Browsing: Headphones

It’s a common story. “Pretty”/flashy headphones generally sound like garbage. Or, they are priced so high because of the high $$ in design work that purely based on sound, they’re several times too high in terms of competing headphones that put sound first. And therein lies the problem, too many popular, mainstream headphone brands but design first and sound second. Headphones are not and never have been a fashion piece yet companies try to make them be. In the end you get a product that makes you look absolutely stupid worn as a fashion accessory and at the same time,…

There’s never a “perfect” choice. Be it cars, headphones, mobile phones, tablets, etc., you’re always playing a balancing game of what feature or features you’re ok with letting go in order to get some other feature(s). Such is the case with headphones. In this scenario there are two things to wrestle with if you’re a headphone manufacturer: sound quality and outward appearance/physical design. The more one is elevated in priority, generally, the worse the other thing becomes. Did V-Moda but the beats trend and make a good sounding and good looking headphone with the M80? Design There’s no denying that…

For quite a while now, Coolermaster’s Sirius headset has been my go-to favorite. It’s not the flashiest nor does it have the softest ear pads I’ve ever tested. But all around, it’s a great headset. The performance, features and comfort all come together to form the perfect storm of awesomeness. But, Steelseries in particular has some very nice headsets of their own, with one new model that’s made its way to my doorstep being the Siberia Elite. Can it unseat CM’s Sirius and become my new top recommendation (and is it in any way shape or form worth the sky…

Keyboards and mice often get the bulk of attention as far as gaming peripherals are concerned. But for many a gamer, whether by choice or necessity, headsets also take a prime spot on the stage. For some, they just want to keep their gameplay audio confined to themselves as to not disturb others. The other scenario is that people want a gaming headset because for the money, you can get a far more immersive and life-like experience than a large speaker setup would offer. Today, we’re taking a look at Func’s HS 260 headset, a nice compliment to their 460…

How much is good audio worth to you: $9.99, $19.99, $99.99, $999? To some, the bundled headphones with your phone/MP3 player are just fine. To others, nothing under three figures is worthy of your golden ears. And then theres the fact that audio quality is purely subjective. Oh, and lets not forget that everyone’s ear canals are shaped differently, meaning one pair of headphones will sound a certain way to one person, and sound completely different to another. It’s a nightmare of epic proportions trying to review headphones. But it’s something I enjoy greatly. So here I am with several…

Velodyne has been around for many years in the home audio business, specifically, providing the best bass reproduction possible. But these are mobile times. People are spending less time indoors in front of a TV and more time on the go. In that trek outside of the house, people often bring music with them to pass the time and set the tone for the day. That’s where headphones come in, and that’s exactly where Velodyne is now venturing. Today we’re looking at the company’s flagship vTrue headphones that while large (by headphone standards), is still far more mobile than strapping…

Whereas $400 is entering the upper end of universal in-ear products where a few stand out models dominate, the over/on-the-ear headphone segment is chock full of competition, not to mention, plenty of great sounding hardware. That said, there can also be awesome sound quality had for less, too. So what exactly makes Logitech UE’s 9000 headphones worth your hard earned cash and worthy of putting out just a little extra? Is UE’s legacy still preserved now that they’re under Logitech? Let’s find out. Tech Specs Wireless Range: 50 feet Driver Size: 40mm Impedance: 32ohms @ 1 kHz Sensitivity: 105 dB…

Critics of higher end audio say that the further up in the price range you go, you begin chasing demising returns. That is, the more you spend, the less and less of a difference there actually is. But to the most hardcore audiophiles, that pursuit is one worth chasing for ultimate audio nirvana. I’ve been a fan of personal audio for several years now, owning various different MP3 players, smartphones and headphones across many price ranges, thereby giving me a good spread of knowledge on personal audio. That said, it is the higher end of the market that has me…

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