The battle for headphone supremacy is heating up. Sol Republic unveiled the Sol Republic Master Tracks over-ear headphone at CES 2013. We went hands-on (ears-on) with the cans to hear how the Master Tracks held up against the competition.
The first thing we noticed about the Master Tracks is the revamped designed. Going for a more high-end look, Sol Republic wrapped the top of the headband in attractive gunmetal leather. The Sol Republic insignia is delicately embossed onto the top of the band, while the leather hides a small band of foam that ensures a comfortable fit. The band itself is made from the company’s FlexTech material, a propietary alloy that delivers the ultra-durability Tracks users have come to expect. Despite our rigorous bending and twisting, the band snapped back into shape unscathed. Similar to other Sol Republic headphones, bands on the Master Tracks are interchangable for those who aren’t fans of gunmetal. Read the rest of this entry »
Water and gadgets don’t mix unless its the NUU Splash wireless speaker. Announced at CES 2013, the Splash speaker handles the rigors of everyday use, well, like water off a duck’s back. Priced at $99.99, the speaker boasts an IP55 rating for dust and low water pressure jets, perfect for those of us who tend to be hard on their gadgets.
Turtle Beach is going all in at CES 2013 with the announcement of its new line of gaming headphones. The company is making a push to bring mobile gamers into the fold with a series of multiplatform headsets. The official headset of Major League Gaming since 2011, Turtle Beach’s latest line will allow mainstream consumers to get their hands and ears on ”tournament-grade” equipment. Read the rest of this entry »
Audiophiles, rejoice: Harman has announced its new QuantumLogic 3D in-car audio system here at CES 2013, and after spending time with the system, it seems safe to say that it’s in a league of its own. QuantumLogic 3D, as its name suggests, gives listeners a three-dimensional surround sound experience that completely envelops the listener in music.
We switched between listening to the several songs using QuantumLogic 3D and a stereo system, and the Harman system’s superiority was astounding. It quite literally envelops you in the audio. Read the rest of this entry »
Monster’s going for the MVP of the headphone space. During a CES 2013 press conference, Head Monster Noel Lee announced its entry into the gaming accessories space. Lee went on to reveal Monster’s newest partner EA Sports and the new EA Sports MVP Carbon by Monster headphones. For an additional one-two punch of star power, Lee brought legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard to the stage as a brand ambassador.
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Touted as the first gaming and music headphones, the MVP Carbons reminded us of the rear panel of a Motorola Droid Razr MAXX. The black-and-gray houndstooth pattern gives the on-ear headphones a touch of sophistication, offset by a pair of glowing EA logos in the center of each can. The headphones fold up for easy storage for gamers on the go. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a new year. Time to start on working on that resolution to work-out more. Audio-Technica can help out with their new ATH-Cp700 SonicSport headphones. Designed for fitness buffs, the headphones sport an active-fit earphone design that features a flexible pivot ensuring a comfortable in-ear fit. The company claims the new fit will send the sound towards the ear canal for optimal bass and clarity. Similar to other fitness/outdoor headphones, the SonicSports will also allow ambient noise to filter through so wearer’s can be aware of the surrounding environment.
Instead of an over-head headband, the SonicSport’s band wraps around the back of the wearer’s head for a more secure, comfortable fit. There’s also a cord-mounted remote with controls for volume and music playback functions. However, the controls are optimized for use with Apple products, so Android and Windows Phone users maybe out of luck. The headphones also feature a built-in microphone for answering calls and Siri use. The headphone also feature a single-sided cord with a cord clip to keep everything in place as you jug, lunge or lift.
Priced at $99.95, exercise bufffs can pick up a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-Cp700 SonicSport headphones starting January 7, 2013.
Fans of in-ear headphones know that finding a pair with a decent fit and passable sound can be a crapshoot. However I-Mego might just have the solution with its new $99.99 ZTone in-ear buds. The newly-announced earphones feature custom-molded ear gels that shape themselves to the listener’s ear canal. Users can choose from among four different-size gels. The result is a secure, comfortable fit that shuts out ambient noise and keeps the tunes in, without requiring an expensive visit to an audiologist for a formal fitting. Read the rest of this entry »
Just when you think the Walkman has finally faded into the annals of obscurity with the Twitter Peek, Sony finds a way to refresh the formula. Sony recently unveiled a slew of new Walkmen including the Sony F800 Walkman which will ship with Android 4.0.
According to the press release, the PMP will feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen and a dual-core Nvidia processor. In terms of storage, users can choose between a 16GB or 32GB model. There are a number of preinstalled apps including a media gallery, email and apps. Users can download additional apps via Google Play. The F800 will also be equipped with Sony’s S-Master MX Digital Amplifier and the five Clear Audio technologies that should deliver crisp highs and deep bass. The F800 will also be Bluetooth-compatible allowing it to connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as speakers and headphones.
Music lovers looking for a device with a thinner profile should check out the Sony Walkman E470 which is only 0.27 inches thick. The Onboard E470 will have a 2.0-inch LCD display. There will be three storage options (4GB, 8GB and 16GB) Onboard features include karaoke mode and synchronized lyrics. Sony’s also included a few games including “Suduko,” “Tetris” and “Puyo Pop Fever” to bump up the multimedia content.
The F800 and the E470 will go on sale in August, just in time for back to school shopping. The 16GB F800 will retail for $269.99 while the 32GB version will cost $299.99. The 4GB, 8GB and 16GB E470 will retail for $79.99, $89.99 and $109.99 respectively.
Yes, ties are making a comeback, but what dad really wants for Father’s Day are gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets. Whether it’s a shiny new keyboard for typing faster on his iPad or a wireless speaker that fits in their pocket, it’s easy to find tech toys that will make them happy–without blowing your budget. Our 8 great handpicked gifts are sure to satisfy.
Nokia Lumia 900
So your pops needs a phone and you want to get him something that's fast but also easy to use. Check out Nokia's Lumia 900. For $99 you get the best Windows Phone on the market with 4G LTE speeds that will let him sneak sports scores anywhere with the exclusive ESPN app. And with its sleek, bright blue design and unique Metro-style UI, your old man will be the hippest guy in the office.
RIM kicked off its three-day BlackBerry World event with the new debut of its new NFC-enabled BlackBerry Music Gateway. We spent some hands on time with the device at RIM’s pre-show reception and were fairly impressed with its ease of use and wallet-friendly price. BlackBerry Music Gateway allows you to stream music from your NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone or PlayBook directly to any compatible stereo system. Read the rest of this entry »