I may have more than half a dozen Bluetooth earphones lying around home and at work, but my personal preference is almost always skewed toward Plantronics. The BackBeat GO 2 has been a mainstay in my purse for almost two years, and the BackBeat Fit is my absolute favorite workout headset. Both provide a great balance of features, battery life, and portability that fits with my needs. That's why I was eager to see what the company has in store with its newest foray, and the BackBeat SENSE didn't disappoint me. But before I go into my thoughts on this pair of headphones, let's start with the specs. Read More
Sol Republic has quickly carved out a place in the consumer audio market since their founding in 2011, so it was just a matter of time before they would offer a set of Bluetooth in-ear headphones. Shadow is their initial take on the category and I’ve been testing it out for the better part of two weeks. My overall take is that Shadow is exactly what I expected from Sol Republic: good looking, well built, solid albeit consumer-oriented audio, and fairly priced.
Before we get into the nitty gritty details, here’s a breakdown of what’s ahead.
Anyone in the market for a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones may be pleased to know they can currently get a pair on Amazon for $19.99. The GOgroove BlueVIBE EXS+ has been temporarily marked down from its usual price of $79.99, which amounts to a pretty enticing 75% off.
These headphones come from the same folks who brought us that adorable Bugdroid speaker, and while they won't blow your minds, the reviews are generally positive.
The deal ends tomorrow or when the seller runs out of stock, whichever happens first. These headphones aren't Amazon Prime eligible, but the shipping is still free. Read More
As a platform, Android Wear is in its infancy. Even Google itself is still figuring out some of the applications and limits of Android in a wrist watch form factor. But that's not stopping them from adding in a bunch of goodies, even at this early stage. Google's Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton spoke with Cnet on the subject, and let loose a few snippets that should excite Wear fans.
First and foremost: Android Wear will be updated with the capability to pair with Bluetooth headphones. This functionality will be added specifically to allow for local music playback, which would let users store and play music without having their phone or tablet nearby. Read More
Looking for some Bluetooth headphones that can survive your workout routine? Then you might want to swing by Amazon's one-day special site, Gold Box. Today's deal is the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth headphones for $39.99, over 40% off. In addition to A2DP stereo music support and voice calls, these guys have a lifetime warranty against sweat and are designed to stay secure during movement.
This is the older design for Jaybird's Bluetooth buds, more recently replaced by the Freedom Sprint (which still retail for $100). In his 2011 review, Cameron Summerson said the Freedom headphones were great for listening to music, but their voice calling feature left a lot to be desired, with the other party complaining of poor sound (probably due to microphone placement). Read More
Wireless headphones are a rapidly emerging market, thanks to the continually growing proportion of the population that own Bluetooth-enabled smartphones and tablets. On-ear wireless headphones, in particular, are picking up. We've reviewed several of these style of headphones, and found performance and price to vary wildly. You can spend $30 on a bargain-bin set of wireless headphones, or upwards of $400-500 for some of the name brand audiophile products out there. And at those extremes, it's a little easier to weed out the "real deal" from the junk. But in the middle of the road, around the $80-150 mark, things get a little less clear. Read More
In the world of premium headphones, there is an emerging market for "designer" products - a niche Beats By Dre has been all too happy to fill in cooperation with Monster Cable (until now - HTC will be taking over Beats' headphone production). In fact, Beats accounts for over half of the $1 billion headphone market in the US - succeeding in ways and in markets brands like Sennheiser and Grado could only dream of. My high school-going younger brother even has a pair of these flashy phones - and he really doesn't listen to much music.
In fact, Beats By Dre headphones are the cool electronic piece of high-fashion among people in the teenage group, thanks in large part to their flashy, designer look. Read More