These headphones are made for health-conscious headbangers

If you’re a metalhead, chances are you like your music loud – but what if you want to rock out without damaging your precious ears?

Enter Heavys, a team of “metalheads, engineers, and sound freaks” that claims to have created the world’s first heavy metal headphones, which will protect your eardrums while letting you listen to your favorite tracks as the artist intended. The team includes veteran engineer Axel Grell, who designed some of Sennheiser’s best-loved headphones.

Currently in development via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the Heavys headphones come with no less than eight drivers designed to mimic a full-sized home speaker: where headphones usually contain one driver inside each earcup, the Heavys headphones have four, with two tweeters and two subwoofers on each side.

This allows each driver to focus on a specific frequency range, without the need for one driver to accommodate highs, lows, and mids all at once. According to Heavys, this reduces distortion and lets you hear every detail of your music clearly.

While some of the best headphones we’ve tested make use of just two drivers, and sound fantastic while doing so, we can see how the use of separate drivers for each frequency range could be useful for metal in particular, which often involves complex, heavily layered compositions and intricate instrumentation.

The Heavys over-ear headphones are also designed to make it feel as though the sound is coming from right in front of you, rather than being blasted into each ear canal. Tweeters are placed immediately in front of the ear, with sound waves coming from different directions to simulate a natural front-oriented sound field – as if you’re watching your favorite band from the crowd.

Whether this appeals to you depends largely on what you want from your music. If you’re looking for a natural audio experience, a front-oriented soundstage will probably work very well.

However, the rise of spatial audio technologies has meant more of us have been able to experience three-dimensional sound from a pair of headphones, which makes it feel as though you’re in the center of a band, with each instrumental coming at you from a different angle – and that can make for a more immersive listening experience that some will prefer to traditional stereo sound.

The Heavys also come with all the mod-cons you’d expect, including active noise cancellation, wireless and wired connectivity, and a whopping 50-hour battery life.

Hearing matters
Heavys also claims that its headphones will allow you to listen at louder volumes without damaging your hearing.

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a big problem; the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that up to a billion young people are at risk of NIHL, with nearly 50% of teenagers and young adults in particular being exposed to unsafe levels of sound from personal audio devices.

Heavys’ patented pyschoacoustic technology broadcasts specific frequencies at different volumes that will apparently make you feel as though your music is louder without causing high pressure levels in your ears.

According to research from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, hearing loss occurs as a result of two things: the death of sensory hair cells that detect sound and convert it to neural signals, and a build-up of fluid pressure in the inner ear, which causes neurons to die.

As John Oghalai, MD, chair and professor of the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery explains, “the death of sensory hair cells leads to hearing loss, but even if some sensory hair cells remain and still work, if they’re not connected to a neuron, then the brain won’t hear the sound”.

If the Heavys headphones really can mitigate these problems without making you feel as though your music is unduly quiet, they could be great for metalheads who want to turn it up to 11.

Combining this technology with the Heavys headphones’ unusual driver array, long battery life, active noise cancellation, and wireless connectivity makes for a very attractive proposition indeed. Especially as the headphones are priced at $149 (about £110 / AU$200) as part of a limited early-bird promotion.

However, we’d always recommend exercising caution when it comes to investing in crowdfunding campaigns. There’s no guarantee that the product will actually come to market, even if it reaches its fundraising goal – so think carefully before parting with your hard-earned cash.

Canon announces 8K full-frame EOS R5 C cinema camera

If you’re wondering if the R5 C is a variation on the R5 mirrorless stills camera, you’d be right. The EOS R5 C is a hybrid cinema camera. It can take stills images in a similar way to the R5, but it is very much video focused. As Canon told us during the initial briefing about it, if you are primarily doing stills with a bit of video you will want the R5, but if you mainly shoot video with some stills then the R5 C will be the camera you need.

The concept reminds me a bit of the Panasonic S1H in that the EOS R5 C takes the sensor and main internals off its stills focused brethren, including the well-renowned autofocus system, but it extends the rear of the body to include a fan cooling. system to make recording limitations and thermal issues a non-issue.

