Jamey Warren owns a terrific headphone Web site, HeadRoom, and it's been a valuable resource for headphone buyers for 20 years. Since he already stocks a large inventory of headphones opening a physical store seemed like the next logical step. Great idea, but Warren's company is based in Bozeman, MT, a small town of less than 40,000 people. The store required additional staff and Warren had to rent a space downtown, but he was eager to take the chance. He sees the store as a work in progress, and if all goes according to plan Warren will … Read more
They look similar to custom-molded in-ear monitors from Ultimate Ears and Westone, but the StageDivers are universal-fit models that come with silicone ear tips. The large earpieces rest on the folds of your outer ear, so the fit feels more secure than in-ears that stick out from your ears. Both InEar models have user replaceable cables, … Read more
I recently received an e-mail from a reader, Raul, whose daughter is deaf in one ear. She loves music, but with headphones she'd only get one channel.
While my initial thought was for a fairly simple fix, as I researched to be sure, it turned out to be more complex than I figured.… Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- In addition to showing off its highly anticipated Galaxy S5, Samsung also showcased its new over-the-ear headphones, the Sound OG900. Coming in two sizes (a regular variant and an extra-large version with bigger ear pads), the headphones will be available in March, starting at around $275 (€200).
Lightweight with a smooth plastic construction, the Sound OG900 sports a minimalistic look that was supposedly inspired by pebbles. However, for its price, it feels a bit cheap. Especially considering other headphones, like the Jabra Revo, which feel much more premium and denser in the hand at a lower price.… Read more
Jaywalking's a curious thing.
When I lived in New York, no one seemed to care. In San Francisco, on the other hand, people stand dutifully while the red man is alight, even if there isn't a car in sight.
In Austin, Texas, though, police take it very seriously. Indeed, one incident this week has some believing they take it too seriously.
For here we had what appeared to be quite an aggressive arrest of a jogger who was wearing earbuds, and therefore potentially ignorant of the natural sounds that surrounded her.As My Fox Austin reports, Chris Quintero, … Read more
Regular readers of this blog will recognize the Schiit name, I've covered a number of their headphone amplifiers and digital converters over the past few years. The newest little Schiit, the vacuum tube Vali, looks exactly like the company's $99 solid-state amp, the Magni, but the internal electronics are completely different. As I listened to them both and switched back and forth they sounded similar. I listened more and the Vali sounded a wee bit sweeter and richer. Not as big a difference as I would have thought, but different enough.
Even before I listened to the AKG K812 headphones I knew they were pretty special. First, they're so incredibly comfortable that after a few minutes it was easy to forget I was wearing a world-class headphone. One reason for that is with the K812, you never feel like you're cut off from the outside world -- you can hear everything around you. Once I started listening to tunes, that spacious quality remained and stereo imaging was wider and more outside my head than what I get from other headphones. Closed-back designs are always 100 percent closed, but open-backs … Read more
Apple's interest in the health and fitness market may seem like a new niche, but a related patent goes back almost six years.
Filed in 2008 and awarded by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, a patent called "Sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds and/or headsets" describes how such products could track your health and fitness and perform certain tasks based on how you move your head.
Key to the invention would be sensors embedded into one or more areas of the headsets or earbuds. By coming into contact with your skin, these sensors … Read more
2014 isn't shaping up as a stellar year for Sony, the company is forecasting losses of $1.1 billion, but I think a serious effort to reestablish its stature as a leading headphone manufacturer might be a wise move. Sony currently offers a vast range of headphone models, but they don't have any truly great ones. With the ongoing boom in headphone sales, you have to wonder why Sony is sitting on the sidelines.
There are many types of headphones, and if you understand the pros and cons of each before you go shopping, you'll make a more informed buying decision. Closed- and open-back headphones sound very different and serve different needs. To learn more about how they differ I spoke with two engineers, Sennheiser's Axel Grell and AKG's Philipp Schuster, and thanks go out to them. Today I'll look at open- and closed-back headphones; I covered on- and over-the-ear headphones in yesterday's blog item.… Read more