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5.1 channels of aural vibration

on Friday, March 8th, 2013
Posted in: Gaming Gear, News

As a gamer, I can appreciate what vibrations can add to the gaming experience. In hand, a vibration to the game controller can alert me I’ve been shot (or am the one shooting), simulate a crash, or imply a massive object moving towards me.  This feature is commonplace in gaming vests and chairs, but howRead More…

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Corral your cords with Klingg

on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Flopping earbud cords can be a problem when you’re trying to listen to music as you walk, run, or workout.  This clever little headphone keeper has a built-in groove that prevents the cord from moving around so much, and it prevents the earbuds from dropping to the ground when you remove them from your ears.Read More…

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AfterShokz Bluez – Open ear wireless Bluetooth headphones

on Monday, February 25th, 2013

I work in an office environment in IT. I often have people come to my desk to ask questions and I talk to my co-workers next to me in my cube quad. Wearing in or over ear headphones isn’t an option for me for two reasons. One, I don’t like in-ear style earphones in theRead More…

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I-MEGO THRONE Gold and Poison headphones are tuned for your musical taste

on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The Gold and Poison THRONE over-ear headphones from I-MEGO have a great retro design that would look perfect with my Musubo Retro iPhone case (see related links).  Inside are 40mm drivers that reproduce a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz, with 105 +/- 5db sensitivity, and 32 ohms impedance.  They each have 4-ft cables with gold-plated 3.5mm connectorsRead More…

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Phonak exits the earphone business

on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

This is a bummer for fans of in-ear monitors. Phonak, one of the more respected brands of earphones, has decided to cease operations of the Audéo line of earphones and concentrate on their core business: devices for the hearing impaired. Phonak spokesperson Harris Gilbert stated that Audéo earphones will continue to be available in the USRead More…

Ever wonder how custom earphones are made?

on Monday, February 18th, 2013

1964 Ears is a small company who make custom in-ear monitors. The in-ear monitor business is very competitive, and you might think that this process would be kept as secret as possible. Well, they obviously want to brag about what they do and how they do it, so who are we to keep a secret? IfRead More…

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A Smarter Stand for your iPhone or iPod touch

on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Julie reviewed the Smarter Stand for iPad from Smarterflo last year (see related links).  That iPad stand was a successful Kickstarter project, and now Smarterflo has returned to Kickstarter to fund their latest project – the Smarter Stand for iPhone and iPod touch.  This little stand has a dual purpose.  It acts as  a wireRead More…

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ON-EARZ wants you to listen with the legends

on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

 2012 became a year for celebrity-endorsed headphones and based on what ON-EARZ is releasing, 2013 will continue that trend. ON-EARZ is a European company known for its trendy design and marketing of headphones and other accessories. They have used the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show to announce their entry into the US market with the “Listen withRead More…

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Griffin and Crayola earbuds and headphones are made just for kids

on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Kids love gadgets that often require headphones or earbuds, but there’s the possibility of hearing damage from the high volumes that are possible with these gadgets.  Some devices have software features that allow you to limit the volume levels, but not all do.  These kid-sized Crayola-branded earbuds and headphones from Griffin protect your child’s hearingRead More…

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Wrap your head in these new headphones from NuForce

on Saturday, December 15th, 2012

After offering very good – and very affordable – earphones, NuForce has entered the hugely competitive headphone market with the just released the HP-800, their first over-ear design. Nuforce has targeted the user looking for a monitor-class headphone that pushes accuracy over a certain sound preference. Breathable memory-foam ear cups are covered in soft leatherette,Read More…

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House of Marley Exodus on-ear headphones

on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

We’ve told you about House of Marley products before.  Their headphones, earbuds, speakers, and bags are made of eco-friendly materials and created with the same high standards Bob Marley applied to his music.  I haven’t had a chance to try any of their headphones, earbuds, or speakers, so I can’t speak to how they sound,Read More…

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BlueAnt Ribbon Stereo Bluetooth Streamer

on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Do you love listening to music, but hate being tethered to your smartphone, tablet, or MP3 player by headphone cords?  With the Ribbon Stereo Bluetooth Streamer from BlueAnt, you can convert your corded headphones or earbuds to Bluetooth.  The Ribbon grabs onto your shirt, and your headphones (or the pair supplied with the Ribbon) plugRead More…