Canon EOS R5 C main features
In stills mode, the R5 C can capture 45MP images at up to 20 frames per second, so it’s certainly no slouch in that department, but it’s the video capability that is the most interesting, and its main forte.

The R5 C takes the 8K capability of the R5 and makes it usable without limits. Using the standard battery the R5 C can record 8K at up to 30fps, however, if you use an external power source, be it a D-tap battery system or a power bank, it can record 8K at up to 60fps.

Not surprisingly these high frame rate capabilities filter down to the 4K modes as well, allowing it to be capable of unlimited recording in 4K at up to 120fps.

Interestingly, the camera uses two totally different menu systems depending on whether you are in video or stills mode. It features a large rotary dial to switch it into either mode, requiring a reboot if you change it. In stills mode, the camera features the familiar EOS stills camera menu system and interface. Put it into video mode on the other hand, and it boots up an OS and menu system that will be familiar to anyone who uses the full-size EOS cinema cameras.

Being a full member of the Cinema EOS. line, the R5 C features Canon Cinema RAW recording at 12-bit precision in three qualities, RAW HQ, RAW ST, and RAW LT. It can also record 10-bit XF-AVC format up to 810Mbps, along with MP4 options as well.

The R5 C has two CFexpress 2.0 Type B slots for recording cards, and when recording 120fps in 4K, audio is also recorded and there’s no cropping on the image.

Timecode and stabilisation
Another nod to its Cinema EOS heritage is that timecode is supported, with an in/out terminal separating the system further from the R5 and the rest of the stills range.

Another difference from the R5 is that there’s no IBIS system, due to it being less useful for video work than it is for stills. Its exclusion also helps to keep things lighter at 680g, although on a personal level I would have liked to have seen an ND system as a substitute, much like the very similar EOS C70.

Despite the addition of a fan cooling system, the R5 C still features the same levels of environmental protection as the R5, so those working in inclement weather shouldn’t have anything to be concerned about, as long as you are combining it with weather-resistant lenses.

Canon’s new multi-function hot shoe, as seen on the XF605, features on the top of the body, giving compatibility with Canon’s Speedlight 470EX-AI and the TASCAM CA-XLR2d XLR audio adaptor.

As seems to be par for the course these days, the camera features a dual base ISO system to allow shooting with minimal noise, even at high ISO settings. This feature is only available in video mode, not in stills.

Lastly, the camera is compatible with Canon’s bizarre Dual Fisheye lens, which can be used to shoot 180-degree VR content.

We’ll let you know what we think once review samples become available, but so far it looks like it’ll be a great little camera system to compliment the larger models.

Canon says that the EOS R5 C will be avaialble in March for £4,499.99.

pTron Tango TWS earbuds Review

The global TWS market has seen a hike of 33 percent YoY in 2021 and is forecast to hit a new record by 2022. Numerous companies are already indulged in manufacturing TWS audio devices across the globe. Smartphone manufacturing companies are also involved in the TWS market, but there are some of the Indian brands which are really excelling in the same sector. pTron is among the ones who have seen some huge numbers in the budget TWS earbuds market. The India-based company has a wide range of offerings and recently the company has added one more product to the lineup. The newly launched pTron Bassbuds Tango ENC with a price tag of Rs 1,299. The earbuds are currently available on the Amazon India website. pTron has recently shared the device with us for a review which would unveil how does the newly launched pTron Bassbuds Tango stacks up against the sea of other TWS on the market. Let’s have a deep dive to know more.

pTron Tango TWS Design

The pTron Tango comes with a rectangular-shaped TWS case with curved edges, the portable charging case is compact enough to fit in your pants pocket or leather pouch. While opening the case you will have a pair of TWS earbuds, which are ready to pair once you pull them out of the case. The charging case has a pair of magnets that keeps the earbuds in place.

