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How to disable the click sounds on your Apple TV

Apple TV Siri Remote in hand

As an Apple TV owner, you know that you receive audio feedback as you navigate the screen and apps. You hear those click sounds with every action you take using your Siri remote. But not everyone is fond of that click, click, click. Did you know you can turn those sounds off?

With the simple flip of a setting you can disable the click sounds on your Apple TV, here’s how.

LG is rolling out its 2021 soundbar lineup with built-in AirPlay 2 support

A promotional image showing LG's 2021 soundbar with AirPlay 2 support

Korean consumer electronics maker LG has launched its soundbar lineup for 2021 with built-in support for AirPlay 2, Apple's device-to-device media streaming technology.

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AirPlay 2 is supported across all of LG's 2021 soundbars. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround systems are also supported. The soundbars work with Google and Amazon assistants as well.

LG's 2021 soundbars have AirPlay 2 built-in

As per the announcement on the LG website, the new soundbars deliver a premium audio experience and convenient control along with eco-consciousness designs and packaging.

“The new lineup offers high-quality audio, easy connectivity, smart functionality and stylish aesthetics with a modern look designed to complement LG’s stunning TVs and works well with any décor,” the company notes.

The 2021 lineup is compatible with Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for hands-free voice and playback control. With AirPlay 2, Apple customers can stream, control and share their favorite music and other content directly from their iPhone, iPad or Mac.

The new soundbars also support LG TV’s AI Sound Pro feature.

Audio from the TV is played through the soundbar via TV Sound Mode Share, delivering the superior audio processing power of AI Sound Pro on the more capable speakers of the new soundbars. LG’s soundbars now offer all of the same sound modes as its latest TVs, allowing users to easily switch between the soundbar and the TV using the TV remote.

Other notable features of the new 2021 LG soundbar lineup include support for the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround audio formats, in addition to Dolby Vision compatibility via 4K pass-through, Meridian Audio tuning and the latest Meridian Horizon technology.

Some of the models are Hi-Res Audio certified for lossless playback at 24-bit/96kHz.

Compared to the original version, AirPlay 2 improves buffering while adding support for multi-room audio and streaming audio to stereo speakers. AirPlay is accessible on iOS, iPadOS and macOS devices through the Control Center, the Home app and the Siri assistant.

Image credit: LG Electronics

How I use my HomePods

I am not an audiophile, and neither do I play one on the internet. I can’t describe what good sound is, but I can certainly tell bad sound when I hear it. From the get-go, HomePod checked a bunch of boxes for me. It sounded better than my previous bulky and expensive 5.1 surround sound system, it was easier to use, and it was also much more esthetically pleasing.

For about 6 months now, I have been taking advantage of new feature in tvOS that lets you default your sound output to a couple of HomePods set up as a stereo pair.

It wasn’t such a breeze to use at first because I experienced a bunch of issues with pairing the two speakers and keeping them paired together, but a fresh install eventually fixed everything, and I can’t say I have had any issue at all with this setup since then. This is to date a setup that I am completely satisfied with.

How to use Apple Music for your alarm sound on HomePod

Apple Music as HomePod Alarm Sound

As a HomePod owner and Apple Music lover, you may have noticed a missing feature when setting an alarm on your smart speaker. Before iOS 14.1, you were stuck with the default alarm tone. But with that update to iPhone and HomePod, you can enjoy your favorite tune as the sound for your alarm.

Whether you set an alarm to wake you up in the morning, let you know when dinner is ready, or that it’s time to tackle a chore, you can hear it with a chosen song instead of a boring sound. Here’s how to use Apple Music for alarms on HomePod.

How to set up Wireless Audio Sync on Apple TV

Wireless Audio Sync on Apple TV

If you use AirPlay from your Apple TV to your HomePod, AirPlay speakers, or Bluetooth devices, have you ever noticed that the sound seems out of sync? In just a few minutes, you can set up the Wireless Audio Sync on your Apple TV and solve the problem, here’s how.

How to listen with spatial audio on AirPods Pro

The awesome AirPods Pro spatial audio feature lets you create an immersive 3D sound experience so that it seems as if the sound is emanating from all around you, even as your head or device moves. Follow along with us as we show you how to use spatial audio with your AirPods Pro for Movies and TV Shows, as well as adjust the feature's settings to your liking.

Adjust your handset’s volume button sensitivity with Crescendo

Volume level adjustments are a particularly regular practice for most iPhone or iPad users, whether they’re watching videos or listening to music or podcasts of some sort. One thing that has always been somewhat of a pain point however is that making substantial volume level adjustments can take more time than we’d like.

Crescendo is a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer YulkyTulky that addresses the aforementioned scenario by letting users configure a custom volume step amount. In other words, you can make your volume button presses more or less impactful on your handset’s actually volume level.

Sonic offers jailbroken iPhone users an easy way to create and import ringtones

Most people I know like to configure custom ringtone(s) on their iPhone so that they aren’t listening to the boring stock ringtones every time someone tries to get ahold of them. Users have the option of purchasing ringtones from Apple’s iTunes Store or creating their own with the help of dedicated software.

If the iPhone you plan to create ringtones for is jailbroken, then you now have the additional option of using a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Sonic by iOS developer Zeph. By design, Sonic offers users an all-in-one solution for creating and importing ringtones and text tones to the ringtone/text tone libraries from the iPhone itself.

How to use the Sound Recognition Accessibility setting on iPhone and iPad

Sound Recognition Banner Notification iPad

Apple has done a good job of updating its Accessibility features over time. And with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 another helpful feature was added called Sound Recognition.

By enabling this setting, you can receive a notification when a particular sound is heard and recognized by your device. You simply enable the feature and choose the sounds you want to receive alerts for, and that’s it.

To help you get started, here’s how to use the Sound Recognition Accessibility setting on iPhone and iPad.