Are you prone to switching between listening to music and answering phone calls on your phone. In-ear earbuds and over-ear headphones are aplenty, but models with wired-remote controls with access to play, pause, volume, and a built-in mic are ideal for the switch between talking and listening, like these three models below...
Spring has sprung, and that means fashion magazines, style blogs, and clothing catalogs are pushing out the latest layered looks with color and pattern at the forefront. Just like your favorite Pinterest inspiration boards, we thought it would be fun to accessorize an outfit we bookmarked from the latest spring/summer 2013 J. Crew catalog with complementary tech-related items for a head-to-toe look...
As an audio engineer, I have always tried to extract the fullest resolution from my digital recordings. Early on, I began investigating separate digital-to-analog converters and their ability to resolve all the space and detail in my stereo recordings. Getting the best in digital playback was once costly and out of the reach of most people, but now the technology has begun to trickle down with products like the Meridian Explorer, allowing digital music playback with quality once only heard in studios.
"Great sound quality", "balanced frequency", and "comfortable listening" are all common words I use to describe a quality set of headphones - "beautiful" typically isn't one of them. However, there's been a growing trend of audio products where audiophile expectations are met by an aesthete's eye. From headphones crafted out of wood to leather encased ones, here are five very attractive, high performing headphones.
Despite what preconceived notions you may have of 50 Cent from his music, you can't argue his success. He's been behind multi-platinum selling records, made a smart investment in Vitamin Water (that paid off when it was later purchased by Coca-Cola), and most recently launched his own line of celebrity headphones (SMS headphones). Being successful in one market is tough and doesn't necessarily guarantee success in another. But repeated success, however, is never by accident. I sat down recently with 50 at this year's CES — not just to discuss the latest SMS headphones, but to learn what it takes to be successful, and what encouraged him to recently take up photography.
Our earbud world isn't so kind to our eardrums. In fact, according to a study by Audiologists Children's Hospital Boston, 80 percent of Americans listen to music too loudly when using earphones. In the vast majority of listeners, people overcompensated for anticipated or perceived background noise.
Personal audio listening has become so popular that this year's CES had more headphone displays than I could keep track of. Everywhere I looked, some celebrity, musician, or surf company was sporting colorful headphones. More audiophile companies have gotten the picture that clean design and hi-fidelity don't have to be mutually exclusive, and I was pleased to find an array of high-end headphones that looked as good as they sounded.
The New Year is a perfect time to explore new things, and that's exactly what I did with HandCandy Headphones. They're headphones designed to look like a necklace. You wear the beads like a long necklace and plug the headphones in your ears when you're listening to music, or leave them hanging if you aren't. For those interested in something new for their next set of headphones, here's my review on testing out two pairs of HandCandy Headphones: DuneTunes and LadyBuds.
High on my list to check out in person at CES 2013 next week: these absolutely stunning looking Aëdle VK-1 Headphones. The Paris based audio startup made quite an impression with tech, design, and fashion blogs upon previewing these ultra-premium looking cans, and now they're on the brink of being released into the wild. I'm hoping they sound as good as they look. With just 400 units shipping with their first batch in February 2013, expect the VK-1 Headphones to be high on the wishlist of aesthetes everywhere.
Commuting this time of year can be tough — you have to haul stuff, stay warm and dry, be entertained, and keep your sanity. Over the last eight years I've tried all modes of transportation to my 14-mile-away office, and whether it's walking, biking, or riding the bus or train, I've picked up on a few key elements for making the trip a little more enjoyable. Here are my gifting tips for those commuters in your life.