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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

Wicked Audio WI-8500 Evac On-Ear Headphones Review

Wicked Audio WI-8500 Evac On-Ear Headphones Review

The Wicked Audio WI-8500 Evac Headphones are $60 headphones that you can find on sale for much less. Much less. When you compare them to their $60 competition, you'll find the other $60 headphones have features such as in-line controls and microphones. While the Wicked Audio WI-8500 Evac Headphones don't have any of those features, what they do have is a very similar sound to those other, feature rich $60 headphones. When you pay much less for them than the MSRP, you are getting quite the deal.

The Wicked Audio WI-8500 Evac Headphones don't have many bells but what they do have is $60 worth of sound. When you pay much less for them than the MSRP, you are getting quite the deal.

— July 01, 2013 08:40 in Headphone Reviews

Griffin WoodTones Over-The-Ear Headphones Preview

Griffin WoodTones Over-The-Ear Headphones Preview

The Griffin WoodTones Over-The-Ear Headphones promise hand-turned real wood enclosures. At the $100 price point, that is nearly unheard of. With 50 mm moving coil neodymium magnet drivers, a 32 ohm impedance, 108dB sensitivity, and a claimed frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, they have a lot of real technology behind that wood. Each headphone, because of the real wood, is unique. They have a removable cord with in-line controls and microphone for calls. They are designed to work perfectly with your iDevice and Siri. If you've got a C-note to spend on headphones, you should probably put the Griffin WoodTones Over-The-Ear Headphones on your list.

The Griffin WoodTones Over-The-Ear Headphones promise hand-turned real wood enclosures, 50mm drivers, a 32 ohm impedance, 108dB sensitivity, and a claimed frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz.

— June 11, 2013 09:00 in Headphone Reviews

Outdoor Tech Tuis Wireless Headphone Preview

Outdoor Tech Tuis Wireless Headphone Preview

What do the Outdoor Tech Tuis wireless headphones sound like? We won't know until September when they come out. But the Tuis are wireless, have a built in microphone, earcup controls, a 3.5mm input for bypassing the wireless, and a battery indicator. For wireless, the Outdoor Tech Tuis utilize Bluetooth A2DP V1.2 for high quality stereo sound streaming and AVRCP V1.4 to control track and volume remotely. They look unique, have an amusing website, and, frankly, have our attention. We can't wait to test the Outdoor Tech Tuis out and see if they are more than just snarky marketing. For $150, they have a lot of competition. In the end, it is all about how they sound.

The Outdoor Tech Tuis wireless headphones have the latest Bluetooth technology, built in microphone, earcup controls, a 3.5mm input for bypassing the wireless, and a battery indicator.

— June 07, 2013 12:00 in Headphone Reviews

Westone Adventure Series ADV Alpha In-Ear Headphone Preview

Westone Adventure Series ADV Alpha In-Ear Headphone Preview

Building on over 50 years of earphone history, Westone has tailored the Adventure Series for the active user. Featuring a light, magnesium body, over-ear hook design, in-line controls and mic, and a reflective cable, the in-ear ADV Alphas are headphones that will not only sound good, but stay in place and keep you safe. With IPX-3 water resistance, you don't have to worry about your daily exercise damaging them. Add in a rigid travel case, tons of different tips, and a removable cord, and you've got something special. At $200, these aren't cheap headphones, but with the technology included, they shouldn't be. For the jogger, cyclist, or spelunking addict, the ADV Alpha's are worth a look.

Featuring a light, magnesium body, over-ear hook design, in-line controls and mic, and a reflective cable, the Westone ADV Alphas will not only sound good, but stay in place and keep you safe.

— June 06, 2013 09:00 in Headphone Reviews

Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone Preview

Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone Preview

Kinivo took the winning design of the BTH220 Bluetooth headphones and upgraded them based on users' comments to create the BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo headphones. With thousands of reviews on Amazon, they had a lot of feedback. While other manufactures might have taken the comments with a grain of salt, it seems Kinivo has made some substantial changes to their new offering to address the concerns while keeping the price the same. An upgraded offering at the same price point? The BHT240 Bluetooth headphones are sure to be a big seller for Kinivo.

The Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth headphones are an updated version of the BTH220 headphones. With the same price but improved form and function, the BTH240 headphones are sure to be a hit.

— June 04, 2013 11:00 in Headphone Reviews