How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

How to Make Podcasts Better for People With Hearing Loss

“In short,” she says, “I've got no control over what my brain chooses to process, and there's all sorts of things that trigger it and create stress.” And so when it comes to podcasts, sound design is especially important for Benjamin and other people with auditory processing disorder, because they hear lots of sounds that other people may not pick up on.

Ocean Acidification Could Make Tiny Fish Lose Their Hearing

Ocean Acidification Could Make Tiny Fish Lose Their Hearing

“If you actually put your head underwater and take the time to listen, it's amazing what you'll hear,” Radford says.

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

Whether you want to spend as little as possible on a small, unassuming device, or can spring for the soundbar, there's something in the Roku family that should appeal to your needs.★ Top Pick—Streaming Stick Plus for $43 ($7 off) : The Streaming Stick Plus works with HD or 4K HDR televisions, and is our choice for most people.

How to Level Up Your At-Home Recording Studio

How to Level Up Your At-Home Recording Studio

Which means that you can usually find used versions of most gear you want on sites like eBay that still work great and are compatible with each other.If you’re recording from farther away, you might want a shotgun mic like the Audio-Technica AT875R.

10 Great TV and Soundbar Deals for the Super Bowl

10 Great TV and Soundbar Deals for the Super Bowl

This 75-inch LG model is the best deal right now, with AirPlay for streaming from iOS, the company's excellent NanoCell screen technology, and its point-and-click magic remote (like a Nintendo Wii Remote for TVs) in tow.

The Audio Design Hacks That Made Mank Sound Like Citizen Kane

The Audio Design Hacks That Made Mank Sound Like Citizen Kane

“We came up with the technique by analyzing the sound spectrum of old-fashioned movies,” Klyce says, “and of course Citizen Kane was one that we modeled, and we kind of realized that that film sounded the way it did because of the limitations of the technology.”.

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

If a song doesn’t fit into an existing playlist, consider making a new one around how the song makes you feel or the time of day you would want to listen to it in the future.

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Deals on Covid-19 Supplies Deals Under $50 TV and Soundbar Deals Laptop Deals Home Office Deals Phone and Tablet Deals Headphone and Audio Deals Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals Self-Care and Sex Toy Deals Fitness and Outdoors Deals Video Game Deals Mattress Deals Amazon Deals and Google Deals Eco-Friendly Deals Small Business Saturday If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

Horror-comedy is not an easy genre to pull off—especially when a movie like John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London has been around for comparison for nearly 40 years.

Walmart 'Big Save' 2020: The 19 Best Deals (Updated)

Walmart 'Big Save' 2020: The 19 Best Deals (Updated)

Amazon's Prime Day shopping event is over, but retail rival Walmart's competing "The Big Save" sale runs through Thursday.Updated October 15: We've updated this post for the final day of Walmart's sale, added a stand mixer, and crossed out some sold out deals.

Our 14 Picks From Target's ‘Deal Days’ Sale

Our 14 Picks From Target's ‘Deal Days’ Sale

Target has dangled its Deal Days sales event for weeks, but it remained tight-lipped about the details until this morning.These are our favorite deals on smart home devices, audiophile gear, computer accessories, and more.You'll need a subscription to Amazon Prime to get most of these deals.

14 Best Weekend Deals on Computer and Audio Gear

14 Best Weekend Deals on Computer and Audio Gear

Vizio 5.1 Channel Soundbar System With Wireless Subwoofer for $200 ($50 off): Vizio soundbars are a favorite among WIRED's gear team because they're affordable and still sound good.This system includes two surround speakers, a soundbar, and a 5-inch subwoofer for booming bass.

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

My Doomed Search for a Bedside Wireless Phone Charger

A good wireless charger should have some kind of grips, so it stays on the surface it sits on, and so it holds onto your phone.

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

You’ll likely hear one before you spot it, but when you learn to pick out the noises snipe make, you can usually track them down.winnowing calls of a Wilson’s snipe.