Talking about the design of earbuds, the pTron Tango offers a compact and lightweight design which makes it comfortable to wear. The pTron Tango was launched in Black and White colour option and we have received the Black one. The overall design of the newly launched earbuds looks good and decent. Don’t keep your hope too high for a budget segment earbuds, but we can say that the company is offering a good design at this price point.

pTron Tango TWS Specifications

The pTron Tango TWS comes with 13mm dynamic audio drivers with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity and Stereo Audio with Deep Bass. It comes with dual mic support along with a touch control feature to control your playlist, receive calls, and trigger virtual assistants like Siri and Google Assistant.

The charging case sports a Type-C fast charging that ensures quick charge, it takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the case from zero. The IPX4 rating makes it Water and Sweat-Resistant.

pTron Tango TWS performance

The pTron Tango is with us for approx more than 3 weeks and we have tried testing the device in all possible aspects. When it comes to performance no one will accept that the device looks good but the audio output lack quality. So first thing first, let’s talk about the quality. The very first thing about the TWS that I have noticed is its loudness, the audio device is loud enough to fulfill your metal music need the drivers are powerful and impressive. Here Loudness is used as a positive aspect and it doesn’t mean that the loud drivers are not capable of offering good quality audio. The TWS offers crystal clear audio, I’m saying this because I felt that and there is no tool to measure the crystal clearness. I like the equality as I haven’t noticed any distortion in the sound quality during my usage.

While coming to the battery, we can say that the earbuds are capable of delivering a battery life of 6 hours in a single full charge, and with the case, it can go up to 20 hours. The audio device also comes with an amazing ENC feature, ensuring that your music listening and video consumption sessions are not disrupted by external noise. The pTron Tango also comes with a dedicated movie mode which is included to enhance your movie-watching experience.

Thanks to IPX4 certification I have used the pTron Tango during my gyming sessions without worrying about the water damage. Having said that the experience of pTron Tango was impressive and considering the price point I was not expecting this performance from the TWS at all.

Cyrus Audio Opts To Go With BluOS For Its New Products

It may not strike most people as big news but the latest announcement that Cyrus Audio, the iconic British brand of audiophile electronics, is pairing up with Lenbrook International, the owner and developer of the market-leading BluOS high-resolution multi-room platform, to bring the BluOS streaming platform to upcoming Cyrus Audio products.

Last year, I reviewed the Cyrus One Cast Smart Amplifier, an all-in-one audio player and although it looked nice and had some impressive sound, it has no coherent streaming interface. Now the company has turned to one of the best streaming interfaces to make its products more streamer friendly.

Nicholas Clarke is the managing director of Cyrus Audio: “Music streaming remains complex with the wide variety and rapidly changing list of services and features that are demanded by the modern music consumer. We realized that being part of a well-established and class-leading ecosystem provided the best option for both our customers and dealers to minimize this complexity. As such, we always found ourselves coming back to BluOS

“Throughout our conversations, Lenbrook made clear their strong commitment to providing all customers a premium user experience, combined with access to the best of the hi-res music streaming services. That aligns so perfectly with the Cyrus brand values that it became a rather straightforward decision for us.”

BluOS is a brand-agnostic platform, meaning that any BluOS Enabled product connected to the same Wi-Fi network can share music libraries and playlists, regardless of the brand of speaker or audio component. Found in products that range from amplifiers to powered speakers and rack-mounted installed audio, BluOS Enabled products satisfy a wide range of use cases and applications, making it a versatile hi-res multi-room streaming platform.

Gordon Simmonds, CEO of Lenbrook International, added: “Our goal with BluOS continues to be being highly selective about the brands we add to the platform since it is so important that the shared ecosystem model be represented by totally like-minded and committed partners,” explains. “Cyrus Audio is one of those well-aligned brands that the Lenbrook team has long admired. We’re pleased they have come on board to share our BluOS high-res music vision again reaffirming the significant investment we continue to make into this platform.”

 

Skullcandy Push Active Sports earphones review

Skullcandy has always been a brand that tries to stand out from the crowd, and it has done just that with the new Push Active Sport true wireless earbuds.

