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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

Audio-Technica SonicSport Headphones Preview

Audio-Technica SonicSport Headphones Preview

Audio-Technica's new SonicSport headphone line features two in-ear models and one earfit model. If you prefer in-ear but find they tend to slip, you can choose between the ATH-CKP200 with loops around your ears and the ATH-CKP500 with a C-shaped wedge to keep them in your ear. The latter are particularly good for those with glasses that can't use the over-ear loops. If you don't like having speakers shoved in your ear, the earbud type ATH-CP-700BK has an around the back of your head loop and in-line mic and controls. All of the SonicSport headphones come with Audio-Technica pedigre for quality headphones. Listening to music while exercising just got easier. With their waterproof rating, cleaning up after also got a lot less stressful.

Audio-Technica's new SonicSport headphones feature two in-ear models (ATH-CKP500 and the ATH-CKP200), and an earbud model (ATH-CP-700BK). Waterproof and ready for your next workout.

— May 27, 2013 05:05 in Headphone Reviews

Koss Fit Series KSC32 and KEB32 Headphones - Designed for Women, By Women

Koss Fit Series KSC32 and KEB32 Headphones - Designed for Women, By Women

Koss's new Fit Series headphones with the KEB32 FitBuds and KSC32 FitClip earbuds are built in conjunction with Olympian Dara Torres just for women. If you're a woman that is looking for a headphone that you can wear while exercising, the FitBuds and FitClips are sweat resistant. They are smaller than normal earbuds for a perfect fit. They boast a number of colors and a price tag that will let you mix and match if that is your thing. While we think the market for smaller earbuds extends beyond women, for now, the KEB32 FitBuds and KSC32 FitClips are pretty much the only offering we know of. We look forward to seeing how these earbuds perform.

Koss's new Fit Series headphones for women with the KEB32 FitBuds and KSC32 FitClip earbuds are built in conjunction with Olympian Dara Torres, and they are indeed built just for women.

— May 15, 2013 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones Review

V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones Review

We reviewed the M-80's some time ago, but these v-moda Crossfade M-100 headphones are the bigger brother over-ear models and they're geared towards the user who wants audiophile quality that's stylish, portable and durable. Now, that's four very distinct design goals, and to pull it off is a tall order.

We reviewed the M-80's some time ago, but these v-moda Crossfade M-100 headphones are the bigger brother over-ear models and they're geared towards the user who wants audiophile quality that's stylish

— May 14, 2013 04:50 in Headphone Reviews

Scosche RH1060 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Preview

Scosche RH1060 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Preview

The Scosche RH1060 Bluetooth headphones have all the modern stylings that you want with the Bluetooth and iDevice compatibility that you need. With an eight hour battery life, AAC and Siri compatibility, and the ability to collapse into a small storage case, the RH1060 headphones are for those on the go. At $200, you may not want to take them to the gym, but with a direct connection to your device bypassing the battery, you won't have to worry about losing power (and therefore your tunes) just when the guitar solo was really getting going. With an integrated mic and full controls on the ear cups, the Scosche RH1060s won't even slow you down when you get a phone call.

The Scosche RH1060 Bluetooth headphones have all the modern stylings that you want with the Bluetooth and iDevice compatibility that you need. The Scosche RH1060s: headphones for those on the go.

— May 09, 2013 05:00 in Headphone Reviews

KEF M500 Headphones and M200 Earphones Preview

KEF M500 Headphones and M200 Earphones Preview

The KEF M500's are over-the-ear headphones that are made with durable, light-weight aluminum frames and roll with a full-range 40mm neodymium driver. The equally impressive-looking in-ear M200s use what KEF describes as its DDD (Dual Dynamic Driver) tech. It's a two-way system that uses a 10mm driver for the bass and a separate 5.5mm dynamic neodymium driver for midrange and high frequencies.

