Active noise cancellation is all the rage in the headphone space, putting a premium on the ability to tune out the world and focus on whatever it is you're listening to. But what if you'd rather do the opposite? What if what's happening around you is actually pretty important, like the sound of your kids trying to beat their record for consecutive days without household destruction, or the rolling-coal diesel that's about to turn you and your bike into a greasy smear in its blind spot? Read More
If you've never been a fan of cramming tiny little speakers all up inside your ears just to listen to some music, you're probably aware of alternative open-ear solutions like bone-conduction headphones, or sunglasses with audio ports. We've seen plenty of offerings along those lines over the years, but they've never been particularly affordable. Trying to address that angle, JLab is introducing its new JBuds Frames, with the aim of transforming your existing glasses into audio-integrated eyewear. Read More
Bose has a new batch of earbuds and, believe it or not, sunglasses available for the holidays this year — including the company's first pair of active noise canceling true wireless earbuds under the QuietComfort brand that's familiar to over-ear headphone owners. Read More
Regardless of the form factor, connectivity, and any other specs, the idea behind most audio headsets is that the sound should pass by your eardrum. That makes sense — after all, that's how we all hear. Bone conduction headphones challenge that idea. They use a magical technology to bypass your eardrums altogether.
The result is headphones that are comfortable to wear even if you dislike the feeling of lodged in-ear buds or the weight and pressure of over-ear headsets. They also keep your ears open for maximum awareness. Whether or not this is a product you need is up to you, but if you're in the market for bone conduction headphones, AfterShokz's new Aeropex is an excellent option thanks to its comfort, stability, and sound quality. Read More
In case you hadn't heard, there's a new version of Google Glass coming, and all current Glass Explorers are invited for a free upgrade. In addition to presumably boosted specs and support for prescription lenses, the new model will have an audio-out port for an included and optional mono earbud. Google posted the following photos of the hardware in action on the Glass Google+ page.
Don't worry, Glass fans: the bone conduction audio from the original model of Glass will still be included, according to a response from the account administrator. The single-side earbud is completely removable, and should be a major help for when you're using Glass in a noisy environment. Read More