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Once you’ve used a product for a while, you notice little things that you would personally want to change to improve it. This is why there are so, so many different products available for just about everything you could think of. When it comes time to buy a new set of headphones, you not only have to decide how much you’re willing to spend, but what sort of functionality you’re looking for. Do you want over-the-ear, ear hooks, ear buds, something tiny, something HUGE? If you like working out and need something that will accommodate all the time you spend in the gym sweating it up, but can also function for everyday use, you might want to look into the Aircom A3 Headphones.
There are 4 versions of this product available, ranging in price from $29.99-59.99, named the A1, A3, A5, and JM Stereo Headphones. The A1 is for everyday music lovers, while the A3, the pair we’re looking at today, have a better seals and fitting options for those who like to be active. The A5 has wood components for better sound, and the JM are stereo, take on aspects from the A3, and are a bit flashier.
The cable is a matte rubber casing to help prevent tangling, and measures about 4.5 feet long. The top two feet of the cable separate off to lead to the left and right ear buds. Beneath the point of separation is a metal band with Aircom written in white on the side. On the left line, there’s an in-line microphone with an on/off switch for answering or ending calls and pausing or playing music. Just above this on both sides are the drivers which are encased in plastic with a silver band of metal around its center. Leading to the ear buds are air-filled hollow tubes which let the sound travel up to the ear buds. The buds are primarily plastic, except for the backing which is metal with the diamond-shaped Aircom logo on the back.
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The big selling point of these headphones are the hollow tubes with the speakers not being in the actual earbud as the space it travels through will give you more of a “live” sound. Not only does this mean you can sweat up a storm, but also that you can submerse the ear buds in a cleaning solution to get all of that disgusting wax out after a run. Don’t lie, we’ve all almost had a candle in there at some point. The backs of the buds are magnetic, and will click together so you can wear them around your neck when you need your ear holes to be open.
These headphones are meant for those with an active lifestyle, and don’t want the hum of the world around them to get in the way of their hulk session. Since I was using these with the intent of reviewing them, I tried my best to get them to knock out while exercising, but to no avail. I used the smallest of their ear bud sizing options, and was happy to find that they not only had options for the bud, but for the ring seal as well. Thankfully it wasn’t an absolute nightmare to change them out too.
Since I personally don’t like to hang my headphone cables around my neck, the magnetic feature wasn’t useful in the intended way for me. However, it provided me mindless entertainment clicking and unclicking them together because I take joy in the small things in life. The other big pull for these headphones was the air tube, and while the quality of the music came through just fine, they brought on an unexpected surprise sound-wise.
I scared myself silly a time or two by touching the air tube at random, since that’s where the sound is coming through, any bump or brush against them came through a bit louder than I was expecting, much like a stethoscope. Since I sometimes fiddle with my cables when sitting at my desk, I also found that pressing the tube cuts off the sound (hi-ho logic). The air tubes actually made wrapping them a bit strange as well due to the change in cable size and the speakers being in a different place, but it wasn’t an impossible task, just less visually satisfying. None of these are complaints, it’s more of letting you know that these are things that will happen. The sound was quite “roomy”, as I believe that’s the best way I can describe it. While the bass could’ve given a bit more in my opinion, it’s not a deal breaker.
They do their job, and they do it well. There were a few new aspects for me with the air tubes, but after the first few uses I didn’t notice them anymore. They’re priced at $49.99, and it’s not unwarranted for the quality both in build and sound. The fact that you can also wash the earbuds after use is a huge plus in my book. Just make sure to give them a little time to dry out after you wash them or you will definitely be surprised by a gush of water in your ear.
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Review – Aircom A3 Headphones
When it comes to owning a good pair of headphones or earphones, you can be sure that the folks over at Urbanears have got your back. After all, they have had their fair share of stunning looking devices in the past, and this time around, it looks as though they are going to continue in that grand tradition, revealing the Limited Sweat Edition headphones to the masses. This pair of headphones have been named in such a manner for one simple reason – it intends to put the beauty of sweat in the spotlight.
The Limited Sweat Edition has been developed in collaboration with seven stand-out individuals from music, sport, and fashion industries, and you can be sure that each of these luminaries have been given their own Hellas headphones from the Urbanears Active collection to wear when they are indulging in the workout of their choice.
