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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.

Posted by on April 4th, 2017 No Comments

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.

Posted by on March 31st, 2017 No Comments

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.

Posted by on March 27th, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 1: The iFrogz Impulse Wireless Headphones

iFrogzLast week, a big box full of ZAGG products appeared on my doorstep, and I’ve decided to devote a week to reviewing them all. If you aren’t familiar with ZAGG, they put out a lot of great stuff, and they also have acquired the rights to a lot of other great brands like Invisible Shield (coming later this week), and today’s iFrogz. The company of iFrogz made a name for itself with iPod accessories back in the days of those, and I got a chance to review the iFrogz Impulse Headphones.

I would have to say that the seventies have met the present with this particular design. The aesthetic seems to borrow from that bygone era, and it uses a color scheme of both black and red. Since it is Bluetooth, it has no wires. If you want to go old school, you could go with the included 3.5mm headphone jack wire.

What else has been updated for the modern age? Well, for starters, it has 40 mmm drivers complete with noise isolation, so that is a definite step forward. You can see the padding on the headband and earcups if you want proof of that noise isolation thing.

As standard for a product like these, there is a built-in mic in order to take your phone calls. I’m not certain how much of a standard this is, but there are some controls on the headphones themselves for power, volume up/down, track forward/backward, as well as pause/play.

All this, and they have a very great folding feature as well. You can get the iFrogz Impulse Wireless on the ZAGG site for a price of $59.99.

Posted by on March 26th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the D-Tangle

D-TangleOkay, today I am going to talk about something that isn’t really high-tech, but it does solve a big problem that is inherent with any pair of wired earbuds. I am talking about the tangling of the cords, and there is nothing more efficient to de-tangle them than D-Tangle.

So what is D-Tangle? Well, it is made by Laidback Life, a company out of Cyprus to help everyday products easier. Surely, you have had a problem with your earbuds getting tangled up, because it happens on my desk every day. What makes it harder is when you keep your earbuds in your pocket or purse.

Like most reviews of a unique product, I decided to simply embed a video here so you can see how it works. As you can see, you pop off the plastic thing on back, and then put your earbuds in. Then you pop the plastic thing on top, and a switch allows the earbuds to retract on both ends: the jack end and the earbuds end.

There’s not a lot more that I can say about this product other than praise its super-usefulness. You can purchase it on the D-Tangle site for €11.90 in blue, red, black, white, and yellow.

Posted by on March 23rd, 2017 No Comments

Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR

Turtle BeachSo, it looks like it is another great day to review a great another pair of gaming headphones, and this is from Turtle Beach with Stealth 350VR. I believe that this would be the first time that I reviewed Turtle Beach product, and I hope that it is not the last.

I’m not certain why it is called the Stealth 350VR, because I am not certain why 350 is in the name. I mean, the VR is obvious because the Stealth 350VR has an ergonomic VR design which is good for VR headband cables like the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. To this writing, VR hasn’t really taken off, and maybe it is necessary to make it more…comfortable to an average user.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR has large 50mm Neodymium speakers which has over-the-ear cushions that has some great highs and lows. To make this even more great, it has battery-powered amplification, and it is rechargeable to make it good enough for 30 hours. Some of these controls are on the earcups themselves.

Oh, there is also a noise-cancelling microphone, and it will plug in and can be removed for things like listening to music.

So, this is quite something, and the only thing that it doesn’t have is wireless capability. Perhaps there is another time for that. In the meantime, it can be purchased on the Turtle Beach website for $79.95.

Posted by on March 17th, 2017 No Comments

The Master and Dynamic ME01 Earphones Review

master and dynamicOkay, I have to admit that I am not familiar with every electronic device, but I am familiar with a lot of companies that make headphones and earbuds. I have never heard of Master and Dynamic, but that sounds like the Russell Crowe film Master and Commander (which I found to be quite boring). However, the ME01 from Master and Dynamic is not boring at all.

