earbuds

  • Beats X bring Apple’s wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor

    Beats X bring Apple’s wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor

    It’s hard to say precisely what took Beats X so long to arrive. Unlike Apple’s own house-branded AirPods, the company didn’t really start from scratch. Sure, it’s a somewhat new form factor, but the wireless earbuds don’t stray all that far from the company’s existing lines. But nearly six months after being announced, the headphones arrive this week. As… Read More

  • Under Armour brings heart-rate monitoring and a bulky design to its Bluetooth earbuds

    Under Armour brings heart-rate monitoring and a bulky design to its Bluetooth earbuds

    First and foremost, a pair of earbuds ought to be comfortable. I mean, if you don’t want to wear the things around, what’s the point, really? But try as I might, I just couldn’t get a good fit with the UA Headphones Wireless Heart Rate – Engineered by JBL. As with the verbose naming scheme, the issue seems to come down to a company trying to cram too much into too small… Read More

  • Nuheara’s earbuds/hearing aids are open for general pre-order

    Nuheara’s earbuds/hearing aids are open for general pre-order

    Nuheara’s IQbuds are strange little things. It took a rep a few tries to properly explain the things when they first crossed my radar. And honestly, it wasn’t until I took the things for a spin on the crowded Manhattan streets that I really grasped what they were all about. The simplest way to explain them is as a sort of combination wireless earbuds and hearing aids. They do all… Read More

  • Mophie’s charging case is a no-brainer for wireless earbud owners

    Mophie’s charging case is a no-brainer for wireless earbud owners

    Being synonymous with a particular product category is a mixed blessing. Mophie is undoubtedly the best-known name in the battery case business, but the company has been keen to distance itself from the space a bit — or, at the very least, let it be known that it has more to offer the world. Mophie released a whole bunch of new power banks a few weeks back. Necessary, sure, but… Read More

  • The JBL Reflect Aware is the first of a new crop of Lightning-only headphones

    The JBL Reflect Aware is the first of a new crop of Lightning-only headphones

    As we hurtle noiselessly into a dystopian future, headphone makers have already started offering Lightning-only earbuds, something that should give early adopters some solace but might be a hard sell for folks with a shoebox full of tangled traditional earbuds. But the future is here and JBL Reflect Aware is the first active-noise canceling soldier in the battle against the headphone… Read More

  • Jabra joins the fully wireless earbud game

    Jabra joins the fully wireless earbud game

    Jabra’s still probably best known for its headsets/teleconferencing devices, but the company’s been making a fairly aggressive push into consumer headphones of late. Of particular interest is the fitness space, leveraging its Bluetooth expertise into rugged, fitness-friendly earbuds. You probably could have seen this next step coming: going fully wireless. The Elite Sport carries… Read More

  • Three Challenges For The Hearables Future Crunch Network

    Three Challenges For The Hearables Future

    In Spike Jonze’s Her, Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his earpiece — or rather, the female voice inside it. The film depicts a society in which artificially intelligent hearing devices serve as human companions. A cliché for the hearables future, Her nonetheless raises several key issues regarding the increasingly saturated industry of ear-worn wearables that must be resolved. Read More

  • 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

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