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XTZ Earphone-12 review

on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The majority of earphones today are just that – earphones. However, some audio companies have recently been creating music player apps that are tuned specifically for their particular earphone. When I first got a glimpse of the new EarPhone-12 from XTZ, I wondered if their digital sound processing (DSP), developed in conjunction with Dirac Research,Read More…

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Manhattan Flyte Wireless Headset review

on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The Manhattan Flyte Wireless Headset is a versatile Bluetooth/wired headset that aims to cover all the bases for your music and voice needs. All of this capability is provided in a “flip-up” ear-piece design to allow for more compact transportation, to boot. The tradeoff here is going to be the weight/size of the headset. SinceRead More…

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Satechi BT Lite Bluetooth headphones review

on Friday, April 26th, 2013

Sometimes you really don’t want to be tethered by wire to your phone or MP3 player, and these days Bluetooth speakers and headphones are commonplace. Satechi was good enough to send us a pair of the BT Lite Headphones to review.  Now I’m used to being “Wired for Sound”, and I figured surely being wireless hasRead More…

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NuForce NE-600M and NE-770X earphones review

on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The NuForce NE-600M and NE-770X earphones are two examples of what can be achieved by a desire to create something that is both affordable and that can still blow away free earbuds. Since they are only $25 – $35, these earphones beg the question: Where is it written that earphones have to be prohibitively expensive?Read More…

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Klingg wearable magnetic earphone cord holder review

on Friday, April 5th, 2013

I guess, like a lot of folks now days, I am trying to maintain a regular fitness routine. And like a lot of folks, I like to listen to music during my workouts. A recurring issue I often have while working out is hitting my earphone cord and pulling the earphones out of my ears.Read More…

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Phiaton Moderna MS 200 Earphones review

on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Over time, I’ve reviewed earphones made from plastic, aluminum, silicone, and even wood covering every price range. Earphone makers claim that their chosen material has some advantage over the other. Well, there may be some truth to those claims. Each material does, in fact, have inherent advantages, but they also each have disadvantages. There isRead More…

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RBH EP2 Noise Isolating Earphones review

on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

RBH Sound began as a maker of speakers for other companies and has since become a respected name in their own right. They jumped into the personal audio arena with the EP1 earphone and now offer the EP2 Noise Isolating Earphone. The EP2 is identical to the EP1 except that it includes a microphone moduleRead More…

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Cynaps Bluetooth Bone Conduction Headset review

on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

You may be wondering why I am showing a picture of a Nike Dri-Fit baseball hat as my intro image for this review. I agree most hats are not very high tech or gadgety. But in this case, looks can be deceiving. While this review is in some minor part about the hat you see,Read More…

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Arctic P402 Headphones review

on Saturday, February 16th, 2013

When Julie asked if we were interested in some stuff from Arctic, I was more interested in their four-port USB charger that I recently reviewed, but was pleased to see the Arctic P402 headphones in the package. Many headphones these days are either mostly plastic (which means they break easily) or huge and bulky (which means theyRead More…

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Oblanc U.F.O. NC2 Headphone review

on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Once again, I find myself reviewing a brand of headphone that few people have heard of. And while it’s fun to discover those diamonds in the rough, many times there is a reason for a particular brand’s obscurity. Which brings us to the Oblanc U.F.O. NC2 headphone with a built-in subwoofer. Yes, that’s right –Read More…

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JayBird BlueBuds X wireless sports earbuds review

on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

I like to be as minimalistic as possible when I workout, especially on my runs. To keep my mind off the pounding of the pavement, I like to have music with me when I run outside or when I watch movies and shows while on the elliptical machine or treadmill. Typically, that necessitates earbuds withRead More…

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RHA SA950i headphones review

on Saturday, January 12th, 2013

This is my third RHA product review, and I’m becoming attuned to what RHA is trying to accomplish. RHA is a Scottish audio company who are making good-sounding and – more importantly –  affordable earphones and headphones. It’s common knowledge that just about any earphone or headphone at any price beats the freebies that comeRead More…

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RHA MA450i Noise Isolating Earphones with Remote and Microphone review

on Monday, December 31st, 2012

Recently, when I reviewed RHA’s MA350 earphones, I concluded that they were a perfect second pair of earphones that were great for commuting. I considered their $40 price a bargain. However, one major (for some) drawback was a lack of a mic for making and receiving phone calls – especially for any commuting. RHA hasRead More…

