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Forte Impact Rose Gold Earbuds review

on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Headphones are the type of thing that are very hard to shop for, since there’s so much to look into – sound quality, comfort, and price.  I love a bit of bling in my technology and gadgets, so when I saw these Forte Impact earbuds in rose gold, I couldn’t resist to review them! Let’s take a look.Read More…


DUNU DN-1000 Hybrid earphones review

on Monday, April 7th, 2014

As the earphone market has grown substantially over the past few years, its technology has mostly split into two camps – dynamic speakers vs armature speakers. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages. DUNU, a Chinese company who started out making earphones for other companies, make and sell both dynamic and armature models. Their modelRead More…


Oblanc O’Sound Romeo NX-1 in-ear headphones review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Monday, January 13th, 2014

I like to have a pair of headphones with me everywhere I go. You never know when you’ll need to use them. I’ve tried out several types of headphones, from buds to in-ear, and one thing that I noticed was the lack of bass in the smaller, more portable headphones. This, coupled with the factRead More…


Torque t103z in-ear-headphones review

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

In 2012, I reviewed the excellent – but incredibly expensive – Audeo PF232 earphones. What made them unique was that they had replaceable filters so anyone could fine-tune the sound to their taste. Well, anyone with super eyesight and steady hands, that is. The filters were so small that they required a special, hard-to-use tool,Read More…


DUNU Detonator and Landmine earphones review

on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s no secret that China is where most headphones and earphones are manufactured, but the products have always been to each brand’s individual specifications. Until recently, the Chinese were not known for originality when it comes to audio gear and sound design. That’s rapidly changing, and companies like DUNU are at the forefront of thisRead More…


vPulse In-Ear Headphones review

on Monday, July 1st, 2013

As I do more and more earphone and headphone reviews, I’m struck by the sheer volume of new models becoming available almost daily. Not only that, but companies that have never offered personal audio before are now jumping in big time. One such company is Velodyne. Anyone familiar with high end home audio will recognizeRead More…


Fanny Wang Wang Buds earphones review

on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I regularly listen to music at work as a way to drown out distracting noises or just for enjoyment. The problem is that I don’t normally care for over the ear type headphones and in-ear style earbuds because they tend to block out background noise too much. That may sound like an odd complaint, butRead More…


Digital Innovations Nest Earbud Protector Review

on Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Digital Innovations has created one of my favorite gadget accessories of 2012. It’s the Nest Earbud Protector. If you use earbud type earphones to listen to music, you’ll love the Nest because it solves the age-old problem of tangled earbud cables. This little storage accessory is one of those products that is simple and soRead More…


Atomic Floyd SuperDarts +Remote Earphones Review

on Thursday, April 12th, 2012

At first glance, the new Atomic Floyd SuperDarts +Remote earphones look like a souped-up version of the bullet-designed Koss KEB40 or Ortofon e-Q5 earphones. The cord comes straight out the opposite end of the earphone instead of the side of the main shell. It’s obvious Atomic Floyd wants to make a statement with the SuperDarts.Read More…


PureSound Technologies ClarityOne Earphones Review

on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

All the earphones I have reviewed fall into two design philosophies: dynamic speaker (looks very much like a tiny speaker) and armature (the same technology used in professional hearing aids). There are advantages and disadvantages to both but the word “unique” seldom comes to mind with either type. I had been reading about the ClarityOneRead More…


Spark Aluminum In-ear Headphones Review

on Monday, March 26th, 2012

I have been testing id America’s Spark Aluminum In-ear Headphones for a few weeks, and I have to say that this is the first time I have reviewed a product that’s the opposite of its name. When you hear “spark”, you might think of sharp, aggressive, electrical excitement. However, the Spark earphones are anything but that.Read More…

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Phonak Audéo PFE 232 Earphones Review

on Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I’m torn about the PFE 232 Earphones from Phonak Audeo. They are about the best sounding universal-fit earphones I’ve yet heard. They are well made, extremely comfortable, customizable (more on that later), and have replaceable cables. But wow, are they expensive. There is no getting around that. It’s an elephant in the room you can’tRead More…


