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Are A-Audio Headphones the best that $299 can buy?

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.

Review: Sennheiser Momentum on-ear 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.

Libratone introduces Spotify Connect, updated iOS apps at CE Week 2014

With the launch of their new 360 Scandinavian branding earlier this year, Libratone upped their design game. The company also used the recent CE Week show in New York to introduce some upgraded tech to their line as well. Announcements during the show last week included Spotify Connect integration, as well as updates to the company’s iOS app for better performance.

JBL launches Reflect Sport and Synchros E-Series headphones

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

Do you want custom-fitted, 3D-printed, wireless earbuds?

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.

V-Moda headphones now available at Magnolia A/V stores

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.

A-Audio Legacy Series headphones win CE Week 2014 Best in Show

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.

iSkelter launching Beats Station to corral your over-ear headphones

iSkelter’s continuing their mission of covering your desk with organic-modern bamboo design. Their latest product, the Beats Station, gives you a place to hang your Beats by Dre (or other over-ear headphones) and hold your iPhone or iPod, helping you to keep your desk organized and showcasing your headphones.

Kickstarter Find: Headbones bone conducting headphones

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.

Apple introduces MFi specifications for Lightning headphones

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.

Review: Microlab FC60 BT Nearfield speakers

Microlab has announced a new 2.1 channel speaker system: the FC60 BT Desktop Nearfield Speaker. This is a speaker system designed to handle multiple audio inputs, including Bluetooth streaming. Just listen, Microlab said, and that’s exactly what we did.

It’s official; Apple buys Beats for $3 billion

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.