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V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2 vs. Focal Listen Wireless Headphone Shootout

V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2 vs. Focal Listen Wireless Headphone Shootout

V-MODA and Focal arguably have made two of the finest affordable wireless Bluetooth headphones to hit the market in 2017, both carrying an MSRP of around $300. But what happens when two contenders for best new wireless headphones are pitted against each other in a head-to-head, feature-by-feature showdown? Which will emerge the victor in the arena of one curmudgeonly editor’s opinion? Let’s get ready to rumble with a good ol' fashion shootout!

V-MODA and Focal made two of the finest affordable (about $300/ea) wireless Bluetooth headphones to hit the market in 2017. We compare both headphones to help you decide which ones are best for you.

— February 20, 2018 18:00 in Headphone Reviews

PSB M4U TW1 Bluetooth Earbuds Preview

PSB M4U TW1 Bluetooth Earbuds Preview

PSB announced the release of their first Bluetooth set of earbuds at CES 2018. The M4U TW1 looks to be a heavy hitter in the sound department housing high-performance 6mm drivers, advanced A2DP Bluetooth connectivity, and a five hour battery life. If the M4U TW1's offer the high level of sound quality that PSB's other headsets are known for, then they should be a phenominal deal at only $149!

PSB released their FIRST Bluetooth earbuds at CES 2018, dubbed the M4U TW1. If they live up to the sound quality other PSB headsets are known for, then they should be a phenominal deal at $149.

— February 06, 2018 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

JBL Announces Everest™ Headphones Optimized for the Google Assistant

JBL Announces Everest™ Headphones Optimized for the Google Assistant

Imagine the day when you can tell your headphones what music to play. Imagine no longer, thanks to JBL's latest Everest headphones armed with Google Assist. Now you can have the legendary sound JBL is known for with the convenience of voice commands to do your music bidding. JBL offers 3 models (Everest 710GA, 310GA, and 110GA) with battery life ranging from 8-25 hours of play (depending on model). Can you say "Google, I want these"?

JBL's latest Everest headphones (710GA, 310GA, and 110GA), armed with Google Assist, allows users to say what music they want to hear and so much more. Read on for details.

— January 18, 2018 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Focal Clear Over-Ear Headphone Review

Focal Clear Over-Ear Headphone Review

Focal, the high-end speaker manufacturer out of Saint-Étienne, France has expanded its high-end headphone line with a new entrant called Clear. The new headphones will retail at $1,500 putting it just above the price of Focal's $1,000 Elear and well below the $4,000 Utopia. With such a close product to Elear - is it possible that perhaps Clear stands to one day replace Elear? We'll examine what you get for the extra $500 over the price of Elear.

Focal, the high-end speaker manufacturer out of Saint-Étienne, France has expanded its high-end headphone line with a new entrant, Clear.

— October 06, 2017 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Razer Unveils Thresher Ultimate Wireless Headsets for PC, Xbox One & PS4

Razer Unveils Thresher Ultimate Wireless Headsets for PC, Xbox One & PS4

Razer unveiled its new Thresher Ultimate headsets at E3 promising wireless 7.1 surround sound to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $249.99, putting them firmly into the premium headset market. Running 2.4 Ghz wireless at a 40-foot range, 50 mm drivers and leatherette-wrapped memory foam ear cups and boasting a 16-hour battery life, these are built to be premium cans for gaming and personal home theater applications.

Razer unveiled its new Thresher Ultimate headsets at E3 promising wireless 7.1 surround sound to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $249.99.

— August 26, 2017 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 Headphone Review

HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 Headphone Review

The HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 represents the latest update to original HiFiMAN’s HE-1000 flagship headphones. With an improved ergonomic design and slightly different sound tuning, the V2 aims to recapture the same magic which has earned the original headphones many of its accolades since its induction. At $2999, however, the V2s do not come cheap but represent a slice of luxury level listening with reference quality sound and comfort. Together with the lightweight profile and wood & metal design, the HE-1000 V2 stands out in the marketplace of high-end audio. To find out more, please read on.

The $2999 HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 represents the latest update to original HiFiMAN’s HE-1000 flagship headphones. With improved design and tuning is it worth the price? Read on to find out.

Smit Patel — April 30, 2017 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Massdrop & Fostex Purpleheart TH-X00 Headphones Review

Massdrop & Fostex Purpleheart TH-X00 Headphones Review

Massdrop is an online commerce platform that has been teaming up with consumer electronics manufacturers to produce some great equipment at very reasonable prices. One of the biggest hits of 2016 was the Fostex TH-X00 series of headphones. Basically Fostex wanted to build a great pair of headphones as the successor to some of the legendary headphones the company built to be sold under the Denon brand. We took a closer look at the Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart in this review.

One of Massdrop’s most popular “drops” (the company’s cleverly branded name for group buys offered to their members) is the long-awaited TH-X00 Purpleheart headphone by Fostex. Read our review.