House of Marley Zion Earphones Review

on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

To say that Bob Marley became a musical icon after his untimely death at 36 from cancer is a massive understatement. Marley almost singlehandedly helped make reggae music a worldwide phenomenon that is still popular today. The name Marley is synonymous with reggae, and his estate has parleyed his popularity into a line of audioRead More…


thinksound ms01 monitorseries Earphones Review

on Thursday, January 12th, 2012

I love music.  My first big purchase after getting my first job out of college was a stereo system.  After I bought my small house, I got rid of my stereo with the big floor speakers that could literally blow out a match, and I just don’t listen as much.  When I try listening withRead More…


Monster iSport Immersion In-Ear Headphones with ControlTalk Review

on Friday, December 9th, 2011

I enjoy listening to motivational music while working out. But due to the intensity of my fitness routine at the gym or while pounding pavement, I am very tough/rough on my earbuds. I have trashed many a pair over the decades. Not through abuse or neglect, but by sweating in and on them too much.Read More…


Scosche IEM856md In-Ear Monitors Review

on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

When writing about and reviewing earphones, I always include two points that are important to each model: the seal from the eartips and whether the earphone uses a warmer sounding dynamic or the more accurate, but bass deficient armature based speaker. Scosche is a maker of a seemingly endless array of affordable iPhone/iPod accessories withRead More…


Grado GR10 Earphone Review

on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

You gotta love a company like Grado. They’re a family-run business out of Brooklyn, NY who make various cartridges and headphones in many price ranges. They have won countless audiophile awards by refusing to adapt to the latest trend or gimmick. One look at the design of their headphones, and you might think they wereRead More…


Able Planet Clear Harmony SI1100 Sound Isolation Earbuds with Linx Audio Review

on Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Do you hate how your earbuds fit? Do they fall out when running or exercising? Do they hurt when you jam them in far enough to drown out the noise in your environment? Perhaps you need to check out the Clear Harmony SI1100 Sound Isolation Earbuds with Linx Audio from Able Planet. I was sentRead More…


Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones Review

on Thursday, October 20th, 2011

People don’t usually associate Bowers & Wilkins name with reasonably priced audio. Yes, they make killer products, but affordable? Not for the average Joe with little knowledge of how good audio can and should sound. Well, B&W have come out with a pair of earphones that – at least in B&W’s universe – are veryRead More…


DUNU-Topsound Earphones Review

on Monday, September 5th, 2011

One of the more interesting aspects of the (reasonably priced) earphone market is the speed with which the Chinese have become major players worldwide. More surprisingly is how fast these manufacturers have been able to match – and in some cases exceed – the build and audio quality of their Japanese and American competitors. OneRead More…


JLab Audio JBuds J4 Rugged Metal Earphones Review

on Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Back in the 70s, American Tourister had a commercial showing a piece of their luggage being thrown about by a gorilla to demonstrate how tough their product was.  Here at the Cloninger household, we have a similar test for earbuds.  We throw them in our teenage daughter’s room.  So far, none have emerged intact –Read More…


NuForce NE-700M Earphone Review

on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

In the past, I have reviewed some outrageously expensive – and outrageously good – earphones. But let’s face it: The vast majority of music lovers either can’t afford to or just won’t shell out the bucks to achieve that last bit of audio perfection. And truth be told, most decent earphones sound about 75-85% asRead More…


Etymotic Research ER•4PT MicroPro Earphones w/CUSTOM•FIT Eartips Review

on Friday, May 20th, 2011

Several years ago, I reviewed Etymotic Research hf5 High-Fidelity earphones. Although being a writer at The Gadgeteer enables me to try/review many earphones per year, I continue to enjoy and regularly use the hf5’s to this day. Their size and performance are ideal for me. So, I was excited when Etymotic Research agreed to notRead More…


Westone 4 Quad-Driver Earphone Review

on Sunday, April 17th, 2011

When I first saw the press release announcing the Westone 4, my first thought was, “OK, now, it’s getting a bit silly.” After all, I’ve owned the Westone 3 for a year now and I love them. The bass is a little forward, but so what?  The mids and highs are comfortable. So what isRead More…


Ultimate Ears 7 Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors Review

on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Decades ago, I use to be a pretty good musician with a decent enough ear. Although, I was never a true audiophile by any stretch of the imagination. By the time I purchased my first iPod I was relatively satisfied with the stock earbuds that Apple included with their revolutionary device. But my time hereRead More…