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Line Cap earphone winder – Keep it under your hat

on Saturday, November 17th, 2012

What do you do with your headphones when you’re not using them? Wrap them around your player? Take them out and get them all tangled in your gadget bag?  Well here’s a cute and yet functional solution, something that doesn’t happen too often. The Line Cap from Korean company sumneeds works with any device that hasRead More…

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Arriva Leo Bluetooth headphones now available in colors

on Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Last year Steve reviewed the Arriva Leo Bluetooth headphones and one of the review comments asked if the Leo was available in colors other than Black and Grey. At that time the answer was no, but now the answer is yes. Arriva is now offering the Leo headphones in bright Green and Teal. Purchasing theseRead More…

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The Just Mobile HeadStand – a product you didn’t know you needed until you saw it

on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

What do you do with your headphones when you aren’t wearing them?  Stick them in a drawer?  Throw them on your desk?  If you’ve invested in expensive headphones, you’ll probably want a better way of storing them when you aren’t using them, and something more convenient than having to constantly store and remove them fromRead More…

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These are the ‘phones you’re looking for

on Friday, October 12th, 2012

Looking for a new pair of earbuds with a built-in microphone?  Well, these are the ‘phones you’re looking for!  ThinkGeek is offering Star Wars Earbuds in Darth Vader black or Storm Trooper white.  Each set has a helmet with an integrated microphone and a button on the back that can be used to pause/play yourRead More…

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Is that Play-Doh in your Ear?

on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

If the idea of earbuds custom molded to your ears is enticing but out of your budget, the Sharkfin self-molding earbuds might just be of interest.  Though the “earbuds” portion of the title is a bit misleading.  This product is simply a silicone putty to be molded around your existing pair of earbuds. Once formed,Read More…

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Ultimate Audio From Ultimate Ears

on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Ever since Logitech acquired custom earphone maker Ultimate Ears, they have expanded the lineup to include many popular models of custom and universal-fit earphones, becoming one of the largest makers of earphones in the world. The expansion continues with their first headphones under the combined Logitech UE label, as well as a new universal-fit multi-armature earphone.Read More…

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Harman Kardon Have Invaded Our Personal Space

on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Harman Kardon has made some of the most visually compelling speakers anywhere. I have owned three SoundSticks speakers through the years and loved them. Nothing looks like them. Now Harman Kardon have entered our personal space with a line of headphones and earphones. The BT wireless over-ear headphones are Bluetooth-equipped with a built-in microphone andRead More…

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Parrot Zik Headphones are Loaded with Tech

on Saturday, August 18th, 2012

2012 has been an interesting year for headphones, but things just got a whole lot more interesting with the release of the Parrot Zik headphones designed by French product designer Philippe Stark. No other headphones look like them and no other headphone has as much techie goodness crammed into them. The Zik headphones have wirelessRead More…

HSN has a Special Discount on Beats Studio HD Headphones Today (8/17) and We’re also Giving a Pair Away!

on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

This post brought to you by HSN. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you think your headphones or earbuds make your favorite music sound the way the artist intended it to sound? Probably not. In 2006, Dr. Dre, legendary rap artist and producer, and Jimmy Lovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and American IdolRead More…

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Logitech Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors

on Friday, June 8th, 2012

One for Bill to review?  Logitech has released the Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors designed for professional studio engineers and producers.  Each pair is custom tuned to individual needs using your Personal Reference Tuning Box. The earphones include 5 individual armatures with a three-way crossover. They have detachable braid cables that can be removed, and theRead More…

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Give Dad the Gift of Sound with SMS Audio Sync by 50 Wireless Headphones

on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Seems like everybody in the music industry has their own headphone brand now, and SMS Audio and 50 Cent have teamed up for his brand.  The line has earbuds and wireless or wired over-ear headphones, and 50 Cent’s line has a difference.  For every domestic sale of headphones from the SMS Audio website, a donationRead More…

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B&W P3 Headphones Are Built for Commuting

on Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Bowers and Wilkins are known for their very good – and very expensive – audio speakers. In recent years,they have aggressively ventured into the world of iDevices with the Zeppelin Air, P5 headphones and C5 earphones (see related links for our reviews). However, most people will never pay $300 for the P5 headphones, no matterRead More…

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Koss Striva Wireless Earphones

on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

From Koss, the Striva offers an ultra compact WiFi earpiece solution. Using WiFi (not Bluetooth), the earpieces can be used to stream internet radio stations directly to the headphones, using the Content Access Point (CAP) stream from you smartphone, tablet or MP3 player.  Or you can use them as standard headphones by plugging them into anyRead More…