‘OnePlus Bullet Wireless’ headphones might be released alongside OnePlus 6

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Wireless earbuds are all the rage, especially since manufacturers began making the unfortunate trend of removing the headphone jack from smartphones. Now, it appears that OnePlus is also working on a pair of wireless earbuds, dubbed the ‘OnePlus Bullets Wireless,’ which could potentially launch alongside the upcoming OnePlus 6, according to a Bluetooth Certification listing spotted by Nashville Chatter.

The listing was filed today by OnePlus Technology under the model number BT31B.

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Oppo is ending its line of high-end headphones and Blu-ray players

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Oppo Digital, the 14-year-old US brand known for its high-end audio equipment and disc players, says it has begun winding down its business. From April 2nd, Oppo Digital says it will “gradually” stop making products like the PM3 headphones, and DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD disc players. Oppo Digital is a separate company from Oppo the phone maker which is unaffected by today’s announcement.

Customers who own existing equipment will still be able to get technical support though, including for items both in and out of warranty. Those who have bought an Oppo Digital product in the past 30 days are eligible for a refund. Oppo said it would continue selling products on its website and through authorized resellers until stock runs out.

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Wicked Audio Endo review: The boring kind of cheap headphones

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Bluetooth audio products take many forms at several price points, offering us the consumers multiple options to meet our respective needs. While some can go for the top-dollar, high-end items from Bose, others may need something under $ 100 or even $ 50. Affordable audio is potentially lucrative, especially when a customer can go find them at his or her nearest Walmart. Growing up, the only name of true note I knew in this particular market was Skullcandy, an edgy company set on providing decent-ish headphones and earphones that looked nice/cool, but didn’t cost a whole ton.

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Music is a necessity while I'm working. If it's not tunes from Spotify, there's at least a podcast chattering on in my ear. Of course, if you don't want to bother those around you with what you're listening to, you need a good set of headphones. The…
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Ascape Audio and the economics of making headphones in America

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Ascape Audio's home page proudly proclaims "Designed in Detroit," but at this point it's not helping business. "It hasn't made any goddamn impact," marketing director Dean Clancy said. "I want to put that in as many places as possible, because regar…
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Daily Deals via Ancheer: $400 off MacBook Pro, $100 off Beats Solo3 headphones, and more

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iDB’s Daily Deals post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

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Logitech’s new $89 headphones cut the nonsense for pro gamers

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Logitech has new headphones aimed directly at the pro gamers – and those who aspire to be – and they’re refreshingly devoid of superflous features. Like Logitech’s G Pro Mouse and Keyboard, the G Pro Gaming Headset does away with marketing gimmicks and focuses on details requested by esports gamers. And it’ll come with a pretty reasonable $ 89 price tag when it goes on sale in April. You can tell Logitech’s serious by the conspicuous lack of gaming nods like RGB or garish designs. The G Pro just look like… a chunky headset. The microphone doesn’t even retract or fold…

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Marshall’s Mid ANC are a worthy pair of noise-canceling headphones

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Last year, Marshall introduced its highest-end wireless headphones, the Monitor Bluetooth. They had almost everything you'd want in cord-free cans — except for active noise cancellation (ANC). Now, Marshall is finally jumping aboard that bandwagon w…
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OnVocal OV Alexa headphones review: A good concept with poor, flawed execution

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The thought of having a personal assistant right in your ears is an exciting prospect, which is why many of us were so hopeful for the Pixel Buds and even Bose’s QC 35 II. Ahead of both of those, however, was the OnVocal OV, a pair of neckbuds that came equipped with Alexa. If you’re tied into the Amazon ecosystem, then this would be quite appealing.

However, thanks to a plague of battery life disappointments, delayed responsiveness from Alexa, design flaws, and subpar sound quality, the OnVocal OV is an exercise in futility and frustration.

