Headphones

AKG_N60NC_1

I've reviewed a few noise canceling headphones over the years and one constant in all those reviews is that noise canceling alters the sound of whatever music you're playing—and not in a good way. It seems to be the nature of the beast—if you want to block out distracting noise, be prepared to pay the [...]

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Focal_Utopia_1

After reviewing their entire line of headphones, I always wondered why a renowned French speaker company such as Focal  would make home speakers costing almost $200,000 (!) and yet make their headphones reasonably priced. Granted, the Focal Spirit Classic headphones are not cheap at $400, but comparatively speaking, that’s downright affordable. So it’s no surprise [...]

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scansound-1

I like to listen to music and podcasts through earphones or headphones while I'm at work, but when someone comes up to talk to me, they either startle me or I have to remove the earphones to hear them. My solution to this problem has been to put only one earphone in my ear and leave the other one [...]

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iFi_Nano_iDSD-11

I’ve always been a fan of digital audio converters (DAC). They can make good headphones and earphones sound better by bringing out the best they have to offer. Audio listening is only as good as the weakest link, so if you’re wondering whether those expensive headphones can sound as good as advertised, upgrading the DAC [...]

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brookstone-cat-headphones

This is a sponsored blog. While the views expressed here are mine, I have been compensated by BROOKSTONE to write about this product. There are a million ways that you can express your personal style. From the clothes you wear, your hair style, favorite TV shows and movies, to the things you post on your [...]

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plugged crown headphones-19

I generally avoid two things when it comes to headphones:  I steer clear of closed-ear models, as well as brands I've never heard of.  The Plugged Crown headphones are closed design, and Plugged doesn't exactly enjoy the name-brand recognition as Sennheiser, Sony, Bose, etc.  Still, there was something about the appearance I kind of liked, [...]

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RHA_S500i_1

To say that something is cheap without being cheap can mean either it's expensive but not well made or it's not expensive yet well made. The RHA S500i in-ear headphone fits into the latter category. I've been using these earphones for a couple of months and still marvel how Scottish audio company Reid Heath Acoustics, Ltd. [...]

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Bloc_Roc_5

Earphones and headphones are conceived and designed in many countries such as the US, UK, Japan, Australia and China. However, with the exception of some high-end models, most are sourced and manufactured in China to help keep costs down. But what if you wanted to design and build headphones in your own country and still [...]

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soundblaster-x4h-4.jpg

Here you see the latest headphones from Creative Labs, the Sound Blaster X H5 Pro-Gaming headphones. The headphones were recently released at Gamescon in Cologne, Germany. As with music the quality of the gaming experience depends a great deal on the quality of the headphones you use.  These head phones don't disappoint and will give [...]

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Bowers_Wilkins_P5_Wireless_8

It's hard to write anything new about the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphone because so much of what needs to be said has already been said—twice! My review of the P5 Wireless is based on the P5 Series 2 which in turn was largely based on my impressions of the original P5. Sure, the P5 [...]

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Audiofly AF240_1

Since reviewing their excellent AF78 earphones, I wondered if Australia’s Audiofly would move into the headphone market. I didn’t have to wonder long because they've just released the new AF240 over-the-ear headphone—a first for them. The minimalist-looking AF240 is made from a combination of polycarbonate ear cups and metal alloy arms which allows them to [...]

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Focal Sphear_1

After reviewing every headphone French audio speaker company Focal sells, one fact stands out: Focal makes some of the best headphones available. The Spirit Professional is accurate to a fault and the Spirit Classic is one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever used. So when they came out with the Sphear—their first In-ear [...]

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Polk Striker Pro Zx-2

While the Xbox One has been out for approximately two years now, the games and high-end peripherals have been slow to roll out. One area that has had some traction in the market is gaming headsets. While there are a lot of contenders out there, it is hard to find a set of gaming headphones [...]

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zZounds_1

As much as I like people to read reviews and consider expert opinions on headphones and earphones, this reviewer is not the definitive word on what is the best headphone. No reviewer is. Headphones are only as good as the user thinks they are. So then—if any reviewer (including me) is not the final word, [...]

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Aiaiai_TMA-2_19

Sometimes, one has to be careful what they wish for. Case in point: I was given the opportunity to review the new Aiaiai TMA-2 modular headphones, I eagerly said, "Sure!" Later I received a box with every part available for the TMA-2 to help make a recommendation about what combinations might work best depending on [...]

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