Earphones

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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eargear

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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Universal Earphones

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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Grado GR10 Earphone Review

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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 were [...]

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