March 13th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Not all headphones are created equal, and neither are headphone accessories. Last year headphone maker V-MODA released the Vamp, a headphone amp that transformed your iPhone into an audiophile-quality audio device. Now the company is back to give Android users some love with its new Vamp Verza, the world’s first Mobile Hi-Fi system for Android and iOS.
March 11th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Once again, Neurowear proves that tech is simply mind over matter. After unleashing the adorable and curiously amusing Necomimi Brain-Controlled Cat Ears, word on the street was that a matching tail was to follow. But it looks as if the company has set its focus on the audio space.
At South by Southwest in Austin, the company is showing off its newest project, a set of mind-controlled headphones called Mico. To make the device, Neurowear took the familiar forehead sensor and earlobe clip from the Necomimi and attached them to a positively massive set of white headphones, which utilize Bluetooth to connect with your smartphone. Read the rest of this entry »
January 11th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
How do you improve upon a headphone using bone conduction technology? Simple. Make them wireless. AfterShokz announced Bluez, the world’s first open-air Bluetooth headphones. Building upon the success of the popular Sport headphones, AfterShokz has begun accepting pre-orders for the $99.95 Bluez.
January 10th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
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 »
January 9th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
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.
January 9th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
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 »
January 8th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
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 »
January 7th, 2013 by Sherri L. Smith, LAPTOP Staff Writer
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.