Sony’s newest top shelf headphones are the MDR-1s (price TBA), and on paper at least, they appear poised to deliver the kind of sound that almost – almost – makes songs like “Don’t Phunk with My Heart” listenable. With large 40mm neodymium drivers, a response range of 4Hz-80kHZ, Bluetooth availability, and a slick closed back design, there’s a lot to like here. Noise-cancelling is also an option, but if you choose it, well, then you won’t be able to hear the Black Eyed Peas will you?
Gear By on Mar 9, 2012
What’s that? You say these look like headphones, so why are they called earspeakers? Well, maybe it’s because the Stax SR-009 are beyond headphones. Yeah, when you charge $5,200 a pop, “cans” ain’t gonna cut it in the product description. Electrostatic speakers (and headphones) use ridiculously thin, flexible, diaphragms to generate sound in a way that other speakers do not. Quite frankly, it’s a mathematical equation that we find too complex to fully comprehend. However, the earpads being made out of genuine lamb leather, that is a topic we know plenty about.
Gear By on Dec 13, 2011
Amazing sound. Superior comfort. Intense Gaming. That’s what the Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset claims to deliver for $80. The new Vengeance 1300 features dual 3.5mm audio and microphone connectors, a match made in heaven for high-end soundcards. Sick of gaming headset distortion? The 1300’s immense 50mm drivers work to reduce this annoying distraction, so you get a more accurate, crisp audio experience. What about comfort? You probably spend hours perfecting your game, so you best be comfortable while doing it, right? The extra wide memory foam ear cup deliver great sound and comfort while the synthetic leather covers provide a secure fit without pinching. Finally, the closed-back design helps to eliminate background noise while the super-sized volume and microphone controller is easy to manipulate, so you can stay focused on the game and your opponent. Eye of the tiger, baby. Eye of the tiger.
Gear By on Dec 6, 2011
We all love things that are easy on the eyes. But what about a product that’s both easy on the eyes and ears? No, I’m not talking about a beautiful woman who only talks when you want her to. Keep dreaming. I’m talking about the new Bose OE2 Audio Headphones. The slim, contoured headband and memory foam ear cushions are designed for maximum comfort while the advanced acoustic design produces balanced, tonal sounds offering the user a pure audio experience unlike any other. The OE2 Headphones feature a collapsible design for easy transport and storage. What about color options? They’re available, of course, in standard black. My personal preference, however, is the calming white color option that reflects the pure, crisp, and soothing sound that these advanced headphones render.
Gear By on Nov 28, 2011
We all have an obsession. Perhaps your obsession is your car, your favorite adult beverage, mom’s pasta sauce, or the hottie in 4C. But for Philips, the obsession is sound. Meet the Philips Fidelio L1 ($280), the ultimate high-end headphones that promise superior sound quality and comfort. What makes these headphones high-end, you ask? How about high definition speakers, plush components, adjustable features, aluminum housing, and accessories like inline remote, 3.5 mm audio cable, 63mm audio jack, and a storage pouch…for starters? The most trained ears have fine-tuned and tweaked these headphones to offer listeners a precise, crisp, and natural sound experience. So kick up your feet, and get ready to say aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh.
Gear By on Nov 18, 2011
Coming soon for $399.95 to Monster’s store listings, Beats by Dr. Dre Executive headphones now go from fun and funky to modern and sophisticated. Their new boardroom inspired design features a brushed metal finish, leather headband, and easy folding capabilities. As with all other Beats products, the new Beats headphones will allow users to hear their music “exactly the way the artist intended”, offering them the ultimate music listening experience. Personally, I’d be one of the first in line to hear “Natural Born Killas” and “Keep Their Heads Ringin’” the way the doctor himself truly intended.
Gear By on Nov 10, 2011
With 15 million people buying the last Call of Duty game, there’s some stiff competition for anyone wanting to prove they’re the game’s biggest fan. Sure you could get Activision’s logo tattooed on your forehead, but whaddya say we just start with the new Turtle Beach Earforce Delta headset, designed specifically for the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. These limited edition cans feature fully programmable presets, Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, Bluetooth technology and wireless chat on the XBOX 360 and PS3. For $299 you also get exclusive Call of Duty: MW3 customized presets and voice prompts, massive 50mm speakers, an exclusive military textured finish and a full supply of bonus MW3 content. Pick these up, then we’ll talk ink, K?
Gear By on Nov 8, 2011
Audio-Technica is celebrating its 50th Anniversary by releasing their new top of the line headphones. Priced at $1,400 (cough, cough), these high-class headphones feature Asada Hokkaido cherry wood covering with an Echizen traditional Japanese lacquer finish, 53mm drivers built with stronger magnetics than previous models, special lambskin earpad for luxurious comfort , and a gold 1/4″ plug that coordinates, of course, with the matching Headphone Amplifier. You better save your bucks for that too, ‘cause you’re gonna pay just shy of $3,000 for it. So, are the 50th Anniversary headphones (and matching amplifier) worth it? You be the judge.