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OK, so they might not sense when you take them out, but V-Moda's Vibe II earbuds are a little bit earphone, a little bit microphone and a little bit nice jewelry.The nifty part is that you can switch between calls and your music with an easy click of a button. The cords are reinforced with Kevlar; the plugs plated with 24-karat gold. At $119, they're not the cheapest earbuds on the market, but they're not the most expensive, either. The plug has a flexible design that lets you twist it 45 degrees, no problem, and is designed to give the listener the "sense of a live music experience." It even comes with eight sets of silicone fittings (four black, four clear) to make it conform to your ear, no... Read more...
Here's the thing--having a phone that plays music, or even an iPod, is great. And it's really great if you've got the time to establish playlists that you never need to touch once you hit "play" that first time and head out for the morning. But what about for everyone else? Everyone else is stuck fiddling with volume controls, back/forward buttons and all sorts of other tweaks in order to find musical enjoyment, and NTT DoCoMo realizes just what a hassle all of that has become.The Japanese telecommunications firm has showcased recently a new breakthrough technology that could very well change the way we listen to music on the go. Not since the introduction of the original iPod have we been able... Read more...
Ultrasone may not be a household name in the headphone arena, but for those with lots of dough and a thing for pristine sound quality, we're sure they know the label well. The company's latest high-end effort is the open-backed HFI-2400, a member of the HFI series that is doused in black and silver and equipped with an "airy tone." Within, you'll find 40mm gold-plated drivers, the firm's own S-Logic technology, MU Metal shielding (which reduces the amount of magnetic radiation emitted from standard headphones up to 98%) and a removable three-meter long, straight cable with 6.3 millimeter gold-plated stereo plug. As with most luxury headphones, these also come with a velvet carrying bar and a... Read more...
For the longest time, Monster was known for one thing and one thing only: for producing high-quality, over-the-top, overpriced cables. These days, a lot of folks have caught on to Monster's games and are looking elsewhere, so maybe that's why we've seen the company branching out more into varying sectors of consumer electronics. Specifically, Monster has been cranking out headphone after headphone, with the latest set being of the earbud variety. In typical Monster fashion, the new Turbine Pro headphones are extremely flashy, and if you believe the press release, they're probably the best in-ear headphones money can buy. Described as "professional" earbuds, Monster has engineered these "to deliver... Read more...
SteelSeries may not be a household name or anything, but it's still a respectable outfit when it comes to PC accessories. Particularly for PC accessories used by hardcore gamers who demand the best. Have a look at the company's newest offering: the Siberia v2 headset. In essence, it's merely an updated version of the company's Siberia headset, but you won't find up complaining about polished up goods -- especially when the original was launched five whole years ago.The new headset promises impeccable sound quality, integrated control capabilities, and enhanced design for greater comfort and improved passive noise reduction, with the new version boast an “invisible” retractable microphone system... Read more...
While we're always a tad skeptical when some company selects a flavor-of-the-week artist to endorse its products, we're doubly so when a company selects two artists to endorse its products. Take Monster, for example, which is probably best known for charging insane prices for cabling in big box retailers and somehow convincing consumers that their copper wiring is superior.Monster, alongside the famous Dr. Dre and the increasingly famous Lady Gaga, has this week decided to push out a new set of headphones. The device falls into the Beats By Dr. Dre product line, and the name--Heartbeats by Lady Gaga--brings a chuckle at first glance. As expected, these earphones mesh style and sound to produce... Read more...
We've got to hand it to them--Jabra has outdone itself here in the design department. The company's new HALO Bluetooth headset is unlike any BT headset we've ever seen, with a slick over-the-head design that looks less like a traditional set of cans and more like some sort of space-wear. The headphones collapse down for easy transport, and they can connect to a Bluetooth device that's up to 30 feet away. The headset weighs just three ounces and is compatible with pretty much any Bluetooth media player or cellphone out there; it's even able to sync with two BT devices at once. There's a built in microphone for speaking when a call comes in, and just in case one does, it automatically fades the... Read more...
