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thinksound On1 On-Ear Headphones Review

thinksound On1 On-Ear Headphones Review

The On1 headphones from thinksound purport to be a studio monitor in an on-ear headphone. That's a pretty tall order but one that I believe they have mostly fulfilled. The On1's have great top end extension, a lush midrange, and no real emphasis on any part of the frequency response range. At the lowest registers, they introduce a little noise which did distort the presentation somewhat, but it was only with the lowest bass. While I can't imagine any studio professional using an on-ear headphone for long term use for comfort reasons alone, the goal of a transparent headphone is one to be lauded. With their Eco focus, wood earcups, and extremely light form factor, these are an easy recommendation for those looking for on-ear headphones.

Review: The On1 headphones from thinksound purport to be a studio monitor in an on-ear headphone. With their Eco focus, wood earcups, and extremely light form factor, these are an easy recommendation.

— January 02, 2014 10:00 in Headphone Reviews

Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear Headphones Review

Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear Headphones Review

The Sennheiser Momentum headphones have some of the best sonic qualities I've heard in a $350 headphone. While they do have small earcups for an over-ear headphone and the headband isn't the most comfortable, the sonics more than make up for these issues. The build quality is excellent, the asethetics more than pleasing, and they've gone with a standard, PVC-covered cable because, while it isn't the "coolest", it is the one the works the best. With tons of little touches like an adjustable right angle connection, there is very little not to like about the Sennheiser Momentum headphones. Highly recommended!

Review: The Sennheiser Momentum headphones have some of the best sonic qualities I've heard in a $350 headphone. While they do have some issues, the sound more than makes up for them. Recommended!

— December 26, 2013 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Onkyo ES-HF300 On-Ear Headphones Review

Onkyo ES-HF300 On-Ear Headphones Review

Onkyo enters a crowded headphone market with an eye toward treating your ears to hi-fi. The ES-HF300 features 40mm, dual ported titanium drivers in a full-sized on-ear headphone that remains efficient and mobile-device friendly. The Japanese hi-fi company has carved a reputation for crushing cost-to-performance expectations. But its new line marks Onkyo's first-ever foray into the headphone market. In this review we'll put Onkyo's flagship cans to the test to see if they're built on the company's sound reputation or if they're just a pair of also-rans in a market that's too often more hi-style than hi-fi.

Review: Onkyo ES-HF300 On-Ear Headphones features 40mm, dual ported titanium drivers. Sound quality and comfort from the brand known for its rugged receivers? Read on to find out.

— December 18, 2013 15:00 in Headphone Reviews

JLAB JBuds EPIC In-Ear Monitors Review

JLAB JBuds EPIC In-Ear Monitors Review

The JLab JBuds EPIC in-ear monitor is designed to bring you high quality sound, a design that keeps the headphone in your ear, and a price that won't empty your wallet. They've succeeded in all three. While the EPICs aren't without their issues, for the budding audiophile or just the workout fanatic that doesn't want to have to fiddle with their headphones, the EPICs are an easy recommendation. While the combination of in-ear and the fins that hold them in your ear won't work for everyone, most should find the perfect blend of form and function in the JLabs EPICs. Recommended!

Review: The JLab JBuds EPIC in-ear monitor is designed to bring you high quality sound, a design that keeps the headphone in your ear, and a price that won't empty your wallet. They've succeeded!

— December 10, 2013 20:00 in Headphone Reviews

OM Audio INEARPEACE In-Ear Headphones Review

OM Audio INEARPEACE In-Ear Headphones Review

If the OM Audio INEARPEACE in-ear headphones aren't for everyone, it is because not everyone wants accurate sound. With a dual driver design, more comfortable than most tips, and a truly tangle-free cord, the OM Audio INEARPEACE have a lot going for them. The dual drivers give them the ability to have punch bass even at low volumes while maintaining a balanced presentation at louder volumes. At $180, it is hard to find competitors with dual drivers to this headphone. If you are looking for accurate in-ear monitors, the OM Audio headphones should top your list.

Review: If the OM Audio INEARPEACE in-ear headphones aren't for everyone, it is because not everyone wants accurate sound. With dual drivers, more comfortable than most tips, and a tangle-free cable.

— December 02, 2013 08:30 in Headphone Reviews

RHA MA750 In-Ear Headphones Review

RHA MA750 In-Ear Headphones Review

While the RHA MA750 headphones might look like they are designed for use while exercising, I assure you they are not. While they may have had a bit of a bass emphasis, it was completely forgivable considering they had better bass extension than headphones nearly 3x's their price. With all the tips you could ever need, a carrying case you'll never use, and top notch aesthetics and build quality, it is very easy to see where your $120 went. Once again RHA has exceeded my expectations at their price point. One of these days they will send me a pair of headphones I don't like. Today is not that day.

Review: The RHA MA750 in-ear headphones once again exceeded our expectations for their price point. With bass extension better than others costing much more, these are an easy recommendation.

— November 17, 2013 09:00 in Headphone Reviews

B&W C5 In-Ear Headphones Review

B&W C5 In-Ear Headphones Review

Venerable high end speaker maker B&W has launched an entire family of headphones to fit our mobile lifestyle. The C5 headphones bring some unique and innovative approaches to in-ear monitor designs. The new loop-design and tungsten weight balancing will keep the earphones from falling out of your ears so that you can hear rich, detailed sound. Keeping with their pedigree in the high end audio market, B&W's C5 in-ear headphones will appeal to both the audiophile and active lifestyle user.

Review: B&W;’s C5 in-ear headphones feature an innovative loop design that provides comfort and stability to active users while delivering audiophile performance in a portable package.

