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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 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…


House of Marley Introduces Eco-friendly Audio Collection

on Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Hey mon, Bob Marley’s family has been busy. With the desire to carry on Bob Marley’s musical message of peace and love, The House of Marley has released a line of audio products.


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…


Altec Lansing Bliss Earphones Designed for Women

on Monday, August 15th, 2011

Altec Lansing has a line of earphoness that they designed just for women.  They are sized smaller for women’s ears, and they have ” jewel-like detailing and stylish colors” to look almost like jewelry for your ears.  They have three models in the Bliss line, with the Platinum being the top of the line.  The BlissRead 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…


Shure SE535 Earphones Review

on Saturday, February 12th, 2011

The Shure SE535 earphones are a study in contrasts between frustration and nirvana. Boy, this wide-open gap in opinion is going to need some explaining. Shure is one of the better known headphone/earphone companies around, so when they announce a new model, it’s news. A few months ago, they introduced the SE535, which replaces theRead More…


Fanny Wang On Ear Headphones Review

on Saturday, February 5th, 2011

In the world of headphones, there are many, many choices that range in price from a few bucks to a price requiring a second mortgage on your house. It’s that wide of a margin. And let’s face it, most mortals wouldn’t dream of spending over a couple hundred dollars to get the sound we wantRead More…


TFT Accoustics TFTA-2100-2V1S and TFTA-2100-3V2B Earphone Review

on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I have written in previous reviews that I tend to prefer neutrality and accuracy over sound that is enhanced or “colored” in headphones/earphones. That being said, I do enjoy bass when it doesn’t interfere with or overpower the mids or highs, which can so often happen. Some brands accentuate bass to attract a younger crowdRead More…


Earjax Lyrics Earphone Review

on Sunday, December 26th, 2010

When you think of consumer earphones, what companies come to mind? Sony? Monster? Skullcandy? Truth is, there are a LOT of companies out there making earphones for your MP3 player – with many of them producing pretty good products. It’s a huge market, so the choices are in the buyer’s favor. As reviewer, one ofRead More…


MEElectronics M6 Earphones Review

on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

I’ve mentioned in earlier reviews that I tend to find many earbuds uncomfortable, especially the hard, standard earbuds from Apple.  Although I’ve found a few earphones that are comfortable and sound good, I’m always willing to try out another pair.  When Julie offered the MEElectronics M6 earphones for review, I asked to give them aRead More…

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JH Audio JH/13 PRO Earphones Review

on Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Last July was an eventful month for this reviewer. I got to see firsthand how custom earphones are made by craftspeople who are experts in what they do. And I got to take delivery of my own pair of custom Jerry Harvey JH/13 PROs.  But before I delve into this review, a little history isRead More…


Marshall turns it up to 11 in a Major and Minor way

on Thursday, November 18th, 2010

For years, the name Marshall has been synonymous with sound – and lots of it. Now they are moving into the crowded consumer headphone market in a Major, and a Minor, way. This month, Marshall has introduced their first headphone model, the Major in time for holiday buying. It’s design mimics the look of theRead More…


Wicked Little Buds Earphones Review

on Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Lately, I have been reviewing some really, really expensive earphones and will continue to do so. I do it mainly because I want to educate people about how much more enjoyment can be had from their music with an investment in quality earphones or headphones. That said, there is a huge market for less expensiveRead More…


Starkey Labs Tunz Duo In-Ear Monitor Review

on Monday, September 20th, 2010

While some earphones/headphones available for the iPhone/iPod/iPad are great, most fall into the pretty good category.  But all of them are light years better than the earbuds that come standard with your device. The difference is that noticeable. This is not a review for you who are still using earbuds, unless you KNOW how awfulRead More…


Communicator Earphones Let You Listen to Your Music or Talk on Your Phone

on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The Communicator Earphones have a thick cord that resists tangles and come with 3 earbud tips – in latex or “deep-fit soft foam” – so you can find your best fit.  They minimize ambient noise, and their 10mm drivers reproduce 20-20,000 Hz for full, rich sound.  There’s a built-in microphone so you can use itRead More…


JHAudio JH|5 Pro Earphones Review

on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I have had the opportunity to try many high-end headphones and earbuds over the years; from the Bose QuietComfort 2/3 headphones to Future Sonics’ atrio m5 professional earphones. I have become increasingly finicky and judgmental about which earbuds I use to listen to my music. My current favorites are the Etymotic Research hf5 High-Fidelity earphones;Read More…