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Focal Stellia Review: $3,000-worth of headphone purity

Focal Stellia Review: $3,000-worth of headphone purity

The Focal Stellia are $3,000 headphones, and I fear they may have ruined me for life. I wouldn't normally consider myself an audiophile but, like the most dangerous addictions, it only takes a sampling of the good stuff to get you well and truly hooked. While it's an expensive rabbit hole to find yourself descending, the Stellia do at least have a surprising degree of flexibility to help you make the most of your sizable investment.

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Amazon Halo Review: Movement Health meets over-sharing

Amazon Halo Review: Movement Health meets over-sharing

It's fair to say Amazon Halo got off to a rocky start. A fitness band that promised analysis rivals couldn't deliver, the wrist-worn wearable may be simple but the machine learning running on Amazon's servers is anything but - assuming you're comfortable with all that personal data sharing. Now, Halo is adding Movement Health analysis as another premium service.

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2021 Lexus GX 460 Review: A very particular set of skills

2021 Lexus GX 460 Review: A very particular set of skills

The word "stalwart" seems like it was made for the 2021 Lexus GX 460. In production since 2009, and only relatively lightly massaged since then, the big SUV's resilience to replacement is a reminder that - for some applications - newer needn't always mean better. If you occupy the center-spot of a niche Venn diagram combining proper off-roading, luxury, and bigger groups, the GX could find itself on your (very short) shortlist.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Review: The Self-Confident SUV

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Review: The Self-Confident SUV

Sometimes it can feel like there aren't any "regular" Mercedes-Benz out there. Plenty of AMG versions, or cars dressed up to look like they're AMG's handiwork, and even the odd Maybach for the luxe-chasers, but a standard, stolid car with the three-pointed star? That's the real rarity, it seems.

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Sony WF-1000XM4 Review: Silence is Golden

Sony WF-1000XM4 Review: Silence is Golden

If silence is a true luxury, then perhaps the $279.99 which Sony asks for its new WF-1000XM4 active-noise cancelling earbuds isn't, in fact, all that lavish. The company which upended ANC - and gave Bose and others sleepless nights - with headphones like the WH-1000XM3 has returned to demonstrate just what you can achieve with earbuds, some fiendishly clever software, and a new chipset. Turns out, you can do a whole lot.

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta Review: Sober Value

2021 Volkswagen Jetta Review: Sober Value

Volkswagen would probably call the 2021 Jetta "pragmatic," and rationality certainly is the name of the game for one of the most affordable cars on the market right now. A mainstay of the compact sedan segment since 1979, the Jetta always promised a balance between the playful Golf and the grown-up Passat. These days, though, the Jetta may have matured a little too far.

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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Review: Conversation Starter

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Review: Conversation Starter

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is a very fast car, but it's slow to leave a parking lot. That's not down to this eighth-generation of Chevy's attainable sports car but rather a testament to the fact that, as a bonafide example of four-wheel Americana, someone, somewhere, always wants to start a conversation about why the 'Vette is special.

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Beats Studio Buds Review: Balance and Sacrifice

Beats Studio Buds Review: Balance and Sacrifice

Beats' earbuds are getting into the active noise cancellation game, with the Beats Studio Buds also promising a much smaller package and more flexible product than its previous wireless headphones. The ANC earbud and headphone space is hotly-competitive right now, with mainstays like Apple's AirPods Pro going toe-to-toe with Sony's new WF-1000XM4, Google's Pixel Buds A, and a host of rivals. The big question, then, is whether Beats' mix of tight cross-platform compatibility can give its $149.99 Studio Buds an edge.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Review: Family Fortune

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Review: Family Fortune

Look, I have already sung the praises of wagons. I have waxed about their practicality; shook my fist at the sky and howled about their aesthetic superiority. I have made it abundantly clear that I am on Team Wagon, and so the fact that the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon has an early advantage with me should come as little surprise.

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2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Review: Blunt Honesty

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Review: Blunt Honesty

Everything about the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody is ridiculous. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 good for 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque is ridiculous, as is a supercar-shaming 3.6 second 0-60 mph. Driving this SRT madness - in, you'll note, ridiculous "Hellraisin" purple - requires a suspension of not only disbelief but any scraps of self-consciousness you might have left.

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart review – PlayStation 5 is off to a strong start

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart review – PlayStation 5 is off to a strong start

It’s been a while since we last heard from our buddies Ratchet and Clank. Not only has it been five years since the last Ratchet & Clank game, titled simply Ratchet & Clank, but that one was only a reimagining of the original game from 2002. To find the last proper Ratchet & Clank release, you have to go back all the way back to 2013 and the release of Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. Back then, I remember hearing some question of whether or not the Ratchet & Clank series had worn out its welcome after a packed 13 years of releases. After some time off, the pair are back to usher in the PS5 era along with some new friends in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review: Alexa’s best display yet

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review: Alexa’s best display yet

The pandemic has made clear that low-resolution webcams are only the tip of the video calling iceberg: in an ideal world we'd all have our own cameraperson to make sure the angles were perfect. That's what Amazon's Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) promises, turning Alexa into your personal videographer but - to keep the new smart display to $130 - with no moving parts involved.

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