Three of these special editions have been created by running coach Knox Robinson, dancer ‘WilldaBeast’ Adams, and musician Amanda Bergman, who can be spotted sweating it out in the Mojave Desert in a short film, which adds to the visceral nature of the headphones. Knox Robinson said, “There’s a crucial connection between music and running. The two don’t rely on each other per se but when combined in the right way the results can be amazing.”
Apart from the three mentioned, others who are putting their sweat-soaked headphones up for sale happen to be British singer V V Brown, American model Barbie Ferreira, German fashionista Bonnie Strange, and French DJ and entrepreneur Nadege Winter. You might think that these headphones would stink with all of their sweat, but I suppose the more artistically inclined among us might figure out otherwise. Fret not for your nose though, as each pair of the Hellas headphones have been sealed in a bag post-workout, signed and labeled with the details of the sweat-session.
Buyers will be forced to make an important decision – either to either keep the headphones as a collectors item, or to open up the bag and put them back into use. You might want to take advantage of the Hellas’ ability to remove its washable headband and ear cushions and get some washing done before you “mark” it with your own sweat.
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Urbanears reveals Limited Sweat Edition headphones
Flexible displays – and those that show off its content in full color to boot, happen to be the dream of many a science fiction fan, that is for sure. While we have seen advancements in the field by the likes of LG, here we are with Samsung and their spanking new fully flexible OLED display which looks as though it is more than ready to be released in the market.
This flexible OLED display will cater for the likes of smartphones first, although we are pretty certain that tablets too, are set to follow – and a myriad of devices afterwards. The machine, as seen in the video above, will be able to pull the display out from as though it was a scroll. This is definitely a step in the right direction for the masses, and eventually, we should be able to reach a stage where there are many different kinds of devices that will allow us to pull out the screen, and then to have it roll right back in like a measuring tape.
This particular rollable display is no mean feat, taking into consideration the kind of technological breakthroughs in which it has to go through. For instance, the screen size might just be 5.7” in its measurements, but it will still be able to deliver Full HD resolution, now how about that? Of course, no prizes for guessing that the next logical step would be to bump up the resolution so that it can hit the 4K mark, but that is a different story for another day.
As for this 5.7” 1080p OLED panel, it measures all of just 0.01” (0.3mm) thick – or should we say, thin? This discounts the touch layer, so do keep that at the back of your mind, but the real miracle is the fact that it is fully flexible. Chances are Samsung’s OLED manufacturing plants will be fitted to roll out more and more of such displays in the future, and who are we to go against the possibility of Samsung introducing a smartphone that lets you roll out its display some time down the road?
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Samsung Flexible OLED Rolls Up Like A Scroll
Hmmm, is it me, or is just about everything around us getting more and more smart? There is the smartphone, the smart home, and of course, the smart car where autonomous driving starts to pick up and undergo testing all over the world. How about a smart piano? This is what the $299.99 ONE Light Keyboard is all about, where it will boast of 61 red backlit, touch-responsive keys while delivering 64 note polyphony. Not only that, it comes with an integrated sustain and optional pedal socket in order to help you get started right out of the box.
The ONE Light Keyboard is ideal to help those who have always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but simply never had the time or space. With this 3 feet long device that tips the scales at all of just 11 pounds, it will be able to travel with you just about anywhere, and neither will it rap your knuckles when your hands are in the wrong position. There are light-up keys that will greatly help beginners learn to play, as well as assist former players to select the instrument back up. A free app will be made available for both iOS and Android platforms, and it comes with sheet music, instructional videos, and games.
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The ONE Light Keyboard is a smart piano
Listening to your favorite music can be done in many different ways and methods, and depending on one’s personality, one might just prefer to settle for a regular speaker system, while others would want to enjoy something that is more personal to the tune of a pair of headphones. When we enter headphone territory, there will also be many different choices to pick from – some of us would not mind getting a wired model simply because we believe that it delivers better sound, while others would want to enjoy the freedom of a wireless pair. ROAM caters for the latter group, where their ROAM Ropes happens to be a premium, mobile audio platform that reproduces sound that is true to the artist’s intention.
ROAM Ropes happen to be wireless and Bluetooth-enabled, where it will come with an audio equalizer which can be personalized thanks to the ROAM mobile app which is known as ROAM EQ, allowing users to be freed from a “one sound fits all” listening experience. As users are given the freedom to adjust the audio frequencies in their Ropes, ROAM EQ will then empower listeners to customize their own sound based on the type of music they listen to as well as how they would like to enjoy it. Not only that, ROAM EQ will also come with pre-sets for various music genres, offering a fast, convenient path to audio customization.