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Monster NCredible NTune On-Ear Headphones review

on Friday, December 21st, 2012

There are a multitude of headphones and earphones on the market now.  Different headphones are designed to work best with certain types of music, and it seems a lot of the most stylish headphones are designed to sound best with modern music that emphasizes the rhythm and the bottom end.  These NCredible NTune on-ear headphonesRead More…

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Four DUNU Earphones review

on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

After years of reviewing, I have realized an important fact: Many people either cannot afford many of the headphones/earphones I review, or even if they could, there is no way they’re paying hundreds of dollars for excellent sound. I get that. But today, there so many affordable earphones available that can deliver audio which willRead More…

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California Headphones Laredo review

on Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Everyone who is sick of hip-hop branded earphones that rattle the brain with über bass, mentally raise your hand. The people responsible for California Headphones obviously feel that way because they did something about it with the Laredo (which is reviewed here) and Silverado headphones. Both are specially tuned for rock and country music. TheirRead More…

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Aiaiai Capital Headphone review

on Monday, November 12th, 2012

A while back, I reviewed Aiaiai’s TMA-1 headphones, which I quite liked because they sounded really good, were very comfortable and were built to take abuse. After all, they were designed to be DJ headphones. But at $200, they were not cheap. Then came the $80 Tracks portable headphones. These were even more comfortable, but didn’tRead More…

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Jays a-JAYS Four earphones review

on Saturday, October 13th, 2012

In the past several weeks, I have been reviewing speakers and headphones, but I am back doing some earphones. I had forgotten – for a short while – how important a good seal is. Unless you have a near-perfect fit, you can kiss any bass goodbye. Such is the case with the Jays a-JAYS FourRead More…

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RHA MA350 Noise Isolating Earphones Review

on Saturday, October 6th, 2012

There are two approaches to reviewing earphones or headphones and which direction I take is determined mostly by price. Earphones that sell for less than $100 are judged on a different level than those costing double or triple. The market for the under $100 earphones is huge and only getting bigger, plus the sound qualityRead More…

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Monster Diesel Vektr Headphones Review

on Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Being surprised while reviewing audio gear can be both wonderful and not so great. The fun is in the discovery of a gem. Even though I am familiar with the Turbine and Turbine Copper earphones (and like them a lot) from Monster, I have been (much) less than thrilled from what I have heard inRead More…

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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Headphones Review

on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

You have to hand it to Bowers & Wilkins. This British audio company makes some of the best sounding speakers anywhere and they charge handsomely for the privilege. But for some reason, when it comes to personal audio like headphones and earphones, they have become somewhat affordable. They don’t charge anywhere near the stratospheric pricesRead More…

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Westone Talk Series TS1 Headphones Review

on Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Earphone Solutions recently provided a pair Westone Westone TS-1 earphones for review here on the Gadgeteer. Bill Henderson did an excellent review on the Westone 4 headphones, and I looked forward to giving these a spin. The TS-1 has a single driver, rather than the quad-drive of the Westone 4, but it adds a microphone soRead More…

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HiFiMAN HE-400 Headphones Review

on Friday, July 20th, 2012

So far, all the headphones I have reviewed have been based on a single speaker technology. While the sound signature from all of them has ranged from bass heavy to bright sounding, the tech is basically similar. It’s tweaking and build quality that determines how cheap – or expensive – they are. That’s not theRead More…

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Draco Deep Bass Active Control Headphone Amplifier Review

on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The new Deep Bass Active Control Headphone Amplifier from Draco has me a bit confused. Draco likes to hype the strong, deep bass of this amp and yet, I am happy that they failed to do so. Sort of. See what I mean by confused? If you’re a bass head and you bought this ampRead More…

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Fanny Wang 3000 Series Over Ear Noise Canceling Headphones Review

on Sunday, March 11th, 2012

A year ago, I reviewed some headphones from a new company – Fanny Wang. They weren’t established yet but managed to get attention with their striking design. Their original On Ear (1000 Series) was similar enough to the Monster Beats to spark a lawsuit. Nobody (except the lawyers) won that suit, and Fanny Wang continuesRead More…