They have a unique design and cool features to set them apart from other earphones on the market.

One of these features is hands-free voice commands so you can play and pause what you’re listening to and even adjust the volume just by asking.

First up, on the design side, they have over-ear loops to ensure the Push Active Sport earbuds aren’t going anywhere no matter what you are doing or how vigorously you’re exercising.

Naturally, the earphones have an IP55 sweat and water resistance rating.

For us, the Skullcandy earphones fit just fine and the loops were just an added protection.

The actual earbud itself is about the same size as other earphones you’d find on the market.

We found them to be comfortable with the over the ear loops.

Some users will find this takes a little bit of the pressure off their ear canals and adds to their level of comfort.

Skullcandy made an interesting choice with the button placement on the back edge of the bud rather than on the outside face.

We can see the benefits of this including no having an accidental activation if the outside of the bud was touch sensitive. That’s been a frustration with other earphones we’ve reviewed.

As it is, the button is easy to locate and it’s also programmable within the Skullcandy app so it can be adapted to whatever function you set for it including controlling your music and answering calls.

You can even program the button to activate the camera on your smartphone – the camera needs to already be open on your phone – but your selfie will show you with your hand behind your ear, unless you have the camera set to a timer.

But the most interesting feature is the call IQ Smart Feature technology which allows users to issue hands free voice commands to answer calls, navigate their music, adjust the volume and much more.

This feature needs to be activated through the Skullcandy companion app and is a handy way of taking control without the need to touch the earphones or your device.

If you want to order a coffee, for example, you can just say “Hey Skullcandy – pause” and your content is instantly paused so you can talk to the person at the counter and pay before then saying “Hey Skullcandy – play” so you can be listening to your music or podcast again.

There was no need to touch the earphones or fish your phone out of your pocket.

And it goes even further so you can turn on Stay Aware mode with your voice as well so you can hear the outside world a lot more clearly.

And if you’re a Spotify user you can also use your voice to launch Spotify Tap through the earphones as well.

Audio-wise, Skullcandy Push Active Sport earphones deliver a robust sound that’s loud and clear and with a generous helping of bass.

What we also liked was the ability to adjust the equaliser from the Skullcandy app to match what we were listening to.

You can make adjustments if you’re listening to a podcast or music or watching a movie. It’s also possible to customise your own equaliser.

We definitely heard an improvement when listening to a podcast and the music seemed a little punchier as well.

What adds to the quality is the fact it is running true wireless via Bluetooth 5.2.

Call quality was also excellent when we were wearing the Skullcandy Push Active earphones – the audio was crisp and clear on both ends.

The Skullcandy Push Active Sport are larger than your regular earphones and therefore has a larger charging case.

The case has four LED indicator lights on the front that illuminate every time you open it to let you know how much charge is remaining.

One of the strengths of the earphones is the long 10-hour battery life with a total of 34 hours in the charging case as well.

The case also has a rapid charging feature which gives you two hours of battery life after just 10 minutes of charging in the case.

And there are no worries if you misplace the earphones because they have built-in Tile technology so you can just call it from the Tile.

 

How To Use Apple Music With Amazon Alexa

As Apple Music continues to grow in popularity, the ability to use it with your different devices becomes equally as important. One such use case is the ability to listen to your Apple Music favorites through Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers. Amazon has cultivated an excellent smart home ecosystem of products, all powered by Alexa and compatible with both iOS and Android. From the Fire TV Stick to the Amazon Echo Show, and everything in between, Amazon is doing everything it can to fill all of your needs when it comes to creating the perfect smart home experience. Much of this can be attributed to the plethora of Alexa Skills, which enables much of the functionality that we want to have, in order to get Alexa working with different devices.

Apple Music has transformed from a niche project to one of the biggest and most popular music streaming services available today. Apple continues to update its service with new features, as evidenced by the addition of Lossless and Spatial Audio. But did you know that you can use Apple Music with Amazon Alexa devices? This means that you’ll be able to listen to your favorite songs and playlists from Apple Music on any of your Alexa-powered smart speakers. The setup process is fairly simple, but it does require the use of an Alexa Skill in order to get things working.

