A.M.P. pulse wireless headphones – Video Review

On February 6, 2014, in Features, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

A.M.P. pulse wireless headphones
Company: Antec
Price: about $150 on Amazon

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Nakamichi BT Headphones – Review

On January 3, 2014, in Bluetooth, Headphones, Review, by Tim Robertson

Nakamichi BT Headphones
Model BT304
Company: Nakamichi
Price: $69.99

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First, if you read my review of the Nakamichi Shockwave Bluetooth Speaker, you will know that Nakamichi is a manufacturer of high-end audio equipment that I loved from the 80’s and 90’s but had left the U.S. market a decade ago. The trio of products they have recently launched back in the U.S. are all budget priced in a very competitive and busy market. The first product I reviewed was the Bluetooth Speaker and while I liked the build quality and features, the actual audio was sub-par and left me wanting more. I feared that the second product I was to review, these Nakamichi BT Headphones, would suffer a similar fate.

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iFrogz Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones with Mic
Company: ZAGG
Price: $99.99 USD

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With the dramatic increases in technology and the portability of the devices that we have come to depend upon in our daily lives, logic dictates that the capability to listen to music or to have a telephone conversation would also have to improve. Bluetooth headphones have quickly become a necessity for users as they don’t wish to be “tied” physically to their devices.

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Angle & Curve MKII Classic Headphones
Distributor: MobileFun
Price: $18.99
MKII Headphones

NOW—Live from London’s Old Covent Garden! Here are Angle & Curve’s MKII Classic Headphones! Headphones (Check!), Inexpensive (Check!), Hip and Cool (Check!)—Great sound? (Oh, yes indeed. Check!)

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Angle & Curve’s MKII Classic Headphones are stylishly retro in design while producing a stylishly contemporary sound. They are from a firm based in the Old Covent Garden section of London and are engineered there by a group of designers, audio specialists, and DJs. These headphones deliver impressive sound at a remarkable price.

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RHA MA-350 Earphones – Review

On March 11, 2013, in Audio, Earphones, Headphones, Review, by David Cohen

RHA MA-350 Earphones
Company: RHA
Price: £29.95/$49.95

I love a bargain. And, as a Brit, I love British engineering. So when I get an opportunity to review a product that combines both I am always very intrigued. The product that piqued my interest is the MA-350 in-ear headphones from RHA, a specialist audio product manufacturer based in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Aviator Edit custom over-ear headphones
Skullcandy
$200 U. S.

User Report Review

Original $150 black Aviator headphones are reviewed here on Pocket Sized Podcast #20 starting at 36:53 into the show.

How much extra is it worth to you to have custom colored headphones? If the answer is in the $50 range you are in luck. Skullcandy’s new Edit model of Aviator over ear headphones can be customized almost infinitely: headbands, frames, caps, and cord.

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Mix Master Premium Over-Ear DJ Headphones
Company: Skullcandy
Price: $300

Skullcandy is now in the upper bracket niche market with these high profile multi-purpose headphones. Mix Master Mike, a top-tier DJ, worked with the company to develop this colorful product lineup.

Reviews on the company’s web site and from independent reviewers are mostly positive. Read them in addition to this user report before you decide to purchase. If possible, buy from a store that has a generous return policy if the fit and sound are not to your liking.

One thing is guaranteed: Mix Master headphones are different. How will these differences appeal to you? Read our evaluation below.

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NE-600X Sound Isolating Earphones
NuForce
Price: $24.95

The NE-600X earbuds provide good value for the price. Bass response is acceptable when listening to classical music, though not particularly noteworthy. On the other hand, I gave them to a 19-year-old who listened to hip-hop with them and thought the bass was terrific.

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V-Moda Remix Remote Earphones and Arctic E461-BM Earphones
Companies: V-Moda & Arctic
Websites: V-Moda  &  Arctic
Price: V-Moda Remix Remote: $79.00 USD  /  Arctic E461-BM: $31.36 USD

 

One of the greatest assets to any iOS device is the ability to listen to your favorite music, audiobooks, or your favorite apps. There is nothing more annoying than trying to do so with earphones that simply ruin the experience with their shoddy qualities. Most of us aren’t in the market for expensive earphones that can cost over $200, so what’s out there for those of us who want to find a balance between sound quality and cost? V-Moda and Arctic each have earphones in their lineups that try to reach such a balance. How do they compare?

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BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones
Review

On November 15, 2011, in Audio, Headphones, Review, by Russ Walkowich

BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones
Company: BlueAnt
Price: $199.99 MSRP

 

There are headphones and then there are just headphones. BlueAnt has set out to show how headphones should be done, and as far as I’m concerned, they have really succeeded with the Embrace Stereo headphones. Designed specifically for the iPod, iPhone and iPad, the Embrace Stereo headphones also do a fantastic job when plugged into your Mac or PC.

