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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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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