Open the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone.
In the bottom right corner, tap More.
Tap Skills & Games.
In the top right corner, tap the Magnifying Glass (Search).
Enter Apple Music in the search box.
Tap Apple Music from the list of results.
Tap the Enable To Use button.
Tap Settings.
Select Link Account.
Sign in with your Apple ID.
Now that the Alexa Skill has been downloaded to your iPhone, and Apple Music has been linked to your Amazon account, there is only one more series of steps that you need to take. The following steps allow you to use Apple Music as the default streaming music service when connecting to your Alexa speakers.

Open the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone.
In the bottom right corner, tap More.
Tap Settings near the bottom of the page.
Scroll down and select Music & Podcasts.
Tap Default Services at the top of the page.
Under Music, tap to select Apple Music.
Once everything has been enabled and you have selected Apple Music as the default for music streaming, there’s nothing left to set up. Now, you’ll be able to send requests such as “Hey Alexa, play John Mayer on Apple Music”, or “Hey Alexa, play Summer Hits on Apple Music”. And the music will instantly begin playing on your Alexa-enabled speakers.

Sonos One
Sonos speakers are simply some of the best in the business, regardless of what smart home platform you are using. With the Sonos One, you’re getting the company’s flagship speaker, and it can be paired with your iPhone to access Alexa when your hands are full, or if you just need to turn on the lights. This speaker sounds simply incredible and will match perfectly with whatever aesthetic you have in the home.

 

Amazon Echo Studio
The Studio features a total of five speakers inside, helping to make this rated for Dolby Atmos. This brings superb sound quality, and if you want a bit more “punch”, there’s a combination available that includes the Amazon Echo Sub. There are microphones built into the Echo Studio, so you can use this to control your smart home products. There’s also the added benefit of sound adaptation, meaning that the Studio automatically senses the acoustics of your room and adapts the sound for the ideal playback.

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)
The Echo Show 10 is Amazon’s most impressive smart speaker with its 10.1-inch FHD display that can twist and turn to follow you around the room. It includes a built-in Zigbee hub to connect most of your smart home devices, without needing to try and set up a separate hub elsewhere. This can be used to play your favorite music, have video calls, or you can access the built-in camera to remotely monitor your home. It’s an impressive all-in-one speaker that looks good no matter where you put it

Amazon Echo (4th Gen)
The company’s flagship speaker saw a redesign with the release of the 4th Gen Amazon Echo. This provides better sound quality overall, while also supporting Lossless Audio for compatible streaming services such as Apple Music and Amazon Music. Like the Echo Show 10, it doubles as a smart home hub with Zigbee devices, along with providing quick and easy access to Alexa. There’s even a motion sensor built-in which allows you to create routines that can turn the lights on when you enter a room or turn them off when you leave.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)
If the goal is to simply have Alexa everywhere in your home, then there’s no better way to do so than with the Echo Dot. This little speaker is lightweight, comes in three different colors, and can be placed pretty much anywhere you could want. It also features a built-in motion sensor that can trigger Alexa routines, while also packing impressive sound in such a small package.

 

Apple’s upcoming VR/AR headset could cost buyers over $2,000

Apple hasn’t shared any official details on its upcoming mixed reality headset, but that’s not stopping the rumor mill from spinning. In a recent entry into the Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports Apple’s VR/AR headset could cost consumers over $2,000.

At this point, we should expect this. Apple doesn’t necessarily offer its products for the budget-minded, so the report of this device costing over $2,000 seems right in line. But Gurman’s take on Apple’s headset makes more sense:

Apple typically charges a bit more than its competitors for products, locking in margins that have helped it become one of the most profitable consumer-electronics companies ever. The new headset won’t be an exception, but the main reason why the company has discussed price points above $2,000 is because of some of its internal technologies.

Speaking of internal technologies, the headset will reportedly feature an M1 Pro chip or something similar.

