SleepPhones by AcousticSheep

SleepPhonesThe company of AcousticSheep appears to have a specialty making audio products of a different variety. One of their famous products is the SleepPhones, and the name is enough to say what they do: earbuds for those who sleep.

The SleepPhones are not traditional earbuds, but they have super-thin speakers inside of a soft cozy headband. So I am not even certain if the term of “earbuds” is a worthy description.

So, for those who like to sleep with earbuds on, you will love this. It has a comfortable fit with a fleece headband. The end result is a way to reduce the ambient noise, for those who need that extra music to sleep by, here it is.

Now, these thing is made to plug into anything with a 3.5 mm audio jack, but they come in a wireless option as well. Honestly, I was hoping to review the wireless option, but this seems to do the trick.

The wired version costs $39.95 in midnight black, quiet lavender, and soft gray on the AcousticSheep website. Those are the fleece versions, which are made to warm your head. The breeze version is galaxy blue, sunset pink, and pink leopard and is better for the summertime. What is funny is how it says “one size fits most”, as well as extra large and extra small.

1More Dual Driver LTNG ANC In-Ear Headphones

1More LTNG ANCIt has been quite a while since I reviewed a 1More product, and I was very pleased to review something new from them for the holidays. The 1More company is very good at making headphones and earbuds that are of a higher quality than the standard, and the Dual Driver LTNG ANC In-Ear Headphones are of that great standard.

So where to begin…hmm. Let’s start with ANC, and what it stands for, which is Active Noise Cancellation. It seems that 1More excels at this, and it is made for reducing noises on an airplane, car, or train. For those that care about these numbers, it has a frequency range of 50-2000 Hz with 20 db Reduction. Apparently, they have five-stars in noise reduction performance and multiple environments, and yeah, I took that from their website.

It all boils down to some terrific sound that is expected from this company. Then there is the dual driver sound with a one balanced armature along with one dynamic driver which works like a mini-tweeter and dynamic driver respectively.

There is also a feature that includes a 5-in-1 controller that feels really unique to me. For a call, you just hit it in the center to answer/hang up, and press and hold to reject a call. As for the music, you hit it in the center to play, toggle left for the previous track, and toggle right for the next track. You can also control the volume and take phone calls.

All of this is put in a very great design package with lightweight alloys and made specifically with the Apple Lightning connector in mind, which is why it won a design award this year. You should be able to purchase them on the 1More Site for $149.99.

The MOXYO Mission Wireless Earbuds

Moxyo Mission WirelessIt’s been a year since we have reviewed a MOXYO product, and I enjoyed their earbuds, charging cable, and powerbank. Today, I had a chance to review a Blueooth set of earbuds with the Mission Wireless. I’m not certain if they are called Mission Wireless as a sequel to the Avenue earbuds that I reviewed before (you know, like Mission Avenue), or it is some kind of spy reference like Mission: Impossible.

I will have to say that I will describe the design as minimalist, but this is for lack of a better word. I mean, we live in a world where Bluetooth earbuds are a dime a dozen, even though they don’t cost that much. I find that MOXYO has a good price, and it gives a lot.

I’ll start by getting the specs out of the way, as the Mission Wireless is good for six hours of playtime. The range is the usual 33 feet (10 meters), and I say “usual” because that is what I have discovered is the range for most Bluetooth.

The Mission Wireless has a controller with a quick press for the volume control and long press for skipping forward/backward. The last remaining button is for the on/off to take a phone call, which is again a usual feature for Bluetooth earbuds.

I hope that you aren’t noticing the word “usual” and think that these earbuds are so-so. There is an interesting cable cinch allowing for a “perfect fit”, and that is pretty great.

You should be able to purchase the MOXYO Wireless Earbuds for about $39.99 on the MOXYO site.

WinnerGear Hero True Wireless Earbuds

Winner gear Hero 2Every once in while, I get something in the mail, UPS, or FedEx that I never expected, but I feel obligated to review. In this case, this is something from WinnerGear, a company that I am only familiar with is the MicFlip, but I was pleased to review the Hero Smallest True Wireless Sports Earbuds.

So, this is one of these wireless earbuds where there is no wire between them, and you always got to like that. In fact, this is more than the beginning of the trend and every Bluetooth earbuds will be wireless in this fashion. Of course, I have talked about that many times before.

I have to admit, I like this weird boomerang thing on it made to fit in the ear. Yes, this is one of those Bluetooth earbuds that are designed for fitting in the ear, because they are made for those who have active lifestyles. They even have a sweatproof coating to seal that deal.

Winnergear HeroSo, given that is made for those that are active, what else do they have? Well, that 3 hour playtime is good enough for most people, and I like that it has 12 hours on the go as well. As for the sound, it has a 8mm Large customized dynamic driver.

So yeah, those are the specs, and they are not too much different than most wireless earbuds of its type. It does have that portable charging case as well as a build-in microphone.

If you want to get with this product, head on over to the WinnerGear site and pay $149.99 for them.

