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Sonomax Sculpted eers Custom-Molded Earphones Review

Sonomax Sculpted eers Custom-Molded Earphones Review

Sonomax Technologies came out with an incredibly compelling product last year - the Sculpted eer line of in-ear headphones. What made them unique was that they came with a system to let you get a custom-formed earphone made to fit your ears perfectly. The system literally injected silicone into the earbuds, filling them so that they conformed to your ear canal and made a perfect fit for comfort and best frequency response. We tried out their PCS-200 Premium Dual-Driver earphones and used the included SonoFit system to conform them to our test subject's ears.

Sonomax Technologies came out with an incredibly compelling product last year - the Sculpted eer line of in-ear headphones that let you get a custom-formed earphone made to fit your ears perfectly.

— February 13, 2012 21:10 in Headphone Reviews

thinksound ms01 Monitor Series Earphones Review

thinksound ms01 Monitor Series Earphones Review

Thinksound's ms01's were easy to throw in and you immediately got crisp clear highs and percussive bass that felt, at times, as if I had a tiny kick drum in my ears. You know what's fun? Going to an intimate live outdoor concert and then listening to the live CD afterwards. It was fresh in my mind - and putting on the ms01's I was quickly impressed by how accurately the sound closely resembled what I had heard. This was especially made possible since the artist, Tom Conlon, uses the same RE20 mic for recording as well as his live performances. The ms01's were voiced by Aaron Fournier, who is the CEO of thinksound, but also an audio engineer. And he involved several Grammy winning musicians and producers in the process, which is pretty cool. The goal was to design a truly full-range studio in-ear monitor. After listening to a variety of music, we'd have to say they really pulled it off, and without the hassle of some of the more finicky in-ear phones that require precised placement.

The Thinksound ms01's were voiced by Aaron Fournier, who is the CEO of thinksound, but also an audio engineer. And he involved several Grammy winning musicians and producers in the process.

— February 06, 2012 07:45 in Headphone Reviews

Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV Limited Edition Wooden Over-Ear Headphones Preview

Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV Limited Edition Wooden Over-Ear Headphones Preview

Of course, the thing that caught your attention was the "wooden" part of the title. We were hoping for petrified-wood cone drivers but alas, it is only the outer coverings. For the ATH-W3000ANV, Audio-Technica has decided that their commemorative 50th anniversary logo could only placed on strikingly beautiful, traditional Japanese Echizen lacquer-finished Hokkaido Asada cherry heartwood. The Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV employ large 53 mm aperture drivers featuring specially built 2-part magnetic circuits that produce high speed magnetic streams plus "numerous additional refinements" which were not specified.

The Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV employ large 53 mm aperture drivers featuring specially built 2-part magnetic circuits that produce high speed magnetic streams plus "numerous additional refinements".

— January 23, 2012 20:00 in Headphone Reviews

Klipsch Sues China Manufacturers Over Counterfeit Headphones

Klipsch Sues China Manufacturers Over Counterfeit Headphones

Klipsch Group, Inc. (KGI), the parent company behind Klipsch, Energy, Mirage and Jamo declared war today, in the form of legal action, against 23 Chinese manufacturers selling counterfeit Klipsch Image S4 and Klipsch Image S4i headphones under the Klipsch brand name. On December 16, 2011, the company received an order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York allowing the suspension of service to domains and sellers on trade boards selling counterfeit Klipsch headphones. In addition, the order allows for restraint on funds in the payment processing and bank accounts of those selling the counterfeit products.

Klipsch Group, Inc. (KGI), the parent company behind Klipsch, Energy, Mirage and Jamo declared war today, in the form of legal action, against 23 Chinese manufacturers selling counterfeit headphones.

— January 11, 2012 11:47 in Headphone Reviews

Moshi Audio Clarus Premium Earphones Review

Moshi Audio Clarus Premium Earphones Review

Moshi Audio's Clarus earphones were rather different than anything we'd seen before, even the company's other products, like their Moonrock and Vortex earphones. Even the packaging is premium. If you ask us, packaging doesn't matter - I'm not going to "listen" to the box. But it does speak, hopefully, to the attention to detail Moshi puts into its products. Even the included leathery case has a hard foam liner and integrated rubber cord wrap - of course, if it would just fit in my pocket it'd be perfect. You gotta wonder, though, if they take that much time on the box, what are they putting into the headphone tech?

