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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.

Posted by on July 14th, 2017 No Comments

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.

Posted by on June 18th, 2017 No Comments

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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Posted by on June 10th, 2017 No Comments

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.

Posted by on May 28th, 2017 No Comments

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