Headphones

Focal Elear headphone review

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In my review of the new Focal Listen headphone, I mentioned that it was at the bottom rung (so to speak) of three new headphones from the French company Focal. Further up the ladder were the Elear and Utopia headphones—both very different headphones and both much, much more expensive. When I was given the chance [...]

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B&W_P3_5

If it’s true that good things come in small packages, then today, better things come in small packages. Bowers and Wilkins has released the new and improved P3 Series 2 headphone. I reviewed the original P3 and said that, “The P3 headphones are a big step up for people on the move. Their warmth, detail [...]

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Focal_Listen_2

When I reviewed the Focal Spirit Classic, Professional and One S headphones, I marveled how a French maker of insanely expensive speakers could manage to produce affordable headphones. Yes, they’re expensive, but not when compared to their heritage. Well, that’s all changed. Focal has released three new headphones and while the Elear (review coming) headphone [...]

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kenu-groovies-2

As I have written here at the Gadgeteer before, Kenu designs products that are simple in design, easy-to-use, and products that just work.  You won’t see many buttons, switches, or blinking lights on their products.  If you’ll allow me to make a comparison, I think comparing Kenu products to Apple products may give you an [...]

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Sharkk_Bravo_1

In the world of headphones, there are a few different technologies that are used to reproduce music. By far, the most common are dynamic speaker headphones—basically a miniature speaker sitting right next to your ear. Then there’s planer-magnetic headphones which are (usually) far more accurate than dynamic speakers minus the bass kick (again, usually). Finally, [...]

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Grado_GR10e_4

It's almost comical. One of the best in-ear headphones (earphones) available at any price comes in a package that isn't nearly as nice as some of the cheapest headphones available. Not only that, there's an embarrassing selection of only three pairs of tips, no mic and ... no case? Are you kidding me? Okay, they [...]

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Meze_99Classics_5

In 2013, I reviewed the Meze 73 Classics headphones. I liked the sound and the use of wood for the ear cups. It helped project a warm and friendly audio quality that was easy to listen to for hours. All this holds true for the new 99 Classics headphone. Meze has trimmed their entire headphone [...]

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Klipsch_X20i_3

For 7 years, I've owned—and still use—the Klipsch X10i in-ear headphone (earphone). It quickly became one of my all-time favorite earphones for a couple of important reasons. The X10i sounds fantastic and they are the most comfortable pair of earphones I have ever used, period. They're even more comfortable than my custom in-ear monitors that [...]

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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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