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Wicked Audio Reverb Headphones
Review

On November 2, 2011, in Audio, Headphones, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Reverb Headphones
Company: Wicked Audio
MSR Price: $30.00 USD
http://www.wickedheadphones.com

 

With iPods, iPhones and iPads everywhere, and they being the way that most people listen to their music, the use of headphones has skyrocketed; be they earbuds, in the ear, on the ear or over the ear models. Since I really enjoy the pleasure of listening to my music without infringing upon others, I am always on the lookout for new things to try out. When the chance came along to try out something new, I went for it and tried out Wicked Audio’s Reverb Headphones that promise music like you’ve never heard before.

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Sennheiser CX 680i Headphones
Review

On March 30, 2011, in Earphones, Headphones, Review, by Mike Breed

Sennheiser CX 680i Adidas Sport In-Ear Stereo Headphones
Company: Sennheiser
Price: $79.95-$99.95 USD — depending upon vendor

Ever since my first iPad, I’ve been using Apple’s traditional white earbuds. When I got the opportunity to take a look at Sennheiser’s CX 680i Adidas Sport In-Ear Stereo Headphones, I suddenly realized what I’ve been missing all these years. Priced at around $100, these headphones aren’t Sennheiser’s highest-end headphones, but anything I take a look at is going to sound great compared to the white earbuds I’m accustomed to.

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Mogul DJ EarPollution Headphones
Review

On January 14, 2011, in Earphones, Headphones, iPad, iPhone, iPod, by John Nemerovski

Mogul DJ Ear Pollution Headphones
iFrogz
$40 to $70 online

Guest review by Devon Gilbert

The first things you notice about the new Mogul Earpollution DJ Style headphones from iFrogz are the sleek, stylish design and color scheme. These headphones are clearly meant not only to deliver great sound quality, but also to turn heads of people around you. They are portable and fold in half for easy storage.

If you are annoyed with how some headphones have twenty foot cables, you will appreciate the Mogul’s 5-footer. The large, flat, padded style of the headphones fully covers your ear and slightly conforms to the shape of your ear to deliver better sound quality and comfort. One downside to the design is that on higher volume levels, anyone within 20 or 30 feet can hear your music. Although this doesn’t matter if you are out at a loud club as a DJ, many consumers want to keep their music to themselves.

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MiCorder Digital MP3 Recorder
Review

On January 5, 2011, in Earphones, Features, Headphones, Review, Speakers, by John Nemerovski

MiCorder
Company: Olens Technology
$60 to $80 online


If you are an iPhone or iPod touch snob, stop reading now and get back to your favorite time-wasting toy. If you want to learn about a promising new audio recording device, keep reading.

MiCorder does only two things, and does them well. It records ambient sound, live music, and voice easily and efficiently with a built-in microphone in non-audiophile MP3 compression. And it records from any line audio source with an included cable, also as a 128mbps MP3. Stop yawning. The latter is MiCorder’s greatest asset.

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a-JAYS Three
Price: $60 online

t-JAYS Three
Price: $80 to $100 online

Company: Jays of Sweden

Devon Gilbert assisted with this review

The most visible difference between these two new affordable in-ear headphones from Jays of Sweden is the cables. One is flat and wide, and the other is skinny and round. Closer inspection reveals speaker driver housing design variations. One is small and round, and the other is squared-off and chunky. Both models ship with identical accessories and superb packaging, to be described several paragraphs below. Here is a photo, after the cases have been opened.

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By guest reviewer Devon Gilbert and John “Nemo” Nemerovski

Devon and Nemo spent hours listening, evaluating, and comparing these three innovative, affordable headphones with microphones, or headsets, if you prefer the term. We will first describe them one at a time before we rate or rank them.

Crossfade LP
Company: v-moda
Price: $200
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Arctic Cooling P531 headset, Arctic Cooling M571 mouse
Company: Arctic Cooling
Price: headphones $66.55, mouse $29.95

The Arctic Cooling P531 headset and M571 mouse are both designed for gamers, the aim being to support features common to modern games at a price only somewhat above that of generic headsets and mice. Starting with the Arctic Cooling P531 headset, this includes headphones, a microphone, and a controller that provides on-the-fly adjustment of 5.1-channel surround-sound output. The headphones have soft fabric ear cups and flexible connections to the headband, and the microphone is mounted on a flexible arm that can be folded out of the way when not in use.

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REVIEW: Arctic Sound P311 Bluetooth Headphones

On September 15, 2010, in Headphones, Review, by John Nemerovski

Arctic Sound P311 Bluetooth Headphones
Company: Arctic Cooling
http://www.arctic-cooling.com
Price: $37.95 US

Our listening and evaluation team for these headphones included Devon (age 22), Mike (age 51), and Jackie (age 70+). Each panel member tested Arctic’s new behind-head Bluetooth headphones using a different model of smartphone, plus an iPad. We agreed that wireless P311 provides exceptional value for most music and phone situations.

