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Crystal Rocked takes your Beats and Street by 50 headphones to a new shiny level

Crystal Rocked takes your Beats and Street by 50 headphones to a new shiny level

There's not a whole lot of devices out there at this point that the group known as Crystal Rocked have not bumped up an ultimate over-the-top level of glitz, and both Beats by Dre and Street by 50 have been caught on the radar and pushed through the crystal machine by the masters. What you'll get with the Beats by Dre set of audio blasters is the "Mixr" model tricked out in 2750 individual Swarovski Crystals. What you'll get with the Street by 50 headphones is two shades of Swarovski Crystals which they've declined to number.

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FiiO E17 Alpen hardcore headphone amplifier revealed

FiiO E17 Alpen hardcore headphone amplifier revealed

There's one whole heck of a lot of iPod opponents out there these days, but not exactly the same amount of contenders in the headphone amplifier world. What we've got here is the announcement for the FiiO E17, made to satisfy, complete with a hardcore body and all the features you audiophiles will love. This device also goes by the name Alpen and is made to work as a headphone amplifier and a USB sound card for ultimate cut-down excellence. You've got a two-color OLED display, brushed metal housing, and two parallel 3.5mm headphone outputs, right out of the box.

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V-Moda Faders Review

V-Moda Faders Review

There comes a time in every publisher's life when he or she must review something so tiny, so seemingly insignificant, that it otherwise might have slipped through the cracks - that's what's happening here with the V-Mode Faders earplugs. What these little buds are is blockers of sound. They look by all means to be in-ear speakers like their very close cousins, but in that they block the sound instead of blast it, here we've got an ever-so-slightly unique piece of gadgetry.

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The Best of CES 2012

The Best of CES 2012

Welcome to our massive "best-of" wrap-up for CES 2012, complete with everything from smartphones to PCs and headphones and back, topped off with our own "most used gear" section for the curious. What you'll find is that though there were more exhibitors, attendees, and media attention payed to the show than ever before, the overall result was a lot of the same gear re-hashed with a few new specifications. Pay special close attention to the conclusion of this post for a bit of a whopper if you're a big fan of the largest show of the year here in the United States.

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Skullcandy Mix Master over-ear headphones hands-on

Skullcandy Mix Master over-ear headphones hands-on

We decided to go on a bit of a headphones and tiny speakers spree in the last couple of days at CES 2012, ending up all over the place for sound quality and notoriety in the industry, finding such odd gems as this: The Mix Master over-ear headphones by Skullcandy. While you can pick these up in a shiny black version, we went straight for the wildest color scheme we could find, the specs the same no matter which colorway you decide on. These phones hold the special distinction of having Propriety Mylar Drivers approved by none other than Mix Master Mike himself.

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Beats Electronics breaks away from Monster to go its own way

Beats Electronics breaks away from Monster to go its own way

The audio world is booming, and more and more people are starting to spend big money on high-end headphones and earbuds to get more enjoyment out of their music. Many of those high-end headphones are now also becoming a status symbol and makers are taking style into account as much as performance. The most successful brand in the high-end headphone industry has been Beats Electronics.

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Cygnett InSound Noise-Cancellation headphones hands-on

Cygnett InSound Noise-Cancellation headphones hands-on

The InSound noise-cancellation headphones were on display at CES: ShowStoppers 2012, and we took them home with us to put them to the test. After opening the protective case, it contained the headset, two audio cables (one red, one black), and an in flight adapter. Unlike conventional headphones, they require two AAA batteries to operate - noise-cancellation engaged or not. After installing the batteries, I tested to see how effective the noise-cancellation setting actually were.

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Sennheiser HD 700 hands-on

Sennheiser HD 700 hands-on

Sennheiser today at CES 2012 have just announced the their new HD 700 cans. Senn promises that these new phones will make sure to please your ears (but not your wallet). Coming in at around $999 they aren't for the feint of heart. For those true audiophiles and lovers -- these will surely impress.

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Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot has announced premium quality wireless headphones with features not currently offered on other headsets. Behind both earmuffs resides microphones providing 'anti-noise' to help regulate unwanted sounds. They also suggest the audio 'Concert Hall Effect' will provide a live-sound experience.

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Eers SonoFit headphones create custom-fit buds in minutes

Eers SonoFit headphones create custom-fit buds in minutes

Custom-fit earbuds are one of the best audiophile experiences out there, but sadly restricted because of time or money. Sonomax aims to change at least one of those, with a new system that measures your ears and creates a pair of custom-fit buds in minutes. The Eers device looks like a big pair of DJ headphones, but it's actually a method of creating perfectly fit earbuds using some interesting new methods.

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