iPod Headphones and Earbuds
Earbuds are many things: wireless, sweat proof, noise isolating, stylish, and custom fitted. But they aren’t all these things at once, forcing you to choose different earbuds for different situations. OwnPhones, which recently launched on Kickstarter, aims to change that by giving you a pair of custom fitted, personalized Bluetooth earbuds that are built to match your ear and your style.
“Humlan…is an on-ear headphone for those of you who appreciate fresh laundry as much as you do good sound.” It’s rare I’ll start a review off with a quote from the company’s website, but I had to call attention to that line. I mean, I think I appreciate both, but this is the first time fresh laundry and good sound have applied to the same item. The Urbanears Humlan headphones are, in fact, washable…in part.
I ask not because I’m about to present the answer, but because A-Audio claims to already have the answer, and they say, “Yes.” Their claim that headphones have become little more than a popular fashion accessory can certainly be backed up by watching any sports-related press conference these days, and they’re looking to provide a better balance between fashion and performance with the A-Audio Legacy headphones.
With their Momentum line of on-ear headphones, it seems Sennhesier is looking to create an entire movement, not just a set of quality cans. I think they’re succeeding on both counts. The Momentum on-ear headphones offer excellent audio with a style that’s more about your personal tastes than those of whoever’s logo is on the side.
The new JBL Synchros E-Series headphones—whether in-ear to around-the-ear—combine JBL engineering with innovative features for every way of listening. The JBL Synchros Reflect and JBL Synchros Reflect BT in-ear headphones raise the bar on sport headphones with high-performance audio
I don’t use Apple’s Earbuds, nor do I use their Earpods. They don’t stay in my ears. Ever. Would they if they were custom fitted? I may get to find out, as OwnPhones will soon be launching a Kickstarter campaign to complete funding for their 3D printed, personalized wireless earbuds.
Previously available mostly via online retailers, this new partnership between V-Moda and Best Buy’s Magnolia home audio stores gives listeners a chance to try out V-Moda’s slick designs and super sound quality in person. High end headphones are certainly a worthwhile purchase, but it can help to try out something this expensive before you commit.
If you haven’t heard of A-Audio Headphones, it’s time to start paying attention. Today, the company announced their Legacy Series headphones have been awarded a “CE Week 2014 Best in Show” award. A-Audio will use the event to debut their EliteHD audio enhanced line of wired and wireless ANC Legacy over-the-ear headphones, Lyric wired on-the-ear headphones, and EliteHD earphones.
Traditional headphones utilize tiny speakers to pump sound straight into your ear canal, but UK-based Damson audio is going a slightly different route with their Headbones. Just launched on Kickstarter, the Headbones let you use your noggin (or, more specifically, your skull bone) to deliver sound without jamming speakers directly in your ear.
Made for iPhone (MFi) specifications have reportedly been released by Apple which cover headphones that utilize an iDevice’s lightning cable port instead of its 3.5mm headphones jack. There are two different types of headphones Apple will support within these specifications: standard and advanced.
Just as earlier reports and rumors stated, Apple today has made it official by acquiring Beats Music and Beats Electronics for a whopping $3 billion. The purchase price of the two companies was approximately $2.6 billion, with approximately $400 million that will be vested over time. According to the official press release from Apple, the acquisition includes Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining the Apple team.
Apple is stepping out of its comfort zone in quite a few ways right now, but one of the most glaring examples of its new business plan is the $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats. Talks between Apple and Beats have all but ended, according to recent reports, though sources speaking with re/code say the deal may not actually be finalized until next week.