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V-Moda becomes even more fashion conscience headphone with the XS headphone

on Saturday, March 29th, 2014

I have reviewed every V-MODA headphone beginning with the original Crossfade LP and each one has been a significant improvement over the previous version. The new V-MODA XS will replace the now-discontinued on-ear Crossfade M-80. The XS betters the M-80 with improved sound, military-spec (MIL-STD-810G) build quality and V–MODA’s  famous, patented CliqFold Hinge. The XS Read More…

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You’ll be a smash wearing The Dash wireless smart in-ear headphones

on Friday, February 14th, 2014

We are constantly seeing the evolution of the headphone! We have gone from big to small, from wired to wireless, and from over the ear to in the ear. Now Bragi wants to bring you the next evolution of head phone with The Dash, wireless smart in-ear headphones as an active Kickstarter project. The Dash Read More…

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Listen to music without getting frost-bitten ears

on Monday, February 10th, 2014

This winter has been the pits.  It’s cold and snowy, and I’m ready for it to be over.  There’s still several weeks to suffer through before spring, and Hammacher Schlemmer has some Bluetooth earbuds that will keep your ears warm while we’re waiting.  The Wireless Headphone Ear Warmers have integrated speakers and a microphone so Read More…

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A Classic and Professional direction from Focal

on Monday, February 3rd, 2014

A couple of years ago, Focal  – known for high-end speakers – came out with their first headphone, the Spirit One and it became an instant hit with the headphone crowd. While the Spirit One wasn’t cheap, it was portable, well made and sounded great. Focal has upped the ante with two new not-so portable Read More…

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Champagne headphones on a beer budget

on Friday, January 31st, 2014

If you’re a fan of those mega-popular headphones that are endorsed by mega-stars, understand that you are adding mega-bucks to their mega-bank accounts. They aren’t lending their names to promote a headphone for free and the headphone company certainly isn’t paying for it; you are. It’s hidden in the cost. Okay then, what if you Read More…

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LSTN The Troubadours headphone review

on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Recently, I had fun reviewing two very different headphones made primarily of wood: the premium Meze 73 Classics and the budget Griffin WoodTones. Each had their pros and cons, and it was hard to tell if the wood — as cool as it is — had any real effect on the sound. As I said Read More…

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Phiaton Bridge MS 500 headphones review

on Saturday, December 28th, 2013

It seems that many (not all) headphones fall into two categories; those that look fashionable and sound not so great and those that sound great, but you’d wouldn’t want to be seen in public wearing them. Then there is Phiaton. Their headphones and earphones are pure eye candy. Nothing looks like them, and while some Read More…

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This beanie replaces the propeller with a set of headphones

on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Some of our readers may be too young to remember those beanie hats with propellers, but you may all be interested in a beanie with something more useful than a plastic propeller.  The Tooks Headphone Beanies have built-in 20-20,000 Hz headphones inside that can be removed when the hat needs cleaning.  The above image shows 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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Velodyne vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones review

on Sunday, November 24th, 2013

As our society becomes more and more mobile – and wireless – headphone makers are stepping up and providing consumers with choices. Some of those choices are a new breed of Bluetooth headphones that provide a freedom that could only be imagined just a few years ago. Velodyne – famous for subwoofers – now offers Read More…

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You can now make calls with your HoodieBuddie jacket

on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

We’ve told you about HoodieBuddie jackets in the past (see related links at the end of this article).  They are zip-up hoodies in adult and kids sizes with headphones built in to the drawstrings, and best of all, they are washable without removing the headphones first.  Their newest hoodie, the hb Standard Issue with hb Read More…

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Griffin Technology WoodTones headphone review

on Saturday, November 16th, 2013

The Griffin Technology’s WoodTones headphones remind me of our local weatherman. How’s that for a comparison? Seriously, I have been reviewing many headphones in many price ranges, with the sweet spot at about $100-150. Expensive enough to sound good, yet not so expensive that you have to mortgage the house. And therein lies the problem. So Read More…

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Meze 73 Classics headphone review

on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Over the past few months, I’ve been using and testing the Meze 73 Classics headphones. Meze is a relatively new company, and they have a niche that a few – but not many –  headphone makers have: their headphones are made out of wood. While that’s becoming more common, Meze strictly uses ebony wood, which Read More…