The KEF M500's are over-the-ear headphones that are made with durable, light-weight aluminum frames. The equally impressive-looking in-ear M200s use what KEF describes as its DDD (Dual Dynamic Driver)

— April 25, 2013 04:00 in Headphone Reviews

Denon AH-D7100 Music Maniac Headphones Review

Denon AH-D7100 Music Maniac Headphones Review

The Denon AH-D7100 headphones may be pricey at $1200, but they are a worthy successor to the company's flagship products of the past. The new stylings are reminiscent of the new look that seems to have been influenced by those headphones you may see on late night infomercials, and that's unfortunate (particularly because the plastic overmold covers up the beautiful hand-carved mahogany cups) but we can live with that. These are dynamic headphones that are both comfortable to wear and full of full-range sound. There is a bass emphasis, though not one that we found to be overbearing or bloated, and the highs are pristine and clear. The soundstage on these over-the-ear headphones is also wide, offering a realistic and open sound that is difficult to come by and highly desirable.

The Denon AH-D7100 flagship $1200 headphones may be pricey, but they are a worthy successor to the company's past flagship products. The new stylings are similar to Beats, but the sound is superior.

— February 20, 2013 07:05 in Headphone Reviews

Yamaha Pro 500 Headphones Review

Yamaha Pro 500 Headphones Review

The Yamaha Pro 500 headphones are a beautifully-designed pair of over-the-ear phones. They are going to look good and sound great. If you want pristine articulate highs at the expense of bass and midrange these may not be for you. If, however, you want a well-rounded linear set of headphones that are true to the music and perhaps favor the midrange just a tad bit for clarity and detail, these are sure to please. At $399 they are priced right and we think they are going to be very popular for the person who doesn't want overemphasized and bloated bass, but a smoother, more articulate headphone.

The Yamaha Pro 500 headphones are beautiful. If you want a well-rounded linear set of over-the-ear phones that are true to the music and have good clarity, these are for you. Read our review.

— January 20, 2013 13:30 in Headphone Reviews

iHome iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Foldable Headphones Preview

iHome iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Foldable Headphones Preview

iHome unveiled its 2013 product line at the Consumer Electronics Show including the iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Foldable Headphones With Mic, Remote and Travel Pouch. These headphones produce dynamic, accentuated bass and a crisp high end. The phones also have some nice features including Bluetooth audio with built-in mic and convenient on-ear remote. The phones use nice oversized padded ear cushions and have an adjustable padded headband. The phones are USB-rechargeable (a charging cable is included and the foldable headband means that these qualify as a travel-ready pair, though they aren't as portable as in-ear models. A travel pouch is also included.

iHome unveiled its 2013 product line at the Consumer Electronics Show including the iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Foldable Headphones With Mic, Remote and Travel Pouch.

— January 08, 2013 15:05 in Headphone Reviews

Onkyo ES-HF300 and ES-FC300 Headphones Preview

Onkyo ES-HF300 and ES-FC300 Headphones Preview

Onkyo surprised us by introducing of new array of headphones at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. The headphones are built to deliver "component-quality sound" but in a portable form-factor that's easy to travel with. The headphones utilize an all-new titanium driver design and include detachable and replaceable cables. Two closed-back on-ear models will be first to hit stores—the ES-HF300, which features a audiophile-grade cable, and the ES-FC300, packaged with a tangle-free elastomer cable. These are folding on-ear models and the two wide-range 40 mm titanium drivers are designed to bring clarity in the mid- and high-frequency bands.

Onkyo surprised us by introducing of new array of headphones at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. The headphones are built to deliver "component-quality sound" but in a portable form-factor.

— January 07, 2013 21:20 in Headphone Reviews

RHA SA950i Headphone Review

RHA SA950i Headphone Review

It's hard for me to believe that the RHA SA950i on-ear headphones only retail for $60. Sonically, they perform much better than their price would indicate. While they may not be the most linear or accurate headphones I've tested, they are easily one of my favorites. With well extended highs, engaging bass, and no real weak point, you could do a lot worse for $60. Heck, you could do a lot worse for much more. I only feel sorry for those of you with large heads as you won't be able to enjoy the RHA SA950i as I have. If this is what RHA can do for $60, I want to see what they can do with a $200 headphone—though I'm afraid my head might just explode from the sonic goodness.

It's hard for me to believe that the RHA SA950i on-ear headphones only retail for $60. Sonically, they perform much better than their price would indicate - I can only imagine what they'd do for $200.

— December 09, 2012 14:00 in Headphone Reviews