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When you listen to music and take out one ear bud, you normally lose the depth of the intended experience, as both the right and left ear buds pump different aspects of the music. To make your own music, you could certainly record a lovely song on your phone and put it up on iTunes, but for obvious reasons it’s not going to sound as good as something you would record in a studio. For those that are interested in audio, you know that not all mics are created equal, as some are able to record in stereo rather than mono alone, meaning you’ll be able to hear the sound you’re picking up in a more realistic way.
If you want to record audio for music, interviews, learning, or just to record for the fun of it, the Zoom H4N seems like a top-notch way to go about doing it. Microphones like the Blue Yeti and the Widget are more stay-at-home mics, while this can go in your pocket or on a camera hotshoe. The beauty of this little mic is that it can record up to 4 simultaneous tracks, with a phantom power that can work with just about any type of microphone.
On its own it’s capable of recording up to 2 tracks at either 90 or a 120 degree angle. It only needs 2 AA batteries, and will give you around 11 hours of battery life. There is also a slot for a 32GB SD card so you can record to your hearts content. This is no cheap purchase as it is intended for more professional use, so be ready to deal with a $200 price tag. The plus side is that you could use this for just about anything in the realm of recording.
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Remember the Skybuds that we talked about earlier this year during summer? Well, it looks like this pair of wireless earbuds is now available, ready to rock and roll over at Best Buy nationwide. The Skybuds are special, in the sense that these are touted truly let you live the untethered life, where it boasts of best-in-class battery life, strongest connectivity and has been designed for an immersive audio experience.
Alpha Audiotronics are the ones behind the Skybuds, where it will boast of seamless Near-field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) connectivity in order to deliver premium audio quality for audiophiles and casual listeners alike. The Skybuds have been specially designed to fit just about any lifestyle, and you can also opt to pick up a pair online at skybuds.com.
Availalbe in charcoal and nimbus colors, the Skybuds are good to last for up to four hours of on-the-go listening, and you will be able to eke out an additional 24 hours of battery life thanks to the sleek and portable Skydock charging case. The Skybuds will hook up to your portable music playback devices via Bluetooth, and these happen to be one of the pioneers in using NFMI within the earbuds. In other words, you should not be able to find a stronger or more reliable connection on the market, anywhere — at least for the moment. Other earbuds do suffer from disjointed connectivity, but the technology used within Skybuds ensures that the two earbuds are connected seamlessly, resulting in a flawless and uninterrupted audio experience. Not only that, Skybuds will play nice with any Bluetooth enabled device regardless of the operating system.
Other features of the Skybuds will include a digital microphone for phone calls as well as on-device button controls which can be used to manipulate audio listening and calls. Each $249.99 purchase comes with three sets of fit tips, a single USB charging cable and a Skydock that will juice up and store the earbuds.
Skybuds wireless earbuds debuts in Best Buy
SOL Republic is a name that many of us are well versed with, as they have come up with their fair share of fantastic performing headphones in the past. The kind of pedigree that the brand name carries with is certainly not lost on the latest arrival — the SOL Republic Amps Air headphones. What would make this pair of $179.99 headphones worth checking out? It is certainly not priced to target the impulse purchase market, that is for sure, and it would be a proper investment for those who would like to enjoy their music or movies while they are on the move.
For starters, the Amps Air headphones would be sweat-resistant, making them ideal for use while you are busy pounding the pavement as part of your exercise regime in the battle against the bulge. Apart from that, they are also wireless — and this provides you with the kind of freedom that you could only previously dream of, as long as it jives with your music playback device over Bluetooth.
The Amps Air wireless headphones might be small and extremely light, but do not for a second think that battery life is compromised due to the form factor. Capable of allowing up to three hours of playback on a full charge, this is definitely impressive for a pair of wireless headphones. Not only that, to keep up with the trends in the industry at this point in time, the Amps Air headphones will be accompanied by a sleek, portable charging case that will be able to recharge the Amps Air more than 15 times thanks to its integrated 2200mAh battery, while the inclusion of a USB port would turn this into a portable power bank.
Being contoured to fit the ear and wrapped in a silicone sleeve, it sports futuristically designed tapered grooves which provide a lethal look at comfortable yet secure fit. You can choose from Rose Gold, Black, Teal, and Blue shades from the likes of Best Buy, Amazon, and solrepublic.com.
SOL Republic reveals Amps Air headphones
So, you feel that you need a pair of new earphones, but are not quite sure where and how to start? Fret not — there are many different models out there in the market, and we are here to help you sift through the chaff from the wheat. LG might not rank as a name that audiophiles would settle for, but this does not mean that one should discount their all-new premium around-the-ear wireless Bluetooth headset known as the LG FORCE.
