At least, not until we find a pair of headphones that solves the problem, which is why we're intrigued by a new pair offered by Klipsch. A line of three models known simply as Custom 1, 2, and 3 feature buds with gel cushions intended to snuggle up to even the most aberrantly configured aural canals. The high-end Custom 3 also … Read more
Although the headphone market continues to burgeon with new models, it can be surprisingly tough to find a decent, fitness-friendly pair. A few companies, such as Sennheiser, have stepped up to the plate with sport-branded earphones, which feature design attributes meant to keep them secured on the head during activity. Now, we can add Sony to the list. The company has released an impressive array of Active Headphones, the $100 MDR-AS100W among them. These mostly well-designed earphones are a good option for the gym, with an adjustable over-the-head band that should work for just about any person looking for a … Read more
It's too bad that Michael Kanellos has given up his masochistic hobbies because this item would be right up his alley. It's one thing to have joysticks, keyboards, and other game gear that make you feel the action, but earphones?
A Korean company that goes by the amusing moniker of iFeelU is peddling a pair of "body-sonic" buds that will make your aural canals feel like they've been assaulted by heavy artillery. The rumbling EX2 earphones supposedly will create a "home theater in your ears," Gizmodo says, though we suspect it might be … Read more
A question about a free digital music player download makes me miss the days when JetAudio would have sufficed for all of my digital music needs. Also, what's with iPods and Zunes trying to take over your entire music library? One family needs a way for its many computers and music players to all get along.
Q: Which free digital music player would you recommend? I know it can't have all the bell and whistles, but I would like one that has all the features that a person normally uses. -- Carmen, via e-mail
A: If you're … Read more
Two drivers in each earphone have always offered a powerfully seductive sound--sweeter even than the screams of Duffy Springfailed as she's bundled into the guillotine for crimes against music. Now Audio Technica's getting in on the action.
No, it's not commissioned the beheading of pop's greatest wrong-doing since Dale Winton provided the vocals for the Supermarket Sweep pop song (yes, there was one. And yes, we actually have the CD). What Audio Technica has done is shove a woofer and a separate tweeter into each of the new CK10 earphones.
Now it's not the first … Read more
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Skullcandy's latest earphones is that they were designed jointly with another company. Why, we wonder, would an outfit that already produces headphones with gunbelts and neon colors solicit help in coming up with a new design?
Maybe they needed a more delicate touch from the designers at La Vie en Rose for "all shades of the pink rainbow" in fuchsia and magenta, as Shiny Shiny says. These pink additions seem somewhat ingruous for lines with names like "Full Metal Jacket" and "Lowrider," but maybe that's the … Read more
Believe it or not, there are iPod owners out there who don't like to use iTunes. Luckily, you're not stuck with Apple's own software if you have the player. Read on for some alternatives. Also this week, MP3 Insider fans from Europe need new MP3 players.
Q: Do you have any recommendations for alternative programs to iTunes to use with the iPod? I have a iPod Classic after using the Creative software (which wasn't great by any stretch of imagination) and cannot stand the fact that iTunes tries to do everything for me.--John, via e-mail… Read more
Many moons ago I wrote about Etymotic's fancy noise-isolating earphones, which were a pretty good deal at $69.99. Still too rich for your blood? Here's your chance to try something similar for one-tenth the price. HandHeldItems has the iSolate Hi-Fi Earphones on sale for $6.99 (plus a very reasonable $2.85 for shipping). You also get a free Fishbone cord-wrap gizmo.
Because the tips nestle into your ear canal, the iSolate earphones block out a fair bit of ambient noise--meaning you don't have to crank the volume as much when riding a bus, plane, train, … Read more
Interoperability between stereo headphones and music cell phones is a popular concern, but how about using your cell phone headset with other, standard audio sources? At least one person wonders how to make this happen with no sound issues. Also on deck today: a sports fan wants an MP3 player with AM radio built in, and a discerning listener is curious about file quality and compatibility.
It's software-mania this week, and I'm all for it. First up, we have a question about veering off the iPod path and onto something new, but anxieties about non-iTunes software abound. Then, find out about managing music for the Zune, and get a chance to check out some great podcast managing software for the Creative Zen.
Q: I enjoy MP3 Monday Mailbox and thought I'd send along a question. I've got a 3-year-old iPod that has bit the bullet and is heading off into retirement. I have been looking at players comparable with the 8GB Nano, … Read more