The Moshi Clarus earphones were different than anything we'd seen before, even Moshi's other products, like their Moonrock and Vortex earphones. But they sounded really good. That's what matters most.

— January 10, 2012 05:25 in Headphone Reviews

Velodyne vPulse In-ear Headphones Preview

Velodyne vPulse In-ear Headphones Preview

Velodyne is breaking out of its shell, mold - whatever you want to call it. First they dropped the bomb that they'd begin selling products online and now they've come out with a whole new line of products - in-ear headphones! The newest product is being branded as vPulse and is available for $89 in either Classic Black or Velodyne Electric Blue. According to Velodyne, vPulse is only the first product in a new line of high performance headphones and it's debut is here at the 2012 CES. The whole point behind vPulse in-ear headphones is that they bring Velodyne’s legendary bass performance right to the listener’s ear thanks to the aluminum driver housing and 10 mm driver, which combine to produce precise, low-distortion bass.

The newest Velodyne audio products are in-ear headphones being branded as vPulse and available for $89 in either Classic Black or Velodyne Electric Blue. And the company is just getting started.

— January 09, 2012 14:05 in Headphone Reviews

V-Moda V-80 True Blood Headphones Review

V-Moda V-80 True Blood Headphones Review

Themed products aren't typically my thing, but the new True Blood-branded V-80 headphones from V-Moda just... well, they caught my eye. For starters, they have this brushed metal plate that covers the left and right on-ear headphones - in fact much of the headband itself has steel reinforcements - and you can twist and flex it and it won't break. Also, the way everything is bolted together reminds me of what headphones designed for military spec would look like - well, actually, it turns out these phones are mil spec - something called 810G, which tests against environmental conditions, vibration and impact. These are the first headphones in a long time that at least competed with our reference over-the-ear headphones.

Themed products aren't typically my thing, but the new True Blood-branded V-80 headphones from V-Moda just...well, they caught my eye. They have a great look, good feel, and even better sound. Rock on

— November 15, 2011 06:15 in Headphone Reviews

SOL Republic Tracks Headphones Review

SOL Republic Tracks Headphones Review

As with any new company, a little background is in order. The SOL Republic Tracks headphones were the brainchild of Kevin Lee, son of Monster Cable founder Noel Lee. He started the company, with blessings from Monster Cable, with consumer electronics executives Scott Hix and Seth Combs. The new in-ear and on-ear headphones are sold in several flavors and levels (stock and "HD" models) as well as multiple color choices. The new phones are now selling at Best Buy and Apple stores later this month.

The SOL Republic Tracks headphones were the brainchild of Kevin Lee, son of Monster Cable founder Noel Lee. He started the company, with blessings from Monster Cable and with Scott Hix and Seth Combs.

— October 31, 2011 06:00 in Headphone Reviews

PSB M4U 2 Active Noise Canceling Headphones Preview

PSB M4U 2 Active Noise Canceling Headphones Preview

PSB Loudspeakers unveiled their very first set of headphones called the M4U 2 (MSRP $400; available Fall 2011). The M4U 2 features internal amplification and active noise-canceling which can be defeated with a flip of the switch. The PSB M4U 2 headphones are said to run easily on battery power yet the user has the option to run them passive without the use of batteries. I took these babies for a test ride at CEDIA and found not only did they sound fantastic but they were very comfortable to wear. In fact, to date, I never heard a pair of noise-cancelling headphones I could live with until I heard the PSB's. Can you tell we are eager to review these?

PSB Loudspeakers unveiled their very first set of headphones called the M4U 2. They feature active noise canceling and sound great!