This is the same chip the company uses in its new line of MacBook Pros, which explains why the headset’s cost will sit more on the pricey side of things. Gurman explains a bit further:

I’d expect two processors inside of the device, including one on par with the M1 Pro in the MacBook Pro. Combine that with multiple displays—including super-high-resolution 8K panels—an interchangeable prescription lens option and advanced audio technology, and the costs add up. And don’t forget seven years of internal development expenses that need to be recouped. (…) My belief is that the chip inside the Apple headset will be on par with the M1 Pro, making it better than the M1.

As you can see, there’s a lot going on here, which helps justify the high price tag. Apple is essentially putting the same computing power it uses for its new MacBooks in a headset you slap on your face. That’s pretty impressive.

With all of this said, this is just one reporter’s account on the matter based on anonymous sources, so there’s no telling if these details are accurate. But given Gurman’s track record with Apple leaks, they’re usually spot-on for the most part.

We should hear more from Apple in the coming months. Apple usually reserves these kinds of announcements for its annual WWDC developer conference. And if we don’t hear anything about the headset then, we should expect to learn more in late 2022, early 2023.

Rockstar’s new budget-friendly 10mm F8 fisheye and 27mm F2.8 lenses both cost less than $80

Chinese optics manufacturer Rockstar has released a new pair of prime lenses for APS-C camera systems: a 10mm F8 fisheye lens and a 27mm F2.8 lens.

10mm F8

Starting with the wider of the two, the 10mm F8 fisheye lens offers a 16mm full-frame equivalent focal length on most APS-C cameras (20mm on MFT) and is constructed of five elements in four groups, including three extra-low dispersion elements. It has a fixed F8 aperture with pentagonal aperture blades, has a 30cm (12”) minimum focusing distance and is entirely manual with no contacts for transferring EXIF data.

Below is a small collection of low-res sample images captured with the lens:

The lens is available for Canon EOS-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems. It measures 58mm (2.3”) in diameter, 11mm (.43”) thick and weighs just 79.5g (2.8oz). It is available to purchase on eBay for between $65 and $75, based on the seller you choose to go with.

28mm F2.8

If fisheye lenses aren’t your ‘thing,’ Rockstar has also released a new 27mm F2.8 lens for APS-C camera systems. The fully-manual lens offers a 43mm full-frame equivalent focal length on most APS-C camera systems (52mm on MFT) and is constructed of six elements in five groups. It has a 25cm (9.9”) minimum focusing distance, has a fixed F2.9 aperture and uses a 55mm front filter thread.

This lens is also available for Canon EOS-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems and is currently listed by multiple sellers on eBay for around $59, give or take a few based on the seller and accessories included.

Neither of these lenses are likely to impress in the image quality department, but if you want an ultra-budget option to see if you like the fisheye look or to test out the 27mm F2.8 lens, it’s a no-brainer for the low prices these lenses are being sold for.

Audix sold to Vitec Group

Here at Gearnews, we like to think we have our ear to the ground on what’s bubbling in the industry. But today’s announcement that respected microphone specialists Audix has been sold to The Vitec Group took us somewhat off-guard!

So why should you care about another corporate brand acquisition? Well, in my opinion, this is yet another sign that the live industry as we know it is changing dramatically. On the one hand, you have Audix, famed for making revered studio and stage microphones and headphones (their DP7 drum mic kit is one of our favourites). On the other, a company focussed solely on content creation and video-focussed products, including the famed Autocue teleprompter system.

What now for Audix?
Undoubtedly, The Vitec Group is buying Audix for its R&D capabilities in the field of transducer technology. Indeed, we understand that the Audix facility in Portland is due to be converted into the Vitec Imaging Solutions’ Audio R&D Centre of Excellence. As you might expect, Vitec also had their eye on Audix’s manufacturing facilities. We understand Rycote is now going to be moving to the new R&D and manufacturing centre.

I have little doubt that in a short time we’ll see Audix-branded content creation products joining the Vitec roster. But would you buy an Audix-branded podcast mic or shotgun microphone? And what about all the great music products they have for recording and mic’ing live and in the studio? Audix is a brand with a lot of rock’n’roll attached to it. Is that all about to change?