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Vive la France, vive la Aëdle

on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

One of the cool things about the internet is we can now easily discover new products from around the world without leaving our house. Being an audio junkie, I’m always searching for new and interesting gear. One search led me to France where audio company Aëdle (pronounced ā-duhl) hand-assembles a beautiful and minimalist designed headphone. It’s Read More…

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NuForce NE-700M Headset earphones review

on Saturday, October 5th, 2013

I’ve been a little unfair to NuForce regarding their NE-700M Headset earphones. You see, I received them last spring, and I haven’t done a review until now. One of the reasons is that other headphone and earphone companies have been releasing whiz-bang models almost weekly, and NuForce just kinda got pushed aside. Released a few months Read More…

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Onkyo gets personal with new headphones

on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

You could say that it seems like every audio company is getting into the headphones business. Everywhere you turn, some speaker company has entered the fray, which can only make everyone better. And headphones have improved significantly in the last 5 years. A case in point is Japan’s Onkyo. This old and respected brand have Read More…

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Phiaton goes light, goes wireless, goes silent

on Sunday, September 29th, 2013

In October, Phiaton will be introducing two new headphone designs just in time for holiday shopping. Each headphone has its own appeal depending on what your needs are. For the fan of going portable, the carbon-fiber Moderna Series Fusion MS 430 is a lightweight over the ear design with full-sized drivers for better sound. It’s Read More…

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Bowers & Wilkins surround your ears with the new P7 headphones

on Saturday, September 21st, 2013

First, there was the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones later followed by the P3. Both are on-ear designs that are uber comfortable and sound as good as they look. Now, B&W want to surround you in their signature sound with the new P7 over-ear headphones – a first for them. The P7 has the same Read More…

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I-MEGO THRONE Poison and Gold Headphones review

on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

In order to stand out in today’s crowded headphone market, you really need a sound or a look – or both. Otherwise, you’re just one of many and not particularly memorable. I-MEGO must realize that, because they have produced some very original-looking headphones called THRONE. I’m not sure where that name came from, but Old Read More…

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Just Mobile HeadStand Headphone Hanger review

on Sunday, August 25th, 2013

With all the headphones I’ve reviewed, I’ve never had a place to hang the phones, until now. Just Mobile – an award-winning maker of aluminum accessories – has come out with their version of a headphone hanger, the HeadStand. The HeadStand has one purpose only; a place to hang your over-ear or on-ear headphones. That’s Read More…

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LadyBuds are high-performance earbuds in a necklace

on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

These earbuds from Handcandy are just for girls and women.  Hand-beaded from wood, shell, or plastic beads or  faux pearls, these LadyBuds earbuds look like a necklace.  A magnetic clasp hold them around your neck, and a 27″ extender cable lets you keep your phone or MP3 player safely in your purse or pocket while Read More…

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Hear your music and ambient sounds with the Fuser

on Monday, August 19th, 2013

Listening to music with headphones or earbuds provides you with entertainment but isolates you from the world.  If you’re relaxing safely at home, a little isolation might be a welcome thing, but it’s not a good idea when walking or exercising outdoors or when working.  If you plug the Fuser from Olens Technology between your Read More…

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Use a Sprng to keep your EarPods in their place

on Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Do you own an iPhone 5, a 7th generation iPod nano, or a 5th generation iPod touch? If so, then you probably also own a pair of Apple EarPods. If you’re like me, you like the sound of the EarPods but hate the fact that they don’t always stay in your ear. The Sprng may Read More…

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Velodyne vTrue headphones review

on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Recently, I reviewed Velodyne’s fun vPulse earphones. They stood out for their accurate bass – and why not? Velodyne became famous for subwoofers, so if they can’t get the bass right, who can? When I had to chance to review Velodyne’s full-sized vTrue headphone, I was curious to find out if bass is handled as well Read More…

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MEElectronics Air-Fi Runaway Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with hidden microphone review

on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

I’ve likened my daughter’s treatment of headphones and earphones to the treatment the gorilla gave the American Tourister luggage in that 1971 commercial – only her equipment doesn’t hold up to the treatment as well as the luggage did.  She’s gone through a plethora of wired headphones and earbuds over the years, and the point Read More…