Targeting those who live an active lifestyle and yet want to enjoy their music while they are on the move, the LG FORCE will be lightweight in nature thanks to its minimalist form factor, and will be made available exclusively over AT&T. Needless to say, since the LG FORCE is a Bluetooth headset, it will also be compatible with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and the recently announced LG V20 would be a prime example of that.
The LG FORCE delivers an over the ear, stay-put design and IPx5 water and sweat resistance rating — which means it should not hinder you from taking a jog when it pours or drizzles with the LG FORCE in tow. The thing is, it would be best to ensure that your smartphone or connected device is protected against such water damage or circumstances instead. The minimalist design ensures that fitness enthusiasts and audiophiles can enjoy a snug fit, thanks to the inclusion of interchangeable ear gels. Not only that, there, is a rotating wraparound silicone earpiece and adjustable strap so that one can enjoy a true customizable fit.
The LG FORCE will be going for $99 a pop and is a snap to tote around with you via a workout bag or backpack. It not only looks good, it is also set to work great as you get pumped by your favorite tunes during your rigorous workouts.
LG FORCE drops the wires as a premium Bluetooth headset
When it comes to a pair of headphones or earphones, the choice is a very personal one. However, many of us might want to consider picking up a wireless model which will more often than not involve Bluetooth connectivity, as the tangled mess that wired models end up with tend to be very irritating, especially when you need to unravel it. 1MORE knows this, which is why this premier consumer electronics audio company has started to sell a couple of its latest Bluetooth models, accompanied by a single wired in-ear headphone. The new models would be the iBFree Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones, the MK802 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, and the Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones.
For those who prefer something wired, the Piston Classic In-Ear Headphone might be the ideal choice, as it delivers quality, sound, and style in an affordable manner. I guess this is something that is a step up from generic headphones that are on the market, and yet won’t keep any serious audiophile happy.
For folks who prefer the Bluetooth treatment, the two models will boast of CRS Bluetooth 4.1 chips with aptX coding technology, where it delivers meticulous sound quality and a stable wireless option for consumers who want more freedom from wires. In fact, Tim Burton, VP of Sales, claimed that these models are the first Bluetooth headphones that he has used so far which he is unable to tell whether they were wireless based on the audio quality, stressing that “even the talk quality is far superior without the common echo of other Bluetooth headphones.”
This is made possible thanks to the MK802 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones boasting of rare Beryllium drivers, allowing it to deliver an exceptionally comprehensive sound with a durable, lightweight, and stylish TR-90 exterior. Sporting a “Bass Level” switch on the ear cup for folks who would like to have bass highlighted or limited, in addition to optional hearing protection so that hearing loss and fatigue are reduced, the MK802 will also play nice with the 1MORE app so that one can control hearing protection, and assign controllable apps, among others. With an asking price of $129.99, it is not an impulse purchase for sure.
Up next would be the $49.99 iBFree Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones that feature extremely lightweight aluminum alloy earpieces with Bluetooth 4.1 aptX coding, oblique angled ergonomic comfort, and titanium dynamic drivers. Not only that, it is also IPX4 rated water-resistant against rain, spills, and sweat, and will arrive in vibrant red, space gray, aqua blue, and apple green colors.
When it comes to earbuds, there are two major issues with which users tend to grapple with – finding the right fit, as well as the relatively short battery life. ELWN Earbuds has decided to come up against the twin juggernauts of earbud problems by launching its Kickstarter campaign this coming week, hoping that they can up the ante in the personal audio industry with its groundbreaking new technology. In other words, ELWN is proud to deliver the ultimate personal audio solution for the athletic, ambitious, and audiophile on-the-go in the form of the ELWN Fit.
ELWN Earbuds’ Fit have been specially designed with a wide range of fit options and truly wireless technology, where it will arrive in a stylish all-weather design. With this, users are able to make calls, enjoy music, and workout indoors or out, all the while enjoying comfort without having to compromise on the quality of sound.
As the ELWN Fit will be true blue wireless earbuds, they run on battery power. However, with the patent pending Infinity Band charger, users will be free from having to constantly charge and re-charge it, as the Infinity Band breaks new barriers by being a first of its kind system that enables the charging of the earbud’s batteries while in use. In other words, one would be able to enjoy a virtually endless battery life cycle, now how about that for convenience?
Not only that, anyone who decides to pick up the ELWN Fit will be on the receiving end of an industry leading 180 earbud combinations, which more or less guarantees a secure, customizable fit for nearly every ear on the planet. Among its audio and design features include a microphone that is made for crystal clear calls, water resistant shells with SoX touch coating, CD-Like quality sound, an advanced Bluetooth chipset with CVC aptX technology, and specially engineered 6mm Micro Dynamic Drivers. Any takers for the Kickstarter project?
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