— March 07, 2017 17:00 in Headphone Reviews

JBL Everest Elite 700 Wireless Headphones Review

JBL Everest Elite 700 Wireless Headphones Review

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, JBL has launched a new “platinum” variation of one of their finest wireless headphones made, the JBL Everest Elite 700. Platinum may be nothing more than a fresh coat of paint on a great pair of headphones that has been JBL's flagship in the wireless category for two years. But, what Platinum really gives us is a chance to reflect on the company's storied history, a history that is still being written with the sale of JBL's parent company, Harman to Samsung. Does the Everest Elite 700 still hold its place among the best of the full-sized wireless headphones? We shall see.

JBL launched a new “platinum” variation on one of their finest wireless headphones. We review the JBL Everest flagship over-ear, Bluetooth wireless noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones.

— February 08, 2017 10:00 in Headphone Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones Preview

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones Preview

B&W has released a wireless version of it's acclaimed P7 over-the-ear headphone. The new P7 Wireless maintains all the luxury, fit, character and sound of the original. With support for Bluetooth 4.1 and the aptX codec, you can get near CD-quality streaming. With both a wireless and wired mode, the P7 Wireless looks to be a go-to for audiophiles craving music without wires. Read on to find out more...

Bowers & Wilkins P7 wireless headphones maintain all the luxury, fit, character and sound of the original. With Bluetooth 4.1 and the aptX codec the new P7 offers audiophile-grade sound without wires.

— November 25, 2016 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphone Preview

Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphone Preview

Looking for a nice pair of high quality headphones for a great price? Online audio company Monoprice introduced their Monolith M560 and M1060 Planar Headphones today at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas. At $199.99 and $299.99 will they be too expensive for budget consumers, but too cheap for discriminating audiophiles? Read on to find out.

Looking for planar magnetic headphones at a great price? Online retailer Monoprice announced their Monolith M560 and M1060 headphones at CEDIA 2016. See if they're right for you.

— September 14, 2016 09:25 in Headphone Reviews

OSSIC X - Your True 3D Audio Headphones

OSSIC X - Your True 3D Audio Headphones

OSSIC is a new headphone developer founded by veterans of respected hi-fi company Pioneer and computer peripherals company Logitech – and with that pedigree, the company should know as much about hi-fi audio as it does about the very latest in digital technology. Their new OSSIC X promise to bring the same hi-fi quality audio to virtual reality (VR) and gaming as it does to music and movies. With these headphones, Ossic has put a few tricks up their sleeve in the form of innovative new technology that promises to take 3D audio to the next level of immersion, and after a successful Kickstarter, their first round of Ossic X headphones will ship March, 2017.

OSSIC is a new headphone developer founded by veterans of respected hi-fi company Pioneer and computer peripheral company Logitech. Their new OSSIC X promise to bring a true 3D audio experience.

— August 22, 2016 17:00 in Headphone Reviews

HiFiMAN Edition X Headphone Review

HiFiMAN Edition X Headphone Review

The HiFiMAN Edition X is one of Fang Bian’s latest concoctions in the world of hi-fi headphones. Just like the HE-1000 before it, the Edition X features innovative technology which allows it to sound world-class out of an ordinary smartphone device. At $1,799, the headphones are not cheap but fit a niche market for those seeking outstanding sound in a portable audio setting. The lightweight and planar driver design fit in line with the rest of HiFiMAN’s product range but what separates the Edition X is its incredibly efficiency. To find out more about this headphone, please read on.

With incredible efficiency and a lightweight design the HiFiMan Edition X headphones sound outstanding from just an ordinary device, but at $1,799 are they worth it? Read on to find out.

Smit Patel — July 09, 2016 10:00 in Headphone Reviews

NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Review

NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Review

The BE6i, a new wireless in-ear monitor by NuForce was just launched this week. Its an impressive-looking set of earphones with rugged aluminum bullet-style earpieces with some impressive specs for its price of only $129. With an 8-hour battery life, advanced specs like Bluetooth 4.1, aptX and an IPX5 rating for water and dust resistance the BE6i puts up impressive numbers. The BE6i wants to be your next fully wireless IEM, for the office, gym or just kicking back and listening to tunes. Let’s take a closer look to see if it really measures up to the specs and let you know what we thought of the sound.

The BE6i, a new wireless in-ear monitor by NuForce was just launched this week and we review it here. Its an impressive-looking set of earphones with rugged aluminum bullet-style earpieces.

— June 17, 2016 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Focal Elear Over-Ear Headphone Review

Focal Elear Over-Ear Headphone Review

Focal, the legendary French speaker manufacturer will drastically up its headphone game with new launches later this month. Utopia and Elear are about to hit the market as two very high-end over-ear headphones that will be made in France at an all-new production line at Focal's manufacturing facility. The new models have been three years in development and Focal has been able to keep them off the radar - until now. In this exclusive first published review, we examine the Elear, the headphone that will likely garner the most attention at launch as it seems to be in the sweet-spot of high-end quality with an affordable price.

Focal has just drastically upped its headphone game with two very high-end models. Utopia and Elear are made in France and about to hit the market. We got the exclusive on the Elear review sample.

— June 14, 2016 07:00 in Headphone Reviews