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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 model Read More…

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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 fact Read More…

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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…

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Gift ideas – 6 headphones and earphones for music lovers

on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

When Julie asked me to choose five headphones/earphones that would make great gift ideas, I knew this could get interesting. 2013 has been a great year for portable listening, and the holiday choices are better than ever. There are many choices to fit any budget, so there is no excuse this year for putting up Read More…

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Torque Audio lets you tune your tunes

on Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Talk about appropriately named companies. Torque Audio has a masculine aura about it, both in name and looks. Their first product, the t103z in-ear headphones are a gadget lovers dream. They come with three sets of filters – or valves as Torque calls them – that let the user customize – or tune – the Read More…

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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 this Read More…

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RHA offers new earphones including the 750/750i with hand-made drivers

on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Scottish audio company RHA has quickly become famous for well-made and very good sounding earphones that are also affordable. Now, RHA has moved up-market with two new earphones in two configurations each: the RHA 600, 600i, 750, and 750i (the ‘i’ simply means an added 3-button remote and microphone for Apple devices). The new 600/600i Read More…

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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 recognize Read More…

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A Golden Ratio for your ears

on Saturday, June 29th, 2013

I would guess that the majority of Gadgeteer readers have never heard of George Cardas. That may be about to change. Cardas Audio is a maker of high-end audio cable, and Mr. Cardas is a respected audiophile. After years of listening to earphones, he decided that he could do it better – so he designed Read More…

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Airbudz – Replacement in-ear earphone tips for those times when you need to hear more than your music

on Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Noise canceling earbuds are great for blocking out unwanted noise around us so we can listen to our tunes without distraction. But there are times when no distraction is not a good thing. Like while riding a bike, walking, running, etc. Airbudz, a successfully funded Kickstarter project, can turn your in-ear earphones into earphones that Read More…

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Eargear – Customize your favorite earphones for a perfect fit

on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Earphones are great because they are so portable. But the vast majority of them do not fit right or fall out easily. Eargear is a silicone based polymer that can be molded around your favorite earphones to create a custom fit. Similar to the professionally created ear monitors that your favorite musicians use, Eargear is Read More…

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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, but Read More…

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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 so 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.

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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 and Read More…

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V-MODA introduces VAMP, an Audio Multitasker for the iPhone 4/4S

on Saturday, June 16th, 2012

V-MODA, maker of the Crossfade M-80 and Crossfade LP headphones, have introduced the VAMP, a headphone amplifier with a dedicated 150mW x 2 amplifier, DAC (Digital-to-Analog convertor), optical audio output and a 2200mAh battery – all integrated into a metal case for the iPhone 4/4S. It’s based on the GO-DAP 4.0 by VentureCraft, but tweaked Read More…

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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…

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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 ClarityOne Read More…

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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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Universal Earphones: Earphones with Automatic Side and Shared Use Detection

on Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Isn’t it a pain when you have to look at your earbuds to work out which one’s left and which one’s right ? Or you find that you’ve had the wrong phone in the wrong ear ? Well the Japan Science and Technology Agency ( JST ) has a solution with their Universal Earphones.  Using 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’t Read More…

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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 audio Read More…

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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 with Read More…

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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…

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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 with Read More…