headphones

  • 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

  • Sony takes on Bose with new wireless headphones

    Sony takes on Bose with new wireless headphones

    Not every product briefing involves a large hidden speaker trucked in to reproduce plane noise. But Sony is clearly very psyched about the noise canceling capabilities of its new wireless headset. In fact, the reps who did the presentation even went so far as activating the white noise hum while I was listening to music, in order to effect surprise when I took them off. Fair play. And indeed… Read More

  • Libratone anticipates the end of the headphone jack with noise-cancelling Lightning earbuds

    Libratone anticipates the end of the headphone jack with noise-cancelling Lightning earbuds

    Only the tightly-lipped team in Cupertino can say for certain, but it sure appears as if Apple is ready to declare war on the headphone jack as we know it. Danish high-end speaker company Libratone is hedging its bets with a newly announced pair of headphones sporting a Lightning adapter – its first entry in the space, The upshot here, aside from potential future-proofing, is that… Read More

  • Bluetooth units claim more than half of headphone dollar sales in June

    Bluetooth units claim more than half of headphone dollar sales in June

    It still feels a bit premature to ditch the jack entirely, but according to numbers released by NPD, Bluetooth headphone sales got a big old bump for the month of June, marking the first time the wireless devices overtook their connected counterparts in the US in terms of dollar sales. What that means is consumers in the US are spending more money on Bluetooth headsets, a charge led by Beats… Read More

  • Jabra is all talk with its Halo Smart Bluetooth earbuds

    Jabra is all talk with its Halo Smart Bluetooth earbuds

    At $80, the Jabra Halo Smart is in a bit of a gray area. It’s hardly what the majority of users would call “cheap,” but it still comes in well below other wireless offerings from companies like Jaybird. They’re not fitness buds, nor are they focused on sound or comfort. Jabra, much to its credit, went a different route entirely, eschewing the focuses of most… Read More

  • Hands On with Even, $99 earphones customized to the way you hear

    Hands On with Even, $99 earphones customized to the way you hear

    Dr. Dre may make some of the most popular headphones on the planet but Beats are likely tuned to the way Dre likes to listen to the music – with heavy bass. You are not Dre and your ears and my ears and everyone else’s ears hear a slightly different way. Even your left and right ear have a distinct way of listening to different types of sounds. Even is a new set of earphones… Read More

  • Doppler Labs intros Here One, with improved live audio tuning and music streaming

    Doppler Labs intros Here One, with improved live audio tuning and music streaming

    The folks at Doppler Labs have come a long way in a few short years. The company, led by Noah Kraft and Fritz Lanman, first launched with a fully mechanical ear plug for concerts. Last year, they launched the Here Active Listening System, which put a tiny micro-computer in their users’ ears, letting them control which frequencies they want to hear. Today, however, all those steps… Read More

  • The world isn’t ready for only wireless headphones, Apple

    The world isn’t ready for only wireless headphones, Apple

    As the rumor mill continues to report that Apple supposedly is doing away with the headphone socket on its next-generation phones (more than 300,000 people already voiced their opinion), I found myself in a series of situations recently that illustrate exactly why the world isn’t quite ready yet… Read More

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