— September 15, 2011 18:52 in Headphone Reviews

Howard Leight Sync Headphones Review

Howard Leight Sync Headphones Review

When we were alerted to the Sync headphones hitting the market at an inexpensive price point, we were intrigued. We decided to give them a review, particularly since Howard Leight appeared to be a division of Honeywell and bent on protecting ears and promoting safety in environments and conditions where the ears are assaulted by outdoor noise and high ambient SPLs. At Audioholics we care about your ears (as well as our own), so this seemed like a great product for the market. In particular, the Sync headphones were apparently designed to "manage" the output of portable devices (think iPods, etc) to a manageable 82dBA and perform sound isolation via isolation, making them a passive solution requiring no batteries.

When we were alerted to the Sync headphones hitting the market at an inexpensive price point, we were intrigued. We decided to give them a review and see how the noise isolation worked.

— September 01, 2011 07:25 in Headphone Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-ear, Noise-isolating Headphones Preview

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-ear, Noise-isolating Headphones Preview

With a B&W product, we often expect to see premium pricing based on their name and reputation. At $180, the C5 in-ear headphones are quite reasonable. While we're sure some consumers would expect noise-canceling and not just isolation at this price point, the fact is that a well-designed isolation system will work very well in all but the most extreme environments. With a quilted bag for storage, Micro Porous Filter, rating down to a dubious 10Hz, Made for iPhone certification, and a focus on comfort for long listening sessions, the C5 headphones are sure to appeal to many.

With a quilted carry bag, Micro Porous Filter, rating down to 10Hz, Made for iPhone certification, and a focus on comfort for long listening sessions, the B&W C5 headphones are sure to appeal to many.

— July 20, 2011 03:15 in Headphone Reviews

JAYS a-Jays Four Earphones Review

JAYS a-Jays Four Earphones Review

We review a lot of earphones and headphones, but we wanted to take a little time and talk about the JAYS a-Jays Four earphones. These are earphones that feature a unique flat rubberized cable that renders them almost tangle-free - and aside from good sound, that's about the #1 feature I want in my headphones. You can stuff them in your pocket, and actually pull them out and use them without having to untie a huge knot. But more than that, these in-ear headphones fit. They actually fit into the constrained hole on my industrial Ballistic iPhone 4 case. Very few earphones can make that claim and it's worth noting.

The JAYS a-Jays Four earphones are in-ear headphones featuring a unique flat rubberized cable that renders them almost tangle-free - and aside from good sound, that's about the #1 feature I look for

— June 20, 2011 06:05 in Headphone Reviews

WeSC Fall Collection Headphones Preview

WeSC Fall Collection Headphones Preview

WeSC, a Stockholm-based street-fashion brand short for "We Are the Superlative Conspiracy," unveiled its Fall 2011 premium headphone collection at CES, expanding the brand's extensive line of seasonal and non-seasonal headphones and earbuds. The WeSC brand is built on the philosophy of innovating authentic, high-quality and sophisticated products with a dash of punk mentality, while uniting a worldwide community of like-minded people sharing similar values and lifestyles – the WeActivists. WeSC seasonal collections are inspired by the brand's collaborations with visionaries across the different genres of culture, art, sports, music and creativity.

WeSC, a Stockholm-based street-fashion brand short for "We Are the Superlative Conspiracy," unveiled its Fall 2011 premium headphone collection at CES, expanding the brand's extensive line of seasonal

— January 06, 2011 15:23 in Headphone Reviews

Creative Aurvana In-Ear 2 Earbuds Review

Creative Aurvana In-Ear 2 Earbuds Review

Many people think of the Zen MP3 player when you mention Creative Labs. But over the past few years, Creative has established themselves as a legitimate player in the headphone market. Recently I was asked to review the Aurvana In-Ear 2 earbuds, and I jumped at the chance to evaluate the $99 offering from a company that continues to impress me. The first thing that grabbed my attention about the Aurvana In-Ear 2 is the price point of $99. This seems like a sweet spot. High-end 'buds can easily cost more than your iPod, and most earbuds under $30 are not any better than the cheap pair that comes with your iPod (or other MP3 player). Show me a well-built, comfortable, great sounding pair of in-ears, and I might show you a Benjamin.

Many people think of the Zen MP3 player when you mention Creative. But Creative has established themselves as a player in the headphone market, and the Aurvana In-Ear 2 Earphones are exhibit A.

— October 06, 2010 06:52 in Headphone Reviews