• Hey, ladies, the JBL Roxy 'phones are now available

    We just wanted to pass along a quick note to all three of our female readers. (hi, Mom!) The Roxy-branded JBL headphones are now available in three different flavors: over-the-ear for $59.99, earphones for $39.99, and earbuds for $19.99. All of ’em are done up in the urban surfer wannabe style. You know you want ’em. Read More

  • Contest: Radius Atomic Bass earphones for your iPhone or whatever else has a 3.5mm port

    Ok, kids, here’s your chance to get a free pair of Radius Atomic Bass earphones. It’ll work with any mobile phone that has a 3.5mm port, but, like everyone else, Radius thinks that iPhone owners are the only ones that listen to music on their mobile. Check out the review for the non-iPhone model of the Atomic Bass if you care to know how they perform. So here’s how you can win. Read More

  • Review: Radius Atomic Bass Earphones

    Call me a snob for liking my $150+ Ultimate Ears, Shure and Etymotic earphones, but they sound fantastic and fit perfectly. Oh, uh, excuse me while I remove the egg off my face. I’d never heard of Radius until I received a pair of Atomic Bass earphones a couple weeks back. I figured a pair of $40 earphones would sound like a $40 pair, but no, I was wrong. I don’t particular think… Read More

  • Etymotic now offering ACS custom molding on the hf2 earphones

    A prominent sound engineer once told me that Etymotic was one of three headphone manufacturers in existence today that actually produces high fidelity in-ear ‘phones worth buying. That’s a pretty bold statement, but an accurate one. Of all the Etymotic earphones that I’ve tried, I’ve never had issue with the tree tips since they provide more than adequate… Read More

  • Roxy and JBL team up on portable music products

    Surfer girls take notice: the Roxy-branded headphones that are coming out shortly are made by JBL and should sound great. Generally, when a fashion brand launches random electronics, they are of the low quality, but Roxy seems to have bucked that trend thankfully. No word on pricing or what exactly the line will include just yet. Read More

  • Thanko sells neckband earphones with integrated MP3 player

    Tokyo-based online gadget store Thanko (they have an English site) is now selling the Sport MP3, a combination of neckband earphones and an MP3 player [JP]. And this time it’s nothing weird. Thanko just says the Sport MP3 is the perfect solution for people wanting to listen to music and do sports at the same time. Read More

  • Sony Japan rolls out stylish Bluetooth headset

    Sony Japan today announced the DR-BT100CXP [JP], a headset that can not only be used for listening to music but is also good for cell phones via the microphone. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is supported. Read More

  • Paramount Wireless enters the world of earphones with iHarmonix

    New earphones. Yay. Just what the world needs.  The Platinum Series The ‘higher-end’ line that includes cell phone control. The i-Series has an in-line mic and a multi-function button for phone and music control. The ev-Series drops the mic but retains the volume and playback control. The e-Series is just the earphones. $59.99, $59.99, & $49.99, respectively. The Style… Read More

  • Apple now shipping in-ear heaphones

    Can you believe that Apple announced its near-audiophile grade in-ear headphones way back on September 9th, 2008 and they are just now shipping to customers? Crazy. A refresher is probably appropriate since they were announced nearly three months ago. Read More

  • Noise-canceling iPod-only earphones that don't need batteries announced in Japan

    Hitachi Maxell today unveiled noise-canceling iPod-only earphones [JP] that are powered through the player and therefore don’t require extra batteries. They weigh 22 grams and are 95cm long. All that users need to do is to plug the HP-NC20.IPs to the dock connector, having to take into account the battery life will be reduced by up to a whopping 66%. In addition, users are forced to… Read More

  • Etymotic ditches the lame iPhone mic, intros the hf5 earphones for real audiophiles

    It’s clear that bone conduction headphones aren’t quite there yet in terms of sound quality, so we’ll just have to cope with in-ear or over the ear headphones and today Etymotic announced a new set of hi-fi in-ears. The hf5 earphones have the same award winning technology as the hf2, but ditch the lame microphone. Tuned for a full dynamic range of sound coupled with the… Read More

  • Round-up: Top 5 of the cutest Japanese gadgets of the last 2 weeks

    Japan released a number of super-cute gadgets and electronic devices in the last days. Here are the top five. Top 5: Fragrance case for earphones Marubeni Infotech has announced the “Fragrance Case for Earphone” [JP], a small box made of aluminum tailor-made for the “Y” part of any given earphone. The box is filled with scented cotton that emits a nice smell while… Read More

  • Angel and Devil: New strange earphones from Green House

    Tokyo-based Green House, a “Thanko light” of sorts and the company that introduced pig-shaped earphones back in June, today presented the so-called “Angel and Devil” earphones [JP]. The earphones, which feature a frequency response of 20Hz -20,000Hz and an impedance of 16Ω, come in five different colors for the devil part: red, pink, purple, magenta and of course… Read More

  • Pioneer's SE-CLX50 earphones have Flex Nozzles, for comfort!

    The latest in earphone design, as seen in the Pioneer SE-CLX50? What the company calls Flex Nozzle, which allows the ‘phones to be moved about in several directions. Makes them more comfortable to wear, apparently. The earphones will be available in the three colors you see right up there when they’re released in November for around $73. That seems an awful lot of money for, shall… Read More

  • Shure releasing new, low priced earphones

    Currently, the lowest priced Shure earphones here in the States are the SE110 at a modest $119, but that might change. Shure is releasing the E2c plugs over in Japan for 8000 yen, working out to be an even more modest $75 USD. I’m not a Shure aficionado but I do understand retail price points, and having a Shure-branded unit to compete with high-end Sony and JVC models does have a… Read More

  • Thanko now sell earphones that aren't really earphones

    It’s been a while but here is a new product from Thanko, Japan’s most innovative crap gadget vendor. Their “Sound Lives Stereo Earphone” isn’t exactly what you could expect: It features a small speaker for the outer ear that swivels (up to 90 degrees). Thanko says their product is ideal for people suffering from ear fatigue and that their earphones even makes… Read More

  • New girls-only earphones unveiled in Japan

    Accessory maker Radius today unveiled [JP] new earphones specifically designed for girls. Two different models in 6 colors will be available on the Japanese market starting at the end of this month. The 6.4mm fiore Elegant (HP-WHF3) will cost $18, while the 10mm fiore Cute (HP-WHF11) will be priced at $27. The fiore Cute version is available in either red or purple.  The fore Elegant… Read More

  • Japanese company sells earphones shaped like "cute and wild" pigs

    Japanese accessory maker Green House today announced its GH-ERC-PIG series [JP], earphones shaped like little pigs. The animals, which the company says look “cute and wild”, are made of soft silicon. The earphones feature an impedance of 16Ω and a frequency response of 20Hz-20,000Hz.  Ear pieces in 3 different sizes are available: small, medium and large.
    The Japan-only Buta… Read More

  • Need new headphones? In-ear are all the craze lately

    In the exciting world of headphones, in-ear buds are getting a lot of attention, which kind of bugs me since I find this style very uncomfortable and they have a tinny sound. Well, the fine folks at Marantz and Maxell would like to try and prove me wrong. Marantz just released aluminum earphones with 9.5mm drivers that produce a frequency response of 20Hz-20,000Hz, and a pressure sensitivity… Read More

  • Rocking Out Under the Sea

    These $40 Aquapac waterproof headphones have been tested to a depth of 10-feet, or 3-meters, and are perfect for those long listening sessions in your pool, hot tub or jacuzzi. Just remember to purchase an Aquapac waterproof MP3 player case while you’re at it. Aquapac waterproof headphones [via Coolest Gadgets] Read More