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Simon Cohen

Simon Cohen

Contributing Editor, A/V

Simon Cohen covers a variety of consumer technologies, but has a special interest in audio and video products, like spatial audio, whole-home music systems, wireless earbuds and headphones, 4K HDR TVs, and soundbars. He has written for, Mobilesyrup,, and VentureBeat, and appeared as a guest tech expert on international TV and radio programs, including BBC Radio, CTV News Channel, and CBC Radio. He is currently a full-time contributor to Digital Trends' Audio/Video section.

Ifi Go Bar Kensei.

Ifi says its latest portable DAC restores the missing quality in digital audio

Ifi's latest portable headphone DAC/amp uses Japanese tech inside and out for better audio and robustness.
Plex logo screen.

Plex tells users that VR apps are going away

Plex has no plans to create apps for the Quest or the Apple Vision Pro, and now its existing VR apps are losing official support.
Soundcore Sleep A20.

Soundcore upgrades its Sleep earbuds for World Sleep Day

Soundcore's new sleep-oriented wireless earbuds are now less expensive and have better features.
best buy offers free tidal with select products

Tidal launches Circles, a social network for musicians

Tidal says it's welcoming select artists to use Tidal Circles, a new social network built into the Tidal streaming service.
PSB Speakers M4U TWM earbuds in open charging case.

PSB M4U TWM wireless earbuds review: zero frills, stunning sound

PSB Speakers' M4U TWM explore what happens when you focus exclusively on sound quality, with spectacular results.
TCL X11H Max MicroLED TV.

TCL’s bonkers China-only microLED TV is as tall as Darth Vader

TCL has started selling a massive, 163-inch microLED TV that can achieve 10,000 nits of peak brightness.
A video call on the Surface Pro 9 tablet.

How to make video calls on a TV: 8 of the most popular ways

Tired of tiny laptop screens for video calls? How about taking your Teams and Zoom meetings on your TV? Here’s how.
Rear of Apple TV 4K.

HDMI ARC and eARC: What are they, and how do they work?

If you’re not using HDMI ARC, you should be. This underappreciated HDMI tech eliminates extra cables, improves audio, and makes it easier to control your gear.
LG StanbyMe Speaker attached to a StanbyMe TV.

LG’s pill-shaped Bluetooth speaker doubles as a soundbar

LG's StanbyMe Speaker is designed to work as a portable Bluetooth speaker as well as a companion soundbar for the company's StandbyMe display.
Samsung HW-Q990D Dolby Atmos Soundbar.

Samsung launches its flagship Dolby Atmos soundbar with discounted prices

Samsung's 2024 HW-Q990D Dolby Atmos soundbar has been priced at $2,000, but early discounts bring that down considerably.
Pioneer VSX-535 AV receiver.

Pioneer’s latest budget-friendly Dolby Atmos AV receivers start at $379

Pioneer has announced two new Dolby Atmos AV receivers – the 7.2 VSX-835 and the 5.2 VSX-535.
Person listening to spatial audio using Apple AirPods Max headphones.

What is spatial audio? The 3D sound experience fully explained

Do you need Apple products to hear spatial audio? No, and that's not the only myth we'll bust in this in-depth explainer.
SkullCandy EcoBuds connected to a phone.

Skullcandy’s latest wireless buds charge from your phone

Skullcandy's EcoBuds are designed to be more sustainable by eliminating the charging case's internal battery in favor of the one in your phone.
Tidal app for iOS on an iPhone 14 showing now playing screen with Max quality track.

Tidal has rolled all of its premium features into its $11 per month plan

Tidal is consolidating all of its premium features like hi-res an Dolby Atmos under a single, $11 per month plan.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 in charging case.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 review: Sennheiser’s best wireless earbuds yet

Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless 4 keep their top notch ergonomics while offering Sennheiser fans improvements across the board.
2024 LG OLED evo G4 TV.

LG’s 2024 OLED evo TVs available for preorder and start at $1,500

LG has released preorder pricing for its 2024 OLED evo G4 and C4 series TVs.
Close up of Sonos logo on a Sonos Arc soundbar.