Majority of the listeners out there would say that an artist’s studio rendition is the ultimate listening experience, and with this in mind, ROAM will partner with both new and established artists to create a unique collection of ROAM Sound Signatures. Out later this coming summer, ROAM users will be able to download from a library of artist Sound Signatures directly to their ROAM EQ app, which would then connect them to the artist and their recordings in a groundbreaking new way for the music industry.
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ROAM Ropes wireless Bluetooth headphones let you live the untethered lifestyle
When it comes to headsets and earphones, there are many different kinds of models to choose from, and it all depends on what you are going to use it for. For gamers who would need something that works in a crystal clear manner without any kind of compromise so that they can know what is going on in-game, then the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 headset and Razer Hammerhead V2 in-ear headphones would be able to do the trick quite well, taking into consideration Razer’s prowess when it comes to gaming peripherals that they have released over the years. .
The all new Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 and Razer Hammerhead V2 will both arrive with an enhanced chassis that is CNC milled out of aircraft-grade aluminum, while flat-style cables make them ideal for mobile gaming and music use. Specially engineered for improved acoustic clarity as well as more powerful bass for which the Razer Hammerhead series is famous for, the in-ear headset and headphone will also come equipped with extra-large 10mm dynamic drivers, which would be a 20 percent increase compared to the earlier generation.
The Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 will boast of a trio of quick-action control buttons on the in-line microphone, which will play nice with both iOS and Android devices. There is also a trio of ear tip sizes to choose from and an optional bi-flange attachment that delivers superior sound isolation, in addition to customizable comfort for increased versatility. Not only that, an included splitter cable enables it to be connected to devices with dedicated audio and microphone jacks.
As for the Razer Hammerhead V2 which was developed for users who want a streamlined mobile audio solution, it will come with all the features of the Pro V2, although it would miss out on the in-line mic and controls. Expect the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 to go for $69.99 a pop while the Razer Hammerhead V2 would retail for $49.99 each as they both arrive next month.
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New versions of Razer Hammerhead Pro announced
There is always a first for everyone and all companies, otherwise progress would never be made. Having said that, Audiofly’s maiden attempt at a pair of over-ear headphones has resulted in the Audiofly AF240 that claims to be able to blend the elements of sound, style and comfort into a masterful manner. I would suppose that words alone are unable to do justice to the Audiofly AF240, as one will definitely need to spend some time with it before it actually grows on you, but let us take a look at the hardware specifications in the extended post, shall we?
Specially designed with superior sound and absolute comfort in mind, Audiofly’s AF240 claims to be able to meet audio enthusiasts’ critical standards – and more importantly in these economically trying times for many people, also to target the value-conscious music fans’ budgetary needs. Originally announced at CES earlier this year (boy, how fast has time flown, right?), the Audiofly AF240 boasts of honest sound thanks to its 40mm neodymium drivers, which ensures a detailed and faithful reproduction of the artists’ music, the way that the artist would originally have wanted it to sound.
Audiofly claims that the AF240 brings together a perfect combination of function and form thanks to its beautiful, minimal, low-profile design, where the headphone itself is constructed with a polycarbonate body and sports alloy arms for a lightweight feel. It has been designed with a self-adjusting headband and memory foam ear cups that delivers ultimate comfort, paving the way for users to listen for extended periods of time without experiencing any listening fatigue, and the custom fit isolates up to 20dB of outside noise without needing to compromise on the sound, hence letting it tune out unnecessary noises in planes, commuting and other noisy environments.
The AF240 will arrive in black or vintage white shades for $249.99 a pop.
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Audiofly AF240 over-ear headphones more than a decent attempt
When it comes to earphones and headphones, you can be pretty darn sure that the likes of Urbanears are definitely an old hand in the industry, having had its fair share of offerings in the past which will surely have impressed you from time to time. Well, this time around, Urbanears has come up with something that is slightly off the cuff in the form of the Sumpan earphones which are touted to help you organize your stuff – and inadvertently, your life.
While the Sumpan earphones might be minimal in its appearance, this is a lightweight semi-earbud that certainly packs in its fair bit of personality. Of course, boring is not part of the equation, as the Sumpan will boast of a colorful palette, a flexible on-the-go attitude, and unexpected features such as a behind-the-neck hook function, as well as easy to wash earbuds (that are also replaceable, just in case you were wondering) which will be able to deliver the full range audio performance with a deep base and clear sound.
