• No, really, the headphone jack is more useful than you think!

    No, really, the headphone jack is more useful than you think!

    Apple today announced that the newest generation iPhone will do away with the headphone jack. Obviously sad if you just bought an expensive new pair of headphones, but the interface is used for a lot more than just pumping phat beats down your ear tunnels. From filmmakers to concerned parents, there’s a rich ecosystem of “appcessories” that use the headphone port for… Read More

  • Apple’s Smart Earphone Patent Is Designed For Sharing A Single Set

    Apple’s Smart Earphone Patent Is Designed For Sharing A Single Set

    Apple has a patent for earphones (via AppleInsider) that pretty ingeniously suits common usage – the headphones described in the document can automatically detect multiple users using one earbud apiece and switch from stereo sound to mono streams, for instance, or deliver completely different audio streams to each. People share a single headset all the time, which you’ve… Read More

  • Forget Wristbands, FreeWavz Brings Fitness Monitoring To Your Earphones

    Forget Wristbands, FreeWavz Brings Fitness Monitoring To Your Earphones

    Health and fitness monitoring is a popular function in many of today’s wristband wearables like the Fitbit or Jawbone UP, for example, but a new company called FreeWavz wants to bring those features and more to a different form factor: earphones. FreeWavz‘s bluetooth-connected earphones offer wireless connectivity to your streaming music, as well as a step counter, plus heart rate… 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

  • Sony Japan Rolls Out 6 Colored PSP Earphones

    Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced [JP] a set of 6 earphones for PSP users today. The earphones are nothing special technically (100dB/mW sensitivity, 16Ω impedance, 1.2m cable length), but their colors match the PSP’s color variations, plus they feature the PSP logo. Read More

  • Piano Forte: Final Audio Design's Very, Very Expensive Earphones

    Audio fans know that Japan-based Final Audio Design isn’t exactly known for its low prices, and the four new earphones the company added to its earphone line-up aren’t exceptions. While the “cheapest” model of the so-called Piano Forte series will cost $940, the most expensive one will be priced at a staggering $2,650. 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

  • Logitec Announces The World’s Smallest Bluetooth Earphones

    Logitec announced their newest product today, something that they are selling as the world’s smallest Bluetooth earphones. Weighing in at a mere 1/3 of an ounce, the LBT-PCHP02 earphones just might qualify for the title. Read More

  • Shure unveils SE315 Sound Isolating Earphones, Audiophiles Rejoice

    Shure announced their latest sound isolating earphones today (don’t call them earbuds), the SE315. The SE315’s are a single driver earphone with a full range of sound, and a detachable cable. Read More

  • Hands-on: a-JAYS Three earphones

    Fresh off the boat from Sweden are a-JAYS’ new pair of affordable ear buds — the a-JAYS Three. The set is priced at $60, which is somewhat of a tough price point as it’s just above the cheap, impulse-buy mark and high-end ‘phones traditionally start north of $100. But we’re not here to discuse market pricing schemes. Nope, we’re here to find out how… Read More

  • A spot for your earphones

    For $13, you can purchase Spot for Earphones, a simple little solution for managing the long cord on your MP3 player’s headphones. It’s certainly a lot more expensive than the perennial Altoids tin earbud case, but it’s a good bit more functional, too. The integrated clip allows you to attach the Spot to any piece of clothing or accessory to keep it handy but out of the way. Read More

  • Pioneer's "Cherry" and "Leather Belt" Earphones

    I don’t know what it is about Japan and earphones, but this country does offer some unique ones. Today, it wasn’t some weird little company but Pioneer that announced strange earphones: One is cherry-shaped [JP], the other looks like a piece of a leather belt [JP] for some reason. Read More

  • HA-FX700: JVC's wooden (and pricey) earphones

    About a year ago, JVC started selling headphones with wooden housing in Japan, claiming the superior sound quality they bring justify the high price ($730). And today the company announced the HA-FX700 [JP], earphones partly made of wood. And we have the same things coming with it again: JVC promising high sound quality and a relatively high price. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Ultimate Ears TripleFi earphones for $100 (today only)

    Wow. Announced about a year ago at a price of over $400, the Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 and TripleFi 10vi “Noise Isolating Earphones” are going for just $99.99 each on Amazon today, down from yesterday’s (and presumably tomorrow’s) price of $328. Read More

  • Now in more colors: Pig-shaped earphones

    Some Japanese gadget freaks do have a penchant for weird earphones, that’s for sure, meaning these things actually seem to sell. I doubt that otherwise, Tokyo-based accessory maker Greenhouse would have updated the buta (piggy) earphones they gave us in June 2008. It’s not a technical update but the same earphones are available in purple and orange now (see the picture above). Read More

  • These "Crazy Earphones" sure deserve their name

    Tokyo-based Solid Alliance is slowly but surely evolving into a serious competitor for Thanko in the wacky gadget department. So far, the company gave us a USB Ninja knife, a USB Terminator 4 skull and a spectacle-shaped USB stick. And now this: The aptly named “Crazy Earphones” [JP] (that’s their official name). Read More

  • Behold the future of headphones – TODAY!

    EXCITING TIMES, MY FRIENDS! Meritline just dropped a headphone bomb of awesome-tastic proportions with these – WAIT FOR IT – double-sided earbuds! One side is a cruddy, cheap earbud like you’d find included with a cruddy, cheap MP3 player while the other side is a fancy earbud that goes into the deepest depths of your ear for the ultimate in fancy sound, just like all the… Read More

  • Review: AKG K 340 in-canal headphones

    Mid- and high-end headphones are everywhere these days. AKG, previously known for recording and broadcast equipment, just added to the bunch by outing a slew of headphones, including these totally acceptable $119 K 340 in-canal buds. I’ve spent some good listening time with them, and I have to say that they are solid performers once you get over the somewhat awkward design. Read More

  • Thanko strikes again: Catgirl Earphones

    Tokyo-based crap gadget specialist Thanko is usually known for selling USB stuff nobody needs. Their newest hit product doesn’t feature a USB port, but the target group for their Catgirl Earphones [JP] should be quite small, too. Marketed as a gadget for the Cosplay crowd, the earphones are supposed to turn your girlfriend into a cute catgirl. Read More