Earphones

Monster headphones hands-on: Diamond Tears, VEKTR and Inspiration

Monster headphones hands-on: Diamond Tears, VEKTR and Inspiration

Monster announced its 2012 headphone line-up back in May, including cans borrowing style from the Stealth Fighter and some seriously ostentatious models even Lady Gaga might blanch at, and we grabbed some hands-on time today. Most eye-catching - though we're not sure we'd actually wear them - are the Monster Diamond Tears, as faceted and light-catching as the name would suggest.

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Regal picks Sony Smart Glasses

Regal picks Sony Smart Glasses

This week the folks at Regal have chosen Sony's Entertainment Access Glasses to help them move forward with entertaining hearing and sight-impaired patrons in ways they've never been able before. These glasses have been in production for quite a while now - as far back as a half a year since they were first revealed in fact, but it's just now that Sony has received a contract to have them distributed to this line of theaters. The real-live use of these glasses, which work with headphones to either bring descriptive audio to a patron or closed-captions directly in front of their eyes, will come at a time when such exciting concepts as Google's Project Glass come to light.

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Sennheiser IE 800 earphones hands-on

Sennheiser IE 800 earphones hands-on

Sennheiser caters for just about all price points in the earphones market, but the new IE 800's will resolutely target the high-end with their €599 sticker when they arrive this summer. We grabbed some ears-on time with the distinctive buds - notable for their double-flare of bass tubes protruding from curvaceous ceramic casings - today, to see whether the audio lives up to the hype.

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Sennheiser outs IE 800 earphones and HDVD 800 headphone amp

Sennheiser outs IE 800 earphones and HDVD 800 headphone amp

Sennheiser has revealed its latest high-end headphones, the IE 800, along with its first headphone amplifier, the HDVD 800, each expected to go on sale this summer. Each slotting in at the pinnacle of Sennheiser's range, the IE 800's bring newly-miniaturized drivers and styling that should make your ears the envy of audiophiles, while the HDVD 800 has been designed as the ideal foil for the company's more expensive models.

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RHA SA-850, SA-500 and MA-350 Review

RHA SA-850, SA-500 and MA-350 Review

For years, canny music-lovers have known that to get the best from their PMP it's sensible to junk the bundled earphones and invest in some after-market alternatives. That can be an expensive route to take, however, especially if you've just splashed out on the latest iPod touch, and so the entry- to mid-range headphone market has flourished. Into that fray steps RHA, with three models - the SA-850 and SA-500 headphones, and MA-350 earphones - that claim to deliver audiophile-pleasing sound without maiming your wallet. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Pioneer SE-CL331 earphones can be washed clean and survive

Pioneer SE-CL331 earphones can be washed clean and survive

If you have ear buds or earphones, you know that they can get dirty if you wear them for working out or while you work outside. Some people also end up collecting gross earwax inside the earphones that needs to be cleaned as well. Pioneer Electronics has a new line of earphones that come in a bunch of colors that are perfect for people that like to keep their stuff clean. The earphones are called the SE-CL331 and they are water resistant.

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Etymotic mc2 noise isolating headset works on any platform

Etymotic mc2 noise isolating headset works on any platform

A while back Etymotic unveiled a set of earphones specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. The headphones were called the mc3 and promises high accuracy sound, an inline control, and a comfortable fit. The company is back with a new set of noise isolation earphones that have an inline control that will work with any platform. That means the earphones will support Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry smartphones.

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Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3i now available to purchase

Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3i now available to purchase

Last month we mentioned that high-end audio company Bang & Olufsen had unveiled a new set of earphones called the EarSet 3i. At the time the new earphones were announced we didn't have any idea what they would cost or exactly when you would be able to get them. We figured they would be in the $250 range compared to some of the other earphones B&O offers. The company has announced that the EarSet 3i is now available to purchase in any B&O showroom in the country.

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