earbuds

  • Smart earbuds startup Doppler Labs shuts down after raising $50M+

    Smart earbuds startup Doppler Labs shuts down after raising $50M+

    Doppler Labs, a smart earbud company that raised more than $50 million in funding from backers like Universal Music, Live Nation and the Chernin Group has shut down after running out of cash and options. The startup most notably developed the Here One earbuds, a competitor to Apple’s AirPods. The company posted a farewell note to customers on its site this morning. Read More

  • Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds find life outside the gym

    Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds find life outside the gym

    Far and away the question I get asked the most when I’m wearing a pair of AirPods is: do they stay in? It’s a fair question, and for the answer is, yes, but probably not for everyone. I like the wireless earbuds quite a bit, but they suffer the same issue as practically every Apple headphone before them — the hard plastic design is a bit unforgiving for different sized… Read More

  • Optoma’s NuForce BE Free8 wireless headphones are a smart AirPods alternative

    Optoma’s NuForce BE Free8 wireless headphones are a smart AirPods alternative

    Optoma has released new fully wireless headphones under its ‘NuForce’ audio sub brand, the BE Free8 earbuds. These are like Apple’s AirPods, requiring no wire to connect them, and they connect via Bluetooth to any device. The charging pod they ship with even has a similar design to the AirPod case, and carries three backup charges for powering up on the go. The NuForce… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

    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


    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

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