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How to Enable the Optimal Audio Codec for Your Bluetooth Headphones in macOS

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How good your digital music sounds often comes down to which file format it’s encoded in. Be that as it may, every Mac audio setup is only as strong as it’s weakest link, and if your Bluetooth connection isn’t up to scratch, even the best BT headphones will fail to deliver a decent wireless listening experience.

By design, all Bluetooth devices support the low-power SBC audio compression codec as standard. Fortunately, modern Macs also support AAC (Apple’s preferred iTunes codec) and aptX, which Android devices often use. These two codecs offer higher quality audio and generally lower latency than SBC, which is why most third-party wireless headphones on the market support one or the other, and sometimes both.


Yet for whatever reason, despite their AAC/aptX support, some headphones fall back to the bog-standard SBC codec when connected to a Mac. This can lead to a particularly underwhelming audio experience, not to mention latency-related sync issues, which will be a distinct concern if you use your headphones while gaming or watching movies.

Thankfully, it’s possible to force macOS to connect to your headphones using one of the two superior codecs. In this article, we’ll show you how to do so using Apple’s Bluetooth Explorer utility. (And if you’re comfortable opening a Terminal window, we’ve included a couple of commands at the end that do the same thing.)


But first, it’s worth checking which codecs your brand of headphones actually supports: Look for codec logos on the box, and make sure to check for references to codecs in the manual and any accompanying/online spec sheets.

Once you’ve established that your headphones support aptX and/or AAC, you’ll want to identify which codec is being activated when you connect the headphones to your Mac. Follow these steps to find out.

How to Identify Which Bluetooth Codec is Active

  1. Establish a Bluetooth connection between your Mac and headphones in the normal manner.
  2. Play some audio on your Mac so that it’s streaming to the headphones.
  3. Now hold down the Option (Alt) key and click on the Bluetooth symbol in the menu bar. (If you don’t see it there, you need to check Show Bluetooth in menu bar in System Preferences -> Bluetooth.)
  4. Hover your mouse cursor over the headphones in the connection list. You should see the headphones’ Active Codec shown in grey.

If your headphones are using AAC or aptX, you don’t need to do anything. Without going into the technical details, both standards provide relatively stable wireless connections and – as far as Bluetooth goes – comparably decent sound quality. However, if the codec shown is SBC, you’ll probably want to change it. Here’s how.

How to Force-Enable aptX and AAC Codecs in macOS

  1. Open a web browser, navigate to Apple’s developer downloads page, and download Additional Tools for Xcode 9 [Direct Link] which contains Apple’s Bluetooth Explorer utility. Note that to access the page you’ll need to register for a free Apple developer account if you don’t already have one. Alternatively, use Google to find the Bluetooth Explorer utility hosted elsewhere and skip to step 5, but if you’re not downloading from Apple, be sure to screen the file for malware.

  2. Once downloaded, double-click the Additional Tools dmg file to mount it on your desktop.
  3. Open the Additional Tools drive and navigate to the Hardware folder.
  4. Open your Mac’s Applications folder in another Finder window or tab.

  5. Drag Bluetooth Explorer into your Mac’s Applications folder and launch the app from there.
  6. From the Bluetooth Explorer menu bar, select Tools -> Audio Options.
  7. In the Codecs section, tick the checkboxes alongside Enable AAC and/or Force use of aptX (depending on your issue). Make sure Disable AAC and Disable aptX are left unchecked.

  8. Click Close to finish.
  9. Restart your Mac, or reset the Bluetooth module.

When your Mac reboots, you can confirm that the codec change has been applied by following the first series of steps in this article.

Terminal commands for enabling AAC and aptX Codecs

To enable aptX, input the following command, press Enter, and type your user password if prompted:
sudo defaults write bluetoothaudiod “Enable AptX codec” -bool true

Alternatively, to enable AAC, input the following and press Enter:
sudo defaults write bluetoothaudiod “Enable AAC codec” -bool true

To disable either codec via Terminal, simply replace -bool true with -bool false at the end of the command.

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