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro for your Mixing and Mastering Needs

Beyerdynamic DT 1990Beyerdynamic is a German manufacturer of some great headphones and headsets of all kinds. We’ve done reviews of their products several times in the past. The headphones we are going to review today is specifically made for those who are into mixing and mastering music.

These headphones are top of the line and very well designed. They are pretty spendy, at $599, but from the pros reviews- they are worth the many pennies.

Here is what you get- the headphones come in a nice, semi-hard carrying case. It really has a rich, professional look. You have two sets of ear pads. Both have a soft, velour material to provide comfort. There are balanced pads for the bass. The analytical pads are softer and have a neutral sound, and I found them to be a bit more comfortable. The thing with these headphones is that they are heavy- although, well padded, so I suppose they are comfortable for what they are, but I couldn’t imagine wearing them for hours at a time.

They also come with 2 lockable connecting cables. One is a straight cable, and one has coils. The straight cable is 3 m long. The coiled able is 5 m long if stretched out. Each cable connects to the headphones via a 3-pin mini XLR cable connector that clicks into place. I found it challenging to disconnect the cord, by the way. You are supposed to push the button and pull to release. I had to pull pretty hard to disconnect. Maybe they get easier to connect and disconnect with much use.

These headphones are open back, so they are not for use when other people are around who don’t want to hear what you are listening to. Despite it being open back, the bass is clear and the sound is wonderful. If you are in the market for some high quality headphones, and can afford the $600 price tag, these could be the ones you are looking for. You can buy them here on the Beyerdynamic site.

Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC Will Rock Your Workout

prod_9229655020We have another pair of wireless headphones to review. These are the HA-ET50BT Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC. These are a great accessory for those who want to complete their workout without being attached to their devices.

These headphones do have a wire that runs from one earbud to the other. It’s not like the wireless earbuds that we reviewed a couple of weeks ago, but these also are relatively less money, so if you don’t mind a wire touching your neck, then you should be good with these.

When you open your cool magnetic package, you will find an included charging cable(micro USB), an open type ear piece in 3 sizes that allows for ambient sound to filter in for safety, and also 3 sizes of regular ear pieces if you don’t need to hear your surroundings.

The headphones are water resistant, which is good if you are running in all kinds of weather. There is a cute advertising video for how well they stay in when everything is thrown after the jump:

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Earin True Wireless Earbuds Review

Only_Buds_front-620x400With all the activity we do, it’s great to not to have to be tied down to something. Many earbuds have you hooked up to a line trailing down your arm, neck , back, or leg. There’s an option, though, for those who don’t want strings to hold them down. We were sent these wireless EARIN earbuds to review, so here we go.

Coming from a Swiss startup, these Bluetooth- enabled earbuds come in a nice package. The box that holds them looks like a cardboard box, but it opens and closes magnetically, and the magnets also attract the earbuds so that they don’t fly out when you open the box. We still recommend that you carefully open the box because there still is a chance for them to fly out, and those little guys are miniscule and round, and they roll.

The box contains the wireless earbuds, a charging capsule reminiscent of the flashy-thing in the Men in Black movie, a micro USB cable to charge the flashy-thing, stabilizers to make extra sure they won’t come out of your ears with heavy activity. There’s also the Comply foam tips that give a tight seal, or if you would rather, there are Silicone tips.

The case, or flashy-thing, will hold the earbuds as they charge, and you had better be sure to put these earbuds in the case when you aren’t using them, as that is the only way to turn them off. If you just put them in your pocket, the battery will drain on them, so it’s best to keep them in the case. It will likely be a safer place to keep them anyway. A simple light will turn on while it’s charging the earbuds, another light on top indicates that the case is charging itself.earin-true-wireless-earbuds-with-charging-case-and-aweni7-5

There are complaints that sometimes the right ear bud will cut out, and there is sometimes lag when watching videos. The left ear bud is the one that connects to your device, and the right one is a slave, so it’s not always as reliable as the left.

Other wireless earbuds on the market might run less expensive on price, but we haven’t been able to compare the sound quality of them. We have reviewed the Jabra wireless earbuds, and they are about $100 more, though the Earins used to be the same price, and the Jabra had the addition of being able to take calls because of the microphone. You can’t take calls on the Earins. You can also check your heartrate with the Jabra pair.

Earin does have a special app that you use on your phone to control the bass boost, the balance of volume in each ear, and you can see how much battery life you have left in them. Speaking of battery life, there is about 3 hours of battery life in them, and you can charge them up to 3 times in a fully charged capsule.

Earin is coming out in the future with the M-2 earbuds. These look to be more advanced with a microphone and a way to control them with touch interface on the earbuds. The question will be whether they are comparable in price and quality to the other wireless earbuds out there. Still, at $149, the M-1 might be what you are looking for.

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2. Generation (2nd Generation)

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2nd GenerationIt’s a brand new day, and we are going to review another great pair of headphones with the MMX 300, 2. Generation, or second generation. The new MMX 300 is a professional gaming headset which is “designed for champions”, and you can read our review of the first generation here.

The MMX 300 has some pretty huge earcups that are made to completely block out all sound, which makes a lot of sense as they were originally developed as a headset for the private aviation industry. That doesn’t surprise me in the least, honestly.