The greatest name in sound? The only name in sound? Yeah, something like that. Whatever Bose's slogan happens to be these days, the company is doing itself proud by introducing yet another glorified set of cans designed to help you tune out mortar fire and crumbling buildings, not to mention airplane noise and rowdy children.Dubbed the "quietest Bose headphones ever," the fresh QuietComfort 15 acoustic noise-cancelling headphones are said to be the company's best performing, ever. While details are scant on the product itself, Bose tells us that the QC 15s "offer more attenuation in louder environments and across a wider range of frequencies -- without compromising the audio quality and comfortable... Read more...
As you probably know, Apple's iPod shuffle created quite a stir when it was introduced with no screen and no buttons. How are you really supposed to control it, after all? Of course, Apple's innovative (and hampering, in some ways) solution was VoiceOver, a system that enables owners to shout commands and have it respond accordingly.Unfortunately, this svelte workaround presents a problem: you can only use the headphones which Apple ships with the shuffle, as no other headphones have that VoiceOver chip built in. Of course, a few companies have introduced their own VoiceOver-capable earbuds in the interim, but what if you're not looking to buy new 'buds? Fret not, as Belkin has you covered.Today,... Read more...
Done with Bose? Looking for something new to strap on your cranium? Audio-Technica has just the thing. The company--which is known for designing cutting-edge, high-end cans--has just issued its ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint active noise-canceling over-ear headphones. Sure, they're just improvements upon an earlier model, but aside from providing 85% noise-cancelation, listeners will find better sound quality, comfort and convenience. According to A-T, these new headphones provide a smoother, more natural tonal balance, and the earcups have been redesigned for greater comfort. In addition, the ATH-ANC7b is supplied with 1.6 m (5.2') and 1.0 m (3.3') detachable cables, and offers easier battery access.... Read more...
MSI is busting out another bag of tricks today, deviating from its usual onslaught of notebooks and graphics cards to offer up a number of audio products. The appropriately named Syren series aims to deliver dream-worthy sound, and at least initially, the family will consist of the SyrenSound X-Fi high-end sound card, the SyrenPhone Gaming headphones and the SyrenSpeaker mini speaker system.The SyrenSound X-Fi sound card is powered by Creative Audio Processor CA0110, optimized for PCI Express to deliver accelerated audio while supporting X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio technology. Unlike traditional cans, the MSI headphones connect to your PC via a USB port, and there's also a noise-reducing microphone... Read more...
The rumors were true; Apple has indeed popped a new "control chip" within the headphones on its talkative new iPod Shuffle, and this little inclusion has all manners of panties up in bunches. After a flood of questions surrounding a mysterious chip within the inline remote cropped up over the weekend, a number of third-party Shuffle headphone makers as well as Apple itself (in an atypical move, no doubt) have confirmed that the chip is there, and it does something.More specifically, iPod-accessory companies V-moda and Scosche independently affirmed that the inline circuity is just a "control chip" and not an "authentication chip" as previously assumed. In the words of Monster Cable's Kevin Lee,... Read more...
(CES) Razer(TM) unveiled a cutting edge of gaming peripherals including the Razer Mamba(TM), a high precision wireless laser gaming mouse, and the Razer Carcharias(TM), a circumaural audio headset. This new suite of Razer products will give gamers the competitive edge and allow for enhanced game play for longer periods of time. With an emphasis on product design and a focus on proprietary Razer technologies, these latest products will help gamers amplify performance levels with faster response times, increased precision and offer unique design features. "The best entertainment experiences happen when you are fully immersed in your game, and hardware shouldn't get in the way of that," said Razer... Read more...
Turtle Beach has announced that PlayStation 3 enthusiasts can finally enjoy the same personal gaming experience as XBOX 360 gamers with the newest addition to its growing line of gaming headphones—the Ear Force PX1.  By combining the Ear Force X1 headphones for amplified stereo game audio and the Audio Advantage® Amigo USB sound card for reliable and clear online chat, the Ear Force PX1 creates the definitive audio environment for playing popular PS3 titles such as Call of Duty® World at War, Fallout 3, and Guitar Hero® World Tour.The Ear Force PX1 lets PS3 gamers concentrate on their game-play by hearing every nuance while avoiding the distraction of any noise around them. ... Read more...
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