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JBL Reflect Mini earbuds are its lightest yet

JBL Reflect Mini earbuds are its lightest yet

JBL has taken the wraps off what it calls its lightest pair of in-ear sport headphones so far, the JBL Reflect Mini. These earbuds are targeted at the athletes among us, though they could find use with a wider range of consumers. The Reflect Mini are designed to be lightweight while holding secure during runs or other strenuous moments. This is an update to the Reflect Sport model bringing with it the lineup's "core characteristics" as well as its own features.

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Adidas Sport Headphones by Monster lineup unveiled

Adidas Sport Headphones by Monster lineup unveiled

Early last year it was announced that Monster had partnered with Adidas to launch a lineup of headphones, and today it has announced a new product as part of that: the adidas Sport Headphones by Monster. There are two models in the lineup, the adidas Sport Supernova and adidas Sport Response. Adidas describes the first model as “in-ear headphones”, and the latter model as earbuds. They’re targeted at users with differing needs -- those who need noise isolation, and those who are active.

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Cherubs noise-isolating earbuds are made from ceramic

Cherubs noise-isolating earbuds are made from ceramic

Love earbuds but haven’t found the right type for your needs? Cherubs is the latest to join the market, and they are fairly average except for one big reason: they are made from ceramic rather than plastics or other common materials. The use of ceramic is said to improve the earbuds’ audio functions while also serving as a sort of natural noise isolator due to the density of the substance. Silicone earbuds join the ceramic for a tight, isolating fit.

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Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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Floating Record vertical turntable is audiophile grade

Floating Record vertical turntable is audiophile grade

Years ago if you wanted to buy your favorite new album, it came on a big vinyl record. As time went by those records were replaced for the most part by tapes, CDs and MP3s. There are still a lot of audiophiles that love the sound of vinyl and prefer to buy music in that format. Audiophiles looking for a new turntable will want to check out the Floating Record turntable.

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Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

The Floating Record vertical turntable launches to a surprisingly enthusiastic crowd-funding audience. With a $50k funding goal in place at its morning launch, this project reached a cool $85k by the time the afternoon rolled around. Instead of another digitally-enthusiastic piece of "high-res audio" nonsense, this piece of equipment works with audiophile-grade materials for vinyl records. And it plays these records on their side - because any person willing to take the time to pull a record out of its sleeve to play music can also appreciate the awesomeness of seeing said record play on its side.

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V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA announce their team-up with 3D printers to bring the most uniquely customizable headphones ever to the public. These headphones will have custom-designed shields made of a wide variety of materials, making them anywhere from $200 to $40,000 apiece. While V-MODA have been making laser-engraved shields for their headphones for many years, now they're going the extra mile. Now you're going to have the ability to make some of the strangest designs ever, in full 3D, in materials you'd never otherwise have jammed in a pair of cans.

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Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify faces some big competition from newly unveiled Apple Music, but for now things are looking up: the service has revealed its latest subscriber numbers, and they show good things for the company. Millions of new subscribers are on board with Spotify, and that includes a substantial number of users subscribing to Spotify Premium, the ad-free for-pay service that gets rid of ads and certain other limitations like being restricted to shuffle play. The numbers come shortly after Spotify's successful funding round.

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Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton has introduced its new BT 100 NC headphones, a pair of wireless earbuds designed for those who need to listen to music in loud places, or who want to use the headphones while being active. The set is wireless and able to deliver notification alerts using vibration (which is felt through the band). There’s also NFC joining the Bluetooth, and noise cancellation functionality that can be toggled on and off. The run time will depend on whether that noise cancellation feature is being used, but up to 12 hours on a charge is available, placing it toward the high-end in the market in terms of battery life.

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