Headphones

Premier headphones now come from Detroit thanks to Shinola

Detroit has been experiencing a resurgence of late and it’s companies like Shinola that are leading the way. Shinola makes everything from watches, bags and backpacks, bicycles and many of life’s accessories including audio gear. Now, Shinola has ventured into the personal audio market with the Canfield Headphone Collection. Shinola has spent two years engineering …

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The Master & Dynamic Greene Street Collection takes on the concrete jungle

Master & Dynamic is a respected maker of many premium headphones, earphones and one concrete Bluetooth speaker. For the 2017 holiday season, they’ve released new colorways for their headphones dubbed The Greene Street Collection. This collection pays homage to streetwear culture inside the concrete jungle. Released on November 8th—in time for holiday gift giving—the collection …

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Newsflash – Razer Electra V2 Gaming Headsets provide high-end features on a budget

On October 19th, Razer announced two new gaming headsets for value-conscious gamers: the Razer Electra V2 and the Razer Electra V2 USB. Razer has designed this headset to offer great sound, fit and features at a budget price. The sound is generated by custom-tuned 40mm Neodymium drivers. The comfortable fit of the Electra V2 is achieved …

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Nuraphone: A headphone customized for your individual hearing

In reviewing headphones over the years, I’ve learned one important lesson: No single headphone will sound good to all people. But what if you could customize a headphone to how you hear music? Now you can with the nuraphone—a headphone that will automatically tune to your unique hearing bringing your music into focus. At nuraphone’s …

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Focal Clears things up with a new high-end headphone

A year ago, I said the “The Focal Elear headphone may be the best headphone available for the money today.” However, it was (and still is) 1000 bucks—no small amount for headphones regardless of budget. But that—as they say—was then. Today, Focal has swapped the E in Elear for a C and has released the …

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Audeze iSINE 10 planar magnetic in-ear headphones review

While planar magnetic speakers have been around for a while, the tech can mostly be seen in larger speakers. And although planar magnetic headphones have been around since the 70s, they’ve only escaped cult status within the last few years. Now, many companies produce these kinds of headphones. Audeze is one of the more popular …

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Blue Ella and Sadie headphones review

When I reviewed Blue’s original Mo-Fi headphones in 2015, I compared its unique headband system to my wife”s over-engineered door hinge on her 1997 Lexus SC300. Fast forward two years—Blue has kept the still unusual headband design with its hinge, yet has improved on the Mo-Fi with the new Sadie headphone and vastly improved on …

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Noontec Hammo TV headphones and listening station review

(Updated 30 March 2017 to reflect ability of Hammo TV to connect to two headsets at once.) There are times you want to watch TV, not the computer, and those in the general vicinity don’t really want to hear the sound. (This is known as an opportunity for innovation, or the start of an argument, …

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iFrogz Impulse Wireless headphones review

We all need to listen to things on our devices from time to time without the distraction of other noises, or without causing interruption to those around us. Earbuds are the quick-and-dirty solution, but if you’re watching a movie, or sitting down for a good long study/work session, you’re going to want something a little …

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AMHE303 Mercedes-Benz Limited Edition X Torque in-ear headphones review

I have a warm spot in my heart for Torque Audio. In an industry full of “me too” products, this small headphone company has managed to be different with their customizable t096z earphones and t402v headphones. A couple of months ago, they sent me a pair of the new AMHE303 Mercedes-Benz Limited Edition X Torque …

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Thinksound On2 Monitor headphone review

When I reviewed the Thinksound On1 headphone, I came away impressed with their good build quality and warm, inviting sound which belied their monitor name. To my ears, monitors are all about accuracy—even at the expense of fun and engaging. That’s where the On1 headphone failed and succeeded. Now, Thinksound has replaced the On1 with …

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Audioengine expands its HD series with the HD3 Wireless Music System

It’s easy to make great speakers—at a cost. And it’s easy to make affordable speakers—at the expense of audio quality. Yet, Audioengine manages to achieve both of these objectives repeatedly. And they’ve done it again with the new HD3 Wireless Music System. “Classic speaker design with no plastic, full stereo sound, whole-house wireless and no …

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Creative Aurvana ANC active noise cancelling headphones review

While I’ve tried out many types of headphones in my life, I never felt the need for noise canceling headphones. First, it was due to the battery, and second, I thought they were really pricey. When I heard about the Creative Aurvana ANC headphones, I had to give them a try. Not only were they …

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Focal Elear headphone review

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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