Sonos’ $449 Wi-Fi headphones delayed by software bug

Sonos' widely expected wireless headphones appear to have hit a production snag.
Panasonic DMP-BD91 BD blu-ray player tray

Next-gen optical disc can store over 14,000 4K movies

New technology developed by Chinese scientists delivers 4,000 times as much data density as a Blu-ray disc.
Bose Wireless Charging Case Cover in use on a wireless charging mat.

Bose Wireless Charging Case Cover review: the accessory that shouldn’t be necessary

The Bose Wireless Charging Case Cover is, unfortunately, a necessary accessory if you want to charge your Bose earbuds wirelessly. Here's what you should know.
The JBL Pulse 5 Bluetooth speaker submerged in a hot tub.

IP what? Explaining water and dust resistance for audio gear

Tech companies use an IPX code to show that their products are water- and dust-resistant. But what does this IPX code mean? We break it all down.
Apple TV 4K: Apple Music now playing screen with Lossless audio format displayed.

Apple Music’s lossless audio on Apple TV isn’t enabled by default. Here’s how to fix that

The addition of lossless audio on Apple Music was a boon for audiophiles, but if you own an Apple TV, you won't hear it automatically.
A collection of open-ear earbuds in their charging cases.

The best open-ear earbuds and headphones for 2024

With the convenience of wireless earbuds, plus the ability to hear your surroundings, open-ear earbuds are the latest audio trend. These models are the best.
Wiim Amp next to a speaker.

Look out, Sonos — Wiim Amp is your favorite speakers’ new best friend

The Wiim Amp is compact, stylish, easy to use, and ridiculously full-featured. For all your audio needs, just add speakers.
Simon Cohen wearing the Bose Ultra Open Earbuds.

Bose Ultra Open Earbuds review: the weird design works

Bose's unusual take on wireless earbud design provides access to music and the world around you.
What is blooming?

TV and monitor halo effect and blooming: what are they and should you care?

Sometimes your TV or monitor can let light bleed from bright areas to dark areas, causing a halo effect. Here's why it happens and what you can do about it.
Oladance OWS Sports in Hormone Yellow.

Oladance’s waterproof OWS Sports open-ear headphones target athletes

Oladance's latest open-ear headphones are fully waterproof and come with an integrated neckband.
Someone wearing an Apple Watch Series 5 on their wrist.

I love my Apple Watch, but it pisses me off every single day

I've been wearing (and loving) an Apple Watch every day since 2020. But one little problem is driving me crazy.
The Amazon Prime Video app icon on Roku.

Amazon Prime Video makes Dolby Vision, Atmos a paid upgrade

Amazon Prime Video subscribers who remain on the service's ad-supported tier may find their streaming quality has been compromised.
A remote contol pointed at a TV displaying the Sonos logo.

A Sonos TV without a remote? No thanks

A recently discovered patent application hints at a remoteless future for Sonos' still unannounced streaming video device.
The YouTube TV on a Roku TV.

YouTube TV: plans, pricing, channels, how to cancel, and more

YouTube TV plans come in a single flavor — $73 a month. But one of the leading streaming options also has a number of optional add-ons available.
Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones seen in silver.

Best headphones for 2024: Sony, Bose, Apple, and more

From budget-friendly to the best that money can buy, these are the headphones you should be shopping for.
Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones.

Can a lower price and the Grammys save one of 2023’s most controversial products?

Dyson drops the price of its air-purifying headphones and seizes a tie-in with the Grammys. Is it enough to make these odd cans cool?
Philo on Vizio smart TVs.

Philo is now available on Vizio TVs

Philo, a Sling TV alternative for cord-cutters, comes to the Vizio smart TV platform.
Audio-Technica ATH-TWX7, both earbuds in front of case.

Audio-Technica ATH-TWX7 review: ultra-comfy noise cancellation

Audio-Technica brings its signature blend of top-notch sound quality and ergonomic design to a great set of noise-canceling earbuds.