Apple’s AirPods Pro Are a Big Leap Forward

Beyond obvious design changes, the new buds prove far superior than previous generations

In 2016, when the first generation Apple AirPods debuted, customers across the board—from the audiophile to the podcast-obsessed—expressed concerns: What if they don’t sound great? What if they fall out? How long will they last on a single charge? Since then Apple has sold more than 65 million AirPods (through June 2019) and customers, overall, love their ease, reliability and functionality. Not long after a …

Grown-To-Order Headphones Made From Fungus

Korvaa has developed headphones made of fungus, biomaterials and 3D-printed plastics derived from the lactic acid found in yeast. The leather-like material that covers the foam ear-pads is actually fungal mycelium, while the firm but adjustable headband is made from the aforementioned 3D-printed plastics. Despite not being in production (yet), the prototype is proof that companies can rely on alternative sustainable materials to produce a …

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Musicality

For makers, listeners and lovers of music

Be it battling over the office Sonos system or sharing our favorite tracks every day, music holds an important position in our lives. Beyond searching for new artists and discovering interesting or obscure tunes, we also seek out equipment to make the listening (or music-making) experience even better—from speakers to headphones, synths and more. Of course, as music lovers with curious minds, our interest doesn’t end …