In fact, I’m going to say that these are a hidden gem in the littered world of earbuds. So, what does the ME01 have? We’ll start with the 8mm titanium high performance drivers, with a machine aluminum body. So yes, the sound is great.

Then there is the tangle resistant rubber cables, and it has a remote and mic controls for volume and such. There is also an omni-directional microphone as well, and an in-ear monitor.

All this, and it comes with a leather case as well as four sizes of silicone ear tips. It can be purchased on the Master and Dynamic site for $129 in Black Metal/Black Rubber as well as Gunmetal/Gunmetal Rubber.

Posted by on February 28th, 2017 No Comments

Beyerdynamic Byron BT Wireless, Premium Wireless Earphones

Beyerdynamic Byron BTIt’s time for me to review another terrific Beyerdynamic product, and this one is the Byron BT wireless. Now, just to let you know, this is not one of those wireless earbuds that are like earplugs, but I’m hoping to review one of those type from Beyerdynamic later this year.

No, this is one of those earbuds that have some wires, but they connect to each other so they can go behind the neck. Speaking of connection, they connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, which is not new in any way. However, this uses Qualcomm aptX codecs with acoustic transducers. By the way, it has a three-button remote that allows for a hands-free microphone for taking calls.

So, yes, I have reviewed wireless earbuds like this before, like those from Jabra and others, so let’s talk about the specs. If you are concerned about the playtime, it is good for about 7.5 hours. I am assuming that is a long time, but it takes time to charge it (about two hours).

I suppose that I can recommend these, but with so many companies making these type of wireless earbuds, I’m not certain that I can recommend one brand over the other. Of course, I am always going to recommend anything from Beyerdynamic, and you can purchase these on the Beyerdynamic website for $99.00.

Posted by on February 21st, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headphones

SennheiserYes, it is another day, and it is another pair of gaming headphones. The PC 373D is from Sennheiser, and I am not certain if I have reviewed a product from them before.

The PC 373D has 7.1 Surround Sound, which is welcome for any gaming system, but it is made for the PC. Yes, this is not going to be good for other video game systems, but the PC gives it an interesting take on the computer with PC software so the gamer can program his or her experience.

Sennheiser seems really excited about this product, and they are very excited about the transducer. I’m not certain what that is, but apparently there is some high-end open acoustic gaming sound in each earcup. It has an equalizer offering four settings that enables the user to customize the sound.

The earcup are velevet lined, and so is the headband. This means that you are going to have a lot of comfort and good sound, all at the same time.

Now let’s talk about the microphone, as it is very noise-cancelling. It is made to filter out that pesky background noise, and if you want to mute it, just left it up. Also, it is very flexible as well.

While I am talking about flexibility, I want to talk about how flexible the whole thing is. Well, it might not be too flexible, but they are durable.

You should be able to purchase the PC 373D on the Sennheiser site for $249.95.

Posted by on February 17th, 2017 No Comments

The Review of the LucidSound LS20

Lucid Sound LS20It’s time to review another great gaming headset, and this one is from Lucid Sound, and it is known as the LS20. What is interesting is how this one is created for practically every platform including the PlayStation, Xbox One, Mobile, and PC.

One of the best features of this particular LS20 Powered Gaming Headset is that the controls are on the earcups. On the Left ear, there is a volume control wheel and a button for audio mute. Then on the right ear, there is a microphone mute button. As I mentioned before, the LS20 is made for mobile, so there are controls for music and calls. Speaking of control, you can take control of it with a mobile phone.

So, how is the sound? It quite good, of course! You wouldn’t think it would be out if the sound sucked, do you? It has about 40 mm speakers with neodymium magnets, and it has a serious bass boost. It also has active and passive modes as well.

Other features include a rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of charge, as well as being available in black and white. You should be able to purchase it on the Lucid Sound site for $99.99.

Posted by on February 17th, 2017 No Comments