommend the Sony WH-1000XM4 for their versatility. Indeed, the Bose sound great for a wide range of people, but everyone hears differently, and you might find a sound you prefer with the Sonys. In the Sony Headphones app, I like the "Bright" preset and a +7 "Clear Bass" setting.
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