So yes, the sound is quite good. Right now, I’m just using them to listen to something on Netflix, and I can hear a lot of minutia in the sound. I can’t help but think the sound would be much weaker if I was using my regular earbuds.

You might notice the microphone on it, and the gooseneck is quite flexible. There is a high-quality condenser on it, and it is made so any ambient noise is kept out thanks to its cardioid polar pattern and pop shield.

There is also a remote control that is integrated into the cable, and it is very helpful for in case you want to mute the mic, not to mention accepting a phone call. The volume control is also there as well, so you know this is going to be good.

There is only one bad thing about this product. If you go to the Beyerdynamic website, it says that the MMX 300 2. Generation is temporarily unavailable as noise interferences may occur in certain applications. I didn’t find any applications as yet, but I am not certain if I will find it. It is available with 299 EUR.

ZAGG Week Part 6: iFrogz Plugz, Charisma, Summit, and Impulse Wireless Earbuds

ZAGG Plugz WirelessOkay, we are going to conclude ZAGG week with not one, but four pairs of earbuds, and they are all wireless. I’m really going to be cramming a lot of information into this, but I will start by saying that they are all under $39.99. This includes the Plugz Wireless, Charisma Wireless, Summit Wireless, and the Impulse Wireless.

The Plugz Wireless are basically a very standard lightweight pair of Bluetooth earbuds. It has a wireless Bluetooth hub that can clip to the shirt collar, and this is a magnetic clip, which gives full control to the user for calls and music. By the way, it can store the earbuds when not in use.

I’ll get to the price eventually, but I will let you decide if it is worth its low price because it has 9 mm drivers. In case you are concerned about the fit, it has three sizes of earbuds, and they are IPX-2 certified to be resistant to sweat.

All right, let’s get to the price. You can get them on the ZAGG site for $29.99 in silver and blue.

ZAGG Charisma earbudsOkay, so let’s talk about the Charisma Wireless, which looks a lot like the Plugz. They seem to be targeted for females in bragging that they were “designed by women, for women”.

I’ve reviewed earbuds for women before, such as the Maroo GEM earbuds, and these are less pink and feminine looking. Apparently, they are trying to forget about the drab design.

Much of the specifications are similar to the Plugz, and this includes that wireless hub that can clip magnetically to the shirt. They are also IPX-2 standardized, so they are resistant to sweat. Also, it is good for 10 hours of battery life, which is something that I forgot to report about when it came to the Plugz.

Now, here’s where it differs. The drivers are about 6 mm, so that is a little bit smaller. It is available on the ZAGG site for the same price of $29.99 in Black/Red, White/Rose Gold, and Gray.

ZAGG Summit WirelessNote that both of the earbuds that I have reviewed are sweat-resistant, but the Summit Wireless are made for an exercise culture. You will notice that each individual earbud has a wing on it that are made to hold it in place.

Other than the shape of the earbud, it doesn’t seem to have any improvements over its sweat resistance, I guess. It does have 8 mmm drivers, so that is something great.

It looks like in addition to being wireless, it has that wireless hub that has a clip to secure the earbuds when not in use. Oh, it also has the three sizes of earbud tips, and the 10 hours per charge.

You can find the Summit Wireless on the ZAGG site for about $39.99 in Black or Red.

ZAGG Impulse WirelessAnd now, we are on the last iFrogz wireless earbuds with the Impulse Wireless. About the only difference is that this brags of reflective acoustics which is “advanced audio technology engineered to create premium sound and rich, natural clarity”.

Oh wait, there is another difference. This has 11 mm drivers, so I guess this makes it the largest of the drivers of the four we are reviewing today.

This has the sweat-resistant design and a wireless hub that clips to the shirt collar. By the way, I feel that I should have said that all four of these have an Earbud Tips for Life limited lifetime warranty, so if the eartips get worn or damaged, they will be replaced.

You can get the Impulse Wireless on the ZAGG site for about $39.99 in White/Rose Gold and Black/Silver.

ZAGG Week Part 2: Flex Arc Wireless

ZAGG Flex Arc WirelessOkay, it is another day with a set of Bluetooth headphones, or some kind of earbuds, really. I have to admit that the Flex Arc Wireless is a pretty unique design.

The might not be the earbuds that look like earplugs, but I keep talking about how all earbuds are going that direction. Most Bluetooth earbuds have this essential design of a wire connecting them that hangs on the back of the neck, and the Flex Arch Wireless takes a different twist on this.

You see, this nape-dwelling wire is actually some kind of hard yet soft horseshoe thing. They have some retractable earbuds that have a thin wire and will pull back with the touch of a button.

In addition to that unique feature, the Flex Arc Wireless is a speaker as well earbuds. You can change from sound from the buds to the speaker, but I will have to say that the speaker sounds pretty weak in comparison to the buds. I guess if you want to allow your friends to hear your music, it will do. This is strange, as the earbud drivers are 6 mm and the speaker drivers are 13 mm.

As for the other features, it has eight hours of playtime, as well as a built-in microphone and voice controls. So if you are wanting to get in on this, head on over to the ZAGG site and pay $79.99 for them.