Earphones

Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Apple’s forced demise of the 3.5 mm headphone jack has ironically brought headphones and earphones into the spotlight, with many wondering whether wired audio accessories are still worth their salt. Audiophiles and audio professionals will wholeheartedly agree, and the second gen q-Jay in-ear monitors from Jays is one prime example. By no means an inexpensive purchase, the q-Jays quickly pays for itself in the priceless joy of having a pair of earphones that deliver outstanding quality, clarity, and fidelity worthy being called Jays’ most precise reference earphones.

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Libratone Q Adapt earbuds go Lightning all the way

Libratone Q Adapt earbuds go Lightning all the way

In just a week’s time, Apple will be revealing the true form of the iPhone 7, which is expected, among other things, to ditch the 3.5 mm headphone jack for a do-everything Lightning connector. Whether that comes to pass or not, some accessory makers have already prepared for the inevitable. Take for example Libratone’s new Q Adapt in-ear earbuds, which connect solely via the Lightning port. But more than just novelty or fad, that has important implications for these earphones, allowing it Libratone to eschew batteries while still providing a power source for the Q Adapt’s advanced noise cancellation feature.

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You have to wait a little longer for Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds

You have to wait a little longer for Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds

Bad news if you were waiting for Samsung's Gear IconX headphones, with word today that Samsung has decided to slightly delay the launch of the cable-free earbuds. Announced back in June alongside the Gear Fit 2 smartwatch, the battery-powered 'buds each connect wirelessly to your smartphone with no cables connecting them, though they also have a fitness angle too.

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JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

For many years, your options for connecting headphones to your mobile phone were either a headphone port or Bluetooth. Things are changing today with consistent rumors that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headphone port and use its lightning port for headphones. Android users will get a similar capability via headphones that connect to the USB-C port like these JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones.

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B&O’s Beoplay H5 earphones go wireless for $249

B&O’s Beoplay H5 earphones go wireless for $249

Bang & Olufsen is cutting the cord with its latest headphones, the Beoplay H5, a set of sports and hands-free focused wireless earbuds. Hooking up via Bluetooth 4.2 to your smartphone, the splashproof earphones promise customizable sound from a companion app for iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Zungle Panther sunglasses send music through your bones

Zungle Panther sunglasses send music through your bones

Zungle Panther sunglasses look like the normal shades you might see folks wearing, but these shades have something built in that music fans will love. If you want to listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts while on the go wearing these sunglasses you need no separate headphones or speakers. Zungle Panther sunglasses have built in bone conduction technology.

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i.am+ EPs Bluetooth earphones land as Apple Store exclusive

i.am+ EPs Bluetooth earphones land as Apple Store exclusive

Music fans probably recognize the name will.i.am, he is more than a musician these days with his own i.am technology company. i.am has launched a new set of premium earphones called the i.am+ EPs that aim to be different in a market that is packed with mostly sports solutions. The hallmark of the design for the EPs is a shape supposed to remind fans of vinyl records.

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Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender might be a mainstay in speakers but until now it hasn't taken the leap to more personal audio. That changes today, however, with the launch of not one but five different sets of IEMs (in-ear monitors), and rather than just big drivers and lots of power, they rely on high-tech magic like 3D printing.

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Plugfones Liberate are earplugs first and earbuds second

Plugfones Liberate are earplugs first and earbuds second

Noise isolating earphones are nothing new; there are hoards of these products on the market today. A new device called the Plugfones Liberate have been unveiled and they make a key distinction between themselves and other noise isolating products. The distinction is that the Plugfones are meant to be an earplug first and an earbud second. That would indicate that blocking external sound is more important than the audio playback.

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Revols Bluetooth earphones promise a custom fit for every ear

Revols Bluetooth earphones promise a custom fit for every ear

Many say that no one size fits all, and yet when it comes to earphones that is exactly what happens. Our ears, however, are as unique as our fingerprints (CSI anyone?), making generic shaped earbuds uncomfortable and unstable. What if there was a way to make your earphones conform to your unique ear? Well, now there is one. At least that's what the Revols Kickstarter is promising. And judging by how it zoomed past its funding goal in less than 7 hours, it's a promise many people are willing to invest in.

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Hands-on with Jabra’s IFA 2015 wireless headset trio

Hands-on with Jabra’s IFA 2015 wireless headset trio

IFA isn't just a time to show of smartphones, tablets, PC, and TVs. It's also an opportune time for accessory makers to make a big splash as well. Jabra did just that when it announced not one, not even two, but three new wireless headsets to appeal to all sorts of users, from the highly mobile and active, to the style conscious, to the regular audiophile. At IFA 2015's showroom floor, we take a brief tour of the Jabra Eclipse, Sport Pace, and Halo Fusion.

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Apple patent details earphones that can be used between 2 listeners

Apple patent details earphones that can be used between 2 listeners

Apple was recently granted a patent from the US's Patent and Trademark Office for a new type of earphones that can detect when they are being used by more than one person. The new technology is said to be in the earphone's cable, and would make it possible for each user to hear audio in a mono output, instead of stereo intended for a single listener. Also mentioned is the ability for each listener to hear different audio tracks.

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