These folding headphones are packaged with a rugged, stylish zippered carrying case and a USB charging cable. Experienced Bluetooth users will have no problem with the brief instructions. If you are confused by the diagrams on this two page manual, ask a tech-savvy young friend or family member to help you understand it.

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v-JAYS over-ear lightweight clear-bass folding headphones
Company: JAYS (of Sweden)
Price: $98 US (not available until approximately November, 2010)http://www.jays.se/products/headphones/v-jays.html

Martin Taylor enjoys listening to music. But he doesn’t like headphones, any of them, because “they always color the sound in a way that is unnatural.” I asked him to help test the new v-JAYS from Sweden. He was impressed. (He is a MyMac reviewer, The Other Martin Taylor, not the famous jazz guitarist although our Martin does play a Taylor guitar. He also owns a Martin.)

“Bass is very strong and clear, Nemo,” he said. “Much more than I’ve heard before. These must be expensive headphones.” Not especially, I told him. They are priced under $100.

What about design, construction, and fit? “Really lightweight and comfortable,” said Martin. “I could sit and listen with them all day, both for pleasure and at work. The folding earpieces aren’t essential, but they’ll help with packing and travel. Is there a case provided?” No, I told him.

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Review – Sennheiser PX210BT Headphones

On May 24, 2010, in Features, by Sam Negri




PX210BT Headphones
COMPANY: Sennheiser

Price: $147 on Amazon
http://www.sennheiserusa.com

The Sennheiser PX210BT earphones are a comfortable against-the-ear headset designed to be used wirelessly with any newer Bluetooth compatible device. They also come with a USB cable that can be plugged into an external power source or computer output so that when the built- in rechargeable battery is low or exhausted you can still listen to music as you would with any other set of wired earphones. If you’re going to use them with an iPhone, keep in mind they do not come with a microphone.

I’ve tried many different earphones but none that were Bluetooth enabled. I’ve been told that on some Bluetooth headphones the sound quality can be weak or inconsistent, but this is decidedly not the case with the PX210BT headphones. The sound is clear, distortion-free, and lifelike. The Sennheisers have a wonderful mid and upper range and are free of the thundering bass that makes you feel like you’re trapped in the percussion section of a 110-piece orchestra. Which is not to say that the bass is anemic. It is not. It is simply well-balanced, which makes the listening experience infinitely more satisfying.

I compared them with an older set of Sony against-the-ear earphones that I’ve had for many years and the difference was striking. The Sonys had a deeper bass that bled through every other tone, creating an indiscriminate muffling effect. The sound on the Sonys was so muffled by the bass boost I felt like I was listening under a pillow. Switching to the Sennheisers, by contrast, was like listening to a finely tuned piano that produced music that was crisp and precise.

The headband and earcups on the PX210BT headphones are nicely cushioned and comfortable enough to be worn for extended periods of time without wearing you out. Controls on the right earcup allow you to increase or decease the volume whether you’re using them wirelessly or connected to the computer, but only in Bluetooth do you have the added functionality of being able to change tracks.

There are several positive features about these earphones. The setup was simple. I went to System Preferences, clicked on the Bluetooth icon and OS X quickly discovered the Sennheisers and paired with them. After that, any time I wanted to use the phones wirelessly I just powered them on by pressing the middle of the right earcup. A message would appear on my iMac’s screen asking if I wanted to use the Sennheiser headphones. Click on yes and off you go.

In order for this to work as effortlessly as I’ve described, the included lithium battery must be fully charged. The battery will last for up to 10 hours, so to be really useful I found it best to plug mine into a USB port and let it recharge whenever it’s not in use. A full recharge takes three hours.

This is the first set of Bluetooth earphones I’ve tried, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed being free of any wires. The wireless range of 30 feet isn’t exactly enormous, but it’s decent enough if you’re just using them in your office or a short distance from your home computer.

I found them particularly convenient when playing my midi-controller. Usually I would plug my earphones into my monitor speakers and spare my wife the pain of listening to me practicing piano, but it was always a little distracting having the earphone wire dangling nearby. The Bluetooth earphones eliminated that annoyance, but keep in mind that for this to work the battery in the earphones must be fully charged. If you start playing on your keyboard and the music sounds dizzy, the reason is a weak battery. Recharge the battery and before you know it you’ll be sounding like Keith Jarrett again.

The PX210BT headphones are lightweight and collapsible. They fold into a small pouch and can easily be be used when traveling. A nice inclusion is four different AC wall plug adapters, for international usage and travel charging.

MyMac Review Rating: 8 out of 10

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