Statistically speaking, if you're using a pair of earbuds, they probably suck. And not just because you've been using the same dingy pair that you got with your iPod Nano back in 2006: even premium earbuds come with the same circular silicone pads (or maybe three or four sets if the manufacturer is feeling generous), none of which are likely to fit you perfectly. There are custom-made options, but most of them require you to visit an audiologist to make impressions, which drives up the cost of hardware that's already expensive.
The tinny speakers on your smartphone are no good for listening to music (HTC One owners, please ignore), so Samsung has decided to offer you a new audio option. The Samsung Level series consists of four mobile audio products – Level Over, Level On, Level In, and Level Box. So what the heck are they? Here's a hint: the names describe their relationship to your ears.
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).
Kickstarter campaigns are sometimes guilty of overpromising, but if the just funded Dash in-ear headphones can get even close to what the creators claim, this is going to be amazing. These tiny earphones are completely wireless – just two individual buds that you plug into your head holes to listen to music, track your activity, and even take calls. It still has 47 days to go and is already past its $260,000 goal.
In the mobile world, there are a few things that are absolutely clutch to a good experience: a good phone or tablet (that's a given), a set of go-to apps, and a good set of headphones or earbuds. Not the crap that your phone may have shipped with or some knock-off junk available at the local Target for $23, but some high-quality speakers for your head. If you've never owned a good set of over-the-ear headphones, then you're missing out on what a great audio experience can be like.
There are oh so many options for a nice pair of headphones, but how many of them can survive being trampled by an adult hippopotamus? Only one that that I'm aware of. The Philips O'Neill CRASH headphones are on sale through Amazon and they claim to be able to survive almost anything and continue rocking out.
These cans have 40mm neodymium drivers and a durable TR90 frame that can be twisted and torqued 100,000 times without failing.
Anyone who's shopped with Amazon for a while should know that occasionally the site has some really appealing deals offered through its Gold Box page. Today, that deal is good for 65% off a pair of V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear Noise-Isolating metal headphones. We saw these in the Gold Box just a few months ago for $74.99, but today's deal brings them all the way down to $69.99 from their normal $199.99 price on Amazon.
When it comes to audio on-the-go, the consumer market has come full circle over the last several decades: back in the 80s it wasn't uncommon to see kids running around with massive headphones attached to their skulls, rocking out to whatever crap their parents hated the most. Fast-forward twenty years, and it was all about earbuds – stuffing tiny speakers into your ear canals was the only [socially acceptable] way to listen to music.
United Kingdom readers, never say we didn't do anything for you. If you've been patiently waiting for Sony's new flagship phone, you can pick up some pretty sweet studio-quality headphones at the same time. If you pre-order the Xperia Z through one of Sony's partners, you can pick up a pair of Sony MDR-1R headphones for free, gratis, and nothing.
You don't even have to buy it outright - O2 and Three UK are both offering subsidized versions which qualify for the free headphones.