— October 28, 2013 13:35 in Headphone Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones Preview

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones Preview

Bowers & Wilkins has released their new P7 over ear headphones. These are the flagship of the B&W headphone line. We had a chance to A/B them with the rest of the B&W line and they are clearly the best. At $400 MSRP, they should be. Sporting 40mm drivers, removable cushions that reveal removable cables, and a rating down to 10Hz, these headphones sounded clear and clean when we checked them out at CEDIA 2013. Shipping now, if you are a B&W fan, you've got to hear these speakers.

Bowers & Wilkins has released their new P7 headphones. These are the flagship of the B&W headphone line. We had a chance to A/B with them the rest of the B&W line and they are clearly the best.

— September 28, 2013 01:34 in Headphone Reviews

Westone W-Series Earphones Preview

Westone W-Series Earphones Preview

We took a close look at the Westone W-Series all-weather earphones on the show floor at CEDIA 2013. They looked be be very solidly built. The cable connection at the earphone was very small and proprietary but fit securely. The cable is completely shielded and sealed for maximum water resistance. These are very ruggedly constructed headphones and should be able to survive anything you throw at them. They utilize the traditional silicone and foam tips and have interchangeable faceplates. We particularly like how you can upgrade the number of drivers up to four. We weren't able to try them out (and we were one of the first ones at the booth) but we're hoping to get some in for review.

The Westone W-Series earphones come in four flavors from one to four drivers and prices from $199.99 to $499.99 with a detachable cable, weather resistance design, and interchangeable faceplates.

— September 27, 2013 00:20 in Headphone Reviews

Phiaton Bridge MS 500 Headphones Review

Phiaton Bridge MS 500 Headphones Review

Phiaton isn't a name that's been around for terribly long, but it's Korean parent company Cresyn, founded in 1959, has been making headphones or headphone components for quite some time. These are the Phiaton Bridge MS 500 headphones, which Phiaton describes as over-ear, but we'd humbly tell you are actually on-ear, unless your ears are the size of walnuts or you really manipulate them to get them inside of the leather pads.

We review the Phiaton Bridge MS 500 headphones, which Phiaton describes as over-ear, but we'd humbly tell you are actually on-ear—that is, unless your ears are the size of walnuts.

— September 03, 2013 18:00 in Headphone Reviews

Audio-Technica ATH-CP700 SonicSport Inner Ear Headphones Review

Audio-Technica ATH-CP700 SonicSport Inner Ear Headphones Review

The Audio-Technica ATH-CP700 "Inner Ear" (basically, fancy earbuds) headphones have a lot going for them. The back head band keeps them securely in place. The rubber surrounds on the earbuds makes them much more comfortable than normal earbuds. The angled entry and rotating buds try to aim the sound down your ear canals. They have a modular cable, an inline mic and control, and are mostly waterproof. But their focus on letting in outside sounds to keep you safer when exercising outside comes at a sonic price.

The Audio-Technica ATH-CP700 do everything you need for active use including staying in place, resisting water, and allowing you to hear outside noises. Unfortunately, that comes at a sonic price.

— August 20, 2013 11:00 in Headphone Reviews

RHA MA600i and MA750i In Ear Headphones Preview

RHA MA600i and MA750i In Ear Headphones Preview

What we find most exciting about the new MA600i and MA750i in-ear headphones from RHA is the handmade drivers. Often we see manufacturers putting the same drivers in every one of their offerings. Here, we have different, purpose-built drivers for each tier of their line. They've even included measurements showing how they perform (the fact that they are different is more interesting than how flat they are). We've had some good experiences with RHA offerings in the past and we're very curious to hear how these new, top-tier offerings sound. The MA600i and MA750i headphones from RHA feature aircraft grade aluminum construction, the RHA "aerophonic" design, and a three button inline remote and microphone. With higher prices to match, this in the new top-of-the-line from RHA.

RHA has announced a pair of new, premium, in-ear headphones. The MA600i and MA750i headphones feature handmade drivers, in-line controls, and a number of convenience features unique to the company.

— August 09, 2013 08:05 in Headphone Reviews

G-CUBE Audio BH-860 Series Bluetooth Headphones Preview

G-CUBE Audio BH-860 Series Bluetooth Headphones Preview

The G-CUBE BH-860s are Bluetooth enabled with all the latest formats and codecs including HSP, HFP, A2DP, and AVRC. With Bluetooth v3.0, the G-CUBE BH-860s brag faster transfer rates and incorporated aptX technology for near CD quality bit rates. In addition, the G-CUBE BH-860s can connect with up to 2 Bluetooth devices at a time. The G-CUBE BH-860s have a 24 hour battery life, are HD Voice ready, and sport an integrated six setting EQ. They collapse down for easy transport in the included case, have an integrated mic with wind and outside noise canceling, and have an Uppercase 'G' on the side. Uppercase is better than lower case, right?

The G-CUBE BH-860s are Bluetooth enabled with all the latest formats, have a 24 hour battery life, are HD Voice ready, and sport an integrated six setting EQ.

— August 07, 2013 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Audio-technica ATH-CKS99 Solid Bass In-ear Headphones Review

Audio-technica ATH-CKS99 Solid Bass In-ear Headphones Review

This review is about an experiment. Can consumer-level in-ear headphones be used as live in-ear monitors? We thought so, so we acquired a dozen of them from audio-technica and set them to work at a local church. You see, the worship band was converting from on-stage monitoring to in-ear monitors. Here's what happens—you throw a bunch of guitarists, four singers, a bassist, a keyboardist, a pianist, and a drummer on stage. Now give them each a monitor that fires up at them so they can hear when they need to perform well.

Can consumer-level in-ear headphones be used as live in-ear monitors? We thought so, so we acquired a dozen ATH-CKS99 in-ear headphones from audio-technica and set them to work at a local church.

— August 03, 2013 09:05 in Headphone Reviews