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Pioneer SE-MJ591 Stereo Headphones Review

Pioneer SE-MJ591 Stereo Headphones Review

The Pioneer SE-MJ591 Stereo Headphones are, hands down, the best sounding earphones I've ever had the pleasure of testing. The imaging is phenomenal and rivals my experiences with $20k a pair electrostatic speakers. The sound quality is rich and vibrant and, if you are anything like me, you'll start rediscovering your music collection. They are designed for both critical listening and portability, making them perfect for multiple applications. While they'll reveal all the flaws in your poorly recorded/encoded music, they'll also reveal all the beauty in the high-quality recordings. I didn't find them very comfortable to wear, though you may feel differently. At $300, these aren't inexpensive headphones but, if you care about sound quality, you'll likely feel it is money well spent.

The Pioneer SE-MJ591 Stereo Headphones are, hands down, the best sounding earphones I've ever had the pleasure of testing. They sounded great though the comfort was lacking.

— May 20, 2012 17:55 in Headphone Reviews

Sonomax PCS-250 Sculpted eers Headphones Review

Sonomax PCS-250 Sculpted eers Headphones Review

Are the Sonomax PCS-250 Sculpted eers the best ear-buds I've tested? Yes. By far. Of course, that's a short list right now. But even when comparing them with my full sized Denon AH-D1000 and Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones, the Sonomax come out on top. They may not have the flattest frequency response, but they have a very full and rich sound and is a joy to experience. The molded earpieces means that you've got a set of earbuds that are tailored just for you and, paired with the earhooks, will take an act of extreme violence to get them off your head. If you are looking for high-end audio even when working out, check out the Sonomax PCS-250 Sculpted eers. You won't be disappointed.

Are the Sonomax PCS-250 Sculpted eers the best ear-buds I've tested? Yes. By far. If you are looking for high-end audio even when working out, check out the Sonomax PCS-250 Sculpted eers.

— May 13, 2012 20:40 in Headphone Reviews

Sony XBA-1iP In-Ear Headphones Review

Sony XBA-1iP In-Ear Headphones Review

The thing to remember about the Sony XBA-1iP in-ear headphones is that they are half the price of either of the reference models. Their comfort level was good, though I never forgot I was wearing them. The bass response was more than adequate and the midrange, while not as rich as the reference models, was still very good. Sitting at my desk, I'd prefer one of my other headphones. But outside, or when I might be expecting a call, the Sony XBA-1iP in-ear headphones are a fine choice. At $100 MSRP (likely less in the store), they are almost an impulse buy. At this price, they are a very nice second pair at a reasonable price. Recommended!

At $100 MSRP (likely less in the store), the Sony XBA-1iP In-Ear Headphones are almost an impulse buy. At this price, they are a very nice second pair at a reasonable price. Recommended!

— April 12, 2012 19:10 in Headphone Reviews

Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 Preview

Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 Preview

I know you've been waiting for it. For years you've been sitting on your couch, at the office desk, and in your vehicle waiting... hoping... possibly even begging for Bose to come out with a new Bluetooth headset. From the company who brought you the cubed speaker... and then cut the size in half, comes the most impressively ambiguously impressive (did I say that twice?) Bluetooth earphone, the aptly-named Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2. It's so impressive that Bose capitalized every letter in the product release headline except "headset". That's because it is so wonderful, so marvelous, you'll forget it's a headset. You'll think it's the way God should have invented your ears.

From the company who brought you the cubed speaker comes the most impressively ambiguously impressive (did I say that twice?) Bluetooth earphone, the aptly-named Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2.

Mark Johnson — March 29, 2012 06:10 in Headphone Reviews

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