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Still, it's worth checking out our guide on how to make your smart speaker as private as possible .If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.We've linked to applicable reviews for the devices mentioned below, but you might also want to check out our Best Smart Speakers buying guide.

BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

Now, though, the Oscar-winning composer has turned his talents away from the silver screen and toward the windscreen, where he’s found a new vehicle that could use a touch of emotional direction: the electric car .Along with more than 500 horsepower and a range of 370 miles, BMW’s all-electric Concept i4 comes with music by Zimmer.

Hyundai's Luxury SUV Mixes Mics and Math for a Silent Ride

Hyundai's Luxury SUV Mixes Mics and Math for a Silent Ride

Typically, they use microphones in the cabin to capture ambient noise, which a processor then uses to generate a constant “opposite” sound wave that is pumped through the car’s stereo speakers.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

If You Want a Sonos Speaker, Today Is the Day

If You Want a Sonos Speaker, Today Is the Day

If you're just starting your system, the Sonos One SL is also on sale today ($129, $50 off).Photograph: SonosThe Sonos Beam (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) is also on sale.It's one of three soundbars that Sonos offers, and the best one to buy right now.

Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine

Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine

The Phonocut is an analog vinyl lathe, the first consumer device capable of making custom records immediately, right there in your home (assuming you’re willing to pay $1,100 for the privilege).The device cuts 10-inch vinyl records, which can hold about 10 to 15 minutes of audio on each side.

A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

On cold mornings, you’ll also see steam leave a bull’s mouth and nose while it’s bugling, which leads Clarke to believe smaller air passages of nostrils or front pouch of the lips may have something to do with the whistle that’s too high pitched to normally be coming out of an animal so large.

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

And it would have gone entirely unnoticed by faraway humans if it weren’t for the assistance of a company called Vaisala, which operates the sensor network and uses it to triangulate a lightning strike, feeding the data to outfits like the National Weather Service.

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

Based at the Wuhan University of Technology, in China, Guo’s team has tested its microphone array on four different college students and found that they can identify whether the person is sitting, standing, walking, or falling, with complete accuracy, they report in a paper published today in Applied Physics Letters . Some work with sound data, like Guo; others are developing better image recognition algorithms.

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

Overall, however, Gouzoules’ data suggests that humans are pretty good at distinguishing screams from other nonverbal vocalizations, regardless of whether they’re fearful, excited, or aggressive.

Netflix Boosts the Audio Quality of Its Streams

Netflix Boosts the Audio Quality of Its Streams

And when I asked Netflix’s sound engineers to cite a minimum bandwidth requirement for this improved audio experience, the answer was a little murky (mushy?).

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News. Netflix releases some subtle but significant sound improvements, a science squad gets ready to take on aggro-asteroids, and there's a big sale to nerd out over.

The Physics of the Doppler Effect, Represented as Tiny Balls

The Physics of the Doppler Effect, Represented as Tiny Balls

Notice how the balls look "bunched up" on the left side of the sound source but spread out on the right side? Here is a plot of the apparent ball frequency for a source moving at 4 m/s with the ball sound speed of 10 m/s.

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Photo credit: © Justin Bailie / TNC Nightbirds (May 15, 10:30pm) – Before retiring for the night, I take a long walk up Turkey Creek Canyon, enjoying the robust insect chorus and listening for other night sounds.

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Coyote researcher Brian Mitchell describes the sounds you’re likely to hear at this time of year: “Group yip-howls are produced by a mated and territorial pair of “alpha” coyotes, with the male howling while the female intersperses her yips, barks, and short howls.

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

Google Offers a Pair of Apps to Help the Deaf Community

(Also worth noting: Live Transcribe only works with an internet connection, which is needed to access the cloud-based transcription service; Sound Amplifier, on the other hand, runs locally on devices.) Apple, Google’s only real competitor in mobile operating systems, has rolled out its own array of impressive features aimed at the blind and deaf community, and most are built directly into Apple’s operating systems.