If you look at Vitec’s brand portfolio, then the acquisition makes perfect sense. With the exception of some mics under the JOBY brand, you won’t see many audio solutions and products. This acquisition gives them a proven R&D facility and an established and respected audio brand.

I think it would be a shame, though, to see the Audix name watered-down for the consumer electronics arena. Or for the new owners to refocus Audix away from live music and studio recording. I don’t think we want another re-run of what happened to AKG under Harmann. Let’s hope Vitec recognises Audix’s brand strength and character and build upon it rather than diluting a classic brand and its products, or re-tooling the brand away from professional music applications.

How to Listen to Apple Music on Google Nest Speaker

Apple Music has come quite a long way from the days where the primary reason to use it was to listen to Beats One Radio. The streaming service now battles with Spotify as the best music streaming option available. Apple has even introduced new features to help it stand out from the crowd, including things like Lossless and Dolby Audio.

When it comes to listening to Apple Music at home, you have a few options already at your disposal. Any of your Apple devices already have Music pre-installed, so you can just connect your favorite headphones and get listening. But if you don’t want to listen to music on your headphones, but would prefer to listen to Apple Music on a Google Nest speaker, you’re in luck.

How To Listen To Apple Music on Google Nest Speaker
While Apple has the HomePod mini, the company has been a bit slow to the market when it comes to smart speakers. Google and Amazon are leading the charge, with many opting for one ecosystem or the other. Luckily, Apple’s “walled garden” approach has been lowered in recent years, as the company is attempting to cater to as many users as possible.

If you’ve already built out your ecosystem of Google Nest speakers, and want to use Apple Music to listen to your favorite songs, we’ll walk you through what you need to do. Here’s how you can listen to Apple Music using a Google Nest speaker.

Open the Google Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
Sign in to the Google account used with your Nest Speaker.
Tap the + icon in the top left corner.
Scroll down to Add services and tap Music.
Under More music services, tap Apple Music.
Tap Link Account.
Sign in to your Apple ID.
When you reach the Access Request screen, tap Allow.

After you tap the Allow button in the pop-up dialog box, that’s all you need to do! Now, you can say something like “Hey Google, play John Mayer”, and your connected Nest speaker will begin playing. This also works with playlists and albums, so you won’t be limited by what you can listen to.

The Best Nest Speaker

If you’re intrigued by building out a smart home powered by Google Assistant, but are looking for the best speaker, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of the best options available, and surprisingly, they aren’t all from Google directly.

Sonos One
Sonos speakers are simply some of the best in the business, regardless of what smart home platform you are using. With the Sonos One, you’re getting the company’s flagship speaker, and it can be paired with your iPhone to access Siri when your hands are full, or if you just need to turn on the lights. This speaker sounds simply incredible and will match perfectly with whatever aesthetic you have in the home.

Google Nest Audio
Google’s Nest Audio saw a refresh back in 2020, and it has been transformed into an incredible Assistant speaker. The Nest Audio is about 75% louder than the original Google Home while sporting 50% more powerful bass. But perhaps the best part is that Google’s latest speaker will automatically adapt the audio levels based on what you’re listening to and the environment around you.

Sonos Move
This one is a bit on the pricy side, but the Sonos Move is simply phenomenal. For one, this is a Bluetooth speaker, allowing you to take it with you wherever you want to go. It features an IP56 water and dust resistance rating to help withstand the elements and offers more than 11 hours of battery life on a single charge. Pushing things even further, the Move is compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology, so connecting to your iPhone is a breeze.

Google Nest Mini
There’s a lot of love to be had for the HomePod mini, but Google’s Nest Mini is impressive in its own right. Not only is the Nest Mini quite a bit less expensive, but there are a few different fun colors to choose from to match whatever room you put these in. While you won’t be able to take them out and about like the Sonos Move, the Nest Mini can be grouped together creating an immersive music listening experience