B&O Articles Bang & Olufsen Signature SoundAt Bang & Olufsen we are clear on sound. We want to deliver the best acoustic experience possible – natural, authentic and as the artist intended. Since 1929, we have strived to achieve this objective and today all our products are finely tuned to deliver the same seamless, honest and powerful sound experience, regardless of size or shape. Active Noise CancellationANC headphones and earphones use microphones to capture incoming sound to create inverse waves that cancel this sound in real time. ANC headphones excel at blocking out low frequency noises like car engines or the deep rumble of an aircraft. How To Avoid Breaking Your EarbudsIt’s annoying when you reach for your headphones in the bottom of your pocket or gym bag, only to find the cables have broken so sound only reaches one ear, or worse—there’s no sound at all. But it’s not inevitable. What is bitrate? [And why you should care]Bitrate is simply the amount of data in a track processed each second, measured in kilobits. MP3s purchased on iTunes are 256 kilobits per second. The higher the bitrate, the more information is stored in an audio file. At around 300 Mb per album, ‘lossless’ CD quality audio files (FLAC or ALAC) contain close to three times as much data as a rip of that same album, compressed as ‘lossy’ MP3 or AAC files. How to clean headphones in 15 minutesYou probably use your earbuds all day, and know how gross they can get after they’ve been in and out of your ears, in and out of your bag, picking up dirt, wax and bacteria along the way. That gunk can also get inside the earbud speakers and distort the sound. Headphones also accumulate dirt and oil, and their pads need cleaning. Why are Headphones Making Cracking Noises?Crackling noises in your headphones can disrupt the flow of whatever you’re doing, from working to working out. So here are a few steps you can take to diagnose, and hopefully fix, any annoying crackling. Bluetooth Speaker Guide: How To Buy a Bluetooth Speaker?The increasing quality of Bluetooth speakers, combined with their portability and wire-free convenience, is making them more popular than ever. There are countless types to choose from. Several new models just look cool, with sophisticated science fiction shapes, and others incorporate voice recognition and virtual assistants. But which is best for you, based on how you will be using them? Here are some things to consider when you’re comparing models. The Big Earphone Guide – How to Find the Perfect Earphone?When it’s time to move beyond flimsy, disposable earbuds and search for the perfect earphones—either earbuds or headphones, finding the right one for you out of hundreds to choose from can be a real challenge. It depends on how you’re going to be using them, and what you’re listening to. Bluetooth or Wifi Speaker?Wireless speaker systems are a real improvement from the days of twisted, fiddly wires and drilling holes through walls to cable speakers into the perfect configuration for home listening. Wireless speakers not only avoid the risk of cables cutting out, they’re also easy to repostion for better effect. But what kind of wireless speakers are best for your needs? How to wrap your earbuds?Wrapping your earbuds properly can save you the aggravation of frayed cables and bent connection points, and sound that crackles and cuts out. Even if you’re a convert to wireless earbuds, if they are connected to cords, you’ll still want to keep them easily accessible and tangle-free. What are NFC, Airplay, DLNA and Multiroom? The Definitive GuideWireless speakers have created a new world of supporting technologies and terminology. Here are some of the most useful ones to know. 9 Smart Spotify Functions You Need To UseSpotify can be overwhelming with its endless abundance of music and playlists—how to navigate through it all and find the best tracks? Here are a few hacks to help. What Is a Headphone Amp? [And Why You Should Get One]Headphones, like all speakers, need an amp to work. A good amp will be able to take a input signal and increase the output voltage by a multiplier, modulate the input and output signals so the output volume is under control, while avoiding distortion, or feedback.