Apart from that, Sumpan will also be accompanied by a range of handy features which will make life just a little bit easier. For instance, you will be able to hook up Sumpan right behind your neck whenever you are not making use of them with the handy hook solution. Similar to the other Urbanears headphones that have been released in the past, Sumpan will be accompanied by a fabric cord which will help to reduce distortion which is caused via friction and a mic and remote that are compatible with both iPhone and Android.
Those who are interested in picking up the Urbanears Sumpan will be able to do so without having to break the bank, as it comes with an asking price of $35 a pop. Any takers who would want something that will help ease their life?
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Urbanears Sumpan earphones could help you out in a mess
Skullcandy is a name that many of us are familiar with when it comes to trendsetting headphones, where they have even come up with a Women’s headphones and earbuds collection in the past. Having said that, the company does not look as though they are going to relent anytime soon when it comes to the rolling out of new devices, and their Sport Performance range is now on the receiving end of a couple of earbuds – namely the XTfree wireless and XTplyo earbuds (which you can see above) which will target both genders, meaning the men are not left out of the equation this time around.
Skullcandy came up with the innovative XTfree and XTplyo in order to meet the demands of high intensity interval training, which is a common kind of training methodology that is shared across Skullcandy’s diverse roster of athletes. The end result would be products which are more than capable of enhancing even the most intense training sessions thanks to category leading durability, stability and leading audio quality.
It does not matter if you are a weekend warrior who is preparing for your first 10K running race or if you constantly make world records fall like a pack of dominos, the XTfree and XTplyo products have been specially built in order to perform during the high intensity workouts – regardless of whether you are a world beater or not. Should the world class athletes be satisfied with the performance of either, then there really is no reason left for the ordinary man on the street to complain about the hardware that Skullcandy pushes out.
The XTfree will also debut Skullcandy’s MicroSport Tech with Bluetooth functionality, where it tips the scales at less than 16 grams, making it one of the lowest profile and lightest earbuds in the market. These high-performance wireless sport earbuds will also feature an OnBoard microphone and remote which enables the user to take calls, adjust volume and control their music while working out, sporting a half dozen hours’ worth of battery life to boot.
The $99.99 XTfree is Skullcandy’s lightest and most secure wireless sport earbuds, while the $49.99 XTplyo earbuds deliver a secure and sweat resistant fit that can survive your most intense workouts.
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Skullcandy Sport Performance range gets two new earbuds
Projectors – those are dime a dozen in the market, and with so many different models to choose from, just which particular one do you think you need to settle for? It really depends on the kind of budget that you have, as well as the movies you love to indulge yourself in and amount of space that you have to play with. Cramped homes would do extremely well with short throw projectors due to the lack of space, while larger boardroom settings and lecture halls would benefit from a full fledged projector – even better yet if you are one who simply cannot live without more than high definition images – case in point, the Sony VPL‑W5000ES projector.
The Sony VPL‑W5000ES projector happens to be a 5,000 lumens 4K SXRDTM laser light source projector, and it also holds court as Sony’s new reference-quality unit which is the first projector designed specifically for home cinema use that boasts of 4K resolution and will be powered by a laser light engine that delivers a whopping 5,000 lumens of brightness. Not only that, it is also compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR), as it emulates the new BT.2020 color gamut, and covers the full DCI color space.
If you are looking for projectors that are made specifically for the home theater market that provides full 4K resolution imagers, then there are no other names in the market apart from Sony that does so. With Sony’s advanced SXRD panels which have been designed to produce outstanding native device contrast, they will work well with the laser light engine in order to deliver an infinite dynamic contrast ratio and 5,000 lumens of color light output.
Sony’s Advanced Motionflow feature will also help to reduce blur and maintain brightness, while the VPL-VW5000ES’ extremely fast imagers enable viewing of fast action content, this even more so at sporting events, with great smoothness, even with 4K signals. There will be an HDMI input that is HDCP 2.2 compatible, where this input has enough bandwidth to accept 4K 60p signals up to YCbCr 4:4:4 8bit or YCbCr 4:2:2 12bit. You can place a pre-order for the Sony VPL-VW5000ES now as it is tipped to ship next spring for a jaw-dropping $60,000 a pop.
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Sony VPL‑W5000ES brings 4K goodness to the home projector market