Archive for the Earphones IEM Category

Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earphones go pro with medical grade sensor and O2 monitor

August 28, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The latest wireless earphones from Jabra aren't sold on sound - they're totally 2014, so being sold on their fitness tracking capabilities. Upping the ante, the Jabra Sport Pulse earphones have a medical grade super-accurate heart rate monitor, as well as an oxygen capacity checker. The data is then fed back into the user's smartphone. The Jabra Sport Pulse can take a bit of wet - they're sweat and storm proof but not waterproof, so no pool parties - just fitness. The accompanying Sport Life App offers 'audio coaching' to keep your pace and heart rate in check. They also have a pedometer. How do they sound? That aspect seems less and less important, sadly. They're out now for £199. Via pocket-lint

Zipbuds Slide earbuds fight the good fight against tangled cables

August 24, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

So, now we know why cables tangle, it doesn't make it any less irritating. Zipbuds are launching their assault on the phenomenon with Slide - their set of earbuds that have a sliding piece of plastic that give them the ziplock bag feel. When slid up, the cables seal together and form one flat cable. Now, that flat cable is going to tangle itself up, there's no getting away from that. But unravelling one cable is easier than three. Inside the earbuds is ZBX High Performance Drivers and they sport an integrated mic and remote. They're currently being touted on Kickstarter, where pairs can be bought with a $29 pledge, versus the expected $49 retail. Via slashgear

JVC Kenwood launch waterproof sports earphones

August 23, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Two new sports earphone models will be released early September. The HA-ETR40 IEMs come with a cable-mounted remote control for smartphone interaction, while the HA-ETX30s are standard control-free earphones. The HA-ETR40s will come in black and red and have a frequency range of 10Hz~22,000Hz, weigh 6.6g and come with an extension cord and s/m/l/ sound insulating earbuds. The HA-ETX30s come in blue, black, pink and white, have the same frequency range but just standard earbuds. Via akihabaranews

Intel-powered SMS Audio earbuds monitor your heart and charge on the go

August 15, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

SMS Audio has revealed its BioSport In-Ear Headphones heart rate monitoring earbuds that run on biometric sensors and a heart rate monitor on Intel technology. Even better, they are powered through the cable, eliminating the need for batteries. The audio quality promises not to be compromised with the extra tech, which is a relief for exercisers that demand top quality sound. The earphones collect data, which is then transmitted to the sister app, available for  iOS and Android. They are also IPX4 water resistant, so they'll be safe against sweat. No price or release date has been set but we'll be on it when they're announced. Via geeky-gadgets

Stylish Bang & Olufsen limited edition BeoPlay H6 headphones out this month

August 10, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The dependable Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 headphones are getting three seasonal colours for the run-up to Christmas. The limited edition models for the autumn/winter are Blue Stone, Bronzed Hazel and Graphite Blush, which join the existing Classic Black and Natural finishes already available. The new-look headphones add a stylish dash of colour to the BeoPlays, which retain the comfortable soft New Zealand cowhide leather earcups. Inside the sound pumps through two 40mm drivers and an internal bass port for a clean, well-balanced result. They also have a 3.5mm headphone jack for daisy-chaining listening. They'll be out at the standard BeoPlay price of £329. Via pocket-lint

Brainwavz S5 earphones reviewed on Head-Fi

July 30, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The authority in audio quality, Head-Fi.org, has reviewed the Brainwavz S5 IEMs. The new Brainwavz set comes up trumps with a positive 4/5 review, that details the natural sound and quality build. For the full review from H20Fidelity on Head-Fi, check out this link. Via head-fi.org

Amazon earbuds bundled with the Fire phone look like Apple’s standards but cost less

July 26, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The earbuds bundled with the Amazon Fire phone look familiar - they bear more than a passing resemblance to the Apple EarPods but cost $5 less when bought on their own. Despite looking similar, the Fire earbuds are reported produce a better sound, are tangle free and cost less. Which is pretty good, considering for cheap and bundled earphones, the Apple EarPods aren't too bad at all (and definitely a step up from the last generation of Apple earphones). People serious about audio that buy the Fire phone will no doubt upgrade but as standard buds, these seem to be more than satisfactory. Via valuewalk

So, are they AKG? Subtley not strongpoint of AKG Y50 headphones

June 15, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

If you want everyone to know what brand your headphones are, the forthcoming AKG y50 headphones are for you. Part of the new Y series, the lightweight cans feature 40mm drivers, a 1.2 metre cable and a remote and mic combo. Also on the way is the AKG Y40 model and the wireless Bluetooth AKG Y45 BT, which have eight hours charge and earcup-mounted controls. They are expected to start at around $150 and will be available at the end of the month. Via elecronista

Tangled earphones explained! Extreme agitation in your pocket

June 15, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM, Hardware News, Other, Uncategorized with No Comments.

Tangled headphone cables are a cause of extreme agitation; they're also caused by the cord being agitated, which causes pocket tangling within seconds. A study at the University of California, titled Spontaneous Knotting of Agitated String, sheds light on the universal conundrum. Cable less than 18 inches in length is immune to spontaneous knotting. Who knew? Sadly that doesn't help, given the average earphone cable length is more than that. 59 inches produces the maximum possible probability of a swift tangle. Apple's standard earphones are 54.7 inches long - they're prime tanglers. But as far as a solution goes, little has been offered. If you've a clear pocket or a tidy bag, you're still not safe - it's just a natural reaction of "agitated" cable. If you've the patience, get

Beats by Dre go Bluetooth with Powerbeats 2 Wireless

June 15, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The latest Beats by Dre earphones are the Powerbeats 2 Wireless - they connect wirelessly to devices but haven't discarded the past completely - they're joined together with a trusty old cable. Designed for sports use (or just tangle-free listening), the Powerbeats 2 Wireless earphones are sweat and water resistant and have six hours of battery life. That's more than enough for a workout. They also have controls on the linking cable, an improved ergonomic shape from the original Powerbeats  and come in two colour options: black and red, and white and grey. They're out this month for $199.95. Via slashgear

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