earbuds

  • Normal Makes Headphones 3D-Printed To Your Ear

    Normal Makes Headphones 3D-Printed To Your Ear

    Hello, world. Meet Normal, the customized, high-end earphone manufacturer that’s looking to bring 3D printing to the mass market. From its offices and manufacturing facility in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, Normal is looking to sell $199 customized ear buds made to the shape of an individual’s ear. Read More

  • Apple Patents Power Efficient, Sensor-Filled Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    Apple Patents Power Efficient, Sensor-Filled Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    Apple has a couple of new patent applications (via AppleInsider) for headset tech that could drastically reduce the power consumption of noise cancelling earbuds, which could also stop or start music automatically based on whether they’re in or out of your ear. The two applications cover different aspects, but all use sensors embedded in earbuds to make more efficient use of… Read More

  • Apple Patents Headphones With Integrated Activity, Health And Fitness Tracking

    Apple Patents Headphones With Integrated Activity, Health And Fitness Tracking

    Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that could fit in with its apparent plans to get into health and fitness tracking in a big way: the document describes a headphone system that builds in sensors to detect heart rate, temperature, perspiration and other info to track a user’s movements and activity levels. The patent describes ways of integrating… Read More

  • Zipi Solves The Single Most Annoying Thing About Using Earbuds

    Zipi Solves The Single Most Annoying Thing About Using Earbuds

    The Zipi is a Kickstarter project that appears humble and almost silly on the surface, but that actually solves one of the biggest problems I have with day-to-day use of earbud headphones. I use earbuds whenever I leave the house, because exposing yourself to the noise of streets and other human beings going about their business is unconscionable, but getting them out of the way when you want… Read More

  • Split Lives Up To Its Name, Creates Cheap Earbud Headphones With Absolutely No Cords

    Split Lives Up To Its Name, Creates Cheap Earbud Headphones With Absolutely No Cords

    Even wireless earbuds have wires, let’s be honest – they have to, in order to link one earbud to the other. It’s been an impossible barrier to cross in headphone design, with some exceptions that generally cost a whole lot of cash. Enter the Split, a new Kickstarter project that wants to untether one earbud from the other forever. Read More

  • Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User’s Ear

    Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User’s Ear

    The USPTO is big on Apple patents this morning, with a new application published around earbud technology. Apple’s own earbud designs have been mostly underwhelming, even if the last change for the stock set that comes with iPhones and iPods was an improvement. The new patent application describes tech that could be truly game-changing, however, by adjusting earbud output to match… Read More

  • Altec Lansing Headphones Go Custom

    Altec Lansing Headphones Go Custom

    Altec Lansing has been trying to sell custom headphones with for a while now but this year they’re getting serious. In a joint effort between A-L and ACS customs, a UK company, they are now selling $999 custom in-ear headphones for professionals (and professional wannabes). Read More

  • The Marshall Minor In-Earphones Are Now Available For Jamming And/Or Rocking

    The Marshall Minor In-Earphones Are Now Available For Jamming And/Or Rocking

    It’s kind of hard to get excited about mid-tier earphones these day The Marshall Minors are a bit of an exception thanks primaily to their retrotastic design. There’s the large gold-colored 3.5mm jack and the fabric-covered wire. Then the earbuds borrow their look from knobs generally found on Marshall amps. But you already knew this. The Marshall Minor’s were announced back… Read More

  • Munitio Headphones Go Black

    Munitio Headphones Go Black


    True story: a few weeks ago Munitio, a headphone company that makes earbuds shaped like 9 mm slugs, sent me a pair of their silver earbuds. I was supposed to fly so I put them in my bag and went through security. Luckily, big metal slugs shaped like bullets don’t show up on scanners so I was just fine. A word to the wise, however: unless you’re someone like Slash or something… Read More

  • H2OAudio Releases Surge 2G Water/Sweat-proof Earbuds

    H2OAudio Releases Surge 2G Water/Sweat-proof Earbuds

    These $50 earbuds are designed for swimmers and heavy sweaters who need a little extra protection as they glide around the waters of their local pool like a pasty, bulbous manta ray. That said, H2OAudio has been pretty strong in the waterproof devices and cases department so there’s no reason to think these aren’t good. Read More